To Big Ten or to not Big Ten that is the Question

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The engine that could, hopefully

Yesterday Doug Marrone talked about what the offense will look like. "Just so you know, I've done a lot of radio in the South and people have asked me this question, just to give everyone a head's up, they say, is it going to be llke the New Orleans offense or a Clemson offense? What kind of signature is it going to be? And I've answered this question. You're going to see things that easily, you can identify with what we did in New Orleans. You're going to see things at Tennessee. You're going to see things at Tampa, also, that we put in. And you'll probably see some things from when I was a player here. I think it's going to be exciting. It's just a matter of when we pick and choose to use them during the year. I'm excited about it." There is no name yet for the offense other than Multiple. I have some up a name, the SUper Spread, cause you cant spell SUper without SU. My guess the Offense s going to be a run and gun with a few option plays thrown in. If it works, its going to be fun and exciting to watch, also it wil be very hard to stop.

"I feel much more comfortable about the personnel. The only thing that will restrict us, some of the packages because of our depth, if someone gets injured, we could be out of a package. You put in practice time and one player gets hurt and now you're out of that package, that's disappointing. But I think we have to have these multiple packages where people can't lock us down with our personnel and what plans we're running.""I think it relates quite a bit (to Paulus)," Marrone said. "It really does. When you have someone that can handle that information, you can expand further. I don't think we're waiting for Greg to grow in the offense. I think we're force-feeding it on him." Wow, I am nervous, because if somebody goes down we are screwed, but I am not at ease with the Paulus decision.

Still not convinced how about this; Friday night, Marrone had some other things worth sharing about the direction of the offense. In the spring, the Orange installed about 20 percent of its playbook. But with the arrival of quarterback Greg Paulus, that playbook has been expanded, Marrone said.

"I'm happy where we're going with the playbook," Marrone said. "I'm extremely happy. Obviously, I'm not going to talk about some of the packages we're going to, but we are expanding the packages to where I think ... packages that will give us a better chance - I'm going to talk offensively for now - packages that will give us a better chance to be more efficient on offense and score.

Grob might have been on to something, could Greg Paulus be our little engine that could! I think he can I think he can!

fast forward to 50 second mark.
Excerpt From Coach Greg Robinson's Last News Conference

Organization, wow, what a concept

Waking up this morning and checking up on I found the latest Donnie Webb post about the scrimmage today. After reading that article I found this baby titled At Syracuse you play the way you practice on Saturday. After Reading this I am just flat out amazed by the differences between Greg Robinson and Doug Marrone. On the field, Marrone said the Orange has an organized sideline and has covered where players will stand and behave. He also offered just a bit of a warning to what takes place on Saturdays. Wait the players are going to be standing and behaving, this is pretty much the opposite of the Grob teams. Over the past few years I have been sitting directly behind the players and have witnessed some things, a Certain wide receiver sprawled out on a table talking to his girlfriend in the stands (this happened every game), players talking back to coaches (this happened every game also, the only reason that this was noticed is due to the lack of fans in the dome and the pretty much could here if a player sneezed).

What really shocked me is the amount of organization that has gone into the pregame routines. "There are a lot of things that go on pre-game," Marrone said. "The dynamics of pregame are awesome."

Since the first Saturday practice when the Orange went through this routine, Marrone said the staff has already tweaked the pregame schedule for today. Kickers go out onto the field at 10:35. The linemen go out at 10:53

"When we go out this Saturday and do it - full speed, let's go - that's really the final check to make sure we're fine. So this way, when we go out on the field against Minnesota, everyone knows where they have to go; everyone knows where they stand; everyone knows how the operation works."

I can't wait to see the Product in two weeks. I am just amazed at the whole process. I know I have not seen the final product yet, but I know that it is going to be a better product then has been on display over the past few years. This is the guy for the job, and there is no talking me out of it. Doug Marrone is Methodical and it will show on Saturdays. Wins and losses only time will tell, but I know we are going to be in games, and you never know me might even turn a few heads. Don't believe me, look no further then this; "It's a point in the game, that's what I thrive on, that we can make adjustments in the game," he said. "That's what I thrive on. That we can make adjustments that will change the course of the game. Our coaches know that. I just always instruct the people that sit right behind the bench, if you have small children, I apologize. It might not be a G-rated scene. What did he say, in game changes, this is something new, Has Doug invented something new, oh hang on this is something that our former coach was not that into, or good at. Look no further then games like Akron, Rutgers, west Virginia, all games that we were leading and the other coach changed his plan but Grob wouldn't or couldn't.

"Again, I'm big on, I don't like a lot of distractions. I like to be able to focus on the game. A lot of people have asked me, 'Hey Coach. How's it going be the first time you come out on the field playing?' It's the same. It's business. I'm going to walk out onto that field. I'm going be ready to win a football game. That's how I've always approached it. Saturday's are fun. They're fun."



Friday, August 21, 2009

Players leaving

Searching the Internet for anything SU, all I see is how many people have left the team. Then I opened my Email and found this from a friend

Hey Guys,

I am pumped for the new season...but you have to admit that a frightening number of players have left under the new coach.

I guess our starting kicker / punter just left today and a walk-on is replacing him - 2 weeks before our first game. That is huge shitty news.

I am excited for the new coach and cannot wait to see the team play (I am going to the home opener), but I think something is messed up if so many players are leaving.


Let's start out talking about the amount of players who have left the team. First off it is normal for some turnover after a new coach is hired. This happens for a lot of reason, does not fit into scheme, going to see less playing time, does not agree with new coach, or maybe does not like switching positions. Of course there is other reason, but this is normal and it happens. Since lane Kiffin has taken over,Tennessee has lost 12 players and Auburn with Chizec lost 11 players. Since Steve Kragthorpe took over Louisville 20 players have left the team.

When asked about the players who have left the team Darrel Smith said, we've got a whole 'nother coaching staff," he said. "And we got rid of a few players. Some were good players, but obviously they weren't, um, appropriate; they weren't the right guys for our team. So we got rid of all those bad seeds and now we can grow as a team. As a good team.

As for the Starting kicker Shane Rauper, if I had to guess Shane could not handle the pressure of being the starting kicker on a d1 football team. I am glad that he realized it now and not during a key moment during a game. Also I have heard since Lichtenstein has taken over as the starter he has been money. As per Donnie Webb, he was consistently banging them through. On the final kick from about the 50 with players huddled around trying to create pressure, Lichtenstein made the kick. From where he was starting camp - in which he looked out of place - to where he is now in terms of being serviceable is worthy. Besides take a look at his name tag on the helmet. He is $!!!!

Charlie I hope this has answered a few of your questions, see you up on the hill! Go Orange

Syracuse football's Ryan Lichtenstein and Rob Long

Thursday, August 20, 2009

NFL to open there very own convict store.

Searching the web i came across this picture of an NFL jersey.

Hurry rush your out and get in line before these babies are sold out. Wait wait i am forgetting something, what is it, Oh yeah that tiny thing, Dog wait for it fighting. If you have picked up a paper in the past few years you might have come across an article or two about Vick hanging dogs electrocuting dogs, and dog fighting. Now i was the first person to be very upset about all of that, but i do believe that he has lost enough, he may not be sorry about it, but he is sorry for everything he has lost, and he has lost alot. Vick does deserve to earn a paycheck but really a pet jersey! I am sure that the NFL has the best Marketing agents, but this just does not seem like a good idea nor big seller! Whats next OJ Simpson Leather Gloves, or how about Marvin Harrison gun holsters.

otto the wedding crasher, are funerals next?

Otto as baba ganoush. The wedding crashers have nothing on him!

Ballhype: hype it up!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

he can do it

SU Quarterback Greg Paulus Talks With The Media

Greg Paulus says he can do it! all we need is the waterboy!
Ballhype: hype it up!

everyone is doing it

I just went from 6 to 12!

Ballhype: hype it up!

The acc takes notice

Found This article at the ACC Sports Journal thought i should pass it on.


White smoke emanated from the Carrier Dome last night, signifying Doug Marrone's choice of Greg Paulus as starting quarterback at Syracuse. The former Duke point guard beat out Ryan Nassib and will see real football action for the first time since high school when the Orange open up the season against Minnesota. Who knew Paulus would do a better job avoiding sacks on the field instead of the court?

There is no bigger punching bag on the Internet than Paulus. He's been Photoshopped on every message board in the country. He's associated with teabags as much as the Lipton brand. Bloggers must be delighted over the news — one more year of Paulus getting punked in his athletic endeavors.

Say what you'd like about Paulus - North Carolina and Virginia Tech fans - certainly have, but his story is fascinating. Here is a guy who put a promising football career on the shelf so he could play basketball for Mike Krzyzewski, where his four seasons certainly didn't go as planned. Paulus went from starting point guard to role player off the bench, toiling away on a collection of Duke squads that will be remembered as "down years". Paulus must have played the same "what if" game we've all played with our own career choices, fantasizing about hopping into a time machine so he could give his 18-year-old self a warning.

"Eighteen-year-old Greg…this is Future Greg. Listen to me. In 24 hours, Coach K will be in your living room. Do not — I repeat — DO NOT listen to what this man has to tell you. It's all a Jedi mind trick. You don't realize this now, but you will become the poster child for crotches to the face. You will become familiar with Deron Washington's manhood. You'll never look at salted peanuts the same way again after Danny Green serves them up at Cameron Indoor Stadium. You see this face, 18-year-old Greg? This is a face that has seen many horrors. Oh no, I'm starting to shift away from your time. Whatever you do, don't go to Duke. Sign with Notre Dame. Play footbaaaaahhhhhh…"

And strangely enough, that's probably the reason why Paulus got the gig in Syracuse. The remaining one year of eligibility allowed him to hit the reset button, and the sports media has latched on to his last shot at glory in mind-boggling fashion. Paulus was discussed on Pardon The Interruption, Dan Patrick invited him on to his nationally syndicated radio show, and the college football world was intrigued by his possible destinations. When he landed in Syracuse, Paulus was treated to a grand homecoming of sorts. The considerable buzz made it a relatively easy win-win situation for Marrone. Starting Paulus generates headlines and fan approval. The curiosity factor will likely get Syracuse some run on ESPN College Game Day and you know Dick Vitale won't stop talking about it when Duke plays basketball. If Paulus fails, no big deal. The Orange was not going to be in bowl contention and the coaching staff just gave its future starters more time to understand the offense.

As of Tuesday morning, Marrone looked like a genius. By Tuesday afternoon, Brett Favre joined the Minnesota Vikings and blew it all to hell….

Rutgers Who

Playing in Yankee Stadium is a cool little novelty for Rutgers since Army is giving up the home game to have it there.
Syracuse is just being chumps. They have alumni in the area, but so do countless schools. To the extent that anyone else cares at all this will be about two schools from somewhere else playing a local football game with one of the programs being of interest to college football fans. That one being either USC or Notre Dame.

the syraceuse stories have to stop

The funny thing is that the Star Liar will take negative reactions from Rutgers fans to Syracuse coverage as vindication, as though they're feeding a rivalry or something. And Cuse fans will convince themselves that we fear their resurgence.
But Syracuse's desperation is just pathetic to watch. Sort of like the way Florida schools reacted to Rutgers camps and marketing there. I don't blame anyone down there for having found it annoying. But it would be idiotic to think the likes of Miami actually feared that Rutgers could hurt them in south Florida.

Does it bother you that Rutgers fans think that they are so much better than everyone else. Where do they get off thinking this, cause they have one a few games the past few years, give Syracuse their strength of schedule the past few years and we would have one a few games. Give Syracuse back ray rice and we would have won a few more games. I am so sick of Rutgers football and that ass face Schiano. Can't wait till Syracuse is back taking all the good Jersey recruits and you guys are picking thru our scraps. I hope that all those scarlet knights enjoyed their day in the sun because those days are numbered. New York's Team is all over the media these days, Greg Paulus, and Syracuse being featured in the New Meadowlands which is in Jersey. Interesting, why Syracuse is the school playing in the Meadowlands and Rutgers isn't. Let me answer that, Cause we are Syracuse the very same school who has had players like Jim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Ernie Davis, Larry Czonka, and Donavan Mcnabb to name a few. Who does Rutgers have, oh yeah Ray Rice who was suppose to come to Syracuse. Yeah I know we are down right now, but we are still Syracuse and we will rebound. We play the teams that everyone want to play, the usc's, the Notre Dames, the Penn States, who do you guys play, Florida International, Howard, and Texas Southern , wow I hope you guys make it threw that tough schedule. Want more stats how about this, Syracuse strength of schedule is 22 and 35 the past two years. Rutgers, 78 and 81, wow I am shaking at that tough schedule you guys are playing. One last stat, all time wins, Syracuse is ranked number 14 and Rutgers 39. So when Syracuse gets scheduled at the meadowlands and you don't, now you know why, because you are still Rutgers.

comparing rutgers to any florida school is rediculous......remember SYRACUSE pounded rutgers for yrs and yrs......72-14 ring a bell??? wasnt that long ago, but if winning a couple games in a row makes you feel tough, good for wont be long until order is restored and ru is at the bottom again....I cannot believe you would try and use a comparison like ru going into florida and SYRACUSE going into new must be joking!!!

Finally someone with a brain in Jersey! oh and by the way Syracuse leads the all time record 23-10

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Where were you when you heard the news

I have an interesting story to share. Trying to beat the heat yesterday I decided to head to armory square to get a few cold drinks with a few friends. After being way over served at a few watering holes we decided to head to kitty hoynes where the a/c was blaring. After a few more pops I noticed my buddy talking to this rather tall well built man and his wife, my curiosity was peaked. So I go to investigate, nothing of interest well back to the others. A few more shots go down the throat, things getting cloudy, after a brief conversation with this tall stranger where I may or may not have insulted him, I did, I decided it was in my best interests to stay away. A FEW SECONDS LATER IT HIT ME, THE CATCH ON THE 3 YARD LINE, that is Chris Gedney, shit!!! I decided that I should go back over and apologize and by him a drink, not a good idea. The drink chip was rifled back at me like a 95 mph Joba fast ball. After trying again to apologize by buying another drink chip he finally accepted and allowed me into his conversation. This is where it gets interesting, I feel my phone vibrate , chris grabs his phone, and my buddy grabs his phone, interesting. I grab my phone and see that Greg Paulus was just named QB1. Conversation now in full swing about SU football, Chris tells me that he is not surprised and thinks it was a good choice. He also tells me that Charlie Loeb is going to be very good and that the coaches think that he is the real deal. I had to know about the catch so I decided to press my luck, jokingly he told me that it's Graves's fault that they did not win because he threw the ball three yards short. I may have a man crush on this guy. The moral of the story is don't piss off former football players especially ones that are twice your size.

Go SU!