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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Drink Beer Day!
Today is for drinking beer! 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.
Who is the team to beat in the ACC this season? (Mike’s mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)
The Syracuse men’s basketball team held its first official practice this past Monday. Orange Madness is two weeks away. The Orange’s regular season opener against New Hampshire is little more than a month away.
Maybe that’s the reason that the questions coming into Mike’s Mailbox have become a little more focused on the upcoming 2023-24 season. We’ve still got some big picture and historical questions, but this week we’ve got a look at the favorite to win the ACC and a reporter on a Syracuse player who missed almost all of last year.
(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: I was curious who you think might be the team to beat in the ACC this coming season?
Mike: The best team on paper is Duke and there’s really no other team that’s all that close.
Duke returns Kyle Filipowski, who was the ACC Rookie of the Year last season and the odds-on favorite to win the league’s Player of the Year award in 2024; senior guard Jeremy Roach; and rising sophomores Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell; both of whom joined Filipowski on the ACC’s All-Freshman team last year.
To that group, Duke coach Jon Scheyer brought in a stellar recruiting class with four players ranked in the Top 25. The class includes 6-8 forward Sean Stewart of Montverde Academy and 6-2 guard Caleb Foster, who played at Oak Hill Academy before transferring to Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, Calif., for his senior year.
SPORTS-FORMER-SYRACUSE-BASKETBALL-STAR-ROOSEVELT-1-SMG.jpg (thedailynewsonline.com; Rider)
For the most part, Roosevelt Bouie has been known for his tremendous career on the basketball court.
The top athlete to ever come out of Kendall High School, Bouie would go on to have an outstanding basketball career at Syracuse University, before he parlayed that into a lengthy professional career overseas, further cementing himself as one of the best to ever call the local area his own.
Now, the former Eagles and Orange star forward is moving in another direction — and that is creating a non-profit organization for underprivileged youth with the Bouie Foundation.
“Both of my parents and my grandmother always had us helping out to do things when we were younger, even if it was if we saw an older person, we carried their groceries to the car,” Bouie said. “After growing up like that, I go to Syracuse University and Coach (Jim) Boeheim had us, starting freshman year, go to the terminal children’s care ward at Upstate University Medical Center. Everyone would go there and it was great. We would just play games with the kids, and I remember one of the nurses grabbed my arm and said ‘thank you so much for coming here for the kids. This is the first time I’ve seen them smile this year.’”
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Same Family. New Era. Episode 2 Presented by Empower Federal Credit Union Adrian “Red” Autry’s Syracuse legacy has been building for years, but it’s also just beginning. In Episode 2 of Same Family. New Era. Presented by Empower Federal Credit Union we take a look back at Autry’s Syracuse beginnings, his development as a player, and the experiences that set him up for a future in coaching. This 3-part documentary series gives fans behind-the-scenes access and exclusive interviews and footage telling the story of how Adrian Autry will make his own mark as the new head coach of the program. Learn about his journey growing up in Harlem, NY to becoming a McDonald’s All-American, playing basketball at Syracuse, and rising to Associate Head Coach under his mentor and Hall of Fame Head Coach Jim Boeheim. Watch all of the episodes on the Syracuse Athletics YouTube page or Syracuse Men’s Basketball social media accounts. This series is brought to you by Empower Federal Credit Union
Analyzing Syracuse basketball’s 2023-24 schedule: 5 major takeaways (PS; $; Waters)
The ACC revealed its men’s basketball conference schedule for the 2023-24 season on Tuesday.
For Syracuse, the highlights were the return of former Orange guard Joe Girard, several Saturday home games for Otto’s Army and a Senior Day over a week before the end of the season (and without any scholarship seniors).
Regarding Girard. After four years at Syracuse, the high-scoring guard transferred to Clemson for his fifth and final year of eligibility. Girard will mark his Dome homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 10, in what figures to be an emotional day.
The Orange will see Girard a second time. Syracuse will be the opponent for Clemson’s home game of the season on Tuesday, March 5.
But let’s take a deeper dive into Syracuse’s ACC schedule. Here are 5 major takeaways:
Last year Syracuse’s average home attendance dipped to 19,102 per game. It was the first time since 2002 that Syracuse’s attendance had fallen below 20,000. The 19,102 figure put SU third nationally behind North Carolina and Kentucky. In 2022, Syracuse had led the nation at 20,017 fans per game.
One of many factors in SU’s attendance drop was the lack of ACC home games on Saturdays. Syracuse had just four conference home games on Saturdays last year. And two of those came when the SU students; Otto’s Army, was on winter break. In all, Syracuse played four of its 10 conference home games when students were off campus.
This year, Syracuse will have five Saturdays when its plays a conference game at home and four of those will be when classes are in session. The five ACC opponents that will come to the Dome on a Saturday are Pitt, Miami, NC State, Clemson and Notre Dame. Only the Pitt game on Dec. 30 will take place with SU students on break.
Ending the season on the road
Syracuse will play its final home game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 27 against Virginia Tech. It’s the first time since the 2019-20 season that SU will wrap up the regular season the road.
But there’s more to it than that.
Syracuse will play its last two games away from home ― at Louisville on Saturday, March 2 and at Clemson on Tuesday, March 5.
Keeping Up With The 315 9-27-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian started today’s show breaking down the newly released Syracuse Men’s basketball schedule. He went over difficult matchups and ones he liked. After, He talked about NBA’s big new Damian Lillard trade. Finally, Brian talked about how Deion Sanders and Taylor Swift are surprisingly on top of the football media world.
Don’t sleep on Syracuse basketball, which has top 25 upside, experts say (itlh; Adler)
As the 2023-24 season for Syracuse basketball inches closer, with official games underway in early November, there is excitement brewing among the Orange fan base about first-year head coach Adrian Autry and his plans for the program.
We’re likely to see more man-to-man defense. We’re likely to see a 2023-24 team that presses more, plays at an up-tempo pace, gets out in transition more, and relies on a deep and versatile roster where guys can suit up at multiple positions.
It remains to be seen how Autry will fare in his first season at the helm, after the legendary Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim retired this past March. Regardless of wins and losses, the ‘Cuse in 2023-24 should prove fun to watch.
Understandably, with a new head coach and a sizable roster makeover this off-season, many national and Atlantic Coast Conference pundits aren’t super high on the Orange as far as preseason prognostications go.
But if all the pieces come together, two national experts recently said not to sleep on Syracuse basketball, and I love hearing that.
Syracuse basketball has question marks, but a lot of promise, too, experts say.
Recently, noted experts and all-around good guys John Fanta and Rob Dauster discussed the Orange ahead of 2023-24 on The Field Of 68 podcast. I highly encourage you to check it out.
They discussed the big shoes that Autry has to fill in replacing Boeheim. With Autry in charge, Dauster said he expects to see Syracuse basketball step into a “more modern era” of the sport, playing more man defense and utilizing more “modern concepts” on offense.
They acknowledge that losing senior center Jesse Edwards to West Virginia was rough. Joe Girard III, a senior guard, transferred to Clemson, and those two developments mean that the ‘Cuse will have to replace more than 30 combined points per game of scoring.
Syracuse Basketball Will Be Battle Tested Early Under Autry (orangefizz.net; Gotkin)
In his first season as head coach of the Orange, Adrian Autry has built a schedule that will test his team more than most in the country. Last year, the non-conference schedule was easy. Outside of the ACC-B1G challenge, and the annual Georgetown game, the best team SU played was St Johns. The Red Storm barely finished above .500.
This year, Autry has built a schedule that will show if the 2023-24 Syracuse Men’s Basketball team is legit or not. The season starts with its usual cupcakes: New Hampshire, Canisius, and Colgate. Then, right away it gets very difficult for the Orange. SU is competing in the Maui Invitational this year, one of if not the top early season tournaments in the country. In Hawaii, Syracuse will play at least two top-ten teams in the country, in the span of just a few days. Tenneseee is locked into the schedule, then they will play either Gonzaga or Purdue.
MBB: 2023-24 ACCN TV Schedule (RX; HM)
MBB: 2023-24 ACCN TV Schedule
ACC Network 2023-24 Men’s College Basketball Schedule:
|Mon, Nov. 6
|Radford at North Carolina
|Dartmouth at Duke
|Fri, Nov. 10
|Florida vs. Virginia
|South Carolina vs. Virginia Tech
|Sun, Nov. 12
|Lehigh at North Carolina
|Mon, Nov. 13
|Florida Gulf Coast at Pittsburgh
|Tue, Nov. 14
|Colgate at Syracuse
|Thu, Nov. 16
|Texas Southern at Virginia
|Fri, Nov. 17
|Bucknell at Duke
|UC Riverside at North Carolina
|Tue, Nov. 21
|LaSalle at Duke
|Fri, Nov. 24
|Southern Indiana at Duke
|Alcorn State at Clemson
|Tue, Nov. 28
|Mississippi State at Georgia Tech
|Wed, Nov. 29
|Georgia at Florida State
How would you spend the $500 million Micron and NY have pledged for community investment? (PS; Doran)
As part of Micron Technology’s plans to come to Central New York, the computer chip maker and New York state have committed to spend $500 million in community and workforce development over the next 20 years.
Now they want to know: What’s the best way to spend it?
The Micron Community Engagement Committee, formed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, is tasked with creating a community priorities document and is asking the public for input.
The group has a online survey that lets people rank a range of issues as top priorities. The choices include health care, housing, small business support, workforce development, education and child care.
The short survey also asks how much of an impact Micron’s arrival in Central New York would have on them personally. The survey also asks about how respondents feel about the economy in Central New York.
The community engagement committee will help guide how the money is spent. The group will be co-chaired by Melanie Littlejohn, a vice president at National Grid, and Tim Penix, vice president of the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center.
Fall foliage on Sept. 26, 2023 in the Adirondack High Peaks. Jonathan Zaharek | @jonathanzaharek on Instagram
Fall foliage in Upstate NY: Some Adirondack Mountain towns almost to peak colors (PS; Hernandez)
With the arrival of fall, areas of Upstate New York creep closer to peak foliage colors, so make your leaf peeping plans accordingly.
I LOVE NY, the state’s tourism website, has released their third fall foliage map predictions for changing colors during the week of Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2023.
For the best chance of seeing some colors emerging, observers suggest heading to the Adirondack Mountains to places like Tupper Lake, Mt. Arab, Wilmington and Jay are more than 75% to peak fall colors. Above average colors are being reported with hues of maize, banana, daffodil, clementine, mustard, yam, burnt sienna, ginger, beet, rhubarb, raspberry, paprika and pimento.
Here are the color change predictions around Upstate New York for the week of Sept. 27- Oct. 3, 2023.
- Lake Placid, 45 percent
- Lake George, 20 percent
- Whiteface, 50 percent
- Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Au Sable Forks, 85 percent
- Saranac Lake, 50 percent
- Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab, 75-80 percent
- Old Forge, 60 percent
- Newcomb, 35 percent
- Ticonderoga, over 5 percent
- Lake Pleasant, 50 percent
- Plattsburgh, 40 percent
- Malone, 40 percent
- Long Lake, 50 percent
- Crown Point, 15 percent
- Lowville, 15 percent
- Queensbury, 25 percent