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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to International Stout Day!

International Stout Day is celebrated on the first Thursday in November each year. Stouts, developed from porters in the 1700s, have become some of the most beloved beers in many different nations. So beloved, in fact, that on November 3, 2011, stouts were given the recognition they deserve with the advent of the first International Stout Day. Like the name implies, stouts are typically strong and robust in flavor and, although they may be hard to chug, a stout is the perfect beer for sipping and savoring.

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NEW ERA: Basketball Guide 2023 (DO; Editor)

Dear Readers,

For the first time since 1976, there's a new face of Syracuse men's basketball, and Adrian Autry has been vocal about his changes. The Orange will play man-to-man on defense as opposed to their coveted 2-3 zone. Autry also wants to play quick and up-tempo, citing SU's depth this season as the key.

Whatever Autry envisions will likely flow through Syracuse's backcourt tandem of Judah Mintz and J.J. Starling. A Baldwinsville (N.Y.) native and former McDonald's All-American, Starling returns to the area after spending his freshman season at Notre Dame. Mintz tested NBA Draft waters in the summer, looking to use his sophomore season with the Orange as another case for going pro.

Like Mintz, SU women's basketball's Dyaisha Fair spent the offseason working on feedback she received from professional scouts. She honed in on her defense playing 3x3 with Team USA at the U23 Nations League. Now in her graduate season, Fair is the undisputed leader of a squad that hopes to build on a WNIT Super 16 finish during head coach Felisha Legette-Jack's first year at the helm in 2022-23.

Along with Fair, shooting guard Georgia Woolley returns as a premier scoring option and forward Alyssa Latham, ESPN's No. 72 recruit in the 2023 recruiting class, adds a much-needed inside presence.

The Daily Orange's 2023 Basketball Guide previews a new era of Syracuse basketball with welcome signs of continuity too.

Thanks for reading,

Tyler Schiff | Sports Editor

RED IS THE NEW ORANGE: Adrian Autry has big plans to transform SU basketball. He’s started right away. (DO; Bambini)

Adrian Autry assigned some summer reading for his players. He chose “The Energy Bus” by Jon Gordon, requiring Syracuse — a program with a new head coach for the first time since 1976 — to hold weekly, mandatory group discussions.

The book teaches ways to instill positive energy in a team, the “Orange Standard” as Autry might call it.

“It kind of just proved that he’s ready to take on the job,” Justin Taylor said. “We all need to be on the same bus. We all need to bring energy and change the culture and be locked in from the jump.”

The reading was just one small effort in Autry’s first offseason in charge to bring SU back to the level it once was. He made changes in practice and switched from Jim Boeheim’s coveted 2-3 zone to man-to-man. He plans to go deeper into the bench and faster on offense with new additions from the transfer portal.

Still, Autry, who’s more than ready for his new role, also kept a sense of continuity. He returned last year’s freshman class and made multiple recruiting trips over the past several months. The balance of change and continuity is what filled Autry’s summer, one spent toward building a new and improved Syracuse team.

“I think we all know where we want to be as a team, what we want to be as a program,” Autry said of the “Orange Standard” at his introductory press conference on Oct. 13.

In Autry’s first team meeting as head coach back in March, the message was clear. “Be ready,” guard Quadir Copeland said. The standard wasn’t changing and the players needed to buy in. Though SU lost starters like Jesse Edwards (West Virginia) and Joe Girard III (Clemson) to the transfer portal, Autry retained 10 players in total.

Taylor described the team as a little bit “shell-shocked” once the coaching switch happened in March. But their decision to return reflected the confidence and trust the squad has in Autry, Taylor said. Copeland said the past several months haven’t even felt like a transition.

Beat writers predict Syracuse men’s basketball’s 2023-2024 season (DO; Staff)

For the first time in 47 years, there’s a new man in charge of Syracuse men’s basketball. Adrian Autry’s appointment entails a switch in defensive schemes from the 2-3 zone to man-to-man. He wants to play faster and more dynamic. And he said he has the depth to do so.

After missing the NCAA Tournament over the last two seasons, Syracuse’s nonconference schedule is tough. It plays No. 9 ranked Tennessee to open up the Maui Jim Maui invitational followed by potential matchups with No. 11 Gonzaga or No. 3 Purdue. As for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia serve as predictable culprits to thwart SU’s return to March this year.

But the Orange have retained all six of their players from the 2022 recruiting class, added a former McDonald’s All-American guard in J.J. Starling and brought in 7-foot-4 center Naheem McLeod. The return of Judah Mintz, who tested NBA Draft waters over the offseason, secures a reliable, now-experienced floor general for the Orange.

‘HOMETOWN HERO’: After 3 years away, J.J. Starling knew it was time to come home (DO; Schiff)

It almost seemed rehearsed, a perfectly orchestrated storybook beginning. The prodigal son had returned, marking the end to a three-year absence. J.J. Starling locked eyes with his choked up father, Patrick, on the doorstep of their house.

“Hometown hero,” Patrick said to Starling. “How does that sound?”

Starling didn’t need to answer. His beaming reaction punctuated the start of a new chapter. Following an underwhelming freshman year at Notre Dame, questions arose about his future. He had struggled with nagging injuries. Mike Brey, the coach who led his recruitment, was gone after 23 years at the helm. And, Adrian Autry, who Starling has known since he was 7, was appointed as Syracuse’s new head coach.

“All the stars aligned for J.J. to go back home,” said Patrick Holmes, Starling’s head coach at La Lumiere (Ind.) School. “It all made perfect sense.”

PROVE IT: Before year 2, Judah Mintz revamped his outside shot (DO; O'Brien)

Last season, Jim Boeheim called Judah Mintz one of the greatest freshman point guards he ever had. But last spring, professional scouts told Mintz that he needs to work on his perimeter shooting before transitioning to the NBA.

After making the ACC All-Freshman Team last season, Mintz announced on Instagram in March that he would enter his name into the 2023 NBA draft and maintain his college eligibility. Over seven months later, Mintz’s Instagram post is gone. On May 31, Mintz withdrew his name from the draft, announcing he would come back to Syracuse for the upcoming season.

Mintz returns to SU with a new head coach and a chance to increase his draft stock. In the summer, Mintz practiced at various camps and at his old high school to improve on his shooting deficiencies. He’s had shooting success while he played for Oak Hill Academy (Va.), Gonzaga College High School (Washington D.C.) and on the AAU circuit. But now, with another year at Syracuse, Mintz is looking to prove himself.

“(I was) really just trying to make it, I was trying to make it to the NBA,” Mintz said. “But I was really just focused on what was ahead of me.”

In May, an anonymous NBA Western Conference scout told that Mintz’s outside shooting was a concern for every team. An Eastern Conference scout added that Mintz was still learning how to play point guard.

“He didn’t shoot it very well from (the 3-point line) at Syracuse, but he did improve throughout the year,” the Western Conference scout told “You assume he can continue to improve, but the question is how fast or when will you see that improvement?”

D.O. Sportscast: Men's basketball beat writers preview 2023-24 season (DO; podcast; Staff)

For the first time since 1976, there’s a new man in charge of Syracuse men’s basketball. Adrian Autry is head coach after joining the Orange’s coaching staff in 2011 as an assistant.

On this episode of the D.O. Sportscast, our men’s basketball beat writers discuss their expectations for Autry’s debut.


Syracuse coach Adrian Autry shares a few words with Orange guard Judah Mintz during the team's exhibition game against the College of St. Rose on Wednesday night. Dennis Nett |

Mintz returns to lead Orange in exhibition win as regular season looms: ‘I’m ready’ (PS; Waters)

In its last two preps for the start of the regular season, the Syracuse Orange basketball team had played without Judah Mintz.

The sophomore point guard had missed the Orange’s open scrimmage during Monroe Madness in Rochester on Oct. 21 and the team’s first exhibition game against Daemen last Friday with what was termed a lower-body injury.

With Syracuse’s opener against New Hampshire on Monday, Mintz wasn’t going to miss the Orange’s second and final exhibition game.

“I didn’t want to just hop out there on Monday without having any type of game reps,’’ Mintz said.

So Mintz suited up for the Orange’s run against the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday night.

“It was big for me,’’ he said. “It was big for our team for me to get back out there and play.’’

Mintz showed no sign of injury or rust as he led the Orange with 20 points in an 86-61 victory over St. Rose in front of 3,113 fans at the JMA Wireless Dome. In addition to his scoring, Mintz also contributed seven assists with no turnovers. He also picked off three steals.

“I thought Judah, he had his spots,’’ Syracuse coach Adrian Autry said. “He’s still trying to get his wind back, get his conditioning back. He had some good spots. Obviously, he was aggressive. He got to the free-throw line. One thing I was really pleased with was his assists and his steals and no turnovers. That was big.’’

Observations from SU's exhibition against Saint Rose: Benny Williams suspended, Mintz makes 1st start (DO; O'Brien)

While Syracuse returned star guard Judah Mintz to its lineup against The College of Saint Rose, forward Benny Williams sat out. Mintz notched a game-high 20 points and led the team in assists with seven. But Williams received a suspension, according to SU Athletics, right before tipoff for a “violation of team rules.”

In addition to losing Williams, Maliq Brown was ruled out in the same announcement dealing with a mild groin issue per’s Donna Ditota.

The absences of Williams and Brown were the prelude to a night where the Orange’s started the first 17 minutes of the game shooting 38% overall and 22% from beyond the arc. But, in the last 10 minutes of the opening half, SU caught fire to outscore the Golden Knights by 13 points.

Here are observations from Syracuse’s exhibition against The College of Saint Rose:

Justin Taylor steps up in place of Williams

Ninety minutes before tipoff, Williams’ suspension was announced on X. The post did not specify what team rules Williams broke, or how long he would be out, but it noted that he will “rejoin the program soon.” Fellow forward Justin Taylor started in Williams’ place.

In the starting position, Taylor scored 10 points in 30 minutes of playing time. In the second quarter, Taylor nailed a fadeaway jumper from the right side of the floor and followed by making a 3-pointer. And since Taylor was taller than all but four of Saint Rose’s players, he notched a team-high 12 rebounds.
... (; Carter)

Leonard Hamilton, now the oldest and most experienced of any men’s basketball coach in the ACC, slowly climbed a small platform to his seat behind a table last week and made the obvious joke. He was in Charlotte for the conference’s annual basketball media days, an event where he once felt ignored and overlooked, but now reporters gathered around to hear what he had to say.

“Everybody keeps talking about me being the elder statesman,” Hamilton, 75, said while gripping the table for balance. “They need to hand me some steps, and take care of the old man.”

He released a long audible sigh as he sat down, as if the trek from the hallway had worn him out, or as though his knees hurt. Hamilton, who began coaching at Florida State in 2002, is entering his 22nd season in the ACC. Virginia’s Tony Bennett is the league’s next-most experienced head coach, with 14 seasons in the conference, and only two others (Clemson’s Brad Brownell and Miami’s Jim Larranaga) have been around more than 10 seasons.

Among his peers, then, Hamilton is best-positioned to contextualize the evolution and state of ACC men’s basketball. There was a time, not all that long ago, when it carried a certain kind of mystique and gravitas. When the mention of “ACC basketball” conjured positive meaning and envy. It was a lot of things to a lot of people but, universally, it symbolized sustained greatness; the cultural and competitive peak — though Big East loyalists might disagree — of the sport.

MBB: Top 30 Players (RX; HM)

MBB: Top 30 Players

Who are the ACC Men's Basketball players to watch when the season tips off this month?

The top 30 men’s basketball players in the ACC
— College Basketball Report (@CBKReport) November 2, 2023
Summary by School:
  • Duke 4
  • Miami 4
  • UNC 4
  • Clemson 3
  • Pitt 2
  • Syracuse 2
  • Va Tech 2
  • NC State 2
  • Wake 2
  • BC 1
  • GT 1
  • FSU 1
  • Virginia 1
How much will that factor into the order of finish next Spring?


Chris Snow (left) and Eli Saslow (right) pose together during their time at Syracuse. The two worked as assistant sports editors together at The Daily Orange for one semester. COURTESY OF CHRISTIAN TOMAS; Smith)

His name followed him everywhere. Snow. Snowbeat. Snowy Strong. Not because it was unique, but because he was the type of person that people couldn’t forget.

His intelligence, confidence and passion for storytelling stood out from the first time he stepped into 744 Ostrom Ave. — The Daily Orange’s house. He was so good that as a sophomore, editors had to create a beat just for him — the “Snowbeat” — where he wrote about SU’s opposing players and coaches.

That name — and Chris Snow’s name — stuck instantly and didn’t go away. As editors budgeted upcoming stories, they’d write “FB” for football, “MBB” for men’s basketball and so on. For Snow’s stories, it was just his name.

Two decades later, the Snowbeat still exists at The D.O., a way for younger, nascent writers to begin making their mark. Snow’s personal stamp on the newspaper — the Snowbeat is the paper’s only beat named after someone — foreshadowed the impact he left everywhere he went in life.

His public battle with ALS inspired others battling the progressive, incurable nervous system disease, and the “Snowy Strong for ALS” campaign for ALS research raised over $500,000. Over the past four years, Snow approached the fatal disease the same way he approached everything else: with confidence and strength, just like he had as a Syracuse student writing for The D.O., as a sportswriter and as an NHL executive.

“You never met Chris Snow and came away forgetting about him,” said Jeff Passan, a longtime friend and SU classmate.

Snow died Sept. 30 after going into cardiac arrest. He was 42.

“Chris should be remembered not by who he was in the past tense, but in the very living ways he’s with us right now,” longtime friend Dave Levinthal said. “And if we have to go into the past tense, I’ll remember him as the best of us. He’s just somebody who I wish everyone had a chance to meet because they would have been better for it.”


Daylight Saving Time: Do we still have to turn our clocks back? (PS; Herbert)

Do we still have to turn our clocks back for daylight savings time? For most people, the answer is yes.

Daylight Saving Time 2023 ends on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2 a.m. For most people, that means you should plan on changing your clocks on the night of Saturday, Nov. 4, turning them back a full hour; you’ll “gain” an extra hour of sleep or possibly enjoy another hour out Saturday night.

Computers, TVs and cell phones will automatically update at 2 a.m. but you’ll want to manually set any other clocks back one hour. We always “spring forward” when DST begins and “fall back” when it ends.

While we’re on the subject, you should also replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York recommends that people change their batteries when we switch to and from Daylight Saving Time, as 60 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

Daylight Saving Time, also colloquially referred to as “daylight savings time,” begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday of November.

Despite some confusion last year, most of the U.S. still observes Daylight Saving Time; Arizona and Hawaii do not participate in DST. Multiple bills have been introduced in the New York state legislature to end the changing of clocks in the Empire State, but no progress has been made.

Last year, the Senate approved a bill known as the Sunshine Protection Act to make daylight saving time permanent nationwide. However, the legislation stalled in the House due to a disagreement over whether to keep standard time or permanent daylight savings time.

A bipartisan group of 12 senators reintroduced the legislation in March to end the changing of the clocks. The bill would’ve made Daylight Saving Time permanent, which would mean we would not “fall back” in November, making sunrise around 8:15 a.m. on the first day of winter (December 21) in New York; if we turn our clocks back, then sunrise would be around 7:15 a.m.

“This ritual of changing time twice a year is stupid,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) argued. “Locking the clock has overwhelming bipartisan and popular support. This Congress, I hope that we can finally get this done.”

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Florida) introduced a companion bill, co-sponsored by a bipartisan group that includes Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the U.S. House. But the bill has not been discussed yet by the House Subcommittee on Innovation, Data and Commerce — despite being referred to the subcommittee eight months ago.

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