Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
If you're a fan of both Syracuse legend Dwayne "Pearl" Washington and politically incorrect sports memorabilia from the 1980s, then you've stopped by the right place. Go ahead and grab this 1984 Syracuse Basketball "Pearl Power" button.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Then something pretty awesome happened -- Ian saw how upset Nicholas was and gave him back the ball. Look, we are as cynical as anyone and love to mock anything and everything -- but this story is amazing. Champ has children, I have two young nephews and the excitement and joy something like a ball brings to them is almost indescribable. So when a young guy gives that up to help out an even younger guy, it defintely tugs at the heart strings. Two young kids, an act of kindness, and baseball. It doesn't get much better than that.
The best part is the annoucing crew noticed and hooked Ian up afterward. Check it out.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
We've already touched on the special place that Ernie Davis holds in the annals of Syracuse Football. In part due to the recent motion picture "The Express", the rest of America is learning of the historical significance of Ernie's 1961 Heisman Trophy selection.
- Here's a great list of the 10 most unrealistic sports scenes in movie history from Midwest Sports Fans. Brian Dennehy backhanding Cuba Gooding Jr. over the top rope is not to be missed.
- When is a hole in one not a hole in one? When you play too damn slow that's when.
- Kenny Britt is amazing. I didn't think it was possible to embarrass Rutgers, but a string of arrests did just that. Then he kicked it up a notch and ended up in a pink feather boa on stage with Britney Spears.
- Rory McIlroy wins major. Dumps high school sweetheart. Ends up with the number one ranked women's tennis player in the world. She's hot too. That's a natural progression right there.
- Charles Barkley's hideous golf swing has been fixed....sort of. Rest assured, even with a better swing, he's still terrible at the game golf.
- Kick volleyball looks like a combination of badminton and hackey sack. I have both of those things.
- And finally, here's a list of the top 25 sports bars in the country. I've got a lot of problems with this list and the first is - there's no explanation of WHY these bars are great. Show your work people. Number 2, it has an ESPN Zone on it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
However, I have been reading -- and with the summer vacation/beach season is full swing -- you'll need something to read too, and I'm here to help.
My summer readhing recommendation is to pick up ANYTHING written by Charlie Huston. Simply put, he's the best author not enough people know about. Right now I can honestly say he's my favorite writer on the planet and while he's admittedly not for everyone (if there's a Nicholas Sparks book on your night stand, I'm talking to you) I'm amazed that more often than not, when I bring up his name in conversation, I get people giving me the Greg Robinson dead-eye stare. It's time to change that.
If you've never heard of Huston, he writes pulp noir. His characters are fundamentally good guys (or vampires - sometimes) with smart mouths who end up in impossibly f*cked up situations -- and that's when things get messy. And for the reader - fun.
Here's what Charlie Huston is -- he's fearless. His writing is intense. He doesn't waste words. His stories move at breakneck speed. They crackle. They move. They grab you by the balls and punch you in the face and when you're done, you thank him for it. They are novels you pick up and don't put down. I read the Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death on my honeymoon --- and finished it before we got to Hawaii.
However, don't take my word for it, listen to someone who knows a thing or two about writing. Stephen King has described Huston as, "One of the most remarkable prose stylists to emerge from the noir tradition in this century."
So now that you're interested, the question becomes where to start? Huston's catalog is basically divided into 3 categories (not counting the comic book stuff, which isn't my cup of tea). They are:
- The Hank Thompson Trilogy - three books that follow former baseball player Hank Thompson through a lot of travails.
- The Joe Pitt Case Books - five books that put a new twist on "vampyre" genre
- Stand Alone Novels - of which there are three, I've read two, Mystic Arts referenced above, and the Shotgun Rule, which was also excellent.
Option 1 - Start at the beginning with Caught Stealing. It's Huston's first novel. I randomly stumbled upon it years ago at a Barnes and Noble, and it hooked me 2 pages in. Caught Stealing is the first book in the Hank Thompson trilogy. Hank was once promising baseball player, who thanks to an injury is now a mostly drunk bartender working in the Lower East side of Manhattan. Down on his luck, Hank agrees to watch a neighbor's cat and all hell breaks loose from there. I defy you to put it down. Or not run out and read the rest of the series, which is good, but not as good as the Caught Stealing.
Option 2 - If you fear commitment, go with a stand alone book. My recommendation is the Mystic Arts of Removing all Sings of Death. Your protagonist is Web Goodhue, a former teacher who thanks to an unfortunate turn of events isn't teaching anymore. Rather he's working on a crew that cleans up crime scenes and other less than pleasant messes. The story is great and as someone that actually worked for two days at a murder scene last year -- it' brings to light something you don't think about -- what kind of people clean up the mess once the crime scene is no longer a crime scene?
However, if vampires are really your thing, and you find the above advice useless, grab the first Joe Pitt casebook Already Dead and dive in. The series is Huston's unique take on the genre and unlike True Blood, actually focuses on vampires, how they interact with each other and humans, as they survive in modern day New York City. It's not clogged up with werewolves, were-panthers, pixie dust and all the other useless crap that inhibits True Blood these days.
So if you want an exhilarating, quick read on the beach this summer, Charlie Huston is your man. As for me, I'm going to Maine next week, and I'll be plowing through the ESPN Book -- with Every Last Drop as my back up. There are only so many Chris Berman stories a man can take.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
"Seldom has an athlete been more deserving of such a tribute. Your high standards of performance on the field and off the field, reflect the finest qualities of competition, sportsmanship and citizenship. The nation has bestowed upon you its highest awards for your athletic achievements. It's a privilege for me to address you tonight as an outstanding American, and as a worthy example of our youth. I salute you" ~President John F. Kennedy, to Ernie Davis via telegram, 1963
|Image courtesy of Michael Borkowski|
One of the few things that could derail a potentially huge season for Mr. Jones is an injury -- which we here at T3I wish on no one. So while we have no reason to believe Chandler is cruising around Central New York on a scooter (email us if you know otherwise) please learn a lesson from Georgia defensive end Derrick Lott and stay the hell off of motor scooters.
We don't care if the old joke about fat chicks and mopeds is true - just say no - the last thing we want to see number 99 having an incident like this:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
The Syracuse football program was at a crossroads in the 1970s. A decaying Archbold Stadium, combined with some lean years on the playing field had many questioining the future of Division 1 football in Syracuse. Well, $26 million later, Orange fans were treated to their new digs at 900 Irving Avenue. Along with the arrival of Dick MacPherson, one could argue that the Carrier Dome saved Syracuse football.
Opening night was September 20, 1980 and it featured a 36-24 win over Miami of Ohio. Through the years the Dome has been the scene of: some great wins against the best programs in the country (Nebraska, Penn State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Miami), stirring moments (2001 post 9/11 Auburn game), scares (Gerry Bram), and unforgettable plays (Kirby Dar Dar reverse, McNabb to Brominski).
Orange fans have also seen a number of upgrades over the years (video boards, field turf, Club 44) that have brought the Loud House into the 21st century.
We're paying tribute to our favorite feature of the Carrier Dome; we love you Dome Foam!
Just remember, don't be this guy during your next visit.
There are few things that put a smile on our face quite like headlines like the one above. Here's to the US Women's team for following the footsteps of another great American who put France in their place:
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We continue this A-Z look at the history of Syracuse football with arguably the greatest football player of all-time, James Nathaniel Brown. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, and Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Jim is the greatest athlete to ever step foot on the hill.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
- I dare you to listen to an announcer say the name Asdrubal Cabrera and not think he or she just said "Ass-dribble." It's not possible.
- So when does Roy Williams mail Casey Anthony an engagement ring?
- Speaking of which, if Nancy Grace played in the NFL, would she need to wear a helmet or would her hair suffice? And if there's nothing in her skull to protect, would she even be required to wear protective gear? Discuss.
- As a Yankee fan, it's interesting to watch the Derek Jeter backlash. I get the fact that people are sick of hearing about him and there are a million Yankee haters out there, so that obviously plays into it, but it's not like he's Brett Favre here. All he's doing is going to work every day - and he's not even talking while doing it. Don't worry everyone, he'll get his 3,000th hit and then we can move on -- back to FAVRE!
- Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football, and all the recent commitments Doug Marrone is racking up seem to be a good thing, but I just can't get excited about a bunch of 17 year old kids I've never seen play. It's Marrone's job to get players -- he's doing that. I'm not gonna sweat who they are. If they aren't good enough, he won't be here (see Robinson, Greg).
- If your sports league is looking for a commissioner dedicated to lock outs, David Stern is your man.
- It's kind of cute how people are pretending to care about the women's world cup. Quick, someone relaunch WUSA! It's the Hinden Peter!
- The 2011 Saratoga meet opens in a little more than two weeks and I'm more excited than Orange Chuck when he's planning a trip to Tully's. Drinking, eating, and gambling on a sunny day when you should be at work -- what's not to love?
- This will always be the greatest birthday song of all time.
- Less than 60 days to college football season people - hang in there.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Now here's something you don't see everyday. Someone is auctioning off some spiral notebook pages which appear to have once belonged to Syracuse legend Ernie Davis.
Forget the Nikes, this explains the Trapper Keeper inlcuded in Ernie's statue.
Friday, July 1, 2011
|This is a man who used to really like weed|
To borrow a line from Nolan Weidner, Garrigus is a rising PGA Tour professional and recovering marijuana addict, who says that when he played on the Nationwide Tour (the tour just below the PGA for you non-golf fans) he used to smoke weed in the porta-potty during his rounds.
Garrigus claims he wasn't the only player to do to this, which means when word gets out that the portable toilets on the Nationwide Tour double as smoke closets, attendance will double as poor stoners go looking for a place to score a cheap contact high.
Garrigus checked into rehab and is now clean, and judging by his improved play, it's been working. However, it's fair to say he had his fun as he spent $70,000 on California's favorite cash crop before hanging up the pipe. However, if he ever falls off the wagon, Snoop Dogg will certainly play a round or two with him....
* This is a joke, T3I does not endorse drug use, unless the drug is alcohol and you're getting it from a PBR tall boy.