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The Internets Are A Buzzing

Last I checked, I'm still the f'ing man!
I do not have classes on Thursdays until the evenings, leaving me plenty of goof off time (homework time if my Mom is reading). Thus, the internet is a cool thing to browse. One of the reasons I joined this blog was to interact in a different way with fans of the Orange. But the internet can be used for evil as well. Our boy over at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician sent me an e-mail this morning that alerted me to a certain podcast that can be found here. I was so enraged at the complete lack of any semblance of knowledge based in reality that I had to write about it.

Our other good friends over at Cuse Country have done a little transcribing, so you can not only read, but follow along with the lunacy. Some choice quotes from podcasters Galen Clavio and Sean Bartel of The Meaningful Collateral are as follows:

On Jim Boeheim: He has been the classic coach of “win all these games at home against mediocre squads, go .500 in your conference, be on the bubble every season, make it three out of four years, miss it one year and you complain, you whine and you bitch like crazy in the year that you don’t make it.

He had one great player in Carmelo Anthony that led them to a dream season, a Danny Manning-type season, but he’s come back to where he is, which is a good, but nowhere near fantastic coach who’s going to win a lot doing what he needs to do: Winning at home against bad teams, going .500 in a tough conference then getting a win here or a win there to move on into the NCAA Tournament with a good seed, maybe make the Sweet 16 here and there, but that will be his legacy.

On the Big East: You’re redefining these teams in the Big East and I just don’t see any way that Syracuse can compete year in and year out against so many schools like Louisville, like Georgetown, like Marquette, like some of these bigger schools. And they are a big school, but I just think basketball-wise I just have trouble seeing Jim Boeheim being able to compete year in and year out.

Ok, first off, last time I checked, enough people in Springfield, Massachusetts, thought that Jim Boeheim was good enough to be put into the Basketball Hall of Fame. I really do not think you can get put in for being just a great recruiter. You cannot make it to the Final Four, let alone the championship game, without being a good coach, understanding how to prepare your players, and being able to be a floor general during games. I’m sorry, but that just does not happen if you do not know what you are doing, no matter who is on your team.

Second, I really do not think they understand what the word remote means. From, the second definition reads “out-of-the-way; secluded”. The last time I checked, which was about a month ago when I was there, Syracuse is in Central New York. How can something be secluded if it is in the middle of one of the biggest of the 50 states?

Third, a little fact checking might be in order for these gentlemen. These guys simply jumped on the ESPN (not this year but last year and many before it) Bandwagon of calling on the veracity of our non-conference schedules. While in the past this may have been true, the last several non-conference schedules have showcased many NCAA Tournament teams, and several more which you could have made a case for. In addition, Syracuse has only been at .500 or below four times since Syracuse became a founding member in 1979. Syracuse was the only team from a BSC conference in the history of the NCAA Tournament (with a 64/65 team field) with 22 or more wins, and ten conference wins, to not make the NCAA Tournament. If there was ever a time for Syracuse (Jim Boeheim) to bitch, last year was it.
I can let you make your own judgments. Again, Jim is in the Hall of Fame, he has a crapload of 20 plus win seasons in his 31 years at Syracuse, three Final Fours, a National Championship, and a really hot wife. You decide who is right in this debate. However my good friend and colleague Matt Glaude said it best in an e-mail this afternoon:

"Mr. [Clavio and Mr. Bartel], what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response[s] were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul[s]."
Editor’s Note: Special thanks and hat tips to MariusJanulisForThree from Nunes/Magician and Tim from Cuse Country.

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2 Responses to “The Internets Are A Buzzing”

  1. # Anonymous Josh

    I left a lot of my opinions on this on Cuse Country but just thought of something else to add to the JB resume. Remember he got chosen *just last year* to be one of three or four coaches for the USA Basketball Olympic team. If he was "past his prime" or "on the decline", that would be a pretty stupid move, huh?  

  2. # Anonymous CK Dexter Haven

    Just how tall is Julie Boeheim? Isn't JB 6'4" or so?  

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