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Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Beer Day!

National Beer Day is celebrated on the anniversary of the date that beer once again began being served, in 1933, after over thirteen years of Prohibition. Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on March 22, 1933, which said that beer with up to 3.2% alcohol content by weight could again be sold, as long as states passed their own laws allowing the selling of beer. After signing the law Roosevelt said, "I think this would be a good time for a beer," and the new law went into effect on April 7. People gathered outside of breweries and taverns the night before beer became legal, waiting for their opening at midnight. On the first National Beer Day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. Prohibition was not fully repealed until December, when the Eighteenth Amendment was done away with, and the Twenty-first Amendment went into effect. The modern-day celebration of National Beer Day started in 2009, after Justin Smith started a Facebook page for it. The day has since been recognized by elected officials.

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Oct 30, 2021; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) looks to outrun Boston College Eagles defensive back Jason Maitre (3) in the first quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Orange Watch: Spotlighting Syracuse football superstar Sean Tucker - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)

Item: Although he didn’t play in last week’s live ACC Network broadcast of the Orange-Blue game, everyone, including head coach Dino Babers and his teammates, are raving about the upcoming third (and likely final) season of running back extraordinaire Sean Tucker.

Okay, let the Heisman hype begin right here.

Syracuse’s Sean Tucker for the 2022 Heisman Trophy.

After a record-smashing season in which he ran for 1,496 yards to surpass the 42-year mark of Joe Morris, finishing fourth best among FBS players, what does Tucker do for an encore?

That question has been on the mind of Orange Nation heading into the 2022 season, and it came to focus at the Orange-Blue event. Always understated verbally, Tucker, wearing a distinctive piece of bling around his neck while dressed in civies on the sidelines last Friday night, was succinct when interviewed on the ACC Network.

“I definitely have a couple of goals,” he explained. “Try to break my rushing record of last year, and definitely get (in the) Heisman race.”

The biggest news regarding Tucker this off-season is not how good he’s looked in spring practice, but the fact that he took it upon himself to improve his speed and agility by joining the school’s indoor track team.

Among his accomplishments for head coach Brien Bell was finishing second (to teammate Trei Thorogood) in the men’s 60M event during the Kane Invitational at Cornell in January, and recording a personal best time of 6.90 in the 60M at the Tiger Paw Invite held at Clemson in February.

“The track (participation) really helped him,” head coach Dino Babers told the media following the Orange-Blue festivities. “I mean he’s a lot faster than he was last year, unfortunately for everybody else, but he is a lot faster than he was last year.”

“It’s his first step and once he gets going,” Babers continued. “We did some other things with the team (this spring), some mat drills and stuff like that and they had to (run) a hundred yards.”

(; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Stephen Bailey of jumps on the show with Tim Leonard to discuss the Syracuse Football Spring Game. In Part 1 of our conversation today, Stephen and Tim chat about Justin Lamson, Dan Villari, Jacobian Morgan, Garrett Shrader and how the Syracuse Orange quarterback depth chart is shaking out. Is there a clear number two? Is Shrader the clear cut number one starter? The guys dig into all of that. Plus, how confident should we be that Garrett Shrader makes a leap next year as a passer? How comfortable is Justin Lamson with the new offense and much more. Stephen Bailey will be back on the show tomorrow for part 2. We will discuss how he sees the run/pass splits looking like in this new offensive system, the battles at WR, OL, DL and more.

Listen to Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball on TuneIn (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Time for Part 2 of our extensive chat on Syracuse football after the spring game with Stephen Bailey of Today, we open up discussing expectations for Syracuse's offense under new offensive coordinator Robert Anae and QB coach Jason Beck. How much will Syracuse pass the ball this year? Will they use more formations and more trick plays than in previous years? Will it take awhile to learn? Plus, we chat about the latest developments in the battles at the WR, O-Line and D-Line...


Korey Duff Recaps 'Great' Syracuse Visit (SI; $; McAllister)

Korey Duff Recaps 'Great' Syracuse Visit

One of the top players in New York in the 2024 class was recently on the Orange campus.

Higgins & Sacco 4-6 (ESPN; radio; Higgins & Sacco)

Brian Higgins and Mario Sacco dish out some Masters picks, chat with Syracuse football color analyst Adam Terry about the new-look offense and position battles, and more.

ACC Football: Analyzing Returning Starter Data for 2022 (; Lassan)

College football's 2022 season is still months away, but with spring practice in progress and the roster picture becoming clearer for all 131 teams, it's never too early to think about next fall and what teams return the most talent.

Pitt is the reigning ACC champion, but coach Pat Narduzzi will have to replace star quarterback Kenny Pickett. The Panthers return a strong supporting cast for their new signal-caller and will face competition in the Coastal from Miami under new coach Mario Cristobal. The Atlantic Division features a three-team battle with Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest at the top. Florida State also is expected to take a step forward in '22.

Roster management in the era of the transfer portal has changed how teams can reload, improve or build going into a new coaching tenure. Returning starter data isn't necessarily the best way to judge teams going into a year, but it does provide interesting insight into strengths and weaknesses. Each year, Athlon Sports compiles returning starter data for its college football preview magazine. Players starting the last six or seven overall games are considered a returning starter. Also, some discretion is used, including returning from injury, split starters at a specific position, or other applicable reasoning for considering a player a starter.

Which teams return the most talent in the ACC for 2022? And what does the returning starter data tell us for next fall? Here's a look at what's ahead for this conference:

ACC Football: Analyzing Returning Starter Data for 2022

Atlantic Division

Boston College57
Florida State87
NC State710
Wake Forest96

ACC Football: 3 most overrated head coaches ahead of 2022 season (; Muldowney)

ACC football is home to some elite head coaches but not all of them should get a ton of attention. Which coaches are the most overrated?

When you think of ACC football, the first team that comes to mind is Clemson. The Tigers have been the dominant team in the conference for years thanks to Dabo Swinney.

Swinney has been one of college football’s elite coaches and he’s the only coach in the ACC that has actually won a national title. He won the national championship in 2016 and then again in 2018, putting the Tigers on the map and shedding the distinction of “little ol’ Clemson” as Swinney called it.

While Swinney is regarded as the top coach in the conference, for good reason, there are others that get plenty of respect such as Mack Brown at North Carolina because of his legendary track record. He’ll always be considered a legend, even if North Carolina falls short of expectations.

But there have been a plethora of coaching changes over the past couple of years which has shaken up the pecking order.

Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Miami, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have all made changes in the past few years and most of those coaches are still trying to fight for some respect. Some of them have been granted respect too soon, however.

Which ACC head coaches can be considered the most overrated heading into the 2022 season?

3. Pat Narduzzi, Pitt Panthers

Back when Pat Narduzzi was the defensive coordinator under Mark Dantonio at Michigan State, he was considered one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in the sport. He was a prime candidate to take over as head coach of a Power Five program and after leading the Spartans to a Rose Bowl in 2013, he won the Broyles Award which is given to the nation’s top assistant.

Two years later, he found himself leading the Panthers.

Pitt had been a mediocre ACC program for what seemed like forever and it hired Narduzzi to turn things around and through the first two years, it looked like he was well on his way. He led the Panthers to back-to-back 8-5 seasons but he had a couple of bowl losses. In his third year, he won just five games and fell short of a bowl.

The Panthers went 21-17 over the following three seasons which is about as average as it gets and that left fans a little restless. Finally, in 2021, the Panthers broke through and finally won the ACC title thanks to a down year from Clemson and they went to the Peach Bowl, losing to his former school, Michigan State.

Some consider Narduzzi to be one of the top 3-4 coaches in the conference and are praising him after his ACC title in 2021, but he had been extremely average before this past season.

Also, his recruiting has been incredibly mediocre. How did he capitalize on an ACC title season? Oh, just by landing the No. 14 class in the ACC (yes, dead-last) and 73rd in the nation. That’s horrible.

2. Dave Doeren, NC State Wolfpack

Speaking of coaches who get a ton of respect but continue to underwhelm in the recruiting landscape, Dave Doeren is treated like one of the league’s top 3-4 coaches just like Pat Narduzzi, but I just don’t know if he’s quite earned it.

Sure, he may be in that group by default because of all the coaching changes around the ACC, but I’m not sure he was worthy of an extension through 2026 like he got this offseason.

NC State isn’t exactly a historical power and Doeren has done a solid job of leading it to almost 25 percent of its all-time bowl appearances, but he also hasn’t won a division title and has only finished second two times. The Wolfpack have actually finished with a losing record in ACC play five times in Doeren’s nine seasons with the program which isn’t exactly spectacular.

Doeren is 64-49 at NC State but has a losing record in conference play which really makes you question if he’s reached his ceiling in Raleigh which seems to be nine wins (he’s done that three times).

While I think he deserves respect for turning the Wolfpack into an above-average program, I think that he’s peaked already.

1. Mario Cristobal, Miami Hurricanes

A lot of people are going to look at Mario Cristobal’s recent success at Oregon, including two Pac-12 titles and three straight division crowns, and think that I’m crazy for calling him overrated.

But hear me out.

One, the Pac-12 has been arguably the worst Power Five conference over the past few years, so his talented squads were expected to win the league. And two, Cristobal had the most talented team in the Pac-12 by a mile in 2021 and somehow stumbled to two blowout losses to Utah and a road upset defeat against a bad Stanford team. It was a disappointing year.

And then he bolted for Miami where he played from 1989-1992. He was welcomed back with open arms because he’s a top-tier recruiter and Manny Diaz fell short of expectations. Fans wanted a coach who could dominate the city of Miami in terms of recruiting and Cristobal can do just that. But coaching his team up may be a different story.

Cristobal went 35-13 at Oregon before taking the Miami job and many forget how bad he was at FIU from 2007-2012, going just 27-47. He’s just two games above .500 for his career.

And yet we’re supposed to believe he’s worth $80 million over 10 years?



Onondaga County installed a pair of 50-foot-high domes to capture methane gas that will be used to power the Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment plant on Hiawatha Boulevard. Courtesy of Onondaga County Water Environment Protection Department

What are those 50-foot-tall blue domes at the sewage plant near Destiny USA? (PS; $; Coin)

Have you noticed those five-story, baby-blue domes rising from the ground along Hiawatha Boulevard?

They’re the most visible part of a $45 million upgrade to Onondaga County’s main sewage treatment plant that will not only save energy, but produce more of it.

The overhaul will triple the amount of energy the plant produces to run its own operations. The costs of hauling sewage sludge to a landfill will also be slashed by up to $3 million a year.

The twin blue domes – county officials use the term “bubbles” – are the storage tanks for the increased production of methane, which will be burned to provide electricity for the power-hungry Metropolitan Syracuse Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The two domes have a combined volume of 1.8 million gallons, about equal to three Olympic-sized swimming pools. They’ll store methane that’s created as a byproduct of the treatment process. That gas will then power generators that will provide as much as 25% of the plant’s electrical and heating needs.

And those needs are huge: Metro, which serves about 270,000 residents in Syracuse and nearby suburbs, consumes a third of the total electricity of all county-owned facilities and buildings. Metro employs pumps to move 84 million gallons of wastewater every day, huge fans to help dry sludge, and ultraviolet light to disinfect the effluent before it’s released into Onondaga Lake.

“Wastewater treatment is an energy hog,” said Shannon Harty, commissioner of the county’s Water Environment Protection Department.

The project is part of WEP’s commitment to keeping facilities up-to-date and cost-effective, Harty said.

It’s above and beyond the $750 million the county spent, under court order, to clean up Onondaga Lake over the past few decades. County Executive Ryan McMahon has proposed spending $600 million more on upgrades to county’s sewer system over the next six years.

The guts of the Metro upgrade, so to speak, are four enormous tanks called digesters. Each digester tank covers an area the size of two basketball courts and rises nearly three stories.
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