It's hard to find a good Griffin these days....including Kathy
There were no three quarter court shots tonight, no losses to teams that should have been beat, just a run of the mill 82-60 Syracuse victory over the Canisius Golden Griffins. What the hell is a griffin anyway (pause while I google search) - it turns out, according Wikipedia "The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and often wings of an eagle." That makes sense, nothing like having a legendary creature that has the words "often" in the description. That's almost as dumb as having an Orange for a mascot in upstate NY.
In regards to the game, it was really Bud Poliquin's worst nightmare -- an unremarkable win with a better team beating a lesser opponent. Hang in there Bud, there's still plenty more games that can be lost in an exciting manner - ass clown. Syracuse came out slow, but put on a strong run on halfway through the game and put Canisius away. Rick Jackson played a good game, relegating the Waffle to the bench. Obviously Kristof! wasn't impressed with our new shirts.
Even with the win tonight, there is a lot of hand wringing going on with this team. The Syracusefan message board is filled with doom and gloom. There are post complaining about everything under the sun. Boeheim isn't happy, saying "hasn't played well all year."
Frankly I get what Boeheim is trying to do, it's his job to ride these guys as hard possible and get better performances out of them, but for the rest of us, let's all take a step back here and look at the totality of the situation. In the last few weeks, the players have taken finals (even if some are surely studying underwater fire prevention) testified before a school judicial review board, are now facing all the dopey distractions that the comes with the holiday season, and were probably peaking ahead to their big game on Saturday at Memphis.
With all that going on, it's no wonder they aren't as focused as they should be. It's not an excuse, it's an explanation. They obviously need to play better with Big East play approaching. We forget these are 20 year old kids - they aren't as sharp or focused as they need to be - but I expect them to raise their level of play. There is a lot of talent on this team and that talent surfaced earlier this year -- let's see how the Memphis game plays out before we start pushing the panic button.
In the meantime, let's take this win and move on. I'm going to try and get a live chat going for the Memphis game Saturday, so if you're not in the mall buying people you don't really like crap they don't really want, stop by.