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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Hot Dog Day!
National Hot Dog Day was started by the North American Meat Institute in 1991 and began being promoted and organized by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council after they were created by the institute in 1994. The day coincides with the Annual Hot Dog Lunch at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., which is also sponsored by the North American Meat Institute. The lunch, which has taken place for decades, is a large hot dog picnic attended by lawmakers, administration officials, and Capitol Hill staff. The goal of the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is for similar smaller events to be held around the country. Many national and local retailers have sponsored deals on the day. This holiday also takes place during National Hot Dog Month, which started in the 1950s.
Symir Torrence, a Syracuse native and former SU basketball player who took advantage of the transfer portal to see more playing time, is gearing up for his final season at Binghamton University. Photo taken at the Events Center in Binghamton. July 13, 2023. Dennis Nett | firstname.lastname@example.org
Torrence at Binghamton: A final message from Boeheim follows Syracuse native at new school (PS; Carlson)
Addressing the Syracuse men’s basketball team for the last time as its head coach, Jim Boeheim delivered one final message.
The team was gathered in a hotel conference room following the ACC tournament loss in Greensboro, a routine practice when the Orange was on the road. Boeheim had done the same thing the previous year when its season ended.
At first, nothing seemed out of the ordinary to Symir Torrence, a Syracuse native who will finish out his career at Binghamton next season.
Then Boeheim began to speak.
He thanked the members of the team for being part of his legacy. He thanked his assistant coaches for the same.
This, Torrence said, stood out as different from the previous year.
“He sort of went down story lane,” Torrence said. “He went through his story of how he got there and how he started. He told us more than we knew about himself, and it gave us a little bit of an understanding of what he had to go through to get the job and keep the job.”
As the story goes, Boeheim had interviewed for a job leading the University of Rochester in 1976 when SU’s previous head coach, Roy Danforth, stunned the program by leaving for Tulane.
With Syracuse on the verge of launching a national search, Boeheim told school administrators he was the best person for the job, but that they needed to act quickly. They could have him, along with recruits Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr. Or Rochester could.
Syracuse Basketball: Kiyan Anthony, 5-star PG recruit shine on national TV (itlh; Adler)
Out in Las Vegas in recent days, Syracuse basketball recruiting targets Kiyan Anthony from New York City and Tyler Jackson from Baltimore played quite well, including in games broadcast on national television.
The 6-foot-3 Jackson, a 2025 five-star point guard offered a scholarship by the Orange coaching staff in late April, earned a lot of high praise from national analysts and scouts for his performances with the 17U squad of the Baltimore-based Team Thrill in the Under Armour Association league (“UAA”).
Jackson, who has said he’s likely to take an official visit to the Hill at some point in the near future, displayed his scoring prowess, playmaking and facilitating for others, and his strong defensive instincts in helping lead Team Thrill to a title at the Sportradar Showdown in Henderson, Nev.
Additionally, this past Monday night on ESPN2, Team Thrill took on the 17U squad of the Orlando, Fla.-based Florida Rebels in Nike’s EYBL league as part of the annual Las Vegas Big Time Tournament.
Jackson, playing up a division for Team Thrill 17U, scored some buckets on ESPN2, showed off his quickness and lead-guard play, and I also watched him secure a few steals, as his squad handled the Florida Rebels, 102-86.
I haven’t come across a full box score to determine just how many points Jackson tallied, but I can see why the ‘Cuse coaching staff is so high on him in the rising-junior class. He is also a standout for the Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore.
Syracuse basketball target Kiyan Anthony also was a star in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-5 Anthony, a 2025 four-star shooting guard who is the son of Orange legend Carmelo Anthony, was offered by ‘Cuse last November. He, too, has said that he plans to officially visit Syracuse basketball at some point.
A Quick Take On The Upcoming ACC Season (DBR; King)
John Rothstein published an ACC Offseason Breakdown recently and not surprisingly, he sees Duke in first place. Here’s the list from 1-15:
- Virginia Tech
- NC State
- Florida State
- Wake Forest
- Georgia Tech
- Boston College
- Notre Dame
Seeing Matthew Cleveland listed as a Miami starter is pretty strange. He may be the best player to transfer from one ACC school (Florida State) to another. It’s a coup for Miami obviously as the ‘Canes have another solid lineup
The projected lineup he has for UNC makes sense but it may the the smallest Tar Heel lineup we’ve ever seen. And don’t overlook Jalen Washington, who has been recovering from his high school knee injury.
Clemson’s being ranked #5 is largely due to Brad Brownell’s player development skills and some smart transfer pickups, notably NC State’s Jack Clark and Syracuse’s Joe Girard, who may really benefit from a fresh start.
Hunter Cattoor has been at Virginia Tech long enough to get social security.
Cole Swider and Buddy Boeheim Have Uncertain NBA Futures (orangefizz.net; Frank)
After leading Syracuse throughout the 2021-22 season and teaming up to create one of the best shooting duos in the ACC, Buddy Boeheim and Cole Swider both went undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft but signed two-way contracts with the Pistons and Lakers respectively. Both played sparingly throughout their rookie seasons, as Boeheim played in 10 games with Detriot, averaging 1.6 points in only nine minutes a contest. For Swider, the Rhode Island native only played in seven games, averaging 1.3 points per game in six minutes a contest.
So, since they played sparingly at the NBA level last season, both guys got plenty of opportunities at the Las Vegas Summer League with their respective teams and made the most of them. Boeheim played in five games and averaged over 11 minutes a contest (40-minute games), scoring six points a game and shooting 45% from beyond the arc. Swider had a much larger sample size to look at, averaging 15.2 points a game while playing 28.4 minutes a contest. He shot 42.5% from three-point range and averaged over five rebounds a night.
Plus, Swider’s new nickname, “Swiderman” is taking on steam, and if his shooting caught the attention of Rob Pelinka, Darvin Ham, and LeBron James, he could play in more than seven games with the Lakers this season. Shooting is always important around one of the greatest players to ever play, and Swider offers that at a premium level. The question with him will always be his defense, and there were many times at Syracuse that Swider looked like a turnstile on the wing of the 2-3 zone. Improving that to go along with his above-average outside shooting with his 6’9 size could go a long way.
Syracuse Basketball: 5-star PG Boogie Fland, who held SU offer, has top 8 (itlh; Adler)
Five-star point guard Boogie Fland, a consensus top-15 national prospect in the 2024 class who was offered a scholarship by Syracuse basketball this past January, has disclosed his top eight.
The Orange, unsurprisingly, didn’t make the cut for the 6-foot-3 Fland, who is generally deemed a top-two player in the state of New York within the rising-senior cycle.
Earlier this year, the ‘Cuse coaching staff was in attendance for at least one of Fland’s post-season games during the 2022-23 season for Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y. National recruiting analysts also had suggested that Orange coaches were trying to get Boogie Fland on the SU campus for an official visit.
In early April, he said in an interview that he was keeping an eye on how ‘Cuse head coach Adrian Autry and his staff were doing this year with the legendary Hall of Famer, Jim Boeheim, having retired last March.
Candidly, I’m not sure how much Syracuse basketball coaches were recruiting Boogie Fland in recent months, or whether he had a high level of interest in the Orange.
Five-star point guard Boogie Fland, who held a Syracuse basketball offer, has revealed his eight finalists.
According to reports from recruiting analysts and scouts, Fland’s top eight consists of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, fellow Atlantic Coast Conference team North Carolina, Rick Pitino-led St. John’s and 2023 national champion UConn.
Schrafft’s restaurant on South Warren Street in Syracuse, circa 1925. Onondaga Historical Association Onondaga Historical Association OHA
Sundae Stroll: Schrafft’s in Syracuse (PS; Searing)
One of the great joys of my role as a curator at the Onondaga Historical Association is walking around downtown Syracuse filled with the knowledge of what used to be.
Having spent over six years immersed in books and newspaper clippings, studying maps and photographs, I have developed a profound appreciation for the things that were lost to time and the things that remain. Along this incredible journey, I have found myself becoming nostalgic for things that I never actually saw or experienced, but wish that I had. It is a strange feeling indeed.
Last week, I was giving a walking tour to 25 Mandela Washington Fellows. This prestigious program run by the U.S. State Department annually brings a group of the best and brightest young African leaders to the United States and I have had the honor to work with them for several years through our connections with the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
It was a hot day.
As often happens, I was overcome with a craving for ice cream.
As we were walking down Jefferson Street back towards the museum, I drew their attention down Warren Street to a parking garage masquerading as a building where I told them, 60 years ago, we could have stopped for a hot fudge sundae.
Not anymore. They were as disappointed as I was. That “building” used to be Schrafft’s.
Frank G. Shattuck and his two sisters came home to Central New York in 1906 to expand Shattuck’s candy store business, Schrafft’s, named after Boston confectioner, William G. Schrafft.
Shattuck, was born in Oneida County in 1860. As a teenager, he left for New York City, where he started as a salesman for Brooklyn-based, E. Greenfields Sons Confectionary Co., and discovered Schrafft’s on his sales beat.
A Central NY OTB outlet is closing, and so is its popular restaurant, owner says (PS; Cazentre)
The Off Track Betting parlor just off Route 481 in the Oswego County village of Phoenix, and the Phoenix Sports Restaurant located there, are scheduled to close at the end of this month, the restaurant owner says.
Mike Lattimore Jr., who runs the restaurant with his father, Mike Sr., confirmed the restaurant and the OTB will close on July 29. The restaurant is a tenant of the OTB, he said. The Lattimores have operated the restaurant for 13 years.
The Phoenix horse racing betting parlor is operated by Western Region OTB, which is a “state public benefit corporation” owned by 15 counties in Western and Central New York and the cities of Buffalo and Rochester. In addition to what it calls “super branch” OTB parlors in places like Phoenix and Auburn and other communities stretching west to Buffalo, it also has betting kiosks in many restaurants and bars in the region. It also operates Batavia Downs casino and harness racing track in Genesee County.
Syracuse.com calls to the Western Region OTB office and to the New York State Gaming Commission have not been returned.
The Phoenix OTB closing comes in the wake of a shake-up at the Western Region OTB earlier this year. State lawmakers earlier this year fired all the previous board members and shifted voting power on the agency’s board to favor more populated areas, like Monroe and Erie counties.
That came after a critical audit of the Western Region OTB operation issued by the State Comptroller’s Office in 2021. It found a lack of proper financial accounting and a practice of giving lucrative perks like concert tickets and free food and alcohol to board members, employees.