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The Coal Mine Rescue

I’ve never been inside a coal mine. But, that’s also how every Syracuse trip to Morgantown feels.

I’ve never been inside a coal mine. But I don’t imagine I would enjoy it very much. I would imagine I’d be clawing at the walls to get the hell out of there. I’d be turning frantic and gasping for air amongst the black-sooted mountain folk.

Well, that’s also how every Syracuse trip to Morgantown feels.

I mean, of course this guy pictured goes to West Virginia. And of coursehe’s front and center in the student section. And of course ESPN features him during a cutaway shot.

He’s bearded and burly, gross, borderline psychotic. And wearing a leather bracelet. Encapsulating WVU perfectly.

A win is a win is a win, and adding another Top-10 victory to the resume is never something to sneeze at. But this probably should’ve been a lot easier.

The 72-71 Orange victory was highlighted by some tremendous personal efforts (thank you Brandon Triche), but many more brain locks.

Andy Rautins sliding mindlessly into the knee caps of a Mountaineer player for a loose ball he had about a 4% chance of grabbing, which ended in his fifth foul?

Wes Johnson attempting a pass under his own basket instead of just holding onto the ball and waiting to be fouled?

Scoop Jardine’s inane foul on a three-point attempt with just seconds left to play?

The Mountaineers shot out of their minds in the final minutes while carving away at the double-digit deficit. Which is the sort of coal smoke-induced light-headedness that happens when you spend time in Morgantown.

The Orange made it out alive, but with The Per’fesser’s and Orange Nation’s sanity in tatters.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

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