So we lost…

March 6, 2006

…I mean, what can you do. We’re not competitive with the soon-to-be #2 team in the country. The only way a team like Syracuse can beat a team like Villanova is with a combination of massive adrenaline and a lot of luck. If and when we meet up with Nova or UCONN in the 2nd round of the Big East Tourney, we’ll need to be running on all cyclinders (and, again, get incredibly lucky). And if we don’t run on all cyclinders and get a 2nd Big East Tournament win, we’ll probably be seeing the NIT in our future. Not good times.

Well Oscars are starting in a few minutes. Some quick predictions: A lot of gay cowboy-ness. Best Picture. Best Actor. Best Director. For Actress I’ll go with Reese. So basically no surprises here. Rachel Wiesz best supporting actress, and Paul Giamatti in a slight upset for Cinderella Man. Maybe Jon Stewart will be funny though. That could be good.

Damn Billy Bush is not only really short, but really a horrendous interviewer. Bush: Can you give us a prediction for the show? Oscar Guy: It’s going to be a great show. Bush: Great thanks.

A great show?! Shocking prediction.

So another letter to the editor coming in about my column. Check it here.

You know, today at the Syracuse game I really re-confirmed my thoughts on the topic of free speech. Some asshole Nova fan kept obnoxiously yelling, pissing off the crowd. And although I, along with most other people there, wanted to punch the guy in the face…I guess I supported his right to chant so offensively (and on Gerry’s day, damnit!). EEEEh maybe not, that guy should have gotten punched.

Onto the Oscars…I’ll post an update at some point in the next couple hours.


Biggest Win of the Year…

February 21, 2006

…by far. Not even close. Probably the biggest win of the last two years, considering the circumstances. For the first time all year, ‘cuse had dropped out of Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology, a disrespectful “last four out” designation from the Big Dance. With this win, and an easy win over Depaul, we now can technically lose to Georgetown and Villanova, win a few Big East Tourney games, and still make the NCAA’s. Ideally though, we beat Georgetown, give Villanova a tough game (hey, Gerry’s last game — anything’s possible) and get as high as a 7 or 8 seed in the tournament. Either way, huge effort from T-Rob (always knew he had it in him) and Devendorf (who goes from looking like a Top 10 player to a mental error-machine with great ease — FRESHMAN) Nah he should be okay though, especially down the stretch if he can learn to control himself.

 Speaking of FRESHMEN…we rushed the court after the win. And I say “we” in the collective, school-wide sense, but “I” and other seniors who saw ‘cuse win the championship three years ago certainly celebrated in the stands. Look, I rushed the court against Pitt freshman year, but they were #4 and we weren’t ranked. It was a huge win. This is a #15 team. But I don’t hate on the people who had to touch some sweaty-ass players: this was the win we all needed — the fans, the players, the coaches. So I guess it’s okay to get a little out of your head and jump around on the hardwood. Did have an impromptu debate with the guys around me about whether or not if we beat Villanova in two weeks it would be apropo to rush the court. I think it’d be okay, especially if they’re still #2. It’s Gerry’s last game, and it would be an enormous win for us. Most disagreed. Regardless, big win tonight almost justifies the little drunken frosh…

And just as my college team’s hopes of an NCAA title go up…my fantasy football team’s hopes of a title go way down…

How much of a pothead do you really have to be to get caught for a FOURTH time by the NFL drug testing? Ricky can smoke weed in the offseason. He can smoke herbal cigarettes, or hookah or SOMETHING in order to keep his ass still in the NFL. Now he’s headed towards a full year suspension. Give this man some O’Dweeds…if you can find him through the blunt smoke…I hate you Ricky Williams…

My girl Washingtonienne got a front-page article in the DO today. Nice work Becker. And by “my girl” I only mean I think the story is spectacular, and not that I would like to be added to the long list of men she’s banged. For those who don’t know Jessica Cutler, read about all the ways she prostitutes out her asshole here. I dont’ want to hate on her…I really actually think she’s cool for being so honest. Anyway I’m sure if you have a dick and have ever been to Washington, you have a Washingtonienne story. Here’s mine:

…by the way, I’m half-kidding about the sluttiness of Washingtonienne…I’m more just trying to somehow get linked at Ah shamelessly self-promoting:

So this summer I interned for Fox News, at the show Dayside. Great experience, and certainly topics for another day. The interns were allowed to pitch story ideas and eventually work with producers to see their ideas to fruition. Cool. So the first idea I pitched that got okay’ed was to try to get Cutler on the show to promote her upcoming book. I was able to book her a few weeks in advance, for the day the book was to be released. Cool. So the day rolls around and I’m excited to see my idea work out, and also just to see the brutally-honest Cutler spar it out with Linda Vester (host at the time). Well she never showed up. Apparently her agent cancelled in a late-night email to the producer I had been working with, in what sounded like a hangover-excuse. Yeah, on the night her book was to be released.

Either way, good article, and SU’s most famous sex-related alumni since Lexington Steele. Yeah, that Lexington Steele.

Couple other small things:

-check out this page of photographs…what’s the best thing about ice skating in the Olympics? THIS

-So Kevin Federline’s CD is going to be released soon. I’m sure it will be a classic. Best New Artist next year? Shouldn’t there be laws against Federline being a father of three already at just 27?

-one more Olympic thing. This rivalry between US speed skaters Shani Davis and Chad Hendrick is actually pretty entertaining. Obviously NBC needs something to boost their ratings, but their race tomorrow should do it. Davis also has the pleasure of shutting Bryant Gumbel’s barely-Black mouth up, winning the first ever gold by an African American Winter Games athlete.

-okay got some more topics to come shortly. I think the quantity of posts is better than the length (or quality, probably).


If a quadruple toe-loop falls on the ice, will anyone hear?

February 17, 2006

Earlier this week I said the Olympics sucked…and that’s not really fair. It doesn’t necessarily suck, its just not really very interesting. It’s a whole lot of sports that no one really cares about, and the only times it really becomes interesting are the fringe, tabloid-ish elements of it. For example, I tune in to NBC immediately when I hear a skiier had a horrible fall, just hoping to see a replay. Sick, I know, but that’s me, and I’m sure that’s quite a few other people.

 Or I might tune after I hear about an athlete getting banned for doping.

The other major time to tune in is to see what’s up with the athletes the US press tells us we should care about. Some like the crazy ass snowboarders, are kind of funny (and, shockingly, winning us gold medals). Some, like Bode Miller, is an embarrassment who cares more about making Nike commercials than winning medals. Then there are people like Johnny Weir, or Johnny Queer as I jokingly-yet-still-somewhat-homophobically call him. No but seriously, this guy is proud of who he is, and he seems like a fun enough guy, outspoken and smart, so I don’t think he’d mind. He cracks me up. He described a bad ice skating run as “kind of like taking a shot of vodka and snorting cocaine.” Now THAT is a quote.

Check out Weir over the next few days. He lost tonight, and apparently stormed out of the rink complaining about the bus being late or something. If I knew anything about ice skating or the Olympics (or cared) I would tell you when or if he skates next. Since I don’t, just enjoy his quotes. Good times all around.

More tomorrow…

Big Big Monday

February 14, 2006

Big Monday lived up to the hype tonight…wow…

 You know, I think I like Villanova about as much as I hate UConn. They’re just an exciting team to watch and they try so hard. Syracuse could really learn a lot from them…and hopefully they really DO learn a lot from them for when the Wildcats match up with the Orange at the Dome March 5.

So Slicky Dick wasn’t too smooth this weekend. Watching the press briefing this afternoon was yet another assault on poor Scott McClellan. That guy looks like the loser in middle school who always got the thousands of birthday punches, only this time its just a pounding of questions and scoffs instead of fists. It is a little strange though. McClellan just sounds like he’s lying…its almost like he’s just not good at what he does. Ari Fleischer was a pro. He would give as good as he got. And he sounded convincing, even if the amount of bullshit coming from the White House was the same then as it is now. Anyway it just seems fishy. Cheney shoots a guy in the face, and somehow no one really knows about it for almost 24 hours? Botched cover up maybe? Well just leave it to The Smoking Gun to solve anything…here’s the actual police report from the accident…The Smoking Gun is amazing…check the archives for the entire Kobe Bryant transcript from his interview with the police after his Denver creative rehab session.

Finally, working on Thursday’s column for the print edition of the DO about the bar raids back in action. Two weird stories coming out of it that I’m following up: 1)They not only raided Lucy’s, but The Shire on Erie Boulevard. And two SU students and one ESF student got their ID’s taken, along with another 25 or so written up for underage drinking. The Shire? Anyone ever heard of that place? Apparently it’s a hot spot…and 2)This whole “contaminated liquor” thing with Lucy’s. Apparently four bottles had maggots, etc. in it. Googling contaminated liquor though all I could find was hundreds of people dying in India of contaminated liquor last year. Sooo, death doesn’t really go well with Prada bags and Ugg boots, you know? Strange. Check out the column Thursday for the full details…

Michelle Kwan didn’t impregnate the olympics…and other meaningless bs

February 13, 2006

As the Pro Bowl reaches halftime, it’s time to reflect on eventful weekend in sports, or “sports” if you’d rather put it into the perspective it deserves.

Let’s start with that Hawaiian mess they call a pro football all-star game. It’s ironic that the only person who actually cares about the game, Mr. January himself, Peyton Manning, is playing quite possibly the ugliest game of his season. He’s trying so damn hard though, so you almost have to feel for him. Through the first two quarters, he’s thrown 26 times, has played every down, and has lobbed it up for some NFC D-backs three times already. Okay watch me be a reporter — Peyton didn’t have a single game all season where he threw three interceptions, and he’s thrown three in just the first half. He also tried way too hard in the QB challenge and still lost that to Matt Hasselback. Someone tell him he might start to be more successful if he doesn’t take everything so seriously.

But to be devil’s advocate and completely contradict myself, no one cares about the Pro Bowl. There’s nothing riding on the game, and the players play like it. It’s barely watchable. So I guess the fact that Manning is trying so damn hard provides some comedy. But now that he won’t play the second half, lets go back to the unwatchable half-assed play of the true all-stars. I have a solution for all-star games though. This applies much more for the NBA, where no one plays defense and everyone laughs the entire time like its some joke on the fans for actually watching. Make it like a pick-up game. Put something on the line — like the winners get a ride on the Vikings love boat, and then let them play street ball. THAT would be enjoyable.

Onto the other boring-as-hell sports TV, we’ve got the Olympics! All 400 hours on NBC! Bode Miller said something crazy! That skiier almost fell! Snowboarders are doing X-games stunts! Ice skating judges may make a strange score!

The winter olympics suck. Seriously. Here are the three biggest stories so far from the olympics. First, Michelle Kwan didn’t impregnate the olympics…even though I think it would be a much bigger story if she just took her chances and stayed in…in High Definition for the first time ever, only on NBC!

The second story today was that crazy ice racer Apolo Ohno almost fell and won’t win gold. Anyone mind?

Third story has to be the fact that America has a fever…and the only antidote is more gold medals. We’ve forced the Olympic committee to throw in those X-games events that we destroy every year, just so we can up our gold medals. Seriously, we are addicted to medaling. If we don’t get enough gold medals, the terrorists win.  Oh look, that redhead kid one a gold today, and shockingly, we got the silver too. Awesome.

 Hey, at least ‘cuse won. Now all we have to do is beat Villanova, West Virginia, Georgetown and Cincy and we’ll be set for the big dance…

And that’s the ballgame…

February 9, 2006

OUCH! That’s a bold prediction…NIT?

Okay I thought about it for awhile, and maybe you’re right. We’ve got must wins against St. Johns, Louisville and DePaul, then I think we need to win at least TWO of our other games: West Virginia, Cincy, Georgetown and Villanova. In other words, this is going to be very tough.

Well good work tonight, Anthony. It’s been fun. Hopefully we weren’t the only ones paying attention. According to my little stat page, we got 45 new views during our blogback session. So hey, thats not terrible.

Well it’s 11:30 and CBS 5’s got a story about betting online. I’ll have to watch this one.

Just like Mike Patrick covering ESPN football, Kanye West and Mariah Carey when it comes to winning big Grammy awards or the Syracuse Orange if they don’t start winning some games, I’m out.

Three letters: “N-I-T”

February 9, 2006

Excellent work from the UConn fans at the end of this one.  Many
chants of N-I-T raining down from the Husky faithful.

That’s just good work.  I once wrote a column on who was more annoying, Syracuse
or UConn fans.

One thing’s for certain, both bases are obnoxious and drunk.

Speaking of drunk…. Billy Joel.

I’m still wondering why a man who once tried to kill himself by drinking antifreeze is my commencement speaker.

Looking forward to the wise-words tomorrow in the D.O., Mr. Piano Man.  Sing me a song.

Hell, Jim Boeheim needs one right about now.

He’s walking on “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”

Check that, “The Road to the N-I-T!”

Leaving Syracuse fans muttering: “We want pre-nup.  We want pre-nup.”