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Rutgers Beats Syracuse in OT in One of the Most Wretched Games Ever

Terribly nauseating that Crazy Eyes Schiano was able to run around the field after a win looking like a terrier who had just been shocked by an electric fence. What is it about this guy? He always seems one traffic jam on the New Jersey Turnpike away from ripping his dashboard stereo out and smashing it over his own head. The final moments, as the officials reviewed the fumble, he went from crying tears of joy with his coaches, to angrily screaming at his players to stay off the field, to composing himself long enough to shake Doug Marrone’s hand. I’m sure he’s the kind of guy who finds it fun to mix a Xanax with a vodka-tonic, just to see how drastically his mood swings.

No matter how much we chop up ol’ Crazy Eyes, this one is on the ‘Cuse. SU controlled the game for the better part of three quarters. Should’ve been a two touchdown lead. That was one of the ugliest games of the college football season. It was reminiscent of the time these two schools played each other in 1914. Jeez. You turn the football over 5 times? Lose the time of possession battle by 13:00 at home? Allow Rutgers to outscore you 10-0 in the 4th quarter (and the Knights missed a GW FG as time expired)?

But nothing stinks as wretched as the special teams. A blocked extra point? A missed field goal and a blocked one? See, that’s just karma. Last week the Orange benefited from pitiful officiating and a phantom extra point. Then Ross Krautman is ironically nominated for the Lou Groza award. All of a sudden, he has the game from hell. SU Athletics should have refused to let the NCAA put him on the Groza list. “Sorry, we’re good. Doug is just going to poke Ross on Facebook. Thanks, though.” The football gods upstairs – Bear Bryant, Ben Shwartzwalder, Beano Cook (oops) – hate that stuff. They’ll make you pay.

Nine turnovers? Twenty-one penalties? Missed kicks all over the place? Truly disgusting. But hey, losing conference games at the Dome is just how we roll.

Posted: D.A.

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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