Tuesday, March 31, 2009
My two favorite celebrity sports Twitter feeds are Shaq's - which is down right hilarious most of the time, and Charlie Villanueva's - which is a combination of free ticket offers, too much information, and just general oddness. Plus, let me assure you that you haven't lived until you've seen the madness that goes on at Hoya Suxa twitter feed. Being funny is hard - being funny in 140 characters or less is nearly impossible, but Glaude pulls it off.
Monday, March 30, 2009
0 greater than 3?
And his latest bit of deep thinking claims that since Michigan State beat Louisville, it clearly proves how the Big 10 is the better conference.... even though the Big East has 2 teams in the final four and the Big 10 has one.
It's too bad that for Bill that there's near universal consensus that the Big East was the best conference this year, and among the best ever. So, let's give Mr. "Huge" credit for one thing - he just goaded me into a post defending the obvious -- which is clearly his goal. But hey, it's not the worst thing he's ever done -- it's not like he ever assisinated the character of a West Point cadet -- oops, maybe he did. Stay classy Mr. Huge, your name certainly doesn't match your IQ.
A new coaching staff, a new quarterback and a new start for the Orange. That's OK by us. Hopefully Marrone brought a little of that Drew Brees magic dust that he can sprinkle on Nassib's helmet - although right now, we'll settle for "not sucking."
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Chins up Cuse fans. Let's put Friday night's debacle behind us. Donnie's spring practice reports have me fired up and ready for some Orangemen Football. The Little Engine That Couldn't, Greg Robinson, made it his policy to close off practices from fans and reporters. Well Doug has opened the doors to the Orange faithful and media. The resulting reports from Donnie Webb have given us some coaching staff quotes that will make you forget Greg Robinson quicker than you can say "flash."
"Sometime today? You guys are killing me."
"Nice guys don't play this game."
"It sucks to be me,"
"Stop trying to find ways to lose,"
"...that's the first time I've seen you hit somebody in a year."
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Here's some junk to check out:
* First up, NCAA on Demand. Put "Syracuse" and "Basketball" into their search engine and check out a ton of old Cuse tournament games available for purchase. I'm ordering the '87 Regional Final vs. North Carolina....Little Champ's first taste of the Final Four.
* Blake "Rupaul" Griffin
* Anyone else ever have the irrepressible desire to have every NCAA bracket at the tip of your fingers? Go ahead, print yourself out a copy....use the boss's ink. It's great to have on hand when settling arguments with your idiot friends.
* Have you checked out Jimmy B's official website yet? If not, it's sure to kill some time until lunch.
* I just replayed the '87 title game on whatifsports and the Cuse came away with an impressive 102-91 victory. Sherm led the way with a 21/12 double-double.
* Looking for a new Cuse hat?
* The best historical site for SU Hoops...you can waste a lot of time here
* How about a photo gallery of SU's 2003 Regional in Albany?
So pull up that fake spreadsheet and have some fun. It will be 7:30 before you know it.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
However, don't feel bad Wake Forest believers - the rest of your picks are certainly better than this guy's.
While Seth is the younger, and to date less celebrated than his brother, the kid can play -- as he lead all freshman in the nation in scoring at 20.2 points per game.
So, with both teams eliminated from further competition, that should conclude March 2009's coverage of the Curry family and their basketball exploits......except that Seth announced today he's transferring - to seek out higher competition. Clearly Jerry Fallwell cannot be pleased.
Which leads us to a very important note about next year -- if Stephen declares for the NBA draft, and Seth spends the year sitting out because of NCAA transfer rules, we are looking at a Curry-less March. Meaning no puff pieces from the media, no pundits picking their teams as "sleepers" and most importantly, no crowd shots of Mrs. Curry. So too tide you over until then.......
However, I know that when Sunday in September rolls around, I'll be running to that watering hole like Amy Winehouse runs to her crack dealer -- and like Amy, rehab isn't an option. But screaming at Roger Goodell on this dopey little blog is so - hey Roger, on this issue you FAIL.
And tell your PR people that making up retarded, not even close to truthful quotes like this -- "This new content enhances our tradition of being the most pro-consumer, widely available sport on television," -- does not help. I may be an idiot, but I'm also a customer who would actually like purchase your product, and because of this deal, I cannot. Dummy.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
After hearing about my asinine attempt a few years back to predict who would win the NCAA tournament based on which team has the tougher mascot, reader Tom passed along a link from eCollegeFinder- which is doing a College Basketball Nickname Brawl.
For Orange fans, the news isn't good. First round opponent Stephen F. Austin and their Lumberjack mascot are beating poor Otto. In fact, according to the site - "This might be our most one-sided match up of the first round." I haven't seen many Lumberjacks that couldn't take down an Orange, but then again, I don't know if the Lumberjack knows about the new, bad ass Otto that showed up recently.
Meanwhile, over at Fan IQ, the Syracuse and the Stephen F. Austin cheerleaders are going head to head in a similiar competition and things aren't going so well over there either. The lovely ladies that cheer on the Lumberjacks are DESTROYING the Orange cheerleaders 80% to 20%. This is a performance that even Walter Mondale would find pathetic. At least we've still got the competition on the court, which should favor the Orange -- and here's your gratuitous shot of the competition
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Image and pithy saying courtesy of SomeEcards - when you care enough to hit send.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Russianator's great overview of the Orangemen's first round opponent is a must-read as you prepare for Friday's matchup. To further prepare you T3I has uncovered some video footage of Steve Austin in action this year:
A Big Out-of-Conference Win vs. Sasquatch (Thats gotta help the RPI):
When Daryl Gross Markets the Syracuse Orange Holiday Album, You'll Know Where He Got the Idea:
Steve Austin Rocking Out to Richard Marx:
That being said, over the past couple of days, we got a few pretty good e-mails, so its time to share. The first comes from our good friends over at the Sports Hernia, who wanted to share Kristof! doing his best Greg Louganis impersonation.
The second quality thing that came our way comes from one of my favorite readers - my Uncle Dave -- who passed along a video that has been making it's way around the intertubes, but whenever Hitler and T.O. are prominently involved, I'm posting it. Enjoy.
Location: Nacogdoches Texas
Sunday, March 15, 2009
An epic Big East Tournament run is over and selection Sunday is just a few short hours away. In the post-game press conference after the Louisville game, Jim Boeheim said that "five years from now, there's going to be two things people remember about this Syracuse basketball season. Two and only two -- the Connecticut Syracuse game and how we do in the tournament." He's absolutely right. Which brings us to the next question - just how much damage can this team do in the big dance?
Obviously, I'm wearing Orange colored glasses, but the answer is pretty damn far. This team has beaten two teams being considered for number one seeds, and they had a third potential number one seed in Louisville on the ropes last night before running out gas. Unlike past years, there's no true beast in college basketball that has truly dominated the competition. North Carolina would be the closest, and as we saw yesterday, they aren't the same team without Ty Lawson. While Lawson says he'll be ready to play, will he be the same? Only time will tell.
Right now Syracuse represents a dangerous match up for opponents because Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf can spread out a defense with their ability to shoot ball, which opens up lanes for Jonny Flynn to drive to the hoop, and right now there's not a human on the planet that can stay in front of him. Paul Harris brings rebounding, Kristof has been playing like he's hair is one fire -- doing the little things no one else on the team wants to do -- and Arinze Onuaku is finally healthy. You also cannot discount the emotional lift that UConn game gave this team. When you beat a team in 6 overtimes and you didn't lead until the last one, that's all I need to know about this team's will to win.
The last 5 years of Syracuse basketball haven't gone as well as anyone would have liked --but for the first time since the 2004-05 season, this team is officially dangerous. After the elation of making the tournament wears off, no team is going to want to see Syracuse staring back at them in their bracket - and that feels awesome.
A few other miscellaneous thoughts running through my head.
The Fatigue Factor
I'm sure people will bring up the fatigue factor of Syracuse essentially playing 5 games in 4 days and that hurting their chances in the NCAAs -- and use 2006 as an example. I personally don't buy that argument. The 2006 team lost because Gerry McNamara was injured, not fatigued. Gerry was also that team's primary scorer and carrying the weight of the offense. Other than 4 days in NYC, that team struggled all year, had a losing conference record and was memorably ass raped by 40 points by an average DePaul team.
The fact the Boeheim uses an extremely short bench demands that this team be in shape - and they are. There have been no reported injuries (knock on wood) and I expect them to be pumped up and ready to go. They've been waiting 3 years for this tournament, they'll be ready.
As I said, the last few years have been frustrating --since the upset loss to Vermont, the team has been screwed out of an NCAA tournament bid, been plagued with injuries and inconsistency and made back to back appearances in the NIT. It hasn't been fun, but it points out something that we all lose sight of -- winning college basketball games isn't easy. Don't believe me? Ask a St. John's fan. There are nearly 350 schools playing Division I college basketball, competing for players and trying to make the NCAA tournament. We're so damn lucky that Jim Boeheim has been able to lead this program to nearly 800 wins, 3 final fours and a national title. There's a fine line between being a perennial contender and being St. Johns - and it's coaching that makes the difference. For every coach like Boeheim that has had success, there are 20 guys like Norm Roberts and Fred Hill - guys that can't coach their way out of wet paper sack.
While it's great to have a Syracuse team back in the mix - we shouldn't be surprised, because the guy with the whiny voice and glasses who prowls the sideline knows what he's doing.
Get your brackets ready people, it's going to be fun.
- Dick Vitale takes the advice from the makers of Levitra and calls his doctor about a certain something lasting longer than 3 hours
- A new ESPN movie, "Screw You Giants-Colts, the New Greatest Game Ever Played."
What if Devo's shot vs. UConn counted?
- The Russianator's cat lives
- Productivity soars in CNY on Friday
- Calhoun takes being a jerk to an even higher level
- Three words: Doris Burke lapdance
What if the McDonald's Filet-o-Fish commercial wasn't so creepy?
- I wouldn't be haunted by that song when I'm trying to fall asleep
- I might go get some nuggets
What if Joe Lunardi was a mentally stable adult?
- I wouldn't be watching him right now dressed up and pretending to be a judge on ESPN
What if Bob Huggins brought more than one suit to NYC?
- We'd have nothing to talk about during our Idiot chat
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
I attended the event for 11 years in a row before my streak came to end last year. Through a combination of my family having less tickets, Dr. Gross upping the donation limits you have to fork over to the school to get tickets and an expanded conference, getting decent seats became harder to come by. Plus, what amounts to a week of eating, drinking, and sleeping in NYC hotels adds up. So sadly, this will be the second consecutive year I'll watch from home, but I know someday soon I'll make my return. If you've never been, you really should go at least once, take my word for it.
The tournament is set to start tomorrow, and while I HATE the expanded field (for reasons like it starts on a Tuesday, incorporates double byes, and forces some teams to win 5 games in row) I still love the event. So let's get properly motivated for the Garden Party.
Our friends over at Hugging Harold Reynolds compiled some great ensembles of the BET over the last 15 years. The list is no where near complete and should stir some great debate, so go check it out and leave any thoughts you have below. They choose the 2002-03 Syracuse team as having a great cast, although that team was bounced by UConn in the semi-finals. I would like to extend kudos to the Bootsy Collins reference, that is one of the great all-time names in Big East history.
Reliving the past - Personal Memories
The first great memory I have is the 1998 tournament. With Syracuse playing St. John's the building was packed with Red Storm fans and the atmosphere was electric. It was a back and forth game until unlikely hero Ryan Blackwell (one of the least athletic skinny guys I can remember) hit a buzzer beater to give SU a semi-final victory advance the Orange to the finals. I was almost late for the game because I made the mistake of dragging my then girlfriend with me. Sadly, the UConn Huskies would best them in the finals and that relationship didn't last, but it was an awesome way to spend Friday night. I was hooked.
Obviously, the highlight of any Orange fan's BET memory is 2006, when Gerry 'Not 10 F-ing Games' McNamara made the back page of the NYC tabloids 4 days in a row, carrying SU into the NCAAs in a year when they were left for dead. From the one footed runner to beat Cincinnati, to the bomb that got them into OT against UConn (a game Marcus Williams could have won for the Huskies) to the comeback win versus G'town and the final win against Pitt, it was 4 days I will never forget. I wonder if my boss will mind if I wear my Overrated???!! shirt to work this week? He may not have a chance.
The 2005 tournament win by the Orange was sweet, as it was the first one I actually witnessed in person, and SU's first tourney win since 1992, but in retrospect, the awful loss a few days later to Vermont in the NCAAs will always overshadow that win. Probably because Champ and I were there and I got heckled by a fat woman in a Vermont sweatshirt. I still hate her.
And any great list of memories would be incomplete without mentioning the first tournament I attended in 1997 - as a much younger man. The Big East had 13 teams back then, so the first round of games on Wednesday started at 11 - which was when my buddy Chris and I started drinking. Needless to say, in between sessions, when most people went and got dinner, we went to a strip club where an 'entertainer' took Chris' hat and tried to place it over her surgically enhanced asset, only to realize the hat wasn't big enough. Of course we got pictures and no you can't see them.
The story does have a happy ending, we stumbled back into the Garden for the late games and UConn was awful that year, so we proceeded to heckle 4 humorless UConn fans in front of us to the point where I think they were ready to fight. Oddly, we didn't see them the rest of the week.
In 2000 (I think it was 2000) Syracuse had the noon game versus Georgetown. My train was late and I didn't get into the arena until about 12:30 and 90 minutes later, that little bastard Kevin Braswell almost single handedly eliminated the Orange. The anticipation I had on the train ride down lasted longer than SU. That blew.
1997 was also bad, all I remember is Todd Burgan falling down a lot and Tim Thomas crushing SU as Nova eliminated the Orange and sent them to the NIT, a year after an unexpected trip to the final four.
UConn fans. With the State of Connecticut being a commuter train ride away, when the Huskies get rolling - and they usually do - the Garden becomes filled with a punch of preppy douchebags wearing pea coats and button downs, and drunk students all doing the UConn chant. The building quickly becomes a home game for these obnoxious people and if you've ever experienced it, you know it's almost unbearable. The good news, since they are close, if the Huskies are gone, these people are too. They don't stick around. Sadly, they usually don't get eliminated quick enough.
Here's a recap from last year of great plays in Big East Tournament history:
And here's a couple of obligatory 2006 videos - enjoy the tournament everyone.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Enjoy. Answers can be found in the Comments section.
1. Since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979, in which year did Syracuse receive their worst seed?
2. On their way to the '96 Final Four, who did Syracuse defeat in their first round matchup?
3. True or False. Syracuse has been a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
4. Since 1986, how many years has Duke has played 1st/2nd round games in the state of North Carolina. (This question is respectfully dedicated to Dick Vitale who consistently bashes Syracuse for never leaving the state of NY during December. Also, Dick is quick to point out that our 2003 title run included a stop in Albany. Get lost Dick.)
5. Another question for Mr. Vitale. Why should you be outraged over the Syracuse tournament losses in '85, '92 and '00?
6. 1991, Syracuse becomes the first #2 seed to lose in the first round. What #1 seed would go on to win this region?
7. Had Syracuse beaten Vermont in 2005, they would have faced this Big10 team in the 2nd round.
8. Syracuse lost to Duke in a 1998 Sweet 16 matchup in what soon-to-be Major League Baseball stadium?
Happy Friday everyone. Don't work too hard.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Paul, throwing it to yourself is nothing. Try doing it reverse:
Give me your tired, your poor...
Now, the winning bidder is likely to be:
A) A member of the Robinson family
B) Some Idiot blogger that posts for a crappy blog (hmmmm)
C) One of those identity thieves that freecreditreport.com is trying to protect us all from
D) A reference checker from the University of Michigan
Sunday, March 1, 2009
87-63, good guys.
I settled in for an afternoon of hoops today at my parents house (yes, I came up from the basement) hoping to come up with some of the cutting edge, spot-on analysis that you've come to expect from this crappy blog.
Unfortunately for me I fell asleep on the couch about one minute after tip off and awoke with about 2:30 left in the game (thank you ChampSon and his 4am wake up times this week). So here's what I learned from watching about 150 seconds of this game:
- I had forgotten how comfortable my parents couch is, very conducive for sleeping
- Pillsbury sugar cookie dough is pretty damn tasty
- John Celestand is still a stranger to the English language
That's it. Now for some real analysis check out the crew from Syracuse.com, especially once Axe gets his recap up. Also, be sure to stop over to Orange44. Brian is always dead-on with his post game reactions and analysis. It's a welcome change from reading the crap we peddle here.