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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Mac and Cheese Day!

Mac and cheese, more formally known as macaroni and cheese, is one of the most beloved comfort foods. As is apparent from its name, it is made with macaroni—usually of the elbow-shaped variety—as well as with melted cheese. Other types of pasta can be used, and other ingredients are commonly added with the cheese. It can be made from scratch or out of a box, the latter variety being the first meal that many learn how to make.

Etruscans, Romans, Chinese, and Koreans may have all had a hand in the invention of mac and cheese. It likely was being eaten by the Early Middle Ages, although the first recipes didn't appear until centuries later. The first recipe may have appeared in an Italian cookbook titled Liber de Coquina (Book of Cooking) in the thirteenth century. The recipe, titled de lasanis, consisted of sheet pasta that was cut into two-inch squares, cooked in water, and tossed with grated cheese, which most likely was Parmesan. Mac and cheese gained popularity around Europe at this time. A mac and cheese recipe dating from 1769 that appeared in The Experienced English Housekeeper by Elizabeth Raffald is sometimes seen as being the first modern mac and cheese recipe.

SU News

Lift for Life Returns Friday - Syracuse University Athletics (

Syracuse football's Lift for Life returns on July 14!

The signature awareness and fundraising event for the Syracuse Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, supporters can donate money based on players average bench press rep. As in previous years, this year's fundraiser will center around bench press reps. Team members will lift 225 pounds as many times as they can, and the total number of bench press reps will be divided by the number of players to calculate the average rep. The team has a $5,000 fundraising goal.

Syracuse Football is a part of a national network of collegiate chapters which embrace the mission of Uplifting Athletes by using their platform to inspire and invest in the rare disease community through the power of sport. Syracuse joined Uplifting Athletes in 2013 to help honor former punter and team captain Rob Long who overcame Anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare form of brain cancer, that caused him to miss the final game of his career.

"Uplifting Athletes believes that something as simple as a workout can inspire hope and create a brighter future for those affected by rare disease." said Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Engagement Brett Brackett. "There is still a lot of work to be done knowing that there are fewer than 500 FDA-approved treatments currently available on the market for over 10,000 known rare diseases."

Is Syracuse the New DARK HORSE of the ACC? Orange Football 2023 Season Preview & Predictions (toutube; podcast; Dropout Sports)

Last year was the first time the Orange had a winning record since 2018, but can they do it again? Or even better, can they run the tables of the ACC? Stick around until the end to see the Dino Babers' squad's ceiling and floor as well as what their strong and weak point are!

Syracuse football 2023 defensive line: No longer a question mark, SU’s front has chance to shine (PS; $; Leiker)

Entering last year’s fall camp, no one was quite sure how Syracuse football’s defensive line was going to fare.

The Orange had lost five players off its 2021 depth chart. The two that remained, Caleb Okechukwu and Terry Lockett, hadn’t played more than a max of 258 snaps in a season and only had two starts between them.

The defense had surged into being among the best in the country in its second season employing the 3-3-5 scheme under former coordinator Tony White, finishing No. 19 in the country, but was about to undergo a transition up front.

While SU’s defensive line certainly wasn’t perfect last year — its run defense graded out at No. 93 in the country per Pro Football Focus — it did exceed the expectations many had entering the 2022 season.

Okechukwu is back for his final season, now with over 1,000 snaps under his belt, along with Kevon Darton, the former walk-on who emerged as Syracuse’s starting tackle after Lockett was injured in late September. Lockett returns and is expected to be back at full health by the start of fall camp.

Syracuse football: what LeQuint Allen’s return means to the offense (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

Optimism is in the air for Syracuse Orange football fans after projected starting running back LeQuint Allen dropped his lawsuit against Syracuse University on Wednesday, allowing the promising sophomore to return to the team in mid-August and suit up for the 2023 season.

Syracuse fans held their breath for nearly three weeks since we learned of the suspension.

Now that a settlement has been reached and there is a specific time for Allen’s return to the team, it’s back to business for the Orange with the start of practice approaching.

Here are the most notable implications for Allen’s official return to the team:

(Finally) putting this to bed

To get the messy part out of the way early, it’s good to see this resolved. Can’t say that any clearer.

As Steve, Christian and I discussed during the last episode of the Disloyal Idiots Podcast, the out of nowhere nature of this whole situation threw Syracuse fans, the media and practically everyone completely off. We don’t need to rehash everything from the start, but this was consequential to say the least.

Details aside, the Allen situation had the potential to loom closer and closer to the start of the season. With the offseason basically over, this was the story hanging over Allen’s playing career and how Syracuse would perform in the upcoming season. It would have been the main topic of discussion at ACC Media Days and into the start of camp.

James Finneral on TikTok (tiktok; podcast; Finneral)

Syracuse football recruiting has had a recent upswing...

ACC News

ACC Football and Basketball Coming to The CW Network This Fall (theacc)

The CW Network announced it has secured exclusive broadcast rights to 50 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) college football and basketball games each season through 2026-27. The first ACC football game will air on The CW on Saturday, September 9 with a matchup between the Pitt Panthers and non-conference opponent Cincinnati Bearcats, with games airing every Saturday throughout the season in the afternoon and in primetime. In addition to 13 football games, The CW will broadcast 28 men’s basketball games and nine women’s basketball games. These games will be featured in December, January and February with men’s basketball doubleheaders taking place every Saturday afternoon and women’s basketball games on Sunday afternoons. Raycom Sports will produce all games for The CW.

“We are thrilled to be adding The CW to our weekly television lineup for ACC football and basketball games,” said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. “The CW’s national distribution will directly benefit our student-athletes, teams, alumni and fans. We appreciate ESPN and Raycom working together and look forward to the partnership with The CW.”

“We are committed to making The CW a destination for live, appointment-viewing sporting events,” said Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network. “The ACC is home to some of the most decorated college football and basketball teams in the country and we look forward to welcoming these avid sports fans to the network as we continue to broaden our audience.”

“The CW is going to be a terrific partner for the legendary ACC,” said Hunter Nickell, CEO of Raycom Sports. “The longest-running television relationship in college sports belongs to the ACC and Raycom Sports. Now The CW brings national broadcast network coverage to the great fans of these 15 famous schools.”

The ACC and its 15 member institutions have enjoyed incredible success including:

  • No other conference has won more NCAA national championships in the last two years than the ACC. The league has won 16 national titles in the last two academic years, including a league-record nine in 2022-23.
  • The ACC has won seven national championships in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball since 2015. The ACC is the only conference to win each of those four titles over that stretch.
  • The ACC has had a team in either the College Football Playoff or the BCS National Championship Game in eight of the last 10 years, including two teams in 2020. The ACC has placed the second-most teams in the CFP since its inception.
  • The ACC placed nine teams in football postseason games in 2021. That marked the 22nd consecutive season in which the ACC earned at least six bowl bids. Not including the pandemic-affected 2020 season, the ACC has sent at least nine teams to a bowl every year since 2016. Since 2013, the ACC is second among all conferences with 100 postseason appearances.

ACC, CW ink deal to air 50 football, hoops games (ESPN; Rittenberg)

This fall, the ACC will begin airing football and basketball events on the CW Network, a new addition to the league's Saturday broadcast schedule.

The CW has secured the rights to 50 ACC games, beginning Sept. 9 with Pitt's football game against Cincinnati. Thirteen ACC football games will air Saturdays on the CW, which will broadcast 28 ACC men's and women's basketball games throughout December, January and February. The ACC will have men's basketball doubleheaders on the CW every Saturday, and women's basketball doubleheaders on Sunday afternoons.

Raycom Sports, which sublicences ACC events from ESPN, sold its rights to the CW but will continue producing them. The CW has not aired college sports events but is the exclusive home for LIV Golf. The network is best known for broadcast series, including "All-American," which focuses on college football players in the Los Angeles area.

"We are thrilled to be adding The CW to our weekly television lineup for ACC football and basketball games," ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement. "The CW's national distribution will directly benefit our student-athletes, teams, alumni and fans. We appreciate ESPN and Raycom working together and look forward to the partnership with The CW."

Former Clemson assistant throws shade at ACC coach (; Staff)

A former Clemson assistant threw some shade at a current ACC coach this week.

During Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables took a shot at Miami and head coach Mario Cristobal when talking about the Sooners’ 6-7 season last year.

“There’s lots of ways you can be 6-7, none of it’s any good, right,” Venables said. “But had we gotten blown out by a Middle Tennessee, had we gotten beat by a Florida State 45-3, the conversation’s probably a little different.”

Venables was clearly referencing Miami’s 2022 campaign. In the program’s first season under Cristobal, the Hurricanes finished 5-7 with the 45-31 loss to Middle Tennessee on Sept. 24 and the 45-3 loss to FSU on Nov. 5. The Canes suffered both of those losses at home.

Meanwhile, in Venables’ first season at Oklahoma, the Sooners finished with a 6-7 record, including their 35-32 loss to Florida State in the Cheez-It Bowl. It marked Oklahoma’s first losing season since 1998.

Venables, of course, was hired as Oklahoma’s head coach in December 2021. A former 13-year Oklahoma assistant, Venables won a national championship with the Sooners and two more with Clemson during his highly successful 10-year stint as defensive coordinator from 2012-21.

University of Oklahoma head coach Brent Venables takes a shot at UM & Mario Cristobal.
— Canes Insider (@canesinsider1) July 13, 2023

Noles News: FSU lands first commitment of the weekend (; Krypton)


Four-star offensive tackle Jonathan Daniels committed to Florida State last night; originally scheduled to commit on Saturday I guess the young man just couldn’t wait to be a ‘Nole.

More commitments could be on the way as multiple FSU targets are scheduled to announce this weekend.


21 coaches were named to the Bobby Dodd Coach of The Year preseason watchlist; Mike Norvell was one of them.

The summer finale of The Climb is available for viewing:

JTrav is a vibe

Episode 6 of The CLIMB Season 3 is now available!

: The CLIMB Season 3: Episode 6#KeepCLIMBing | #NoleFamily
— FSU Football (@FSUFootball) July 13, 2023
Football season is only a few weeks away:

Ready #GoNoles
— Charles Mays (@cmays_media) July 14, 2023

ACC might be basketball league but it has some significant college football traditions (usatoday,com; Timanus)

Our series ranking college football traditions continues its run through the Power Five with the Atlantic Coast Conference. Historically, the league is perhaps more closely associated with its prowess on the hardwood, but there’ve been plenty of fall highlights for conference members over the years as well with both Clemson and Florida State winning national titles recently.

Again, we’re quite sure that if you’re a fan of a particular school you won’t be in wholehearted agreement with these tiers – unless you’re at the top of course – but they’ll provide debate fodder for you before the season revs up in a few weeks.

Tier 1: Grand entrances

Every campus has its pregame hype routine, but some programs have more iconic rituals than others.

Florida State

Planting the spear – This pregame opening is hard to top. The sight of Chief Osceola riding Renegade to the 50-yard line and planting a flaming spear into the Doak Campbell Stadium turf is guaranteed to fire up the crowd in Tallahassee. The practice came under fire for a time, but the ceremony has the endorsement and participation of the Seminole Nation.


Howard’s Rock – As the story goes, legendary Tigers’ coach Frank Howard was once given a rock picked up by a friend from the original Death Valley in California. The stone is now mounted on a hill just outside the stadium, also known as Death Valley, and is rubbed by every Tigers’ player for good luck before the team runs down the hill and enters to raucous cheers.

Virginia Tech

Enter Sandman – The Hokies had been making their entrance to Metallica’s hard-rock classic since 2000. But the importance of the tradition was driven home in 2021, when Virginia Tech hosted one of the first nationally televised games with a full stadium after the pandemic. The roar from the crowd actually registered on the seismograph in the school’s geology department, an earthshaking confirmation that college football was really and truly back.

Georgia Tech

The Ramblin’ Wreck – Even if the Yellow Jackets’ on-field fortunes have suffered in recent years, the antique Ford Model A present at all the games is immediately recognizable. The Wreck is maintained and driven by a student group, proof that engineering knowhow is indeed required at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Miami (Fla.)

Smoke Tunnel – The whole smoke thing isn’t unique to the Hurricanes, but they were among the first to utilize it dating back to the 1950s when they played their home games at the Orange Bowl. Miami also has the incomparable Sebastian the Ibis leading the team out of the fog.


Mounted Cavalier – FSU isn’t the only school in the conference with an equine themed pregame arrival. The Cavalier’s ride is dubbed Sabre, and his game-day presence is also a nod to Central Virginia’s long-standing tradition of horse breeding.

Tier 2: Annual events

This one gets a tier all to itself. In fact, we strongly considered putting it at the top due to its significance well beyond football.

Boston College

Red Bandana Game – One of the more enduring tales of heroism to emerge from the horror of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was of a man wearing a red bandana, as described by multiple witnesses, who helped rescue a number of people from the burning World Trade Center and went back in to try and help more before the towers collapsed. He was later identified as Welles Crowther, a 1999 Boston College graduate working in New York as an equities trader and volunteer fire fighter. Starting in 2014, the Eagles’ football team designates one home game each season to honor Crowther’s memory with red bandana inspired uniforms. This year’s Red Bandana Game will be the Sept. 16 contest against Florida State.

Tier 3: Victory celebrations

Most fans have their own ways of expressing appreciation after a win. Often, the schools themselves get involved as well.


Cathedral of Learning Victory Lights – The 42-story tower on Pitt’s main campus in the Oakland neighborhood is always quite visible. It’s even more so when the upper portion of the building is illuminated by golden amber lights following Panthers’ football wins or other significant athletic achievements.

Wake Forest

Rolling the quad – Draping celebratory streamers isn’t unique to Wake Forest, but gathering on the central quad to decorate the trees following football wins has been a big part of campus life for Demon Deacons’ students for decades. There was little danger of causing a TP shortage in residence halls in past years, but the team has been winning with more frequency in the 21st century.

North Carolina State

Ice cream? – To be honest, a lot of Wolfpack accomplishments of late have been tempered by disappointment, as when the cancellation of the Holiday Bowl following the 2021 season robbed them of a chance for their second 10-win campaign in program history. But the university has retained some of its roots as an ag school, so there are plenty of places around the campus to find high-quality ice cream on game days.

Tier 4: Fan participation – or lack thereof

Some of the allure of attending games live is the feeling that you’re part of the action. Some fan bases are more effective at making their presence felt – for better or worse – than others.


Third down keys – Making noise when the visiting team faces third down is standard practice for home crowds. But in the confines of the Carr – sorry – JMA Wireless Dome, the jangling of keys by Orange faithful gets amplified even more.

Rx: ACC Negotiating Position 2026 (RX; HM)

Rx: ACC Negotiating Position 2026

Let's assume for a moment that the ACC has a long-term future as either the host of the 3rd P3 or as one of the P4 (or, possibly, even P5). How can they compete?

People on the internet are quick to tell you that the ACC is locked into a long-term contract with ESPN for all media rights with nothing left to sell and no real hope to improve their financial position. That sounds... hopeless... but is it true? What can the ACC negotiate with at the 2026 look-in?

What can the ACC do to create more value?

IF ESPN is willing to pay, there's plenty the league can still do! If I were the ACC Commissioner, here's what I'd propose to ESPN at the next look-in:

1. No more ACC-vs-FCS games (state laws permitting). Replaces nearly-worthless FCS games with semi-valuable G5 games. (est. +$12M)

2. Minimum 2 ACC-vs-P5 non-conference games (counting Notre Dame and the new Big XII teams). Increases the total number of P5 games under ACC control from 21 to 28 (i.e. 7 more; est +$28M/2, or about +$14M).

3. Require each team to play in 11 ACC-controlled games/year (i.e. at home or neutral site). No more years with 2 or more non-conference road games! For the upcoming 2023 season there are 4 ACC teams that are guilty of this: UVA, VT, Pitt, and Wake. (4 more games; est +$16M).

4. Tweak the 3 annual match-ups in the new division-less schedule to create better games. Look, we all know those 3 annual games are not optimized for television! If we assume that a fully-optimized schedule could guarantee at least 2 T1 and 2 T2 games per school, that's a minimum of 14 T1 and 14 T2 games in-conference every season (currently these numbers vary year-to-year, but most years it would be a significant increase - let's estimate 6 new T1 games, or +$78M).

5. Tweak the 5 games per year against Notre Dame, particularly the ACC home games. Creates more Top 25 ACC vs ND (i.e. T1) gamesfor ESPN. These are the most valuable games from a TV point of view. Assuming the ACC could guarantee at least 2 T1 games per year, let's estimate +1 (+$13M).

The league could even borrow from Joel Klatt's pool idea when it comes to scheduling the 5 games against Notre Dame: 2 top tier ACC teams (1 at Notre Dame, 1 at the ACC school), 2 middle tier (same), and 1 bottom tier (alternating home/away). - see Rx: Better OOC Scheduling

A Look at the Clemson vs Georgia OOC Series (RX; HM)

A Look at the Clemson vs Georgia OOC Series

Future Clemson non-conference schedules include playing the Georgia Bulldogs a lot!

Georgia & Clemson will meet 5 of the next 10 seasons
— SEC Football News (@SECfootball) July 12, 2023

It's true. The Clemson vs. Georgia Rivalry is not dead... it's just not annual. Here are the dates of the games currently scheduled:

Aug 31, 2024 in Atlanta
Sep 15, 2029 at Clemson
Aug 31, 2030 at Georgia
Sep 4, 2032 at Georgia
Sep 3, 2033 at Clemson

Keep in mind that these teams have already faced each other in Charlotte on x.

ACC RSNs will now be OTA (RX; HM)

ACC RSNs will now be OTA

The ACC RSN games has found a home!

The CW Network has secured exclusive broadcast rights to 50 ACC college football and basketball games each season through 2026-27.@TheCW acquired the rights to these live games from Raycom Sports who sublicenses the rights from ESPN.

: ACC Football and Basketball Coming to The CW Network This Fall
— The ACC (@theACC) July 13, 2023

I like this move primarily for one reason: it doesn't cost me a dime to watch games on The CW, because it's broadcast over-the-air.

Carriage Tour, Charleston, SC

OT: Best Weekend Getaway: Charleston, SC (RX; HM)

OT: Best Weekend Getaway: Charleston, SC

Making plans for a 3-day weekend but not sure where to go?

Charleston, SC was selected "Best U.S. Destination" for the 11th year in a row.

From an article in People magazine:

Praised by readers who love its blend of Southern charm and urban flair, Charleston, South Carolina, took the top spot on the outlet's list of best domestic destinations, as voted by readers.

By the way, Sante Fe was second, and New Orleans was third.
Having visited many times over the years, I have to agree with them - there's no place on the East Coast I'd rather go for a long weekend than Charleston. Some of the things I've enjoyed doing there:

Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic district
Go to one of the nearby beaches, such as Folly Beach
Shop at the outdoor Charleston City Market
Visit the South Carolina Aquarium
Visit the Charleston Museum
Definitely eat at one of the many fine restaurants!



This property at the corner of Marshall Street and South Crouse Avenue has bene purchased by Syracuse University for $5.8 million. The big building in the background is The Marshall, a high-rise residential/commercial property SU bought in 2021. (Don Cazentre |

Syracuse University buys another prominent Marshall Street property, this time for $5.8 million (PS; $; Cazentre)

Syracuse University recently spent $5.8 million to add a prominent location to its collection of properties in the Marshall Street business district near campus.

It brings SU’s total investment in property in the Marshall Street area in recent years to more than $90 million.

The latest purchase was the parcel at the northeast corner of Marshall Street and South Crouse Avenue. It’s listed in city property tax records as 737 S. Crouse Ave. but also known as 101 Marshall St.

The lot includes storefronts that recently housed a now-closed NBT Bank branch (at the corner), and a now-closed Jimmy Johns sandwich shop and the still-open Pita Pit restaurant (both facing Marshall Street).

The university bought the property earlier this month from 101 Marshall St LLC, which is owned by longtime Marshall Street property owners Guy and Nancy Easter, according to records at the Onondaga County Clerk’s office. For many years, the corner property was occupied by a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop.


Jared Paventi |

Country club fusion results in thoughtful dining, service at Baldwinsville’s Persimmons (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

It’s rare when an entree takes us by surprise, but there we were chatting about the seared scallops entree at Persmimmons at Timber Banks in Baldwinsville. It was springy and bright ($34), complemented by earthy and vegetal flavors in an accompanying risotto.

Seeing a restaurant put effort and creativity into a scallops entree was refreshing. Typically, they’re either pan-seared or broiled, seasoned with salt and pepper or some sort of cajun-style spice, and served over rice. If you’re at an Italian restaurant, scallops usually get paired with shrimp and served either in a scampi-style sauce or garlic and butter or olive oil. There are exceptions, but they are few in number.

Persimmons’ kitchen sears the scallops with sauteed garlic and lemon and serves them over risotto with spinach, fresh peas and asparagus. The dish is finished with parmesan cheese, toasted pine nuts and mint. You get the fresh flavors of the produce and the brightness of the lemon and scallops, but it’s the mint that ties this dish together, refreshing the palate and elevating the intensity of the elements around it. It was a dish that matched the season elegantly.

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