Syracuse Orange Blogger Awards: Best Syracuse-Related Online Video
Posted by Jer on March 30, 2007
If you haven’t won an Otto yet this year, your window of opportunity is closing fast. They’re flying off the shelves faster than the West Virgina NIT Championship T-Shirt. And now I have the honor of presenting the award for the ‘Best Syracuse-Related Online Video’.
Just a few years ago, the only ‘video’ you could see of Syracuse was nightly on SportsCenter’s Top 10 or by owning your very own National Championship DVD. Thanks to YouTube, we can (not that we do…) spend our entire day watching Syracuse ‘content’ online from game highlights to tributes to past teams to press conferences to vintage fights to people just generally making asses of themselves.
In a season that featured both amazing performances and general ridiculousness, it was fitting that the two nominees for best video represented these two aspects of the Orange and their fans.
Harris drives from beyond the NBA arc to slam it home (with Will Sheridan narrowly avoiding the Royal Ivey treatment). I’m just waiting for next year when ‘Best Paul Harris Dunk’ is an SOBA category of its own. Beyond the fact that it was a great dunk, the video serves as a reminder that at least once in the 06-07 season did we have the ball with less than 20 seconds left and not turn it over to our opponent. I will now conveniently forget that we ended up losing this game to the Wildcats.
While Harris’ amazing performance was enough to get him nominated for this Otto, general ridiculousness won out in the end. The Otto for Best Syracuse-Related Online Video goes to:
Greg Lessans, Greg Klotz, Joe Frandino, and Auyon Ghosh, members of ‘Syracuse University’s Premier Air Band’ for their rendition of Europe’s ‘classic’ hit Final Countdown.
According to The Daily Orange, Lessans & Co., four SU freshman, were bored during Syracuse’s Valentine’s Day snowstorm, so they decided to rock out for the cameras. Their rise to YouTube fame reached its peak when they were featured on the big screen at the Carrier Dome.
Matt from Orange44, Josh from Cuse Country, and MariusJanulisForThree at TNIAAM put this video over the top in the balloting. Mr. Nunes writes ‘Gotta give it to Final Countdown. Good organization, good planning, they all seemed to know their “instruments” very well and the added bonus of watching random people walk by in the background clueless to what was going on.” Matt adds ‘there is no competitor’.
Messrs. Lessans, Klotz, Frandino, and Ghosh could not be here to accept this award (as we haven’t told them), but I plan to contact them shortly to see if they would like to post an acceptance speech in the comments section. Check back.