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

Welcome to World Peace Day!

Don "Peaceguy" Morris started World Peace Day in Miami, Florida. It has been observed at least since 1995. Early on, Morris organized a peace march at Miami's South Beach on the day. Some of the main ways World Peace Day is celebrated today is by driving around with headlights on as a public demonstration of peace, thinking about peace while going about daily activities, and folding origami cranes and hanging them in public around one's city and throughout the world as a wish for peace and to remind people of peace, taking inspiration from the story of Sadako Sasaki. Morris has said that the only instructions for the day are to "pray, focus, or meditate for peace," and that "by gathering together we provide the pebble to start the avalanche towards peace."

SU News

(; radio; Orange Nation)

Voice of the Orange Matt Park joins Steve and Paulie to talk Syracuse football and men's basketball with both teams coming off miraculous wins.

The Orange Zone Podcast Predicts: Syracuse @ Georgia Tech (; Hodges)

Syracuse football is at the first of two 'set points' in their season. Allow me to explain for those of you who might not be well versed in volleyball and tennis. 'Set point' is a point of demarcation where a team can win a section of a match, thus taking a lead. In a deciding set the 'set point' becomes a 'match point'.

With a chance to earn bowl eligibility this is only a 'set point' and, unless they are contending for an ACC championship soon, they won't be seeing a 'match point' scenario anytime soon.

WATCH the latest episode of "The Orange Zone Podcast"

We know what's at stake for both Syracuse and Georgia Tech. Win and you're eligible for a bowl. Lose and you face a must-win scenario in your final regular season game. As we mentioned on this week's episode of "The Orange Zone Podcast" Georgia Tech needs this game more given the class of opponent they face in their regular-season finale.

SU football at Georgia Tech predictions: See our picks (PS; $; Staff)

The Syracuse football team will face Georgia Tech at 8 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta (TV: ACC Network).

It’s time for our predictions. The panel includes Brent Axe, sports columnist; Emily Leiker, SU football reporter; Chris Carlson, sports enterprise reporter; and Nate Mink, managing producer for sports.


Georgia Tech 28, Syracuse 24

Will Syracuse cover? Yes

Do Dino Babers and Jason Beck have another secret old-school offense ready to deploy against the Yellow Jackets? We’ll be watching for that.

Even if they do, Syracuse is facing a much better offensive team this week than the Pitt-iful offense it did at Yankee Stadium. The “Mob” defense has to keep up its steallar play and collect at least three turnovers to give SU a shot.

The Orange will fight but come up just short of a win and a bowl bid.


Georgia Tech Football: Things I Think I Know - Syracuse (; Scroggs)

We are playing... Tech like

Hot and cold. Day and Night. Black and White. Opposites his has been the theme of Georgia Tech Football this year. So much so that we have been alternating wins and losses almost every. single. week. So, as we round out the season, all we can say about last week’s abysmal performance after two promising showings is that it was…Tech like.

In all seriousness, I cannot figure out Georgia Tech Football to save my life. We are a completely different team every single game. We are easily the most confusing team in all of college football at this point. In some games, we look like we can compete with anyone, and in others, we get beat by Bowling Green. I don’t think any of us know what team to expect on Saturday. I just know that I will no longer get my hopes up until we prove we can be consistent. On the bright side, we have come a long way since the dark days of our previous coach, but we still need to learn how to consistently win and put forth a complete effort each week. ESPN’s Billy Connelly released a model of the most improved Power 5 programs in 2023. Tech came in at 4th. So, even though this season has been frustrating, we truly have shown improvements all around.

This game against Syracuse is now scaring me a lot more than it was just a week ago. Our defense has struggled against the ground game this season, and Syracuse put up a whopping 382 yards on the ground against Pitt last week. They are overall much better at running the football than throwing it, as they average 176 yards per game on the ground. Sure, we are the better team all-around, but I just don’t know who is going to show up this weekend. I just know it will probably be… Tech like.

We saw the offense’s true colors against a good defense

Clemson was our first true defensive test, and let’s just say we failed that test like a freshman at Georgia Tech fails their first Organic Chemistry exam. Our game against Clemson was a complete domination. The offense racked up a petite total of 254 yards, while Haynes King was 13/31 with 4 interceptions. There were so many dropped balls and missed opportunities that put us farther behind in the game, and the defense just couldn’t keep up. We had roughly 1/3 of the rushing yards compared to our two previous games. The offense just wasn’t clicking, and really, we were dominated on both sides of the ball. It really doesn’t help when you have the ball for 23 minutes, leaving your opponent with almost 37 minutes of possession. Not many defenses can defend that. Let’s hope this weekend against Syracuse we can find a rhythm and hold the ball for a little longer to give the defense some much-needed rest. Speaking of defense, Syracuse’s is not nearly as daunting as Clemson’s, but they won’t be a complete cakewalk. Buster Faulkner and the offense will still need to perform well to put points on the board to win this game. Haynes King can’t only complete 42% of his passes, or we might find ourselves with another embarrassing loss on the year.

Syracuse will not be as physically dominating

Our defense drastically failed at stopping Clemson, and our offense just completely shut down after the first few drives. Thankfully, this week we have a matchup against a team that is not quite as fast or physically dominant as Clemson was. Syracuse has a very average offense. Their defense is also, once again, pretty average. While I spoke earlier about how their 382 rushing yards against Pitt was alarming, they had, drumroll please, only 17 TOTAL passing yards. Yes, you read that right. They don’t have an offense like UNC which consistently rips apart defenses, and on the flip side, they don’t have a speedy and athletic defense like Clemson. This is a prime opportunity for us to get our confidence back on offense and get some stops on defense. I think Coach Key will have all the players focused, but if we want to make a bowl game, we cannot look forward to UGA next week. This is a game we should win, and we must win if we want to play in December or be at or above .500 on the season. Let’s go out, play a complete game, and win.

Syracuse Football: Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse prediction, odds, spread and over/under for college football week 12 (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football, which snapped a five-game losing streak last weekend, looks to become bowl-eligible for the second year in a row when the Orange travels to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech this Saturday night.

This past Saturday afternoon from Yankee Stadium in New York City, the ‘Cuse relied almost exclusively on its rushing attack, and the Mob defense delivered the goods, as Syracuse football knocked off long-time rival Pittsburgh, 28-13, to pick up its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory of the 2023 season.

Now the Orange (5-5, 1-5 in the ACC) is set to take on the Yellow Jackets (5-5, 4-3 in the ACC). Georgia Tech had won two straight, including a thrilling home triumph over top-25 North Carolina, before the Yellow Jackets most recently fell at Clemson, 42-21, on November 11.

Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse odds, spread and total

When I wrote this article, FanDuel had the Orange as a 6.5-point betting underdog at the Yellow Jackets, with the over/under set at 53.5 points.

Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse how to watch

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18
Game Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta
TV/Streaming: ACC Network and fuboTV
Georgia Tech’s record: 5-5, 4-3 in the ACC
Syracuse’s record: 5-5, 1-5 in the ACC
Syracuse’s full 2023 schedule: Click here

Georgia Tech vs. Syracuse key players to watch

Here is the week-12 depth chart for the Orange against the Yellow Jackets, courtesy of Emily Leiker of

From an injury standpoint, among those ‘Cuse players who are out for the rest of the 2023 stanza are junior receiver Oronde Gadsden II, redshirt sophomore offensive lineman David Wohlabaugh Jr., sophomore defensive lineman Denis Jaquez Jr., junior tight end Steven Mahar Jr. and junior offensive lineman Kalan Ellis.

I also did not see junior wide receiver/return specialist Trebor Pena on the week-12 depth chart. We’ll have to monitor senior quarterback Garrett Shrader and redshirt sophomore quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson, both of whom have been banged up some lately.

Georgia Tech

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Haynes King
To date in the 2023 season, King is completing 61.1 percent of his passes for 2,459 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Within the ACC, he is No. 3 in passing yards per contest.

Redshirt sophomore running back Jamal Haynes
Haynes is presently No. 5 in the ACC in rushing yards per affair. For the entire 2023 campaign, he has rushed the ball 130 times for 768 and six scores on the ground.


Sophomore running back LeQuint Allen Jr.
In the win over the Panthers, Allen rushed 28 times for 102 yards. He is No. 4 within the ACC in rushing yards per encounter, having carried the ball in total 166 times for 797 yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

Syracuse Football Wildcat System Must Continue This Week (; Aitken)

Syracuse football visits Georgia Tech this weekend with bowl eligibility on the line for both squads. The Orange have dealt with plenty of adversity to get to this moment including a five-game losing streak and injuries to two quarterbacks. Last week, SU overcame those challenges by using a wildcat offense. The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” certainly applies here.

In the win over Pittsburgh, Syracuse picked up 392 rushing yards as a team. That included 154 yards from tight end Dan Villari, 105 yards from quarterback Garrett Shrader, and 103 yards from running back LeQuint Allen. Keep in mind, the Orange achieved that type of efficiency with just a few days of practice time. With another week of practice, the Syracuse football wildcat offense could get even better.

The main reason SU should employ the wildcat offense again is the weakness of Georgia Tech’s run defense. The Yellow Jackets allow 224 yards on the ground per game. Not only is that the worst mark in the ACC, it ranks 129th out of 130 teams in the nation. If Syracuse could run all over a mediocre Pitt defense, imagine what it could do to GT?

It’s unclear whether or not Orange head coach Dino Babers will keep using this system. In his weekly press conference on Monday, he said the only reason that the offense would return to a traditional style of offense would be if some key players got healthier. That likely means one of the two quarterbacks, Garrett Shrader or Carlos Del Rio-WIlson.

Those two QBs have been less than impressive for most of the season. In the last four games Shrader has started under center, he’s averaged 134 passing yards and less than one touchdown per game. In CDRW’s only start, he threw four interceptions.

SU, Georgia Tech put records on the line in clash for bowl eligibility (; AP)

Syracuse (5-5, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3), Saturday, 8 p.m. (ACC Network)

Line: Georgia Tech by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel .

Series record: Georgia Tech leads 3-1, with the only previous meeting in Atlanta coming in a 56-0 Yellow Jackets win in 2013, Syracuse's first year in the ACC.


Georgia Tech will be looking to clinch bowl eligibility and a winning conference record for the first time in five years. The Orange also will be playing to qualify for a bowl and will be trying to win their second straight game following five consecutive losses.


Syracuse running attack vs. Georgia Tech's run defense. The Orange ran for 392 yards on 65 carries and had three players run for more than 100 yards in last week's 28-13 win over Pittsburgh. It was the seventh-highest total for an FBS team and the most in the ACC this season. The Syracuse run offense ranks sixth in the ACC with its average of 176 yards on the ground. The 65 runs were the most for the Orange in eight years under coach Dino Babers. The Yellow Jackets rank last in the ACC and 129th in the nation with their average of 224 rushing yards allowed.


Syracuse: TE Dan Villari set a career high by running for 154 yards against Pitt. He set another career high with 17 carries and became the first tight end to lead the Orange in rushing. He also completed 3 of 5 passes for 12 yards, providing a reminder he made a position switch from quarterback before the 2022 season and giving opposing defenses more to worry about in their game plans. He has 19 catches for 167 yards this season.

Georgia Tech: QB Haynes King will try to rebound from a four-interception game, including one returned for a touchdown, in last week's 42-21 loss at Clemson. King completed only 13 of 31 passes for 129 yards and had 11 carries for minus-3 yards. King has enjoyed more high points this season, joining LSU's Jayden Daniels as the only FBS players with at least 2,400 passing yards, 500 rushing yards, 24 TD passes and six scoring runs this season.


The Orange will try to become bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2012 and 2013. ... Before last week's game at Yankee Stadium, Syracuse had been held under 15 points in five straight games, all losses. ... Syracuse ranks ninth in the nation with three defensive touchdowns. ... Georgia Tech TE Luke Benson played at Syracuse from 2019-21. ... Syracuse has four players from Georgia, including three from Atlanta: LB Derek McDonald, QB Carlos Del Rio-Wilson and DB Myles Farmer. ... Georgia Tech closes its regular season on Nov. 25 at home against No. 1 Georgia. ... The Yellow Jackets have averaged 444.2 yards per game this season, an increase of 119 yards from its 2022 average of 325.2. It is the third-best increase among FBS teams, behind New Mexico and Texas State.

Syracuse football: What to watch for vs. Georgia Tech (TNIAAM; Staff)

One final road trip awaits the Syracuse Orange (5-5, 1-5) as they head to the Peach state to take on ripening coach Brent Key and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-5, 4-3). SU’s old-school approach worked in the Bronx last week but also produced a lot of film for their two remaining opponents to analyze.

They’re also facing a team with an offense that has done a complete 180 from last season, moving from ineptitude to producing 32 points per game. Considering all those factors, here’s what we have our eyes on:

Mike: Don’t get stung by trickery

Despite their 5-5 record, this is a MUST WIN game for Georgia Tech. They close out the season against #1 Georgia so if the Yellow Jackets want any realistic chance at going bowling, they’ll put it all on the line here. Rocky Long’s unit has played admirably but they cannot get fooled by one of the best offenses in the ACC. Anticipate a healthy mix of run/pass option plays with at least one special concept mixed in.

Kevin: Control the game

No one expects Syracuse to be able to put out a strong passing attack this week. Will the Orange need to complete a few more passes to win? Definitely think so. However. those will be most likely coming from passing on run downs and catching Georgia Tech committing extra defenders to the run. The Orange need to start strong and be in a position to run the ball and keep from having to rally to catch up. The Yellow Jackets are giving up 224 yards per game on the ground and if Syracuse wants to get bowl-eligible this week, they need to be able to dominate the line of scrimmage like last week.

Max: Be weary of GT’s rushing attack

Georgia Tech has two of the ACC’s top-15 rushers in Haynes King and Jamal Haynes. A lot of their yards come from read options, where King, the quarterback either keeps the ball himself of hands off to Haynes, his running back. The Orange defense struggled to stop Virginia Tech who ran a similar system, so I hope The Mob reviewed that tape before this one. Stopping the run will limit GT’s offense in its play-action passing game and give SU a better shot at an upset.

#FakeNunes previews Syracuse vs Georgia Tech (TNIAAM; Wall)

It’s Wednesday, so you know what that means... time for the blog that gives you the internet’s most ridiculous college football preview series- it’s #FakeNunes time. Can we keep finding ways to get #jokesandgarbage into a Syracuse Orange preview? You be the judge...

Now onto this week’s opponent

Opponent: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Location: Atlanta, GA

Students: 16,391 students who know more about calculus than you

The 2023 Fake Nunes Statistical Index (#FNSI)

We continue to look to innovate our analytics model so we here’s what the lab cooked up for this season.

Rivalry Trophy

The FNSI staff won’t give up on their quest to bring back more tradition into today’s college game. Let’s see what they’ve got for this one

The Fight for the Flute

With the game in Atlanta and a new Andre 3000 album dropping, these teams can play for a brass flute.

The True North Difference

In order to maintain our status as #CanadasCollegeTeam, each week we look at which team has more Canadian players on their roster.

Georgia Tech has a player from Belgium and one from Ireland, but no one from the Great White North.

Advantage: Syracuse

Notable Alum

Bringing back this one as we love to drop, some knowledge every now and then to help our loyal readers possibly win a trivia night. After all we are the Syracuse blog that loves you back and we take that seriously.

Jeff Foxworthy vs Jerry Stiller

Two comedians who found different levels of fame in the 1990s. One gave us Redneck humor and the other taught us how to celebrate Festivus.

Syracuse Football: I go in-depth on what Orange fandom means to me (itlh; Fiello)

Recently many of you have hopefully read my posts on Syracuse football and other Orange sports. Hopefully, even if you disagreed, you respected my outlook. And you may have noticed that I don’t always bring the stats or strategies. Occasionally I will if I see something I feel I can understand and is worthy of sharing.

But I’ve been trying to put into words why my faith and fandom isn’t just about wins or losses, how many stars a recruit has, or coaching decisions. And then I watched season 2 of Welcome To Wrexham and it hit me why.

Season 2 episode 2 is called “The Quiet Zone” and it shows the views of a 17-year-old, big-time autistic Wrexham fan and also the child of a player on the spectrum as well. And my heart goes on melting watching these stories but also reminds me exactly what I’ve been trying to say lately.

You see, I get it. It’s a game and we want to win. We want to pump our chest with pride and not fear smack talk from opposing fans. And I get it but to me, that’s not the only reason why I’m a fan of Syracuse football and other Cuse sports.

What Syracuse football fandom means to me.

To me, Syracuse fandom is when a group of Twitter friends pitch in together and get Otto to come to your wedding.

Syracuse fandom is when the mother of a Syracuse football player invites a super fan to come down on the field with her for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on senior day.

Syracuse fandom is when you and your close friends drive from Syracuse to Blacksburg, Va., to show the team some support.

Syracuse fandom is when you bring your kid to a Syracuse football game and they’re so excited and you’ll always have that memory together and maybe even build a bond together over it or at the least that kid becomes a bigger fan because that person they lived with was and took them to games.

ORANGE GAME WEEK: Syracuse squares off with Georgia Tech Saturday night (preview) | (; Evans)

Syracuse football hits the road for the final time during the regular season when they square off with Georgia Tech on Saturday night.

The two teams enter this game with the same record at 5-5. The Orange snapped a five-game skid last Saturday night at Yankee Stadium with a 23-13 victory over Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets’ two-game win streak ended with a 42-21 loss to Clemson.

Saturday will mark just the fifth time Syracuse and Georgia Tech have met, with the Yellow Jackets winning three of the first four. The Orange won the most recent meeting at home in 2020.

Kickoff for this game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on the ACC Network.


ACC News

Boston College vs. Pitt Game Highlights | 2023 ACC Football (youtube; video; ACC DN)

Pitt picked up the 24-16 victory on the North Shore over Boston College. Nate Yarnell got the start at QB for the Panthers and went 11-19 with a touchdown and 207 passing yards in the win, but RB Rodney Hammond, Jr. was the key cog in the Panthers’ offense. He had 15 carries for 145 yards including a late 66-yard scamper to the end zone that all but sealed the deal. BC RB Kye Robichaux had a strong day for the Eagles, grabbing 118 yards on 24 carries.

Pitt vs Boston College - Football - 11/16/2023 - Box Score - Atlantic Coast Conference (theacc)

BOSTON COLLEGE (6-5 , 3-4) -VS- PITT (3-8 , 2-5)

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BCE: Castellanos,Thomas (171), Robichaux,Kye (118), Bond,Lewis (65)PIT: Yarnell,Nate (207), Hammond Jr.,Rodney (145), Means,Bub (78)DATE: 11/16/2023 SITE: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania STADIUM: Acrisure Stadium ATTENDANCE: 41842 KICKOFF TIME: 07:05 PM END OF GAME: 10:21 PM DURATION: 03:16 TEMPERATURE: 61 WIND: SE 4mph WEATHER: Clear


Friedlander: Re-ranking the ACC's most impactful defensive transfers for 2023 - Saturday Road (; Friedlander)

Wednesday, we re-ranked the most impactful offensive transfers in the ACC this season. Today, we turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball.

For the most part, the players on our original list lived up to their preseason hype. Six of the 10 also made the new rankings based on their actual performance. But the name at the top is a new one.

So let’s dive in and see how they stack up:

10. Al Blades Jr., CB, Duke

After spending his 5th and final season at Miami battling back from complications of COVID, Blades has returned to full strength and regained his old form as a grad transfer at Duke. He’s been credited with 38 tackles and is among the ACC leaders with 8 pass breakups as a major contributor to one of the league’s best defenses.

9. Alijah Huzzie, CB, North Carolina

Huzzie’s 6 interceptions at East Tennessee State last season were tied for the most nationally among FCS players and earned him first-team FCS All-American honors. He’s been just as effective at the FBS level as part of a UNC secondary that was almost totally revamped during the offseason. He’s recorded 3 picks, 6 pass breakups and 41 tackles. Huzzie has also been a game-changer on special teams as a punt returner. He’s averaging 17.3 yards on his 6 returns, including a 52-yard touchdown in a win at Pittsburgh.

8. Jacob Roberts, LB, Wake Forest

A local product who always wanted to play for the Deacons, Roberts has made the most of his opportunity after spending 3 seasons a few miles down the road in Greensboro at NC A&T. He leads the team with 70 tackles and ranks 2nd in tackles for loss with 10 and sacks with 6 while also forcing a pair of fumbles. Roberts’ contribution has been especially important in the absence of 2-year captain Chase Jones, who has missed the entire season because of injury.

7. Robert Kennedy, Nickel, NC State

The graduate transfer from Old Dominion has been a perfect fit to fill the void at nickel left by the departure of 3-year starter Tyler Baker-Williams. He’s a versatile defender who has a pair of interceptions, including a 30-yard pick-6 against VMI, 3 PBUs, 28 tackles,, and a pair of forced fumbles for a defense that has continued to dominate despite the loss of several key contributors.

6. Fentrell Cypress, CB, Florida State

Cypress hasn’t been as dominant a force as he was at Virginia last season when he led the ACC with 14 PBUs and went the entire season without being beaten for a touchdown. He got beat twice for scores last week by Miami’s Jacolby George. Still, he remains one of the league’s best cover corners. He has 32 tackles and 7 PBUs. His speed, athleticism and determination are best illustrated by the play he made against Pittsburgh 2 weeks ago, when he ran down receiver Konata Mumpfield from behind, forced a fumble just before the goal line, then had the presence of mind to recover the loose ball for a touchback.

Wes Durham talks ACC football, including bowl eligibility and headlines around the league (; podcast; WLNI)

Voice of the ACC Wes Durham joins The Sportsline to talk area college football and bowl eligibility, including why the league has become so unpredictable week-to-week, on why the Syracuse-Georgia Tech game is a huge one for bowl eligibility to both programs, and what's led to the slight downfall of the Clemson Tigers after winning two national championships.

Kelly Gramlich and Eric Mac Lain talk ACC football - Gramlich and Mac Lain (M&G; podcast; M&G)

Episode 348: Week 12 Preview - #20 Heels head to Death Valley, #10 Cards visit South Beach, VT still in ACCCG hunt??

Rece Davis Predicts Significant College Football Upset In ACC This Weekend (; Arend)

College GameDay's Rece Davis is expecting a big college football upset out in ACC territory this weekend.
No. 9 Louisville (9-1) travels to Coral Gables on Saturday to battle the 6-4 Miami Hurricanes. The Cardinals are a slight favorite in the highly-anticipated ACC showdown.
However, Davis believes this is the weekend Louisville suffers just its second loss of the season.
"I think Louisville's good," Davis said. "I'm not anti-Louisville at all. I'm really looking forward to having Jeff Brohm on the show Saturday.

"I'm gonna go Miami. I think Miami wins the game. But Louisville will still wind up in the ACC championship game and will give the Seminoles a challenge once they get there."

Miami gave No. 4 Florida State a tough battle last Saturday, albeit losing 27-20. Mario Cristobal and the Hurricanes are either going to play with desperation and give Louisville a scare or have a major letdown game after losing an emotional battle vs. the Seminoles.
Catch Miami host No. 9 Louisville at noon ET on ESPN.


This Is CNY: New website celebrates life in the heart of Central New York (PS; Moriarty)

Advance Media New York and CenterState CEO have launched a website to highlight the quality of life in Central New York.

This Is CNY features stories, photos and videos showing what it’s like to live and work in Central New York. Subjects include dining out, housing information, outdoor attractions, schools, business startups and expansions, and job listings by Central New York employers.

The goal is to persuade talented people from across the country that the Syracuse area is a great place in which to live and work.

The website is a partnership between Advance Media NY (parent company of | The Post-Standard) and CenterState CEO, the Syracuse area’s chamber of commerce and economic development organization.

Advance President Tim Kennedy said planning for the website began soon after Micron Technology Inc. announced plans last year to build a $100 billion semiconductor plant in the Syracuse suburb of Clay.

Micron says the plant will create up to 9,000 Micron jobs over 20 years, along with more than 40,000 jobs at related supply chain companies and other employers.

CenterState says the project and associated developments will greatly increase the need for Central New York to attract workers from outside the region, starting with those in the construction industry.

Kennedy said This Is CNY is designed to be a tool that the business community can use to recruit talent from outside the region.

“The need for talent attraction for many industries here is critical,” Kennedy said. “There’s a big need, and it’s growing.”

CenterState CEO President Rob Simpson said the idea for the website sprang from conversations the organization had with employers who expressed a need for help selling job candidates on the region.

“They understand how to sell people on their companies, but we heard loud and clear they needed help on how to talk about the community,” he said. “This is one place they can point prospects to for information. We’re encouraging people to share it with friends and colleagues.”

Katrina Tulloch, editor in chief of This Is CNY, said the site includes stories curated from, as well as content produced exclusively for the site.


Huseyin Turan (left) and Viktoriya Kononchuk opened Goodman's Delicatessen in DeWitt on Wednesday.(Charlie Miller |

First Look: Finally, Syracuse’s East Side gets an old-fashioned New York delicatessen (PS; $; Miller)

It seems like forever since the East Side of Syracuse has had a true New York City-style delicatessen. Not since Pickle’s Kosher Deli closed in 2008 have we had a place to get kosher meats, matzo ball soup and knishes.

That all changed Wednesday when Goodman’s Delicatessen quietly opened at 11 a.m. in the DeWitt shopping plaza at 4461 E. Genesee St. Viktoriya Kononchuk and Huseyin Turan took over the space that was home to Peachtree Sandwich Co. before it closed after a year because the owner needed a larger space.

Goodman’s is the latest venture for Viktoriya and Huseyin since selling their former restaurant, Touch of Broadway in East Syracuse, after three years in business. The grand opening here wasn’t so grand; it was more of a silent opening. They didn’t put the word out other than a note on Facebook the day before saying they’re here and they’ll open at 11 a.m.

“When we opened Touch of Broadway we let everyone know and we ended up with a huge line out the door. We want to open slow,” Huseyin said an hour before opening Goodman’s on Wednesday. “We had such a loyal following of customers there, and we’re bringing them with us here. And we are bringing a lot of the food from there to this deli.”


Syracuse-based restaurant, Brooklyn Pickle, has opened its first out-of-state location in Southern Pines, North Carolina.Provided photo | Brooklyn Pickle

It’s a big dill: Central NY’s Brooklyn Pickle opens first sandwich shop in North Carolina (PS; Hernandez)

Central New York transplants in North Carolina looking for giant deli sandwich will find a taste of home with a side of warmer weather at this week’s opening of The Brooklyn Pickle in Southern Pines.

Located in a brand-new building at 1788 Old Morganton Road, Brooklyn Pickle Pinehurst marks the first out-of-state venture for this Syracuse-based restaurant who has been bringing New York City-influenced tastes to hungry Central NYers for over 45 years.

The North Carolina menu is mostly the same with their massive sandwiches and subs, though some menu items may be switched out for other flavors for local tastes, according to the Sandhills Sentinel. Diners will also get to wash down their meal with a nice cold beer in the North Carolina location. A feature which debuted in Utica, but as of yet, unavailable in Syracuse.

Brooklyn Pickle owner Craig Kowadla has spent a lot of time in the Pinehurst area golfing and said many former Central New Yorkers call it home. He loves it there and thought it was a good fit for a Brooklyn Pickle.

With three locations in Syracuse, Kowadla also opened Brooklyn Pickle Utica in April of this year.

Looking to do an Upstate New York food tour in North Carolina? About an hour north from Brooklyn Pickle, you’ll find half moons, tomato pie, lobster tails, sausage rolls and more at Utica Bakery’s new home in Cary, North Carolina near Raleigh.

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