Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yearning to relive Rony's Miami Heat glory days? T3I has you covered.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Think about it -- not only did the Big East put a record 11 teams into the tournament, the Final Four has more Big East teams than the Big Ten, PAC Ten, Big 12 and ACC combined -- and let's face it folks, you can't argue with math.
While these are new awards, rest assured they are up the standards you've all come to love and respect here at Idiots on Sports. We've actually modeled them after another prestigious Hollywood award -- the Golden Globes. Here is a mock up of the actual trophy -- which is a replica of Selma Hayek and her wonderful Golden Globes, which seems appropriate:
|The T3I Big East awards are modeled after some fantastic globes|
In fact, each winner will receive a Golden Idiot trophy (as long as they pay for shipping, handling, a small administration fee, and can help us create a trophy that looks like the picture above).
We've got a full program and don't want to run long - so let's start handing out some Golden Idiot awards:
The T3I 2010-11 Big East Idiot Awards
Player of the Year: As Syracuse fans it kills us to give any UConn player any credit for anything, but some things are too hard to ignore. Kemba Walker wins the award for putting up the following stats:
23.9 points per game, 0 stolen lap tops, no attempts to get back donations from the athletic director, no future suspensions for NCAA violations (yet) and zero attempts teach us how to Kemba. He better enjoy the award since we will never acknowlege another accomplishment from this program ever.
Coach of the Year: The Big East is filled with great coaches. Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun are in the Hall of Fame. Buzz Williams is a rising star. Rick Pitino has won a national title and John Thompson III has actually met some great coaches. Needless to say, this was a hard category to choose a winner. However, when we looked at all the data, the choice was clear -- there's only one coach who was responsible for 17 regular season wins -- and that coach is former DePaul head man Jerry Wainwright. While he didn't actually coach this year, Jerry left the cupboard so bare that the Blue Demons gave up wins as easy as Snookie gives up the goods on a Saturday night at the Jersey Shore. In fact, Jerry would have been responsible for 18 wins, but Keno Davis was too busy plotting a career as a game show host to actually beat the Blue Demons.
|Jerry Wainwright, the T3I Coach of the Year|
The Coach Who Was Probably an Extra in a 1990s Teen Movie: Take one suit, one mock turtleneck, a healthy dash of LA Looks styling product put them in the blender and you know what you get -- Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey. You can just picture him in the role of a teacher chaperoning a high school dance while the cool kids spike the punch and figure out where to hook up.
|No one is more committed to the mock turtleneck than Mike Brey|
|How windy can it honesly be in basketball arenas?|
The Jim Mora-Mike Gundy Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Performances in Post-Game Press Conferences: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is many things in his post-game pressers. He's funny, honest, critical, grumpy, he fights with microphones and from time to time he likes to take issue with his local beat reporters. This year he hit all those marks and then some. Don't believe us - just ask Donna Ditota about it....I'm sure that as long as she doesn't compare Jim's pressers to Rick Pitino's, everything will work out just fine. In the meantime, let's watch the 10 f'n games press conference, done by women in bikinis, again....
The Brett Favre Color Blind Award: This one goes to Vincent Council of Providence, who managed to lead the league in turnovers at 3.4 per game.
The Team Most in Need of Group Therapy Award: This award that honors a team who doesn't know how to share -- and when that topic comes up, the South Florida Bulls are the obvious choice. USF ended the year last in the league in assists at 12.3 per game at 12.3. Clearly the Bulls never learned that caring is sharing.
The American Mustache Institute "Best Groomed Lip Warmer" Award: In a conference with men like Oliver Purnell and John Thompson III dedicated to the 'stache, the competition was fierce, however Stan Heath rose above the rest. No one trims a mustache quite like Stan Heath.
|Stan may not win many games, but he's a winner in the game of mustache|
The Coach Most Likely to Hit on Your Wife Award: While the easy answer here would seem to be Rick Pitino, unless your wife hangs out by herself late night in Italian restaurants, Rick's no threat. However, keep an eye on the now fired Keno Davis - he's desperate, he's unemployed and just has that look about him.
|Keep an eye on this guy|
The Bomber Most Likely to be Used in an Attack on Libya Award: This award goes to Louisville's Preston Knowles, who took almost 8 threes a game. He's obviously very comfortable bombing from long range.
The Denial isn't a River in Egpyt Award: This one goes to Syracuse senior Rick 'Action" Jackson, who lead the league in blocks.
The Cheerleader Most Likely to Get Propositioned Later: This Georgetown cheerleader because if Bubba didn't stop by after this game, we're sure Steve Phillips gave her a call.
The Hazzard County All-Star: The award goes to Connecticut's Roscoe Smith -- whose parents must have been big fans of the iconic 80s show. His dog named Flash is undoubtedly excited.
The Jim Brown Premature Retirement Award: This one goes to Timmy Higgins and Jimmy Burr who quit working 1.7 seconds early during the St. John's game of the Big East Tournament. Sadly, unlike Jim Brown on the football field, these two clowns aren't going away.
The Chuck Woolery Best Name for a Game Show Host: Former Providence coach Keno Davis, who is actually working less than Chuck these days. Maybe he'll be back in 2 and 2.
The Player Most Likely To Induce Cardiac Stress to His Own Fans: This one goes to Scoop 'the Defibrillator" Jardine, for making every trip up and down the court a wild adventure.
The Player Who Looks Like The Goofy Kid from a 1990's Teen Movie Trying to get the Girl at the Dance Mike Brey is Chaperoning: Meet Tyler Olander - Mike Brey probably will.
And finally we'll close with:
The Coach Who Looks Most Like His School's Mascot: John Thompson III from Georgetown. We don't know what the hell a Hoya is either, but whatever it is, it looks like JTIII.
|John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoya - a match made in heaven|
Thank you all for watching, but sure to tune in next year at this time, when we'll probably forget to do these awards. In the meantime, like us on Facebook.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Kevin Millwood to a minor league contract. A potential rotation of Millwood, Prior, Colon and Garcia conjures up memories of some of the most impressive rotations of all time including the 90s Braves and this year's Phillies squad. Oh wait, it's no longer 2002? How long have we been sleeping?
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Chuck going after Billy Packer...sign me up:
|Things quickly got much better after Greg Robinson left|
Graphic: Yahoo Sports
Thanks to the blinding ineptitude of Greg Robinson, Syracuse football spent 4 dark years as a national laughingstock. After the 2009 season, Doug Marrone's first, close observers new a transformation was underway. However, to national media and casual fans, it was just another 4-8 Syracuse team. The same old Syracuse team.
Well, thanks to 8-5 season and thrilling win over Kansas State in the Pinstripe Bowl, the worm has finally turned. National writers and people who don't follow the team - like the entire sports staff at the Orlando Sentinel, can no longer flip open a notebook and do off-season ranking that state that Syracuse is the 104th best team in college football.
Case in point, Matt Hinton, who writes Yahoo's Dr. Saturday blog (always a great read) has an off-season assessment of the team up and running that asks - Syracuse is out of the hole, now what? Go check it out - it's a well done piece that doesn't sugarcoat the challenges the Orange will face this year - but also doesn't simply pretend that since the team stunk in the past, it will stink again. In fact, the best case/worst case scenarios are much different than we've been accustomed to -- with 5-7 being the floor, rather than the ceiling.
The national media are no longer just assuming that Syracuse football stinks. It may not sound like much, but it's another small victory for Doug Marrone as he builds a program that's on its way to being consistently parked in the top 25.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue did his share hitting people during his time at Syracuse. He's a prospect NFL teams are considering as the NFL draft approaches and is rated by this service as the 16th best outside linebacker prospect in the country. With that said, watch Doug tackle people, it will help - at least a little.
Monday, March 21, 2011
|The Syracuse season comes to an end|
The game was a microcosm of the entire Syracuse year -- a team of talented players made more mental errors than their physical talents could overcome, and ultimately that's why they won't be playing in Newark next weekend.
In a sickening replay of the two team's January match up, Marquette made a huge three pointer at the end of the game and Syracuse wasn't able to respond, settling for a contested Scoop Jardine three point shot that never had a chance of going in. No go-to guy ever really emerged this year and in the end, that sealed the team's fate. I'll do a season recap later this week, here are a couple of quick thoughts on the game:
- Basketball is a simple game on paper. Executing is another matter. You can't turn the ball over 18 times and expect to win.
- Great offensive game for Dion Waiters, he stepped up big time on the offensive end after Brandon Triche got injured early in the second half. He still needs to do a better job of playing defense with his feet.
- You watched the game, it was a rough night for Scoop. Let's leave it at that.
- Fab Melo was hyper-aggressive, bordering on criminal out there. He picked up 3 fouls in 5 minutes of play and it could have been more.
- Kris Joseph, the dumb intentional foul aside, really worked hard on defense and hit the glass hard, something he didn't do every game this year.
- According to tweets from the Post Standard crew, Baye Keita was sick and didn't play much.
- James Southerland made a couple of big shots in the first half, but once again couldn't find the mark from long range in half two.
- Obviously it wasn't the way we all wanted to see Rick Jackson go out. You will be missed big fella. You have the heart of a champion.
- Buzz Williams knew that to win the game he'd have to make it a rock fight. It worked.
- The committee did SU no favors by giving them a Big East team in the second round.
- Can college basketball PLEASE institute the half circle under the hoop where you can't take a charge like the NBA does? The amount of charges in college basketball is out of control.
- The end of the season is never fun - it's what makes the beginning of next year seem so far away.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
|Fab Melo clearly has the NCAA Tournament's best name|
What is a shame is that he's only number 2 on NESN's list, losing out to Jimmer Fredette. Jimmer-mania is great and we all love watching the kid play, but simple math tells us here a T3I that Fab > Jimmer.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Of course, being gentlemen who are getting up there in years (we're ancient) we've learned fashion is cyclical. Here are a pair of Nikes I wore playing high school hoops...and if you doubt, even for a second, that I once swapped one shoe with a guy on our team who had a green pair (red and green - team colors) then you've underestimated me, because I more certainly did that. God I can't imagine being a teenager again.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
|Syracuse snags a three seed|
Syracuse takes on the Indiana State Sycamores around 10 pm Friday (pace yourself people, that's a long time to booze before tip off, especially for people like me who take the day off) to begin another marvelous journey through the NCAA tournament. I'll be honest, I know next to nothing about Indiana State, other than it is Larry Bird's alma mater and they won Arch Madness this year.
However, quick glance at Indiana State's season statistics and a few things pop out:
- No one guy is going to beat you. Their high scorer averaged 11 points per game and they have 5 guys averaging more than 8 points per game.
- Their leading rebounder is a 6'5" wing player named Carl Richard.
- They play a deliberate style, averaging 66.5 ppg, which is 242nd in the nation.
- In terms of busting SU's zone, they've got a lot of guys who have the green light from beyond the arc. Seven guys have taken more than 40 threes. The best three point shooter who regularly plays in Jordan Printy, who makes an outstanding 48% of his attempts.
- In terms of guys with weird names, they've got Aaron Carter, who is not this guy, and Steve McWhorter, who must have got in a ton of fights in school.
- Now that we've got that out of the way, let's watch Larry Bird in really short shorts play college basketball.
Friday, March 11, 2011
|Jim Boeheim, still working hard|
ESPN's Ian O'Connor has a fantastic piece on Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. While it's no secret the 66 year old Hall of Famer won't coach forever, he tells Ian he "won't be here in four years." While we won't believe it until he's actually gone, it will be a strange and sad day when the Jim Boeheim isn't on the sideline of Jim Boeheim Court.
|Fab Melo went from boy to man in Madison Square Garden|
It took 30 games for the light to go on for Syracuse freshman center Fab Melo and unfortunately for St. John's -- it was on in a huge way during Syracuse's 79-73 win over the Red Storm in the Big East tournament. In the post-game interview a happy Jim Boeheim said something very interesting -- he said that with the way his team was playing they had a chance to do something. It was followed by a smirk.
Now I study Jim Boeheim like Glen Beck studies Insanity for Dummies, so when the Hall of Famer says something like that, you believe it, because he's not genetically programmed to bullshit people. The irascible old ball coach can't help but speak the truth. If he believes it, he's going to tell you. Doesn't always make him right (like some of his dealings with the media) but when it comes to basketball, he's usually dead on the money.
In the summer of 2002 Boeheim was telling anyone who would listen that while Carmelo was coming, Gerry McNamara would also be something special. Before the 2009-10 season he was telling everyone how good Wes Johnson was. We know how those proclamations turned out.
So this past summer when Boeheim was very complimentary of Fab Melo, expectations rose. And when Fab didn't play up to par, it was curious. Had Boeheim lost his eye for talent? That was unlikely. What it meant was Melo's talent was there - it just wasn't showing. Well now it is and its once again proving the coach who has forgotten more about basketball than most of us will ever know, is once again on the money.
So a couple of weeks ago when he said SU's big men were getting better he wasn't blowing smoke up our butts, he was telling the truth. And when he says this team can "do something" it means, keep an eye out in March.
Tonight, the big men -- specifically Melo -- made the difference as Syracuse did what it couldn't do last year - win its first game in the Big East tournament coming off the dreaded double-bye.
The win was all about two players - Fab Melo and Brandon Triche. Melo shook off a poor season to score 12 huge points and grab 4 big rebounds and Triche shook off a poor first half to put up 15 second half points while doing a little bit of everything to carry his team to victory.
In a down year for college basketball, there's no reason why this Syracuse team can't do some real damage in the NCAA tournament. How much damage they do will largely be based on how well Brandon Triche and Fab Melo play. If they play like today, it could be a fun March.
Syracuse faces a UConn team playing its fourth game in four days Friday night in the Garden. It should be fun. In the meantime - here's more Fab:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday night I was a guest on Beckoning the BCS, hosted by North Carolina blogger Alex of the 5th corner. Next Tuesday night they are having an NCAA prediction contest and the winner gets $100 gift card. Check the link above for more details. You can listen below, my segment starts at about the 39 minute mark.
And Wednesday I was a guest on Matt Mc's Sports Fix - where we chatted about the Big East tournament. Thanks again to Matt for having me on - I always have a blast talking to him. If you are interested, the podcast is here (the link opens in a new window). My segment starts an hour and 29 minutes in.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
|Jim Burr and crew trying to beat rush hour traffic today|
We've railed on the age and workloads of officials on this blog many times in the past. None of those arguments change. The failure to address poor officiating is going to ruin a game or two in the NCAA tournament next week. Mark my words. So while Rutgers got royally screwed tonight, and the NCAA admitted the errors, I doubt it will change anything.
However, what it won't do is stop us from making jokes - and the possibilites are endless. Such as:
- What did Jim Burr and Tim Higgins give up for lent? Calling the last two seconds of games.
- Why did Jim Burr and Tim Higgins leave the floor early? They had to make the early bird special at the Ponderosa in West Orange New Jersey.
- The Big East has admitted two officiating errors in the St. John's game. They were Tim Higgns and Jim Burr. Joke via Justin Phillips.
Here's a great trip down memory lane for long-time Cuse fans. Check out SI's "Classic Photos of the Big East Tournament" gallery. Besides this photo of former Orange and Sparty legend George Papadakos, other highlights include:
* a Patrick Ewing facial on Rony Seikaly
* Sherm...MVP....old cursive "Syracuse" uniforms....classic
* Constantin Popa.....I said Constantin Popa! Popa-Papadakos, steel-cage match, someone make this happen
* Donovan McNabb
* A really young Allen Iverson
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
|Only in the land of ESPN is Seton Hall on the NCAA Tourney Bubble|
Sunday, March 6, 2011
|Rick Jackson dunked more on DePaul than a cop in a donut shop|
On senior night in the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Orange did to the DePaul Blue Demons what a baby does to a diaper, destroying an overmatched program that should be playing in Conference USA 107-59. The game was a blow out almost from the start, with the Orange quickly running out to a 20 point lead and it ended with more than 4 minutes of playing time for Brandon Reese.
In between Rick Jackson dunked -- a lot -- and every other player wearing Orange made a ton of shots. Even Fab Melo got into the action, scoring a career high 10 points, besting everyone's favorite Orangeman Mookie Jones, who tallied 9. If you missed the game, here it is in 30 seconds - DePaul is the bird.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
A big thanks to Brian over at CuseOrange for sending us a fantastic item up for auction over at the Kansas Athletics web site. A lucky fan somewhere shelled out $1,005 for a Taylor Swift autographed Jayhawks basketball jersey. Brian brings up a good point, when does the Samantha Ryan autographed jersey go up for bid? I bet Charlie Sheen already has one in his rec room.
Folks, check out what Brian and the gang have going on over at CuseOrange. While you're at it, give them a follow on Twitter.
Let's use this Kansas post as an excuse to throw up a clip of "The Block." This is a Syracus blog after all.