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

Welcome to Lotus 1-2-3 Day!

Lotus 1-2-3 Day marks the anniversary of the day in 1983 when the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program, which was a three-in-one (1-2-3) spreadsheet calculator, database manager, and graphics package, debuted as an application for the IBM PC. Today we take for granted that we can have a phone connected to the internet in our pocket, but there was a time in the early 1980s when spreadsheets were the wave of the future. Today we celebrate them, especially the Lotus 1-2-3.

The Lotus Development Corporation was formed by Mitch Kapor and Jonathan Sachs in 1982. Kapor had previously worked for VisiCalc, which became a competitor. In 1979, VisiCalc was released for use on the Apple II and became the first killer app: a piece of software that was so good that it made a whole computer system worth buying. VisiCalc automated basic calculations, saving office workers time as they no longer had to calculate by hand. It could also forecast budgets by easily tweaking numbers.

IBM PC came out in 1981, and after Lotus 1-2-3 was released, it became its killer app. It was written in assembly language, which was more difficult to write than other languages but allowed programs to run faster and use less memory. Lotus 1-2-3 had "special graphics routines" which wrote directly into a computer's video memory. This allowed the screen to update faster and made the app locked into the IBM hardware. The coding was specific to IBM, so it would be difficult to move it somewhere else.

SU News

Late Kick: Is Syracuse a dark horse in the ACC? (; video)

Is Syracuse a dark horse in the ACC?

30 Minutes in Orange Nation 1-25-24 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)

Steve and Paulie start the show discussing Syracuse's game against NC State and wondering what a two-game losing streak would do for the Orange's morale. Then, the hosts go over the newly-released Orange football schedule and discuss which games Paulie will drive to. Later, some listeners chime in with thoughts on the football and men's basketball teams, with one hot take and one reasonable call.

Remembering the 1998 Syracuse Football Team 25 Years Later (; admin)

Hard to believe it’s been a quarter century, but this past season marked 25 years since Syracuse’s famed Orange Bowl team of ’98. Under the guidance of head coach Paul Pasqualoni, SU navigated a season filled with highs and lows, showcasing resilience and determination. The team’s performance left an indelible mark on the program’s history and provided fans with memorable moments to cherish. There’s plenty of websites around the web that can dig into sports history like

Syracuse’s Preseason Expectations

The Orange entered the 1998 season with expectations running high. The roster featured talented players on both sides of the ball, setting the stage for a campaign that held promise and potential. Quarterback Donovan McNabb, a pivotal figure in Syracuse football lore, spearheaded the offensive charge. McNabb’s dynamic playmaking abilities and leadership skills would be crucial to the team’s success.

The season kicked off with a massive non-conference test with Tennessee. McNabb’s prowess as a dual-threat quarterback became increasingly obvious to a national audience, as he led the offense with a combination of precision passing and electrifying runs.

Syracuse’s Biggest Test of the Season

Syracuse’s battle at the Dome against the defending national champions, the Tennessee Volunteers, was emblematic of the season. SU could go toe-to-toe with the best the SEC could offer, but couldn’t seal the deal. The battle ended with a final score of 34-33 in favor of Tennessee, marred by a controversial pass interference call. While SU lost the game, it would remain ranked the entire season. The next week SU would defeat Michigan at the Big House, cementing McNabb in school lore. How crazy does a non-conference schedule sound of Tennessee and Michigan?

The Biggest Twist With the Syracuse Football Schedule (; Aitken)

The Syracuse football schedule was released yesterday, and a lot of what Orange fans expected to see came to fruition. The list of opponents was all but solidified, so there weren’t any surprises there.

The most unexpected aspect of the schedule was the order of games. Most years, it’s common to play most of the non-conference games first, then get into ACC play. Occasionally, SU opens the year with a conference foe, like Louisville in 2022. However, this year is completely different. The non-conference slate is all over the place.

Saturday, Aug. 31 – Ohio

Saturday, Sept. 28 – Holy Cross

Saturday, Oct. 5 – at UNLV

Saturday, Nov. 23 – UConn

It starts off normal. Syracuse opens the year against Ohio, which feels pretty normal. Those two teams have actually played a season-opener before, back in 2021. After that is when there are some anomalies. In the following three weeks, SU hosts Georgia Tech in a conference game, has a bye week, and hosts Stanford in a “Welcome to the ACC” game.

That means other non-conference games are pushed later into the season; Syracuse hosts FCS team Holy Cross in week five and travels to UNLV the week after. The Orange don’t even finish their non-ACC games until the second-to-last week of the season. That’s when SU hosts UConn.

The main takeaway is that Syracuse doesn’t really have a lighter stretch ease into the season. SU has to host Georgia Tech, a team that beat the ‘Cuse and made a bowl in 2023. Then, it’s Stanford, who has had a down few seasons, but is still a respectable conference foe.

This abnormal start could go in two very different directions. If the Orange win early, then they could quickly build some hype and have a 2-0 ACC record before anyone else. That’s massive for the confidence of a team playing under a rookie head coach.

Syracuse football: TNIAAM roundtable of the Orange’s 2024 schedule (TNIAAM; Staff)

Now that we know the details for the 2024 Syracuse Orange football schedule, let’s look at Fran Brown’s first year.

Which game are you most looking forward to and why?

Virginia Tech. I really dislike having another October without a home game, but I will admit the loudest the Dome got last year was during the BC game following a month-long absence. After the trashing SU got at Lane Stadium, it’s time for some payback in a packed Loud House - maybe clinching a third straight bowl in the process?

Kevin: Ohio. I have no idea what the Fran Brown era will look like on the field, and I’m not just talking about the strategy. What will the Syracuse entrance look like? What kind of videos/music are we getting in the Dome? Will Brown be animated on the sidelines or is he going to have that same calm demeanor we’ve seen since he was introduced? It’s going to be interesting how the new, smaller Dome crowd responds.

Christian: Georgia Tech. Kevin is right, the Ohio game will be exciting to kickstart a new era for the Orange. But each of the last two Syracuse seasons have gained momentum and hope after a win over a Power Five team. The last two years, that has been Purdue. This year, Syracuse looks to avenge the loss that ended the Dino Babers era when a surging Yellow Jackets squad comes to the Dome. A tune up against Ohio is one thing. A statement of intent against an upstart conference foe is another.

Axe: Answering key questions about the SU football schedule (podcast) (PS; podcast; Axe)
Fran Brown’s Syracuse University football team have a locked-in 2024 schedule.

What kind of deal has Brown been handed in his first season as head coach?

What is the toughest stretch of the schedule? What team could pull a surprise on the Orange? What is the most anticipated game?’s Emily Leiker hopped on the latest episode of “Syracuse Sports” presented by Crouse Health to examine those key questions and more about the Orange football schedule.

We also react to opinions on the schedule from our Syracuse Sports Insiders.

Top-20 national prospect, a 4-star edge with Syracuse football in top 6, makes college decision (itlh; Adler)

Earlier this month, Syracuse football scored the top six of 2025 four-star edge Ari Watford from Virginia, but the top-20 national prospect in his class is heading to another Atlantic Coast Conference school.

According to media reports, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Watford has verbally committed to Clemson.

Ex-Syracuse head coach Dino Babers to become offensive coordinator at Arizona (report) (PS; $; Leiker)

Ex-Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers is set to become the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona, according to multiple reports.

The news was first reported by Rivals staff writer Troy Hutchinson, who cited anonymous sources. ESPN’s Pete Thamel confirmed the report shortly after.

Babers was fired by Syracuse University in November with one game remaining in the Orange’s 2023 season. He finished his eight-season tenure with a 41-55. He led the program to just two winning seasons.

This will be Babers’ second time on staff at Arizona. He first coached on the Wildcats’ staff in the late ‘90s, serving as wide receivers coach (1995-96), running backs coach (1997) and then offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach (1998-2000).

Brent Brennan, Arizona’s new head coach, was a graduate assistant on the 2000 staff. Brennan replaced Jedd Fisch, who took Kalen DeBoer’s job at Washington. DeBoer was tabbed as the replacement to Nick Saban at Alabama.

ACC News

2024 ACC Schedule Oddities (RX; HM)

2024 ACC Schedule Oddities

Here's at least one oddity about the schedule of each ACC team:

Boston College - The Eagles will play two games in the same week (Monday, 9/2 against Florida State, and Saturday, 9/7 against Duquesne).
Cal - Their ACC conference home opener is not until 10/5, but they play 7 games in the state of California.
Clemson - This used to be normal, but not any more: every game is on Saturday. The Tigers also stay in the Eastern Time Zone for all 12 games.
Duke - The Blue Devils open with four consecutive non-conference games.
Florida State - The Seminoles open with two ACC games then take their first bye in week #2 (the earliest bye in the conference). FSU also finishes their ACC schedule the earliest - on 11/2.
Georgia Tech - the Yellow Jackets travel to Ireland, Syracuse, NY, and Louisville, KY in the first five weeks, but that's not even the strangest thing: they have 2 byes in three weeks (10 and 12)!
Louisville - the Cardinals have a 7-game stretch from 9/21 to 11/2 in which they play four road games, including at Notre Dame and at Clemson, without a bye.
Miami - the Canes open with 5 games in the state of Florida; their first out-of-state road game is 10/5 (at Cal).
N. Carolina - after opening at Minnesota, the Tar Heels won't leave the state again until 10/26 - a stretch that includes five home games and one away game just 30 miles away!
NC State - the Wolfpack open the season with eight consecutive weeks without a bye.
Pitt - doesn't play any ACC games, home or away, until 10/5.
SMU - they only have 11 games, thanks to a late cancellation by Vanderbilt (but 7 of them are home games, so no harm there).
Stanford - like Cal, the Cardinal also plays 7 games in the Golden State and doesn't have their home opener until 10/5.
Syracuse - five of their last six games are against former Big East teams.

2024 ACC Schedule: Firsts and Lasts (RX; HM)

2024 ACC Schedule: Firsts and Lasts

What's each teams first home game? first road game? first ACC game? last ACC game? last OOC game? Here you go...

First GamesACC GamesOOC
Ga Tech8/31*9/7*8/2411/2111/30
NC State8/299/79/2111/309/28
Va Tech9/78/319/2711/309/21


First Home Game: no one waits longer than 9/7 for their home opener; not much separation there.
First Road Game: some start on the road, but three teams - SMU, Syracuse, and Wake - don't go on the road until 10/5/24!

WATCH: ACC commish talks expanded ACC, 2024 football season (; video; Staff)

Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Jim Phillips appeared on ACCN ahead of the league's 2024 football schedule release, updating the latest for football and more in the league:

Analyst: Clemson the ACC Team with Hardest Schedule in 2024 (; Oliver)

Which ACC team has the hardest schedule next season?

ACC Network analyst EJ Manuel believes it’s Clemson.

The former Florida State star quarterback discussed the Tigers’ 2024 schedule during the ACC Huddle: 2024 Football Schedule Release show on ACCN/ESPN2 on Wednesday.

Manuel shared why he feels Clemson has the most difficult slate of competition, starting with the season opener against Georgia in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 31, when the Tigers will try to earn their first win against Georgia since 2013.

“Like, you start the season off with Georgia,” Manuel said. “And the only reason I say this is one of the tougher schedules is because that game, if they don’t win it, then the narrative again nationally at times can then be the negative, right – people start chirping and all that kind of stuff. But if they do win it, ‘Clemson’s back,’ all those kind of things, which then adds a lot of pressure.”

Following that battle with the Bulldogs, Clemson will host its home opener on Sept. 7, when the Tigers welcome the Appalachian State Mountaineers to Memorial Stadium.

Clemson is 5-0 all-time against App State, with the most recent victory coming by a score of 41-10 against Scott Satterfield’s Mountaineers in 2015.

“You’ve got App State, which is never an easy team for any opponent that they play in the Power Five,” Manuel said.

After an open date on Sept. 14, Clemson will welcome NC State to Death Valley on Sept. 21. The Tigers will attempt to bounce back from a road loss in Raleigh last year and extend their home winning streak against the Wolfpack in Death Valley to 10 games.

Clemson will then host Stanford at Death Valley on Sept. 28 before hitting the road for contests at Florida State (Oct. 5) and Wake Forest (Oct. 12).

The Tigers will return home to face former Clemson assistant Tony Elliott’s Virginia team on Oct. 19. Following another open date on Oct. 26, Clemson will play its final conference home game on Nov. 2 against Louisville, which is coming off its first ACC Championship Game appearance in school history this past season (16-6 loss to FSU).

“NC State’s going to be much improved this year – a quarterback that can certainly run that offense led by (offensive coordinator) Robert Anae, a bunch of other pieces, (wide receiver) KC Concepcion and a returning defense. Move down to Florida State on the road, then you’ve got Louisville at home,” Manuel said.

Top 5 Matchups | ACC Football 2024 (youtube; video; ACC DN)

The ACC football schedules for all teams have been announced, and several matchups should have the fans salivating for the season to begin. The league will have new teams and matchups that will define their 2024 campaigns. Clemson kicking the season off battling with old rival Georgia will have all eyes upon it. The Tigers' annual battle with FSU is always a factor, and Louisville and Notre Dame will settle the score once again in South Bend. What other matchups made our list? Check it out right here!

Way Too Early ACC Football Predictions, Fans Q&A and More (youtube; podcast; Locked on the ACC)

We answer our favorite ACC Football comments from this past week's episode. (SI; Borba)

The Stanford Cardinal are among the three new programs joining the ACC in 2024, and among the 10 Power 5 programs that left their conference for another.

On Wednesday, the 17 ACC programs learned what the entirety of their schedule looked like, and for a program like Stanford, there are likely mixed feelings. While many people not on the West Coast didn't realize, the Pac-12 was quietly becoming the strongest conference in college football and the past season was a perfect example of this. The ACC on the other hand isn't nearly as strong from top to bottom, but that doesn't mean there aren't some difficult games on the schedule.

Stanford's Full 2024 Schedule Revealed Ahead Of First ACC Season

When looking at their 2024 schedule there are three games that stand out as the most difficult on the year for the Cardinal who will be fighting for bowl eligibility. Let's take a look at their toughest tests.

Week 12 vs. Louisville

The battle between the Cardinal and Cardinals, Louisville had a tremendous season in 2023 led by their No. 21 ranked defense. They made it to the ACC title game and lost to an injury-plagued Florida State team thanks to a poor offensive showing. However, that tough defense is expected to be just as good in 2024, and they upgraded at just about every position on offense. The Cardinals have the No. 4 transfer portal class, and as long as their new quarterback Tyler Shough is healthy, they will have weapons galore. Not to mention he is a dynamic runner who makes plays with his legs nonstop.

ACC is better positioned than the Big 12 to be a multi-bid CFP league l College Football Podcast (podcast; Locked On Something)

ACC is better positioned than the Big 12 to be a multi-bid CFP league l College Football Podcast

The ACC did FSU a MAJOR SOLID with its 2024 football schedule. (youtube; podcast; FSU Football)

FSU football found out their entire 2024 schedule. It looks like the ACC didn't hold any grudges with the Noles looking to get out of the conference. I give my thoughts on the schedule. Could the Noles go undefeated for the second straight year? Also, I give quick thoughts on new Harvard OL transfer addition Jacob Rizy.

Florida State Football Not Given Any Favors In 2024 Schedule - Gridiron Heroics (; Gibby)

The ACC Football schedule was finalized yesterday, and Florida State certainly was not given any favors by the conference. Whether or not this has anything to do with their desire to leave the conference and make it look bad following a 63-3 loss in the bowl game to Georgia is up to interpretation. The conference obviously would never come out and say anything, but when looking deeper at the conference, it makes one wonder.

Florida State Faces a Gauntlet in the Middle of the Season

Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Kevin Coleman (3) is tackled by Florida State Seminoles linebacker DJ Lundy (10) in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Following a somewhat simple start to the season playing Georgia Tech, Boston College, Memphis, and California either at home or at a neutral site, the Seminoles play a six-game stretch of games that may all be against future bowl-eligible teams. In this five-game stretch, there is one bye week beween Clemson and Duke, and four of the games are on the road. Below are their games along with their 2023 record as a reference.

  • AT SMU (11-3 in 2023)
  • VS Clemson (9-4 in 2023)
  • AT Duke (8-5 in 2023)
  • AT Miami (7-6 in 2023)
  • VS North Carolina (8-5 in 2023)
  • AT Notre Dame (10-3 in 2023)
In total, the Seminoles will play six consecutive games in a row against teams that went 53-24 last season, and four of those games are on the road. There is a very real chance that Florida State will come into this gauntlet 4-0 and finish the six-week stretch with a 7-3 record and either barely ranked or unranked at all.

Schedule Was Made Months Ago, Order Was RecentIn a tiered realignment plan, top programs like Florida State will be in the same conference with each other, levelling the playing field and eliminating controversies such as the FSU playoff snub and the Seminole’s lawsuit against the ACC.

The opponents and nonconference schedule was made back on October 30th, before Florida State started to be very vocal against the ACC Conference. When that happened, Florida State knew who they were going to play and where, however the exact dates were still up in the air.

Again, there is no factual evidence that the ACC purposefully did their best to make the Seminoles’ schedule as difficult as possible, but when looking at it, it’s pretty hard to draw up a more difficult schedule considernig that the four nonconference games were already set. It really makes one wonder if the conference is sending a message.




The future home of Crooked Cattle in Armory Square. This was last a Starbucks and will be remodeled to include a new kitchen and bar. (Charlie Miller | Miller |

Owner of Syracuse’s most famous burger to open bar in Armory Square (PS; $; Miller)

The man whose downtown restaurant has won seven of the past eight New York Best Burger championships is opening a new bar in Syracuse’s Armory Square, this one built around an iconic local sandwich.

Matt Beach, the owner of Ale ‘n Angus on Harrison Street, signed a lease Thursday night to take over the storefront at 290 W. Jefferson St., last home to a Starbucks.

The new bar and restaurant, named Crooked Cattle, will pay homage to one of the most popular menu items in recent Syracuse bar history: the roast beef sandwich from Clark’s Ale House.

“Syracuse lost something very special when Clark’s went away,” Beach said. “We lost a great ale house, but we also lost one of the best sandwiches this city has ever experienced. It’s time to bring that back.”

The space for Crooked Cattle is 2,250 square feet, 250 feet smaller than Ale ‘n Angus. Between bar seating and dining tables, the restaurant will accommodate 40 customers. It will open up to the grassy area surrounding the shot clock monument. That mini park, which is part of the property, will be gated off and used for outside seating for roughly 20 additional customers. The spot will be dog-friendly because 60% of downtown residents own dogs, Beach said.

The menu will include salads, soups, wraps, paninis and appetizers. The kitchen is limited to electric appliances because it doesn’t have a vent hood or an Ansul fire exterminating system, similar to the kitchen at Clark’s.

“All I need is an oven and a slicer to make that roast beef sandwich,” Beach said. “That’s what we’re here for.”


A chicken gyro, served with sides of tzatziki fries and Greek village saladJacob Pucci

A taste of the New York State Fair available year-round at Kiki’s in Camillus (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Pucci)

Walking past their restaurant in Camillus, with its solid black awning and neutral-colored building blending in with the other small shops that line Genesee Street in the heart of the village, it’s hard to tell that this the same Kiki’s Authentic Greek Food that has been serving gyros and other Greek favorites out of an eye-catching blue-and-white checkerboard stand at the New York State Fair and other festivals across Central New York for over 15 years.

Step inside, however, and that personality shines through, whether it’s the blue chairs that occupy the six tables in the small dining room, the Greek evil eye mirror and pendants hanging from the walls said to ward off bad luck, the Greek meander motif decorating the ceiling, or the signage around the restaurant touting Kiki’s’ “world famous” tzatziki sauce.

Owner Bob Cosselmon started Kiki’s as a concession business in 2008. It quickly became a favorite in the CNY festival circuit and is undoubtedly partially responsible for the ascension of the gyro into the ranks of one of the most iconic foods served at the New York State Fair. In 2019, Kiki’s expanded into a brick-and-mortar restaurant.


The rendering shows the expanded campus of Turning Stone Resort Casino near NY State Thruway Exit 33 in Verona, Oneida County. (Rendering by Gensler design firm of San Francisco).

Oneida Indian Nation increases spending in CNY, with major casino expansion coming this year (PS; Cazentre)

In 2023, the Oneida Indian Nation made a big jump into the legal marijuana market, added to its line of Maple Leaf convenience stores and created a new entertainment/sports venue at its Turning Stone casino.

Those projects and others helped the nation boost spending in categories such as capital improvements, payroll and purchases from local vendors by about $81 million over 2022, according to the nation’s latest economic report.

The nation, and its business division, Turning Stone Enterprises, had also reported increased spending in 2022. This year, it’s starting a major expansion at Turning Stone that could pave the way for an even bigger economic boost in 2024.

“Constant reinvestment and strong partnerships have been the foundations to our success,” Oneida Representative and Turning Stone Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said in a news release. “With the evolution of Turning Stone Resort Casino ahead, we are excited to continue growing these investments and partnerships for the benefit of the Oneida people, our workforce and the region as a whole.”

The upcoming expansion at Turning Stone is expected to come to about $370 million and take about two years to complete. It includes a new crescent-shaped hotel, a doubled-in-size conference center and additional dining and entertainment venues. It will be the largest expansion of the Turning Stone Resort Casino since it opened 31 years ago.

The Oneidas say the project will make Turning Stone the largest convention center in Upstate New York. It is expected “to generate a one-time economic impact exceeding $600 million, create 3,600 one-time local jobs and generate more than $22 million in state and local tax revenues,” the nation news release said.
Aah the early days of office programming. learning it in college when the profs barely knew what it was doing was fun.

I do remember when we broke the encryption it used. Got some kudos from the boss for recovering files that day.

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