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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Jimmy the snail

Watching the end of the game last night I felt like i was witnessing déjà vu at about the 5 minute mark. That is when I noticed something I could not believe. I was not sure of what i saw but within thirty second my phone started to ring. Let me paint the picture. The Pirates were mounting a come back thanks to the slowed down offense and the vast amount of turnovers. Then Paul Harris sinks a shot from the foul line. The next time up Harris get the ball and sees an open lane so he drives to the hoop and scores. That is when I saw Jimmy B, jump out of his chair and start screaming at Harris for not taking more time off the clock. I am dumb founded by this. When my phone rang i was still trying to figure out why Jimmy B. was so upset. I was talking to my buddy and we were both in agreement that we would rather see two EASY points then milk the time of the clock and settle for heaving up a bad shot. This slow down offense has bitten Syracuse before, look no further than last weekends Pittsburg debacle. I can see it clear as day, these young players do not like playing a slow down offense and it seems to take the wind out of there sails, so why keep doing it. why yell at Harris when he did his job, he put two points on the board and that much harder for Seton Hall to come back. Paul great job even though Jimmy did not see it that way, we did!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Usher and more.

Well another day and still we are talking about the Usher story. This will be the last time I touch on this. here are the comments for the day and I will respond below.

Kick his Ass Sea Bass! I am totally on board with you on this one. Half the Ushers up there are older, devoted fans that just enjoy being up there for the environment and to support Syracuse!
Well done!
the sport hump

Thanks Danny for your support. You the man!
Keep up gods work.
The State of the Orange

Now lets get back to anonymous.

Anonymous said...
I know I am going up a slippery slope about the usher thing, all I was saying is that I am not going to lose sleep over this. I also don't think it is the end of the world. Is it wrong? Yes, but it does not bother me. This is life, and things happen, people lose their jobs for all sorts of reasons. Say you were a boss and had an employee basically say, you were incompetent and could not do your job, I am pretty sure you would take action. I think any reasonable person would. The main problem that I have was with your problem with Gross. I think your judgments are incorrect and off the collar. You want to point out that Gross canceled swimming and diving. Well, I would argue that athletics in major division 1 colleges is a business. So when it is going to cost the school $35-$40 million dollars, some hard choices have to be made. When you make hard choices some are going to be upset, that is life. If you feel so strongly about swimming and diving why don’t you write a check? Gross has been here for only four years and he has already brought a great deal of positive change, as I pointed out already. So the first coach he hired is having a tough time and many people want him to be fired. What if Rutgers fired coach schiano after three years, they would still be at the bottom of the big east. So maybe Gross knows something that you don’t, he has been around the best program in college football. I think people want to point the figure and blame people instead of support the team. Personally I believe Gross is a respectable man, who is honoring the contract of Grob and giving him a chance. He has to make some tough decisions. If you want to point out every negative about someone and forget the good, well that is your choice. Also if you agree with me that there was no talent, how is a supposed to win? What is he suppose to do grow division 1 ready football players on trees. He is doing the only thing that he can; he is recruiting and developing his players. This year is going to be a big year for him and the team. His first full class will be in the program for three years now, and there should be some change. If not I am sure Gross will take action and bring someone else in, but to link Grob and Gross after only three seasons is a little unfair.

I have to say that I like this guy, he states his opinion and backs it up. With that said I just will never see eye to eye with him.

Now on the usher topic I feel that I am beating a dead horse and i think you get what I am talking about.

as for our beloved Dr. Gross. Over the years I have been a huge Gross fan and if you go back in my archives you will see what I am talking about.

Now I realize you can not blame Gross for everything but i want to put out a few stats that I found on the website One note is that these stats are from 11-26-2007. The plus and negative are as opposed to Jakes term.

- Men's Basketball: 74-28 (.725)
+ Women's Lacrosse: 34-18 (.654)
+ Tennis: 41-25 (.621)
+ Field Hockey: 33-25 (.569)
- Volleyball: 57-48 (.543)
+ Softball: 85-74 (.535)
-Men's Lacrosse: 22-20 (.524)
+Men's Soccer: 20-24-9 (.462)
-Women's Soccer: 15-32-11 (.353)
-Women's Basketball: 27-53 (.338)
-Football: 7-29 (.194)
-Total: 415-376-20 (.524)

Now I will say that sports like Woman's Basketball, Woman's Lacrosse, and Woman's tennis have flourished under Gross but the fact of the matter is, if you combine all those woman's sports revenue it would not equal the revenue from one sold out Football game. So why are ticket prices going up, why is parking going up, why are there more corporate sponsor's then a nascar, why has the college pageantry been removed in favor of corporate America. The answer is pretty clear, the teams that matter are not doing what they are supposed to be doing, winning. Now I do realize that Jake did his part in running the football team down but it would never have been this bad if there was a slow transition instead of the all or nothing attitude of Gross and Grob. I know that you hate that i link the two together but the fact of the matter is Grob was Gross's first hire and they promised us the fans, grander was coming, national championship will be had, and that winning was right around the corner. Since those remarks i have seen seven wins, now that would be acceptable if they were all in the same season, they are not this is over three years. This is not acceptable. I have gone to almost all the home games for football and basketball during this time, and i will continue to go to the game cause I love Syracuse. I will say this, the dome has never looked better, the melo center is a great addition and so is the weight room. but these are all patches on the crumbling football and basketball teams.

As a dedicated fan I want to close on this, I spend thousands of dollars on the hill every year, what am I getting for this, Heartache. If Grob and Gross due not turn this around this year then changes need to be made. I will be the first to say that all will be forgiven if they turn this around. Go SU, go Grob, and go Gross!!!!

By the way Mr anonymous if you attend the spring game your first beer is on me!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

gross me out

I just caught this comment left on my blog i will respond below the comment.

Anonymous said...
First off, who the hell cares about a 70 something USHER. I know, I know, freedom of speech, but I am not going to lose sleep over an usher, who is an usher because he wants to see the games for free. O wait he gets paid to watch the games. Also you naively believe that Gross is behind this; were your proof, know where in the article does it say anything about Gross fires an usher. I don’t believe AD‘s deal with ushers. Secondly, and this is what you are dead wrong about, if you think Gross is a bad hire you have lost touch with reality. Among other things he has created new facility for basketball and football, he wants to put more comfortable seating in the dome and he brought field turf to the dome and Manley Field House. Additionally, in case you have not noticed women’s basketball is not doing that bad right know. People are starting to actually go to the games. So I ask myself why such hate for a man who has done so much for SU athletics. The answer is pretty obvious, you must be perfect and you expect everyone else to be perfect. So you forget that Gross has done so such for SU and dwell on the fact that you and so many others think he made one bad hire. Let me tell you something about football. If you could evaluate talent. You would know that Grob had nothing to work with. So he went out and started recruiting, and he has done a good job. I mean we are not USC; we won't get true freshmen to come in and be great. It's just not going to happen. So let his first whole class, whom are only going to be juniors this year, work their way through the program and things will start to get better. No team in the world is going to win with freshmen and sophomores playing a great deal of minutes. You probably have never played football in your life, so let me tell you this one last thing. You win with seniors. They are the team leaders, they set the attitudes and people follow them. Without good senior you will not be a very good football team. With that being said, I hope you reevaluate your judgmental views, mister perfect.

First off did you really say who cares about a 70 year old guy.
I take offense to this because
A. i am going to be older on day and i hope that somebody cares about me.
B. This man served his country during a time when his friends were getting killed in Korea. so for you not to care about a man like that then there is something wrong with you.

Now lets put that aside I have said many times that Gross has done alot a good things, but they are cosmetic and without a team to fill the dome there is no need for any of this. I am not sure if you have been following Syracuse sports but they are a laughing stock around the country and Yes Gross has alot to do with this. Getting rid of the swimming and diving is ludicrous because it has been a bright spot for many years. Secondly he fired Coach P and hired a man that clearly is not ready to lead. This move alone has sunk the program into depths that i am not sure we can ever recover from. Just saying that we are not in the same league as USC is evident of this. Syracuse football was a feared program and teams never over looked us, now we are the door mat of the Big east, A conference that Syracuse put on the map. Now I do agree that the cupboard was empty and coach P needed to go but he managed to win using the talent that he had, Why has Grob not been able to do this. Now as for me being perfect, I am not in any regards but I have my opinions and I stand behind them. That is allowed i thought. Secondly this is my blog and I will write what i feel like and if you do not like it stop reading it, I do not care I do not do this for fame or money,I do this because it allows me to express myself and my opinions, personally I could care less if anybody reads this.

Back to your comments, Gross does not deal with the Ushers personally but he is the AD and he is responsible for all aspects of Syracuse Sports so this does fall back on his lap. This is wrong in so many ways it disturbs me that you do not see why this is wrong. This is what is wrong with this country, people like you who hide behind Anonymous and speak your mind without knowing what you are talking about. I truly hope that when you are older everyone will forget about you and what you have done with your life because i bet you will not accomplish half of what this gentleman has.

A new low on the Hill.

Did anybody catch the article in about the usher who was fired for complaining about SU Football in the paper. Check this out.

I am not really sure where to start. First off I thought this was America and you had the right of freedom of speech. I guess The Dome does not believe in The Bill Of Rights. Secondly this man is a Korean War Veteran. Now I am not saying that just cause he is a vet he can do anything he wants, but this man put his life on the line for this country and I think he has earned the right to say what he believes. I Really hope that he does sue the Dome and Syracuse University.

Here is a post in the football forum I found

Just read that SU fired an 18 year employee usher at the Dome who is 78 years old and Korean War veteran, because he wrote an article to the paper that was critical of the football program! This is disgusting. This is a America - this is not right. The person who needs to be fired is Pat Campbell, the Dome director. Guess it is ok if you are SU to can an old white guy. I hope someone picks up his case for free and sues these SOB. Hey Gross, Cantor, what about his RIGHTS?? You can't write a letter to the paper?? Sick. Oh, and how bout getting an SU Football program worth cheering for instead of firing people who rigthly exercise their rights as American citizens.

I have said it here before Gross rules by fear & intimidation.He is a dictator & if you are not 200% with him you are gone baby.Other firings have been brushed aside. This is just the tip of the iceberg that has been brewing for a long time.More will follow just you wait.Gross is a bad fit as an SU AD.His stay will be short thankfully

waffles beats it

Thats all folks. After that loss to pitt yesterday, all ncaa hopes are pretty much gone and it seems that another year of nit games will be upon us in the dome. I am now setting my sites on the Seton Hall game to see how these guys bounce back from the horrid loss yesterday. I came across this video, It seems that Kristof the Belgium waffle is getting pumped two. Check him out in this video getting ready to BEAT the pirates!

Ballhype: hype it up!

cuse hater

This morning I was searching through the SU basketball forum when i cam across this add for tickets to the Seton Hall game. check it out here.

PLATINUM tix for sold-out Syracuse vs. Seton Hall, 3/5 - $350 (Upper West Side)

Reply to: sale-592825588@craigslist.orgDate: 2008-03-02, 2:16AM EST

Would YOU like to benefit from MY break-up?

I am selling TWO Platinum Club tickets to the sold-out Syracuse vs. Seton Hall game this Wednesday, 3/5 @ 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. The tickets are 11 rows back, center court, seats 15 and 16. I bought these damned tickets for my (ex-) boyfriend, as a Christmas gift, but we called it quits last week. Thinking back on it all, he's Hindu: why on Earth was I buying him anything for Christmas in the first place?!
I will sell both tickets for $350, cash only and on a first-come-first-serve basis, in order to recoup the money I wasted on this terrible excuse for a man. If you can provide concrete evidence that you are a Seton Hall fan (e.g. a SHU degree or fan memorabilia), I will happily provide you with a 10% discount because I now LOATHE Syracuse fans. And that doesn’t even begin to describe the disgust I feel thinking of that ridiculous-looking orange creature which appears on so many tattered, sweat-stained items comprising this jerk's wardrobe.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please note this is a firm price: no takers, no problem! I will happily resort to Plan B, a vengeance plan worth AT LEAST $350 in personal satisfaction to yours truly.

Ballhype: hype it up!