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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Fruitcake Day!

Fruitcakes have long been tied to the holiday season, whether as a treat, or as target of jokes and ridicule. The earliest recipes for them date to Roman times, where pomegranates, pine nuts, and raisins mixed with barley hash were used. Fruitcakes became popular in Europe, where the fruits and nuts used in them were a delicacy. Thus, they came to be served primarily on special occasions such as weddings and during Christmas. Honey and spices were also common ingredients in fruitcakes in Europe in the Middle Ages. Their popularity in Europe rose with the importation of cheap sugar from the colonies in the sixteenth century, which allowed fruit to be better preserved. Native fruits such as plums and cherries were better preserved, but this allowed more fruits to be imported from around the world as well. Recipes proliferated all over Europe; recipes varied by country and changed over time. By the early nineteenth century, a typical recipe would be made up of citrus peel, pineapple, dates, pears, and cherries.

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"He’s committed to another school now" - Ryan Day finally breaks silence on QB Kyle McCord's transfer from Ohio State to Syracuse (; Ansari)

In the early hours of Dec. 4, Kyle McCord, who led the Ohio State Buckeyes to an impressive 11-1 regular season and a No. 7 finish in the College Football Playoff rankings, made a pivotal decision. McCord announced he was entering the transfer portal.
“Playing in the scarlet and gray was truly an honor,” he said in a statement. “I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal to explore other opportunities.”

The quarterback expressed his deepest thanks to Coach Ryan Day, QB Coach Corey Dennis, Senior Advisor Todd Fitch and the rest of the support team. H

During his National Signing Day press conference, Day addressed McCord's decision to transfer to Syracuse Orange.

“We wish him nothing but the best,” Day said. “He played some good football here and spent three years here and made a lot of relationships here.
“He’s committed to another school now, and he’ll do well there. We certainly wish him nothing but the best. There’s a lot of guys in that room that are about him a lot.”

Initially, it seemed McCord was leaning towards Nebraska, especially after a visit to Lincoln. However, he had a change of heart and decided to commit to Syracuse under the guidance of new coach Fran Brown.

Kyle McCord's numbers with the Buckeyes

Kyle McCord, a junior standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 215 lbs, hails from Mount Laurel, New Jersey. With 3,170 yards to his name this past season, he surpassed the single-season records of J.T. Barrett, Art Schlichter, Troy Smith, and Braxton Miller.

He also registered 24 touchdowns against six interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 83.7, placing him eighth. He was sacked 16 times.

In 2021, McCord, initially a backup to Heisman finalist CJ Stroud, emerged as a key player in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ quarterback competition.

He has 270 completions on 406 attempts in his career (66.5% completion rate), along with 3,776 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a quarterback rating of 162.6.

Syracuse football star receiver Oronde Gadsden II will return in 2024 (PS; $; Carlson)

Syracuse star receiver Oronde Gadsden II will return to the Orange football team next year, he announced on Tuesday.

Gadsden is the second key Syracuse player to announce that he’d be back over the last two days, joining safety Justin Barron.
— Oronde Gadsden II (@Orondegii) December 26, 2023

Gadsden announced his decision on X, the social media website previously known as Twitter.

“I came into this season with big goals but unfortunately this season didn’t go as planned -- I still have unfinished business,” he wrote. “I love ‘Cuse and what we’re building here. I can’t want to get healthy and run it back in the Dome in 2024.”

Gadsden was injured early in the second (game) for Syracuse, participating in just two games. He caught seven passes for 67 yards. He missed the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury. He was receiving NFL interest prior to the season and had also been targeted by other programs who wanted him as a transfer.

That interest came after a sophomore season in which Gadsden caught 61 passes for 969 yards and six touchdowns while being named All-ACC First Team. That was the seventh-most receiving yards in a single season in SU history and led the country in players designated as a tight end. It set the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in Syracuse history.

Gadsden’s early injury was one of the reasons Syracuse’s passing game rarely thrived in 2023, and his presence will add to the list of weapons that new quarterback Kyle McCord and new coach Fran Brown will be able to utilize in 2024. Gadsden is listed on SU’s roster at 6-foot-5 and 223 pounds.


Syracuse Orange: Top Offensive Weapon Returning In 2024 - Gridiron Heroics (; Brown)

The Syracuse Orange have been making some noise this offseason. Their biggest move was landing former Ohio State quarterback Kyle McCord out of the transfer portal. The program got another big boost when wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II announced he is returning in 2024.

Syracuse WR Oronde Gadsden II will return to school in 2024, he announced
Gadsden recorded 966 YDS & 6 TDS in 2022. Injuries limited him to only two games this season
— PFF College (@PFF_College) December 26, 2023

Syracuse Orange WR Oronde Gadsden II Returning In 2024

Gadsden had a breakout year in 2022 when he had 54 catches for 891 yards and six touchdowns. He was named an All-ACC selection and was a Preseason All-American heading into 2023. Unfortunately, a lisfranc injury caused him to miss basically the whole season. He had this to say in a statement on social media.

“I came into this season with big goals, but unfortunately this season didn’t go as planned. I still have unfinished business. After careful consideration and talking to my family and coaches, I’ve decided to come back for me senior year at Syracuse. I love ‘Cuse and what we’re building here. I can’t wait to get healthy and run it back in the Dome in 2024.”

2024 Outlook

The blowout in their bowl game was not an ideal end to the season. However, these bowl games are tricky to evaluate because so many players opt-out or enter the transfer portal. The good news for the Orange is that the 2024 schedule is kind to them. Their toughest game is probably against the Miami Hurricanes and that is at home. If the talent that has been brought in clicks, Syracuse could be a dark horse team from the ACC.

Syracuse Football: ‘Cuse making run at 4-star Georgia RB de-commit, top-100 prospect (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football head coach Fran Brown, most recently the defensive backs coach at Southeastern Conference powerhouse Georgia, and his staff are pursuing a four-star running back in the junior cycle who is a top-100 national prospect in his class.

On December 24, Jabree Coleman revealed via his X page that he had secured a scholarship offer from the Orange coaching staff.

Blessed to receive an offer from from Syracuse University!! @cy_woodland @FranBrownCuse
— Jabree Coleman (@ColemanJabree) December 24, 2023
Two weeks earlier, on December 10, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Coleman said he was de-committing from the Bulldogs after giving a verbal pledge to Georgia this past July.

Adam Friedman, a national analyst at , wrote in a post on X earlier this month, “Fran Brown was a major part of his (Coleman’s) recruitment.”

I will be decommitting and opening my recruitment back up. #respectmydecision @cy_woodland @RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @SWiltfong247
— Jabree Coleman (@ColemanJabree) December 11, 2023
Let’s see how this all shakes out. As a member of the 2025 class, Coleman’s recruiting process could have a way to go.

Syracuse football has gotten into the mix for 2025 four-star RB Jabree Coleman.

Coleman is a standout junior at the Imhotep Institute Charter High School in Philadelphia. Brown and several of his assistant coaches hail from New Jersey, and they possess strong recruiting ties to that state, the Philadelphia market and throughout the Northeast region.

Syracuse football: Justin Barron announces return so let’s take an early look at the Orange defensive depth chart (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange are less than a week into the off-season, but we’re going to start thinking about 2024.

Syracuse fans got a Christmas gift when safety Justin Barron announced he’d be back for his final year. Barron provides more leadership on defense and we’ll see if he stays in a safety spot, or even plays some outside linebacker as the Orange move away from the 3-3-5 defense.

this time around imma make it clear !
— Justin Barron (@justinbarron22) December 25, 2023

Defensive end Caleb Okechukwu will enter the 2024 NFL Draft and while we wait on official word on Marlowe Wax and others, let’s look at how The MOB might look on opening night.

Defensive ends: Fadil Diggs is going to be on one edge. The Texas A&M transfer is going to be counted on to have a big impact in his final season. On the other end, we’ll give the nod to Denis Jaquez, Jr. as he looks to return from injury with Kevin Jobity and Chase Simmons back after playing significant snaps in 2023. KingJoseph Edwards and Caden Brown could be situational players as freshmen.

Defensive tackle: Kevon Darton and Braylen Ingraham would be the most experienced players on the inside. Elijah Funtes-Cundiff and Rashard Perry could slide inside especially to give the Orange a bit more speed on passing downs.

(youtube; podcast; OrangeFanMan)

Will 2024 be Syracuse’s year?

ACC News

ACC football recruiting rankings: How every team finished National Signing Day (

National Ranking:
This class is par for the course for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have landed 21 commits, all three stars, and rank No. 15 in average rating per commit (86.18).


National Ranking: 45
"The 2024 cycle has been an absolute roller coaster for Syracuse," as CuseNation's James Finneral put it. The Orange parted ways with Dino Babers this offseason to make way for Fran Brown, who has put together a strong class minus several decommitments. Brown reeled in four-star edge rusher KingJoseph Edwards on Tuesday over offers from Alabama, Auburn and Colorado. He's Syracuse's second-ranked recruit in the class. Four-star Jamie Tremble headlines the Orange's class, the program's highest-ranked tight end commit in the modern recruiting era.


National Ranking: 42
Virginia Tech checked in at No. 6 in these rankings last year but has slipped to No. 9 after a 6-6 season under Brent Pry. Four-star linebacker Gabriel Williams is the lone commit ranked in the Top247 (No. 200).
"Williams is a lanky second-level defender with a strong testing profile that can cover plenty of ground and is surprisingly physical," national recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins wrote. "Should be viewed as a high-upside, developmental off-ball linebacker prospect that can play all three downs. Length, short-area burst and range likely to eventually draw him looks from NFL talent evaluators if he keeps progressing."


National Ranking: 41
Pitt sits No. 8 in these rankings for a second straight cycle. The 2024 version is comprised of 20 commits with an average rating of 86.95, the ninth-best mark in the conference. The Panthers rank No. 77 in scoring defense this season, and Pat Narduzzi and Co. looked to strengthen the group through the high school ranks. Pittsburgh has commitments from 12 defensive players, including six defensive linemen. The team has added three more d-linemen in the transfer portal.

Florida State files lawsuit against ACC as it looks to leave conference (

Florida State on Friday filed a “blistering lawsuit” against the ACC that “could shake college sports and potentially set off another unsettling wave of conference realignment if the Seminoles succeed in court and withdraw from the ACC,” according to Brent Schrotenboer of USA TODAY. The complaint, filed in state court in Florida, “seeks to nullify more than” $500M in penalties FSU “would face if they left the league now.” It also asks the court to “deem that Florida State issued its formal notice of withdrawal from the ACC effective Aug. 14, 2023,” though it “doesn’t say where it might be going instead.” The lawsuit marks a culmination of FSU's "discontent with the ACC as the revenue gap has widened between it" and the Big Ten and SEC. It “accuses the ACC of incompetence and mismanagement while asking the court to declare that its agreements with the league have been breached on several counts.” Penalties FSU would face under the current disputed agreements if they left the ACC now include a $130M withdrawal penalty and $429M in "forfeited media rights under its grant-of-rights agreement with the league through 2036." The ACC "anticipated the lawsuit and filed its own action in court late Thursday afternoon” in North Carolina that “tries to stop Florida State from challenging the grant-of-rights agreement.” If ACC teams are allowed to leave without penalty, “other members such as Virginia, North Carolina and Clemson could look to leave, too” (USA TODAY, 12/22).

READY TO GO? In D.C., Glynn Hill noted FSU over the past year-plus has been the "most vocal among member schools raising concerns over the league’s growing revenue gap in relation to the Big Ten and SEC." This past summer, FSU along with Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia and Virginia Tech "probed the grant for potential loopholes." Friday’s decision is FSU “taking the first step in plotting a potential exit from the conference” (WASHINGTON POST, 12/22). THE ATHLETIC’s Auerbach & Vannini wrote an exit by FSU could "destabilize the college athletics landscape and spark another significant round of realignment, particularly if it paved the way for other disgruntled ACC members to leave the league" (THE ATHLETIC, 12/22). In Tampa, Matt Baker wrote “half a billion dollars and the stability of the entire college football landscape hang in the balance.” FSU is looking for its "escape valve to the Big Ten or SEC.” Others “will likely follow in a move that could cause the ACC to implode as a major conference and further consolidate the sport’s power programs into the Power Two” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/22).

LONG TIME COMING? In Tallahassee, Ehsan Kassim wrote this lawsuit is "years in the making,” as FSU has "long believed it has not been receiving its fair share of value for what the university and specifically the football program bring to the table.” FSU's legal counsel and an outside law firm “have been reviewing the grant of rights for well over a year and began working on legal arguments since last summer.” FSU being denied a chance at the CFP is "not the reason for the lawsuit,” but it “might have been the straw that broke the camel's back” (TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, 12/22). The TIMES' Baker wrote years of "behind-the-scenes gripes and months of on-camera discontent converged over a 24-hour period" last week with "arguably the most important matchup in the history of Florida college sports” (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/22).

ONLY THE BEGINNING: USA TODAY’s Dan Wolken wrote FSU "wrecking the ACC and potentially re-starting another round of realignment is going to be the moment” where the “band-aid gets ripped off for good.” The moment where the “elite level of college football truly starts to become NFL-lite and the battle for table scraps begins among the unwashed peasants that FSU wants to leave behind.” The school is now prepared to take the “ultimate legal step to ensure they don’t get caught on the wrong side of the line.” But it is “not even totally clear how FSU will get on even financial footing with the SEC and Big Ten even if they win their freedom from the ACC." As of now, “neither league has shown great interest in adding Florida State,” and it is “not a certainty that either one would act unless they could make more money for their current members by adding the Seminoles.” Wolken: "Is Florida State doing something desperate? Yes, but only because it sees a desperate future if it can’t forge a path to the Big Ten or SEC" (USA TODAY, 12/22).

Predicting the ACC/FSU Settlement (RX; HM)

Predicting the ACC/FSU Settlement

From the thread "FSU about to pull the pin" on CSNBBS, in response to Gitanole I wrote:

Have to love it when McMurphy writes stuff like "the ACC’s supposedly ironclad Grant of Rights", when the ACC GoR is modeled after the Big XII GoR... if there's a way out of the ACC, it also works for the Big XII!
Personally, I don't think FSU has found an "escape hatch", as he put it. That would spell doom for the ACC - assuming the Big Ten actually wants multiple teams. I just think FSU has reached the point where they're willing to take out a $400+ million loan.
McMurphy also claims that all exit fees are negotiated down to 60% of face value. That's patently FALSE. Texas and OU certainly paid more than 60%, and WVU paid more than 100%, IIRC.
The OP also quotes Alford, when he told his board in February that “hypothetically” it was possible for Florida State to break even within four years of leaving the ACC. That appears to assume that FSU pays nothing to get out of the GoR (because $120M / $30M = 4). This is a very unlikely outcome.
The most likely outcome, IMO, is for FSU to pay about $30M/year over the lifetime of the GoR. If they (or, more likely, the ACC) want to pay in one lump sum, it's about $480M - not adjusted for the time value of money. The present worth value (assuming 6% interest) is only $251.5M for the GoR (the $120M is already present value), so an acceptable total up front payment could be $251.5M + $120M = $371.5M.

Wake Forest football fell to last place in the ACC in 2023 (; Dell)

It was a strange December around the Wake Forest football program with no bowl game to practice for. That hadn’t happened in eight years because Coach Dave Clawson’s consistency netted seven straight bowl appearances.

The Demon Deacons had the second longest streak of bowl games in the ACC behind only Clemson. In Clawson’s 10 seasons they have gone to seven bowl games.

With a 4-8 season and a last-place finish in the ACC, the Demon Deacons didn’t have a lot of highlights this past season.

On the field, there was the come-from-behind homecoming win over Pitt where third-string quarterback Santino Marucci found tight end Cameron Hite for a touchdown in the closing seconds for the game winner. At the time, it felt like it would maybe turn around the season.

Instead, the Demon Deacons lost their final five games as they tumbled into the ACC cellar.

"I thought we would take a little bit of a step back this year just because of what we lost,” Clawson said after the Demon Deacons were 8-5 in 2022. “I’m disappointed we took as big of a step back as we have.”​

While this might have been Clawson’s best defensive team with Brad Lambert in his second season as coordinator, this may have been his worst offensive team in his 10 seasons. Mitch Griffis was supposed to be the replacement for Sam Hartman, who transferred to Notre Dame, but Griffis never found his groove.
The offensive line also struggled with consistency, and the entire unit averaged just 21 points a game and committed 22 turnovers.

While Michael Kern, who started the final two games, will be back Griffis and Marucci have transferred. The Demon Deacons signed graduate transfer Hank Bachmeier (Boise State and Louisiana Tech) and freshman Jeremy Hecklinski of Walton, Georgia, to help at the quarterback position.

Which ACC teams would jump to the Big XII? (RX; HM)

Which ACC teams would jump to the Big XII?

Lots of Big XII fan boys have descended on ACC twitter accounts, message boards, etc. to tell us all how the ACC will soon die, and ACC member schools will come crawling, hat in hand, begging for an invitation to join the Big XII...

But that begs the question: which ACC schools, if any, would consider the Big XII to be an upgrade from the ACC?


There are potentially a few schools which might see travel benefits to joining the Big XII.
Cal and Stanford are closer to the Four Corners schools.
SMU is really close to TCU and not far from Baylor and Houston. Texas Tech is closer than many ACC schools, but by no means "close".
Louisville might enjoy shorter trips to places like Cincinnati and WVU (Morgantown, WV), and even Iowa State is closer than a few ACC schools - but not closer than Pitt, VT, or Wake Forest. The same could be argued for Pitt.


There are some similarities between a few ACC schools and their Big XII "counterparts". For instance,
Cal has some things in common with Arizona State.
SMU is a little like Baylor.
Louisville has some things in common with Cincinnati.
Kansas and North Carolina have been buddies at times, too.

2023 Academic Rankings, by P4 (RX; HM)

2023 Academic Rankings, by P4

We know nearly all realignment has been about maximizing TV revenue from football, but there has always been an academic element, too. For instance, the Big Ten has famously been looking for AAU members - who were also good at football. The ACC, it is said, wouldn't consider certain schools because their academics were too low for the rest of the conference.

How do the "power" conference schools rank in terms of academics? Here's a table, broken out by P4 conference, with rankings taken from January 2023 U.S. News and World Report; I've highlighted all future ACC and Big XII teams, so you can compare more easily:

18Notre DameACC
29North CarolinaACC
29Wake ForestACC
36Boston CollegeACC
44Georgia TechACC
49Ohio StateB1G
55Florida StateACC
62Virginia TechACC
67Texas A&MSEC
72NC StateACC
77Michigan StB1G
77Penn StateB1G


2023 Top Tens (Before Bowls) (RX; HM)

2023 Top Tens (Before Bowls)

There are, admittedly, a lot of ways to rank college football teams. You can poll 62 sportswriters (AP), but that relies on those writers being knowledgeable about all of the teams. You can poll 66 coaches, but that is vulnerable to various agendas. You can use a combination of human polls and computer analysis (BCS). Or, you can put 13 people in a room and ask them to decide (CFP).

Top College Football Rankings

Here are the top 10 teams in the four most historically influential ranking systems, as of the conference championship games (i.e. before any bowls had been played):
2023 College Football Final Regular Season Polls (Dec. 3)
AP PollCoaches PollBCS PollCFP Rankings
1. Michigan1. Michigan1. Michigan1. Michigan
2. Washington2. Washington2. Washington2. Washington
3. Texas3. Florida State3. Alabama3. Texas
4. Florida State4. Texas4. Florida State4. Alabama
5. Alabama4. Alabama5. Texas5. Florida State
6. Georgia6. Georgia6. Georgia6. Georgia
7. Ohio State7. Ohio State7. Ohio State7. Ohio State
8. Oregon8. Oregon8. Oregon8. Oregon
9. Missouri9. Missouri9. Penn State9. Missouri
10. Penn State10. Penn State10. Missouri10. Penn State


  • All four of these ranking systems are in agreement that Michigan is #1 and Washington is #2.
  • The idea that Georgia was snubbed has no support here - the Bulldogs are #6 in all four rankings.
  • These four even agree that Ohio State is #7 and Oregon is #8, and there is only one (the BCS) which puts Penn State at #9 instead of Missouri.
  • The dispute centers around #3, #4, and #5.

Opt Outs and Transfers result in a vastly different FSU depth chart for the Orange Bowl against Georgia (; Nee)

The depth chart for No. 5 Florida State's game against No. 6 Georgia in the Orange Bowl was released on Tuesday. It is vastly different than the last depth chart released by FSU, due to opt outs and the NCAA Transfer Portal. A look at the depth chart (Position (starters (bold)) and all the details on the changes:


QB Brock Glenn, Fr.
Dylan McNamara, RS Fr.
Michael Grant Fr.

Notes: Gone is Tate Rodemaker and AJ Duffy, who were listed as the starter and third team going into the ACC Championship Game. Both have made their way to the NCAA Transfer Portal. Brock Glenn will make his second start of his freshman season. The reserves are a pair of walk-on quarterbacks.


RB Caziah Holmes, RS Jr.
Samuel Singleton Jr., Fr.

RB Ja'Khi Douglas, RS Jr.
Joshua Burrell, RS So.

Notes: Gone is Trey Benson (opted out), Rodney Hill (NCAA Transfer Portal), and CJ Campbell (NCAA Transfer Portal). Also not listed is Lawrance Toafili - who is unavailable due to a season-ending injury. Holmes is elevated to a starter role, backed up by a freshman, while FSU's second running back spot is now filled by a pair of former wide receivers.


WR Kentron Poitier, RS Jr.
Hykeem Williams, Fr.

WR Destyn Hill, Fr.
Deuce Spann, RS Jr.

WR Darion Williamson, RS Jr.
Vandrevius Jacobs, Fr.

Notes: Starters Johnny Wilson and Keon Coleman have both opted out. Ja'Khi Douglas moved over to running back. Poitier's role elevated, Hill no longer sharing duties with Douglas, while Spann slides in as his reserve. Williamson elevated to a starter role an Jacobs joins the depth chart.


TE Kyle Morlock, RS Jr.
Preston Daniel, RS Jr.

TE Jackson West, RS So.
Brian Courtney, So.

Notes: Starter Jaheim Bell (opted out) and reserve Markeston Douglas (NCAA Transfer Portal) removed. Daniel, who is in the NCAA Transfer Portal, will play and has moved behind Morlock. West and Courtney are both new to the depth chart and now create the second tight end spot, with West starting.


LT Darius Washington, RS Jr. -or- Robert Scott Jr., RS Jr.

LG Casey Roddick, RS Sr.

Keiondre Jones, RS Jr.

C Maurice Smith, RS Jr.
Darius Washington, RS Jr.

RG D'Mitri Emmanuel, RS Sr. -or- Darius Washington, RS Jr.

RT Jeremiah Byers, RS Jr. -or- Darius Washington, RS Jr.

Washington now listed as a co-starter at left tackle, where he wasn't previously listed. His inclusion at that spot in due, in part, to the departure of Bless Harris (NCAA Transfer Portal). Washington also filled the second slot in the -or- situation at right tackle, replacing Harris there as well.
... (SI; Lewis)

The war between Florida State and the ACC has officially moved to the courts after the university's Board of Trustees filed a lawsuit against the conference three days before Christmas. The Seminoles are doing everything in their power to challenge the Grant of Rights as they try to take control of their own destiny in the current college football landscape.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Leon County Circuit Court assigned a judge to the FSU Board of Trustees case against the ACC. John C. Cooper, a judge for the 2nd Judicial Court of Florida will be wielding the gavel when the proceedings begin.

Cooper actually has ties to Florida State as he earned his Bachelor's Degree (BA) from the university in 1972 as well as his Juris Doctor (JD) in 1974. He's been in his current role in the 2nd Judicial Court for 21 years and his reach covers Franklin County, Gadsden County, Jefferson County, Leon County, Liberty County, and Wakulla County.

Florida State is alleging that the ACC violated multiple state laws, including Florida Statute 542.18. The Seminoles are also pursuing the lawsuit due to the unenforceable penalty, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fundamental failure of contractual purpose, and unconscionability and violation of public policy.


Skinny building. Gooey cake. Die-cut pasta. Peek inside Syracuse's new bake house (PS; Cazentre)

From the outside, it has the look of an early 20th century New York City storefront. On the inside, it’s a workspace for a popular Syracuse restaurant.

It also has the distinction of being located in what has been described as the “skinniest” building in Syracuse. The building measures 13.9 feet between the outer walls, and at one point the inside space is just a hair over eight feet.

It’s Francesca’s Bake House, and it’s where pastry chef Leslie Lisk puts her skills to work making bread, desserts and pasta’s for the neighboring Francesca’s Cucina restaurant.

“This is really a place for Leslie to work her magic,” said George Angeloro, who owns both the restaurant and bakehouse. “Because that’s what she is. A magician with breads and pasta, and of course with desserts.”

Francesca’s Bake House opened this month at 537 N. Salina St. It is, for now, strictly serving the restaurant. There are no plans for sales direct to customers, Angeloro said.

But diners at Francesca’s are seeing the results. Lisk has been making the transition from her former space in the restaurant’s basement to the new building, which was home to a retail pasta shop called Michael’s for decades in the 20th century.


Francesca’s Bake House opened in Syracuse's famously skinny building at 537 N. Salina St. It used to be Michael's pasta shop for decades. Now, it's where pastry chef Leslie Lisk makes desserts, breads and pasta for Francesca's Cucina next door.Katrina Tulloch


The full cold moon in December is the last full moon of the file photo

Christmas ‘cold moon,’ the final full moon of 2023, will reach its peak tonight (PS; Hernandez)

The final full moon of 2023 will reveal its peak illumination tonight, filling the holiday season sky with moonlight. reported that December’s full moon will reach maximum fullness around 7:33 p.m. Eastern Time on December 26. The moon could start to be seen on the evening of Christmas Day and will continue through Wednesday morning.

This month’s full moon is also known as the Cold Moon, is attributed to the Mohawk people of New York, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. The name refers to the icy conditions of December as winter deepens in the Northern Hemisphere though climbing temperatures and one of the warmest years in over a century brought a Christmas without snow this year.

According to NASA, the cold moon takes the highest path along the top of the sky because it is opposite to the low sun, so the moon will be visible in the sky longer than at other times of the year. And because the full cold moon is occurring so close to the winter solstice, long nights will offer ample viewing opportunities.

Once the Cold Moon sets and leading up to the first new moon of 2024, the moon will rise an hour later each day and will be visible for less and less of the night. The first new moon of 2024 falls on Jan. 11 and marks the first full lunar cycle of the new year.

The next full moon will be the wolf moon on Jan. 25.

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