Hey guys, I am a new member to this blog although I have been reading it for awhile. I am pumped that Syracuse is back in the tournament, and recently enjoyed being at the Garden for three of the four games. I also recently started a blog (OrangeCuse Blog) and was hoping that some of you would check it out and possibly leave some feedback. In the meantime, here is one of my posts that I put up on the blog.
After leaving the Garden following the loss to to Louisville, for the first time all season I realized I was not upset about the loss. In fact it brought me to a peace of mind. I realized how content this week was, how great it was, how I'll never forget the moment that Devo's "buzzer-beater" went in and the 'Cuse fans made the Garden shake like it was the Knicks vs. Spurs, Heat, or Pacers in those 90s series or it was the '94 Stanley Cup Finals, game 7. When Thabeet finally fouled out (after being allowed 10 fouls) and the crowd in the 200s and 300s began shouting overrated. When the crowd spent final 3 minutes of the 6th OT celebrating the win, because lets face it, as soon as we took the lead the game was over. Where we learned that this 'Cuse team HAS heart, where they are a team, where they stick up for each other and literally will go to battle with each other. Where KO is the heart of the team. Where everyone finally forgot about Devo's offcourt transgressions and realized that he's a damn good basketball player with a flare for the dramatic. Where MSG is officially our home-away-from-home. Where Justin Thomas, the little used walk-on, will never be forgotten. Where we watched Jonny Flynn, Devo, Rautins, and KO FINALLY be recognized throughout the country by their ability to play ball. Where we watched AJ Price (the theft he is) cry on the bench as we eliminated his team again from the BET. Where Flynn attacked Thabeet again and again and won on multiple occasions. Where Rick Jackson proved he can play with the best of them. Where this team earned themselves a 3 seed. Where we finally made it back to the NCAA tourney. And finally the country learning what every Orange fan knew all along--this team is good.