I have a new routine: Watch a 'Cuse game, get angry, drink heavily, get angrier, try to sleep, and repeat. Supposedly if you do something 30 days in a row it becomes a habit. So I don't think this whole losing streak will transform me into an alcoholic unless we lose to Connecticut, South Florida, Georgetown, Louisville, and West Virginia. That would cover 30 days, but honestly, I'm pretty sure my heart would give out before we lost 9 games in a row.
This losing steak has me depressed, but I'm trying to be optimistic. Despite a few soul-crushing turnovers, Scoop finally played a half-way decent game. If he plays like he did against Marquette the rest of the season, I think we'll be just fine. That's good. Rick Jackson is still the baddest man in the Big East as far as I can tell. That's good. Kris Joseph is hitting 3's, but not settling for them, and I'm not sure any team in the Big East can stop him one on one. That's good. Brandon Triche continues to step up his game in the second half, hitting open 3's, getting into the lane and finding guys on the perimeter or knocking down the mid-range jumper. That's good. Plus, he and Scoop FINALLY stopped allowing penetration into the lane in the second half against Marquette. That's really good. CJ Fair is reminding more and more of Josh Pace every game. That's good. After struggling through pretty much the entire run of Big East games, Keita finally played some solid minutes for us. That's good. Fab Melo was just as ineffective as usual, but at least he was able to run up down the court and play 14 minutes. That's... not totally awful.
So I tell myself, Waiters will be back (hopefully sooner rather than later) and Boeheim will have made his point and Dion will bust his ass and start contributing like I think he's capable of. That's good. And James will be back, because quite honestly I have no idea why he didn't play against Marquette and I can't believe that no one knows why or that no one asked why during Boeheim's presser, but anyway, when teams try to go zone against us, he'll rain 3's on them like whoa and maybe even grab rebounds (plural). And that's good.
Basically what I'm saying is, I'm pretty sure Syracuse looked really good on both offense and defense in that second half against Marquette. Maybe it's my drunken imagination, but I think if it hadn't been for a couple of untimely turnovers, a few baffling calls and non-calls, a little foul trouble, some fatigue, and Jimmy Butler stabbing me in the heart twice, Syracuse wins that game. And that's good. Eventually, we're going to win a game, hell, I'll go so far as to predict we have another winning streak at some point, and once we do, I get this whole drinking problem under control... And that's good.