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    Any NCAA Basketball fans here? I just wanted to start a thread to gloat about the fact that my beloved Syracuse Orange is ranked #1 in the country after their absolute massacre of Villanova at the dome on Saturday.

    I personally believe this team is better than the team that won the National Championship in 2003. The 2-3 zone is absolutely stifling, we are getting great play off the bench from Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, and the overall balance of the team offensively makes us extremely tough to defend.

    March madness is coming up and I think we have a great chance of winning the tournament again this year. What is even more exciting is the possibility that next year our team will be even better with the sick recruiting class we have coming in. True, we are losing Onuaku, Rautins, and more likely than not Wes Johnson, but we are bringing in top prospects Dion Waiters, Fab Melo, and C.J. Fair. Its a great time to be a fan of SU hoops!

    Syracuse is definately a basketball town, but I still wish that our football team would rise to prominence again. Some of the most fun I have ever had watching sports was going to SU football games at the dome in the days of Donovan McNabb, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeny, and Keith Bulluck. Here's hoping that Doug Marrone is the guy to bring us back into the spotlight! I thought he did a decent job in his first year, especially given that we had a basketball player as our starting QB and our best receiver quit the team halfway through the year...

  • #2
    Re: Syracuse Orange

    Well let me extend my apologies from Louisville that my Cards beat Sryacuse twice this year.

    Sure only one game has been played but when the Crush come down here to play for the last game of the season it will not only be senior night but the last game in Freedom Hall.

    Destiny is on our side.

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    • #3
      Re: Syracuse Orange

      I have to give credit where credit is due. You guys had our number this year.

      Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go drink myself into a coma.

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      • DJRamFan
        Steve Kragthorpe Press Conference Quotes
        by DJRamFan
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      • RamsFanSam
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        A great time to be objective.

        Over the past 12 months, we have seen a self-destructing team with a shameful lack of effort slowly turn into a team that has a chance, albeit a small chance, to go to Miami. At this point a year ago, some were ready to put away all things blue and gold, and forget about football for a few months. All of us were really disgusted with the team.

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        In an offseason filled with things like the probability of Bruce no longer being with us, the fear of another crappy draft, and the unknowns of free agency, something really strange happened.

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      • Fat Pang
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        by Fat Pang
        Forgive me while I start this little note with a mangling of the title of an Oasis song, it did seem to be appropriate however in light of some of the reaction that we've seen afer our recent disappointment. I have to say that I'm not particularly pleased right now and was even less pleased this morning. However, the distractions of a working day have taken their toll on me and the many others who share these forums and so I feel it's safe to maybe put an alternative spin on some of these things.

        I'm not traditionally a patient man, not known for it anyway. I was prone to volcanic fits of rage on the football field on occasion, whether things were going my way or not. I'd earned the sobriquet of 'Mr Angry' by my second (Sophomore?) year of college and collected receptions despite my personality rather than because of it.

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      • rNemesis
        Can our RAMS rise back to greatness once again?
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        This article is what I always think about, and maybe similar to what Bryan Burwell wrote about in a previous thread called " RAMS HAVE CHANCE TO DEFINE SEASON".. I really loved that article and it reminded me of what I want to talk about, and that is the rise of a team to greatness/elite status, whether it be once again, or finally for the first time.

        Our Rams have been through a lot of ups and downs. Historically, we have been both good and bad; that is, we've been right there at the top and right there at the bottom at any given year. We've had the championship in cleveland in the 50's or 60's or so and went to the bowl against the steelers in the late 70's, went to the NFC championship game against the bears in 85, the eagles in 2001, and a host of other great playoff games. And of course the 90's were fairly bad until 99. But those were all different teams with different identities.

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      • rNemesis
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        -08-27-2010, 03:16 PM
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