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We’re moving to CuseCountry.com

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 CuseCountry.com. Same great stuff, new great home.

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Gerry Back to Greece

Posted by Josh on August 19, 2007

Hot off the newswire — well, OK, a couple weeks old but just recently uncovered by our crack team of researchers — Gerry McNamara has decided to try his luck in Greece again. He has signed a contract to play for Panionios BC. Here is the news release on the team page — unfortunately it is in Greek. But they must be psyched to have him, because it’s a long, detailed release — in fact it appears to be a full summary of his career. For the non-Greek-literate, there are some good photos, and a few links (the first of which is OrangeRay’s player page at Orangehoops.org – you go Ray!) at the bottom of the page, including some Gerry YouTube love. Here is his team player page (also in Greek).

Panionios is in the same league as Gerry’s Greek squad from last year, Olympiakos BC. Last season Panionos finished 4th in the league while Olympiakos was third. So there is definitely a good chance for some revenge games this fall. Panionios is also an ULEB team this year (and if you don’t know what that means, check the latter bits of this post). One of G’s teammates is Levon Kendall, formerly of Pittsburgh. (The rest are random Greek guys, plus one Lithuanian and one Australian.)

One other item: Panionios’ commercial sponsor in Greece is a company called “Forthnet”; maybe Gerry can get his old pal Craiggers a role in their ad campaign or something.

Posted in Craig Forth, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Pitt | 9 Comments »

Vee Ars des Chaampioners (Pro Update 6-27)

Posted by Josh on June 28, 2007

Elvir Ovcina has some jewelry!

Elvir Ovcina Championship

Telinuds Oostende has won the Belgian League Championship. When we last checked in, they’d taken the first game of a best-of-five series. The series went the full five games. Euphony Bree won the second game, in which Elvir had 12 points and 8 boards. Telindus came back to dominate game three, winning by 19 — Elvir with 15 & 8. Game four was a nailbiter, with Bree erasing a 4-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, and squeaking out a 1-point victory on their home court. Elvir went scoreless in this one, and grabbed just 5 boards. This set up the deciding game, on Telindus’ home floor.

And it wasn’t even close. The superheroes from Oostende crushed the pretenders 100-77. Elvir had another 15 points and 8 boards. Thus overjoying tribal monk-chefs all over Belgium. Plus look at the size of that cup! And the jaw of the guy holding it!

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Meanwhile, in New Zealand… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Craig Forth, Demetris Nichols, Elvir Ovcina, Former Orangemen, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 2 Comments »

Home Jobbed (Pro Update 5-13)

Posted by Josh on May 13, 2007

When we last looked at the Polish League playoff picture, Otis Hill and his team Anwil Wloclawek had just tied their best-of-seven playoff series at 2 games apiece. Game 5 was last Sunday, May 6, on the road. Otis had 16 points and five boards but Anwil got handled easily, losing by 14. This set up a make-or-break home game for Anwil on May 10, and they responded. Otis led the way with 23 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds in a ten-point win that set the stage for Game 7, back on the road. Alas, Anwil’s opponents Prokom Trefl took advantage of the home-court, shooting a whopping 45 free throws (nearly 20 more than Anwil) en route to a five-point win earlier today. Otis had 17 points and three rebounds, but fouled out in 24 minutes of action. Any time there is that kind of discrepancy in free throws, you know something ain’t right. Throw in the fact that it was the top team in the league getting all the calls, and maybe there is some tampering going on?!? I don’t want to make any bold accusations, but if you go to the league website, there is a Prokom player on the masthead. The NBA has been accused of this sort of thing in the past by disgruntled fans of underdog teams who feel like the stars and the top teams get more than their share of calls from the refs, with a few people subtly suggesting that the league office leans on the referees so that their star players don’t get eliminated from the playoffs early. This is probably the Polish version of that.

Anyway, Otis’ season is now over. His line for the year since leaving his Croatian team for the Polish League back in December: 28 games, 16.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg. His highs for the year were 35 points (in an overtime game) and 10 rebounds. Both efforts came against the same team in consecutive weekends.

Elsewhere in Europe (namely Italy), Preston Shumpert’s season has also ended. In Benetton’s penultimate game Preston had 25 points and 5 rebounds; he then concluded the season with a 10-point, 7-rebound effort. They lost their final game; even if they had won, they would have missed the playoffs by one game, thanks to the points penalty they incurred. Preston’s final numbers with Benetton: 22 games, 13.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, with highs of 30 points and 12 boards. If you include the first part of his season with Climamio Bologna, his averages overall are 12.1 ppg and 4.5 rpg.

This leaves Elvir Ovcina as the only former Orangeman whose European season is still going. The stats website I usually link to has not been updated for a couple of weeks, strange because they are usually right on the ball with that. I don’t think it’s the official league site though. This other site shows that his team (Telindus Oostende) won their next-to-last game (back on May 2), and this site has a mini-report in English on their final game, which they also won (click on “Results Div 1 (Final Round)” to read it, it’s near the bottom of the page). Elvir and the boys finished the season as the #2 seed; their playoff series (vs the #3 team, Antwerp) begins Tuesday. Hopefully the site with the box scores will be back up to speed by then.

However, there is better stuff from Belgium. You may recall that earlier this season we shared with you the “Elvir Is In Jail” photograph from the team’s official site. Here it is again if you’ve forgotten:

Well, the marketing wizards at Telindus have come up with a new campaign: their players as superheroes. It’s all a Flash site so I can’t embed the images, but trust me, a quick peek is totally worth your time.

Meanwhile, as the European seasons wrap up, New Zealand is still going strong. Josh Pace had 16 points and 5 rebounds in a surprising loss last weekend to the middle-of-the-pack Mountain Airs. But this weekend they bounced back, cruising to a win over the bottom-dwelling Otago Nuggets. Josh had 20 points and 5 boards. There are five more weeks in the regular season.

Back in this country, the Albany Patroons have had no games with published online boxscores since we last checked in. Their “stats to date” which include only eight of the thirteen games they’ve played (even though the page says “Statistics through 5/12/07”) show that Craig Forth has played in a total of five games, averaging 3.6 ppg. This page on the Patroons’ website confirms the hypothesis posed in the previous Update, that Craig is only playing in home games while he is still teaching. So he probably won’t see much of an increase in playing time anytime soon.

In future pro news, both Demetris Nichols (as expected) and Darryl Watkins (more surprisingly) were invited to the NBA pre-draft camp in Orlando. This is technically unconfirmed, as the NBA has not yet released the invitation list to the general public, but Mike Waters had it on the Post-Standard hoops blog so it’s legit. The camp will be held in the last week of May, and there will be plenty of coverage online even though the top 20 (or so) players generally skip the camp.

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Lose And Go Home (Pro Update 5-3)

Posted by Josh on May 3, 2007

The Syracuse presence has been purged from the NBA playoffs, unless you count Marvin Aufrichtig who is calling games for TNT. Last night the Denver Nuggets were bounced by the Spurs. After winning game 1, Denver lost the next four in a row to San Antonio. The Spurs’ defense was relentless, frustrating the pants off the Nuggets who scored well below their season average in all four losses. Carmelo Anthony played very well in all four games but didn’t get enough help from his teammates. Melo averaged 26.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg in the five games. He shot 48% from the floor overall. But Allen Iverson got stuffed in games 2 thru 5, scoring 20.8 ppg but shooting only 34%. With AI struggling to put the ball in the hoop, and the role players basically a no-show on offense (other than Nene), Denver was unceremoniously dumped. Carmelo will probably call this a disappointing season because of the playoff loss but in most respects he should feel good about the year. His scoring and rebounding averages were both career highs, and his 28.9 ppg was second in the league behind Kobe. He shot nearly 50% from the field, made his first All-Star team, and generally cemented his position among the NBA elite. You just have to overlook this. All of the Nuggets’ main contributors are signed through next year at least with the exception of Steve Blake (who, though a starter, wasn’t a huge factor this year, especially in the playoffs) so, barring a significant trade, this year’s Nuggets team will look a lot like next year’s.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Craig Forth, Demetris Nichols, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | Leave a Comment »

Crunch Time (Pro Update 4-18)

Posted by Josh on April 18, 2007

I wish I could dunk!No, this is not a post about Syracuse’s minor league hockey team. It’s going down to the wire in the NBA for Jason Hart and the Clippers. Last night they toppled the Suns who admittedly did not have much to play for, but still played their usual starting lineup and player rotation. Hart had 16 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds, with only one turnover. He also made two game-clinching free throws with under 8 seconds remaining to put LA up by four. But LA still trails Golden State by one game going into tonight’s final game of the season. This is because GS has won their last three games, while LA has only gone 2-1. The loss was a bad one, Monday vs. the bottom-dwelling Sacramento Hart-Benchers, a game in which Jason had 6 points and 6 assists. Last Saturday they beat Portland, with Hart tallying 4 points, 5 rebs, and 5 dimes. The tough luck for LA was that last night while they beat the Suns’ regulars, the Warriors trounced the Mavericks in a game where Dallas did not play Nowitzki, Stackhouse, or Howard, and Jason Terry played only 17 minutes. Dallas has already clinched everything so you can’t blame them for resting their guys, but it does dent LA’s hopes. The Clippers can still get in, but they have to win tonight vs. the Hornets (no sure thing) and hope Golden State falls to the Trailblazers.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Craig Forth, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | Leave a Comment »

Mr. Forth

Posted by Jer on February 22, 2007

Craig Forth Showing His Best Off-Court Moves

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Craig Forth. It seems that Craigers has been busy in his post-Syracuse days. From his MySpace profile, you can learn that he’s happily married, teaching at an elementary school in New Jersey, enjoys movies made in 1994-95, and is 7’0” and athletic.

But for a more in-depth exploration of Mr. Forth’s recent exploits, I recommend checking out http://adventuresofcraigandamanda.blogspot.com. Craig (and Amanda’s) blog is complete with pictures from the Forth wedding last September, a recounting of their on and off court adventures in Croatia and Slovakia, and other random tidbits. I give you this snippet from Christmas Party ’05:

When we came back to Slovakia, the team had an end-of-the-year party. Everyone gathered in the upstairs of the gym and ate traditional slovakian soup, drank red wine, and shared stories. At one point, Craig sang a song in Slovak for everyone’s enjoyment…After translation, it was about a horse doing unmentionables to the cart it was pulling…..

Why can’t we get any audio for that gem? I’ll leave the rest of the blog for your perusal. Hopefully they will decide to start posting again soon.

Posted in Craig Forth, Former Orangemen, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Potential Buddy Flicks

Posted by Tom on December 23, 2006

With the prospect of a few pairs of high school buddies on next year’s team (Harris/Flynn, Jackson/Jardine) and a general soft spot for the whole buddy film genre, I’ve been trying to come up with the pairing of current or former Orange members that would make the best pair in one of these movies. Here’s my pick:

Craig Forth & Jeremy McNeil, Cop partners
Basic Plot: The duo that split time at the center in the ’03 national championship run struggle to find direction after college and despite losing touch, join the force simultaeously and find themselves as partners. Forth follows orders like a junior hall monitor in an effort to please the captain, while the irascible McNeil dispenses justice by his own code, bungling Forth’s dreams of a promotion at every turn. Because they’re 7’0 and 6’9 respectively and won’t fit into a standard cruiser, the department is forced to modify a beat-up Lincoln Continental and turn it into their squad car. McNeil never speaks. Ever.
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The field is rich with possibilities, so let’s hear some other ideas in the comments section.

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