With Leather has some more trade deadline madness.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
With Leather has some more trade deadline madness.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1.) We kill Greg Robinson for his insane quotes, and rightly so, half the time he's talking nonsense. However, a situation like Big East media day is no win for him. It's not like he's going come out and say, geez we flat out suck. So he did what he could and what you'd expect him to do - he came out and said the team's goal was to win a bowl game. Good for him, I'd be really worried if he said anything else.
2.) I still don't feel sorry for him, because he put himself in that situation. Think about it, Pasqualoni won 16 games his last 3 years and had people calling for his head, in Greg's 3 years he's not even to half that number of wins (and it was still time for a change on P).
3.) I have no idea what the feeling is like in the locker room, but players aren't immune to bad press - and there's been a ton of it nationally. It either goes one of two ways, they band together with an us against the world mentality, or they get down early to Northwestern and the whole season goes to hell in a hurry. Here's hoping the Wildcats are asleep on August 30th.
4.) In the article linked above, Robinson said he expects the team to suddenly blossom. I really do hope that happens, but I also hope to win the lottery, I'm not counting on either happening.
5.) Donnie closes with this Robinson quote - "When I came here, I had my vision. That's what it is. That's all it is. I think it's coming to fruition in my own mind."
I am nothing more than a self proclaimed idiot writing this blog in my parents basement while wearing scooby do underroos and drinking grape soda - but for the life of me I have no idea what this vision could be. I'm hoping Greg proves me wrong - if he does, I'll buy him a case of root beer and say I'm sorry - but I haven't stocked up on A&W just yet.
"The thing about frosting is you know....there's sugar and shortening, that much I guarantee and gosh darn't we've got to find a way to get that frosting on the cake."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
By Res Ipsa
On Sunday, my wife of a day (ED Note - it was an excellent wedding from what I can remember) and I traveled to the purple palace known as William A. Shea Stadium to catch a matinee between the Mets and the Cardinals. Rather then sit in the upper deck as per my custom - I decided to splurge for once and spend the outrageous amount it takes to sit right behind home plate. For anyone who has never sat behind home plate at a major league game - here are a few thoughts from an idiot (or in this case, a pseudo-idiot) (ED Note - he's an idiot):
-- The best seats money can buy are not actually the best seats. In reality, there are 4 rows in front of the best seats that cannot be bought. These are owned by corporate America, and I assume given away to clients as some form of social lubrication. Damn corporate America.
-- With the trade deadline looming - the area behind home plate was filled with scouts. This is a sight to behold. Their job is to watch baseball, but not like you and I do. They have stop watches and radar guns and really thick binders that they constantly write in. I kept trying to look at what the scout near me was scribbling - but I took his dirty look as a sign that he wanted me to stop. (ED Note - I can guarantee you this not the first time he's been given a dirty look in public by a complete stranger)
-- Major league fastballs and sliders are impressive - but nothing beats a major league deuce (ED Note - never underestimate the power of a major league deuce, I may take one in a few minutes). The curve ball isn't called the great equalizer for nothing. It is absolutely insane to see a ball start off at head level and break in to the strike zone. I cannot imagine what it is like to actually stand in the batter's box and have a split-second to decide whether the ball is going to hit you, or paint the black at your knees.
-- We all know that players face a beaning if they look back to see where the catcher sets up. Well - sitting behind home plate was a guy who looked like a fan - but kept screaming INSIDE or OUTSIDE whenever the Cardinal's catcher shifted before a pitch. The hitter can definitely hear it, and this guy only did it when the Mets were at bat. Does this guy work for the Mets? Maybe. Or maybe he is just a super fan who thinks he is helping out.
-- Walking in through the "special entrance" is pretty cool. Not waiting on any lines for anything is cooler. Sitting in your seat at a baseball game and ordering off of a menu to a waitress is odd.
-- And finally, I am not sure that I will ever be able to sit in the upper deck again. (ED Note - I have an idea of what he makes, and can assure you, he'll be back up there)
Although not sports related, friend and honorary Idiot, The Captain, forwaded us this link about some guy in Rhode Island who blew a .491 during his sobriety test.
Per the article,
"The legal limit in Rhode Island is 0.08. A level of 0.30 is classified as stupor, 0.4 is comatose and 0.5 is considered fatal, according to the health department."
Somewhere between comatose and dead....not a good place to be when behind the wheel.
** T3I Does Not Condone Drinking and Driving **
Monday, July 28, 2008
How much will Pat White throw the football this season?
Schlabach notes they want White to throw the ball more this season and use his feet less. We've seen coaches say this about a lot of mobile quarterbacks, whether its Steve Young, Don McNabb or Michael Vick, going into a season coaches always want their QBs to throw it more, and stay out of harm's way. My prediction, White runs just as much as ever, because that's where he's most dangerous - and new coach Bill Stewart will know he needs to win some games and put the fan base at ease. They shouldn't worry too much though, when the Mountaineers take on the Orange, White will feel like he's walking in the park, the chance of injury in that game will be slim.
Will Ben Mauk be eligible to play quarterback for Cincinnati?
The real question should be, will Ben Mauk be out of college by the time I retire?
Will Greg Robinson survive another season at Syracuse?
I think it would be more fair to ask if the fan base will survive another year of Greggo. As much as we want the team to succeed, Heath Ledger has a better chance of surviving another year than Robinson (and yes, I went there).
Is Pitt ready to contend for the Big East title?
On paper they should be, however empirical research shows that porn-staches, even in Pittsburgh, severely limit your chances at success in life - unless you're a porn star that is. If you're drinking the Dave Wannestedt Kool aid, you might want to see your doctor - and send a few pints of CNY as well.
Can Mike Teel carry the Rutgers offense?
No. Sorry Rut-girls fans, he can not, he's simply not that good. He's not terrible, but much like mini-me, he isn't carrying you anywhere. Sadly, the Scarlet Knights are still better than the Orange though.
How will South Florida rebuild its defense?
I don't have the answer to this one, but I'm sure Jim Leavitt does. On that note - has any coach ever been consistently more hoarse than Jim Leavitt? The guy permanently sounds like he smokes 12 packs a day. You have to love the intensity though - the guy gets so fired up I'm just waiting for him to stroke out on the sideline some day.
The bad news keeps mounting for the Syracuse football team - according to the Daily Orange, their best recruit for next year decided to decommit and go to Central Michigan instead. Ouch.
Donnie Webb has an update on some other doings with the football program - and golf clap to you Mr. Webb, excellent use of the joker.
Welcome to the Hall of Fame Goose - if they had a mustache Hall of Fame, you wouldn't have had to wait to get in.
The Yankees, in addition to taking 2 of 3 from the the Red Sox this weekend, pulled off a big trade to get Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from the Pirates. The Rochester D&C says the Pirates got fleeced, I agree. Good work Cashman. The Hartford Courant seems to agree as well.
Speaking of the Red Sox, Manny is up to his usual trade deadline antics, saying he wouldn't mind being traded. Lather, rinse, repeat, this crap happens every year at this time.
The Mets pounded the Cardinals last night.
Orel Hershiser has gone insane.
Joe Sports fan provides us with the legacy of a video game villain - via the sports point.
William Hung, minor league troubadour.
In news that only bloggers will care about, Red Lasso, a service that provides web video of news and sports content aired on TV networks is suspending blogger access to its services. Frankly I'm surprised it took that long.
Now get to work on those TPS reports.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Daryl Gross Propaganda Machine is reporting that Syracuse University's earned two "Telly" awards for video production, one of which was for the aforementioned "Sudden Impact" campaign.
What the heck is a Telly? Good question. The obligatory T3I I'm Too Lazy To Click on a Link information spot:
"Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards are the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films."
In a T3I exclusive, we've found some of the athletic departments upcoming projects over at IMDB:
- The definitive Buzz Shaw biography
- A "Where Is Coach P Now" piece
- A documentary of Syracuse football season ticket holders
- Jim Boeheim on defense
- Cuse Blog Profile: The SportHump
- Cuse play-by-play man Dave Pasch vs. Otto the Orange, on the next UFC card
- A close up look at the dedicated members of Syracuse's Tailgate Nation
- The before and after of a Greg Robinson press conference
- Donte Greene's one-year run with the Orange
- A Syracuse-Penn State preview
- Latest drinking game to hit the SU campus
- Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf have an eye on '08-'09
- Daryl Gross, our man in charge
- Alcohol sales spike dramatically on autumn Saturdays in CNY
- Finally, the return of a Cuse blogger and good guy to the airwaves of Syracuse
- Remember that talk of a new outdoor football stadium?
- The best part about Syracuse's upcoming series with USC
- A roundtable discussion with Cuse fans on what bringing back GRob for another year means
- Syracuse Football 2005-2007 Boxed Set DVD
- The Dome's "Kisscam" Greatest Clips
Set your Netflix list now Cuse fans.
Donnie Webb reported Friday night that Nancy Cantor and Daryl Gross both received contract extensions from Syracuse University. The Daryl Gross news was first posted Friday afternoon by Syracusefan.com regular "OrangePA."
December 18, 2004 ushered in the D. Gross era on the hill.
- Carmelo Anthony Center construction
- A long needed breath of fresh air and enthusiasm
- The emergence of the women's hoops team
- Giving the Dome a face lift
- Women's ice hockey
- Football, football, football
- Uniforms-- hoops, football, where to begin?
- Revamped fundraising--- I know a few long time donors who now feel left out
- Retiring #44--- here's an idea, let's get rid of one of the very few football traditions we have
- Little people in makeup as a means of getting people to come to football games
- Football, football, football
Football, football, football. Fair or not this will be Daryl Gross's legacy on the hill. Our Idiot Mandate is simple:
Friday, July 25, 2008
As the roster woes of the program continue, we need to note there wasn't anything Robinson could do to prevent injuries to guys like Delone Carter, Curtis Brinkley and Taj Smith in 2006 - and no one could have predicted the health issue that would keep star recruit Jermaine Pierce from ever taking the field, but the ever-shrinking roster is going to make rebuilding this mess that much harder.
In addition to losing guys on the current roster, the uncertainty surrounding the program will make recruiting this year very tough, and if things go in the tank early, it will make things virtually impossible. No kid in their right mind is going to sign up with Greg when he's a dead man walking.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wise advice from Jeremy Piven's character, Droz, in the 1994 Comedy Central favorite P.C.U.
With NFL training camps underway, that means idiots such as myself are prepping for the upcoming Fantasy Football season. With that in mind....we want to provide you with some "Don't be that guy" pointers for your upcoming Fantasy Football season.
1. Mr. Missing In Action- His team starts 0-5 so he never sets his lineup for the rest of the year. If you are too lazy to log on one time a week to set your lineup, then maybe you should pass when someone gives you the league invite.
2. Peter Minuit- The deal of the century-- Manhattan Island for $24 in trinkets. Every league has a Pete--- this is the guy who wants to cherry pick your roster by giving up nothing. His trade offers actually get funny to read. "Adrian Peterson for your backup kicker? Where do I sign off?" If you want quality in a trade, be prepared to offer quality.
3. The Waiver King- This is the guy who watches the waiver wire like a hawk and will sign anyone and everyone off of it. Of course he never plays anyone he signs, but come 12:01AM he's signing people faster than Freddie Mac Mortgage Company.
4. Mr. X-Rated Team Name Guy- I don't think I'm a prude, really. But this is the guy who has a really filthy team name. He's the same guy who's pushing 40 and still wears #69 in his slow-pitch softball league. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place for both.
5. Mr. Homer- This is the guy who goes out of his way to draft players from his favorite team. I've learned that the fantasy football gods and gambling gods are very similar---- they don't mix well with your favorite teams.
6. Mr. Reach- Taking a kicker in the 1st round? Not a good idea. But Mr. Reach will tell you he's read a lot about a certain draft pick and he's a real "sleeper" this year.
7. The Commissioner Czar- Every league needs a commish, but this is the guy who thinks he's running a country with his over-the-top rules and league decrees.
8. Mr. Who- This is the last minute guy who fills the final slot in your league. No one knows who he is--- he's usually a cousin of a brother-in-law of one of the other players. I've found that this is the guy who usually ends up talking the most trash to other team owners.
9. The Playoff Scenario Guy- Starting about week 9 this guy can break down every possible playoff (Playoffs?!) scenario in your league.
10. Mr. Tattle Tale- This is the guy who emails Mr. Missing In Action, right before you are scheduled to play Mr. MIA. As a result everyone else gets an automatic win when they play Mr. MIA but now you have to take an active interest in the game.
Have fun this year fantasy owners. I'm looking to rebound from the 16 week "Shawn Alexander Fragilitis" that infected my team last year.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
In addition to being a sports fan, I'm still a weekend warrior. Eons ago, when I was in high school, I played football, basketball, and golf, all with differing degrees of disastrous results. Let's just say the teams I played on never reached the pinnacle of athletic success - or any modicum of success for that matter. Lucky for me, the continued beatings on the fields of play as a teen have not discouraged me from continuing to pursue athletic failure well into my 30s. In the winter I play in a weekly pick up basketball game and in the summer I play on a softball team and in a golf league. In other words, although I'm past my athletic prime (and what a piss-poor prime it was), I enjoy competition, but years of losing have taught me not too take things so seriously.....or so I thought.
Last week before I left for a little vacation I was playing in my golf league, which is filled with mostly great guys and mostly terrible golfers. No one takes it too seriously and everyone generally gets along. The highlights of the night usually come at the bar afterwards where we proceed to bust balls and see how much pizza and beer we can make disappear.
This year I have one of the lowest handicaps in the league (it's not saying anything, trust me) and even though I haven't been playing all that well, the damn thing doesn't seem to be going up very much. I've also missed a bunch of weeks because work keeps getting in the way. That's a really long way of saying I'm near the bottom of the league standings. But hey, it's golf and a night out, you can't ask for much more than that, especially in upstate NY, where the weather is f*cking miserable 6 months of the year.
So last week's round begins and I'm playing one of the most consistent guys in the league, who also happens to be one of the nicest - and let's just say things don't get off to a great start when my second shot of the round takes a freak bounce and goes out of bounds. Mr. Triple Bogey quickly followed (Mr. Triple is an asshole). From there I manage to rip a huge drive on the second tee, hit the green in two and then proceed to 4 putt. That is not a typo, I 4 putted. The first putt was so bad it rolled right off the green. As you can imagine, this turn of events was quite distressing to me, and things quickly went downhill from there.
But the golf gods are strange, evil people, and after the 4 putt they graced me with a beautiful sight - the beer cart. Thinking that all I needed to turn my game around was some swing lube, I bought a couple of beers and was on my way. Unfortunately, the beer didn't help my swing and on the 7th tee, I'm 3 down with 3 to play. The fact that the match was still going on at that point was a minor miracle in itself.
On the tee I crush another drive that somehow found the fairway and I'm looking at about 110 yards to the green. My opponent is quite a distance back and struggling on the hole. All it's going to take to put a ball on the middle of the green is a smooth pitching wedge. This is where the story gets fun. I set up over the shot, get comfortable, make a good backswing and then, even though I've been playing golf for 20 years, I did the first thing anyone tells a beginner not to do - I picked my head up and ended up hitting a screaming skull shot that went 10 feet high and 140 yards long, settling deep in the woods behind the green. It was at that point, exasperated, that I did this with my club:
That's right, I proceed to break my pitching wedge over my knee. Don't believe me? Here's what it ended up looking like:
What makes this little temper tantrum better is that I honestly didn't mean to do it. I grabbed the club and ripped it down to my knee, meaning to pull up and mimic breaking a bat, but like everything that day, my aim was completely f*cking off. What I was left with was a sick feeling as the club folded in half over my thigh.
While this will be hard to believe this little outburst was rare. One time when I was 16 I got mad and thew a 5 iron that got stuck waaaaaay up in a tree - my old man made me climb up there to get it and I cut the crap out of myself in the process, so that pretty much cured my desire to become a full blown club abuser. Sure I'm prone to profane outbursts, but come on, show me someone that doesn't swear on the golf course and I'll show you Richard Simmons girlfriend.
To make the incident even more fun, that wedge I destroyed came from A NEW SET OF IRONS. This spring, for the first time in 12 years I bought a new set of irons, Callaway Big Berthas, which I love. They cost me about $600 and I thought I'd have them for the next 10 years or so......well, I still have the wedge, there's just more of it now.
So let this be a lesson to you kids, if you feel yourself getting mad on the golf course, don't be an idiot - just say no to breaking clubs over your knee - because if you don't, it will cost about $40 to get it reshafted, or $75 for a new club.
We raided Steve Young's closet to find this gem.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Anyways, I stumbled upond an interesting read (courtesy Uniwatch) of the guy who invented those foam fingers.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Key comparison: Prop comedy and Greg Robinson's offense."
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
**Cuse Fan Bonus Items**
- Want to read the creepiest description ever for a pair of windpants? Then again, if you're wearing windpants outside of the gym or your house, you are pretty creepy as well.
- You'll be using this a lot during the upcoming football season.
So I'm sitting here checking out a few things on the internet and the pre-game activities for the All Star game are dragging out longer than the encore of a Grateful Dead show, so I thought I'd toss out a few observations on what I've seen so far. I made these same observations to my girlfriend, but frankly, she isn't interested.
- If there was a Hall of Fame for world class baseball players who got outrageously obese, a sure-fire first ballot guy is Tony Gwynn. The dude looks like he's got gravy coursing through his veins.
- It's probably just me, but Ryne Sandberg looks a little bit serial killer-ish.
- Sheryl Crow, 1994 called, your voice is there. What a crappy job of doing the national anthem. Not too mention, that's not a song that has a burning need for an acoustic guitar.
- Yankee stadium looks great, I'll be down there Friday night for a game, might be my last trip to the old yard, definitely looking forward to it (I fully realize you don't give a sh*t).
- Big Stein looks like he's seen better days, but they did a nice job of bringing him out in the cart - personally I thought it was tastefully done - and other than stashing him in the owner's box, I'm not sure how else they would have done it.
- If Yogi Berra doesn't make you smile, you're probably a real asshole.
- I'm disappointed in the low volume of boos for Red Sox players, but it just goes to show you that there probably aren't a lot of true hardcore fans there - tickets were going for over $5,000.
- No one will ever rock the fu manchu better than Goose Gossage - and he did not disappoint tonight.
This post in now way indicates we will analyze or further break down the all-star game - it means I was bored tonight.
Quick aside, why wasn't there a third fight between the two? I mean Apollo Creed lost by 1 second....the money alone would have made a third fight a given.
My Cuse memories of the Spectrum include that really bad old buzzer and Conrad McRae's turnaround jumper to beat the Wildcats.
If it was anyone's house, the Spectrum belonged to Doctor J. Enjoy a compilation of his dunks here. At #1 on that list was one of the best in-game dunks of all-time:
Josh Hamilton hit an ass load of home runs last night and still didn't win the home run derby. Is he a great story? Absolutely. Am I tired of hearing about it already? You bet I am. Here's some advice kids - crack and heroin are bad, let's move on already.
Brett Favre opened his pie-hole and talked to Greta Van Sustren last night - I feel an epic anti-Favre rant building, you've been warned. The video is below if you missed it.
Michael Wilbon, who I really like, gives Billy Packer a going away fluff piece I've been waiting for. Guess what, Packer is almost universally reviled among sports fans, and his job was too provide those very fans with commentary about a game they love, so if no one likes you, you're not doing your job. In my opinion its a miracle he hung on this long. Sports should be fun, when one guy lessens the enjoyment of the game - that guy needs to go. Bye bye Billy.
To add an ironic twist, Bud Poliquin, who I don't like, says Packer will be missed like a toothache - well done Bud.
Donte Greene has signed with the Rockets - and then went out and scored 40 points in a summer league game. The real question, how many did he give up?
The guy who runs the college football blog the Wizard of Odds is a journalist who recently was let go. Once I get fired I'll let you all know who I am - not that anyone cares.
The Legend of Cecilio Guante explains what its like to be in a blogger slump - it's something we've been in for almost a year now.
The Chicago White Sox
The White Sox are the less popular of two sisters, who while she has had a good degree of success, has also experienced great shame. She's had more success lately than her more beloved sister, but no matter what she does, she'll never be as popular. As a result, she's extremely needy, she acts out to seek attention and is known for profane outbursts.
If the White Sox were a broad, they would be Ashley Simpson.
The Minnesota Twins
The Twins are the quirky, lovable independent actress that everyone loved in the 1980s. Not attractive in a super model sort of way, she still had achieved success that she'll never quite recapture. It's still cool to like her, but people don't pay much attention and she's never winning an Oscar.
If the Twins were a broad, they would be Ally Sheedy
The Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are the girl that's decent looking until she starts packing on the pounds. She's had a couple of nice runs over the years, getting in shape and becoming more popular, but can never keep it together for long and quickly becomes the woman who drinks too much in the bar while wearing clothes that fit her 20 pounds ago. Also, her personality sucks.
If the Tigers were a broad, they would be Kirstie Alley.
The Kansas City Royals
The Royals are the girl that disappeared 20 years when her parents moved the family out of state. She's been gone so long that people forget she ever existed, and even when she tries to get back in touch with the old gang, no pays attention - or cares. Besides, everyone thinks she's weird.
If the Royals were a broad, they would be Linda Blair.
The Cleveland Indians
The Indians are the chick that a lot of guys you know think is hot - but you don't see it. She is the ring leader of her group of friends and that group is large and fiercely loyal to her. You could care less about here and can't figure out what all the fuss is about.
If the Indians were a broad, they would be Sarah Jessica Parker.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Former NFL special team savant Vai Sikahema knocked out America's favorite admitted steroid abuser Saturday night in Atlantic City. Not surprisingly, the scheduled three round slugfest didn't go past the first round.
No one should have been surprised by this one as Vai has been training for a while now:
Next up for Jose? Well if Peter McNeely is unavailalbe, we hear this Glass Joe guy might make for a good fight.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
So buck up and buy tickets to this one SU fans - although if you don't, it's a 3:30 game and we idiots plan on taking full advantage of the start time, tailgating in preparation, so that should at least take the edge off.