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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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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 »

POY

Posted by syracusan on February 26, 2007

I don’t have a lot of time to ruminate on SU’s season-saving, awe-inspiring, enthusiasm-building victory over Georgetown tonight on national television. Grad school duties call, unfortunately. I’d like to debate the finer points of whether Mookie’s resurgence or Rautins’ development deserves more credit for the turnaround; discuss Terrence’s sudden role as inspirational leader; rip into the RPI and lay out all sorts theories on where we are and what more we need to do (or not do); talk about the chances of winning back to back games in the BE tourney with a 5 1/2 man rotation; and otherwise explore life in the new world of a team the gurus now think has locked up an NCAA birth.

ESPN front page cover story right this second:

Syracuse notched its biggest victory of the season on Big Monday. Just how big was its 72-58 victory over No. 10 Georgetown? Let’s just say the Orange can start making plans to dance in March.

But I don’t have time. Instead I’ll just say this: if Demetris Nichols doesn’t win the conference Player of the Year award this season, it’ll be a tragedy of justice. Regardless of what happens at Villanova next weekend, he’s already shown he deserves it from any objective measure. And the scary thing is, it’s not just based on stats. I think he might genuinely be the best player in the conference. That shows you it’s a down year for the league, but right now I could give a crap! The man’s going to win this prize, and it’s going to go down as one of the most improbable turns in the history of SU basketball. I would argue that winning the championship in ’03 was actually less of a surprise than what Nichols has accomplished this year. It’s stunning, and he deserves all the accolades that come to him. The man is an assassin, and he’s played tremendous second halves in the last two games – the two most important games of the season. It took him most of the season to figure out he deserves to be a ball hog, but now that it’s clicked, he’s become borderline unstoppable. It’s too bad he only showed this kind of spunk for one half of one season out of four total years, but it’s still a privilege to watch it unfold.

Come on Big East, give him the hardware!

Posted in Andy Rautins, Big East, Conference Games, Demetris Nichols, Georgetown, In the Media, Mookie Watkins, National Championship, NCAA Tournament, Terrence Roberts, Villanova, Wins | 2 Comments »

Better off next year? A point-counterpoint

Posted by Tom on February 12, 2007

Reading Syracusan’s post about our two incoming McDonald’s All-Americans led me to confront and issue that’s been bubbling under the surface of every Syracuse hoops fan this year. As we watch the 06-07 Orange seal their fates as mild to severe disappointments, we can’t help but look ahead to next year’s heralded recruiting class. Will we really be a better team next year?

I realize point counterpoints are traditionally composed by two people going head to head from different perspectives on the same issue, but I decided I’ve got enough hotly polarized ambivalence on this issue to fuel both sides. So here we go.

Thesis: Next year’s team will finish the regular season with a better record than this year’s.

Point: Two McDonalds all-Americans, and a highly regarded player coming in at each position constitutes a full reload.

Counterpoint: Losing an entire front line of seniors (and the only big-man backup) constitutes a completely blown load. Losing the experience of four senior contributors (including the team’s #1 scorer) is nearly impossible to replace with guys straight out of high school, no matter how good.

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Posted in Arinze Onuaku, Carmelo Anthony, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Josh Wright, Matt Gorman, Mookie Watkins, National Championship, Paul Harris, Recruits, Terrence Roberts | 4 Comments »

Domecoming

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 »