Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The SOBs: Worst Moment

Welcome to stop number seven of your annual Syracuse Orange Bloggerawards. I was charged with the painful task of revisiting the worst moments of the basketball season. So hold my hand, and together, we can get through this. No pain, no gain, right?


First up is the shot that handed Syracuse its first loss of the year. You might remember seeing it a few hundred times.

The 60 foot miracle in the Cleveland State game. It didn't end up really hurting our season, but it was so annoying seeing that highlight every time someone mentioned us throughout the year. -Dan, SWRLU
Oops. Probably should have read that before posting he highlight. Sorry, Dan.


Next up is a game that many probably forgot about, but it certainly encapsulated all that was problematic on this season's Orange.
Losing to Louisville at home on January 25th. We were tied with two minutes to go. Syracuse was in control, and they proceeded to miss every shot they took for the next minute. We lost, but we never should have. While there were a few other bad moments, this one seemed to sting the most. -Brian, Orange::44
For a really crappy youtube video of the highlights you can go here, but I don't recommend it.


The game against Oklahoma in the sweet sixteen was billed as "the hottest team [Syracuse] vs. the best player [Blake Griffin]." It didn't quite live up to expectations as SU was easily beaten. It was a bad loss by any stretch of the imagination.

Once again, the loss to Oklahoma. -Ray, SWRLU
26-6 run by the Sooners to make a one-point game a 19-point game early in the 2nd H. That sucked. Hard. -Damon, Orange Fizz
I would agree that that the game against OU was probably the worst loss. However, I think there is an off-the-court incident that overshadows it:
The Devendorf Incident: Even though it turned out the girl was making it all up, it still made us look bad and provided fodder for opposing fans for at least another year. -Me

The Devendorf Suspension -Andrew, T3I

And now the winner of the SOB, with over twice as many votes as any other category, Jonny Flynn declaring for the NBA Draft.



Flynn declaring for the draft and instantly realizing that I could be running the point for Syracuse in 2009-2010 and Boeheim hasn't let me know yet. -Matt, Hoya Suxa

Jonny Flynn finally signing with an agent. -Matt, The Orange Report

Text message from my friend Aaron... "Cuse.com: Jonny Flynn signs with an agent. Well it was awesome being sporting news preseason #1 while it lasted." -Nick, Nick's 2 Cents

“Jonny Flynn signs with Agent.” * Blech* -Dan, The Sport Hump

Hearing the news that Jonny Flynn was going to sign with an agent. So disappointing on many levels. It's like an era ended before it ever really started. -Sean, TNIAAM

Phew. Well I'm glad that's over with. If thinking about the preceding events has you down in the dumps, take solace in the fact that we didn't end up in the NIT (*cough*Hoyas*cough*). Plus, coming up in one hour, we'll have the Best Game award presented by my friend BH over at Orange::44.

And now for something completely different. We've got some bad news/good news. The bad news is this will probably be the last post on SWRLU. Wait! Don't cry! The good news is I am relocating to CuseOrange, the sleekest Orange blog on the internets. Check it out for my occassional thoughts on this crazy world that is SU Athletics.

Thanks.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Stay tuned...

Big site news coming up. Also, I'll bring you the worst moment of the basketball season as a part of the SOBs. Next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Until then... how ugly is Joakim Noah?

ʎɹǝʌ :ɐ

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

Jonny go bye-bye

Well disregard that last post... He's gone.

Help us, Wes Johnson. You're our only hope.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

It's getting drafty

So right after the loss to Oklahoma in the Sweet Sixteen I started writing an entry on here. All the frustrations of watching that game came out, and after it was done I decided it was a little too emo to be posted. Probably better to just move on. Speaking of which...

As I'm sure you know by now, three Orange are declaring for the NBA draft. It's clear that only one has the potential to be a first-round pick, but many are saying he's the most likely to return. No one can be sure how this is all gonna shake out, but here are my uneducated guesses:

Eric Devendorf

Gone. The latest news is that he's already hiring an agent, which would mean he is ineligible to return to the NCAA. It's extremely unlikely that he will be drafted. He's suffering from G-Mac syndrome. He was a critical part of a college team but just doesn't have the size or athleticism to make it in the Association. He'll end up in the D-League (Most likely the Reno Bighorns along with every other SU alum) and then transfer to the ABA or some other minor league in a year or two after it's clear that no NBA teams want him. E is so American that I don't really see him fitting in across the pond in Europe.

Paul Harris

My guess is that Paul is waiting to see what Jonny will do. If same-sex unions were legal in New York, I'm pretty the two of them would have a common law marriage by now. Paul is declaring for the draft just so that he will have his options open. If he does go, Paul seems like more of the European type. He'll get in touch with some of Donte Greene's German contacts and perhaps join the New Yorker Phantoms. He'd look good in one of these jerseys. However, I think he's going to stay for his senior year because....

Jonny Flynn

Right now, I say Jonny's back. All of the "anonymous sources" referenced in articles about his position say that he really wants to be in an Orange uniform next year. I also think that all these articles coming out with Syracuse in the top 3 for the '09-'10 season can only make him want to come back more. It's clear that Jonny wants nothing more than to win, and if he comes back he'll have all the tools that he needs to take Syracuse into the Final Four. He'll only leave if his stock significantly rises during the pre-draft workouts, so Jonny, don't try too hard to impress those scouts. Please.

So I'm betting on Devo to the D-League, and Niagara's finest will return for another year, cementing SU's high preseason rankings. What are your predictions?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

UConn... UCall

SWRLU is proud to unveil the new spokesman for Alltel Wireless:













Thank you to Benjamin for the idea.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mile-hijinks

I had the good fortune of traveling with the basketball team a couple times during my tenure with the Sour Sitrus Society. There's nothing better than flying to Florida on a private jet on university money. Unfortunately every time I traveled we lost. Judging by these pictures from the trip back home from Miami, it looks like things are a lot more fun when you win.


So does anyone know if Kris Joseph and Kris-Kross are related? They sure dress alike.


The flight attendants are apparently Oklahoma operatives. They tried to trap Jonny Flynn in the bathroom...


Two of them even teamed up, but fortunately he was able to escape. Their actions led to an investigation by SU Athletics. They were interrogated by Quentin Hillsman yesterday. They have not been seen since.


Note the blue and orange leather interior. I'm guessing this is the new SU jet that we heard so much about a few months ago. Nice to know that my tuition was put to good use.

Muchas gracias to Sammy and Shannon for unknowingly letting me steal the pictures for my personal use.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

SU vs. Arizona State OSR

Syracuse manages to exorcise the devils from Tempe as well as the curse that plagued their NCAA performance for the past four years.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

We're a 3-seed!

The Orange are going to Miami! If you are not pumped about March Madness the Sitrus drummer will eat your soul.


Seriously.

Are new basketball uniforms on the way?

It was three years ago that Syracuse was chosen as one of the select schools to unveil Nike's new System of Dress uniforms. They've received mixed reviews ever since, but I'm a fan. I'm still waiting for the day when someone breaks out the ridiculous long sleeves to match the shorts.

It's no secret the SU is pretty friendly with Nike, so I'm surprised that we aren't a member of the Swoosh's latest experiment: Nike Pro Combat. From the front these are nearly indistinguishable from the current SoD generation. The back, however, is where the changes are happening, and while some are subtle, most are flatout ugly. To see the rest of the collection go to this UniWatch post and scroll down to the section titled "Burying the Lede."

So since we've been Nike's guinea pig in a lot of uniform experiments, could something like this be coming to SU? I certainly hope not. The patterns on the back are just weird. Plus, ours would probably end up looking like this: