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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Hummus Day!
Hummus is a Levantine and Egyptian food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas or other beans, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.
Many cuisine-related sources describe hummus as an ancient food or connect it to famous historical figures such as Saladin. Indeed, its basic ingredients—chickpeas, sesame, lemon, and garlic—have been eaten in the region for millennia.
But in fact, there is no specific evidence for this purported ancient history of hummus bi tahini. Though chickpeas were widely eaten in the region, and they were often cooked in stews and other hot dishes, puréed chickpeas eaten cold with tahini do not appear before the Abbasid period in Egypt and the Levant.
Syracuse’s Carrier Dome is Getting Renovated and it Looks…Interesting (twobuttonsdeep.com; Macks)
Syracuse University recently announced that the Carrier Dome, landmark and home for the University’s football, basketball and lacrosse programs, will be getting a new, fixed up roof by 2020.
The updates also include increased WiFi, accessibility improvements, and a new sound and lighting system to go along with a vertically-hung scoreboard. The university hopes that this will help attract more student-athletes and students, because you know, you can’t sucessfully run a university without students.
As the son of a Syracuse alumna and a student who attended nearby SUNY-ESF through sophomore year, it feels weird to see a hallmark like the Carrier Dome change. It had become second nature to see a basketball game in a random corner of an enclosed dome, better yet a football game which felt like a house party meets a convention.
Considering how cold, windy, and snowy it gets in ‘Cuse, people weren’t really missing out on a view because there really isn’t one. Now they are going to add this random window to the outside on the roof, which will just show what we already know: empty skies, rain, snow, and wind.
Ex-Syracuse DT Steven Clark to tell story of return to football after medical DQ (PS; Bailey)
Western Michigan University is producing a video outlining Steven Clark's journey back to the football field.
Clark, who transferred from Syracuse following a controversial disqualification last summer, played for the Broncos in 2017 before being DQ'd by WMU before the start of spring practice.
The trailer, tweeted by WMU Football, includes brief clips of Clark speaking about his adversities.
Second Chance Teaser Trailer: The incredible story of grit, determination, and brotherhood. Steven Clark went against all odds to play the game he loved one more time. pic.twitter.com/5ZkDTefRAz
-- WMU Football (@WMU_Football) May 16, 2018
After being disqualified by Western Michigan, Clark decided to remain enrolled as a student and assist the Broncos coaching staff this season. He previously declined to share the reasoning behind the second disqualification.
Clark's disqualification from Syracuse was in relation to a genetic disorder, Factor V Leiden in one gene, that makes him more susceptible to blood clotting. The disorder was discovered after Clark sustained a knee injury in practice and was given a brace that was too small for him, he said previously.
St. Peter's Chris Ledlum receives first ACC hoops, D-1 football offers (silinve.com; De Biase Jr)
You can count an Atlantic Coast Conference school as one of the latest to bid for the services of St. Peter's Chris Ledlum.
The University of Pittsburgh's men's basketball team recently offered Ledlum a full scholarship, according to a Tweet by Ledlum's AAU program, the New York Jayhawks.
Ledlum retweeted the post, then made it known through a Tweet of his own that the College of the Holy Cross gave him his first Division 1 football scholarship offer a short time later.
Ledlum, a two-year varsity player at St. Peter's who averaged 20.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game as a junior, has received a steady flow of basketball offers after a highly successful performance at the Adidas Gauntlet Series in Atlanta just over two weeks ago. In that tourney, Ledlum averaged 27.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a contest.
Pittsburgh is the latest to offer '19 6'6 Chris Ledlum of St. Peter's!! #jayhawksrising pic.twitter.com/jjzL2ivq9N
-- NY JAYHAWKS (@NYJayhawks) May 15, 2018
ACC coaches, administrators searching for a good answer to transfer reform (orlandosentinel.com; Murschel)
The challenge of amending the NCAA’s transfer rules is enough to leave anybody’s head spinning.
So when NCAA officials traveled to Amelia Island this week to sit down and explain some of those issues to coaches and administrators at the ACC’s annual spring meetings, it left more than one person impressed, to say the least.
“I think if you’re on that transfer working group, they should qualify for a lifetime supply of Tylenol,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe joked with reporters Tuesday.
Kevin Lennon, the NCAA vice president of Division I governance, and Jane Miller, a member of the Division I Transfer Working Group, spent time going over the ins and outs of the legislation as well as different proposals being debated.
Most coaches and administrators left the meeting knowing there was still more work that needs to be done before a proposal can be presented to the NCAA board of directors for a vote in June.
“I don’t think there were any surprises,” NC State athletics director Debbie Yow said. “I just think it’s an onerous topic and you can’t find the perfect answer so it comes down to which version you would prefer, but none of them are perfect.”
ACC's Best Quarterback Matchups of 2018 (athlonsports.com; Fischer)
7. Ryan Finley (NC State) vs. Eric Dungey (Syracuse) — Oct. 27 (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Dungey has proven to be a perfect fit for Dino Babers’ system and he’s piled up the stats as a result and turned into one of the ACC’s underrated stars. While he’s helped re-write the school record book, getting the Orange to a bowl game is priority No. 1 in 2018 and beating teams like the Wolfpack will go a long way towards that goal. Standing on the other sideline will be a veteran in Finley who will be looking to put a stop to all that talk in late October.
Top 3 defenses in the ACC heading into the 2018 season – 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte (espncharlotte.com; O'Brien)
Last year, there was a ton of talk surrounding some of the offenses in the ACC but seven teams ranked in the Top 50 in yards per game defensively.
Some will take a step back of course with key departures from graduation and from this year’s NFL Draft but there are a few other groups that should rise to the top of the rankings once again.
Who tops the list this year? May not be too big of a surprise but there are a few teams that won’t be far behind.
There can’t be too much else to say about Clemson’s defense the year. To start off, the defensive line may be the best in college football with the return of Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, and Austin Bryant, as they all skipped this year’s NFL Draft. Add on the return of Dexter Lawrence and opponents are looking at four potential first or second round draft picks this year. Kendall Joseph leads the way at linebacker as he also returned for another year, but the Tigers are looking for breakout seasons from new names at the position. Lastly, the secondary will have experience that includes Mark Fields, Tanner Muse, and Trayvon Mullen, while Clemson looks for potential future stars to step up as well. Overall though, the Clemson should once again top the rankings for the ACC on the defensive end and it starts up front with the defensive line.
Why Notre Dame Football Will Not Join a Conference (slapthesign.com; Martinez)
It’s mid-May, somewhat of a dead period on the world of college football. So of course the topic of conference expansion is being brought up. Sure enough, Notre Dame football is involved in the conversation.
On a radio show I heard last week, conference expansion was brought up again, as the TV rights deals will be up for a lot of conferences in 2022. Of course, that prompted one of the hosts to bring up why Notre Dame football will eventually have to join the ACC.
It would make sense from the ACC’s point of view, Notre Dame is already in the conference for most sports.
Without going too much into non-Notre Dame movement, hypothetically, it sounds like the Big 12 really is the conference that won’t be around IF another big movement happens. From an ACC point of view, Notre Dame and West Virginia would be the two best options to form the “16 team super conference” that seems to be the talk. Both are geographic fits, and reuniting old rivalries (WVU-Pitt) plus a consistent Notre Dame-Miami or Florida State rivalry would certainly benefit the ACC.
But back the the Irish side of things….
3 Ohio anglers walk away with $6,900 in winnings from CNY carp fishing tournament (PS; Figura)
A team of three anglers from Ohio were the overall winners atlast weekend's Wild Carp Classic fishing derby on the Seneca River, which featured 135 anglers from across the country and beyond.
Richie Elbridge, Bill Syler and Dick Laubscher were the overall winners and won first place in their section, taking home $6,900. The total weight of their 10 largest fish came in at 294 pounds, 15 ounces.
The catch and release competition kicked off at 8 a.m. Thursday and ended at 11 a.m. Sunday morning. A total of 50 teams, with 2-3 anglers each, fished for 75 straight hours. There was a $900 entry fee for each team, which was allowed up to six rods per team, one hook per rod.
Tournament organizers handed out a total of $31,800 in cash prizes.