TNIAAM: Now that you've had a week to reflect on the way the SU Men's Basketball season, did it all make sense or are you nagged by what could have, and should have, been?
ORANGE44: That was the thing about this team. Every time you had a glimmer of hope that they could overcome the injuries and make the NCAA Tournament. This season was a cocktail of tease and heartbreak. However, was it really that bad? In reality no. With the injuries any realistic fan would have thought that the season was over and the team would not make it so just be entertained by this young team. But
But really, I am not nagged by anything. The youth on the team, combined with our real shooting threats being sidelined, meant that the chances of us doing anything meaningful in the postseason were slim. I just wanted to see some good games, and we definitely did. The
In the end, it played out with the right ending, but the road to get there was winding and cruel. Occasionally you can be fine with the ending but hate the movie. This is that case.
TNIAAM: SU Lax is on fire. The Men are ranked #1 for the first time since 2004. The Women are tearing up the competition and are ranked in the top ten. Is this the start of a new golden age for the sport here at SU?
ORANGE44: I'm not sure if you can apply the current success of Syracuse Lacrosse with the overall status of Syracuse Athletics. It would be nice to assume so, and have it actually happen, but I just do not see it. However, is it excellent that they are back on top again? You know it. Buy your tickets for Foxboro now, because it is time to get some NCAA fever, for real this time!
I hope this means another 25 years of Syracuse Lacrosse Final Four appearances. Honestly, with the team bouncing back I think they will be solid for at least the immediate future, however with the changing landscape of college lacrosse anything can happen and any team could emerge as dominate again. I am not ready to bank on the fact that everything is all of a sudden now peachy keen in the Athletic Department however. The football program has some proving to do, and anything less than a Sweet 16 appearance next year for the basketball team would be a disappointment in many people's eyes. I'll be on board with your theory if I see at least a six win football season this fall.
ORANGE44: Personally, I have been and will always be a basketball fan first. I grew up playing basketball and my father first took me to a Syracuse Basketball game when I was in sixth grade. It happened to be the Georgetown/Syracuse game in 1995. I definitely want to see another basketball national championship.
Next, I would say that it is a tie for football and lacrosse. It is like 2(a) and 2(b). While I never became a fan of lacrosse until college I enjoy it quite a bit.
As for what would be better for the university, clearly it would be football, basketball, and then lacrosse. If football wins, a lot of pressure, problems and athletic issues evaporate for
TNIAAM: DOCTOR Daryl Gross seems to be putting a lot of effort into this women's hockey program. Worth the effort or a little misguided when other programs need help?
ORANGE44: Honest question for the readers; how many would actually attend a women's hockey game on the hill if you are around? Me, maybe I would go to one in the first season simply for the novelty and to report on it, but for sheer sporting pleasure or satisfaction, there is no way I will be going to a game there. Plus, I do not support the greater implications that I think this sends. I completely believe that the swimming and diving program got a raw deal and were mistreated. I believe Title IX was a huge cause of this decision, despite what the DOCTOR says and I believe that is completely wrong. While I am no academic, I have authored or worked on several papers and presentations related to Title IX and firmly oppose the effects it has on athletic programs in this country. A similar situation happened to
To get off the tangent, it will only be worth the effort if
When it is said and done I hope I am wrong. You also have to love the credentials of Paul Flanagan, the coach they recently hired. However, it is a far different thing to build a program from scratch. However, I am sure his recruiting is still solid, and he may even pull some recruits with him from St. Lawrence. Either way, it should be interesting to see what happens.
TNIAAM: If you had to guess right now, who is going to be the #1 RB for SU football come August?
ORANGE44: Well, it is usually the standard in football that a starter does not lose his job due to injury. If that is the case, then the job belongs to Delone Carter, as he originally was going to start for the
TNIAAM: Who you got winning in the the NCAA Final Four?
ORANGE44: Well two of my Final Four picks are still active, coincidentally they are the two I have playing for the championship on my sheet. I picked UCLA to win over UNC for the National Championship, and I still stand by that pick. I had
I feel like UNC is playing great basketball right now, and with
Similarly, I think
So that leaves UNC going against UCLA for all the marbles. I still like UCLA in this game. I think that Love will cancel out