One opposing GM told me there's a reason everyone acted surprised when Waiters was drafted, why Waiters was considered the draft's best-kept secret. "We all kept our mouths shut about him in hopes that he'd slide," the GM said. "Outstanding pick," another said. "Story of the draft. Clevelanders are gonna love this guy."
People can look at Melo and Joseph as "projects" and analyze how they will fit in on the floor. But off the floor, fans can expect the duo to jell perfectly with the Celtics. That's something that could definitely pay off in the long run.
Five former Syracuse University lacrosse alums made significant contributions in the 2012 Major League Lacrosse (MLL) All-Star Game Saturday, June 30 at FAU Stadium. None was bigger than Steven Brooks’ unassisted game-winning goal with 56 seconds left that propelled the "Old School" to an 18-17 victory over the "Young Guns."
2012 comes first though and Greg Paulus isn’t walking through that door. It was actually locked with good reason because the quarterback on campus is pretty salty.
"South Philly isn’t the biggest part of Philly, but it’s the worst part," Jardine reflected in a nearly darkened Carrier Dome following practice. "In my 8th grade class, there were probably 16 boys in my actual homeroom class, seven of them were gone by then, all due to what you would call gang violence. Growing up I saw a lot of guys pass away really early and not even make it to high school. I saw people killed and I’ve seen people get shot right in front of my face. I saw a lot of things growing up. If you lived past 18 you made it growing up in Philly.
Since Syracuse won its first NCAA National Championship in 1983, the Orange has missed the NCAA tournament just once (2007). The 2012 lacrosse team nearly had that dubious distinction this year, as it had a uneven and frustrating season before getting knocked out by Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
"I commited to Syracuse because it was a good schoool, close to home, and the coaching staff that I had met with were really nice people," Carter said. "I like the atmosphere they are bringing to the football program."
The latest game in the CC spotlight is perhaps the biggest shocker in Orange history -- Syracuse's 17-9 win over then No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 29, 1984. The story below originally ran in the Sept. 30, 1984, edition of The Herald-American.
"It was more the pressure that I had to be like Carmelo Anthony," Melo said. "I will come in here and win a national championship for Syracuse. It was something I didn't expect. I think that was the toughest thing for me. I'm still new to the game."
"I have about three teams that I’m looking at. A team that obviously has a solid running game, weapons on the outside, a defense that’s been playing well and playing well together, and that’s ready to win right now."
Coming off a five-win season, Syracuse has only one bowl appearance since 2004, but fans have high hopes for the Orange in 2012, year four of the Doug Marrone era as head coach. Despite a few crucial losses on the roster, Syracuse does return one of the more talented quarterbacks in the country that no one is talking about and one of the top young left tackles in the conference – both have futures in the NFL.
"I'm looking forward to the whole situation of being a scholar-athlete, going to school at Syracuse, living on campus, and just playing football at the college level." And he has lofty goals for the Orange as well. "I want to strive for the best," says Palmer. "For myself and the team. Every year we should come into the season focusing on going undefeated and winning a national championship."
Whitehead says he will be visiting the Syracuse campus in August, though a specific date has not been set. But he says he will definitely be on campus for a visit.
We decided to take a look at the roster and project how we think things will work out during training camp. Obviously there are unknown factors, such as injuries, but here is how we see things looking heading into the Northwestern game.
You like to tell people you're the biggest Dion Waiters fan but you're a liar. Brandon is the biggest Dion Waiters fan ever.