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Gottlieb. Boeheim. Las Vegas. Pay Per View. It's On.

First off, fantastic summation of the Orange right now by Tom over at Cuse Country:

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 w
arning 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.

Hopefully, Matt Gorman is wearing pants (I know that makes absolutely no sense to everyone who didn't see the below video before it was pulled but just go with me)

Now, to the nitty gritty. We all know Doug Gottlieb has a certain, shall we say, disdain for the Orange. And its so big it even made it to his Wikipedia page, so you KNOW its a big deal. But why? Where did this all come from?

Let's travel back in time to 1995 when Doug was a freshman at Notre Dame where he apparently misinterpreted "shake down the thunder" to mean "
steal your roommate's credit card and rack up $900 worth of fraudulent charges." (Courtesy of Cuse Country). Doug transferred to Oklahoma State where life was simpler and folks weren't all in your face about committing fraud. He did however, accomplish one feat while there, beating Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 1999.

Fast-forward to 2005, Gottlieb is working for ESPN and telling everyone that Big East teams, SU included, play soft schedules. Now I don't think we can really fault him for saying so, we say it all the time about our Cuse. However, Jimmy B don't take kindly to that kind of talk:

They don’t know what they’re talking about so I don’t pay much attention to them. … One guy in particular was in our league for a minute or two but he couldn’t play in it. He seems to do the most talking, probably because he wasn’t a very good player and he’s not very smart about basketball.


Now let's move to last week when Gottlieb, on ESPN said that even with the win over Providence, Syracuse didn't have a shot in hell of making the tournament. After the Georgetown win, Jimmy B was prodded and he came prepared:

Doug Gottlieb said we don’t even have a chance to be in the tournament,’’ Boeheim said. "We were 8-5 in the Big East and we don’t have a chance? We beat Marquette at Marquette and they’re in the tournament. We beat Villanova by 11 points and they’re in the tournament? And Syracuse doesn’t have a chance to be in the tournament? I don’t mind if they say we’re on the bubble, but when they say we don’t have a chance to be in the tournament that’s just absolutely absurd. People like that should lose all credibility. All credibility."

Lest you think that this is still only about about Gottlieb and Boeheim, let me introduce you to the newest member of the club: Eric Devendorf.

"I'm not here to say anything about the (NCAA) tournament because the season isn't over yet...(This win) is going to shut Doug Gottlieb up and that's all I'm worried about. He doesn't really like Syracuse, but now he's got to say something good about us."

The Orange have won this battle but the war rages on. Cuse Country points us towards a
chat Gottlieb did yesterday...and right off the bat its all about Cuse:

Ok---Let's start with the Cuse--they were great last night and the big key was putting Wright on the pine and letting Rautins on the floor---barring a collapse in the BE tourney---I think they are in... Ok Cuse fans.

[Eric Devendorf] has the appearance of a total punk---you probably love him on your team and hate him anywhere else....I do not know him, but his game is nice, his turnovers are ridiculous and his antics are childish.

Game on.