Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Nelson Muntz Moment

Rutgers...BCS bound?


Ebay Items of the Weeks: Let's Decorate Mike Aresco's Office


New Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco has been on the job for a couple of months now.    He's been a busy man the past few days dealing with the fallout from the latest round of conference realignment.  We're going to lend and help decorate his new cubicle in the Providence, RI ivory tower.

First up, Mike it's important to keep an organized desk.

And make sure everyone wipes their feet before coming in.

A few pictures of the family are always a nice touch.

A tastefully decorated office may also include some hanging artwork.

Don't forget to get in the holiday spirit.

Keep those electronics safe and sound.

We can't overstate the importance of proper lighting in any workspace.

Mike, you'll be busy so always keep an eye on the time for your next appointment.

Let's not forget about recycling.

One last suggestion, get rid of this chair used by a couple of your predecessors:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Doug Marrone: Top NFL Coaching Candidate?

As Syracuse fans already know, the job Doug Marrone has done to turn around the football program has been remarkable. From flaming dumpster fire Greg Robinson left behind to bowl games in two out of the last three years, Marrone has the formerly proud program headed back upward. One needs no further evidence of that than the Orange's 5-1 record to conclude the 2012 season.

Sure there have been plenty of bumps along the way, but the bottom line is that this program is miles ahead of where it was just four short years ago and that's directly attributable to the man at the top.

Others are now starting to take notice, as evidenced by Doug showing up on Peter King's list of the top 15 coaching candidates for NFL jobs. The list is broken out into 5 college candidates and 10 current NFL assistants.

King developed the list, "per chats with front office people in the last two weeks." In order, the Sports Illustrated writer has his top five college candidate as:

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon
2. David Shaw, Stanford
3. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
4. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa (even coming off the bad season at Iowa, he's well-respected in the NFL)
5. Doug Marrone, Syracuse

Marrone's NFL pedigree, the success of former boss Sean Payton, and of course the job he's done at SU all come into play. I can't see Marrone leaving for another college program and based just on a gut feel, I can't see him leaving SU just yet -- as there's clearly more to accomplish but I do know this -- when your coach is being talked about as someone other people want - it's a much better thing than wondering if he's headed for the unemployment line.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Week in Syracuse Football Through the Music of Bruce Springsteen

Photo: Frank Ordonez, Post-Standard
38-20, good guys.  If you haven't already (and shame on you if you haven't), get over and check out Axe's recaps.

The Orange's last game in the Big East resulted in a seventh win and another bowl appearance.   Along with the rest of the Syracuse faithful, we're hoping that the Orangemen have officially exited the abyss that was the Greg Robinson Era.  Let's go bowlin' kids.

These week's pick is a Bruce cover of a Stephen Foster song first published in the 19th century, which, by the way, is the last time Rutgers won an important game.

Hard Times, hard times, come again no more
Many days you have lingered around my cabin door;
Oh hard times come again no more.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

One of the great traditions we have here at Idiots on Sports is wishing our readers a Happy Thanksgiving the only way we know how - by celebrating the great Les Nessman Turkey Drop episode from WKRP in Cincinnati. So dear friends, may you eat too much, drink too much and fall into a turkey coma while Tony Romo throws wildly into coverage in the fourth quarter of a close game. It's un-American to do otherwise.

Enjoy the greatest holiday of the year and remember -- as God as his witness, Mr. Carlson thought turkeys could fly.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

This Week in Syracuse Football Through the Music of Bruce Springsteen

Photo: LG Patterson, AP

31-27, good guys.

Almost four years to the day of one of the most sacred events on the Orange calendar, this Syracuse bunch clinched what seemed improbable several times this year, bowl eligibility. 

The cards I've drawn's a rough hand darlin'
I straighten my back and I'm working on a dream
I'm working on a dream

I'm working on a dream
Though sometimes it feels so far away
I'm working on a dream
And how it will be mine someday

We're Goin' Bowling....

Tell 'em Big Ern:

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This Week In Syracuse Football Through the Music of Bruce Springsteen

Photo: Kevin Rivoli, AP

45-26, good guys.   Check out Axe's recaps if you already haven't.

These are better days baby
These are better days it's true
These are better days
There's better days shining through

Monday, November 5, 2012

Syracuse Mistakes Doom Chances v. Cincinnati

As you are well aware, the Syracuse Orange continued a truly maddening season by dropping an eminently winnable game v. Cincinnati on Saturday. Even with a horrific officiating crew consistently blowing calls that went in favor of the Bearcats, this was Syracuse's game to win, and like Northwestern, Minnesota and Rutgers, they didn't.

Penalties, turnovers, horrific special teams play - you don't need me to recap it all for you - you've seen it and read about it already. Axe goes into painstaking detail on the myriad of issues that once again reared their ugly head. To sum it up, this whole season has been one big long Phoebe Buffay Shower Song -- take it away Phoebe:

Saturday, November 3, 2012

This Week In Syracuse Football Through the Music of Bruce Springsteen

Photo: David Kohl, AP

35-24, bad guys.  

You can't sleep at night
You can't dream your dream
Your fingerprints on file
Left clumsily at the scene

Your own worst enemy has come to town
Your own worst enemy has come to town

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ebay Item of the Week: And Georgetown Still Stinks

Prior to 1988, it took highway robbery for the United States to walk away with anything less than gold.

That all changed when John Thompson took over the reigns in 1988.  You can commemorate his 3rd place finish with this tremendous "Go For The Bronze" t-shirt that is our Ebay Item of the Week.