Sunday, December 16, 2007

As it says in our title block

A million opinions. And so it is that I offer up a dissenting view on the Eric Devendorf injury. Please do not misunderstand me here, I am not happy that Devo's season is over after Saturday's injury, however I'm not exactly upset about it either. Losing Rautins, that was more of a devastating blow to this team and this season's hopes, and yes, that was frustrating as a fan. To put it bluntly, its a shame that it took a season-ending injury to accomplish what the coaching staff hasn't had the balls to do in 3 years with Devo --- reign the kid and his cockiness in for the benefit of the team as a whole. I wish Eric a successful recovery and hope to see him on the court again next year -- playing team basketball and giving maximum effort, while keeping his trap closed. And while I'm not tossing the towel in on this season by any means, at least now Boeheim has to play the bench - and that will pay off in the years to come. As for this year, Jonny, the backcourt stage is yours to operate and this is one Idiot who is going to enjoy the shows.

7 comments:

Russianator said...

I disagree Boss - they are losing too many points, too many minutes, and a guy who consistently can get the to the rim. Scoop Jardine's not ready to fill that void.

Anonymous said...

Losing Eric Devendorf will force Boeheim to use his bench? Where do you plan on getting this bench? Because as far as I can see, Boeheim's 7.5 man rotation has been cut to 7. Losing Rautins meant the season was going to be a lot harder. Losing Devendorf means that if we make it to the NCAA tournament it will be a huge success.

rs27 said...

Yeah exactly what bench? Jackson and Jardine were playing with Devendorf healthy, now they get more minutes. More Kristof Ongenaet? Well he's another forward. The Orange need a guard to play and right now they have a whopping two on the roster.

This Devendorf injury is a killer. The kid was playing lights out outside of the OSU game this year.

Yeah he trash talks, but so does Flynn. So maybe Jimmy B. should sit him down too.

BOSS said...

You guys made half of my point -- the fact that Boeheim refused to even try and build depth -- now he has to deal with the consequences.
Jackson/Jardine were averaging all of 8 minutes/game as the first two guys off the bench...in November/December!!!...now that is embarrassing.

And if by playing the lights you mean leading the team in turnovers, and constantly being lazy on the defensive end -- then your right, Devo was "playing the lights out." Fact is this team WAS NOT playing NCAA tournament caliber ball this year with Devendorf on the court...and for a guy who is supposed to have experience and set an example for the young kids I never saw the leadership that was expected from him. We can agree to disagree but more time has opened up for the kids and I'll accept their freshman mistakes...Devo's "freshman mistakes" -- they are wearing on me after 3 years now. We shall see what happens from here.

Russianator said...

this team was still oozing with potential w/ devo - without him they may be forced to play walk ons. His ability to beat people off the bounce opened up a lot opportunities for other guys, opportunities that won't be there.

josh from cuse country said...

The bright side is that now we don't have to be quite as disappointed when they end up in the middle of the big east.

Russianator said...

Russianator and Boss arguing like idiots and then Josh comes in and makes the best point yet - I agree.