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

Welcome to Day of the Mushroom!

Day of the Mushroom celebrates edible mushrooms, which can be eaten plain, be stuffed, or be used in salads, soups, and sauces. Culinary mushrooms first began being cultivated in the early eighteenth century, in France. They were known as Parisian mushrooms by those outside of the country, and the English exported them to America by the end of the nineteenth century. It was mainly these white and brown Agaricus bisporus mushrooms that were cultivated and sold, none more so than cremini mushrooms. Beginning in the 1940s, many other types of mushrooms began being cultivated on a wider basis.

The following are some common varieties of mushrooms eaten today, some being cultivated and some being found in the wild:

  • White button: most common edible mushroom, with 90% of mushrooms eaten in the United States being them; goes well with most ingredients; mild, but flavor intensifies when cooked.
  • Cremini: also known as crimini, baby bella, and brown; similar to white button but a bit more robust of a flavor.
  • Portobello: also known as portobella; really just a large cremini; can be up to six inches in diameter; meaty flavor—good veggie alternative for burgers; began gaining popularity in the 1990s.
  • Shiitake: also known as black forest; frilly umbrella caps; meaty texture when cooked; woodsy flavor.
  • Oyster: velvety texture; fluted caps; mild flavor.
  • Enoki: also known as enokitake or enoke; originally from Japan; long stems; tiny caps; grows in clusters; high in potassium and fiber; used raw as a garnish with soups, salads, and Asian-inspired dishes.
  • Morel: yellow and black varieties; wild mushroom; honeycomb crevices; nutty and earthy; commonly used in sauces.
  • Truffle: most expensive mushroom; wild mushroom, but there has been some cultivation; robust flavor; sometimes infused in olive oils.
  • Beech: crunchy texture; nutty flavor; usually cooked and used in stir fries.
  • Maitake.
  • Porcini: highly sought-after wild mushroom; meaty texture.
  • Chanterelle frilly; flavorful, with hints of apricot and almond.
SU News

(youtube; radio; the 315)

Mike McAllister from 247Sports joins Brian Higgins to discuss the two newest Syracuse football commits, Fran Brown's interest in local talent, and more.

Keeping Up With The 315 4-15-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian Higgins begins the show discussing some questions he has about Syracuse men’s basketball’s transfer portal plans after Jyare Davis and Dakota Leffew both visited this weekend with neither committing… Until after today’s show ended that is. Then, Brian makes some observations about the two newest Syracuse football commits. Later, Brian reacts to Justin Taylor finding a home at JMU before discussing Dyaisha Fair’s WNBA potential with the draft tonight.

Syracuse Football: 4-star, top-50 national prospect commits, 'Cuse has a top-10 class (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse football is off to a blazing hot start with its 2026 class.

Head coach Fran Brown and his staff picked up their second verbal pledge on Monday among high school sophomores, and both of these 'Cuse commits are rated in the top 80 nationally, per On3.

According to the industry-generated On3 Industry Ranking, when I wrote this article on Monday afternoon, the Orange's two 2026 pledges also found themselves in the top 220 around the country within this cycle.

Needless to say, the 2026 class, for the 'Cuse and all FBS squads, has a way to go. But for the moment, multiple recruiting Web sites listed the Syracuse football two-member 2026 cycle inside the top 10 nationwide.

On Monday, via his X page, 2026 four-star outside linebacker/safety Izayia Williams said he was verbally committing to the Orange after taking a visit to the Hill this past weekend. A huge congrats and welcome from 'Cuse Nation to Izayia!

Had a great time at Syracuse today@Coach_2CAP @FranBrownCuse @CuseFootball
— Izayia williams 4⭐⭐⭐⭐️ (@izayia_williams) April 13, 2024


Syracuse football picks up second verbal commitment for Class of 2026 from Florida prospect (PS; Leiker)

Syracuse football earned its second verbal commitment from a recruit in the Class of 2026 on Monday.

Outside linebacker and edge rusher Izayia Williams announced his commitment via social media. He made a visit to campus Friday after receiving his offer in February.

Williams (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) is currently unrated by the 247Sports Composite.

On3 Sports is the only recruiting platform to have him ranked. He’s a four-star by its metric but the site has him rated as a safety.

This is Williams’ second verbal commitment, as he’d pledged to Louisville’s class in November and de-committed in January.

He also has offers from Ole Miss, Iowa State, UCF and a few others.

Williams is from Leesburg, Florida, and played for Leesburg High School in 2023 but now competes for Tavares High School. Following a trend in the prospects Fran Brown and his staff have recruited thus far, Williams also competes in track and field as a sprinter, long jumper and high jumper.

He joins Demetres Samuel Jr., also from Florida, in the Orange’s 2026 class.

Syracuse football adds commitment in Class of 2025 from Cicero-North Syracuse offensive lineman (PS; $; Carlson)
Cicero-North Syracuse offensive lineman Kardiear Shepherd said that he has verbally committed to the Syracuse football program.

Shepherd announced his commitment on X (previously Twitter) on Monday. Shepherd is not currently ranked as a prospect by any of the major recruiting websites. He is listed by 247 Sports at 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds.

The website said that in addition to Syracuse, Sheperd had an offer from Buffalo.

Commitments are not binding until after a player has signed a National Letter of Intent.
— Kardiear Shepherd (@Kardie77) April 15, 2024

Shepherd’s commitment continues an emphasis on increasing the Orange’s size that has been clear since Fran Brown began recruiting.

Shepherd is the 13th player committed to Syracuse as part of its Class of 2025. Wake Forest is the only school in the ACC with more verbal commitments.

The number of commitments is one of the major reasons that Syracuse’s class is currently ranked No. 10 in the country by 247 Sports. The class of commits currently consists of a four-star prospect and 11 three-star prospects. Eleven of the ACC’s schools currently have at least one four-star commitment.

Shepherd is the third offensive lineman who has committed to Syracuse in the Class of 2015, joining Christian Brothers Academy lineman Matthew Hawn and Texas product Bryon Washington.

Shepherd is also the third Central New York product to commit to the Orange in his class, joining Hawn and his high school teammate Darien Williams.

The 10 most incredible NFL Draft picks in Syracuse football history (itlh; Fariss)
Throughout the history of the program, Syracuse football has had 229 stars go on to be selected in the NFL Draft.

The Orange has eight former players in the NFL Hall of Fame including Art Monk, Marvin Harrison, and more.

While not all 229 have gone on to be Hall of Famers, there have been some truly incredible careers for former Orangemen.

Out of the hundreds of players who entered the league after collegiate careers at Syracuse, which ten stand above the rest?

10 Justin Pugh 2013 NFL Draft | Round 1, Pick 19

After an incredible career with the Orange, Justin Pugh was selected 19th overall by the New York Giants in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Syracuse football: assistant coach Ross Douglas brings NFL experience, youthfulness to receiving room (TNIAAM; Tomaiuolo)
We’re just under a week away from the annual Syracuse Orange football Spring Game. Last week, we took a look at the Orange secondary. This time around, let’s examine an offensive position with a handful of offseason changes: the receiving corps.

The pass-catching group is led by Ross Douglas, who Fran Brown appointed as SU’s wide receiver’s coach back in December. Despite being 29 years old, Douglas already has an extensive coaching background. Following his collegiate career at Michigan and Rutgers, Douglas stayed with the Scarlet Knights as a graduate assistant while Brown worked with the defensive backs. He most recently worked with the New England Patriots for three seasons.

Alongside future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick, Douglas initially served as New England’s defensive quality control coach in 2021. He was promoted to assistant WRs coach in 2022 and became the head receiving coach last year.

“I did everything with [Belichick] and he taught me a lot of football. The lessons I learned from him are endless. I’m trying to apply them here everyday,” Douglas said.

.@RossDoug21 bringing the juice to the receiver room ️
— Syracuse Football (@CuseFootball) April 11, 2024

The Ohio native inherits a much different receiver’s room than a year ago. Damien Alford was dismissed from the team after leading the Orange with 610 receiving yards last season, and Isaiah Jones (third in receiving) transferred to New Mexico. Georgia transfers Yazeed Haynes and Jackson Meeks followed Brown to SU. The Orange also landed 2024 four-star receiver Emmanuel Ross. That’s in addition to returning players Trebor Pena, Umari Hatcher and Darrell Gill Jr.

Theme Days Announced for 'Cuse Football - Syracuse University Athletics (

One of the most anticipated football seasons in recent memory kicks off this fall, and Syracuse
Athletics has announced its theme days that are perfect opportunities for fans to bring their group.

Group tickets are on-sale now for groups of 15+ to each game. Tickets start at $15 for groups. To learn more and purchase please fill out the group interest form, call 888-DOME-TIX, or email athsales.

Aug. 31 – Ohio – Season Opener
The first game of the Fran Brown Era of Syracuse football will kick off on Aug. 31 in the JMA Wireless Dome. Brown enters his first season at Syracuse having secured the highest-ranked recruiting class in modern program history, On3's No. 14 ranked transfer class – including Kyle McCord and Fadil Diggs – plus a talented group of returning players.

It'll also feature fans' first opportunity to see the next phase of the JMA Dome Transformation Project, which will feature chairback seating throughout the venue for the first time.

Sept. 7 – Georgia Tech – Military & First Responder Appreciation
The first conference game for Coach Fran and the Orange will be the program's annual Military Appreciation Game, presented by Broadview Federal Credit Union. Syracuse Athletics would like to thank all military personnel for their dedication to our country. Fans have the opportunity to thank a veteran or active military member for their service by sponsoring military tickets to the game as part of the Broadview FCU 'Cuse for the Troops initiative. Visit for more information.
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Sept. 20 – Stanford – Healthcare Appreciation.
Healthcare professionals and their support staff will be recognized for their hard work and dedication through discounted tickets and in-game recognition.

The game will also be the 44th anniversary of the first football game played in the Dome, combining the University's historic number with its iconic venue.

Sept. 28 – Holy Cross – Family Weekend / Youth Sports Day / Cheer & Dance Day
All local youth sports, cheer and dance teams are invited to attend. Cheer and dance squads will be invited to participate in a clinic prior to the game.

It'll also be Syracuse University's family weekend. For more information, visit the Family Weekend website.

Nov. 2 – Virginia Tech – Orange Central
Orange Central, Syracuse's home coming weekend, will fall on the same weekend a classic BIG EAST rival visits the Dome.

There is a weekend full of activities planned at SU. For more information, visit the Orange Central website.

Nov. 23 – UConn – School & Scout Day
Syracuse Athletics would like to thank all students, faculty, and support staff for their hard work by offering discounted tickets. It is also Scout Day! All local Boy and Girl Scouts are invited to purchase a discounted ticket, participate in a pre-game activity, and receive a scout patch.

ACC News

Who Will Be ACC's Best Team This Fall? Packer Weighs In (; Staff)

During a recent episode of ACC Network’s ACC PM show, co-host Mark Packer weighed in on the following question from a caller:

Who’s going to be the best team in the ACC in football this fall?

“That’s actually a really good question because I think for the first time in a long time, I think you could give multiple answers and somebody would go, ‘That’s not a reach, that’s not a stretch,’” Packer said.

Packer then gave his answer, as it stands right now in the spring. He named NC State, which hasn’t won the ACC title since 1979.

“I’m gonna give you a bizarro one here. … Again, I’m allowed to change my mind. I’m gonna go NC State, first time since 1979,” Packer said. “There’s more than a chance. I love what (head coach) Dave Doeren has done in the offseason. I think they’ve got more offensive weapons. In fact, after watching their spring game, I know they do. I am still concerned about (linebacker) Payton Wilson’s absence and who takes up for the guy being in the right place at the right time every time. But I just trust Gibson (defensive coordinator Tony Gibson) will come up with a scheme, and I like State’s schedule.

“I keep going back to schedules – the deal is you just gotta be 1 or 1A, right, and I think NC State will get to Charlotte and play for the ACC Championship.”

If that happens, it would be the Wolfpack’s first-ever ACC Championship Game appearance.

NC State travels to Clemson on Sept. 21 for the two teams’ 2024 conference opener.

The Tigers, of course, begin the upcoming season with a non-conference, neutral-site matchup against Georgia in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 31.

“I’m not so sure Clemson’s not the best team, but their schedule’s tough,” Packer said. “Their schedule’s tough. Whether they get blown out by Georgia or upset the Dawgs, it doesn’t change the ACC part of it. Their ACC schedule is difficult.”

Better Know an ACC Opponent: Boston College ('; Kranz)

In case you’ve blissfully forgotten, the Pac-12 is dead and Cal is now in a conference named after the other side of the country. If you’re reading this, it means that this new reality is not a deal breaker for you. Over the rest of the off-season, we’ll profile each and every member of this conference that Cal has joined, that will definitely 100% exist it its current form for years if not decades.

Hey, if this is what college sports is now, we’re going to enjoy the absurdity of it all. First up? Boston College!

Give me the basics

Boston College is, in many ways, the stereotype of what a college is supposed to be in the broad American psyche. Big fancy gothic buildings, religious but lowkey about it, WASP-y, in Boston but not IN Boston . . . it’s not the Ivy League but it’s pretty damn close. Or, at least, that’s what it looks like to me, 3,000 miles away on the West Coast. Maybe I’ve offended BC fans, or Ivy Leaguers, or both? I dunno, I have trouble distinguishing all of those college in Boston.

This one has Doug Flutie and a really famous play that often competes for the title of 2nd greatest play in college football history, so they’ve got that.

BC are relative newcomers to the ACC, joining in 2005 at the end of a round of poaching and legal wrangling with the Big East, which sounds depressingly familiar. I really miss the days when all this conference wrangling was largely confined to west of the Rockies.

Do they have any interesting history with Cal?

No, they do not. Cal football is 0-1, with an unremarkable road loss in Joe Kapp’s final 2-9 season in 1986. Cal basketball is 0-3, and the most recent loss was when a bad BC team beat an even worse Cal team in San Francisco in Mark Fox’s debut season. Cal women’s basketball is 1-1, and I don’t have any memories of either game. We’ll do a full review after getting to know every ACC team, but I think there’s a decent chance that this is the single team that Cal has the LEAST amount of pre-existing history against. I vaguely remember being frustrated when Cal MBB lost in 2010-11 but that was the year after Jerome and company graduated and my expectations were low.

You may remember me from such Pac-12 teams as:

This is a tough one. In terms of athletics success, the closest match would probably be Oregon State - mostly blah in both basketball and football, but with one non-revenue sport that is generally excellent and gets a lot of local attention. But big city, private school BC is hardly a match for rural land-grant Oregon State.

Honestly, culturally BC just isn’t very similar to ANY Pac-12 school. And maybe that makes sense - after all, this is the FBS team that is literally the furthest away from Cal and the west coast more generally.

I want to get on their good side. I should agree with them about:

The brutal beauty of hockey as an athletic endeavor, and its perfect cultural expression during The Beanpot. If you can find a way to insult the Boston University Terriers along the way, all the better.

If you’re looking for more football-based fun, you can praise BC as ‘offensive lineman U’ and then agree that BC is by far the best catholic university in the country no matter what those Golden Domers claim.

Why the ACC/FSU Dispute Won't Be Moved to Federal Court (unless)... (RX; HM)

Why the ACC/FSU Dispute Won't Be Moved to Federal Court (unless)...

There are separate lawsuits going on concurrently in North Carolina and Florida. Can this continue? Why can't they just combine the two and send it to Federal Court? Because... well, let a lawyer explain:

Why The ACC v. FSU Dispute Is Not Headed to Federal Court— Again

I must have explained this a 100 times by now, but given the continued queries and confusion, it merits another dissection. The following explains why ACC v. FSU (Charlotte) and FSU v. ACC (Tallahassee) remain…
— David McKenzie (@mckenzielaw) April 15, 2024

More Links 2024 Apr 15 (RX; HM)

More Links 2024 Apr 15

PSA: Just a reminder, in case you haven't handled it yet -- today is the U.S. Tax Deadline; if you haven't filed by now, you should probably ask for an extension!

From a few days ago, but still good stuff: Sun Devil's Big 12 Agreement Limits its GOR

ASU Limits Grant of Rights with Big 12

Arizona State University [ASU] negotiated a limited Grant of Rights for media broadcasts, carving out sports that are not sponsored by the Big 12. These include ice hockey, beach volleyball, women’s lacrosse, triathlon, and women’s water polo.

So, yeah, they're still locked in for football and basketball, but if they ever wanted to sell their ice hockey rights, they could...
From SaturdayRoad: Here are early 2025 national championship odds from the top sportsbooks...

From DraftKings:From FanDuel:
Duke +1000Duke +1100
UConn +1200Kansas +1200
N. Carolina +1400UConn +1500
Kansas +1400N. Carolina +1500
Houston +1600Houston +1500
Arizona +1600Alabama +1500
Alabama +1600Arizona +2000
Baylor +1600Baylor +3000
Kentucky +2000Rutgers +3000
Iowa State +2200Purdue +3000
Gonzaga +2500Kentucky +3000
Auburn +2500Gonzaga +3000
Purdue +2800Tennessee +3600
Arkansas +3000Texas +3600
Illinois +4000Iowa State +4000
Texas +4000BYU +4000
Tennessee +4000Arkansas +4000
Rutgers +4000Auburn +4000
Michigan St +4000Creighton +4500
Miami +5000Marquette +4500
Marquette +5000Michigan +5000
Creighton +5000Miami +5000

ACC Complies To Judge Bledsoe's Orders. Redactions = Rights Fee, Royalty & Grant of Rights Fee (youtube; podcast; PATC)

ACC Complies To Judge Bledsoe's Orders. Redactions = Rights Fee, Royalty & Grant of Rights Fee


Syracuse University to Transform Falk College into First-of-its-Kind College of Sport; Launch Strategic Planning to Advance Excellence in Human Dynamics Programs (; Staff)

Two decades after the launch of its sport management program, Syracuse University today announced that as a result of its significant growth and academic excellence, the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics will become the David B. Falk College of Sport. The first-of-its-kind college will focus exclusively on sport-related disciplines, making the University among the leading academic institutions for preparing students to drive innovation among and lead in sport-related fields and industries.

“Falk College has experienced extraordinary growth, particularly in its renowned sport management program, over the last 20 years, thanks in large part to its innovative faculty and the relentless energy and leadership of former Dean Diane Lyden Murphy,” says Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gretchen Ritter. “With the growth of sport participation domestically and globally, there is unprecedented demand for talented practitioners and leaders. The Falk College of Sport will produce hundreds of students every year who are educated across multiple disciplines and well-prepared to lead in the burgeoning sports field.”

Reimagining Falk College
Since launching its sport management program in 2005 and later adding programs in sport analytics and esports communications and management, Falk College has achieved prominent status as a national leader in sport education. This transformation will make Falk College the first standalone college on an R1 campus that specifically focuses on sport through a holistic academic lens.

Dean Jeremy Jordan, who was appointed last July, says this transformation will expand and enrich sport scholarship at Syracuse.

“Syracuse University has long been a leader in the development of sport-related programs,” says Jordan. “From creating the first-ever sports analytics program to the recent launch of an esports major, the University and Falk College have demonstrated the value of and important role sport plays in the day-to-day lives of people, and not just elite athletes. This reimagination of Falk College is a bold step in solidifying Syracuse University as the preeminent institution for sport-related academic study in the country.”

The reimagined Falk College of Sport will house academic programs in sport management, sport analytics, exercise science, nutrition and, jointly with the Newhouse School, esports. It will focus on four areas of academic excellence: Sport Business, Human Performance, Sport Technology and Innovation, and Community Sport and Wellness. The college will also launch a new research institute focused on sport, which will leverage an interdisciplinary, cross-campus approach to drive innovation in sport and health outcomes and integrate expertise in business, digital media, and technology, among other areas of academic focus. It may include creating new or expanding partnerships among the University’s schools, colleges and academic units, such as the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the Whitman School of Management, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, the College of Law and others.

Today’s announcement follows a months-long exercise during which a Sport Management Task Force, consisting of faculty, staff and academic leaders, was charged with identifying ways to enhance and extend Falk’s excellence in sport-related programs. The task force, co-chaired by Jeff Rubin, senior vice president for digital transformation and chief digital officer, and Jamie Winders, associate provost for faculty affairs, submitted a report to Provost Ritter earlier this academic year. Recommendations outlined tangible action the University can take to connect, align and integrate teaching and research related to sport across the academic enterprise.

“The task force concluded that there is a timely opportunity for Falk to build on its strengths and capitalize on relevant marketplace trends,” says Rubin. “As someone who has worked in this space for nearly three decades, there is no better time for Syracuse University to take this bold step than now. Organizations across the country and around the globe are looking for career-ready talent. Falk College is poised to meet that need.”


The Hairy Eagle and its key. The piece is covered with glass and sealed in on the back with plaster. Onondaga Historical AssociationOnondaga Historical Association

A 'priceless' sculpture containing Abraham Lincoln’s hair is preserved in Syracuse (PS; Searing)

What if I told you that one of the most unique and astonishing relics in American history has been in the collection of the Onondaga Historical Association in Syracuse for over a century, rarely coming into public view?

This priceless artifact carries a bizarre moniker, the Hairy Eagle, and it celebrated its 160th birthday this month.

And, what if I told you that the hair in this Hairy Eagle includes that of the martyred president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, who was shot 159 years ago yesterday?

Well, dearest reader, it is true.

The saga of the Hairy Eagle began in the winter of 1864.

In January, the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a volunteer organization committed to ensuring the health and safety of Union soldiers, started planning the Metropolitan Fair.

A charity event, the Fair was to be held in Brooklyn in April of 1864, with the proceeds being donated to benefit the soldiers.

In order to sell tickets, Louisa Wright, the wife of Indiana Governor Joseph Wright, came up with an idea that, though strange to most modern observers, tapped into a common practice in Victorian America, a hair wreath composed of the hair the leading Republican politicians.

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