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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 – 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.

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26,752

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 Syracuse.com 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?!

Posted in Carrier Dome, NIT, Orange Blogosphere, San Diego State, Walk-ons, Wins | Leave a Comment »

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 »

“We’re going to lose this game”

Posted by Tom on March 14, 2007

I’m not ashamed to admit that these words passed through my lips in between swigs of Imperial Costa Rican beer tonight while watching this South Alabama game in Park Slope. It was conforming to an all-too-familiar pattern. Sloppy first half by the Cuse, outrebounded by a smaller, inferior opponent, leaving the spunky opposition right in the game going into the locker room.

Generally these games go one of two ways. Either we stop them from scoring for about 6 minutes early in the second half and build a 12 point lead and crush their spirit, or we fail to pull away by the 10 minute mark, try TOO hard to dominate down the stretch resulting in stupid turnovers and bad shots, and eventually lose. At the 10 minute mark this was decidedly a game in the second mold, and it seemed like a loss pattern that felt all too familiar.

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Posted in Big East, Bracketology, Eric Devendorf, Jim Boeheim, Mookie Watkins, NCAA Tournament, NIT, Paul Harris, South Alabama, syracuse, Wins | 2 Comments »

A tradition of excellence

Posted by Josh on March 11, 2007

As the moment of selection draws near, and our mental horizons expand to encompass the entire landscape of college hoops, this is just a friendly reminder that the longest streak of consecutive winning seasons in Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball belongs to Your Syracuse Orangemen.

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(Image screen-captured from the official NCAA Men’s Basketball Record Book PDF, available online here. Emphasis added, obviously.)

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Sympathy For The Devil

Posted by Tom on March 7, 2007

Heading home on the subway after witnessing this afternoon’s rollicking first round Big East Tournament win against UConn, as the excitement and satisfaction of legitimately being on the inside of the big dance bubble settled to contentment, I was left with a completely unexpected feeling: pity.

Unlike Mrs. Tom, I’m not the kind of person who usually feels sorry for sports losers – in fact, my enjoyment of victories is usually magnified when it comes at the disappointment of bitter rivals. And until now I wouldn’t have thought that I had even a thread of heartstring to spare for the woes of the UConn basketball team. But there it was: a fly in my bowl of satisfaction.

This victory was like seeing the popular jerk from high school mopping out the bathrooms at Taco Bell 10 years later. Even though I spent many nights wishing for them to suffer fates worse than death, I didn’t think it would come to this. I mean jeez, I didn’t mean I wanted them to be passed over for the NIT.

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Posted in Big East, Big East Tournament, Jim Boeheim, UConn, Wins | 4 Comments »

StFU

Posted by Josh on March 7, 2007

This is a public service announcement from the Bureau of Prevention. All the people who were saying “I still don’t think Syracuse is going to make the tournament” a few hours ago please Shut the F Up. Thank you. Stand clear of the closing doors.

Posted in Big East Tournament, Haters, NCAA Tournament, UConn, Wins | Leave a Comment »

Photos from Georgetown Game (Exclusive!)

Posted by Tom on March 2, 2007

While most blogs must resort to stealing photographs from other websites, we here at Cuse Country are proud to offer a few Georgetown game exclusives from our courtside liason.

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Is there anyone who wouldn’t pay to see Paul Harris star in an action film? Anyone?

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TR.com playing a little smothering D.

Posted in Georgetown, Paul Harris, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Wins | 1 Comment »

5 Reasons To Love This Syracuse Team

Posted by Tom on February 28, 2007

1. Torn-meniscus Terrence Roberts. Somehow this knee injury has vaulted TerrenceRoberts.com from being a 3 1/2 year source of frustration to being my #1 reason to love this team. He’s always been all heart, but now with this injury it really shines. There’s no way he should be playing on this, but he knows it’s his last chance. The guy is like a wounded bear out there. Hobbling around, hungry, dangerous. If you crammed a Kodiak bear into a #33 Syracuse jersey and pushed him off in the direction of the court, you’d get a player who’d take up a lot of space in the middle, set some monster screens up top, have a rebound bounce into them occasionally, and maul anyone who made sudden movements in their direction. Sound familiar?

2. Boeheim realizing that he only has 5 1/2 decent players and just going with it. Seriously, Jimmy is like a guy on a cross country trip who gets a flat tire in Las Vegas and just says fuck it and floors it the rest of the way to L.A with the gas warning light on. He’s driving a car with three wheels with Matt Gorman and Josh Wright tied up in the trunk, and is going to run the remaining guys into the ground and live or die by the results. How can you not love watching Syracuse right now knowing that Devendorf, Rautins, and Nichols are going to play 40 minutes of EVERY GAME between now and the end of the season? Waiting for one of these guys to collapse is going to be the top dramatic sub-plot of the next few weeks.

3. D Nichols is going to win Big East player of the Year totally out of nowhere. Syracusan nailed it when he pointed out that this might be the most surprising thing that’s ever happened in Syracuse basketball. Who saw this coming at the beginning of the season? Who even saw this coming two weeks ago? He’s been putting up these numbers consistently all year, but he’s a pretty quiet player who just hits a ton of nasty jump shots. Everyone’s always thought he’d have a Shumpert-like European career, but I’m calling a solid 10 year career playing for 8 different NBA teams as the 9th man. Mark it down.

4. Andy Rautins playing out of his mind. Have we ever had two pure shooters this good? I say no. With the bonus of his 2-3 quality defensive turnovers forced each game, this kid is a Josh Pace – Kueth Duany type hustling glue guy who’s as essential to this team as anyone. Except that he still looks like a sophomore at J-D who could easily be mopping up sweat in the paint during timeouts. You’ve gotta love him!

5. Syracuse teams with their back to the wall are always awesome. This happens all the time. Syracuse comes into the season with high expectations, drops some bad games early, has a 3-4 game losing streak in late Jan – early Feb, drops out of the top 25, faces being only like the 4th Boeheim team in 31 years not to make the tournament, and can suddenly beat anyone in the country towards the end of the season. It’s the roller coaster of Syracuse fandom that ultimately makes rooting for them so satisfying.

Posted in Andy Rautins, Big East, Conference Games, Demetris Nichols, Eric Devendorf, Georgetown, Jim Boeheim, Josh Pace, Josh Wright, Kueth Duany, Matt Gorman, Preston Shumpert, syracuse, Terrence Roberts, Wins | 5 Comments »