2012-03-15_11.48.24

ezcuse

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EZCUSE recap

From my vantage point in section 319.... that's four straight openers for me, folks.  And I live 600 miles from Syracuse.  #1... the student section was full, the rest of the Dome was not.  And the...

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A couple of Big East issues

First, there are a lot of compelling reasons thrown around as to why West Virginia would be a great fit for the SEC.  h...

Third down: Threat level Orange One week ago I spent the day with the Syracuse Orange and...

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Third down: Threat level Orange One week ago I spent the day with the Syracuse Orange and third-year head coach Doug Marrone. I'll write more about them next week, but the turnaround there is nothing shy of stunning. Yes, their August has been riddled with injuries, and no, I don't expect them to duplicate last year's eight-win season. They're too young and their schedule is stacked up all wrong. However, for anyone who ever attended a Cuse practice under Greg Robinson and then attends a practice under Marrone, the difference in the direction that the program is headed is very obvious very quickly. "We're not there yet by any means," said Floyd Little, still-new Pro Football Hall of Famer and now full-time legend-in-residence. "But the battleship is being turned." I'll have more on Syracuse and other schools that are getting closer to former glory next week.

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Thoughts on expansion

I posted this on Frank the Tank, but they are more interested in conspiracy theories regarding how the Big 10 will get Texas, Texas A&M, USC, and Miami than anything else.  There is a report out...

Notre Dame's DUI policy

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Put me in the camp of folks who believe that--if Sales truly did not possess the drugs and it was just a driving offense (albeit a serious one), then Marrone should not dismiss Sales from the team. Rather, I believe that this is a situation where Sales' punishment should be a suspension from camp until September and ineligibility for reinstatement until after the Rhode Island game. No chance for gaudy stats against a 1-AA opponent. Meanwhile, no punishment of the TEAM by losing a key player for the Big East portion of the schedule. Reasons? #1, I am not aware of any other crimes or misdeeds. Being a lazy player or poor practicer is immature, but not a poor reflection on the program itself. #2, I consider this a first offense, as is the case with DC3. As a more serious compilation of offenses, loss of games is necessary though. #3, this is a situation involving a brother. We are ALL more lenient with family. How many family members would turn in a brother with drug or criminal issues? It's not like his brother murdered someone and the police were looking for the body. Instead, it was more of the victimless crimes that we all overlook. Pot? C'mon... raise your hand if you ever saw someone smoke pot and reported it to the police? Raise your hand if you knew someone in college that sold pot? Did you report it? So let's be careful to start drawing conclusion regarding morality. We all have out comfort zone for looking the other way... even if we shake our head. #4, now... if Sales is guilty of more than just the driving offenses, then game over. He knew the rules. Life is tough. I am not going that far. You cannot break the law and expect the privileges of playing. #5, A 2-game suspension is significant. If Lemon/Chew/West step up... Sales may have to beat them out to get PT. Losing camp, he would be behind. Of course, if Chew gets dinged up again, that would open the door for Sales to step in late in the season, just like last year. That benefits the team. #6, I am not a big believer in the kick everyone out mantra. Part of being a disciplinarian is fixing a player or young man. If there is the potential to get Sales on the right track, that is more impressive than simply casting him off to a doomed future. If Sales is unfixable, then so be it. That is HCDM's call. First offense, shame on you. Second offense, shame on me. #7, This program now has expectations. 4-8 without Mike Williams was an improvement. 6-6 without Sales is a step back. This is not a 4th string OL... this is a key player. Keeping Sales helps everyone... the 95 guys that did not break the law. Maybe Williams helps Paulus land a free agent QB job in the NFL? Who really got punished there? Maybe Sales helps keep Chew healthy or opens up holes for Bailey. Big picture. #8, see Notre Dame.

Who Is The Mystery Former Syracuse Football Player In The Roger Clemens Jury Pool?

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Clemens watched without speaking Monday as many of the members of the jury pool in this football town said they knew little or nothing about him. One man just retired as a chef for the hometown Redskins, even though he said his football allegiance came from his hometown of Philadelphia. "I'm a die-hard Eagles fan, but Dan Snyder was there with money," the man said of the Redskins owner to laughter in the courtroom. He also played football at Syracuse and said he remembered the late football star Lyle Alzado speaking out against steroid use in the days he played, but now he doesn't feel you can tell who is using. He was qualified along with 28 others by the afternoon.
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Radical Big East proposal

Frank the Tank was suggesting the Big East go Big Country and recruit BYU for football--even "all sports" if necessary. Maybe it works?  Is Utah that much farther away than TCU?  Is a plan ride to...

Dog Graduates from Oklahoma?

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I am surprised. I thought UConn was the school most likely to graduate a dog. But Oklahoma beat them to it. Either way, this dog is fortunate... if he could play basketball, his cell phone texting plan would be used up by coaching staffs from both schools. Now the dog needs to set his sights on Kemba Walker's book reading accomplishments. Err.. accomplishment.

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Kentucky Derby

We started something with respect to what Rick Pitino's horse's name would be if he had an entry.  With respect tis restaurant... ummm... brief romantic interlude... we had some suggestions as to...

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Big East

What is your preference for the Big East and Syracuse?  Although the preference might be to go back to the days of where Cincy, USF, and Louisville (and Marquette/DePaul) were not members, the...

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EZCUSE FINAL ANALYSIS

PROS: 1. RJ deserves credit for a 4th straight season of improving his game.  Outstanding rebounding and field goal percentage totals.  Great defense.  Good for him!  2. All four freshmen showed us...

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3 famous alums (including those who did not graduate)

  http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Three-famous-alums-from-all-68-NCAA-tournament-t?urn=ncaab-wp475 Is this the best 3 for Syracuse?  No Jim Brown?  Dick Clark?  Vanessa...

Palm LOVES us

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Loves the Big East actually. Pitt a 1, Uconn, Syracuse, and ND each a 2. I can live with that. In fact... look who he has us playing in the first round... AKRON! Actually, I love this bracket.

Syracuse's Football Prestige

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Top 30 of all-time. Rutgers? Not so much.

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2 games left

UPDATE: NEW & IMPROVED HEADLINE... NOW WITH PROPER GRAMMAR!  FREE!!! Hard to believe... only two games left in the regular season.  Then, from 1-4 in the Big East tournament.  Then, from 1 to 6 in...

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The rise of UConn FB

Check out this blurb from ESPN Rumors: UConn's RB situation With Jordan Todman off to the NFL, rising senior Robbie Frey was expected to take over as Connecticut's starting RB. But Frey...

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Offensive woes

While it is easy to be critical of our poor offensive showings, it occurs to me that the problem is not necessarily with the players themselves.  It just so happens that none of them are great...

No major violations for Syracuse

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However, the NCAA was disappointed that the Syracuse athletics department forgot to let G-Rob know that he left his Play Doh Fun Factory in the weight room. By the time it was forwarded to him in Ann Arbor, the canister of blue Play Doh had gotten dry and crusty, and the canister of white was simply gone. Dr. Gross was given a timeout for this minor violation of G-Rob's rights as a former employee.

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New Rumor.

Word out of my imagination is that one Greg Robinson is about to be indicated for being involved in a point shaving scheme.  His despicable involvement is this.... whenever someone would be bribed...

Clemson LB looking to do a Paulus

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Are we in on this? We could use another LB. Just saying...

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Perspective

As stated elsewhere by me, on numerous occasions, this team is frustrating because of the mental things.  Turnovers.  Poor shot selection.  Not enough teamwork on offense.  Etc.  However, in 22...

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Bud 1, Ezcuse 0

My comment: I can't wait for Bud's column on this tomorrow If we are playing Bud Bingo… these are phrases that I what I want on my card somewhere (BTW, this pre-supposes that “Fannies” is not an...

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Football recruiting

Signing day is a week away.  Any news?   It is the end of January... did anyone enroll early? Are we targeting anyone besides McReynolds?  These are things I would like to know.  Also... anyone...

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EZ CUSE ANALYSIS

I do this after football losses and after three-game losing streaks in basketball.  #1  18-0 was not a fair measure for this team, but they earned it I guess.  The Seton Hall game is not a true...

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Syracuse #3 in ESPN Power Rankings

Polls are useless.  But at least this one involves people who generally spend time watching games, unlike moronic sports reporters who are regionally biased and coaches busy coaching.  So if there...

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EZCUSE FUN FACT

OK.... Greg Robinson is worthy of every negative adjective one can comprehend.  His tenure at Syracuse was abysmal.  And that is being nice.  His tenure at Michigan was staggeringly poor.  Texas...

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Trivia

2010 Syracuse football.  Ryan Nassib did something this year that has not been done by many Syracuse QBs.  In fact, McNabb was only able to do it once.  In fact, by my count, it has only happened...

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Outside the Box Big East plan

Assuming it is legit... what if the Big East just said... "our BCS representative will be the team with the best overall, rather than conference, record."  What would be better for the Big East.......

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The NCAA is a joke

Cam Newton. Dad asks for $150,000 for his son to play at MSU.  In every sense of the world, Cam had an agent (his dad) and sought compensation for his athletic services (apparently...

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EZCUSE ANALYSIS

1.  24 hours later, the sting of the loss is gone.  It is what it is.  I was legitimately concerned about Akron, and figured 4-8 was our upside with no offensive playmakers.  The team beat my...

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