Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Toothpaste for Dinner

I thought this was funny. It just reminded me of the current 'Cuse-o-sphere's infatuation with "Cover it Live."


toothpastefordinner.com

Actually, i think you could've used this exact same set of updates to describe Andy's shooting performance last night.

Monday, December 22, 2008

SU vs. Coppin St. OSR

Andy finally lives up to his license plate and wins a game for the Orange that had no business being that close.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

SU vs. Memphis OSR







The Orange look strong with or without Devendorf as the Big East looms, and I'll let Coach Calipari creepily sum up his team's play:



"I was just groping to find five guys that would play."

"There are other teams right now groping the same way we're groping."

Friday, December 19, 2008

I remixed a remix.

It was back to normal.

Not really... I just felt like quoting Mitch Hedberg. Actually, I made a whole new remix. I was inspired by this one that was posted over at TNIAAM. Enjoy.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

SU vs. Canisius OSR

(It's back after a brief hiatus... not that anyone's reading this anyway...)








I hope that when AO did this against the Griffins he yelled "Expelliarmus!"





(Dennis Nett/The Post-Standard)

Orange snubbed yet again

Continuing my comprehensive coverage of all Syracuse band-related activities, the SUMB recently had their application to participate in the inaugural parade denied. Their application video is here:



Although Biden is an alumnus of the SU law school, he's made it pretty clear that he considers the University of Delaware his alma mater. Why he would choose a mutant chicken over an orange is unclear.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Bub Poliquin, 21st century bard


No. No I am not looking for more poop on Garrett Barnas. That's disgusting. In fact, if he is already covered in poop, maybe he should just stay in Chicago. Our team is shitty enough without him.

Seriously though... what kind of headline is that?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

SU fans like to break things

This was uploaded in August, so I may be late to the party on this one. A friend of mine just sent me a link to this video of the last moments of Archbold stadium.



I wonder where those pieces of goalpost are now...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Top 10 reasons to go to a women's game

Ed. note: So I wanted to write this post to show that even though the men's team is on a break, you can still get your basketball fix from the women's team. Then I looked at the schedule and saw that they're in the middle of a week-long break, too. Damn. Well I'm gonna post it anyway.

I was in the Sour Sitrus Society for each of my 4 years at SU, so I was forced to attend women's games. I'll admit that the first few years it was a chore; I went just because I liked playing in the band. Then last year something amazing happened... It was actually fun to go to the games. Coach Q's recruits started making a big impact and before you knew it the girls were dancing while the boys were in the NIT.

Despite all this, attendance was pretty poor, even during Big East games. Granted, no one really expected them to be good, and it takes a while for word to get around. Allow me to name the top ten reasons why you (yes, you) should go out to a women's game.

10. The band
Yeah, ok, I'm biased on this one, but the band will keep you entertained, I promise. The more intimate atmosphere of these games allows them to do some cheers and jeers that wouldn't be possible at the men's games. Feel free to join in. More on this later.
9. The UConn game
This was easily the highlight of the season last year. It's the ladies' version of the Georgetown game. In case you aren't familiar, UConn is a perennial #1 in women's basketball. Last year 'Cuse came real close to taking them down, and I think if we keep on improving this could turn into a fun rivalry. Unfortunately the Huskettes won't be visiting the dome this year, but watch for it next season.
8. Erica Morrow

She's good. She's really good. She's the first really high-profile recruit that Coach Q was able to land, and she's a big reason for the Orange's success last year. Plus she's only a sophomore. I'm looking forward to seeing what she does over the next few years.
7. Fundamental basketball
I hear people say this a lot when arguing on behalf of women's basketball, so it's kinda cliche but nevertheless true. If you like to see pure, fundamental college basketball without all the glitz and glamor of the men's games, then this is the place for you. If you're looking for acrobatic dunks, try somewhere else.
6. The men's team
Speaking of the guys, they are regularly in attendance at the women's games, seated underneath the basket by the home bench. They're usually happy to pose for some pictures or sign autographs, and it's also fun to watch them getting into the game, cheering along with the rest of the fans. Plus you never know when one of them might hop on the drumset. I hear Jonny can lay down a good beat.
5. It's quiet
Too quiet. This means that if you want to heckle the opposing player while she's shooting a free throw, she can hear every word of it. It's fun to get in someone's head. Just... keep it tasteful. Oh, and try not to offend any visiting Girl Scout troops.
4.Marisa Gobuty
She's cute and has a better jump shot than you.
3. It's cheap
I'll be the first to admit that I'm pretty frugal. If you are, too, then it doesn't get much better than a women's game. Student can get in for free and adult tickets are only 8 bucks. Bring the whole family!
2. They're good
And it looks like they will be for a while. It's amazing how fast this team has turned around. They seriously went from Big East bottom-dwellers to a top 25 team in the blink of an eye. These girls are obviously well-coached, talented, and unselfish, and there's more talent on the way in the form of the #22 recruiting class in the nation. I think the credit for this success goes to our number one reason to attend the game...
1. Quentin Hillsman
Coach Q may be the second coming of Christ. Turning SU women's basketball into a national contender over one season is just as impressive as turning water into wine. He's also one of the good coaching decisions made by Dr. Gross. I have never seen anyone more passionate about anything than Q at a basketball game. He's constantly jumping, yelling, running, falling on the floor, yelling, screaming, waving his arms frantically, looking pissed off, yelling, and/or laughing. He's so animated he might as well be a cartoon character. Above all he's a fantastic coach, and that's something that we SU fans should know not to take for granted.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Two 'Roos (12/6/08)


Every week Ray and I will exchange some thoughts about the world of SU athletics. This week I did the asking and Ray did the answering. You can check out the answers over on his blog, Superman Wears Rob Long Underoos. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

SU vs. Cornell OSR


I couldn't watch the game, but judging by the stats, the Orange's evil twins (pictured above) attempted to lose the game in the first half but were fortunately replaced by their benevolent counterparts for the second.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

LOUD NOISES!!!



It seems that the orange bloggers love to pick on suathletics.com, pointing out how they try to make the football team sound good, promote all those sports we didn't know existed at the college level, and keep us up to date on worthless athlete trivia. I really can't fault the athletic department, though. It's their job to put the positive spin on everything. However, they don't have to be so pushy about it:

THE 16th RANKED SYRACUSE ORANGE TRY AND EXTEND THEIR RECORD TO 8-0 AS THEY TAKE ON IVY LEAGUE POWER CORNELL TONIGHT AT 7:00PM IN THE LOUD HOUSE!

THE WOMEN ARE BACK IN ACTION ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT 1PM AS THEY TAKE ON DELAWARE STATE!

GET TO THE LOUD HOUSE AND SHOW THE COUNTRY WHY THIS IS THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL CAPITAL OF AMERICA!

That's from an e-mail they sent out today which I'm sure a lot of you received. Apparently they lost so much money on the football team this year that they are desperate to make it back.

Hey suathletics.com, please stop yelling at me. I'll come to your basketball games whenever I can, just turn the caps lock off. Thanks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

SU vs. Colgate OSR





Paul Harris studied the effects of electricity on basketball performance and scored 22 points in a much-needed easy win for the Orange.





(Gloria Wright / The Post-Standard)

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Two 'Roos (11/28/08)

(Every week Ray and I will take turns asking each other some questions of the utmost importance in the world of Syracuse University athletics.)

1. What will our ranking be on monday?
Assuming we beat Virginia, I'm gonna guess 18-ish. Beating the National Champions from the last three years is pretty impressive. We're not under the radar any more.
2. Over/Under on the number of pounds the O-Line gains on turkey day?
Mitch Browning actually invited them all over for Thanksgiving. Rice cakes, yogurt, and reduced-fat Oreos were served. They lost a total of 28 pounds.
3. What was the first word out of your mouth when Flynn hit the three?
I was in the basement of my house all by myself. Everyone else was asleep so I had to keep it down. I was, however, jumping around like an idiot.
4. How bad are we going to lose against cincinatti?
It's weird... I have a feeling we're actually going to win this game. I know that statistically there's no way we should (maybe I'm still running on a high from the Notre Dame game), but I feel like Syracuse is going to win this game just to make the conference even more bizarre. Big East football has had a crazy ride this year, so why not keep it going one more week? Syracuse wins it 24-21 on a last-second Shadle field goal.
5. What should we expect from the Virginia game on friday?
As long as SU keeps playing the way they did earlier this week, it should be a blow out. UVa just lost to Liberty, a school that I'm sure most of us didn't know existed. I predict a spectacular Flynn to Harris alley oop, less turnovers, more bad free throws, and a 20% chance of shattered backboard.
6. Do you think we will see Hogue or Carter play against Cincinatti at all?
Hogue yes, Carter no. It's a shame... When Carter was carried off the field his freshman year I remember thinking that he might be able to bring this team back to the good ol' days. I guess the injuries have really slowed him down. I also think it's possible that our army of running backs is preventing any one of them from really being able to shine, leaving us with nothing but "flashes." As soon as one takes over the spotlight (Brinkley), another steals it away (Bailey).
7. More importantly, give me your top 3 candidates for the head coach position.
  1. Edsall
  2. Addazzio
  3. Mark Mangino

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SU vs. Kansas OSR

Jonny Flynn saves the day, and Paul Harris makes The Block II to give Syracuse its first of three championships in the 08-09 season.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Keep those passports handy


Assuming that the NCAA does not grant us a bowl berth solely because of the Notre Dame victory, the football team is still "Homebound, eh?" The quest for the International Bowl will have to wait another year.

The road to Toronto, however, is not closed to the Orange. In fact, Syracuse has been invited to the Rogers Center, home of the International Bowl. They'll be playing there on December 7, 2008. They'll be playing in an NFL game.

This is all true.

I'm talking, of course, about the Syracuse University Marching Band. The Pride of the Orange will perform the halftime show when the Bills and Dolphins square off in Toronto. SU is apparently not content with just being New York's college team; now we're Canada's too.

Congrats to the SUMB. I'm glad that someone was able to make it across the border.

Monday, November 24, 2008

SU vs. Florida OSR

(After every men's basketball or football game I'll bring to you my One Sentence Review because if you want to know what actually happened in the game there are plenty of better places to find it.)






This was a great resume-builder early in the season, but for the love of all that is holy, make some free throws to seal the game.





(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

SU vs. Notre Dame OSR

(After every men's basketball or football game I'll bring to you my One Sentence Review because if you want to know what actually happened in the game there are plenty of better places to find it.)







This is what happens when you fire Greg Robinson.








(AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

Friday, November 21, 2008

SU vs. Oakland OSR

(After every men's basketball or football game I'll bring to you my One Sentence Review because if you want to know what actually happened in the game there are plenty of better places to find it.)






Defense takes care of the Grizzlies, so it looks like this guy will be the only bear to worry about in Syracuse.









(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Peagreenandrosepinkmen

So I had a dream about the football team the other day. (Or would that make it a nightmare? ba-dum-ching!) I don't really remember what happened, but the team was wearing The Express-era throwback jerseys.

Now that alone would be pretty cool, but what if we took it a step further? What if we threw even further back. Imagine the possibilities...


Yes, that's right, I'm proposing that we get the basketball team some pea green and rose pink jerseys. It's so ugly, it's badass. Plus we couldn't do any worse than the blue jerseys.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Who is this Sloopy you speak of?

So I found Wednesday night's women's game against Ohio State streaming online via the Big Ten network. The ladies played a good game, but unfortunately lost 71-78. They're gonna have to be better at getting things done under the rim; I saw way too many missed layups.

What disturbed me most, however, was the halftime entertainment. Here's a part of it. It's completely unedited. That is the actual music they played.





OK, first of all, I don't know what Ohio State's obsession is with Hang on Sloopy, but it's annoying as hell. All the band plays is the fight song and that. Why?


Second, that girl has nothing on is Ilze Luneau. She's been performing at Syracuse men's and women's basketball games since 2003. Not only is Ilze a better great performer, but she also has adorable, Syracuse-loving children that participate in the show.


So Ohio State, please have a better halftime segment planned the next time I decide to illegally watch your athletic events. Thanks.


EDIT: Ok, so apparently that is Ilze in the video. She traveled with the women's team. It wasn't the performance that was weird, it was the music the the Big Ten Network chose to air it with. My apologies if I offended you, Mrs. Luneau... I'm new to this blogging thing, and I guess I should do a little more fact checking

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SU vs. Richmond OSR

(After every men's basketball or football game I'll bring to you my One Sentence Review because if you want to know what actually happened in the game there are plenty of better places to find it.)






Good thing we have Devendorf back to give those Spiders a black eye!




(Too soon?)








(AP Photo/Kevin Rivoli)

The latest facebook trend

So with the statue of Ernie Davis gone for *ahem* refurbishing, there's now just an empty pedestal bearing the football legend's name. This is apparently too much for people to resist climbing up there and assuming his place. Most people stand there looking pretty dumb, but some can do a pretty good Ernie impression. Take a look at these two pictures:



One of those is the actual statue, but honestly, I can't tell the difference.

Donteshop

So Sean at TNIAAM had a contest a while back to take a picture of Donte' Greene and Photoshop the crap out of it. The results were never posted, so I figured I'd just take a moment to share my entry with you. I think it's pretty decent:

He's a rocket! Or at least he was. I guess I need to make him a king now, eh? Well after seeing how the NBA treats SU alumni, maybe I'll wait a few years before doing any more team-specific photoshopping.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Welcome

So I've been inspired to throw my hat into the already crowded ring of SU sports blogs.

My name is Alex Ozenberger, class of 2008. I majored in broadcast journalism. I play trombone. I love SU sports.

The title of the blog comes from the SU-UConn game last Saturday. After Rob Long completed the biggest run of the game (for SU) on a fake punt, the color commentator for TK99 exclaimed "Superman wears Rob Long Underoos"!

"But Alex," you say, "Aren't you basically ripping off 'Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician'?" Yes. Yes, I am, but after posting the quote on TNIAAM, Sean said "Start that blog."

So here we go...