Well it’s never too early to start looking at the football season is it? – especially since lacrosse is now officially over. Football is now squarely in the cross hairs and thanks to the admins here at CuseOrange, we bloggers can now finally embed some video! And much like Coach Marrone’s pre-victory tour of the Northeast and Los Angeles, I’m going off the rails on my own personal crazy train – although to be fair DM went by bus. However then I wouldn’t have a good reason/segue to embed this:
Archive for May, 2009
The news going around the SU blogosphere lately stems from Mike DeCourcy’s recent article in which Jim Boeheim postures that Brandon Triche is a better point guard than Jonny Flynn.
Not will be better, not has the potential to be better… is better. Perhaps more importantly is that five months before the official start of practice, Boeheim has anointed Triche as the starter, much to the dismay of Scoop Jardine, who spent all of last season redshirting in an array of striped polos.
Boeheim isn’t one to leave his words up for interpretation, but there are a few ways to think about this; the surprise is in the odd timing. Being a local product, Triche has been on the radar of SU’s recruiting staff for several years, so there’s a chance that the coaching staff may be overvaluing him. Then again, if he’s been in their sights for so long, shouldn’t SU have the best read on him out of everyone? I get what Boeheim means here, that Triche is better for the style of play he wants to implement.
Jonny Flynn gave us more than we could have ever hoped for from a point guard in two years; he knew he had crazy talent, which was a blessing, but also a curse on several occasions when he took ill-advised shots and ran into traffic in the lane.
Personally, everything I’ve heard about Triche, coupled with what I saw from Scoop in a reserve role 2007-08 leads me to believe that Triche is talented enough to leapfrog Scoop on the depth chart. Arinze and Rick Jackson have their spots cemented, and the same goes for transfer Wes Johnson. We know Andy Rautins isn’t going anywhere either, so Scoop is squeezed out by process of elimination and whatever ceiling he has left as a contributor is shrinking by the minute.
Ok, so we realize that the BCS is a sham, a fake, a system designed to make the rich richer and poor poorer. But as if the cards weren’t stacked enough against the Utah’s of the collegiate world, I give you this important info from the world of the BCS: the final coaches poll ballot will be made secret.
It looks like the association is dropping the C and going straight to BS. So here’s the impact, if you don’t like team X, slide them down the final ballot, hell leave them out altogether! Why not? There won’t be any media to question why a team like Utah or hell even West Virginia was suddenly downgraded to make room for prom favorites like USC or Ohio St. We already know that the coaches don’t watch games other than their own. It’s a dirty secret that SIDs, assistant coaches and mother-in-laws make the weekly lists that are one-third of the rankings that go into that all important final BCS ranking.
Could this be one final attempt by the big boys to protect their big playground before bigger government intervention? I mean if we can’t trust the bowls to produce tens of millions to charity, what can we trust? That at the end of the day, you get that USC vs Ohio St championship be damned.
Despite the academic year ending, there are some major storylines surrounding SU’s athletic department. There’s Greg Paulus returning home, both lacrosse programs competing at intensely high levels and ongoing draft status updates on Jonny Flynn, Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf. Well, maybe not so much on Paul and Eric, but it’s been a very exciting spring and the flavor of the month for May is the recruitment of Fabricio de Melo.
By now, you probably know the story – Melo’s a 7-foot incoming high school senior from Sagemont, Florida via Brazil with plenty of meat on his bones who hasn’t even played a game in the US, yet has already showed enough promise to garner scholarship offers from seven schools, including Syracuse. He made a trip to the Hill last weekend and, by all reports, was shown a great time not only by the athletics staff but also by SU students and fans. Read the rest of this entry »
Can’t figure out how to embed this, so you’ll have to click on the link to see it.
Greg Paulus announced today that he will be attending Syracuse in the Fall. His decision makes sense both academically and athletically. Newhouse will provide him with a great way to continue his education, and of all the schools he visited, the Orange offer him the best opportunity to make an impact in his one year of eligibility.
However, there’s been a lot of debate among SU fans about whether or not this decision is good for the team. I’ll argue that it is going to help both immediately and in the long run. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »
Hello CuseOrange readers. This is Alex, formerly of Superman Wears Rob Long Underoos. I’ve now joined the staff here. The two SWRLU blogs was making things confusing, plus I don’t really have the time to keep up a consistent stream of articles on my own, so this’ll be a good fit. Cool? Cool.
So I know the spring football game was about a month ago, and everyone’s pretty much forgotten about it. I just found some pictures on my phone from the game, though, so I figured I’d share them with y’all. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks for passing the baton, D.A. Man, it looks impressive, all shiny and…are those rhinestones? Wow, we’ve really overdone it.
We at CuseOrange are first-timers to the SOB’s. In fact, when we first heard about the awards, we just assumed the letters stood for the traditional meaning and sent a dead fish to Sean at TNIAAM, blasphemed Kenny’s Two Pennies, and *possibly* took Kristof Ongenaet’s name in vain. We thought we had won for sure. It turns out we were slightly misled and as a result, were left out of the voting, so I guess we got our just desserts. Anyway, let’s break our SOB hymen and proceed with the award. Read the rest of this entry »
For those of you who don’t check Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician, the Syracuse Orange Bloggers’ Awards (lovingly known as the SOBs) started today. Each Syracuse blog is given a category and the webmasters are charged with nominations and of course the most mentioned nominee wins. The twist is that each award is “hosted” by a different blogger, in an effort to widen the horizons and bookmark folders of Orange fans all around the Interhighway. Some helpful links:
We’ll have the 2009 SOB for Worst Game Of The Season up at high noon tomorrow , so be sure to tune in then.