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How a duo consisting of a fourth-string RB and fourth-string LB just may have changed Syracuse's entire season.
You'll have to excuse me if I'm dating myself a little bit here but, any longtime WWE watcher can tell you that everything they do works in cycles. You'll always see the same types of things, characters, events and rivalries pop up because they pretty much know what works by now and what doesn't work and when in doubt, you can always fall back on the classics.
One such trope is the "wacky tag team with disparate personalities that shouldn't work on paper but, gosh darnit, somehow works anyway." My limited knowledge of what's going on right now tells me that Kane and Daniel Bryan are that team du jour. Before them was Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho & Big Show) as well as Kane & X-Pac.
But no team that fit this mold better than The Rock and Mankind a.k.a. The Rock & Sock Connection. Two guys who seemingly have nothing in common, from different places (Miami, Parts Unknown), different lives and different worlds. Somehow, they made it work and won the tag team titles three times.
On one hand, you've got this big, bruising RB who came to SU overweight and seemed almost too big for his own good. On the other hand, you've got a linebacker who seemed destined for life on special teams. How do these guys, so used to going head-to-head against one another during practice, end up forming The Moore Coke Express?
The D.O.'s Michael Cohen investigates and finds out that OC Nate Hackett decided to mix things up on an offense desperately in need of some power in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
"I said, ‘Hey, let’s put Adonis in and find a full back. I don’t care who it is, whoever is going to knock somebody’s head off,’" Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said.
"We’re this spread team, up-tempo, fast," Hackett said. "But damn, what the hell do we do down there? And I think that was what messed us up."
Not only did the duo come through for a critical touchdown in the first half but they also helped to clinch the win with four consecutive runs for 13 yards and two first downs on the final drive.
Tag team titles in hand, there was celebration:
"It feels great," Ameen-Moore said. "I haven’t scored a touchdown since the 12th grade. … It felt wonderful, and I am just glad Coach Marrone gave me the chance."
"I went (expletive) crazy when Adonis scored," Hackett said. "I was so fired up."
And just like, the Syracuse football team and its fans have found an unlikely duo to root for.