Bland Ambition: Pataki for Prez

Former New York governor George Pataki is in over his head by trying to win the GOP nod

To look at George Pataki’s poll numbers, mired between zero and 1 percent, it’s hard to imagine the former New York governor stealing the Republican presidential nomination. Until you walk the streets of Syracuse and encounter ... Pataki Fever?

A Lyrical Oktoberfest

Syracuse finally receives its own Oktoberfest melodies

We’re squarely in the middle of Oktoberfest (Sept 19-24), and I know what you’re thinking: Why are there no clever parodies of popular Oktoberfest drinking songs that celebrate Central New York?

Apoplectic About Apostrophes

A lesson in the proper usage of apostrophes was long overdue in Syracuse

As a region, we struggle with punctuation, apostrophes in particular. Our latest embarrassment: On opening night of the Syracuse University football season, the turf at the Carrier Dome was inscribed with the phrase, “Ernie Davis Legend’s Field." Apostrophe need not apply.

Just Innocent Fooling Around

A cheating website caught the intrigue of local columnist Jeff Kramer

A few months ago, I received a tip about a secret cheating site called Ashley Radisson. “You gotta check this out, Kramer,” the source said. “It’s shocking what some of these Radisson residents will do when no one’s looking.”

From Hair to Obscurity

Jeff Kramer Follicle Night at NBT Bank Stadium didn’t exactly go off without a hitch

I felt naked out there. Everything the Syracuse Chiefs’ pitching staff had taught me the week before was instantly forgotten when the big moment arrived.

A Poetic Pitch for Bad Hair Days

Channeling his inner poet, Kramer pleads for support of Jeff Kramer Follicle Night at NBT Stadium

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for Jeff Kramer August Five. He’d be throwing out the first pitch, with few follicles still alive. The Syracuse Chiefs OK’ed this lark, because its GM knew That while the cause was dubious, he was a sufferer, too.

Jailhouse Jills Seek Gents for TLC, Too

Lady inmates look to receive equal compassion

No, I didn’t forget all those beautiful prison ladies.

Pen Pals Tired of the Bar Scene, Seek Outside Amour provides an alternative for those looking for love.

For the single lady in search of a man, the pickings can be mighty slim, especially around here, where any dude with valid plates and a toothbrush gets snatched up like shares of Berkshire Hathaway. But to give up hope would be a big mistake. It’s just time to think inside the box.

Mescal Musings: ¡Ay Caramba!

The pricey liquor, Mescal, wins the heart of humor columnist Jeff Kramer

This summer I’m cutting back to one column every other week. It was a difficult decision but the right one for this stage of my life. I want to spend more time with my... mescal?

Urban Renewal, Take Two

Innovative ideas provided for an urban renewal

Sometimes the negativity around here can be overwhelming. Syracuse wins a $1.35 million grant to launch an Office of Innovation, and how do the cynics respond? They laugh and laugh. They roll their eyes. They post smart-alecky comments to the effect of: Isn’t that why we have local politicians in the first place -- to innovate?