Category Archives: Gerry McNamara

Who on this Syracuse team would you want on your side in a knife fight?

When it comes to Syracuse basketball, I’m typically a creature of brazen overconfidence. Every preseason I get that “this could be the year” feeling that only blossoms as we mow through mid-major opponents and preseason tournaments in November and December. Then, over the course of every season, they provide the full dramatic range of hope, [...]

Mike Waters gets out in front of the story

I appreciate the fine work that Post-Standard reporters Mike Waters and Donna Ditota do on a day to day basis. They work hard, and they do an excellent job of bringing us the immediate story and up-to-the-minute info. But the fact is both are generally too busy to write up the kind of long-form, reflective, [...]

in the market for a closer

Before I write this post — which could be perceived as daring to utter a negative word after a win on the road against a top ten team — let me make it absolutely clear that this team is crazy ill smooth buttah good.  Like, really, really good.  Beyond good; well into the realm of [...]

Another All 00’s Team

No, I don’t mean a team made up entirely of Rick Jacksons.

Inspired by TNIAAM’s extensive review of the decade in Syracuse football (broken down by best games, worst games, QBs, RBs, WRs) I’m pleased to present my Cuse Country SU Men’s Basketball All-Decade Teams. It’s slightly different from football because of the way basketball seasons [...]

Le Moyne’s gotta be feeling pretty good right now

I imagine the 2K Sports Classic organizers are still kicking themselves for inviting Ohio State instead of Le Moyne to round out the tournament in MSG last weekend. They could have had the dream Orange-Dolphins rematch in the finals instead of the listless blowout they got with UNC. Lesson learned, 2K; lesson learned.
In other news, [...]

Pro Wrapup Summer 2009

Boy, that was not fun. I guess I should have expected that, at some point in graduate school, I would be required to actually do some actual work. Had to put aside for several weeks months my fervent desire to update Josh Pace’s progress in Estonia, and spend time dissecting the nuances of Martin’s Axiom. [...]

Bing for King (ok, mayor)

A few weeks ago, TNIAAM asked his readers which Syracuse greats they would like to see on Mount Cusemore, the Orange version of Mount Rushmore.  Apparently Dave Bing thought we were voting to put him on the actual South Dakota landmark, because he has entered politics in a big way.
On February 24th, Detroit held a [...]

Center Court?

A bit of discussion has been going on recently in and around the Orangenets (almost, but not quite, the same thing as the Ongenaets) about whether to explore putting the basketball court in the middle of the Dome, oriented lengthwise, rather than down at one end zone as it has always been. It came up [...]

Months late (Pro Update 2-20-09)

Holy crap, you guys! It’s back!

Yes indeed. For those who rely on Cuse Country to keep you informed about the comings, goings, and doings of former SU basketball players, it has been a long, empty winter. Lucky for you, the planets have aligned properly to allow me, once again, to drop more knowledge on you [...]

The Magical Suitcase; or, How I learned to stop worrying and love the RAC

In honor of tonight’s visit to the Rutgers Athletic Center, I think it’s time to relay one of the better epic SU gameday sagas in which I have played a role. The date was January 2005. The team was the 19-1, #4-ranked Syracuse Orangemen, featuring Warrick, Pace, Forth, McNamara, a quartet of promising but underperforming [...]