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Italy v. Don't Tread on Me

Total meltdown.

That's the only way to describe the United States' effort today against an Italian squad which owns two two-point losses, one two-point victory, and now one one-point triumph. They are officially the Notre Dame basketball of olympic curling.

The United States clearly was the favorite entering the match today, but could not keep pace with an Italian squad that managed to score in five ends, while the Americans only mustered points in the fifth, seventh, and tenth.

Playing Lawyer
I'm leaving Connecticut tomorrow morning at an ungodly hour to travel to February's hottest tourist destination, Buffalo, to compete in a moot court competition. If you don't know what a moot court competition is, it's essentially where a bunch of uber nerds get together and put on fake appellate arguments in front of judges who fake understand the issues. It's really a pointless exchange, but it gets me out of town, and that's the most important thing.

So, Dave will take you to the weekend and maybe beyond, depending on my stupid travel schedule.

Shitty, Shitty Preview
Syracuse squares off against a depleted Cincinnati club tonight in the Dome. I neither expect Syracuse to drill the Bearcats nor get dogged by that MASH unit. Rather, this game is going to be nip and tuck from the opening tip to the final gun, especially if Eric Hicks gets on track. Anyways, here's the scouting reports from Ken Pomeroy:


Lacrosse = ??? = Profit
The Syracuse University athletic department is usually pretty inept. However, it actually struck a blow for "kicking ass" when it released the 2006 Syracuse lacrosse media guide. It comes in nine pieces, all in .pdf format. You should, like, print it out and stuff.

My favorite part of the media guide is the page with crosshairs superimposed over a picture of the Orange coaching staff and, specifically, Kevin Donahue. It just further emphasizes the glory of people who have time disproportionate to photoshop ability, as crosshairs over testicles are always funny. Seriously, this is the only reason America's Funniest Home Videos is still on TV - shots to the stones.

More Lacrosse
Donna Ditota has the inside dope, and it looks like this:

Here's the latest on the scrimmage with Maryland planned for this weekend in Syracuse:

The game is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday on Wohl Field, which is the lacrosse turf field located near the soccer stadium in the Manley Field House cluster of fields. Wohl Field has no spectator seating and I'm told no one will be allowed inside the fence to watch the scrimmage. I'm guessing that means you'll be allowed to peer at what transpires from outside the fence.

The caveat is this: If the weather does not cooperate, the game will be moved to Maryland. The decision, I understand, will be made by 10 a.m. on Thursday.
So, if you happen to be in town for, oh, I don't know, a certain alumni gathering, and are thinking about catching some lacrosse in the afternoon, make sure to check with Syracuse Athletics before venturing out.

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