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

Welcome to World Parrot Day!

World Parrot Day was created by World Parrot Trust in 2004 to highlight the plight of wild parrots and raise awareness about the role of importing birds in causing this plight. In the lead up to the first observance, World Parrot Trust had put forth a petition that called for the European Union to ban the trade of wild birds in Europe, and it had been signed by tens of thousands of people from dozens of countries. On the first World Parrot Day, zoos around the world marked the day and celebrants gathered at London's Trafalgar Square. Supporters of the petition and their parrot companions marched from the square down Downing Street to deliver it. Their efforts bore fruit in 2007. Today, World Parrot Day aims to highlight the threats that captive and wild parrots face, and zoos and other organizations hold special events around the world.

SU News

Syracuse football recruiting: Official visitor list for May 31st weekend (; McAllister)

football is hosting more than a dozen recruits this weekend for official visits as the dead period is over and a busy summer begins. Here is a look at who is expected to be on campus. Note that they are all from the class of 2025.

Player: Daunte Bacheyie
: Tight End
Height/Weight: 6-5, 205 lbs
School: Christian Brothers Academy (NY)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Pittsburgh

Player: Blake Belin
: Defensive Line
Height/Weight: 6-2, 260 lbs
School: Cardinal Hayes (NY)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Minnesota, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia

Player: Ziyyon Bredell
: Athlete
Height/Weight: 6-1, 175 lbs
School: Lincoln (PA)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Pittsburgh

Player: Luke Carney
: Quarterback
Height/Weight: 6-2, 200 lbs
School: Dallas Christian (TX)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Arkansas, Boston College, BYU, Cal, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Minnesota, USF

Player: Gabe Daniels
: Wd\ide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-1, 180 lbs
School: Greater Atlanta Christian (GA)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Georgia Tech, Kansas, NC State, Wake Forest

Player: Antoine Deslauriers
: Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6-1, 225 lbs
School: Rabun Gap-Nachoochee (GA)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M

Player: Matthew Hawn
: Offensive Line
Height/Weight: 6-6, 270 lbs
School: Christian Brothers Academy (NY)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Duke, Pittsburgh, Rutgers

Player: Bo MacCormack
: Running Back
Height/Weight: 6-0, 190 lbs
School: Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Nebraska, Rutgers

Player: Jayden Mann
: Offensive Line
Height/Weight: 6-5, 290 lbs
School: Cardinal Hayes (NY)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Auburn, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, West Virginia

Player: Julian McFadden
: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 5-11, 170 lbs
School: LaSalle College (PA)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College

Player: Isaiah Mizell
: Wide Receiver
Height/Weight: 6-0, 160 lbs
School: Boone (FL)
Commitment Status: Uncommitted
Other Notable Offers: Arizona, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, UCLA, West Virginia

Player: Haleem Muhammad
: Defensive Line
Height/Weight: 6-3, 250 lbs
School: The Pennington School (NJ)
Commitment Status: Committed to Syracuse
Other Notable Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

3 Syracuse football newcomers who'll have the biggest impacts in 2024 (; Karper)

Syracuse football needed a program rejuvenation and they instantly got one after hiring Fran Brown as head coach this past November. The former Georgia defensive backs coach already made a huge splash in his short time under the helm, showing early signs that he is ready to transform a program that has gone 24-37 since 2019.

It only took Brown -- a renowned recruiter apart of the Kirby Smart coaching tree -- six months to give the Orange the 25th-best transfer portal class in the country and 11th-best high school recruiting class in the 2025 cycle, per 247Sports. Additionally, Brown recently signed linebacker Izayia Williams and safety Demetres Samuel Jr. -- two Florida natives in the class of 2026 -- who are both now Syracuse’s two highest-rated recruits in the past quarter century.

What this leaves is a trail of optimism that Syracuse fans have not been accustomed to in quite some time. But what about the newcomers this season?

Below are the three most notable additions to the program this past offseason who are projected to play a huge role in 2024.

1. Kyle McCord, QB

The obvious top newcomer of the 2024 offseason for the Orange. Syracuse has had talented, athletic quarterbacks in the recent past the likes of Eric Dungey and Garrett Schrader, but none possess as much immediate upside, especially in the passing game, as the former five-star recruit.

Kyle McCord salvaged a solid junior campaign at Ohio State, throwing for 3,170 yards behind a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio as the starting signal caller for one of the nation’s top teams.

Clearly the talent level that McCord will be surrounded with will not be as elite, yet with the return of second-team All-ACC running back LeQuint Allen, elite pass-catching tight end Oronde Gadsden II, and a rebuilt offensive line, the team is built around him being the catalyst for the offense.

2. Devin Grant, DB

There is no secret that Brown has a niche for recruiting and developing top-shelf defensive backs at the college level. He only had to go two hours north to find one of the better ones in the 2023-24 transfer portal.

Grant, who followed Buffalo defensive coordinator Rob Wright to Syracuse, was a first-team All-MAC safety in 2023. The former four-star high school prospect tallied five interceptions (sixth in FBS) and 79 tackles (2nd on team) in his breakout campaign. He will accompany a formidable secondary that will also include standout safety Justin Barron and LSU transfer and former Syracuse All-ACC defensive back Duce Chestnut.

How Grant's talent translates to tougher competition is the big question. The Buffalo transfer, who is currently listed as CB1 on the depth chart, will be called upon to shut down elite receivers, such as Elic Ayomanor (Stanford), Ricky White (UNLV), and Xavier Restrepo (Miami), throughout the season. Regardless, it’s a home-run pickup for the Orange, as he should excel under Brown’s mentorship.

3. Fadil Diggs, EDGE

There were several directions I could have gone with when jotting down the final top addition for Syracuse this offseason. Brown addressed the wide receiver room well, bolstered an already-talented backfield by adding Washington transfer Will Nixon, and even beefed up the offensive line. But adding a player like Diggs to the defensive front should pay off the most right away.

In order to compete in an offensive-heavy ACC conference, teams must be able to disrupt opposing quarterbacks and wreak havoc at the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. Diggs fits the mold as that type of game-changer.

A former four-star prospect and the 2019 New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, Diggs earned 32 starts at Texas A&M throughout his three seasons in College Station. The edge rusher was productive as both a run stuffer and pass-rusher in 2023 behind 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, and 36 tackles across 466 defensive snaps.

Diggs and Alabama transfer Isaiah Hastings should give Syracuse a pair of powerful, plug-and-play defensive linemen who should improve an Orange front that only registered 29 sacks last season (tied for eighth in the ACC).

Syracuse Football announces game times (; Saffer)

With less than 100 days until the Syracuse Football team kicks off it's 2024 season, Orange fans can start planning their weekends in the JMA Wireless Dome, as five of the team’s kick times have been announced.

In conjunction with the ACC, ESPN announced its early season and weeknight game times for the 2024 season, with Syracuse’s first four opponents and its Thursday night trip to Pittsburgh included in the selections.

The opening game of the Fran Brown era of ‘Cuse football will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on ACC Network when Ohio visits the Dome. The first ACC contest will come a week later, when Georgia Tech travels to the Loud House for a Noon kickoff on ACCN.

ESPN will broadcast a Friday, Sept. 20 matchup with Stanford. The first meeting between the two programs will kickoff at 7:30 p.m., on the 44th anniversary of the first game played in the JMA Wireless Dome.

A week later, Holy Cross and ‘Cuse will play at Noon on ACCNX.
...3 ACC football teams that will exceed expectations in 2024

(youtube; podcast; Life and Football)

Fran Brown WINNING ALREADY Syracuse


Syracuse athletics: Athletes Who Care looks to help Orange athletes and the local community (TNIAAM; Lincoln)

In his first press conference, Syracuse Orange Football Head Coach, Fran Brown, explained to reporters that he would be mandating 30 yearly hours of community service for his team.

To help support this mission, Brown has paired up with Athletes Who Care, a Syracuse-based organization that looks to connect SU athletes with not-for-profit organizations in the Syracuse area.

According to the AWC website, the organization “seeks to utilize the prestige of the athletes who participate in its programs for the purpose of drawing attention and support” to local nonprofits. The organization also pays these athletes for giving their time to work in the community.

This model is not one being practiced at SU alone, and has actually been adopted all over the country. This concept of paying students NIL money to get involved with the community can be seen as advantageous because, instead of paying athletes to do brand deals and promote local businesses, the optics of giving back to the community can foster increased positive sentiment.

NIL money cannot simply be given out with no justification, so the use of the accompanying charity work is just one of the many ways that NIL collectives can justify paying their athletes.

For example, at the University of Virginia, athletes from the Men's Basketball Program partnered with the Ronald McDonald House in a charity event designed to raise funds for underprivileged youth. Furthermore, attendees were able to ask questions about the experiences and upbringings of some of UVA’s athletes.

The Athletes Who Care program was founded by Cliff Ensley, the legendary Syracuse athlete who suited up for the football, lacrosse, and wrestling teams in the 60’s. Ensley has expressed massive gratitude for the school, and has given back in many ways, including the naming donation to the Ensley Athletic Center, part of SU’s athletics complex. Ensley also serves as one of the AWC directors.

Ensley described the Athletes Who Care program as his way to give back to the community that did so much for him, outside of just on the University campus. Ensley explained how, when the athletes are “out doing charitable work, and with a smile on their face, and they’re out serving meals or doing what they do, when people come in and see them and I’ve been at these events, everyone’s smiling, everyone feels good about it.”

Former Syracuse football linebacker Mikel Jones signs with UFL team (PS; $; Leiker)

Former Syracuse football linebacker Mikel Jones signed with the United Football League’s D.C. Defenders.

Jones, who played at SU from 2019-22, started his professional career as a free agent picked up by the Los Angeles Chargers after the 2023 NFL Draft. He also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys but was released in late October.

The Defenders are 4-5 and host the Arlington Renegades at noon Sunday. The game will air on ABC.

This is the inaugural season for the UFL, which formed as a merger between the XFL and USFL. There are eight teams in the league. The regular season began at the end of March and wraps up this weekend, with two weekends of playoffs to start June.

Jones was a three-time All-ACC linebacker and two-time captain while playing for Syracuse. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in his final season.

The Miami native made 301 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries for the Orange.

Three other former SU players are currently rostered in the UFL, all with the St. Louis Battlehawks: Kicker Andre Szmyt (2022), linebacker Lakiem Williams (2019) and punter Sterling Hofrichter (2019).

ACC News

ACC Football Game Times and Networks Announced (

On Thursday, May 30, the Atlantic Coast Conference and its television partners announced the kickoff times and networks for the majority of ACC football games during the first three weeks of the 2024 football season. The announcement also includes the times and networks for the league’s Thursday and Friday night matchups throughout the 2024 campaign. ACC teams will play 22 games on ABC, ESPN, or ESPN2 from the games covered by this announcement.

“The 2024 ACC football season will make history with the addition of three new schools – Cal, SMU, and Stanford. Excitement is at an all-time high due to having the collection of the best quarterbacks in the country, our new conference schedule and the most challenging non-conference schedule in the nation," said ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. "We eagerly anticipate our teams being prominently featured on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2, furthering our partnership with Disney/ESPN following the ACC's record-breaking viewership in the CFP era last year. We greatly appreciate our partners at Disney, ESPN, and ACC Network and look forward to what’s ahead.”

Of the games announced to date, ABC will broadcast four games out of the 22 ACC national broadcasts scheduled, including three contests in the first two weeks of the season and "Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate" between Georgia Tech and Georgia on Friday, Nov. 29, a primetime selection for “Black Friday.” On Aug. 31, ABC will air an ACC doubleheader featuring the Clemson Tigers versus the Georgia Bulldogs in the Aflac Kickoff Game at noon ET, followed by a Miami versus Florida in-state matchup at 3:30 p.m. ET. On September 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” will feature the NC State Wolfpack versus the Tennessee Volunteers in the Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Week Zero will showcase three ACC teams in two games, highlighted by a Florida State versus Georgia Tech conference matchup in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic from Dublin, Ireland, on Aug. 24 at noon ET on ESPN. Additionally, SMU will make its debut as an ACC member at Nevada on Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot will broadcast live from Dublin, Ireland, for the Week Zero ACC matchup between Florida State and Georgia Tech to kick off the 2024 season. This marks the first time that the show will broadcast from outside the United States.

2024 P4 TV Guide, Weeks 0-1 (RX; HM)

2024 P4 TV Guide, Weeks 0-1

Here's my P4 TV guide for Weeks 0-1 of the 2024 College Football Season (with ACC-related games highlighted):

Week 0Platformnoon3:30pm7:00pm10:30pm
ESPNFlorida State
vs. Ga. Tech
at Nevada
Week 1Platformnoon3:30pm7:00pm10:30pm
ESPNN Dakota State
at Colorado
ESPNUArk.-Pine Bluff
at Arkansas
FOXN. Carolina
at Minnesota
ACCNW. Carolina
at NC State
SECNMurray State
at Missouri
at Wake Forest
Big 12
Now on
New Hampshire
at UCF
S. Utah
at Utah
at Kansas
Week 1Platformnoon3:30pm7:00pm10:30pm
at OU
at Stanford
at Duke
FS1W. Michigan
at Wisconsin
Week 1Platformnoon3:30pm7:00pm10:30pm
vs. Georgia
at Florida
Notre Dame
at Texas A&M
at Ohio St
at Hawaii
CWPortland St
at Wazzu
Idaho St
at Oregon St
ESPNVirginia Tech
at Vanderbilt
Colorado State
at Texas
W Kentucky
at Alabama
New Mexico
at Arizona
ESPNUKent State
at Pittsburgh
FOXPenn State
at WVU
at Maryland
N Dakota
at Iowa St
at Houston
at Arizona St
NBCFresno State
at Michigan




The Mexican platter (left) and three taco dinner from Boom Boom Mex Mex in Camillus.Jacob Pucci

Summer in CNY means dinner at Boom Boom Mex Mex (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Pucci)

Long before there was Chipotle or Moe’s, there was Boom Boom Mex Mex.

The taqueria dates back to the late ‘80s, when original owners Tom and Lupe Bryan began operating a food stand at the New York State Fair. They opened the brick-and-mortar restaurant on Howlett Hill Road in Camillus in 2005.

The Bryans retired in 2015 and sold the business to Gino Laurenzo, owner of Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in New Hartford. But after two years, Boom Boom closed, leaving a burrito-sized hole in the hearts of hungry Central New Yorkers. After sitting out the 2018 season, Boom Boom reopened in 2019 under current owner Sean Lavin, who told at the time that he consulted with the Bryans and planned to use all the original recipes that made Boom Boom such a favorite.

History lesson over — it’s time to eat. The menu at Boom Boom is small, but highly customizable. Diners can choose between tacos, quesadillas, burritos, taco salads made in freshly fried tortilla bowls, nachos and the Mexican platter, which includes a choice of two types of meat, rice, beans and all the fixins’.

Boom Boom predates the rise of “fast casual” as a restaurant term, but that’s exactly what it is. Who knew this restaurant with plastic folding chairs and vinyl tablecloths would be such a trendsetter? Diners queue at the rear of the restaurant, where they’re offered a view of the open kitchen and for those unsure of what they want, a chance to eavesdrop on their neighbors’ orders.


Local restaurant patrons can “round up” their bill to benefit SU NIL collective (; Reinhardt)

Syracuse–area independent restaurant owners say they’re partnering with Syracuse University (SU) Athletics, giving patrons the chance to “round up” their bill to benefit SU student-athletes.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced the partnership on Thursday.

Surrounded by local restaurant owners, McMahon made the announcement outside the John A. Lally Athletics Complex on Syracuse’s South campus. SU men’s basketball coach Adrian Autry and SU football coach Fran Brown both attended the announcement.

Patrons at participating restaurants will have the opportunity to “round up” when paying the bill, McMahon said.

“And whether you’re rounding up to the dollar or rounding up with a couple of dollars, that would be the patron’s choice,” he noted.

The extra dollars and cents would benefit Orange United, and the student-athletes involved in the NIL program. Syracuse University (SU) Athletics back in September unveiled Orange United, which the school describes as the “preferred” NIL collective for Syracuse student-athletes to leverage their name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities to earn money. Orange United is “powered” by Atlanta, Georgia–based Student Athlete NIL, or SANIL, SU said in its announcement.

NIL is playing a major role in college sports recruiting these days with most universities deploying collectives to help compete as the average NIL deal needed to attract high-level recruits to commit to a university continues to rise in value.

The initiative also seeks to benefit area restaurant businesses and the local economy and community.

“Syracuse Athletics drives the hospitality industry,” McMahon said. “Coach Autry knows this and Coach Brown is learning this, when we are doing well in Syracuse athletics, the mental health of this community is much better.”

Some of the participating restaurants in the pilot program include Apizza Regionale; Emerald Cocktail Kitchen; Kitty Hoynes; Scotch ‘N Sirloin; Noble Cellar; King David’s Restaurant; Middle Ages Brewing Company; Trappers II Pizza & Pub; The Taphouse on Walton; Buried Acorn; Pavone’s Pizza; and Willow Rock Brewing Company.

The program begins June 1 and continues through Aug. 1, Mark Hayes, general manager of Orange United, said in his remarks at the Thursday morning announcement.

“We want to drive awareness. We want to drive foot traffic to these local establishments … and also supporting the mission to help our student-athletes,” Hayes added.

He also noted that selected SU student-athletes will provide their own engagement with the restaurants involved, including social-media posts and meet-and-greet events.

In answering questions from local reporters, McMahon also acknowledged that Onondaga County operates on sales taxes and could generate increased revenue as a result of the initiative.

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