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- Aug 15, 2011
Today is dedicated to beer, and to everyone who loves to drink it! Beer making can be traced to about 6,000 years ago in ancient Sumeria. At that time, beer was cloudy because of lack of filtering, and it was drunk through a straw. By 2000 BCE, the Babylonians were brewing 20 types of beer. The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans made beer, although wine became much more popular with the Romans—they considered beer to be the drink of the Barbarians and it was only popular on the edges of the Empire. Germanic groups were brewing beer by 800 BCE.
Because of contamination, beer was a much safer drink than water during the Middle Ages; it was drunk by people of all ages from all classes. The Catholic Church even got involved with brewing beer, and abbeys were testing grounds for improvements in brewing. Beginning in the ninth century, in Germany, hops began being introduced, standards were set up for beer, and beer began being mass-brewed. The 1516 Beer Purity Law—Reinheitsgebot—said a certain level of quality must be met for German beer. All beer could only be made with water, hops, malted barley, malted wheat, and yeast.
Do any Division I schools travel more than Cal and Stanford will when they join the ACC? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)
The impact of the ACC’s decision to add California, Stanford and SMU remains a hot topic in the Mailbox.
We’ve got questions about travel and future schedules. But there are more questions about the coaching hires at Power 5 schools and a recruit’s decision to sign with Overtime Elite.
(If you have a question for the Mailbox, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Q: As a Syracuse alum living in Southern California, I am very happy that Stanford and Cal will join the ACC.
But for those two California schools joining the ACC, the amount of time that they will need to travel for road games will be brutal, to say the least. I really cannot think of another school in the country that will require that much flight time for road games. Are you able to think of any other school with an even worse traveling schedule for road games?
Mike: Even though ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said the conference is going to try to limit the amount of travel as the ACC expands from coast to coast, there’s no getting around the fact that the athletes at Cal and Stanford are going to be accumulating a lot more frequent flier miles in the coming years.
For instance, on a trip to Boston College, a Stanford athlete will log 2,697 air miles. A flight to Miami is 2,578 miles. The distance is roughly the same for most of the other away games in the ACC.
Syracuse Basketball: 5-star Jalil Bethea moves closer to top 5 nationwide (itlh; Adler)
Lately, multiple national recruiting analysts and scouts have told me that Syracuse basketball 2024 priority recruit Jalil Bethea from the Philadelphia area could push the top five across the country in the senior class.
The 6-foot-4 Bethea, a five-star guard and one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2024 cycle, is trending in that direction.
Recruiting service ESPN recently updated its top-100 national rankings for this class, and Jalil Bethea moved up to No. 7 nationwide, as well as the No. 2 shooting guard and the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania.
Bethea is an All-American at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa., and in the latest AAU season, he was a top performer in Nike’s EYBL league while starring for the Philadelphia-based Team Final.
Syracuse basketball 2024 five-star target Jalil Bethea continues to jump in national ratings.
Bethea, a consensus top-20 national prospect and one of the top long-range shooters in his class, received a scholarship offer from the ‘Cuse coaching staff in September of 2022. He took an official visit to the Hill the following month.
The Best 3-point shot-makers in the ESPN 100. Big assist to @SynergySST. Men's basketball recruiting: New five-stars, risers and prospects on the cusp of the Top 100 pic.twitter.com/b6dCMGbCiq
— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) September 1, 2023
At present, he has a top five of Syracuse basketball, Alabama, Kansas, Miami and Villanova, although some reports have noted that several other blue-blood programs have been showing interest in Jalil Bethea.
He recently took official visits to both Villanova and Kansas. This coming weekend, he is expected to officially visit Miami, followed by a second official visit to the Orange in mid-September and an official visit to Alabama after that.
By the way, on Tuesday, the Hurricanes landed a verbal commitment from 2024 four-star shooting guard Austin Swartz, according to media reports. It remains to be seen how Swartz’s pledge might affect Miami’s ability to pick up Jalil Bethea, although one top national analyst told me that the Hurricanes continue to push for Bethea.
Syracuse basketball commit Elijah Moore switches high schools, will play in Overtime Elite league (PS; Waters)
After spending the last three years at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, Syracuse commit Elijah Moore will attend a new school for his senior year.
Moore, a 6-foot-4 guard, will attend Our Saviour Lutheran, which is also located in the Bronx. The school’s basketball program announced Moore’s decision on its social media page.
Moore’s father, Ty, confirmed the news in a text message with syracuse.com.
Moore, who is considered one of the top perimeter shooters in the 2024 recruiting class, committed to Syracuse in January. He reaffirmed his decision following Jim Boeheim’s retirement and the promotion of Adrian Autry to head coach. He ranked 56th in the ’24 class by and 58th by 247Sports.com.
He had an excellent summer on the adidas AAU circuit with the New York Wiz Kids.
Elijah Moore shows off jumper, versatility in front of Syracuse coaches: ‘It’s what they want’ (video)
In moving to Our Saviour Lutheran, Moore will reunite with his former Cardinal Hayes teammate Ian Jackson. One of the top players in the ’24 class, Jackson has committed to North Carolina.
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star PG from New York to officially visit the Orange (itlh; Adler)
Nigel James, a fast-rising 2025 four-star point guard who received a Syracuse basketball offer in late August, will officially visit the Orange later this month, according to a media report.
The 6-foot James, who hails from New York state and recently transferred to one of the top high-school programs around the country, is set to take an official visit to the Hill on September 15, according to the X account 365 Recruits.
This is terrific news. James, earlier this year, had said he wanted to hear from the ‘Cuse. Then, late last month, he picked up an offer from Syracuse basketball after competing in the team’s annual Elite Camp.
Now, James is preparing to officially visit the Orange. By the way, per 365 Recruits, James will take official visits to Providence on September 29, Rutgers from October 6-8, and Wake Forest on October 20.
Axe: Are we sure the ACC knows what it is doing with expansion? (podcast) (PS; Axe; podcast)
September 7, 2023 was supposed to be a day of days.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the JMA Wireless Dome and Episode 9 of “Syracuse Sports” released.
What a day.
Well, “The Boss” had to cancel.
So you’re stuck with just the podcast.
On Episode 9, I chat with Joe Giglio of the “Ovies and Giglio” podcast on the ACC expanding with the additions of California, Stanford and SMU.
Dr. Stephen Thomas, of Upstate Medical University, pictured here in 2020.Katrina Tulloch
Upstate’s top Covid doctor: Mask mandates in hospitals not a return to masking everywhere (PS; Dowty)
Upstate’s foremost Covid-19 expert said that his hospital’s recent return to a mask mandate does not signal a desire for mask requirements in the general public.
Dr. Stephen Thomas was part of a group that advised Upstate to reimpose masks last month in clinical areas of University and Community General hospitals. That came after serious Covid-19 cases spiked from a handful at any one time to a few dozen over several weeks. Other hospitals, like St. Joseph’s, have since reimplemented their own masking rules.
But Thomas, director of Upstate’s Institute for Global Health and Translational Science. said he was surprised that the hospitals’ masking decision was seen as a sign of a return to mask mandates outside of medical facilities.
“Do I recommend that people universally mask in any other area? No, with a caveat,” Thomas told syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. “I don’t believe that there is any appetite to do that anywhere except in areas where there are large numbers of sick people.”
Thomas defended mask mandates in hospital settings as putting patients first.
“You have a lot of people who are in very high-risk situations and a very weak state,” he said. “The people around them can have an adverse impact on how those people do. You’re doing it for the team, you’re doing it for the greater good.”