Many were at least a little surprised to see the Syracuse Orange selected for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. That includes some of us, though we reacted with joy around that fact. Same goes for the Orange themselves, who were pretty thrilled to see the news.
That can’t be said for many media folk around the country, however, who were very irate to SU’s inclusion. Some of them even took to revisionist narratives about Syracuse “always” getting breaks, despite the Orange being the first team out just one year ago.
Below are some of the best negative reactions to Syracuse making it. Without much depth or health, this team made the NCAAs and that’s a pretty cool story... for anyone except us, apparently. Even if we lose in game one to Arizona State, this year’s already a success.
We lead off with top Orange nemesis Doug Gottlieb, who brought some extra salt this year since his alma mater Oklahoma State was on the outside looking in.
Syracuse being in vs Ok State is just laughable. Getting extra credit for Buffalo/Iona wins in non-conference. Cuse didn’t beat a top 3 opponent in their league- 3 best wins @miami vs VT,vs Clemson - lost to Wake,BC,GT— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) March 11, 2018
Miami was the third seed in the ACC Tournament, by the way...
Next up was Brad Evans, who you might remember from the time Mike Waters dunked on him for an hour on Twitter. He was not happy either.
SYRACUSE OVER USC!!!! What a travesty. Inexplicable.— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) March 11, 2018
Matt Norlander’s not an outward Orange agitator, as much as a simple non-believer. Can also spell.
Syracuse getting in over Oklahoma State is B-A-F-F-L-I-N-G.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 11, 2018
Joe Ovies, who was throwing heat Syracuse’s (and New York’s) way in Brooklyn this week, kept at it today when North Carolina-area radio favorite Notre Dame was left out in favor of the less “darling” Orange.
FBI needs to subpoena the NCAA selection committee after they included Syracuse.— Joe Ovies (@joeovies) March 11, 2018
This was just on-#BRAND, so I respect it.
Some media members just had polite gripe.
Saint Mary’s is OUT. Syracuse over Saint Mary’s is something I strongly disagree with.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) March 11, 2018
The revisionist history department, as mentioned earlier, lives in a world where Syracuse is simply included in the field each year regardless of merit. Rather than the reality of the situation, in which we not only missed out last season, but in 2007 most recently, by the slimmest of margins.
You can set your watch by Syracuse getting in with a crap resume. Every goddamn year.— Jeff (BPredict) (@BPredict) March 11, 2018
Syracuse could go 0-27 and make the tournament somehow. What a clown show.— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) March 11, 2018
Syracuse is in because they sell tickets. Period.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) March 11, 2018
How does Syracuse always get nods it doesn’t deserve?!?— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) March 11, 2018
The one where we ignore the strength of individual conferences and all other metrics like RPI, SOS et al just to cater to where you finish in your league.
The Selection committee with the inclusion of schools like ASU, Oklahoma and Syracuse have basically discounted 60%-65% of the regular season schedule. All 3 had losing records in Conference Play.— Bill Riley (@espn700bill) March 11, 2018
This is 100% going to be another year Syracuse makes a Final Four after having no right making the tournament isn't it?— BarstoolReags (@BarstoolReags) March 11, 2018
Things like this are far from the most important part of making the NCAA Tournament. But it is fun to watch everyone get completely annoyed with Syracuse at all times. Hopefully we’ll be able to repay the favor with another Apology Tour. Even if not, though, this team surpassed all expectation already. And for that, we’re (or at least I am) thankful.