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The House That Carmello And James Brown Built

There's so much going on in the world of Syracuse sports it makes the plotline of Pirate of the Carribbean: At World's End seem pedestrian by comparison.

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It wouldn't be right if a week went by and a completely arbitrary top ten list wasn't created, pasted into a press release and picked up by local news stations. Rivals.com recently released the
10 greatest three-pointers in NCAA Tournament history, which included the John Wallace buzzer-beater to keep the Orange's 1996 national title hopes alive against Georgia in the Sweet 16. (The 1998 Valpo Bryce Drew buzzer-beater was the best ever...if you say so).

Rather than wait for the rebuttal press release from the National Organization For Non-Tournament-Related Three-Pointers (NOFNTRTP), Rivals
also released a 5 Greatest Regular-Season 3-pointers to appease the liberal watchdog group. Coming in at #3...Gerry McNamara's game-winner over Cincy in the 2006 Big East Tourney, aka the "McNamiracle" (their words, not mine). Relive the glory below...(this specific shot at the 2:09 mark)



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With the announcement that Mike Hopkins will replace Jim Boeheim "someday, but not soon, but not too far away, but...alright we really don't have any clue when," you might suspect that such declarations would become par for the course for college basketball programs. Like you usually are,
you would be wrong. Dick.


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Some quick
NCAA basketball attendance notes. Total attendance in men’s basketball went up by almost two million — to 32,835,863 — breaking the record of 30,939,715 set in 2006. The average crowd for a game involving a Division I team was 5,548. Meanwhile, Kentucky repeated at the leader among all 325 Division I teams in home attendance with 374,737 fans attending 16 games in Rupp Arena, an average of 23,421 per con
test. No. 2 Syracuse had 21,516 fans a game at the Carrier Dome while North Carolina finished third at 20,693. Kentucky has led the nation every year since 1996 except for 2005 when the Orange briefly claimed the top spot.

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While the giants of the game like Delaware and Maryland-Baltimore County were all the talk during the NCAA lacrosse playoffs, tiny regional school Syracuse University was able to get three players onto the
All-American roll call. Congrats to Mike Leveille, Dan Hardy and Steven Brooks. It's a step in the right direction and who knows...one day Syracuse lacrosse may become a fixture in the postseason and, God willing, play in a Final Four. I know, its a dream. One day...

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Expanding the Big East Conference into a 16-team juggernaut which limits rivalries, unbalances the schedule and devalues conference wins might not have been such a good thing after all...

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If you've been whining to anyone who'll listen that the state of Syracuse sports is less than ideal, you're not alone. This guy agrees with you...I think.

lets see,hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.......................since the 3 Powell brothers left carthage high school and syracuse U.well...................you do the math,i believe SU is going to play Onadoga county community college for the hell of it,two champions in the'CUSE,Lemoyne andO.C.C.,better than OPP,sorry,i guess naughty by nature are not the only things fading out on the hill,at least the OrangeMEN!!!!are politically correct since the name change,but hey,its all about academic excellence

He is kind enough to thank "Carmello and James Brown" for their contributions to the Syracuse athletic cause at least.

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Finally, here's one for the "There's a 99% chance this is complete bullshit but it sounds just cool enough to hope to hear more about" files. Syracuse vs. Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

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Oh and since you asked, here's my thoughts on the latest Pirates movie. When you start the process of creating a film, its easy to imagine its a lot like baking. Someone hands you twenty ingredients and says "have at it." You mix, you match, you throw out some of the ingredients that don't work and ultimately you find the best possible concoction with what you have left.

I imagine that when the screenwriters for At World's End were handed the ingredients, they were told "not only are we giving you twenty ingredients but you are required under pain of death to include all of them, no matter how much they might clash with each other and how strange this might all taste in the end." How else do you explain the most convoluted plot structure I have ever seen in a movie that's based on a theme park ride?


And ultimately, here's the thing. Five minutes into the film, I overheard a five-year-old a few rows in front of me. (Why a five-year-old is watching a three-hour movie where close to 100 people die grisly deaths is a question for another time) After some brief exposition from Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly and Geoffrey Rush, the five-year-old blurted out "Where's Jack?" Exactly, my numbed-to-violence-five-year-old friend. That's all anyone really cared about seeing, right?