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:

Saturday, March 14, 2009

I'm a twit.

So I finally succumbed to the internet phenomenon known as Twitter. All the cool kids were doing it. I'm not really sure what to do with it. Mostly I plan on using it to follow other people's updates, but I suppose I'll be posting, too.

Anyway, tweet me up if you're so inclined. Check out https://twitter.com/Alexander_O

Thursday, March 12, 2009

SU vs. UConn

We broke the ESPN "game flow" graph.

Speaking of which, couldn't they choose some colors with a little more contrast? Every time I look at one of these for Syracuse it's "Navy blue vs. Slightly different navy blue." Shouldn't our line be orange anyway?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

SU vs. Rutgers

I don't know if you've ever followed a Syracuse game by using the Live Stats link off of suathletics.com, but they certanily try their hardest to keep things interesting. Instead of recapping the game myself, let's look at some Live Stat play-by-play highlights:












Andy is one of the streakiest players I've ever seen. Also note that the first was a three, but the second was a rainmaker!













This one's small, so click on it to see the full size craziness. AO rejected not only the shot, but every Rutgers player that was on the floor at the time












How many different ways are there to say "He dunked it."?





About time those arms were put to use.












Thank you, seniors.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

SU vs. Cincinnati



In case you haven't guessed, I recently figured out how to make animated GIFs.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Snubbed.

I case you haven't heard, I'm going to be a contestant on the March 4 episode of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I set up a facebook event and invited all of my friends. One person in particular declined the invitation, though, and suddenly appearing on a game show doesn't seem that cool any more.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Mystery of Sean Williams



When Sean Williams was recruited, he was the ranked as high as the 20th best center in his class in the nation. I can't find the article now, but I'm pretty sure I read in the D.O. that he has a longer wingspan than anyone in the NBA. Plus he's listed at 6' 11". Someone with that kind of physical gift should be able to play some mean defense, right? He should be able to play Division I ball, right?

Well so far, no. The guy looks incredibly awkward every time I've seen him play (which is not very often). At the end of the St. John's game on Tuesday, he had an easy layup opportunity and completely botched it. This scholarship player was outshone in those waning seconds by walk-ons Reese and Presutti. Something's not right.

The coaching staff knew when they recruited Williams that he was going to be a gamble. According to this article, he only averaged 6.8 points and 3 rebounds his junior year. His senior year, he played so little that opposing coaches didn't even know he was on the team. Despite this, the SU coaching staff seemed to believe that, with the right training regimen, he could become a force in the Big East.

But now it seems Boeheim has given up on him.

The original plan to redshirt him his freshman year didn't work out. The Great Torn ACL Plague of 07-08 forced him to play eight minutes against Rutgers, disqualifying him from a redshirt. At the time, it seemed that Coach Boeheim decided to play him so that he could be worked into the depleted line-up, but we never saw him again. Jim apparently preferred playing only 6 men to trusting Sean out on the floor. Yikes.

Still, it seemed like all the guy needed was some time in the weight room. He could redshirt his sophomore year, beef up, and then have three years of kickin' ass. I thought that's what he was doing until the end of the St. John's game. He played in a Big East game. He wastes another year of eligibility.

My guess is that the coaches have decided he's not improving, so he just sits on the bench, waiting for his 4 years to go by. I'm sure having a body like that in practice helps the other players prepare for the likes of Thabeet, but he just can't cut it in the actual games. My guess is that if a hot recruit comes along and the team is out of scholarships to offer, Williams will be the one sacrificed. I hope he's making a good use of his free education because it seems like as far as basketball is concerned, he'll be nothing more than that mysterious figure, appearing once a year so we can all gawk at those arms.

In case you missed it...



I've been putting up some "FanPosts" over on Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician. If you were curious about my feelings on the current basketball uniforms or how to decode the secret message in the above picture, go check 'em out.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

SU vs. St. John's OSR



The alley-oop practice pays off (mostly) as SU gets acrobatic on the way to demolishing St. John's by almost 30 points.

Yo-dee-oo-dee-oh-dee-ay-oo...

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the collapse of Georgetown basketball this year, and I hope you have too. Credit has to go to The Sporting Blog for finding the best way to sum it up.

Matt over at Hoya Suxa also did a great job of chronicling every loss:



What's that? Villanov-who? Sorry, I couldn't hear you over the sound of crushed Hoya dreams.

Friday, February 20, 2009

SU athletics department does something right

I just want to give some quick props to whoever is making the LAX posters this year. So here they are: prop prop prop.



Click for full size. What the hell is a prop anyway? You kids and your hip jive...

I love SU

I just found this video on the 'Tubes today and I had to share it. It was uploaded almost two years ago, so it might be old news to some. Still, this video is amazing.



It's hard to say what the best part of is. Seeing what Marshall St. looked like the year I was born? The old school band uniforms? I'm gonna go with the anchor at the end being completely unimpressed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Ongejection

One of the big stories coming from the Georgetown game yesterday had to be the elbow from Kristof and his subsequent ejection. At the time I thought it was a terrible call. The commentators and my allegiances convinced me that he was just doing a "swim move." However, after a day to calm down, digest, and review the tape, I'm not so sure. I'm still not really happy with the call, but K-Ong isn't as innocent as we'd like to believe.

First let's look at the tape, courtesy of The Orange Segment.

Kristof Ongenaet's elbow and ejection vs. Georgetown







If you look at Kristof and Summers battling at the 6 second mark, you can clearly see K.O. get an elbow to the side of the head. (It happens just as Jonny passes to Andy.) Was it intentional? Hard to say, but taking a hit like that has got to suck. This led to Kristof's emotions getting the best of him, unfortunately, and I think he delivered a little payback to the back of some Hoya skull.

Summers then did his best Italian soccer player impression: collapsing to the ground and crying until a foul was called. Sure it hurt, but I've seen players play through much worse (see G-Mac's 2006 Big East Tourney). Suck it up.

It's unfortunate that the player doing the retaliating is typically the one caught in situations like this. If the refs thought it was worth an ejection, then both players should have been thrown out. Personally I think it should have been a T on each player and let them both continue play.

Like Brent Axe said in his blog, I hope this isn't the dawn of a new era of "throw out anyone who elbows another player." Thabeet's play was pretty dirty against us, and I think we had a right to complain afterwards, but I'd rather see physical play than players scared to compete.

It also worries me that this happened just as we were witnessing the Belgian Rennaissance. Kristof was back in top form the past two games, and I really hope Ongenaet continues his physical play because that's what he's best at. We'll have to wait and see a week from today if it changes his game at all.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

SU vs. Georgetown


Click on the picture to get the full-size warm and fuzzies.

Friday, February 13, 2009

It's been a while


I don't like it when our team loses. It's amazing how this emotional connection has developed between myself and the athletic success of a handful of individuals that I barely even know. That said, the recent losing streak has lessened my enthusiasm for writing in this blog.

Never fear, though! I'm still alive, and there's nothing that can get me fired up again like an upcoming home game against the hoyas.

In case you missed it, I did a little piece for the open mic week over at Hoya Suxa. I couldn't believe my good fortune when I noticed that I was walking behind a Georgetown cheerleader on my way home from work. The dude pretty much wrote that article for me. Seriously... he couldn't have looked more stereotypical if he tried.

Thanks also to Krystal for sending me the above photo of her sign. I wish I were that talented with construction paper and scissors.

Anyway... I am so pumped for the game tomorrow, and I'm confident that we will beat them by approximately 40 points. Hopefully the orange-out goes off well, but I have my doubts. I'll be back tomorrow with something, and I'm going to try to keep this thing more active through the remainder of the season.

Go, fight, and win.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Saturday, January 17, 2009

SU vs. Notre Dame OSR

Syracuse has so dominated Notre Dame this year that Paul Harris has been named the new Touchdown Jesus.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Troy Nunes is a dirty player?

So I was playing FIFA '09 tonight, and decided to check out the league stats in the season I've got going on. I was surprised to find that a popular figure in the SU blogging community was leading La Liga in red cards.


He may be a magician, but the refs aren't falling for it.

Actually, this is José Carlos de Araújo Nunes, not Troy. Also, I'm currently leading the league in goals with 86 through 28 games. I think it's time to up the difficulty.


Why no... I don't have a life... Why do you ask?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Georgetown students are dicks.

Really. They are.

On the way to the Clyde's pregame festivities I walked past the line of Georgetown students waiting to be let into the game. Clad in their oh-so-boring grey, I stuck out with my orange jersey, and they naturally started verbally abusing me. I don't hate them for this. We treat them the same way. In fact it was kinda fun.

After the game, though, is when they showed their true colors. I witnessed three Orange fans minding their own business talking on cell phones suddenly surrounded by G-town students. The assholes just yelled nonsense for a bit and then walked away, demonstrating the complete lack of GU's ability to teach such basics as "speaking coherently." Anyway, this at least gave me the opportunity to yell "Your mother's a hoya!" It felt good.

Oh and the game?


Well there was a great turnout of Orange supporters. It's a shame the team didn't join us. We knew there would be games like this. SU does it every year. It's just a shame it had to happen against these guys.

But we'll have our revenge! Take solace in the fact that no matter what the time is, Georgetown still sucks.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Don'te miss him


There was an interesting poll on syracuse.com the other day, asking what the basketball team would be like this year if Donte' Greene had stayed. At least I thought there was. I can't find it now. Did anyone else see that, or am I just imagining things? Regardless, it's an interesting question, and I think the team is definitely better off.

Now I am not a Donte'-hater. I think the response from some angry Syracuse fans when he left was completely uncalled for. He made the decision that was best for himself. It just so happens that it was also best for SU.

It all comes down to one word: defense. Syracuse, coming into the Rutgers game, was the third best team in the country at three-point defense. The zone has been active and stifling in nearly every game so far. You cannot tell me that the same would be true with Donte' on the team. Orange fans' biggest gripe about him was consistently his lack of defense.

We have enough offensive weapons to compensate for him. In fact, the team has extraordinary balance with six players capable of scoring in double figures on any given night. The return of Devendorf and Rautins keeps three-point threats on the floor, and the emergance of Rick Jackson keeps a big body down low. Every facet of Greene's game has been covered, and in many cases, improved upon, by the current roster.

I am giddy with excitement about this team. They are so much fun to watch. I'm attending the Georgetown game tomorrow, and I hope to witness an annihilation. I'll bring you a recap and perhaps some video of the madness later this week.

Go Orange.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Aaaaaaand we're back

Hello 'Cuse nation!

So I know it's been a while. I had a crazy holiday (which including going from the tropics to Washington DC to Syracuse in less than 24 hours) and haven't had time to update much. I'm back though with a special video I just whipped together.

In case you haven't heard, Jonny got his dunk on last night:



I'm thinking of making this blog more video-centric, so look for more stuff like this coming your way.

This last game made me feel warm and fuzzy. It was so much fun to watch. Thank you ESPN for choosing this week to offer a free preview of their "full-court" channels on Comcast.

Friday, January 2, 2009

SU vs. South Florida OSR







It got ugly out there without Paul, but SU still finds a way to win on the road.