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Posted by Tim on August 24, 2007

DC is Cuse Country

This is a photo of a sign blog contributor Josh made before a game against Georgetown in Washington. It became something of a running joke in our crew: Wherever we were, that was Cuse Country. When it came time to name this little project of ours, it seemed a natural fit. Holy crap, the Internet is Cuse Country!

Now, the time has come to move to nicer real estate. And with football season looming like an orange cloud of noxious gas, we’re moving to a new address that doesn’t have “hoops” in the URL.

So come visit us at Same great stuff, new great home.


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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.

Both DutchHart from Getting Back to ‘03 and Howie from Sports Night With Howie Mansfield nominated Paul ‘The Hustle’ Harris’ monster dunk to end the half against Villanova in March.

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:

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Posted in Big East Tournament, Carrier Dome, Georgetown, National Championship, Orange Blogosphere, Paul Harris, Uncategorized | 6 Comments »


Posted by Josh on March 20, 2007

  • I’m pretty sure that, a week ago, zero people would have bet that SU would draw more fans to a Monday night NIT game than they did to Senior Night against Georgetown (also on a Monday night). But they did. The NIT attendance record is now shattered and should remain so until some other school builds a big enough arena — the cocktail of factors that led the community to rally around this team at this time is unlikely to occur again in Syracuse. I absolutely love how this whole situation was turned on its head by the fans. I would pontificate further but OrangeRay said it best on Sunday, after the first game.
  • I doubt that setting the attendance record was the primary motivation for any of the fans who went to the game, but it’s not hard to imagine Syracusians getting a little pumped up about the record, if you think about it — just consider how we react to getting record snowfall. Most places in the country would greet such a distinction with horror and dismay; in Syracuse, they print the headline “We’re Snow King!” on the front page, in a typeface usually reserved for the ends of World Wars.
  • The halftime post from Kim Baxter on the blog usually gets quickly buried by the 2nd half score updates and postgame items, but this one which briefly decribes the fantastic atmosphere in the Dome tonight deserves a read. The fans were treated to a game stripped of its modern commercial excess — no ads or promotions during timeouts — and they reponded by simply having a grand time in each others’ company, helped out by the Sour Sitrus Society (that’s the pep band, in case you hadn’t heard the moniker before). Much more of a ‘pure’ college sports experience. Kim herself declared it “Much better” than usual, an opinion that probably won’t get into the papers tomorrow (since she is an objective journalist after all) but was, I’m sure, shared by just about all 26,752 folks in the house. (Are you listening, Gross?!?)
  • Glad to see the walk-ons got in the game — and unlike the Georgetown contest, this time Todd Burach (another senior, by the way) scored himself a hoop! His first of the season, though not of his career. (That’ll at least improve the walk-ons’ plus-minus for the season.) Hey Tim, can we get a “Todd Burach” tag?!

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Thank You Fans!

Posted by Josh on March 14, 2007

I’m going to go out on a small limb and say that having nearly 17,000 fans at the S. Alabama game may have set a single-game NIT attendance record. I couldn’t find any hard facts online, but I did find this on the official Iowa State athletics website (Hilton is their arena name):

Iowa State and Hilton broke NIT attendance marks in 2004. The Cyclones drew 12,196 and 14,020 fans in their two NIT games they hosted, averaging 13,144 fans per contest.

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Posted in Carrier Dome, Jim Boeheim, NIT, South Alabama, UConn, Wins | 1 Comment »

Product Placement

Posted by Jer on March 8, 2007

The information that I am about to provide is based solely on this poster’s humble opinion and has not been paid for in any way by the businesses promoted herewith.

If you happen to be a New York City resident or are just in town for the BE tournament, I highly recommend a post-game stop at Steve & Barry’s at the Manhattan Mall. The store is just a block away from Madison Square Garden on 33rd Street. Based on Daz’s advice, Tom and I went there after yesterday’s game fired up to get some new SU gear after the big win (and to see if we could scope any ‘System of Dress‘ apparel). The new unis were not on display, but a visit to Steve & Barry’s will not disappoint. They have a ton of SU gear at amazing prices. I picked up a bright orange ‘Syracuse’ t-shirt for only $7.98 and was eyeing a medium-weight jacket that would have gone for $60 plus at Manny’s for only $14.98. The visit was worth it just to hear a store manager bark to her underlining ‘I want these Syracuse end caps looking perfect for tomorrow. Do you hear me, perfect!!” Both Steve and Barry apparently know which team’s fans are going to show up at the Garden this week.

While we had the fortune of snagging some reasonably priced tickets for yesterday’s U-Conn win on craigslist, we were shut out of today’s Notre Dame matchup. If you are in the New York City area and are having a similar problem, might I suggest a visit to Town Tavern in Greenwich Village? Owned by a couple of Syracuse grads, this is the official bar of the SU alumni association in NYC. The tablecloths are all orange and blue and make sure to ask for the special Syracuse menu where you can find delicacies such as the ‘Carrier Dome Platter’ or the ‘Basket of 4 Mini Otto Burgers’. The only complaint that I have is naming the chicken salad after Gerry McNamara. If there’s one thing that G-Mac ain’t, it’s a chicken.

Posted in Big East Tournament, Carrier Dome, Gerry McNamara, UConn | 3 Comments »

An open letter to Daryl Gross

Posted by Tom on January 9, 2007

This is a letter I emailed to Daryl Gross a month or so ago, and have been disappointed not to have received a response. Therefore, with this publication, it becomes an open letter. I remain as convinced as ever that there is some sort of quantifiable psychological advantage to the use of music and noise in general in home arenas, and I hope that Syracuse explores it. If you agree, feel free to write him a follow-up at

Dear Dr. Gross:

I’m a born and bred Syracusan, and a 2001 graduate or our fair institution. Now, as a proud alumnus and New York City resident, I remain a die hard fan who wants nothing more than to see Syracuse win.

I believe that you’re someone who’s not afraid to think big, and consider potentially innovative ideas that may be outside the traditional box. Given that, I’d like to bounce an idea off you that I’ve been kicking around for awhile regarding the presentation of games in the Carrier Dome. This might sound slightly crazy, but I believe that you have an opportunity to increase our advantage in attendance, recruiting, and even our competitive edge in the games themselves by developing a plan to fill the Carrier Dome with a wide array of powerful drums.

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Posted by Josh on November 21, 2006

When the basketball schedule came out, I was incredibly excited to see that there would be a game on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I’ve been spending Thanksgiving in Syracuse for several years now, and I am always pumped when there is a game at the Dome during my visit. (Although it was cool going to Preseason NIT games at MSG when the family would gather in NYC in the old days.) The opponent: Charlotte, formerly known as UNC-Charlotte. “Hmm,” I thought to myself when I saw the game on the schedule. “Not even sure what conference they are in. Even though SU has lost their leading scorer from last season, they return some skilled role players who are ready to step up, plus some talented freshmen. It should be one of those typical early-season games where they play a little sloppy but ultimately overpower the visitors, have some fun and win going away. Maybe the walk-ons will get in the game. I better make sure I don’t miss it. It will mean I have to get the hell out of DC as early as possible on Wednesday (once I am done with my school-based responsibilities) and hit the road before the traffic is too wretched, so I have a chance to get to Cusetown in time to stop home, give a quick hug to the parents, and make it to the Dome in time for tipoff.”

Which is exactly what I did.

On November 26, 2003.

Those of you who were there will recall the sluggish Orange defense getting lit up by a miniature sharpshooter by the name of Plavich, then staging a furious rally behind Gerry’s 34 points only to ultimately lose in the first game of their National Championship defense. (box score) I still have hanging on my wall the free 2003 National Champions poster they passed out at the game, but that was pretty much the only good thing about that night. The final result put a damper on the rest of the weekend. We pretended to take solace in the fact that they’d lost their season opener the previous year as well, but in our hearts we knew that the honeymoon was over. SU has changed nicknames since then, and Charlotte has changed conferences (now they are in the A-10), but this should be another solid early-season test for Syracuse, and if they falter again, it will once more ruin my weekend.

The major difference between then and now, besides the fact that (due to some immense oversight) SU is not the defending champions, is that this year the team has 4 games under their belts, games in which they learned something about their ability, personality, and identity as a team. The adjustment to Life After Gerry is already in progress, and the players have some idea of their new roles. They’ve also tasted a bit of adversity. So they should be better prepared as a team to face the 49ers than the 2003 team was.

A few historical notes about the 2003 game: it was the only time in his 3 seasons that Edelin was around for the season opener. Plavich’s 10 3-pointers were a Dome record. Also it was the Syracuse debut of a few fellows named Roberts, Nichols, and Watkins. Let’s hope those guys have long memories, or I might be writing another post like this one in 2009.

See you at the Dome, suckers!

Posted in Carrier Dome, Demetris Nichols, Gerry McNamara, Mookie Watkins, National Championship, Terrence Roberts, UNC-Charlotte | Leave a Comment »