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.


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


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...