Monday, June 30, 2008
The Russianator passed along a couple of links this week that I thought were worth posting. If nothing else it will kill some time for any of our readers who are actually working during the day.
In honor of one of the greatest moments in Seinfeld history:
We challenge you to take the candy bar lineup test.
Once you've mastered that, try your hand at the snack cake lineup.
Andy Rautins has made the Canadian National team, which travels to Greece in an attempt to qualify for the Olympics. I could care less if they actually make it to China, as an SU fan, we are all just rooting for the repaired ACL to hold up.
Meanwhile, Nike has decided that the US National basketball team needs some new threads, you can read about it here, and check out the uni's here. Coach K looks like he's going to kill someone on the first photo.
The Houston Roundball Review thinks that Donte Greene will be a good fit with the Rockets, and Donte discusses what he has learned with the Houston Chronicle. Meanwhile Orange Ray puts together an overview of how SU players have done historically in the draft.
We've already covered the bad news coming out of the SU football program this weekend, the good news, a wide receiver from Atlantic City has committed to play for the Orange. In something that's not news, but also something Greg Robinson certainly wouldn't consider "good" a blog called Underdogs of War calls Robinson the worst head football coach in the United States of America. Somewhere in the country there's a parent whose kid plays on an 0-8 Pop Warner team that disagrees with this sentiment.
In NFL news, Wes Welker proves he's perfect for the Patriots by saying Asante Samuel chose money over championships - for those of you keeping score at home - Samuel has two Superbowl rings - Welker has zero.
In baseball news, the Mets beat the Yankees and Manny Ramirez argued with the the red sox traveling secretary - if that traveling secretary had an assistant with George Constanza's abilities, this never would have happened.
I'll leave you this morning with a painful video, courtesy of Awful Announcing:
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Syracuse starting defensive end Brandon Gilbeaux is suspended over academic issue
And you thought things couldn't get any worse?
We at T3I want to provide Donte with a lits of "to-do's" now that he's headed down to Houston. Pro athletes have a lot of down time so Donte's we've got you covered. We just want you off the streets after those late night games.
* Check out the Houston SpaceCenter. You're a rookie now, and we're not sure how much SportsCenter air-time you'll get.
* Donte, are you a dog lover? Remember to tell David Stern you are going here just to watch. And if you see Charles Barkely or Tim Donaghey, run like crazy.
* Footwork is crucial in the pro game Donte.
* It's never too late to think about your post-basketball plans. Bill Bradley made the jump into politics. "Read my lips......Dont'e leave!"
* Texas is a big place, stay far away from the artist-formerly-known-as Pacman Jones and joints like this.
* We've watched enough "Cribs" episodes to know pro athletes love automobiles. We've heard of a Houston area dealer offering great deals right now.
Good luck Donte. And to any Rocket fans who might possibly be reading this crappy blog, congratulations the Houston Dynasty has begun!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
If the Yankees were a broad, they would be a hot milf trophy wife. Very attractive yet a little past her prime and it takes a lot of money and plastic surgery to keep up appearances. Also, she isn't that good in bed anymore.
If the Yankees were a broad, they would be - Demi Moore
If the Red Sox were a broad, they would be a girl who was semi-cute, yet prior to 2004 no one ever paid attention to her. Her personality is completely obnoxious and makes everyone else trash her, yet she thinks she's hot shit and all her girlfriends blindly follow her and have no clue that everyone despises them. She gets obscenely drunk at the bar because she can and is still riding a wave of tremendous popularity.
If the Rays were a broad, they would be the fat chick that no matter how hard she tried, could never break in with the popular crowd. Even though she's been hanging around near the popular girls, she's never been anything more than a nuisance or an afterthought. Everyone agrees that she'd be hot if she lost some weight, but even when she drops a few pounds, no one believes it will last.
If the Rays were a broad, they would be Carnie Wilson
If the Blue Jays were a broad, they'd be the exchange student that, while she's good looking, doesn't quite fit in with the culture and seems slightly out of place. Her popularity peaked in the 1990s, yet she still stages occasional rallies, losing some weight and becoming popular again, yet, she can never fully break through and return to the height of her popularity. She's in her 30s, single and trolling the bars waiting to pounce.
If the Orioles were a broad, they'd be the chick that was smokin hot in the 1980s, but gradually declined as the decade wore on. The 1990s brought a relationship with a rich famous guy that has ended in disaster, as a result they are a tragic mess of wasted potential and generally a lost cause.
AOL Fanhouse brings us this heart warming story of T3I's favorite golfer John Daly, who hit his golf ball off Kid Rock's beer can (which appropriately enough appears to be a Bud tall boy) during a pro am. You can check out the video here:
The NBA Draft is finally here, and since every one loves Donte Greene draft news, here's a Baltimore Sun story detailing how his dream is finally in reach. The Post Standard has a touching story story about Donte's relationship with his mother, who passed away when he was 12.
Here's a story from Iowa on the Wesley Johnson transfer, while a Cornell basketball blog is reporting that the Orange and Big Red will meet on Decemeber 3, 2008 - make sure you get in line early for tickets.
Speaking of tickets, invidual game tickets for SU football went on sale yesterday, but if you are looking to pick up a few, something tells me you don't have much to worry about.
In baseball news, Shawn Chacon decided it would be a good idea to choke GM Ed Wade. While Phillie fans felt like doing this for years, Chacon decided to actually go through with it and commit the ultimate CLM (career limiting move). There's no truth to the rumor that the real reason he was upset was because he couldn't afford Latrell Sprewell's repossessed yacht.
Joba pitched well as the Yankees defeated the Pirates and the mets actually won as well.
We'll leave you this morning with news that is only for those with the strongest stomachs - apparently there's a Verne Troyer sex tape that could soon be made public - and frankly, the news is so shocking I'm not sure I have a joke for it. I do know if the little dude turns out like Tommy Lee there will be a lot of normal sized guys committing suicide.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
However, in case you've somehow missed it, Will Leitch at Deadspin is finishing up his last week as the editor there over there and the man has been on fire. Whether it is remembering Carl Monday, passionately and coherently defending the concept of blogging and dealing with the criticism that comes with putting anything in a public forum, or today's missive on the relationship between ESPN and Deadspin, it's must read stuff. The man isn't holding anything back on his way out the door, and it makes for some great reading - so go check it out.
And since there's a good chance you've seen it, it was my pleasure to waste your time. Carry on.
Ah Wednesday, you cruel evil day of the week - offering just enough hope that the weekend is near, yet injecting enough reality to know that until we hit noon, the week isn't even half over. Let's get to some reading shall we?
The Syracuse men's basketball team has a new member, full Post Standard coverage is here. On the football side of things, the Southeast Sports Blog relives the SU-Tennessee game of 1998, we were in the dome that day and IT WAS A BOGUS PASS INTERFERENCE CALL.
In NFL news, apparently Ray Lewis has failed to pay for some "hostesses" he hired for his SuperBowl party - come on Ray, I thought you were trying to avoid the law these days.....
In Major League Baseball developments, losing is getting old for the Phillies....about a 100 years old I'd like to add (thank you, I'll be here all week) whereas the sad sack Mets can't even beat the Mariners, and the Yankees got hammered by the Pirates, as Johnny Damon hurt his foot.
Links wouldn't be complete without a tribute to Barry Melrose, who will be coaching again in the NHL. I met Barry in a bar in Saratoga last summer and honestly, he's a really good guy, even with the shorter summer mullet he was sporting.
Round 2 of Iron Ref is up and running, make sure you get over there and voice your opinion.And whatever you do, don't miss WNBA history - its historical.....and stuff.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This idiot's quick takes:
* calling a guy's phone and leaving harassing messages crosses the line from "fan" to just plain creepy
* What was the Dyna-man thinking when he created My Space and Facebook web pages? Did he think that only nice guys would leave comments?
* Are Cuse fans justified in feeling "jilted?" Debatable. But was anyone really shocked that he was one and done? I mean, we as fans knew what we were getting involved with when he came here. Even Jimmy B comments that the "one and done" thing was a given.
* I was as critical of him as anyone this year. Personally I'm not going to miss his shot selection, but that's my idiotic opinion. But Cuse fans REALLY need to let the bitterness go. The voicemailers and negative posters are drifting into psycho-ex girlfriend land. That's not a good place to be.
* Good luck Donte
Kige really kicks it up a notch to mark the occasion, moving the card table into the living room for two of the segments and having Clay stop into the traditional Kige Ramsey show set for the last one. Some highlights include Kige breaking out his Chris Farley Show interview skills while Travis kicks back with a coffee mug and opines on everything from the Tennessee Titans to facial hair. Now that Kige has landed an interview with a member of the mainstream media, the sky is the limit for him.
I do have to take exception to Travis' wild and unnecessary attack on goatees in the above clip - we who sport the goatee are proud and very trustworthy, second only to those who wear the 'stache.
The thing I take from part 2 - turtles are slow - never forget that people.
The studio tour in part 3 is too die for. Our conclusion: Clay Travis + Kige Ramsey = Youtube gold.
So while my knowledge of the sport has been relegated to checking out scantily clad women on the Internet, I forgot how LOUD some of these players are. The clip below, from a match in which Francesca Schiavone beat Tamira Paszek, is a reminder - there's more grunting and screaming going on than there is in Hugh Hefner's bedroom. OK, that was a bad example, we know its all an act for Hef these days, but you get the point - enjoy.
In actual sports news, Mike Waters wonder if Donte Greene is Lord Voldemort. Personally I'm kind of tired of all the Donte stuff, I've defended him in this space many times, but he wasn't an Orangeman long enough, and the team was not successful enough, to engender any real affection for the guy. On the opposite end of the spectrum, last year I was truly interested where Demetris Nichols would end up, because he was at SU 4 years, we watched him work hard and develop. As far as Donte goes - I wish him well where ever he goes, but I could give crap what spot the latest mock draft has him at.
Carmelo, a guy who stayed just one year but with completely different results, is on the Olympic team, but will not be on the court for the first two games next year, he's been suspended because of the DUI he got this spring.
Things are so bad for the Mets that pitchers are hitting grand slams off Johan Santana.
Kyle Farnswoth is injured, and honestly, he may be more unlikeable than A-Rod.
I'll leave you with Shaq freestyling - which has caused an uproar that can only be chalked up to a slow news day.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Not to get all "uniwatch" on you, but I like the addition of white to the jersey this year. Of course T3I officially endorses a return to the McNabb era uni's which, albeit with a Cuse bias, we felt were some of the best in college football.
This seems to confirm the video game screen shots that "OrangeXtreme" posted back in May.
We also endorse a return to the McNabb era level of wins.
NBC announced they are extending their broadcast contract with Notre Dame through 2015. What caught my eye was Darren Rovell's piece on the Fighting Irish's new scheduling strategy. Rovell points out that while Notre Dame is maintaining their traditional matchups, they have begun scheduling some less than competitive opponents including your Syracuse Orangemen.
The obligatory T3I Too Lazy to Click on the Link Quote:
"Traditional games like Michigan, Michigan State, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Navy are there. But the rest of the schedule is filled with playing teams--San Diego State, North Carolina, Washington and Syracuse--that were a combined 10-27 last year. Next year will see Nevada and Washington State added and in 2010, a series with Army will start up."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Which brings us to the Milwaukee Brewers and their sausage race. We love sausage. We love beer. This sounds like the perfect storm to us.
What better way to show off your love of beer and animal casing than with some Milwaukee Sausage Race collectible bobbleheads?
Fans of Big Brat, here's your chance.
Are you more of a Polish Sausage guy?
Chorizo looks pretty fast. (By the way, is the sombrero really necessary?)
Can't decide? Make it easy on yourself and splurge for the complete set.
T3I WARNING: Don't let your Randall Simon bobblehead anywhere near your new purchases.
Ladies and gentlemen, it's post time. Place your bets:
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Willie said, and I paraphrase, that this was something he learned from and would apply in the future. We flash forward to this year and David Wright is the only player in the majors right now who has played every inning of every game. I think that says it all.
Monday, June 16, 2008
While the Superfans raised some very valid questions about the former Bears coach, it is abundantly clear these same questions can now be applied to Tiger. Due to the fact that the Superfans are presently unavailable (and basically un-embedable, stupid copyright laws) - we at T3I have stepped in to fill the void and attempt to answer these burning questions, because that's what we do - tackle the questions too stupid for others to consider.
Q. What is God's role in all this - did God create Tiger and make him superior to all other golfers, or was he simply a golf fan and Tiger made himself superior to all other golfers?
A. While I don't have proof, there is no doubt in my mind that Earl Woods was a visionary who brought Tiger to Ditka when Tiger was just a baby. It had to have been Ditka who blessed Tiger and gave him his golfing prowess, there really is no other explanation. God is simply a fan.
Q. What would golf be like if Tiger was just 14 inches tall? How many majors would he win?
A. Mini-tiger would have won 7 majors right now instead of 14. After all, at 14 inches tall, he's going to lose some length off the tee, which would hurt his chances on the longer courses. Mini-tiger would be stuck trying to reach some of the par 4s with long irons and we know God can't hit a 1 iron, so you can only expect Mini-tiger to hit it about 50% of the time.
Q. Could Tiger win a tournament if his caddy missed the plane and didn't show up and Tiger had to carry his own bag?
A. Even with the bad knee, Tiger would be so pissed that he had no caddy that in addition to winning by 20 strokes, he'd bitch slap Rory Sabbatini for good measure.Q. Who would win in a head to head golf match - Ditka or Tiger?
A. This is the $64,000 question. Since we know Ditka would beat God in a golf match (he's a good golfer) this one isn't as easy at it seems - before I can answer this one I need to know, is Ditka using cavity backed clubs? Does he have an oversized driver? Is he playing on healthy legs? If push came to shove and I was forced to make a decision, I'm going with Tiger, but only by a stroke and only because Ditka is in his 60s.....
The first ever golf in prime time ratings were good, and Tiger in the clutch was even better.
Tiger and Michael Jordan are the only two athletes I've ever watched where you can root for the opponent, yet when they invariably win, you're not mad because you are in awe of how good they are. Even with that being said, Rocco is ready to roll, and this idiot will be pulling for him.
The NBA finals continue to roll on, with the Lakers sending the series back to Boston. So far Boston has played physical defense and turned the series into a bit a wrestling match, which hasn't been that much fun to watch in my idiotic opinion - and while I loathe both Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson as broadcasters, here are a few deep thoughts by Alonzo Mourning's leg warmer. Meanwhile, the LA Times says the Lakers have a faint pulse, while the Boston Herald correctly points out that the odds still clearly favor the Celtics.
In Syracuse news, Hoops Weiss and his awful toupee is reporting that Syracuse is in the running for 6'8" wing player Jordan Hamilton. At this rate in two years JB will be starting a team of 5 small forwards. Meanwhile, 2010 recruit Dion Waiters gives a quick interview - apparently he's not lacking in confidence.
In the least shocking news ever, Otto lands as the number one mascot you don't want on your side in a bar fight. Something tells me Otto likes a nice virgin strawberry daiquiri.
The University at Buffalo targets NYC recruits.
Finally, RIP Tim Russert - your chair, to some extent, will always be empty.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
* 1979 Rookie of the Year
* 1984 Cy Young Winner
* O's starter for the first game ever at Camden Yards
* Played with a killer beard
* Pulled a Joe Namath on a live Padres broadcast
* Battling cancer
Rick you've found a way to earn our respect even more.
Jimmy V's legendary ESPY speech taught us that:
"Cancer can take away all of my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart, and it cannot touch my soul."
Apparently it cannot take a man's libido.
(Courtesy Big League Stew and the Sporting Blog)
We love you Rick.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Syracuse fans can enjoy their summer knowing that the Orange have the toughest schedule in the Big East. According to my quick math - the toughest schedule + the worst coach = prison-like ass poundings. Ah, good times.
If I was in high school (and that ship sailed a million years ago) I think I'd want to avoid dating any of these girls - its bad enough when you're worried about the dad shooting you, when you have to worry about your actual date......well let's just say I'd pass.
From the Big Lead we learn that you don't have to be THAT famous to bag a super-hot chick and Metallica just really hates the internet in general. You'd think their music would be an outlet for their anger.
Two guys you've never heard of are leading the US Open, it's a pretty safe guess neither will be in the last group on Sunday. Tiger and Phil are hanging around, at one over and even par respectively.
And not that anyone cares, but here's what Freddie Mitchell is up to these days.
In news that will make no one happy, the F-ing Celtics are a game away from being NBA champions - a development that will most likely mean the Sports Guy will have to be treated for priapism. At least Kige is happy - "speechless" actually.
I'm playing hooky today and am headed out to play golf, enjoy the day people - and if anyone has seen Boss, please let us know - at this point we believe he may be in the witness protection program.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Conrad McRae: R.I.P McNasty. "Send it in big fella!"
Mike Pagliarulo: Former Yankee third baseman during the lean 80's. Put up 32 HR's in '87 but then struggled to stay above the Mendoza line. Anyone with a nickname like "Pags" is ok in our book.
Kueth Duany: Provided the senior leadership for the '03 title run. Those loooooooong arms were perfect in the 2-3 zone.
Charlie Hayes: Anyone else noticing a Yankee 3rd baseman theme here? His putout in '96 officially began the dynasty. "Yankees win.....thhheeeeeeeee Yankees win!"
Jim Leyritz: Turns out those stories about "The King" being a jerk may have had some merit to them. Huge homers against the Mariners in '95 and Braves in '96 earned him a clutch reputation.
Sal Fasano: With all due respect to Wilt Chamberlain, Dan Marino, and A-Rod, this is THE GREATEST ATHLETE EVER TO WEAR #13. While it was unavailable during his all-too-brief stint with the Yankees, Sal donned the unlucky number during his time with the Phillies.
The former Syracuse Chief has caught on with the Richmond Braves and will return to Syracuse June 19-22. We're talking about the 1994 Midwest League MVP here people!
Happy Friday everyone.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The perfect late 80's/early '90's look begins with a killer Starter Cuse lid. Not liking that one? Perhaps this baby is more your style (FULL DISCLOSRE, I owned this hat). Strike two? Well the third time could be the charm if you are still looking for that phat lid. I think I'll be caught in an all-out bidding war with the good guys over at the SportHump, but so be it.
If you are looking for something a little more conservative, we suggest this understated beauty.
Once you've settled on your hat, you can relive Mark MacDonald befuddling the Georgia Bulldogs at Atlana Fulton County Stadium in 1989 for a starting bid of only $3.99. Have a seat Billy Scharr.
"Yo Slick, blow..."