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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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Posted by Tim on May 29, 2007

Well, OrangeRay has wrapped up his look at the greatest Orange Men of all time. As he suggests (and others have mentioned this too), the poll’s final results are likely influenced by a healthy dose of selection bias.  After all, the kids on the Internets probably never saw Roosevelt Bouie play. Hell, a lot of them probably never even saw Rony Seikaly play. But darn near 100 percent of SU hoops fans saw The Block.  And nearly every college basketball fan has seen the disastrous consequences of Howard Triche’s failure to get a hand in Keith Smart’s face.

Look, I’m not saying we need an ESPN Classic just for SU hoops. But would it be so hard for the university, the NCAA and the networks to get at least a representative sample up on iTunes or something? I pay $1.99 for an episode of The Office, so why wouldn’t I pay for a Syracuse game from 1989?

Posted in Orange Blogosphere | 3 Comments »

Going with your guys

Posted by Tim on May 22, 2007

Following up on The Syracusan’s post, I decided to take a crack at OrangeRay’s Top 10 Orangemen poll. On the whole I agree with the results, but I’m having trouble seeing why Hakim Warrick at #10 is crushing the rest of the field. Not that any of the other guys should necessarily be ahead of him, but it seems pretty weird to me that Warrick makes the cut and Danny Schayes doesn’t appear in the top 25. After all, the dude is the son of a Syracuse hoops legend, was an All-American and the leading scorer on an SU team that won the Big East Tournament as a senior. Not to mention he played in the NBA for close to 20 years. (You can read all about it here and here.) Granted, he was more of a glue guy (see the first few sentences of this Seth Davis article if you’re unfamiliar with the term) his first three years. But he deserves more love than he’s getting here.

Anyway, it’ll be very interesting to see how the voting turns out. Thanks to Ray for putting it together.

Posted in Orange Blogosphere | 3 Comments »

push polling

Posted by syracusan on May 20, 2007

Ray over at OrangeHoops put together a fun little distraction for the summer that’s worth a minute or two of your time. He set up a Rankopedia poll on the greatest SU basketball players of all time, and he’s asking people to go vote for their top ten. It’s an interesting exercise, and I’m as curious as he to see what our collective wisdom will come up with. He’s provided a list of the top 50 players (according to his historical analysis), and you can pick and choose amongst that group for your top ten. Stats are provided as a guide, and it’s up to you to choose how you want to interpret a one-year wonder like Carmelo as compared to a four year contributor with more impressive cumulative numbers (though Ray is asking people to value the overall career).

Interestingly, the top ten as it currently stands after a dozen or so votes exactly matches my top ten, though in a different order. I wonder if SU’s history has produced a convenient ten spot of transcendent players that clearly stand out above all the rest? We’ll know more once more people vote. The top three looks like it’s already a lock though, as Bing, Coleman, and Melo are collectively miles ahead of the rest.

Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Orange Blogosphere | 2 Comments »

Around SU Blogland…

Posted by Josh on May 8, 2007

A couple of intriguing developments in the SU hoops program over the past few days. To wit:

For the love of Kristof. The Post-Standard has the story today, but OrangeFan had the rumors Tuesday and the scoop from one of the recruiting forums on Friday, that SU has signed a 6’8″ Belgian from a junior college in CA. O-Fan also got a scouting report. The guy’s name (Kristof Ongenaet) is going to be mangled by PA and TV announcers far and wide, probably worse than Boeheim used to get it (Jim Bow-HEEM anyone?) but it sounds like he is not an Ovcina clone — namely, that he is a strong interior-type guy rather than a three-point gunner. This signing adds much-needed depth to the front line, even if all he does is foul Hasheem Thabeet five times.

By the way, I am officially declaring this guy’s nickname is “Kong”. Spread the word.

Offense and Freshman Leadership. Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician tracked down a quote from Boeheim from an appearance at Keuka College on Friday, in which he says that “all four freshmen will play, and at least two will start.” First of all, there are five frosh in the incoming class so this is as good a signal as any that Sean Williams will redshirt. Secondly, it gives us a fresh opening to hypothesize starting lineups for next year. This statement, if true, would eliminate the speculated “default” combination of Dorf, Rautins, Harris, D. Greene, and Onuaku. Does Flynn step in and push Rautins back to the bench? Does Rick Jackson start as a freshman center? Is it at all conceivable that Harris doesn’t start next year, with [either] Flynn at the point and Rautins playing the baseline of the zone [or] a full load of beef with Jackson and Arinze up front, Greene and the two juniors on the outside? Or, does Greene back up Harris?

OrangeFan also found a report (mentioned in the post linked above about Kong) that Jackson has put on a couple dozen pounds of muscle this spring, so let that fuel the fires of speculation just that much more. Personally my hunch is Jackson starts over Onuaku, with Harris at the 4 and Greene at the 3. But I wouldn’t bet real money on it.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Arinze Onuaku, Elvir Ovcina, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Orange Blogosphere, Paul Harris, Recruits | 4 Comments »

it’s like us, except you get paid

Posted by syracusan on April 14, 2007

There’s a job opening at the Post-Standard for aspiring SU basketball writers. Notorious indie rock fan and YouTube aficionado Kim Baxter is moving on to to do some broader college basketball work. Good luck to Kim; she’ll feel right at home considering ESPN is crawling with Newhouse grads. Ironic that Bristol is hiring yet another Syracuse person, but one who didn’t actually go to the University.

So, who’s sending in their resume?

Posted in Orange Blogosphere | 1 Comment »

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:

Read the rest of this entry »

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

Syracuse Orange Blogger Awards – Favorite Game

Posted by syracusan on March 29, 2007

It’s my turn to pass out an amusingly named S.O.B. Award! (Much thanks to Getting Back to ’03 for the handoff.) I get the honor of announcing the Otto for Favorite Game.

Not unlike Best Freshman and Best Senior, this category has a pretty obvious answer. Unless someone is biased towards a game they saw in person that happened to be very exciting, or if for some reason you really hate South Florida and get chills every time we beat them, my guess was that most would lean towards that final home game against Georgetown. That said, the old rivalry with UConn proved to have some legs even in a down year for the Huskies. Some voters still took enough satisfaction in seeing the pained look on Calhoun’s face to rank it above the win that should have vaulted us into the NCAAs. Here’s the rundown:

  • DutchHart from Getting Back to ’03: “Georgetown”
  • Howie from Sports Night: “Win over UConn at home.”
  • Ray over at OrangeHoops: “Georgetown”
  • Matt from Orange44: “Connecticut v. Syracuse. Syracuse finally won a game that I attended. The fact that Connecticut was terrible this year is pointless; the fact that the ‘Matt Glaude Streak of Defeat’ is over is of great importance.”
  • My Cuse Country co-contributor Josh: “Georgetown, though a runnerup vote for Rutgers just because it was one of only two wins I saw in person (the other was UNC-Charlotte) and the atmosphere at the RAC is great.”
  • My Cuse Country co-contributor Tim: “It’s hard not to pick the G’Town game here, although it loses points for the false hope it engendered.”
  • Sean from Troy Nunes Etc: “The Georgetown game. I know, its easy to say now but I just had a feeling it was gonna be a good game for us. Home crowd, Georgetown, Syracuse was playing for their lives, Georgetown was sitting pretty…it was the perfect storm for a memorable victory.”

For the record, my vote goes to the Holy Cross game on November 27th. At that point we were 7-0 and looking great. From that point on the season was nothing but an endless shit storm of disappointment and heartbreak. 😉

But amongst the serious votes, the tally is 5 votes for the Georgetown game and 2 for the UConn game in the Dome. So the winner is:

72-58 over the Georgetown Hoyas!

Laying the hammer down on an eventual Final Four team on Senior night is something worth savoring; I can’t argue with this pick, though Tim does bring up a good point about its bittersweet nature given what was to come.

Check in at 4 PM for the next S.O.B. award over at Orange44.

Posted in Georgetown, Holy Cross, Orange Blogosphere, UConn, Wins | Leave a Comment »

Syracuse Orange Blogger Award for Ugly Ass Uniforms

Posted by Tim on March 28, 2007

Nike couldn’t be here to accept this award today, so I hope you won’t mind if I make a little speech on its behalf.

The ballots have been counted and the verdict is in: SU hoops bloggers really, really don’t like the new uniforms. Personally, I suspect our reaction has much to do with all the changes the unis have undergone since we won the national championship back in ’03. Why mess with success? True, we’d been rocking that style since the days of Ryan Blackwell. But this is the third change in four years. And it’s actually the second sartorial intervention this season; if you recall, some of the typefaces and other minor details were tweaked before the season began. Was it all really necessary?

If the Orange blogosphere is to be trusted, the answer is a resounding “Um, no.”

Here’s a sampling of the invective we directed at SU’s new, form-fitting attire:

Orange Ray of OrangeHoops: “Not nearly as bad as the promos led me to believe, but I’m still a fan of old school uniforms.”

Howie of Sports Night With Howie Mansfield: “I still hate them.”

Matt of Orange44: “Still hate them and I stick by this piece on the FanHouse.”

Josh of Cuse Country (represent!): “I think the white ones look good but the orange ones are tough to handle. And, I am still miffed that the word Syracuse appears nowhere on the jerseys.”

Yours truly: “They made Mookie look like The Thing (enormous, orange, etc.). Though there might be some intimidation factor there, I still think they look ridiculous.”

Sean of Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician: “Not as bad as I thought at first. All of this drama could have been avoided if they didn’t include those skin-tight undershirts with the uniform photos. You know…the thing no one wears anyway. That was what made the whole thing look silly. Without that, the jerseys are basic but nothing we can’t get used to.”

There was one lone dissenter in the group. DutchHart at Getting Back to ’03 apparently loved the new look. It takes guts (or blindness) to be the lone dissenter here, so our hats are off to him.

Next up: Best Syracuse-related Photo. Check it out over at Sports Night With Howie Mansfield at 3 p.m. EDT.

Posted in Orange Blogosphere | 6 Comments »

And the Otto goes to…

Posted by Tim on March 28, 2007

We here at Cuse Country have been at a loss for words since the SU hoops season ended last week (last month? a few months ago? it seems so long ago now…). But we’re coming back in full force through the end of this week, as we participate in the Official First Annual Syracuse Orange Bloggers Awards. Much thanks to Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Genius, your official home base for everything relating to the awards, for organizing everything.

Here’s our share: At 5 p.m. today, we’ll be presenting the results of the voting on the new uniforms. Tomorrow at 3 p.m., we’ll present the winner of the “Favorite Game” category. And on Friday at 3 p.m., we’ll hand out our very own version of an Oscar for the Best Syracuse-Related Internet Video.

So don’t forget to keep an eye on this space. And be sure to check out TNIAAM, Sports Night with Howie Mansfield, Getting Back to ’03, OrangeHoops and Orange44 for the rest of the awards.

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