Category Archives: National Championship

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, [...]

Billy Donovan, philosopher and sage

“Just based on what I’ve seen with Syracuse, they are capable of winning a national championship,” Donovan said.

UNC wants revenge… I assume.

A query in the SU-Cal gamethread on TNIAAM got me thinking, and a bit of research at OrangeHoops confirmed what I hazily remembered. Syracuse and UNC have not met on the basketball court since the 1987 NCAA Tournament, when the #2-seeded Orangemen edged past the #1-seeded Tarheels of J. R Reid and Kenny “The Jet” [...]

Turn, turn, turn

My two favorite sports are college basketball (obviously) and professional baseball.* (Third place is, if you believe this blog, a tie between college field hockey and Euroleague basketball.) So it’s insanely convenient the way their schedules have grown to complement each other year after blessed year. The World Series always wraps up just as the [...]

Lesser of two evils

So, who you got tonight?
The hours are ticking down to the NCAA Championship game, and if you’re like me you have had a hard time finding a rooting interest in this one. If Villanova had made it I think I can say that most SU fans would be pulling for them. UConn, maybe, maybe not. [...]

And now they’re saying Boeheim has lost a step?

You had to scroll down past the transcript of Boeheim’s post game interview to find it, but The Axeman has a good little piece on Boeheim’s aggressive use of the bench and the gas face (“And the faces he made! Oh the faces.”) to motivate the team to come from behind against the surprisingly feisty [...]

when there’s money on the line, it brings a certain clarity

If you’re like me and every other Syracuse fan under the age of 65, you never, ever, read Bud Poliquin. Thus, I feel I should pass along something he wrote in a column recently, since I’m pretty sure you didn’t see it. I only saw it myself because the headline his Syracuse.com editors provided was [...]

“When they retire my jersey, I’ll wear it.”

Anybody else notice the nugget of a shot fired across the bow of Daryl Gross at the end of this Mike Waters’ blog entry that otherwise focuses on Cosmo’s Pizza?  Carmelo was asked if he had his Olympic medal to show off this weekend in Syracuse, and he explained exactly the circumstances that he would [...]

The “Get Pumped” Countdown: #22

Ask a random college basketball fan to name the first person that comes into his or her mind when you mention the Syracuse team, and you’re likely to get a name from among the following:
“Carmelo Anthony.”
“Jim Boeheim.”
“Dave Bing.” (if you ask someone who is trying to show off)
“Gerry McNamara.” (if you ask someone who follows [...]