Thursday, June 28, 2012

Looking back on draft day

Draft day can, and probably will, be a great day for Syracuse basketball. Dion Waiters is expected to be a top 10 pick, or at least fall into the lottery. Fab Melo is projected to go somewhere around 20-25, also in the first round. Kris Joseph is on the bubble in round two, but we may get to hear the Canadian's name before the night is done.

That's a lot of NBA talent for a team that didn't have any supposed star power, according to the "experts," last season.

But draft day can also be a bit of a melancholy day for SU fans, if you think about it. Because this is the last day Dion, Fab and Kris are all OUR players. By the end of the night, most likely, they will all be wearing a uniform that says neither Syracuse nor Orange.

So let's take one last look journey into the Lots of Pulp vault, and enjoy all the fun we had with these guys during their SU careers.

Dion Waiters - Humble, Hungry, Unstoppable


- Unstoppable ... Dion Waiters is
- Baller's Backups - Dion Waiters
- Revenge of the Alley Oop GIF
- The Dion Waiters Tweet Cloud
- Best and Worst Moments from the Best and Worst Season
- Roll Bounce 2: Camden Showdown
- An Obtwittuary - Dion Waiters
- Relax with some SU slow jams

Fab Melo - The Monstar who left us too soon


- The Five Stages of Fab Grief
- How Fab became a block machine
- How Chipotle turned Fab Melo into a (skinny) star
Best and Worst Moments from the Best and Worst Season
- Destroying the Hoyas one GIF at a time
- Baller's Backups - Fab Melo
- #FabMeloRumors
- #FabMeloRumors Fab Himself Clears Things Up

Kris Joseph - Candian Bacon, Hoya Spayer


KrisJo - Spaying Hoyas since 2010
- Destroying the Hoyas one GIF at a time
- Kris Jo Game Winner Reactions
- GIFs of the Week
Best and Worst Moments from the Best and Worst Season
Relax with some SU slow jams
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Backup Plans

Never again with the yellow shoes
If you're a Syracuse lacrosse fan, your Memorial Day plans used to be set in stone. Travel to the lacrosse Final Four, tailgate heavily, and watch the Orange compete for the sport's ultimate prize. Qualifying for 22-straight championship weekends made it pretty standard. Sure, there was the first-round exit in 2005, then a lost season in 2007, but back-to-back titles in '08 and '09 made us think things were back to normal.

Unfortunately this might be the new normal.

The fact is, parody seems to have finally arrived. This is the third-consecutive year the Orange has failed to play on Memorial Day weekend. And for the first time since 1975 (H/T @beneg92 for that tidbit), Syracuse, Johns Hopkins and Virginia are all firing up the grills at home for the holiday. Notre Dame, Loyola, Maryland and Duke in the Final Four? Shoot me in the face.

And women's lacrosse? Don't get me started. Why can't women hit other women just like men can hit men? Play by the same rules as men's lacrosse or don't call it lacrosse. I refuse to watch women's "stick and net ball," even if Syracuse is involved. Sorry, Gary Gait.

So what else can you do this weekend? We're here to help.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Jim Boeheim is THIS MUCH more valuable than your coach

Sean Keeley did a good job explaining how Jim Boeheim is a bargain considering his paycheck. But let's dig a little deeper, and see just how much of a bargain he is these days.


Jim Boeheim makes $1.9 million per year, according to papers filed to the government and reported by syracuse.com. Over the last few seasons, that has been money very well spent. Let's discuss.

-$55,882.32 per win in 2012
-$70,370.37 per win in 2011
-$63,333.33 per win in 2010
-Average of $62,637.63 per win in the last three seasons

Would you rather have this
guy, or 2.91 Boeheims?
To put this all into perspective, let's look at some other coaches, and how "valuable" they are to their schools by the numbers.

Rick Pitino
-Salary: $4.8 million
-Per win: $182,278.48 (2.91 Boeheims)

Tom Izzo -Salary: $3.6 million
-Per win: $142,105.26 (2.27 Boeheims)

Thad Matta -Salary: $2.9 million
-Per win: $92,553.19 (1.48 Boeheims)
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Monday, April 30, 2012

#GeorgetownTraditions

Not sure if you heard this today, but the Georgetown University clock's hands are missing. At first, we assumed it was a Syracuse fan fulfilling his or her birthright of destroying everything Hoya related. But it turns out, this "tradition" has been going on for some time.

From the Washington Post's web site, Georgetown d-bags students swiped the hands back in 2005. When their roommate - in true Georgetown backstabbing form - turned them in, they were forced to endure a brutal punishment:
They were placed on disciplinary probation for a year (meaning they could get kicked out if they got in trouble again), and each had to write an essay on “more constructive university traditions,” according to the Hoya.
So, as always, we want to help these beloved Georgetown students (read: we absolutely do not want to help you), by assembling our own list of "more constructive Georgetown traditions."

  • Hand stitching little dolphins and swordfish onto all your clothing
  • Fighting innocent Chinese basketball players
  • Reminiscing about the glory days or Georgetown basketball, which, of course, came before you were born.
  • Scream "Hoya Saxa" in an arena with approximately 26 other people present (players and coaches included)
  • Hide every ugly woman fan - so every woman fan - with disgusting face paint.
  • Fighting in the stands over SAT scores (this ACTUALLY happened during the 2011 SU game).
  • Doing their best Bobby Newport impersonation
  • Date rape


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4

Green Bay Packers


Projected draft pick: 28
Projected position: OLB
Projected playing time: Backup OLB with more playing time in pass rush situations opposite Clay Matthews. 35% snaps.
Projected Stats: 4.0 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Discount Double Check
Favorite teammate: Jordy Nelson
Rookie Hazing task: Hanging out with this girl

Baltimore Ravens


Projected draft pick: 29
Projected position: DE/OLB
Projected playing time: Starting DE with occasional snaps at OLB, 65% of snaps.
Projected Stats: 6.0 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Re-mix of Ray Lewis' dance (to take over when he retires)
Favorite teammate: Jameel McClain (I don't know who this OTHER JONES is)
Rookie Hazing task: Doing Arthur's laundry between practices

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

Detroit Lions


Projected draft pick: 23
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: Primary backup to Avril and Vanden Bosch, 35% of snaps. Grooming for Vanden Bosch's spot.
Projected Stats: 4.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: The Eminem Waka Waka
Favorite teammate: Doug Hogue
Rookie Hazing task: Picking up the tab on Ndamukong Suh's fines

Pittsburgh Steelers


Projected draft pick: 24
Projected position: DE/OLB
Projected playing time: Backing up Woodley and Harrison, with pass rushing snaps at DE. 30% snaps.
Projected Stats: 3.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Shampooing the hair 
Favorite teammate: Ziggy Hood
Rookie Hazing task: Ben Roethlisberger's wingman

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

NOTE: Bonus double edition today. Click here for part 1. Part 2 is below.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

New York Jets


Projected draft pick: 16
Projected position: DE/OLB
Projected playing time: Backup DE behind Wilkerson and DeVito, with pass rushing snaps at OLB
Projected Stats: 5.0 sacks 
Sack Celebration: Rex Ryan's Truffle Shuffle
Favorite teammate: God ... er ... Tim Tebow
Rookie Hazing task: Michelle Ryan's personal podiatrist 

Cincinnati Bengals


Projected draft pick: 17
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: Starting DE, 85% of snaps
Projected Stats: 6.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Who Dey Pantalones
Favorite teammate: Adam (don't call me Pac Man) Jones
Rookie Hazing task: Team Bailbondsman

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32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

NOTE: Bonus double edition today. Part 1 is below. Click here for part 2.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

Kansas City Chiefs


Projected draft pick: 11
Projected position: OLB
Projected playing time: Starting OLB playing opposite Tamba Hali
Projected Stats: 7.5 sacks 
Sack Celebration: One Legged Chief Dance
Favorite teammate: Glenn Dorsey
Rookie Hazing task: Counter-intelligence for Scott Pioli

Seattle Seahawks


Projected draft pick: 43
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: 3rd or 4th DE in Seahawks rotation. 25% snaps plus special teams.
Projected Stats: 2.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Fish Toss
Favorite teammate: Mike Williams (Not THAT Mike Williams)
Rookie Hazing task: Getting Marshawn Lynch's Skittles

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Friday, April 20, 2012

32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

St. Louis Rams


Projected draft pick: 39
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: Starting DE playing majority of snaps
Projected Stats: 5.5 sacks 
Sack Celebration: Ram Dance
Favorite teammate: Quinn Ojinaka (he's still in the NFL???)
Rookie Hazing task: Sam Bradford's personal stretcher bearer 

Jacksonville Jaguars


Projected draft pick: 38
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: Starting DE opposite Jeremy Mincey playing majority of snaps
Projected Stats: 6.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Aztec Jaguar
Favorite teammate: Jeremy Mincey (everyone knows Florida players know how to have fun)
Rookie Hazing task: Personal Kleenex holder for Chad Henne

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 1

Chandler Jones' name has appeared all over the draft charts, from the middle of the first round all the way to the end of the fourth round or lower. It seems @ChanJones99 could wind up anywhere, so Lots of Pulp will try to predict his future with all 32 NFL teams leading up to the draft.

Click here to read other posts from the Chandler Jones Series
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 2
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 3 Part Deux
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 4
32 Teams, 1 Chandler Jones: Day 5

Indianapolis Colts


Projected draft pick: 34
Projected position: DE
Projected playing time: Fourth DE in rotation behind Freeney, Mathis and Hughes. Grooming for Freeney's role (obviously). 20% snaps.
Projected Stats: 4.5 Sacks
Sack Celebration: Lucas Oil Rig Dance
Favorite teammate: Freeney (duh)
Rookie Hazing task: Wearing #18 for training camp to confuse Indy fans

Washington Redskins


Projected draft pick: 69
Projected position: OLB
Projected playing time: 15% snaps, backing up Orakpo and Kerrigan, special teams
Projected Stats: 3.5 sacks
Sack Celebration: Marching Band Leader 
Favorite teammate: Tanard Jackson
Rookie Hazing task: Praising Mike Shannahan at every press conference

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Friday, April 13, 2012

A Retrospective: Syracuse Football Uniforms

By no means should the fashion of the Syracuse football program be compared to the likes of Oregon.

Still, Syracuse fans have seen a flux of changes, from one to logo to another, from Orangemen to Orange, and from one uniform design to the next.

With spring in the air, and the eagle-eye of the threads @NunesMagician bringing light to a potential white pants change, we've decided to take a look back at football jerseys of the past.

You surely have seen these uniforms on numerous sites, a few have made top 10 ugliest of all time articles, but here's an attempt at bringing them all under one post.

It seems as if Syracuse basketball fans have their favorite, or at least portions (many choose the script Syracuse).

But we're looking for judgement on which parts of the Syracuse football uniform we're proud of, and not so proud of. We'll be leaving a few comments beneath each photo.

Leave your comments and we'll let Doc Gross know.

THE SYRACUSE FOOTBALL UNIFORM COLLECTION:

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A letter to DaJuan




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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You suck, Nerlens!

The Nerlens Noel special is scheduled for 7:30 tonight on ESPNU, with the Announcement projected at around 8:45, according to Brent Axe. That's too late to get a legitimate reaction piece up, so we're going to react before the decision is actually made. Just to hedge our bets, we're posting a positive and a negative reaction, since these 18-year-old kids can be somewhat unpredictable. Click here to read the other side.

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

$50K won't even last through one game of cards in the NBA

You've made a huge mistake, Nerlens. Clearly you would rather take a big bag of cash from a slimeball like Calipari than have a shot at winning a national title. You're not about family, or winning, or anything but money. You'll never win anything.

-Your High Top Fade is the dumbest thing we've ever seen. What is this 1993? Even DJ Jazzy Jeff thinks you need a haircut.

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Welcome to Syracuse, Nerlens!

The Nerlens Noel special is scheduled for 7:30 tonight on ESPNU, with the Announcement projected at around 8:45, according to Brent Axe. That's too late to get a legitimate reaction piece up, so we're going to react before the decision is actually made. Just to hedge our bets, we're posting a positive and a negative reaction, since these 18-year-old kids can be somewhat unpredictable. Click here to read the other side.

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

From one great Orangeman to the next

You've made a wise decision, Young Nerlens. Clearly you realized that Syracuse could offer you the best combination of competing for a national championship, improving your pro prospects and becoming part of a true family atmosphere.

-Your High Top Fade is the coolest thing we've ever seen. You will be a star here, and you'll see 30,000+ fans rocking the hairstyle by the end of the season.

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High Top Hysteria - D-Day

High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision. 
Tick tick tick ...
High Top Hysteria Update - April 11, 2012 - D-DAY HATH ARRIVED

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates

Nerlens News
No.1 and No. 2 Players Exclusive School Announcements on ESPNU Signing Day Special (ESPN Media Zone)

We all knew Nerlens' announcement, alongside Shabazz Muhammad, would be aired on ESPNU. But what we didn't know, might set the stage for what's coming ... or not.
Throughout the show, ESPNU will speak with top NCAA coaches from around the country, including John Calipari of the recently-crowned National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. 
ESPN has been in the know all along on this. That's why they made him put it off until the 11th, so they could televise it with Shabazz. They knew his decision weeks ago. So they're programming accordingly.

The first, and most reasonable theory, is they know at least one, if not both, of these guys are going to Kentucky. So they want to get Calipari's reaction. He's going to gloat on camera again, and we will all want to puke. Yay!

However, there is an alternate option. Bob Knight works for ESPN. He can be influential because if he yells at you, you immediately curl into a ball and cry. It's natural.

"Suck it, John"

Bob Knight also HATES John Calipari so much, he won't even say the program's name on television. Maybe Knight has coordinated a night of embarrassment for Calipari, where his two prized recruits spurn him like a jilted lover on the alter, and Knight comes out from behind the curtain and points and laughs at him on camera. This seems highly possible.

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Roll Bounce 2: Camden Showdown

In case you've made the tragic and heartbreaking decision to unfollow @dionwaiters3, you may have missed this:

Dion Waiters is hosting a roller-skating party later this month.

Go ahead, read that again.


If you live in the Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area, you have absolutely no excuses. Here's where it is:



I'm working on getting some loyal Cusians to go get their skate on. You should too.
 
Send us pictures if you attend, although you might want to get out of there before 3 AM. I imagine much good doesn't happen at a Camden skating rink at that time.

One picture has already been leaked in a lead up to the event:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

High Top Hysteria - April 10

High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision. 

T-Minus 1 day until D-Day
High Top Hysteria Update - April 10, 2012!!!!!!! 

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates

Nerlens News
Nerlens Notebook: Pre-Decision Thoughts (ESPN.com)

Nerlens Noel came back for a special birthday edition of his running notebook with ESPN.com. First he spends nearly half the thing talking about a game no one cares about (Seriously, the Nike Hoop Summit? Who cares). But he finally got on to the important things.

On Georgetown ...
Then you’ve got Georgetown, and I really just like everything about them. When I went down there with my mom, it really opened my eyes to what they were all about. I have to factor in what a school like that can do for me, even away from being a basketball player. It’s just a great school and they have a history of developing big men. Georgetown is definitely a great option for me. 
I mean, he DID basically see their gametime atmosphere by visiting in April. No one is in the stands during the season, either.

On Kentucky ...
Of course they’re coming off the national championship, but I’d look more at how I’d be able to fit in and how I’d be used there. I’d factor in what my role would be offensively, likeAnthony Davis with a lot of lobs and catching it at the high post and things like that. Defensively I think it’ll take care of itself. 
Legitimate points. We have no use for these.

On Syracuse ...

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A Obtwittuary - Dion Waiters

Ah, @dionwaiters3, we barely knew you.

With our beloved Dion taking his talents to the NBA after two years donning the orange, we've penned a final piece reflecting upon his first tumultuous, then matured and impressive career.

For his orange obituary, or obtwittuary, we've used only Dion's most tweeted words from his tweet cloud. Enjoy. We'll miss you Dion. 


Dion,

Bro. Wassup?
Wife love Dion.
Dude respect, appreciate Dion.
SMH, town love Dion.
Never humble,
Always hungry.
Fan Favorite,
True Beast.
Watching lil Philly play hard,
Always running, giving, unstoppable.
Top sixth man,
Dion Waiters showed true swag.
Keep rocking, don't stop.
Make school proud.
NBA draft pick, yessir.

Salute, homie. Respect.

Love,
CuseNation


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Check out our new Pinterest page

Lots of Pulp has a Pinterest page. Check us out at http://pinterest.com/cusepulp/

What's Pinterest? Well, you better find out before you're the only kid at school without one (that's how this works, right?).

Basically, we're going to use it to share all our photos, videos, GIFs and other multimedia. We'll also share some things from other people as well. We're a multimedia empire, bitches! Pin It Now!

Monday, April 9, 2012

High Top Hysteria - April 9

High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision. 

T-Minus 2 days until D-Day
High Top Hysteria Update - April 9, 2012!!!!!!! 

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates

Nerlens News
Players Predict Where Muhammad, Noel Will Go (ESPN.com)

ESPN asked other recruits where Noel would be heading when he makes his decision this week. Unfortunately not one of them picked Syracuse, and nearly all of them picked Kentucky.

Said Duke Commit Matt Jones:
"Kentucky. I played with him last weekend at a tournament and you should’ve seen him watching Louisville play against Kentucky. It was like he could envision himself there."
Ruh roh.

Nerlens Notes
Take 3 days off from Twitter and the world is suddenly spinning on it's head. Or pole. Moving on...

So Nerlens went out to Oregon for the Nike Hoop Summit game this weekend. He had an unexpected visitor on his timeline. 


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Friday, April 6, 2012

High Top Hysteria - April 6

High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision. 

T-Minus 5 days until D-Day
High Top Hysteria Update - April 6, 2012!!!!!!!

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates

Nerlens News
Melo to Enter NBA Draft (suathletics.com)

Nerlens tweeted about this the other day, and now it's official. Fab Melo will enter the NBA draft, blowing open an opportunity for Nerlens Noel to step in anchor the 2-3 zone right away. Of course this is not really news to anyone, since Melo was most likely never coming back to the team after being ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. 

The official statement hit the SU Athletics web site at about 4 p.m. How did Nerlens react? Let's discuss ...

Nerlens Notes
And there it is ... not four hours after Melo's decision became official, Nerlens is tweeting about opportunities. Thanks, now we'll all twist it into whatever we see fit.


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Thursday, April 5, 2012

From UConn to Kentucky: A Scholar's Road

With Anthony Davis clearly heading to the NBA draft, Kentucky is scrambling to fill the void of shot swatting, ugly mugging, paint domination for next year. And while you may have heard that Calipari is targeting this Noel fella, they may already have their answer in Alex Oriakhi.

Wait, Alex Oriaki? He of 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1 block a game? Surely you jest.
We'll conveniently believe that they are going after Oriakhi or Noel. Not both. Good. Moving on...

Via Jeff Goodman on Twitter (@GoodmanCBS):
Yes, that's right folks. 

This is about the academics. Akin to transferring from Harvard to UPenn, Oriakhi has decided to make the switch from the hallowed classrooms in Storrs to the intellectual's utopia - the SEC.
Understandable. Yet, which area of study will be available at the University of Payche...um Kentucky, that isn't already available at the University of Farmi...Connecticut?

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High Top Hysteria - April 5

High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision. 

T-Minus 6 days until D-Day
High Top Hysteria Update - April 5, 2012!!!!!!!

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates


RELATED POST - UConn to UK, A Scholar's Road

Nerlens News
Calipari to meet with Oriakhi (NBCConnecticut.com)
Wait, I thought Noel was their #1 priority ever since he re-classified to this year's class? Are they hedging their bets? Feeling the heat from Cuse?

Or maybe they just don't want Nerlens as much as we think ... just saying.

Nerlens Notes




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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

PHOTOSHOP CONTEST!!!

Popeye Southerland has a challenge for you ...



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High Top Hysteria - April 4


High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision.


T-Minus 7 days until D-Day
High Top Hysteria Update - April 4, 2012!!!!!!!

Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates

Nerlens News
Nerlens' Notebook - Decision Day Set
Ho-ly-sh*t-snacks. Screw the notes and the nonsense today. Nerlens is writing a blog for ESPN leading up to April 11, and just posted an update today. We're breaking this baby down piece by piece.

I just got back from New Orleans playing in the All-American Championships and had a ball. The game was fun, of course, just playing with all my boys, but we had even more fun hanging out in the city. 
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Best and Worst Moments from the Best and Worst Season - No. 1


Editor's note: The wounds are still fresh, but we're recapping one of the most memorable seasons in SU Basketball history. It was the best of times ... it was the worst of times. So in that spirit, we'll count down the Top 5 Best and Worst moments in the most up-and-down season any of us can ever remember.


More from the Best and Worst Moments Series
Best and Worst Moment #5
Best and Worst Moment #4
Best and Worst Moment #3
Best and Worst Moment #2


Worst Moment #1
November 17, 2011 - Bernie Fine accused of sexual abuse

SU left an empty seat next to Boeheim when Fine was on leave.
As details came out, Fine was fired, his seat filled on the bench

In the wake of the Penn State story, the talk between a few of our Syracuse friends was "what if this happened at Syracuse?" "How would we react?" We didn't ever think that our school would be the next story in the fallout of PSU. And yet, what seemed like only a few days later, the story broke.

It's no use going into all the details of the story. It was a horrible story, one that affected too many people and touched on the disturbing topic of child abuse. There were graphic details and reports, the firing of Bernie Fine, and calls for Boeheim to be next.Yet it was also an intriguing story of false accusations, strong reactions and heartfelt apologies. The biggest questions were of course about the actions of Fine and the horrible effects it may have had on his alleged victims, as well as the culture of supporting child abuse victims.


Yet there was also another question, albeit less important, that many Syracuse Basketball fans would ask. How will the team respond? Will they fall apart? At first they left a seat open for Fine. As he was fired and more law departments became involved in the investigation, that seat was filled. As rumors swirled and their head coach shouldered a ton of blame/pressure, the team somehow became more focused with the things they could control. 


On the court is what they knew to do best: play the 2-3, run, dunk and attack. And the team did just that, at a frenetic pace, to run off 20 straight wins to start the season. It was as if the more intense the pressure built from the outside, the more tight knit the Syracuse team became on the court. They were like a Greek phalanx, deflecting all shots or challenges and beating the shit out of everyone.


The Bernie Fine story isn't ultimately about basketball though. No matter what happened on the court, this was a dark day for the program, the university, and the Syracuse community. Perhaps the darkest in memory. In the most up and down season in history, this was without question the lowest moment. 



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None. We went on hiatus for two weeks trying to figure if we could even run this blog anymore in the wake of such terrible news.

Best Moment #1
March 3, 2012 - Syracuse 58, Louisville 49

It was a proper sendoff for Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine

It was a coronation. A fitting moment of triumph on Senior Night for the most accomplished regular-season team in the history of Syracuse basketball. A perfect ending for the winningest player in SU history, Kris Joseph, and the often-polarizing, but nonetheless beloved, Scoop Jardine.

To fully appreciate this day, one must remember that in their careers in Orange - spanning four years prior to this one between the two - Jardine and Joseph had beaten Louisville exactly ZERO times. But on this Saturday afternoon, the senior duo completed a season sweep of the Cardinals.

The final score read 58-49, but anyone watching knew it wasn't even that close. The Orange took the lead on a Dion Waiters 3-pointer with just less than seven minutes left in the half, and never trailed again. The lead would grow to as much as 19, and the party was on in Syracuse.

Sure, Jardine didn't score a point, and Joseph struggled from the field. But that didn't matter. SU was undefeated at home for the first time since 2003. They completed a 30-1 season, the best in the program's illustrious history. Moved to 17-1 in the conference, among the greatest finishes of all time.

The Orange faithful had the chance to calmly send off two of its all-time greats in Jardine and Joseph in the final moments. Jim Boeheim even smiled - a little. It was a good day.




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Cuse is on a Boat Motherf****r!

News broke yesterday that the Carrier Classic, the basketball game played atop the USS Midway, was in search for a bigger name than Georgetown University. As a logical solution, the organizers called up Syracuse and our response was of course, "yes, as long as T-Pain can come as well."

Soon enough, this video leaked, courtesy of Donna Ditota


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

High Top Hysteria - April 3, 2012

T-Minus 8 days until D-Day
High Top Hysteria is running pretty high in Cuse Nation these days. There are Twitter campaigns to woo him in the direction of the Orange, and anti-Twitter campaigns to ward off potential recruiting violations. As we are always a trusted news source, Lots of Pulp is here to help you make sense of all the mayhem and destruction leading up to April 11, and his ultimate decision.


Click here to read all the High Top Hysteria Updates


***UPDATE - 3:48 p.m.***

News is flying in every second here on HTH 2012. Just after we finished recapping the days events (see below), a MONSTER Tweet touched down on the Interwebs.

John Barry, apparently a young child, or a small jockey, tugged at Noel's heartstrings with this video.

Judging by how quickly Noel retweeted it to his followers, he is either 100% committing to Syracuse right now, or he hates children and wants to see them suffer. There is no in between. Let's hope, for America's sake, it's the former.

Editor's Note to Johnny - If you're going to be a successful 4-year-old booster, you should work on the "rotate clockwise tool."

High Top Hysteria Update - April 3, 2012

Nerlens News
Fab Melo to sign agent, enter NBA draft (Sporting News)
Nerlens noticed this yesterday, or didn't, when he hit the Twitterverse wondering if Fab was really going pro. That stirred Cuse Nation into a frenzy, launching a hashtag campaign that briefly trended nationwide. Didn't see Kentucky fans doing that. They were too busy at the National Champio ... uhh ... let's move on.

Nerlens Notes
This is your place for hard-hitting analysis of any piece of Nerlens information. We'll take any tidbit, any size, and make sure to give you rash reactions and proclamations. In other words, we'll act just like ESPN. Mass hysteria! Breaking news! Exclusive sources!
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