It’s a little early in the basketball season for throwing shade at teams. But because Syracuse Orange football seems to have taken a nosedive and hell, I’m still mad at Wake Forest for Saturday, we’re getting some fresh shade.
There was little notable about Syracuse basketball’s victory over the Iona Gaels on Tuesday beyond getting to 2-0 on the season and Tyus Battle’s 28 points in the victory. But for Iona, they did get to join exclusive company by moving to 0-5 all-time against the Orange (limited to current Division I teams).
The 0-5 vs. Syracuse Club
It’s a pretty short list, but a list nonetheless. By falling to 0-5 against Syracuse, the Gaels join a club that includes (per OrangeHoops)...
- Albany Great Danes (0-8)
- Lafayette Leopards (0-8)
- Siena Saints (0-8)
- Northeastern Huskies (0-6)
- Binghamton Bearcats (0-5)
- BYU Cougars (0-5)
- Kent State Golden Flashes (0-5)
- Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-5)
That last one should stand out to you quite a bit. On top of being the only power conference school on the list, the Deacons are the only (now) annual opponent on there as well. Granted, Syracuse and Wake Forest only faced off once prior to being conference-mates for the 2013-14 season. But why should that stop me from throwing shade the them?
This is a Wake Forest athletic program that not only put our football team’s bowl chances on life support this past Saturday, but also grabbed our spot in the NCAA Tournament despite SU owning a head-to-head win.
To begin to pay penance for such awful deeds, the Demon Deacons have gotten a head start on missing this year’s NCAA Tournament by losing the first two games of the 2017-18 season. Along with an inexplicable opening loss to Georgia Southern, Wake also fell to the Liberty Flames by 13 on Tuesday night. Sure, I’d rather they started 2-0 and we just won the football game. But what’s done is done. Now I’m bitter.
When “asked” about welcoming the Gaels to the 0-5 vs. Syracuse Club, Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning had this to “say”:
“I’d like to welcome Iona to a group I’d assumed they’d joined some time ago. To make sure they felt right at home with us, I wanted to take one for the team and lose to Liberty tonight as well. It’s only fair that the Gaels feel like they’re among friends here. We look forward to one day inviting more programs to this club. UNC-Greensboro, you’re on the clock at 0-4.”
Syracuse and Wake Forest face off twice this season as part of the ACC’s rotating home-and-home schedule for some teams. The Orange head down to Winston-Salem on January 3, 2018 and then host the Deacs on February 11.
Should Wake win either game, they’d exit the organization. However, should they lose both games, they would take Northeastern’s seat as PR Chair. “Sources” say Manning has already expressed excitement about such a possibility.
*No, these aren’t actual quotes from Manning, but just in case anyone had any doubts, here’s your disclaimer