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Welcome to Pinot Noir Day!

Pinot Noir Day on August 18 is a fan favorite among wine connoisseurs. Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile and enjoyed derivatives of wine in the world. Originally grown in France, today, we can enjoy Pinot Noir grown and made from every corner of the globe. Its rich history is complemented by its rich flavors, making this a day all can enjoy.


Pinot Noir derives its name from the grape species from which it is made; it is derived from the French words meaning ‘pine’ and ‘black.’ As far back as the 1st century, Pinot Noir and its consumption can be found in the regions of Burgundy, France. Today, the grape species can be found all over the world, its roots in French history are an important part of the history of Europe and the culture of wine today.

When invading Romans arrived in Ghaul they were impressed by the rich quality, texture, and unique flavors of ripe red fruit, cherries, toast, and spices. The grape, mostly grown in the Burgundy region of France, became a coveted item to the Romans for more than 300 years. When the Romans established vineyards and began to farm the grape commercially, it soon became the wine of choice among the nobility and was soon the grape of choice grown by the Catholic Church, harvested, and used in religious settings.

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Vinny Lobdell (right) with his father, Vince. Vinny has made a six-figure commitment to the 315 Foundation, the new collective constructed to enable Syracuse University coaches to better compete for players in the bold new world of NIL.

He gave a six-figure sum to launch Syracuse’s NIL collective (PS; $; Ditota)

For Vinny Lobdell, investing in a collective to help Syracuse athletes capitalize on their name, image and likeness seems like essential use of his charitable clout.

Lobdell, 42, has made a six-figure commitment to the 315 Foundation, the new collective constructed to enable Syracuse University coaches to better compete for players in the bold new world of NIL.

He is a Pulaski native and president of HealthWay Family of Brands, the global air purification company founded by his father that surged during Covid before the family sold it last year.

And he’s a big SU sports fan who wants the Orange to compete with deep-pocket initiatives intent upon luring and retaining college talent.

Collectives, all the rage in college sports these days, pool money from donors and provide school-specific opportunities for athletes, who are then supposed to provide a service to justify the NIL money they receive. Collectives operate independently of the schools they support.

The 315 Foundation has a philanthropic bent. SU athletes will be paired with Central New York non-profits and the Foundation will pay the athletes to perform tasks for those organizations.

The biggest, boldest collectives these days boast deep-pocket boosters whose claims of staggering money offers to college athletes grab headlines. Tennessee, for example, has one of the most fearsome collectives in the nation. The Spyre Sports Group says its goal is to put $25 million each year into the pockets of Tennessee athletes.

As you might imagine, competing for players these days is more nuanced than constructing state-of-the-art new buildings and/or offering an athlete ample playing time.

“The NIL has systematically changed college sports in my opinion,” Lobdell said. “I personally believe that if we don’t support the NIL, it could have a very negative impact around the Central New York community. And really, that’s why I got involved in the collective and invested my time and money. I believe it’s so important to the success of our greater community.”

Here's why Syracuse basketball is the 8th best program of all time - The Juice Online (the juice; Dagostino)

If you take a scan of college basketball on Twitter, you may come across a handle of @CBKReport. Day after day, you can find some sort of college basketball rankings list on there: best college basketball coaches, top recruiting classes of all-time, best winning percentage against Top 25 teams.

Who knows the scientific research that goes into building these lists? It’s fun to debate.

Recently, there was a list of the All-Time College Basketball Tier List:

2022-23 #CollegeBasketball Team Tier List #MarchMadness
— Parker (@CBKReport) July 31, 2022

So, this list has Syracuse somewhere between the sixth best program of all-time and the 12th best. But, let’s take it a step further and see (un)exactly how Syracuse stacks up.

Now, usually we reserve the DDD (Dumbed-Down Dagostino) Index for breaking down the Orange’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament. But, we blow the dust off the index and break it out for this exercise, using the following criteria to determine where Syracuse falls on the Tier 2 list:

  • All-time winning percentage
  • NCAA Tournament wins
  • Final Four appearances
  • National Championships
  • Total number of players in NBA
We’ll go category by category. As always, each team will be ranked in each category, one through seven. If a team is the best in a category, it gets one point. If it’s the worst, it gets seven points. The team with the lowest point total (like golf) wins.

Without further adieu, let’s get “scientific”:

  • All-Time Winning Percentage – We went with winning percentage instead of total wins because there is a large separation between total number of games played between some of the schools. Syracuse actually owns the best winning percentage (.684) among the bunch…and for good measure, also has the most total wins.
  • NCAA Tournament Wins – The group ranges from 76 wins to 58. Syracuse was tied for third (with Michigan State) on that list with 70 wins.
  • Final Four Appearances – Even with three Final Four appearances in the last 19 years, the Orange’s six trips to the Final Four ranks just fifth among the group. Louisville and Michigan State each had 10 appearances. Indiana (eight) and even Villanova (seven) finished ahead of Syracuse.
  • National Championships – This category hurts Syracuse. With just one championship, Syracuse tied Arizona with the fewest titles. Indiana has won five titles to lead the way, followed closely by UConn’s four.
  • Number of Players in NBA – Syracuse has sent 55 players to the NBA in its history, 10 behind the leader in the group (Indiana), but 18 more than UConn.
Here are your final standings in the DDD:
  1. Louisville – 10
  2. Indiana – 16
  3. Syracuse – 19
  4. Villanova – 19
  5. Michigan State – 21
  6. Arizona – 25
  7. UConn – 26

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star guard Judah Mintz ranked top-5 ACC freshman (itlh; Adler)

Without question, 2022 four-star combo guard Judah Mintz is poised to earn significant minutes as a freshman for Syracuse basketball during the 2022-23 season, whether that be as a starter or a top reserve off of the bench.

Orange head coach Jim Boeheim has heaped praise on him in at least one interview that I’ve come across lately, and an abundance of national recruiting analysts and scouts believe that the 6-foot-3 Mintz is a prospect well positioned to shine in his first campaign on the Hill.

Led by Duke and its ridiculously stellar 2022 recruiting class, the Atlantic Coast Conference appears to have a strong crop of newbies who will suit up for league members in the upcoming stanza.

On3 national analyst Jamie Shaw, one of the best in the business, recently put out an article where he ranked the top-10 ACC freshmen ahead of 2022-23.

Shaw’s ratings, which he acknowledges could fluctuate given the next season is still a few months away, are based on what the impact of these ACC newbies is projected to be in 2022-23.

Let’s see where Syracuse basketball guard Judah Mintz ranks among ACC freshmen.

In his piece, Shaw puts Mintz as the No. 4 freshman in the ACC, which I think is a pretty awesome placement for him. You’ll recognize some of the names ahead of Mintz in Shaw’s ratings.


Syracuse Basketball: No ‘Cuse mention in report on 5-star target, No. 1 PG (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball wasn’t mentioned in a relatively new article on 2024 five-star prospect Elliot Cadeau, who was offered by the ‘Cuse last November and is rated by some recruiting services as the country’s No. 1 point guard in this class.

Does this mean that the Orange is out of the mix for the 6-foot-1 Cadeau? Of course not (at least in my humble opinion). But I will say that I’ve come across a couple of media reports lately where Cadeau has discussed some of his top suitors, and the ‘Cuse isn’t included.

Then again, in numerous prior stories on Cadeau, he has frequently brought up that the Orange, Texas Tech and Tennessee had been among the schools recruiting him the hardest.

So, without question, Syracuse basketball coaches may still be prioritizing Cadeau in the 2024 cycle. One important point to note here is that college coaches, beginning on June 15, could begin initiating direct contact with 2024 players.

As such, Cadeau has seen his list of scholarship offers and interest expand, including from multiple blue-blood programs and other recruiting heavyweights in collegiate hoops.

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Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine run you through the latest news in Syracuse Athletics. What's happening in training camp? What did Boeheim say about the starting lineup? All that and more on today's episode.


Who’s Under More Pressure to Have a Successful Season, Football or Basketball? – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Frank)

For most of the past decade, and really past two decades, Jim Boeheim has run his program in circles around the football program, which has been led by too many coaches to count. Of course, there were the good years under Doug Marrone, Dino’s aberration in 2018, and not much else outside of that.

Last season was the first year that both teams disappointed heavily, considering that football stood at 5-4 with three games to clinch a bowl game, and basketball did not finish above .500 for the first time since Boeheim was the coach. 2021-2022 is in the past, and the expectations are higher and bigger for 2022-2023 for Syracuse football and basketball.

Starting with football, the group has a top-50 NFL Draft prospect according to ESPN’s Sean McVay, and in ESPN’s top-100 players in college football, Sean Tucker comes in at 15th overall in the entire country. That is not something that happens every year for the Orange under Dino Babers.

Tucker has a chance to be the biggest Syracuse star in decades, and make a name for himself on the national stage while playing against five preseason-ranked teams this season. Along with stars on the defense like Mikel Jones, Garrett Williams, and Duce Chestnut, SU has the star power to potentially compete in the ACC, it’s all about if the coaching and quarterback can mesh and work well together. There’s potential with football to make a bowl, maybe even an expectation to do so.

Let’s shift to basketball. The roster has been completely overhauled, aside from a handful of guys, with an influx of young talent and a good recruiting class for the first time in a while. Joe Girard III, Symir Torrence, Benny Williams, and Jesse Edwards are the four guys back from last season who played significant minutes and will again.

Syracuse Joins Fantastec SWAP to Offer Student-Athletes Their Own NFTs (; Friend)

All Syracuse University athletes can potentially have their own personal NFTs after the school’s athletic department struck a partnership Fantastec SWAP.
Any 2022-23 Syracuse athlete, from any sport, will be eligible to have an NFT via Name, Image and Likeness. Syracuse is the first collegiate program to have deal with Fantastec SWAP, which previously has produced NFTs for soccer clubs Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

According to the university, the athletes’ NFTs can be collected, traded or sold through the Fantastec SWAP APP. The first iteration of the partnership—Syracuse’s "Season Preview Collection"—will become available this Thursday, leading to more releases during the season.

Related: More on NFTs will be covered at SportTechie’s upcoming Horizon Summit, July 12-13.

Top 25 College Basketball Coaches (

College basketball coaches have to wear many hats. They recruit, coach, mentor and develop. It’s a hard job that deserves recognition when done well. With that, here are the top 25 college basketball coaches.

Note: First-year coaches will not be included on the list. No matter how promising they look.


25. Tommy Lloyd, Arizona Wildcats

Arizona was another team without high expectations for the 2021-22 season. Lloyd got a lot out of the team, as they finished 33-4. The postseason did not go their way, as they lost in the Sweet 16, but Lloyd started off his career in a great way.

24. Nate Oats, Alabama Crimson Tide

After having some success at Buffalo, Oats joined Alabama. He would’ve missed the tournament in year one, then made the Sweet 16 in year two. Last season, the Crimson Tide got bounced in the first round. He has recruited talent to Alabama and should have another tournament run soon enough.

23. Greg McDermott, Creighton Blue Jays

McDermott helped Creighton transition to the Big East, all while improving the program. The Blue Jays are recruiting better than ever and have four of the last five NCAA Tournaments. There is reason to expect big things out of Creighton in the future with their excellent recruiting.

22. Hubert Davis, North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heels did not have a good regular season in Davis’s first year as head coach. They ended up getting a no. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but went on a run to the National Championship Game. The run helps make it known that Davis can put some good games together, but he’ll have to produce over a longer period of time to really move up this list.

21. Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Orange

Boeheim is a legend, but the Orange haven’t been the same in the recent years. They have just two 20-win seasons since 2014. The Orange did make the Final Four in 2016, but they have missed two NCAA Tournaments since. Last season, they had an under .500 record. He has to get things back on track or could continue to move down this list.


20. Rick Pitino, Iona Gaels

After returning to college basketball, Pitino immediately made the NCAA Tournament with Iona. Last season was his second as the lead man of the Gaels and Pitino led the team to a great regular season, but they were upset in the conference tournament. Pitino is proving he can still coach well, even at the mid-major level.

19. Rick Barnes, Tennessee Volunteers

Barnes has done some really good work with the Volunteers. He has made four straight NCAA Tournaments and put some good teams on the floor. At Tennessee, he has made a Sweet 16 appearance, but lately has failed to go on a deep run. His regular season success provides reason enough to rank him, but Tennessee fans want more.

18. Brad Underwood, Illinois Fighting Illini

While his first two seasons at Illinois didn’t go too well, Underwood has gotten things under control. The Fighting Illini have had a few good regular seasons in a row. Now, Underwood just has to get the team past the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

17. Greg Gard, Wisconsin Badgers

Not many expected Wisconsin to be good last season, but they grossly exceeded expectations. Wisconsin won 25 games and were a no. 3 seed. During Gard’s tenure, they have missed just one NCAA Tournament. The Badgers lost Johnny Davis, so Gard will need to help new impact players step up this season.

16. Juwan Howard, Michigan Wolverines

In three seasons, Howard has made a Sweet 16 and an Elite Eight (the first season he was at Michigan the tournament was canceled). He has recruited well and even though the regular season was shaky last year, Howard has earned some respect. The start to his career has been good, now he needs to keep it going.

Florida State men's basketball: What we learned from Seminoles' recent trip to Canada (; Karels)

The Florida State men’s basketball team didn’t partake in much sight-seeing during their series of exhibition games in Canada earlier this month.

To the Seminoles and longtime head coach Leonard Hamilton, they approached the 11-day excursion like a business trip.

Mostly because FSU entered this offseason lacking much experience after losing several key contributors. The Seminoles only returned five scholarship players from last season and added eight newcomers (six true freshmen and two transfers).

So this foreign tour gave Hamilton an opportunity to learn more about his new-look team. FSU competed in three games and a scrimmage against Canadian college teams, defeating Ottawa (86-66), Carleton (98-64) and McGill (90-74).

“I said before we left that this was a very important trip for us, because we have so many new guys we are trying to integrate into our system,” Hamilton said. “This is probably the youngest or most inexperienced team that we’ve had in a long, long time. Players who have been with me for two years have more experience with our system than the rest of the guys.”

The Seminoles returned their leading scorer from last season, Caleb Mills (12.7 points per game), and fellow star guard in reigning ACC Sixth Man of the Year Matthew Cleveland. They also brought back sophomore center Naheem McLeod and guards Jalen Warley and Cam’Ron Fletcher.

Forward Jaylan Gainey (Brown) and guard Darin Green Jr. (UCF) were FSU’s two transfer additions. Gainey claimed Ivy League Defensive of the Year honors in the 2020 and 2022 seasons. The sharp-shooting Green averaged double figures in scoring in each of his three seasons with the Knights.

“The most important thing was that they got a chance to play against some pretty good competition,” said Hamilton about the trip to Canada. “It was probably mid-level ACC type play, which was good for us.

“I’m not really sure we could have played against a national team like we did when we played against Greece. We aren’t experienced enough to do that. But these teams challenged us enough where defensively, we really had to be on our game.


The Sandlot

The 1993 movie "The Sandlot" will be shown on the big screen at Syracuse's NBT Bank Stadium in August.

The Sandlot, Latino Festival, Elephant Extravaganza: 12 things to do in CNY this weekend (PS; Struck)

This weekend is for the silver screen. First up is “The Sandlot,” which will be screened at the NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday night, followed by a fireworks show. On Friday, a local movie producer will premiere a new horror film at the Historic Kallet Theatre in Pulaski, and on Saturday a Buster Keaton silent film will be shown under the stars at beautiful Taughannock Falls State Park. There’s also a country fair in Oswego and an elephant extravaganza at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, plus a 5K, antique festival, jazz and more.

Know of an event you would like to see on this list? Email us at

The Sandlot

Summer baseball classic “The Sandlot” will be screened outside at the NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday evening, followed by fireworks, music and more. Bring a blanket or chair and set up in the outfield, or snag a stadium seat. The concessions stand will be open for food and the new Syracuse Baseball Hall of Fame will be open for viewing. General admission entry opens at 5:30 p.m., and a VIP party will begin at 6 p.m. in the stadium’s redesigned Metropolitan Club. The movie will start around 7:15 p.m. and then the fireworks show will start after the movie. Tickets are $25 per person or $5 for those 5 and under. Proceeds from the event will support the Hospice of Central New York and Hospice of the Finger Lakes. Head to for details.

Where: NBT Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Dr., Syracuse
When: Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
How much: $5 for kids 5 and under. $25 for everyone else.

Syracuse Latino Festival

The Syracuse Latino Festival will be back this year on Clinton Square after a few years hiatus. From noon to 9 p.m., more than a dozen musicians including Giro López, Combo Boricua and Unity Street Band will perform onstage. Food, craft and information vendors will set up around the square, but there will be lots of space to dance, or to join in a game of dominos. Head to the Latino Festival Syracuse Facebook page for more information about the day.

Where: Clinton Square, Syracuse
When: Saturday from noon to 9 p.m.
How much: Free

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