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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Sandwich Day!

National Sandwich Day takes place on the birthday of John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. It commemorates his birth and celebrates sandwiches. Although meat has probably been put between bread since the two foods were invented, according to legend, Montagu came up with the sandwich in 1762, while engaged in a 24-hour gambling event. He wanted to be able to eat with one hand so he could gamble with the other and asked his servants to put some beef between two pieces of bread.

John Montagu was born on November 3, 1718, in London. Besides being the Earl of Sandwich, for a time he also was First Lord of the Admiralty, Secretary of State for the Northern Department, and Postmaster General. It's likely Montagu got his meat and bread idea from his time in the Mediterranean, where he feasted on Turkish and Greek mezze platters, where meats, cheeses, and dips were placed on and between layers of bread. Montagu continued to eat meat and bread together following the gambling event, and it quickly caught on in popularity in London, particularly with people of society who ate in restaurants. The food began being referred to by part of Montagu's title: Sandwich.

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ACC preview: How will SU fare under Autry? (Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast) (PS; podcast; Waters)

All but one ACC team will open up the 2023-24 season on Monday. Among those, the Syracuse Orange begins its campaign with a home game against New Hampshire.

Before action tips off, we dedicated an entire Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast to a preseason look around the ACC with Brendan Marks of The Athletic.

Marks joined’s Mike Waters to talk about their choices to win the league, which teams could surprise this year and which players they will be watching.

In the ACC’s annual preseason media poll, Duke was the runaway favorite, garnering 44 out of a possible 51 first-place votes. Marks agreed that the Blue Devils look strong.

“At least on paper, Duke makes the most sense as the preseason favorite,’' Marks said. “You’ve got four starters back from last year which is unheard of continuity at Duke.’'

The ACC has three teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason Top 25 ― Duke, North Carolina and Miami. Beyond those three teams, which team does Marks like? Clemson, for one. He talked about the Tigers’ backcourt of Chase Hunter and former Syracuse guard Joe Girard, which is ranked as the third-best in the ACC by Blue Ribbon Yearbook.

SU basketball wants to play fast. How does a 4-guard lineup help? (PS; $; Ditota)

Throughout Syracuse’s preparation for the 2023-24 college basketball season, Adrian Autry has mentioned the possibility of deploying as many as four guards at a time.

The SU coach has made no secret about his intention to play with pace this season. He likes the idea of putting multiple players on the floor who can handle the ball and make plays.

On Wednesday, SU’s available roster ingredients allowed him to fully experiment with a four-guard concept.

With Benny Williams (suspension) and Maliq Brown (precautionary injury measure) out against The College of St. Rose, the Orange lacked power forwards.

SU started Judah Mintz and JJ Starling, plus two guys who are essentially shooting guards (or wings) in Justin Taylor and Chris Bell. The Orange surrounded either Naheem McLeod or Peter Carey with a bunch of guys who can score and make plays in the open court.

Autry and his players were pleased with the pace of play after SU’s 86-61 win over St. Rose. The Orange, particularly in the first half, dominated pace-based stats like points off turnovers and fast-break points.

“That’s a coach’s dream having four guys out there who can handle the ball, shoot the ball, get downhill and make plays,” Starling said. “It’s hard to really stop us. You don’t really know who to key on. Do you key on Judah, do you key on me? If you do that you gotta worry about CB, you gotta worry about JT. And we got lob threats. It’s just amazing having multiple guys that can make plays.”

Syracuse Basketball: Experts say Rick Pitino, St. John’s tops in NY – yuck (itlh; Adler)

Two noted national experts, in recent days, predicted the best basketball team in every U.S. state for the 2023-24 season, and Syracuse basketball got shut out in the Empire State.

First-year head coach Adrian Autry and his squad begin their 2023-24 campaign on Monday, Nov. 6, when the Orange hosts New Hampshire at the JMA Wireless Dome. Autry has said he’s highly confident in his squad, and Syracuse basketball players are focused on not just making the 2024 NCAA Tournament, but also going on a deep run in next spring’s March Madness.

Autry is one of numerous new head coaches at high-major programs in 2023-24, and another one also has former ties to the ‘Cuse.

Former Syracuse basketball assistant coach Rick Pitino, a New York City native and two-time national champion, is back in the Big Apple as the head coach of Big East Conference member St. John’s.

of the best!
Andy Katz lists the best team in every state heading into the 2023-24 season
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) October 30, 2023

When college basketball insider Andy Katz of and CBS Sports senior writer Matt Norlander each published articles a couple of days ago where they noted the top projected team in every U.S. state, both of them went with St. John’s in New York state. Gross.


Photo by Joohee Na

SU men's hoops impresses before season's start (; Breslin)

Hop on the Adrian Autry bandwagon now.

Syracuse men’s basketball took down Division II Saint Rose Golden Knights 86-61 for their second exhibition win before the start of the season. The Orange utilized their playmakers and after a dominant start, never looked back.

The game marked the return of sophomore guard Judah Mintz. Whispers of “he’s back” floated through the crowd upon his announcement in the starting lineup, and Mintz started quickly. The guard dished a spinning assist to junior center Naheem McLeod 20 seconds into the game.

As he did much of last season, Mintz used his physicality to score. The guard drew five first-half fouls, making nine of his 10 free throws. Syracuse shot just six free throws in their first exhibition game against Daemon, while Mintz led the Orange to a staggering 28 free throw attempts in this contest; he finished the contest shooting 14-16 from the foul line.

“I thought he was good,” head coach Adrian Autry said about the performance. However, just as one key player rejoined the team, another left.

The team announced before the game that junior forward Benny Williams would be suspended for an indefinite period of time. The team did not explain why Williams was suspended, and when asked, Autry did not go into any further detail. The forward scored 11 points in 25 minutes in SU’s game against Daemon.

Benny Williams has been suspended from the team for a violation of team rules. He is expected to rejoin the program soon. Maliq Brown is not dressing for tonight’s game, for precautionary reasons, because of a mild lower-body injury.
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) November 1, 2023

5 questions that will define the 2023-24 Syracuse basketball season (with Mike Waters) (youtube; podcast; Axe)

On Episode 28 of Syracuse Sports,'s Brent Axe and Mike Waters share what they have learned from SU basketball's two exhibition games. There's already been a lot of roster scrambling due to injury and suspension before the Orange have played a real game. Then Mike and Brent answer five questions that will define the SU basketball season. Who is the X Factor? Who will lead the team in scoring? What stretch of the schedule will define the season and more.

Mario Sacco "The 315" 11-2-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Mario jumps on to discuss the SU MBB game last night, Syracuse football and hand out the Sacco Six Pack.

Keeping Up With The 315 11-2-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian begins the Thursday show reacting to the sad news about Bobby Knight and the SU men’s basketball exhibition win last night. Then, the Man Who Sorta Knows gives out his gambling picks for the weekend. Finally, a caller chimes in on the Eric Dungey comments and Brian gets into No Wrong Answers for the BC football game.

30 Minutes in Orange Nation (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie start the show reacting to Benny Williams’ suspension and Syracuse men’s basketball’s exhibition win over Saint Rose. Then, Jordan joins the guys to pick the weekend of ACC and NFL football action. Later, a regular caller expresses shock at the SU-BC spread.

Syracuse men’s basketball: Three takeaways from preseason finale against Saint Rose (TNIAAM; Tomaiuolo)

Last night’s contest against St. Rose marked the final tune-up for Syracuse Orange men’s basketball before the season officially starts. The Orange comfortably coasted to a second straight exhibition win. There was a lot to digest, but here’s what I took away from yesterday’s game:

Chris Bell steps up

Ninety minutes before tip-off, Syracuse ruled out two of its top six players in Benny Williams (suspended for violation of team rules) and Maliq Brown (precautionary for a lower-body injury). Although not overly concerning, we saw a new starting five work together, with Chris Bell and Justin Taylor rotating between the small forward and power forward positions. The former shined on both ends in the first half, racking up 19 points, mainly off two threes and nine free throws.

But what impressed me the most was Bell’s defense while guarding man-to-man. The sophomore finished with two blocks and three steals on the night, which would’ve tied and broken his season highs last year. Sure, he’s playing against St. Rose, but Bell has the tools to thrive defensively in Adrian Autry’s system.

It might’ve happened by chance tonight, but I’d like to see Autry experiment more with Bell down low in the regular season. His 6’7 frame makes him more than capable of snagging some boards, and if his shooting goes cold, this could give him a new way to change the game.

Smooth finishing in transition

One thing’s clear... this team likes to run the floor. Old are the days of Joe Girard III pulling up for three on a fast break or other guards not hustling down the court. Two steals by Kyle Cuffe Jr. led to two quick buckets on the other end in the first half. The Kansas transfer ripped the ball away from a St. Rose forward and darted down with a 3-on-2 advantage. Cuffe hit J.J. Starling in stride, finishing through the contact for an and-1. Minutes later, Cuffe picked off a pass and dished the ball out to Quadir Copeland for a rim-rocking, one-handed flush.

It’s great to see the chemistry clicking with starters and reserves, especially on the break. The Orange guards have the speed to match any other ACC foe, and pushing the ball will be a focal point of their offense. It’ll be interesting to see how often Syracuse converts on the break once competition ramps up, but it checks all the boxes so far.

JJ strong to the rim

Syracuse Basketball: Nationally, CBS Sports ranks Judah Mintz in top 50 (itlh; Adler)

In a ranking from CBS Sports panelists of the top-101 players across the country in college hoops, Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz has arrived inside the top 50.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Mintz, who hails from Fort Washington, Md., had a strong freshman season for the Orange, which went 17-15 overall under then-head coach Jim Boeheim, as the team missed the NCAA Tournament for the second season in a row.

Mintz, a 2022 four-star prospect by way of the powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game in 2022-23, while connecting on 44.3 percent from the field, 75.1 percent from the free-throw line and 30.3 percent from beyond the arc. He was on the ACC’s All-Freshman team in 2022-23.

National pundits have said that Judah Mintz is sporting an improved perimeter jumper ahead of 2023-24, and he’s a significant contender for All-ACC and All-America honors in the upcoming stanza.

Syracuse basketball sophomore point guard Judah Mintz is a top-50 national player.

When the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its preseason media poll in late October, Mintz was on the All-ACC second team. Other national experts have put him on the All-ACC first squad in preseason projections.

Not too long ago, he was one of 20 players who were named to the preseason watch list for the 2024 Bob Cousy Award, which every year honors the top point guard in Division I men’s hoops.

Mintz went through the 2023 NBA Draft process, but he decided to return to the Hill for a second season. While the 2024 NBA Draft is a long way from now, he’s already receiving some first-round draft buzz.

Syracuse basketball commences its 2023-24 stanza under first-year head coach Adrian Autry on Monday, Nov. 6, when the Orange will host New Hampshire at the JMA Wireless Dome.

CBS Sports, in its national rankings, has Judah Mintz at No. 44, which is on-brand for SU Athletics. In the CBS Sports article, senior writer Matt Norlander wrote, “If not for Mintz, no one would know how precarious the outlook would be for Adrian Autry in his first season at Syracuse. The Orange return one of the top sophomore floor generals in the nation and hope to be an ACC spoiler because of it. Mintz’s instinctive feel and pick-pocket tendencies make him an entertaining watch. He’ll also probably be a stat monster. Mintz averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. It’s possible all those numbers increase.”
These CBS Sports national ratings, by the way, “do not consider NBA potential or previous accomplishments (other than how previous accomplishments usually serve as indicators of future success). This is simply a ranking of the 101 men we collectively believe will be the best 101 college basketball players this season,” the CBS Sports experts wrote in their piece.

From a recruiting perspective, there are numerous college basketball players within the top 101 who are likely familiar to Syracuse basketball fans.

The Juice Online - Our 2023-24 Syracuse basketball season prediction (; Stechchulte)

The voting media did not think particularly highly of the Orange at ACC Media Days. When the ballots were tabulated, SU was voted tenth in the conference with more space separating them from ninth-place Pittsburgh than Florida State in 11th.

And that is a completely reasonable conclusion.

Syracuse has one new head coach, one new primary defensive system, two fewer established offensive threats, at least two new starters, five new players, and probably some other things that are currently slipping the mind. While Adrian Autry has been involved with the program for a long time, sliding over one seat on the bench from associate head coach to head coach is a lot farther than how the chairs are placed.

Jesse Edwards and Joe Girard were far from perfect players, but they combined for almost 31 points per game last season. While the roster has the most raw talent it has seen in a long time, the known entities are Judah Mintz, J.J. Starling, and probably Naheem McLeod. That means there are a lot of unknowns out there. Here’s a partial list:

While they both have capability to be the top offensive option, will Mintz and Starling mesh well together and shoot well enough from long distance to keep driving lanes open?

Will Benny Williams pay off all his athleticism and potential after a couple seasons of leaving coaches and fans wanting more?

Or will Maliq Brown’s dependable, metronome play allow him to surpass Williams in the starting lineup on a permanent basis?

Will either Chris Bell or Justin Taylor grab the small forward role from the other?

Is Naheem McLeod the defensive force he looks like, both on paper and in person?

Will Mounir Hima play well enough to allow both himself and McLeod to play without fear of fouling on defense?

How does Quadir Copeland fit himself into the rotation? Does he keep Kyle Cuffe Jr. on the bench or does the latter’s shooting prove to be real at propel himself into the rotation?

Oh, and how do these guys play man-to-man defense?

All told, those questions (and others left unwritten, but involving a general lack of collegiate playing time across the roster, consistent three-point shooting from the guards and wings, and scoring from the centers) make tenth a reasonable result in the poll, especially for a program that has finished between sixth and tenth in the ACC in each of the last nine seasons.

Syracuse Basketball: Expert dishes on 4-stars Nigel James, Kiyan Anthony (itlh; Adler)

Two of the top priority targets for Syracuse basketball coaches in the 2025 class are New York high-school teammates Nigel James, a four-star point guard, and Kiyan Anthony, a four-star shooting guard.

Both the 6-foot James and the 6-foot-5 Anthony are fast-rising juniors. In the upcoming 2023-24 season, they will compete together in a stacked backcourt of the powerhouse Long Island Lutheran High School in Brookville, N.Y., which is a member of the loaded 10-team National Interscholastic Basketball Conference (“NIBC”).

With some NIBC games scheduled to air on national broadcasts this upcoming term, Orange fans will have opportunities to watch James and Anthony, which is awesome.

In mid-September, Nigel James took an official visit to Syracuse basketball. Not too long ago, Kiyan Anthony, the son of ‘Cuse legend Carmelo Anthony, also took an official visit to the Orange. Each prospect has many other impressive suitors, although I feel that the ‘Cuse is going to prove a significant contender in both of their respective recruitments.

A top expert weighs in on Syracuse basketball four-star targets Nigel James and Kiyan Anthony.

A couple of days ago, Zach Smart, who extensively covers high-school basketball and recruiting in New York City and throughout the Empire State for nychoops., wrote a piece on various New York prospects, including James and Anthony.

Smart, a really good guy who knows his stuff, said in part about James that he possesses “a rarefied feel for the game as a prodigious play creator with a knack for the timely read. He’s developed an adeptness for creating space with his handle and really finishing in crafty, ambidextrous fashion. He has a uniqueness in his ability to score via difficult, highly contested shots. James is an athletically explosive guard who carves his way to the rim effortlessly and leaves defenders chasing. He’s a real chore to stay in front of given his shiftiness and relentlessness while in constant attack mode.”

Benny Williams Suspended From Syracuse Basketball - How Big A Deal Is This? (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Benny Williams Suspended From Syracuse Basketball - How Big A Deal Is This?

A New Era of Syracuse Basketball! (youtube; video; Syracuse Orange)

Get your tickets for the 2023-24 Syracuse men's basketball season with head coach Adrian Autry!

'One of a kind:' Boeheim, others eulogize Bobby Knight (; MacWilliam)

Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight died this week at age 83, his family confirmed Wednesday. The world of basketball is taking some time off the court to remember the coaching icon.

Knight won 902 games as a college coach, leading teams at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech. But it was as at Indiana where his legend status was cemented, winning a school-record 661 games and making the NCAA Tournament 24 times.

He took home three national titles.

In an interview, former Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim called Knight the smartest guy he's ever known.

"He did crazy things, and sometimes he did them on purpose," Boeheim said. "That's who he was. He was a great coach, and his players loved him. And the bottom line, he was tough on his players and a lot of people didn't like that, but everybody who played for him was 100% all in, that he made them better players and better people."

Mike Krzyzewski, former head coach of the Army and Duke basketball programs, also took time to remember Knight.

"We lost one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball today. Clearly, he was one of a kind," Krzyzewski said. "Coach Knight recruited me, mentored me and had a profound impact on my career and in my life. This is a tremendous loss for our sport, and our family is deeply saddened by his passing."

2023-24 Syracuse men's basketball season preview (; Sheehy)

Syracuse Orange

2022-23 record: 17-15, 10-10 in the ACC

Head Coach: Adrian Autry

Tenure at Syracuse: 1st season

Career coaching record: N/A

Home court: JMA Wireless Dome

Projected starters: G Judah Mintz, G J.J. Starling, C Naheem McLeod, F Benny Williams, F Chris Bell

Projected bench: G Chris Gatty, G Quadir Copeland, G Niko Ruffin, G Anthony Clayton, G Chance Westry, G Justin Taylor, G Kyle Cuffe Jr., F Chaz Owens, F Maliq Brown, C Peter Carey, C Mounir Hima, C William Patterson

Overview: For the first time in 47 years, there will be a different man patrolling the sidelines for Syracuse. After a storied career for the Orange, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim retired from collegiate basketball after the 2022-23 season. Filling his enormous shoes will be newcomer Adrian Autry. The head-coach debutante has been on the team’s staff since 2011, after suiting up for Syracuse himself in his college days. While it is his first position at the helm of any squad, Autry brings the potential to shake up the playing style from the Boeheim Era and put a fresh spin on Orange basketball.
On top of a new head coach, Syracuse boasts a number of roster changes. With two of the team’s top three scorers — Joseph Girard III and Jesse Edwards — gone to Clemson and West Virginia, respectively, the Orange used the transfer portal to fill out their squad. Headlined by J.J. Starling from Notre Dame and Naheem McLeod from Florida State, the newcomers to the Syracuse roster will bring a wealth of experience to boost Autry’s young roster.
Amidst the changes facing the Orange this season, they retain one key piece of the puzzle — the man at the point. Returning sophomore Judah Mintz was one of the standouts for Syracuse last year, earning Honorable Mention All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team recognition. The Fort Washington, Md., native garnered 16.3 points and 4.6 assists per game in his first year on the college stage, shooting .443 from the field overall. While Mintz tested the waters of the 2023 NBA Draft process, he ultimately withdrew his name and returned to the school in upstate New York. On a team going through a plethora of new personnel and changes alike, Mintz’s consistency as a role player and leader will be key to the Orange’s success.
Team ceiling: Despite all the moving pieces Syracuse will have to figure out, the team has the potential to do something special. If the transfers and freshmen are able to gel with the Orange veterans and last year’s role players are consistent, the team could use their breadth of talent to earn a top four finish in the ACC.
Team floor: In keeping with last season’s Syracuse squad, which finished eighth in the ACC, the 2023-24 campaign could be another year where the Orange sit at the middle of the conference pack. If the team struggles to find cohesion amidst roster changes and a new coach, Syracuse could finish in the bottom half of the league, potentially seeing the bottom four of the ACC.



Grilled venison chops finished in a cherry demi-glace with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. Dinner at Tailwater Lodge, Altmar, N.Y. (Jared Paventi |

Venison, elk roam the menu at Altmar’s Tailwater Lodge (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

It was no surprise to see elk and venison on the menu at the Tailwater Lodge’s restaurant in Altmar. Located on the banks of the Salmon River, the hotel’s primary target are the thousands of outdoors enthusiasts who flock to the region annually. Marrying together an upscale pub menu with traditionally hunted meat just makes sense.

This approach makes it the first time we’ve seen venison as an everyday item on a restaurant menu. Two marinated venison rib chops ($44) were grilled and served over roasted garlic mashed potatoes with cherry demi-glace. Tender and juicy, the venison had a mild, earthy flavor that soaked into the garlicky, creamy potatoes in an adept pairing. The demi-glace was subtle, at best, outpunched by the natural flavors of the meat. A medley of fresh vegetables tied the dish together.

Once we peeled away the abundance of grilled onions on top of the elk burger ($20), we were left with a burger that was slightly sweeter than venison — elk and deer are of the same species — but not as gamey. Had it not been listed as elk meat, you might have guessed that it was made from beef. Cooked to order, the medium burger had just the right amount of pink, and was topped with smoked gouda cheese. A side of coated fries accompanied the dish.


Truckload of free food Friday at Syracuse youth center: no limits, no questions asked (PS; Eisenstadt)

A tractor trailer full of food will be pulling up to the Mary Nelson Youth Center Friday morning. It will be for the community to take home.

The food, donated by G&C Foods in Syracuse, is being given away and will be unloaded by G&C workers, as well. There will be about 35 pallets of food that include taco kits, cereal, banana muffin mix and granola bars.

There are no income requirements and no questions asked, community activist Mary Nelson explained in her Facebook post about the donation. People also will be allowed to pick up food for other people who cannot make it.

The giveaway will begin at noon at Nelson’s Youth Center at 2849 S. Salina St. in Syracuse.

elson is responsible for several community giveaways, including the Amazon mystery box events and her annual backpack giveaway.

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