|Excerpts from "On Common Ground"|
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
|Jim Boeheim Talks About The Importance of 800 Wins|
|Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football: Doug Marrone|
|Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football: Bud Poliquin|
|Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football: Greg Paulus|
|Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh football: Ryan Nassib|
|SU Women Can Jump|
|Syracuse University’s Kayla Alexander|
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Brad Paisley - Alcohol - For more funny videos, click here
For those who have not heard yet, Mike Williams officially informed Syracuse Football Head Coach Doug Marrone that he has left the program (his status with the school itself is still unknown). This is hard news to bare for fans of the program who thought (and many of us still believe) this program was finally headed in the right direction and could even possibly reach a bowl game in Coach Marrone's first year, though it was a long shot. Add into this, the on field problems with turnover and a pass defense with obvious issues and many Orange fans are left wondering what they did to deserve such a kick in the stomach. Do they make enough alcohol to even help tolerate all of this trouble?
We have some fans who think free or discount tickets on fan appreciation day are not worth their time to show support even in struggling times. They also think the wave is a fun idea and booing their own player is appropriate. Heck, just looking around a half empty Dome will make you want to make another beer run out of frustration for the fans who you know would be there if Syracuse was winning.
And then we have player issues to manage. Greg Paulus is making some mistakes that is hurting the team and Nassib is showing promising signs for the future which has lead to a quarterback controversy. Sometimes we have to remember though that we as fans are not at every practice and Nassib looks good in limited reps but it is possible he may not be ready to start a whole game at the most important position of a football team. Nassib has so far shown he has a rocket for an arm and does not have the turnovers Paulus has so one can only wonder if or when the change will be made. Greg has done a lot to help this university and I think even if he is pulled, can still contribute on and off the field to this program, just in a more limited role.
And then we all wake up today and find out the Mike Williams had announced he left the team. I refuse to speculate as to his reasons but past actions whether it be his issues that led him to spend a year at community college or his Facebook remarks could have something to do with it but it could be anything, possibly even a personal issue that none of us are aware of. I know for many, it is hard to take and understand his reasons but maybe in time we will. And regardless, we are frustrated so where do we turn now? Alcohol!
Look, I am not condoning drinking (unless it is responsibly done and you are of age, in which case, feel free to drink up) but to be honest, it is hard to be a Syracuse football fan for the past few year sand not think about it. It seems as though every time we think we see progress, something shatters our hopes and dreams of seeing Syracuse football being respectable again. It seems as though Syracuse fans are finding it harder and harder to support this team and you have to wonder if it is more than just bad football.
I remember being a little kid growing up in the Syracuse area and if someone had tickets to the Dome, that was better than winning the lottery to an Orange fan. Now it seems that the only fans left are the ones who either remain nostalgic about those days, those who want to overpay for beer, or the loyal students who are trying to support their school but somehow are outnumbered because they are the only ones sober enough to wake up before noon to walk across campus (and for those folks, I say thank you for your determination and faith in this program). Could someone please end the pain soon because I refuse to do anything other than bleed Syracuse Orange? The pain not only hurts but is becoming an embarrassing pimple on the butt of college football and as someone so eloquently put it this past weekend, Syracuse is quickly becoming a basketball school and with the rich tradition this program has, that is simply inexcusable and we need to fix it now. In the meantime, alcohol sales in the Syracuse area and anywhere that grads/fans reside will continue to be on the rise. Drink up because even with signs of progress out there for us to see, without Mike Williams, this season has the potential to go awfully wrong and awfully quick.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
|Syracuse vs. Cincinnati football: Arthur Jones|
|Syracuse vs. Cincinnati football: Greg Paulus|
|Syracuse vs. Cincinnati football: Doug Marrone|
And the winner of the best costume for the game (besides that of Orange 44 bloggers Brian Harrison and John Brennan dressed as refs), is this guy:
|M&M costume on the SU Quad|
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
|2009 Syracuse University men's basketball's freshmen class|
|Coach Quentin Hillsman at Media Day|
|2009 Syracuse University men's basketball Media Day|
|Syracuse Basketball Midnight Madness 2009|
|Syracuse University men's basketball 2009: First practice|
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
And if you are a Syracuse student and hungry (even though I did not hear Tully's mentioned), here are some popular ideas courtesy of Citrus TV.
I would also like to apologize in advance if some of the links are expired. I have saved some of these for a couple weeks now but just not found the time to post them so some of the contests may be expired but I would double check them because some of these prizes are well worth the time.
NASCAR on ESPN Pick 12 Challenge
GEAR UP AND GO! SWEEPSTAKES
ESPN Fantasy Salary Cap
TBS - Hass Avocado "The Big Hit" Sweepstakes
Ford Monsters On Mainstreet Sweepstakes - Enter to Win
Febreze® - The Freshest Game Day Ever Sweepstakes
Bring The Bus Home
2012 Escape Sweepstakes
NFL.com - Official Site of the National Football League
Wiley X HVP Sweepstakes
Mitchell's Fish Market Derby Days Sweepstakes > Entry Form
Service Master Clean Racing Sweepstakes
TradeWinds Resort - Just Let Go Travel
Contests - CBSSports.com
McDonalds Monopoly 2009
Here are a couple fun websites to check out also:
Move the Sticks
The Sport Hump...dry and harmless: Your tailgate wants to inappropriately touc
The Big Jab
If you are laid off and looking for a break, here is one example of some companies stepping up to help those of us who are hurting right now. I know K-Mart is not the player it has been in the past due to Wal-Mart's growth but for some, every little bit helps. So if you are working but know someone who is out of work and think could use it, pass this along to them.
Kmart's new recession play: Discounts for the unemployed -- DailyFinance
Funny clip of the week contains some cursing but honestly, it was the best part of watching Lethal Weapon 3 and finding it, I still had to laugh. It is somewhat old school when it talks about cell phones but still amusing and for some, probably still relevant.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
|Syracuse vs. West Virginia Football: Doug Marrone|
|Syracuse vs. West Virginia Football: Williams and Nassib|
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
First, Arthur Jones inspirational piece. This was taped in Syracuse so you have to wonder if he was in attendance as well when it was filmed. This one is for you Arthur:
Next up, Delone Carter, or as his friend like to refer to him DC3. And this is in reference to his running ability and his arm size, nothing else you filthy minded gutter rats you:
#SHAMARKO who I believe could take a licking and keep on ticking:
Ryan Lichtenstein says if this guy can do it, he can too:
Mike Williams, this song goes out to you not just because I hear you are a ladies man but because you be burning the secondaries so somebody call 911:
How about a inspirational speech from Charlie "Tremendous" Jones (and yes, apparently that is the guys name) for Head Coach Doug Marrone:
And finally, Mr. Greg Paulus as the leader of the team searching for inspiration from another great leader:
Thursday, September 24, 2009
First up, a link to the Tullys website and while we are on the Syracuse topic (since Tullys is the best sports bar in the Cuse), here are some other great related Syracuse items like some good articles:
Tully's Good Times
Sweet Redemption: How Greg Paulus Is Proving The Doubters Wrong Bleacher Rep
For The Syracuse Orange Defense; Derrell Smith Is The Unsung Hero Bleacher R
Three Idiots on Sports: Syracuse Fans - Retire the Wave
Syracuse University Athletics - "Melo" Opens Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Cen
For those of you who are curious who won the official SUAthletics.com blogger contest, here it is:
Syracuse University Athletics
And how about some SU radio spots featuring an interview with Delone Carter with a Maine radio station:
The Big Jab
And OCC's communication program online radio station which includes some sports talk:
Supermix.us : Onondaga's alternative connection
And for those who use Twitter, check this out if you want a new background:
TwitterBackgrounds.com Free Twitter Backgrounds
And of course the contests for those of you who like these things:
TROPICANA ULTIMATE SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
Official Ballot MLB.com: 2009 Roberto Clemente Award
NFL The NFL and Frito-Lay are looking for the NFL's "most fanatical family." E
Golf Digest: Golf Digest Magazine
Major League Baseball: Sharp: Hank Aaron Award Registration MLB.com: Sharp
Win a Trip for 2 to the FINAL RACE of the 2009 Sprint Cup Series!
Chili's Tailgate Tour 2009
Penguins Defy Ordinary Season Ticket Sweepstakes - Pittsburgh Penguins - Fan Z
Contests - CBSSports.com
And the funny video of the week from one of my all time favorite comedies:
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
1. You have the chance to hang with or at least get your picture taken with the one and only Kenny Haas, who will be at the game this Saturday night (well I am sure he would if you asked). And as Brent Axe stated on his Twitter page (@AxemanBlog), if Kenny has to pay for a beer at all that night, it is a Syracuse fan fail because he is a local celebrity and we need to take care of those.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
|Syracuse win over Northwestern: Doug Marrone|
I ask you to find me a closer view of the field goal then this beauty, though if you suffer from motion sickness or still sobering up, may not be the best view for you at this moment.
If you want to see Northwestern's comeback and the only real clips of Syracuse being the game winning field goal (even though Mike Williams had a record night and they made some other great plays in the game), then this video is for you.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Bud Light Tailgate Approved
Hershey's I'm a big fan NCAA.com
Video Game Trailers for Wii, PSP, Xbox, PS3 & More Upcoming Video Games
Powerade Steve Smith - Coach for a Day
Eckrich - Enter the Promotion
IHOP's GONE TOTALLY NFL
Our buddy Dan Kelly,who is the SU football B/R columnist, has his latest column up:
After Escaping the Lion's Den Syracuse's Real Season is Set to Begin Bleache
A couple videos to enjoy in case you missed them or just want to see them again:
YouTube - 2009 Syracuse Football Open
YouTube - Syracuse Sidelines - Mike Owen Interview
A couple blogs to check out:
Hopeless Walk On
Orange State Online
Have a wrestling fan in your life and want to surprise them with a gift? Check out these:
TNA Calls You!
If these videos of the week don't make you laugh, you have no sense of humor at all:
Monday, September 14, 2009
And in case you miss it, just follow the orange letters straight down and yes, this was read at the wedding this past Saturday.
The Tale Of The Bride And Groom
by Orange Chuck
Great people meet every day and fall in love
Obviously blessed from the good Lord above
So the bride and groom's love is no surprise
Young people happily seeing eye to eye
Realizing their goals and fulfilling their dreams
Aware that it will be better together as a team
Celebrating their nuptials for the world to see
United today in front of their family and friends
Some days may be great, some nights tough
Each just proves what your love is made of
Open-mindedness will help you out sometimes
Remember a couple more things and you'll be fine
Always leave the toilet seat down when done
Never ignore your partner and think as one
Good luck to you both, may you be blessed
Every day filled with faith, love, and happiness
So as you can see (or those who follow my Twitter know), I was in the Syracuse area this past weekend for my cousins wedding and of course, I had to stop off at Tully's (Tully's Good Times ). The original plan was to go for lunch on Friday until I realized the wedding did not start until 6:30pm so plans were changed and my cousins, uncle, nephew and myself went to Tully's for the Syracuse football game. Despite the score and a couple Penn State fans in attendance, a good time was had by all. So here is why you too should attend a Tully's for your game time experience.
First, the free popcorn at each table as you sit down. No crappy chips or rolls, Tully goes big time and rolls out the great popcorn which you probably will end up needing a refill once you taste it. It can be used as a free appetizer if you are on a budget like I was this past weekend and you will be surprised how full you will get. And do you see those big drinks cups in the background (we had free beer waiting for us for later at the wedding so we drank cheaper stuff for lunch)? Those are not cheap but they are big and come with free refills. We sat there until deep into the 4th quarter (we had the groom with us so we had to leave early) and they refilled without putting any limits on it.
They have a great variety on the menu at Tully's from the wings to the delicious cheese steak sandwich. However, the most popular and delicious plate on their menu is the Tully's Tenders Dinner. This is a great plate that will fill you up if the popcorn didn't already. And if you have a health nut in the bunch but do not want to be left out, have them order the Tully's Tender Salad (which judging by that gut you see up top, is what I may be ordering in the future, have another wedding July 31st, 2010).
And if your wife is stressing that you can watch the game but at home because stuff needs to be done around there or you have to listen while at work, you can always order take out and feel like you are there (though minus the many TVs that show the game for all of Tully's to see no matter what direction your booth/chair is facing).
So if your in Syracuse, or one of the other fine locations that has a Tully's (which you can verify by checking here Tully's Good Times), I highly recommend you check them out, especially on game day. Tully's is a great Syracuse tradition so we must all do our part to ensure it remains that way and not retired like other great traditions have been lately. Go Tully's Tenders and Go Orange!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I know many are picking Penn State to win huge but I can't help but think Syracuse has a chance to come out and make a statement with this game in that they learned from the Minnesota game. LETS GO ORANGE! And if you are on twitter, remember to use #beatpennstate as often as you can. Last week Paulus and Syracuse trended pretty high and let's hope we don't lose that enthusiasm this week.
Contests for everyone to enjoy, though not many this week:
Head & Shoulders Super Bowl Sweepstakes
RO*TEL® Bowl Bound Sweepstakes
Next up, some great sources for Syracuse stories and videos about this past weekend's game and even a breakdown of the upcoming game at Penn State.
Paulus'd: Syracuse Loses A Heartbreaker To Minnesota 23-20 In Overtime - Troy
Well Done, SU Athletics. Well Done. - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
Minnesota 23, Syracuse 20, OT - Paulus’s Comeback Game Has Unhappy Ending for
SU coach Doug Marrone laments first loss
SU-Minnesota Recap - syracuse.com
Syracuse coach Doug Marrone talks about team's missed opportunities - syracuse
Orange fans go Tweet Tweet Tweet in the name of Syracuse QB Greg Paulus - Oran
Looking ahead to Penn State: A scouting report for Syracuse football fans - sy
And the winner of funny video of the week is:
Monday, September 7, 2009
This is also proof of why many were holding out hope when Mike Williams had his academic issues, he would get them sorted out and be back in an Orange uniform one day soon. He does need to stop dropping some of the passes he did but it was his first game back too, so he is forgiven, for now. Wiliams is a playmaker in that he is one of those receivers who can make a short yard catch and turn it into a first down. Alec Lemon and Donte Davis also looked good, which can benefit everyone by opening up the field, including the running game because now you need to keep less guys in the box to help prevent the pass.
Anyway, enjoy the video and the progress as I am encouraged to see, as of this writing, everyone who answered the poll was heartbroken at the loss but encouraged by the progress of this program.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I also found some fun videos on syracuse.com courtesy of slguyder of the pre-game ceremonies for those of us who were not that in person to see more about the spirit and pride the fans had going into this game (and I hope left with, even though I am sure some heartbreak existed as well). I am told the team stopped at the end of the game to sing with the student section and this is another sign of the progress Orange fans should love seeing.
Pride is growing again in the program as evidenced by the Carrier Dome crowd and the feeling of those on Twitter and other networks who were cheering their hearts out to support this team. I watched these videos and I am not posting them just because they are Orange related, I am posting them because this shows the kind of heart I want leading my Syracuse Orange. Coach Marrone looked genuinely dejected after this game and I know judging by the progress this team has made and that reaction, he will make corrections and we are in good hands. This team will get better in all aspects and I would like to thank the entire team and staff for inspiring pride in a group of people who lost hope. LETS GO ORANGE!!!!
|Syracuse football vs. Minnesota - Doug Marrone|
|Syracuse vs. Minnesota football - Greg Paulus|
Saturday, September 5, 2009
I am not going to quote you stats because this game was about more then stats, it was about a change in Syracuse football. The Carrier Dome was rocking louder then I have heard in many years and the fans bought into Head Coach Doug Marrone. The defense was aggressive and I saw an intensity on that squad that I longed to see for years. The offense, though it struggled in the second half, showed signs of a pulse.
Yes, Greg Paulus made one major mistake in the end that I am sure ESPN Sportscenter will focus on (along with that snap over his head) but the majority of the game he made some good choices and hopefully learned from his mistakes. His scrambling will help as this offensive line looks like they may struggle yet again but a couple times it looked as though had he stayed in the pocket just a couple more seconds, the plays would have been there for him to make. He had some good game management skills and I think we will all be better for it.
Syracuse was down 14-3 quickly and they could have easily given up but instead they fought hard and got back in this game. Instead of making numerous turnovers, Syracuse actually benefited from many even though two big ones cost them points and the game. Their defense started slow and did give up some big plays but when it counted, they made plays as well. The offense blended in different plays and did their best to ride Delone Carter and though the receivers dropped some passes they have to catch, they also made some good catches as well, including Mike Williams.
So maybe you have noticed my wavering but the truth is, this game gave me reason to be as such. Syracuse lost a game they should have won but they also showed fans they have something they can root for and have faith in once again, even if the ending made us feel dejected again. I refuse to give up on this team no matter the outcome of the Penn State game as well. This team is improved and if you did not see the potential, then I feel sorry for you. This is something to build on and still makes me believe they can win 5-6 wins this year and be better next season.
The Dome was filled with proud Orange fans once again and we should all follow by example and support this team with all our heart and I think in the end, we will be rewarded for doing it as well. "Let's Go Orange" chants were louder then they have been in years and we need to continue that feeling into our everyday life now. Donovan McNabb mentioned during his ESPN press box moment that he will no longer be embarrassed by wearing Orange in an Eagles locker room and we should follow his example. If you are mad or disappointed, then that means you care and that is great, we should be dejected after such a loss. However we must lift our heads up Orange fans, Syracuse football is relevant again and we will return to the proud traditions of the past.
Now here are some links and a video of Greg Paulus first TD pass in a Syracuse football uniform.
Minnesota Topples Greg Paulus, Resurgent Syracuse in Overtime -- NCAA Football
WAER - HOMEPAGE (whom I think have a good post game call in show)
Paulus'd: Syracuse Loses A Heartbreaker To Minnesota 23-20 In Overtime - Troy
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Dear Syracuse Football Head Coach Doug Marrone (and others within the football program),
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Let's start off with some contests. I think I will probably retire Contest Corner and just continue to include them in the Junk Drawer segments since sometimes it is hard to find sports related contests. By the way,the Wendy's contest requires you have a code first so keep that in mind if you plan to enter that one.
NCAA® Football Big Score This is the Wendy's one.
How about some Jonny Flynn and Greg Paulus articles? Good because I have one each.
A new country station is debuting in Syracuse so since I know I have some country fans who read this occasionally, I thought I would spread the word.
Congrats to a Cicero company (where I went to high school) for getting a big government deal that will help with some more jobs in an area that needs it badly.
This weekend is not only the start of the glorious Orange football season but the start of the LFL as well and I plan to check it out when I can.
And funny video of the week (besides Sean's video which was in the last post) is a shot out for those of you who hate when telemarketers call your house: