Sunday, August 30, 2009
Bizarre School Mascots - AOL Living
So I am searching for some jobs to apply to this afternoon when my father instant messages me. He says, "Hey, I see you beloved Otto was named as a bizarre mascot." Now, I love Otto and he knows it so I asked for the link and was even more shocked to find that it was a site supported by the same email carrier I have had since I switched from Prodigy in like 1999. If you click on the arrows in the link and go to picture 4 of 7, you will find them disrespecting Otto by labeling him as bizarre. Yes, I know Syracuse is not known for their Orange orchards but if that is the argument then we can talk (and we have even discussed in the past on this blog and others about other possible names for the program but it could be worse and be a large salt shaker I guess). As long as Syracuse is called the Orange or Orangemen (Orangewomen), then having a giant orange as a mascot makes sense and he is not bizarre, he is our friend and I am sorry some jackass in an AOL office does not appreciate it as such.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
For those of you who are fans of Darryl Moose Johnston, I have a link to an interview he did with Mark Packer aka The Packman on WFNZ radio. One of the most successful fullbacks in Syracuse history and one of the analysts for Fox NFL Television has a few things to say about various topics and some of you will enjoy it. I know others are not huge fans of his work but I enjoy some of it and respect everything he accomplished in his career (I don't think Emmitt Smith would have finished with half the yards he had if not for Moose leading the way).
Photo courtesy of bestsportsphotos.com
I was strolling through my Twitter when I found this headline posted from the guys @Fanhouse about a story I had seen earlier but never got the chance to follow up (I had to run some errands and got side tracked with other stuff or this would be under the junk links at least). If you follow this blog and do not know who Floyd Little is, I will not ridicule you but simple ask you to google him or watch the ending of The Express because that is who Ernie Davis passes the #44 jersey to after he leaves the program. He is part of the #44 trifecta along with Davis and Jim Brown that helped support the idea,no matter how stupid I think it is, to retire the 44. He also is the greatest running back in Denver Bronco history and if he had a better offensive line, may have even surpassed Jim Brown's rushing record (as many have speculated). I also remember he was a part of a chat Axe did before he got his start at WNSS. My hope is that both men (including Dick Lebeau) finally get the respect they are long overdue and get into the hall soon.
Lets start off this edition with some Greg Paulus articles and as some have pointed out, avoid them if you hate hearing about Paulus at the expense of negative Syracuse comments about their past few years.
Can Ex-Dukie Greg Paulus Save Syracuse Football? - NESN University - NESN.com
Just Win Baby: Why Greg Paulus Is The Man For The Job in Syracuse Bleacher R
I wanted to add this for those of you who enjoy writing and have a passion for college basketball and want some exposure for your work. Trust me, writing for B/R has it's privileges.
Announcing The Bleacher Report College Basketball Season Preview Bleacher Re
Now onto some contests like an autographed football from Fanhouse and of course, racing.
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Not sure if you have seen this show before but I found it the other day and the only reason I had to turn it was I found myself being so jealous that I could not see straight.
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My first wrestling column on PWInsider.com in a long time but since I love the work those guys do, I wanted to give them first options to post it or not and the fact that they did, means a great deal to me. So if you want an idea that could make professional wrestling more interesting to more people, check it out.
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And I had to end it with a laugh, which I may do more often so enjoy a good video that may remind you of your college days.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Greg Paulus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show today to talk about the other Syracuse football players calling him an old man or "Gramps", his prep work for the position, talking to Coach K and why he thinks he is better then his brother Mike, who is slated to play QB at UNC this season. Also discuss was the anticipation of Paulus at QB when they play UConn because some fans there seem to not appreciate the Paulus name (like we give a damn what UConn fans think).
By the way, I have been witness to many conversations over the past week or so here in North Carolina with people at my son's football game and in line at stores where people speculate that Greg Paulus is simple a PR move. I keep my opinions to myself unless asked only because sometimes it is more amusing to hear them make their arguments based on nothing but their theories in life and have never seen the guy throw a football. He was one of the best football players to come out of central NY with football scholarship offers to many division 1 schools but chose to play basketball at Duke instead. I would say to wait until he plays before judging him but any football coach who wants to win will not simply name a QB for PR reasons but because he wants the most effective way to win games and I think right now, with all I have heard, Greg Paulus is that guy. This also gives Ryan Nassib and Charlie Loeb a chance to learn the system for next year to be more effective in the new package (I laugh at that package quote every time I think about it).
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Coach Marrone on the playbook said, and I quote from Donnie's piece, "Obviously, I'm not going to talk about some of the packages we're going to, but we are expanding the packages to where I think ... packages that will give us a better chance - I'm going to talk offensively for now - packages that will give us a better chance to be more efficient on offense and score."
Obviously this is very optimistic news and I could stay here all day using some fun words like arousing and pondering if it is in fact offensive to discuss offensive packages. Instead, I figured I would aim at the advertising market and tell you that unofficially, this quote is brought to you by the great folks at Extenze, the people who simply would love to help you expand your male package.
UPDATE: I was reminded of this song and I just had to give that additional meaning to the quote and added laugh.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
|Teleconference with Greg Paulus|
I found this link to an interview that I believe was earlier today on WFAN radio in NYC with the Boomer and Carton show (Carton is an SU alum himself). I found it to be a fun interview and the stroll down memory lane of Syracuse and Big East basketball past felt good as well as made me feel old for it. Coach Boeheim also discusses his opinion on the whole Memphis scandal and a coaches role in the procedure.
Me: Oscar, glad I could catch you. People seemed to enjoy your take on Syracuse football and with all the news as of late, I had to get your take on some of the issues.
Oscar: I felt like you might call soon, although that may have just been this rash I just developed itching again. She told me she had not been with a lot of guys but…
Me: Oscar, can we please get to the subject at hand. First, I am hoping for your take on Greg Paulus being named the starting quarterback to begin the Syracuse football season. What is your reaction to the decision?
Oscar: Ahh, Mr. Paulus, didn’t I tell you he would have a good year last time we spoke? I was told by the bartender that according to Wikipedia, Greg Paulus was born on July 3rd, 1986 which would make him a Cancer. The Cancer is also known as the Crab which means they can maneuver around in numerous directions successfully. Cancers are also known to be gentle, conservative, nurturing and have strong survival instincts. And if nothing else, he shares the same sign as Pamela Anderson and Sylvester Stallone so maybe he can blend Pamela’s ability to always stay in the headlines with a Rambo style field generalship.
His Chinese sign would be Tiger of Fire. In light of that, may I recommend some Survivor to be played as he enters the Carrier Dome? You know Eye of the Tiger? I don’t care who you are, that was funny right there but regardless. I feel he will do well and help this team more than hurt it in the long run. He has a leader quality about him and that will help his progression as a quarterback and allow the younger guys to learn more about what Coach Marrone expects from his quarterbacks and his system for next year.
Me: I can understand that and before you choke yourself on one of those delicious Tully Tenders laughing at your own jokes, let us move on to my next question. Speaking of Coach Doug Marrone, he has defended his actions in regards to players leaving the program in large numbers but what do you think about players leaving so often before the guy has even had a chance to coach one game?
Oscar: There is a quote in the Bible about this and it states that “the weak shall inherit the Earth.”
Me: Actually, I hate to interrupt you but the Bible states that “the meek shall inherit the Earth” which is meant to mean those who are obedient to his Word will follow in his footsteps.
Oscar: Well sorry Mr. Biblical Scholar, I didn’t mean to make a mistake. Anyway, I think that it simply means they were not fit specifically for what Coach Marrone wants to accomplish with this team. It does not make them bad players as I feel like some of them may prosper elsewhere. And for those left on the team, it is human nature that where one person is replaced, another must step up to take their place. Better for them to leave now than later on when their hearts were not in it and the team suffers. Jim Brown wanted a more physical, hard hitting team and I feel like that is what Coach Marrone is trying to accomplish. It is like I always say, “Hit hard and prosper.”
Me: That would be “live long and”….you know what? Never mind! You gave me another lead in there because I am wondering how prosperous this team will be in the future. Not sure if you heard or not but Syracuse has signed on to play in the new Meadowlands against USC in 2012 and Notre Dame in 2014 and 2016. What do you see happening and will Syracuse lose a home game just to be embarrassed in front of more people for what I am sure will be higher ticket prices?
Oscar: Do I look psychic to you? Oh wait, I am huh? I am fine with the situation because I was scared to see what they would charge me for that ticket to see USC and now I don’t need to worry about it anymore.
I see this team gradually building up but I would not look for a huge upset over USC but in three years, I truly see it being more competitive then it would have been. Notre Dame on the other hand, by the time 2014 rolls around will have been through a couple more coaches before they realize their dominance of college football was a century ago and I think Syracuse takes those games. I do foresee a chance Notre Dame are either in the Big Ten or Big East by then due to the horrible records they will accumulate over the next few years. I see the initials BE but there is a large 10 that keeps trying to block it out and an old lion face smiling saying he told us so.
Me: I am not sure how many beers you have ordered since you got to Tully’s or what you have grown in your garden lately but I will just ask one more thing and then let you continue your cold beer marathon and convincing ladies at the bar that their futures include you cooking breakfast in the morning. You went off on The Axeman last time we spoke but I wanted to know what you think about social networking and blogging, especially since you are now having your words out there for everyone to read on a blog.
Oscar: My attorney has advised me against further comments about that Axe person so I will no longer speak of him but I have been told there is a guy named Mike or Matt McClusky in the Watertown area I can listen to when I need my sports fix.
I have done some researching of this issue since we talked last. I have checked out this Twitter sensation and some of the blogs and I must say that for the most part I am impressed. I could never do it myself; it makes the government able to track your every move just like they do with library cards and those discount things grocery stores ask you to use for discounts. Big Brother is watching you people, be careful what you do.
I did a search on the internet and found this NunesMagician website, which I think is supposed to be some form of sarcasm and tribute to that great SU player Troy Nunes. I do not understand most of his humor though but it could be that I feel that I do not need to lower myself to bathroom humor to amuse myself. I mean anyone can point out others errors and make a joke out of them but seriously, why is that funny? When did he become so perfect? Look at me; I’m a funny jokerman always taking shots at Syracuse. If I want humor, I will just play my old Cheech and Chong albums and listen to such classics as Sister Mary Elephant or Dave.
Me: Actually, I have listened to you enough now and trust me in the fact that compared to you; Sean (the guy behind NunesMagician.com) is like Eddie Murphy while you have the comedic attributes of a Tom Arnold sitcom. So he should subject everyone to stoner humor 24/7, what the heck kind of a blog would even find that stuff funny?
I like interviewing you for my blog because sometimes you seem to have some good insight to issues pertaining to Syracuse football but trust me; your sense of humor sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. And actually, Sean is alum so I think he paid enough money in tuition and other expenses to give an opinion that he feels will help out his alma mater, which we now know you just could not keep you pants on or stay sober long enough to manage to accomplish for yourself. Go back to the cold beer and maybe, just maybe we will talk again soon but I do hope you are more respectful to people if we do.
Oscar: Fine, may your stars be aligned properly and may Syracuse finally return to its glorious form soon. By the way, I predict Syracuse 38-Minnesota 36 for the opening game in case we do not meet again before September 5th. I feel a good sensation about everything but then again you would too if you had been drinking beer since the doors opened here and had the scenery I have with all these hot future Syracuse grad students sitting near me.
Don’t run off ladies, I am clairvoyant and can tell your future.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
|The Post-Standard's Donnie Webb on Greg Paulus as Syracuse University football's starting quarterback.|
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I know at first you may scoff at this proposal but he could help with both the team and Newhouse. He would be the most popular bench player in the history of NCAA basketball. He could handle the reporters questions on any subject. Dan could possibly have the sources to make this into a regular column in SI magazine about his journey, which in turn is a regular column about Syracuse basketball and life on campus. Occasionally, he could jump over to the announcers table and call a game with Matt Roe and Matt Park but keep his jersey on so if Coach Boeheim needed him, he could go in from there.
The possibilities are endless as to how this could benefit the program and the university. If not for Bret Favre unretiring yet again (unretiring is now called Doing The Favre), Greg Paulus being named a starter is all over ESPN right now with frequent people commenting on the impact of the situation. Dan was at one time good enough to make a team and maybe his experience has made him a wiser player and who knows how good he could be until you give him a try. And who knows, maybe Syracuse becomes a location for anyone with notoriety to come and get some playing time, especially with programs like Newhouse on campus to consider.
Sure I am being somewhat sarcastic with this article but I bet at least some of you who read this wondered the possibilities yourself and you have to wonder what Dr. Gross would think of such an option as well as Coach Boeheim.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I am now excited to see what Strikeforce will do with Fedor and Mousasi as well as do they jump on the rematch bandwagon with Carano/Cyborg or what. I personally think that unless CBS says they want the rematch soon on primetime network television, then both Carano and Cyborg should fight at least once before they try it again. I also hope to see Fedor against Bret Rogers in October. I think that is a tremendous fight that has to happen one day soon and Rogers has the perfect charisma to build interest and the ability to pull it off.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Rule 1: Always Make Sure You Are Eligible To Win/Willing To Do What It Takes To Retrieve The Prize.
|Syracuse Football FanFest 2009|
Friday, August 14, 2009
Unfortunately, we start off today's junk drawer of links with another Syracuse football player departing before the season starts. I am left wondering if they will end up playing iron man style (both sides of the ball) if it continues at this rate.
Some interviews courtesy of syracuse.com from Coach Doug Marrone and Greg Paulus which I found to be interesting and looks to be a regular feature in the future as well.
Net up, it seems as though the Big East bowl games could be lining up already and that is good news to me because I think it is only a couple years away before we can contend for the #2 and #3 spots in the Big East (that and I enjoy the bowl system).
For those who have not tried his show before or his morning links, I highly recommend it. Especially today when he has Andrew from T3I on there talking Eagles/SU football.
And speaking of those lovable Orange Idiots, check out why they heart Doug Marrone and their take on Vick becoming an Eagle.
Sean also has some breaking news on such hot button topics as the return of Kenny Haas and why we should fear the Maine Bears.
And some other links for today include this annual contest for parents who would like to register their kids to take an NFL player with them to school.
As well as this link for those of you who love football and hot women. The LFL is starting soon and if you have not seen it yet, you should check it out before you judge it. Go NY Majesty!
By the way, those who try to tell me that Strikeforce being limited to Showtime hurts the chances of average MMA fans watching it, I would ask that you compare the cost of a monthly UFC card verses adding Showtime to your cable or satellite provider. My hunch is, you will find out that Showtime is not only a lot cheaper but also comes with movies 24 hours a day and some boxing as well.
|Syracuse football's Ryan Nassib and the offensive line.|
I have said all along and I will say it again, Syracuse University hiring Doug Marrone will definately help one area of weakness Syracuse football has had of late and this video proves why the offensive line will be better. For those who remember when Coach Marrone played here at Syracuse, he was an offensive lineman and a very good one at that. I hear all the time how a good quarterback can make a team better and a great one will make a team an elite one but without the proper offensive line, even the greatest of quarterbacks will fail more then succeed. Coach Marrone, as you can see in the video, is not content to let this line be a soft spot for this team and is working with them as well as working to find the right mix that will help reestablish Syracuse as a football team to be feared. I look for this line during the progression of the season to vastly improve not only upon last years standards but what many think they are capable of doing. Can you imagine what Delone Carter and the running backs can do behind a good line or Nassib or Paulus will be able to do with Mike Williams and others running routes and they have the time to get them open? I have never been shy to admit that I was really pushing for Turner Gill from Buffalo to get the job when it became open but I have to admit, every day I drink more and more of the Orange Marrone-Ade and I am hopeful of the direction of this program and hope all SU fans are as well.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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Monday, August 3, 2009
His name is Oscar Terrance Theodore Omanishitz and he says he can help provide valuable information about the school and its athletic programs with a specialty in football. When I spoke with him earlier, he seemed a bit excited for the chance to talk about the Orange but also a bit, how shall I say this, not in the best frame of mind. Regardless of this, I was curious to see what he had to say and thought I would share it with you. If it turns out he is close to correct, I may just have my spies track him down on Erie Blvd again and get some more nuggets of advice for us all. Anyway, here is the transcript of our conversation as it happened earlier today.
Me: Hello Oscar, how are you today? I have been told you have a certain knack in foretelling events that surround Syracuse University, is this true?
Oscar: I am as lovely as a clear sky on a moonlit night as the angels sing to me.
It is true that I do occasionally have visions that surround that school that I formerly attended before I found out that not all natural herbs were acceptable on campus. I was simply feeding off of God’s many blessings he bestowed upon the Earth and doing my best to replant to help the greenhouse effect I was so often lectured about.
Me: Anyway, Oscar, can we please get to these visions that you see. How does this work? Do you use tarot cards or leaves or what?
Oscar: No man, I just see visions. For instance, I can tell you that I have numbers just rolling around in my heard right now with Orange colors. I would say the lucky numbers for football 1,2,3, 24,47,97 and 5 though the visions are cheering for 5 and it is not shaped like a jersey so that may be the total of wins this season.
Me: So you are saying Mike Williams (1), Greg Paulus (2), Delone Carter (3), Max Suter (24), Rob Long (47), and Arthur Jones (97) are the lucky numbers for this year and that the team will win 5 games this season?
Oscar: Yes, I think so. Of course, it is also possible that those were in fact the lotto numbers from last night still stuck in my head.
Me: Well, what do you think of the new head coach Doug Marrone?
Oscar: Ah yes, the prodigal son has returned. I can tell you that Coach Doug Marrone is in fact a Leo. Leo’s tend to be bossy and intolerant but also faithful, broad minded, generous and creative, which judging by last year’s record, he will need to be very creative to avoid those horrendous numbers. I have not seen such low numbers since my sophomore year when I took political science and that communist professor found my theories on the moon landing being a fake to be insulting and I showed him right then and there a real moon after answering only one question on the exam.
Me: Well OK then. Are there any teams you think we should be worried about this season?
Oscar: Lions, Tigers and Bears, oh my.
Me: Well we do have the Nittany Lions on the schedule as well as the Bearcats, Black Bears (Maine), and I am not sure what a Wildcat is but that could be a tiger of sorts. We should fear Maine though, really?
Oscar: Heed my warning no matter how silly the task. But worry not, for there will be success with such themes as the Zippers, the Gophers, the Cardinals, the Mountaineers and those Knights of the Round Table.
Me: You mean the Akron Zips and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights?
Oscar: Do not question my logic though yes, I think that is exactly what I meant. The season will start with a big bang and the fans will embrace more than just their beer bongs after their first game this season. I must run shortly, do you have any other issues I may help you with before I go?
Me: One more question I guess and then I will let you enjoy the view of the Syracuse streets as I hear you love to roam them shouting your prophecies on a daily basis. My cousin told me one time you stopped him to tell of a certain Axe man terrorizing the area only to find out his radio had Brent Axe on, causing you to flip out, calling him the Voice of the Orange Evil simply because you blame him for Coach Pasqualoni being fired. Anyway, do you think the fans will be more active now that there is a new coach in place and the hope exists that this program can return to its prominence among college football‘s elite?
Oscar: First off, that man is pure evil and just because I listen to his show every day on ESPN Radio 1260 WNSS does not make me a hypocrite. I listen to keep data for one day when I call in and call him out for his outrageous antics.
Now, the question you asked is, if you build it, will they come? Yes, I fully expect a very packed house for the first game and that momentum from the win will carry those drunk co-eds into a great season watching the improvement on the field, at least those who will be sober long enough to see it. The locals will come back and proclaim this their team again without hiding behind those bags that covered their faces. This team will no longer be the laughing stock of cable broadcasters but instill pride back into a program with a rich history. I foresee an Orange Out for football this season and think it will be the Rutgers game but I am a bit blurry on that one but it may be the herb helping that one, I have been smoking for quite a few hours now.
Me: Well, I guess we will see how good you are soon enough, thank you for your time and maybe we can chat again sometime in the near future. Please go back and enjoy the scenery of Euclid Avenue, Bridge Street and Erie Boulevard with your Orange pride showing through.
Oscar: You are very welcome. Anytime you want to know about anything Syracuse related, please let me know. I can see a lot of things in the future and I can be very helpful.
And stay away from the Axeman as he is a danger to our streets and the minds of our children. One day I will find the right ammunition and call in and show him to be the fraud I know him to be.
The moon has reached its apex now though and I must make haste, I have an appointment before it disappears. I do not believe in fuel operated vehicles so my Schwinn and I must get a move on if we hope to make it on time. May there be a glorious peace within all of you (and if not, drink another beer and you will be at peace soon enough) and Go Orange.