Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Some anthems are offensive or bring religion into the classroom. While I decided to come up with my own anthems of sort that will not offend anyone and should be recited every morning in every Syracuse area school, including SU themselves. I may even start a petition to make these mandatory for game days in the Carrier Dome itself. Here you go, please enjoy and pass along while memorizing before your next class.
Pledge Of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Orangemen of the University of Syracuse and to it's awesomeness for which it stands. One college, in central New York, excelling in education and sports for all. Go Orange!
Nation Anthem For Syracuse Basketball (2010 version):
Oh say did you see, that Wes Johnson slam dunk. What so proudly we hailed, Andy Rautins D and hittin' 3's? Whose Arinze Onuaku And Rick Jackson inside the paint fight, o'er the excitement we watched as Kris Joseph come off the bench? And the Triche and Scoop show, sharing the point guard, gave proof thru the season, that our faith in them has paid off. Oh say does that Coach Boeheim piss yet excellence. O'er the land of the Orange and the home of the Dome.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
While listening to the above clip, I was left wondering if Coach Boeheim is right or I bleed Orange so much that I would agree to jump off the Carrier Dome if he shouted "Jump". Suddenly I had an epiphany that could revolutionize the sport...well not really but it would be a possible solution that utilizes something that is already in place and just make it more relevant.
Every year, the NCAA takes 65 teams and places them into the tournament. Some get the bid because they won their conference tournament and some get it because they proved to be among the best during the season. I do think often times, good qualified teams are left out so there has to be some way to address that issue at least (as Syracuse fans will remember well having quality teams making the NIT because their bubble was burst).
My solution is to use the NIT as a pre-NCAA tournament qualifier using any conference tournament winners who would not have otherwise qualified and at large teams that were on the bubble. Not just big conference teams either as you now can select that team who went 26-1 all season but is in a smaller conference and lost a close game in their conference tournament(or with more seeds open now, you can place them in the big dance). The winner of the NIT then becomes eligible for a seed in the NCAAs. This also allows the NCAA to be the best teams who earned it during the season and you can now use those automatic seeds to put in those quality teams. This also adds significance to the NIT and proves to be the expansion coaches like Coach Boeheim seem to support. Most people do not watch the NIT now unless their team is in it or it is on when nothing else is on so this fixes two problems in one. And the NIT already has an agreement in place with MSG for their finals so you have a big stage for that as well.
What do you think? Is 65 enough or is Coach Boeheim right and we need 96 teams?
Friday, February 12, 2010
Tully's, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Every now and then I will be having a quick sit down interview with incoming recruits. These will not be hard hitting breaking news questions, just some info to help us average SU fans get to know these student athletes before (or as they’re coming into school). I am always open to suggestions on who you want to hear from, or some new questions. Check the bottom of the page for info on how to get me your suggestion.
I was lucky enough to catch up with CJ Fair, who agreed to do a short Q&A session with me. If you don’t know who he is yet take this as a small introduction to one of the guys that will be force on the SU basketball team for the next 4 years. Some quick background info:
CJ plays for Brewster Academy in Baltimore MD, He is a 6’7” SF. Ranked #111 in the nation, #23 at his position and is one of four top 150 players coming to Syracuse in the fall. CJ is currently averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game.
James- First off CJ thanks for sitting down and answering some of my questions, how is your season going down there?
CJ- Its going good, having a pretty good year up here at Brewster
James- Have you been able to catch many SU games on TV or any in person this year, and any thoughts on this team?
CJ- I haven't gotten to see any games in person, but I’ve been following them on TV. They are shocking the country this year on how they play, just gets me excited watching them and cant wait to join them next year.
James- Feel like making a NCAA tourney prediction for them?
CJ- I’ve got them going to the final four and winning the whole thing.
CJ- I plan to bring versatility to SU and stretch the floor out, and be all I can be.
James- I’ve seen some impressive dunks from you on vid, so this is a must. Dunk contest between you and Wes Johnson, who wins?
CJ- That’s going to be good battle, I think I can take him in a dunk contest. lol.
CJ- I think if I just work hard in practice from day 1, I will be good as far as playing time.
CJ- I like to compare my game to Melo. Cause he has a great mid-range just like me. Also like to post as well as shoot well from outside. So I watch a lot of his films to elevate my game.
CJ- SU seems to fit me the best on how they run a lot of their offense through the forwards. I like Coach B’s style of play and what he has accomplished throughout his coaching with players success. SU is a great place to play, and I've seen the success with the history that it's been through
James- Plans to attend any camps over the summer, AAU ball, ect…?
CJ- No I don't plan on doing any camps or anything, just working on my game and body, and getting ready for SU.
James- Some final words?
CJ- I want to give a shout out to the whole SU family and they can follow me on twitter, and check out my highlights. (Editors note: highlight video posted below)
Again CJ thanks for the sit down. Hope you finish out your senior season strong, and we all look forward to seeing you, Dion, Baye, and Fab Melo up here next year and the years to come.
Follow CJ on Twitter @cjfair.
Look for more sit downs with incoming basketball and football recruits in the near future. If there are any recruits you would like to learn more about you can comment here with your suggestion(s), or twitter @theNYsportsguy and I will do my best to get in contact with them.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Have you ever dreamed of the day when Coach Boeheim and his staff scouted you out and recruited you to be part of their team? Dreamed of that chance to put on an Orange jersey and run out with the team to 30,000 strong at the Carrier Dome cheering you on? 99.9% of us will never get that opportunity in life unfortunately so some of us love to live vicariously through our favorite players.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I am going to start this post by saying thank you. Thank you for all the recent support for the blog, though I am sure the majority of it has something to do with a talented writer making recent submissions(I am referring to @TheNYSportsGuy of course). And it is due to this increased interest that has led to the idea I had this afternoon. Let's have some fun and see if we can come up with a great nickname for the guy who is running away with twice as many votes in the poll for favorite player as everyone else, Kris Joseph.
I knew KrisJo was well liked but I have to admit, I was shocked to see it that much of a differential. And yet, many of us Syracuse fans have listened to broadcasts and seem to be bored with the Air Canada reference. So I wanted to know, what do you think would make a great nickname for the guy?
Referencing Strange Brew? Something else from Canadian culture? Maybe try something university related that is relevant to him?
Hozer Hater? Canadian Bacon? The Flying Elk? Maybe reference him and Wes as Orange Shake and Bake? What do you think it should be?
I will post all submissions into a poll sometime next week that you send either through commenting on here, DM on Twitter or emailing me at OrangeChuckE@aol.com . Let's keep in mind that this does not mean it will become his official nickname because let's face it, this blog is not exactly a trend setter but let's have fun with it and who knows, maybe we find one that people seem to like. And I will also have a No Nickname option for those who may think we do not need to give him one(even though again, please keep in mind this is all in good fun and no anything that will legally force us to refer to him as the winning name).
And for the record, the winner will win nothing except the honor of being the person to come up with the name and I may even post it on here if it is an overwhelming winner. I will post all results in a poll next week so everyone has at least a week to think and contribute.
The Five Big Obstacles Before Villanova
We all need to take a step back for a minute. Yes everyone is bringing out their inner child and getting all giddy about the huge meeting between the #3 (#1 in our hearts) Syracuse Orangemen and the #2 Villanova Wildcats. It’s already sold out to a tune of 34,616, eclipsing the previous record set in ‘06 for Gerry’s final game in the Dome (which also just happened to be against Nova). There are even dueling T-shirts in production already:
H/T TNIAAM & CNYCentral.com
The thing some are forgetting is there are 5 games before that meeting of the giants of the Big East. So I’m here to bring everyone back to earth a little, and give a preview of those 5 games, and some predictions. Including one against what some say is our main rival, UConn. Those fans need to get it straight, our main rival is Georgetown, get over it. See HoyaSuxa for more info.
@ Cincinnati Bearcats: 2/07/10 14-8, 11-1 at home
Cincy is somewhat of a bubble team as of right now. They are looking for a signature win to give them that push over the edge they may need to play past the Big East Tournament. They’re coming off a loss at Notre Dame, so they will be hungry to get back to winning. There are some that feel Cincy could pull the upset including Seth Davis and there may be some truth to that. They are 11-1 this season at home, and last year SU lost at Cincy. Led by Lance Stephenson (12.0 ppg, 5 rebs), and Deonta Vaughn (11.9 ppg) they average 71.3 ppg and allow 65.4 ppg. This game will not be a wall to wall blow out, but I feel SU will still walk away in the second half to a comfortable win. SU 79-CIN 66.
Connecticut Husky’s: 2/10/10 13-9, 0-5 on the road
Where to start with UConn… Their coach left because he didn’t want to be apart of a losing team… I mean he left because of “health issues” that haven’t been made public (This is where we need TMZsports.com), but the timing of his leave just seems too coincidental. They look to finish strong after a lackluster first ¾ and need to finish strong going into the Big East tourney. This will be the first meeting between SU and UConn since the epic Six OT game (SixOvertimes.com), and you can bet there is still allot of players on that side that have a bad taste in their mouth because of it. UConn has 4 players averaging double figures, Jerome Dyson (19ppg), Stanley Robinson (16.5ppg, 7.6rbs), Kemba Walker (13.5ppg 6asts), Gavin Edwards (10.8ppg). They average 14.6 turnovers per game so look for Andy to have a good game on the defensive end, and the trap to work wonders. This game always worries me, no matter how bad UConn seems to look, but this year I have no problem calling a blow out. SU 91-UConn 71.
Louisville Cardinals: 2/14/10 14-8, 1-5 on the road
This is the one that should worry everyone. I consider them the most unpredictable team in the Big East. They have 8 losses but if you dig deeper into it you’ll see a loss to Pitt in OT, loss to Nova by 8, beat Uconn by 13, and took WVU to the limit. Add in our recent troubles with them and you have the makings for an upset. We lost to them twice last year including in the Big East tourney, and we are 0-4 against them in the last 3 years. Their top scorers are Samardo Samuels (15.5ppg, 7.3rebs) and Edgar Sosa (13.6ppg). Even though it worries me I’m giving the Orange the edge, but not posting a final prediction as of right now.
@ Georgetown: 2/18/10 16-5, 10-2 at home.
I think we all learned everything we needed to know about the hated Hoyas last month. They can not be allowed to get out to the type of lead that they did here at the Dome, if they do the conclusion will more than likely be much different. There will be a healthy Orange following down there, including myself and a party of 14 others. We will do everything in our power to get the Let’s Go Orange chants going but will be drowned out by the Hoya faithful, or as I like to call them ’Future convicts’.
@ Providence: 2/23/10 12-10, 8-4 at home
This may be the shortest preview ever. Although we lost to them at Providence last year, we beat them by 17 without Wes for nearly the full second half last week. If it wasn’t for an ugly 4 minutes it would have been 20+. No matter what we must come out the gates strong and finish strong, SU needs all the momentum we can get going into the showdown with Nova.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
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