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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
Today we celebrate ice cream sandwiches in all their forms and flavors! They first appeared in the late 1890s in New York City, being sold by street vendors for a penny. They consisted of a thin quarter-inch layer of ice cream between two thin graham wafers. Shortly thereafter, by at least 1905, they were being sold on the beaches of Atlantic City for the same price.
There are many ice cream sandwich variations in the United States and around the world. The most common is made of a vanilla ice cream slab between two thin chocolate cookie layers that resemble a chocolate cake. The "It's It" ice cream sandwich originated in San Francisco in 1928 at the Playland-at-the-Beach amusement park, being invented by owner George Whitney. It consists of vanilla ice cream between two oatmeal cookies, which are covered with chocolate and frozen. They are still being sold today. Chipwich sandwiches made with chocolate chip cookies were popular in the 1980s, and after a handful of years of being out of production, they returned in 2018.
SU football begins practice today. Here are the players, position battles to watch (PS; $; Leiker)
Syracuse football begins fall camp Wednesday.
It’s been just over three months since the Orange’s spring game. A host of new talent joins the team from the transfer portal, junior colleges and the high school class of 2023. There are also players returning from season-ending injuries or time off for other reasons who will be back in the swing of things.
Here are the players and position battles we’re most interested in seeing play out in August.
QB Braden DavisDavis is one of a handful of transfers that picked SU during the second transfer portal window after spring ball was done. As such, he’s one of the freshest faces at fall camp.
The Delaware native came back north from the University of South Carolina, where he’d committed in April 2021 ahead of his senior season at Middletown High School. Syracuse had not offered him at the time.
Asked about the addition of Davis to the quarterback room Tuesday, wide receiver Damien Alford seemed excited. He said Davis, like Garrett Shrader and Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, is a versatile quarterback.
SU football’s 2023 QBs: Shrader finally has familiarity at OC (PS; $; Leiker) updated
For pretty much the first time in his five-year college football career, Garrett Shrader has some consistency.
This season will be his second under quarterbacks coach Jason Beck. It’s the first time he’s kept the same position coach for consecutive years. Beck, also Syracuse football’s offensive coordinator, will be the fifth OC Shrader has played under.
He also returns his top receiving target in Oronde Gadsden II, and backup, Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, returns as well.
“I’m grateful for where I’m at and the guys that I have around me,” Shrader said last week at ACC Kickoff, noting the lack of consistency he’s had in his career.
“I have learned that that’s what matters the most.”
That strong support system around Shrader, plus a spring of rest and recovery following an offseason surgery, puts Syracuse’s leading man in prime position to have the best season of his career.
Besides Shrader and Del Rio-Wilson, SU has two other quarterbacks: Braden Davis, the South Carolina transfer, and Luke MacPhail, the fourth-year preferred walk-on.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/football/beck-shraders-relationship-core-syracuse-offense-2023 (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse Football kicked off training camp festivities Tuesday afternoon with a press conference about the upcoming season before the team hits the practice field on Wednesday.
Head Coach Dino Babers, now in his eighth season at the helm of the Orange, answered questions on a variety of topics, but spoke extensively about his new offensive coordinator Jason Beck. Beck spent last season as the quarterbacks coach for ‘Cuse and was elevated to the OC role after Robert Anae left for NC State.
Babers credits the knowledge of the offensive scheme and pre-existing relationship with starting quarterback Garrett Shrader as reasons for hiring Beck. Shrader, now in his senior year, enters the season with his fifth different play-caller. Babers felt responsible to give his third-year QB a coach that he felt comfortable with for the 2023 campaign.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse...rove-doubters-wrong-2023-training-camp-begins (SI; McAllister)
Tuesday marked the unofficial beginning of the 2023 Syracuse Football season. Coach Babers and two players spoke to the media on a variety of topics, but there were two common themes. That the ACC preseason ranking meant nothing to them and their team chemistry is stronger than ever.
Justin Barron, Syracuse defensive back and team captain shared a story regarding a tradition that the team has running the stadium stairs annually as a conditioning workout. This year, however, the team ran the stairs differently than ever before. In the past years, each position group has run the stairs together. What made this team unique is they choose to run up the stairs together as one.
That speaks volumes heading into training camp that the team’s chemistry is already an asset and something that the players have spent time cultivating during the offseason. Chemistry is something that Babers credited his team with during the press conference.
Syracuse to open fall camp, eager to learn from last season (spectrumlocalnews.com; video; MacWilliam)
Football season is here in Central New York.
The Syracuse University football team is set to open fall camp on Wednesday morning with their eyes set on learning from last season's roller coaster ride.
"Don't take the high as too high, and don't take the lows too low," Syracuse defensive back Justin Barron said on the lessons learned from last season. "You've got to ride the wave, right? Keep a happy medium. We went six now (in 2022) and then next week we're losing games. So we're just trying to keep that happy medium, keep the same us the entire season so we can be successful."
"We got to work," Syracuse wide receiver Damien Alford said. "We started off six in a row and after, as you know, we went a little downhill. But we know what to do this year. We know how to improve, how to get better. The offense is getting better. The defense is getting better. Special teams is getting better. So as long as we click on all cylinders, we're going to be good."
Head coach Dino Babers added on Tuesday that quarterback Garrett Shrader will start the season on a "pitch count" after undergoing offseason surgery on his right arm.
The ACC Football Media Poll was also released on Tuesday morning, with voters selecting Syracuse to finish the season in tenth place.
"We normally have been ranked in certain places, and normally the media is not that accurate," Babers said. "So we're fired up about that."
It's certainly motivation for Babers and the Orange, who look to become bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.
https://syracuse./news/opponent-ana...-syracuse-football-preview?yptr=yahoo?src=rss (r1vals.com; Jones)
As we countdown to kickoff in September, we’re doing a team-by-team opponent preview. Today, we're previewing Syracuse's matchup with North Carolina on Oct. 7 with our friend Andrew Jones over at Tar Heel Illustrated.
Most important offensive player, defensive playerQuarterback Drake Maye is easily the most important offensive player because he is by far the best offensive player. He has a chance to contend for the Heisman Trophy and be the top pick in the NFL draft next April, so if he plays to that level, the Tar Heels will be in very good shape.
Linebacker Cedric Gray is the best player on defense but the most important player might new cornerback Alijah Huzzie, a transfer from East Tennessee State. He had six INTs each of the last two seasons, while UNC’s CBs have a total of eight in the last four seasons. UNC needs a playmaker at corner, and with it, could change the defense enough to get back some tight games.
Rising star on offense, defenseSince WR Tez Walker was a stud at Kent State last year, as Georgia saw firsthand, I’m going with sophomore running back Omarion Hampton. He had 100-plus years in two of UNC’s first three games last season before struggling the rest of the way. He had problems hitting the right holes, so he didn’t get a ton of carries. But he could explode this season. He has high-end potential.
This is easy on defense, tackle Travis Shaw is a former 5-star prospect who was in everyone’s top 10 for the class of 2022, and he’s trimmed down to around 340 pounds. He’s an exceptional athlete whom the UNC staff believes will be a first-round pick one day. I think he erupts this fall.
Team outlook: Best-case scenarioThe Tar Heels have a challenging schedule not daunting, so if the defense is improved to where it ranks in the middle nationally and the new WRs are as advertised, this team can win 10 or 11 games in the regular season and content for an ACC title game spot. The offensive skill is there, the o-line must be better in pass pro (89 sacks allowed the last two seasons), and the defense must generate more sacks, TFLs, and turnovers.
What National Experts Think of Syracuse Heading into 2023 (ornagefizz.net; Frank)
With ACC Kickoff behind us, there’s only about a month before Syracuse takes the field in its home opener on September 2nd. So, that means anyone and everyone is starting to predict how this season might play out in the conference and nationally. So, what are people saying about Syracuse? The Athletic released a mailbag earlier this and answered a question on the
Orange, and staff writer Grace Raynor, who covers the conference, said in the piece:
“I cannot figure out Syracuse. The Orange seem to either be very high — winning six consecutive games to open the season last year — or very low, losing six of their final seven. In 2018, they won 10 games. In 2020, they won one. Garrett Shrader threw for 65 yards against Florida State coming off an injury, then 324 a week later at Wake Forest.
Ultimately, I believe that the Orange losing offensive coordinator Robert Anae to NC State will be a lot to overcome this season, but a path toward bowl eligibility seems possible. Colgate, Western Michigan, Purdue, and Army are the Orange’s nonconference opponents. Georgia Tech and Boston College should be winnable games while the Virginia Tech matchup feels like a tossup. We’ll see if Dino Babers’ seat is hot as the season progresses, but if we’re being totally honest, Syracuse is sort of an enigma to me.”
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Can Garrett Shrader Lead Syracuse Back To A Bowl Game?
Clemson Favored in 2023 ACC Football Preseason Poll (theacc.com)
Clemson is favored to win the 2023 Atlantic Coast Conference football title for the eighth time in the last nine years, according to a preseason poll of 176 media voters.
The Tigers went 11-3 last year, posting their 12th consecutive double-digit win season while winning the 2022 ACC Football Championship Game.
The 2023 ACC Preseason Poll was conducted via a vote of a media panel, including those who were credentialed for last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Clemson was predicted as the 2023 ACC champion on 103 ballots. Coming off a 10-3 season and a win in the Cheez-It Bowl, Florida State racked up 67 first-place votes. North Carolina (5) and NC State (1) also earned first-place votes.
Clemson paced all teams with 2,370 points, while Florida State held the second slot with 2,304 points. North Carolina was third with 1,981 points, and NC State nabbed fourth with 1,662 points.
The next three teams were tightly bunched, with Miami in fifth with 1,553 points and Duke and Pitt tied for sixth with 1,511 points apiece.
Louisville (1,344) was eighth in the preseason prognostications, while Wake Forest (1,181) took ninth. The 10 through 14 spots were held by Syracuse (826), Virginia Tech (678), Georgia Tech (633), Boston College (561) and Virginia (365).
The 2023 ACC schedule features a new scheduling model, which eliminates divisions. The 2023 ACC Football Championship Game will be played Dec. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based on winning percentage.
2023 ACC Preseason Poll
1. Clemson (103), 2370
2. Florida State (67), 2304
3. North Carolina (5), 1981
4. NC State (1), 1662
5. Miami, 1553
T6. Duke, 1511
T6. Pitt, 1511
8. Louisville, 1344
9. Wake Forest, 1181
10. Syracuse, 826
11. Virginia Tech, 678
12. Georgia Tech, 633
13. Boston College, 561
14. Virginia, 365
First-place votes in parentheses
176 media voters
UNC Football Picked To Finish Third In ACC In 2023 )247sports.com; Holloway)
North Carolina football is projected to finish third in the ACC by the media, the league announced on Tuesday.
Clemson was picked to win the conference, followed by Florida State at No. 2.
UNC won the Coastal Division in 2022 with a 6-2 conference record and 9-5 overall record. The ACC removed conferences heading into this season.
The Tar Heels last won the ACC in 1980. They reached the conference championship game twice, once in 2015 and again last year, losing to Clemson both times. UNC has five ACC titles in program history.
North Carolina returns star quarterback Drake Maye. Maye is expected to be one of the first two quarterbacks selected in the 2024 NFL Draft, and he was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday. Maye revived 42 total Heisman votes last season, including three first place votes.
The offense also brought in transfer wide receivers Tez Walker (Kent State) and Nate McCollum (Georgia Tech), who will be expected to replace the productivity of departed wideouts Josh Downs and Antoine Green.
UNC’s two leading tacklers, Cedric Gray and Power Echols, return to the linebacking corps. To fill in the gaps in the secondary — after many of the team’s defensive backs transferred out — North Carolina added Antavious “Stick” Lane (Georgia State), Alijah Huzzie (East Tennessee State), Armani Chatman (Virginia Tech) and Derrik Allen (Georgia Tech).
North Carolina began last season with a 9-1 record before losing its final four games. As it enters 2023, it hopes to find some success in the postseason while also contending for the ACC title.
ACC's top 3 teams? ESPN analyst weighs in (theclemsoninsider.com; Staff)
Who are the ACC’s top three teams, in order, as it stands now entering the 2023 season?
ESPN analyst Sam Acho was asked that question this week during a segment on the network’s College Football Live show.
“It’s Clemson, then Florida State, then Miami,” said Acho, a former University of Texas and longtime NFL linebacker.
As for why Acho sees the Tigers as the top dog in the conference ahead of the upcoming campaign, he pointed to Clemson’s QB1 who is entering his first full season as the program’s starter.
“Clemson, number one, returning Cade Klubnik as the starter,” Acho said. “This dude was one of the most decorated high school, Texas quarterbacks in history. Won numerous state titles. Very, very rarely lost. But it’s about his leadership attributes. That’s what you hear from the guys in his locker room.”
Acho views FSU as the second-best team in the ACC behind Clemson and says that after the Tigers and Seminoles, there’s a large gap between them and Miami, which heads into its second season under head coach Mario Cristobal.
“(FSU QB) Jordan Travis, he’s ascending. His play got so much better as the year went on last year,” Acho said. “And then Miami, the reason I have them last is that under Cristobal, it took them a while last year, I don’t really think they even found their rhythm, and so that’s why they’re last in that group. So I think Clemson and Florida State are the first two. Miami’s still way far behind.”
Possible ACC Expansion? (RX; HM)
Possible ACC Expansion?
From ClutchPoints: ACC eyeing Oregon, Washington with Pac-12 reeling from Colorado’s exit, here is an interesting snippet:
...The ACC has considered the possibility of trying to add a couple of Pac-12 schools. The ACC has run models while looking into the possibility of adding Oregon and Washington to the conference, ESPN reports. The conference has also eyed West Virginia and SMU.
“The ACC has been and remains highly engaged in looking at anything that makes us a better and stronger conference,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips told ESPN. “We've spent considerable time on expansion to see if there is anything that fits...”
Adding Oregon and Washington would be an unprecedented move amid conference expansion, given their distance from most ACC schools. However, geography has made little difference in the most recent conference expansion decisions.
The ACC hasn't made a push for expansion because conference officials have yet to conclude if doing so would help it compete financially with the SEC and Big Ten.
2023 Hardest, Easiest Schedules (RX; HM)
2023 Hardest, Easiest Schedules
From ESPN: 2023 CFB superlatives: Who has the hardest, easiest schedule? by Chris Low, here are some of his ACC-related comments (click the link to read the entire article)...
...the ACC will move away from divisions in 2023... All rankings referenced are from ESPN's latest Way-Too-Early Top 25...
Toughest overall Power 5 scheduleFlorida... opens the season on the road against two-time defending Pac-12 champion Utah and closes at home against bitter rival Florida State, which is ranked No. 3 and is one of the favorites to win the ACC. In between, the Gators have trips to Kentucky, South Carolina and LSU. They face No. 11 Tennessee at home... [and] No. 1 Georgia in Jacksonville...
Easiest overall Power 5 scheduleJeff Hafley could use a breakthrough season after Boston College's the 3-9 finish a year ago, and the good news is the schedule sets up the Eagles to make a run at their most successful season since Hafley arrived in 2020. There are no nonconference games against Power 5 opponents;
UNC football’s top 23 players for 2023 season, 30 days before kickoff (fayobserver.com; Baxley)
North Carolina football will kick off its 2023 season in 30 days against South Carolina in a College GameDay matchup at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Led by head coach Mack Brown and quarterback Drake Maye – the reigning ACC Player of the Year – the Tar Heels will take aim at a return trip to Charlotte in December for the ACC Championship. UNC posted a 9-5 record last season.
In addition to Maye, UNC has several key returners and some high-profile transfers. Here’s a look at 23 players to watch in 2023.
William Barnes, offensive line The senior started in 13 games last season, spending most of his time on the right side of the offensive line.
Giovanni Biggers, defensive back The graduate student started all 14 games last season. He had 69 tackles and two pass breakups.
DeAndre Boykins, defensive back Boykins had 67 tackles and seven pass breakups in 14 games last season. He’ll be a key piece on the backend of UNC’s defense in 2023.
British Brooks, running back The sixth-year player was projected to be UNC’s top back in 2022 before a season-ending injury in the preseason. Brooks averaged 9.5 yards per carry in 2021.
Armani Chatman, defensive backComing off a shoulder injury, Chatman has been working his way back after transferring from Virginia Tech. He had 89 tackles and 20 pass breakups in 49 games with the Hokies.
Power Echols, linebacker Echols had 103 tackles and started all 14 games last season. The team captain ranked fifth among Power Five players with 70 solo tackles
ACC football preseason rankings: Why we voted Pitt 4th in the conference (P-G; Hiles)
I think the 2023 Pitt Panthers will have a good season. There are still more than a few things I need to see before I think they’re capable of having a great season, and it seems many others feel the same way.
The ACC released the results of its preseason football poll Tuesday afternoon, which was voted upon by 176 media members that attended the conference’s media days last week in Charlotte. Reporters, columnists and analysts throughout the country picked Pitt to finish tied with Duke for sixth place in the league this fall, which was around where I anticipated the Panthers to be slated.
Ahead of Pitt is Clemson — which holds the top spot in the preseason rankings for the seventh time in eight seasons — Florida State, North Carolina, NC State and Miami. Behind the Panthers and Blue Devils are Louisville, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Boston College and, in last place, Virginia.
Why I voted 4th
I have a bit higher set of expectations for Pat Narduzzi’s team. For my ballot, I had Pitt coming in fourth place behind only Florida State, Clemson and NC State. Here is why:
By picking Pitt at No. 4, I’m assuming the Panthers will win around eight or nine games, which seems to be the program’s new standard. The team will probably lose a game or two it shouldn’t and, in return, it will likely pull off an improbable upset that few saw coming. That just seems to be how things go in the Narduzzi era.
Florida State and Clemson are simply too talented to ignore and belong in the top two spots, while NC State’s reunion of Brennan Armstrong and offensive coordinator Robert Anae has the potential to do damage against one of the league’s weaker schedules. But if all goes as expected, I think Pitt could remain in the mix to face one of them for the league championship.
https://www.si.com/fannation/colleg...gnment-acc-conference-expansion-possibilities (SI; Parks)
As the college football expansion and conference realignment process opens up again with Colorado voting to leave the Pac-12 for the Big 12 next season, it's time for leagues around the country to once more look at whatever opportunities they may have, and that includes the ACC, according to commissioner Jim Phillips.
Phillips said he is keeping a close eye on what the Pac-12 may do in the future as it looks to secure a new media deal and is watching how any potential realignment move may help benefit his conference.
What the ACC said"The ACC has been and remains highly engaged in looking at anything that makes us a better and stronger conference," Phillips said, via ESPN.
"We've spent considerable time on expansion to see if there is anything that fits. We have a tremendous group of institutions, but if there was something that made us better, we would absolutely be open to it."
During the offseason, the ACC was itself subject to some quite notable rumors about members possibly looking for a way out, as reports of the so-called "Magnificent Seven" were allegedly searching for loopholes in the league's apparently air-tight grant of rights agreement that runs through 2036 to see if there might be some exception.
Can Florida State afford to wait much longer in whirlwind conference realignment race? (tallahassee.com; Henry)
When it comes to conference realignment, football teams want to play where the money is. And not enough money is available in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Florida State’s future in the league is on borrowed time. The Seminoles’ next move remains fiercely debated and complex.
Big Ten? SEC? Make a play on their own?
Leadership has been extremely candid in its tone about the possibility of leaving the conference because of the growing revenue gap between the league and the Power Two – SEC and Big 10.
Florida State must keep pressure on ACC when it comes to revenue sharing
That trend could continue during Wednesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.
While athletics is currently not on the agenda, it’s in FSU’s best interest to publicly continue to express its strong feelings about deserving additional revenue from the conference.
FSU President Richard McCullough drew a line in the sand a year ago at the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference when he mentioned Seminole football and conference realignment and said, "We're trying to do anything we can to think about how we remain competitive. Florida State is expected to win. We're going to be very aggressive."
And FSU Director of Athletics Michael Alford, on the lead horse, yelled ‘Charge” at last February’s BOT meeting when he said “Something has to change” in regards to conference revenue sharing and the Seminoles’ future in the ACC.
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The Museum of Science and Technology's newest “Deconstructed: Semiconductors and Other Secrets Inside Everyday Technology” opens on August 3.Tania Ortiz
How the heck does a microchip work? New CNY exhibit breaks down chips for kids (and adults) (PS; Ortiz)
With Micron moving into Central New York, its products—microchips and semiconductors—are poised to revolutionize the local economy. But ever wondered what these products do and how they work in everyday life?
The Museum of Science and Technology’s newest exhibit is breaking down microchips and semiconductors in a way that kids (and adults) can understand.
“Deconstructed: Semiconductors and Other Secrets Inside Everyday Technology” explains how semiconductors—material usually made from silicon or silver that help create electricity—work in stuff we use every day, like computers, phones and kitchen appliances.
“This is the only exhibit of its kind in the entire world,” said Lauren Kochian, president of the MOST.
When Erik Danielson wrapped his tape around Bigfoot's enormous trunk, it measured 16.4 feet in circumference, more than five feet in diameter.Photo Erik Danielson
Upstate NY tree hunter finds 'Bigfoot,' the world's largest white pine (PS; Featherstone)
On a recent expedition to the Adirondacks, Erik Danielson, 32, stumbled upon a beast of a tree, an eastern white pine that he nicknamed “Bigfoot” for its gigantic flared footprint.
“Until I saw it out there, I wouldn’t have thought something like that was actually out there,” Danielson said.
Danielson, who lives in Fredonia, is the stewardship coordinator for the Western New York Land Conservancy and an experienced big tree hunter. Last year near Bolton he found New York’s tallest tree, also a white pine, which he nicknamed “Littlefoot” due to its slender trunk.
Towering 151 feet over the forest floor, Bigfoot is 23 feet shorter than Littlefoot. But at breast height it measures 16.4 feet in circumference, or more than five feet in diameter, twice as wide as Littlefoot. More impressive, Bigfoot maintains a healthy 40-inch girth even at 80 feet.
“There’s very little taper to it,” said Don Leopold, distinguished professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and author of Trees of New York State.
“When you see a giant sequoia there’s no taper from bottom to top, it’s just a pole,” Leopold explained. “White pine is very similar to giant sequoia, although about one-tenth the size. So the taper in a tree will influence the ultimate volume.”