PSA for Syracuse Basketball Fans: ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb is Trolling Us

He’s predictably debating whether to put the dominant Orange atop his power rankings.

So our good friend Doug Gottlieb is at it again, huh? After Syracuse doled out another beatdown, this time at Villanova, the ESPN college basketball thinker is tweeting like he’s torn on SU in his power rankings.

“Should I put Baylor 1? Resume is better—lot of talent–mulling”

He was asked by a follower, “does it just kill you putting Syracuse #1?” 

“Just hard cause schedule is not comp”

Which is actually downright hysterical since, as another follower pointed out, SU’s strength of schedule AND its RPI are both tops in the nation.

“look at resumes, not close Baylor has way better scalps”

Not to be outdone, Gottlieb also took a swipe at the conference. A follower asked “Is SU this good or is the Big East this bad this year?”


Yet, when it came to which team was better – Syracuse or Baylor – Doug came to his senses.

“Cuse is better in back court for sure”

“Cuse is better no doubt.”

There is a dynamic on the internet called “trolling.” Wikipedia states, “a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, messages in an online community, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response.”

Urban Dictionary sums it up a little more colorfully: “Being a prick on the internet because you can.” (Which is basically the idea behind most comment sections.)

Attention: Orange Nation. Doug Gottlieb is trolling us. Be made aware. Thank you. Sincerely, The Fizz. 

Look, I actually like Gottlieb. Mainstream college sports media is filled with fanboys and syncophants that refuse to acknowledge anything or anyone could be less than spectacular. Dick Vitale has been devaluing college basketball analysis for decades. So even though his SU haterade is tired, a dose of honest, critique-ridden insight from Gottleib and Jay Bilas is refreshing.

The fun part is there’s not even a debate anymore about Syracuse. After yet another thrashing of an inferior foe, the Orange is the clear cut best team in the nation. There’s no amount of Ken Pom number crunching that can lead you to any other evaluation. Baylor might like its chances, but even the Bears coaching staff would admit SU would be the heavy favorite in a neutral site game between the two tomorrow.

Watching this team makes me giddy. What’s a term for being deeper than deep? Deep deep? Dreep? Steep? Forget K-Jo, or Dion, or Scoop. Let’s go on the road to Philly, and watch James Southerland drop 15 on you. An incredible commitment to defense. An unselfish nature where the entire team loves when the next guy steps up. A window that will be open awhile with ultra-talented MCW & Rakeem Christmas playing mop up minutes. The Per’fesser with a reinforced steely eyed focus after the Fine Scandal.

Gottlieb knows he’s Public Enemy #1 within Orange Nation. Imagine you were paid to be a college basketball analyst, had built a rep as a Georgetown hater, and the Hoyas were the nation’s obvious top dawg. You’d find any reason to tweak G’town fans at every opportunity. By the end of his Twitter chat, Doug went from “Baylor has the  better resume, it’s not even close” to the simple admission, “Syracuse is better, no doubt.” I mean, he couldn’t even make it 15 minutes without cracking.

He’s just sitting in Bristol cackling at how much airspace and blog words are spent by SU fans lamenting how he doesn’t give the Orange any respect (raising hand). He’s not on the selection committee, he’s not an opposing coach, he’s only a talking head.

When Gottlieb starts trolling us, just remember to recite one word over and over.


Posted: D.A.

12 Comments on this Post

  1. ottodaorange

    … and you just gave him more time as a troll!

  2. Lets be fair here, in his preseason power poll he was the only one who had Cuse ranked at least 2nd. Behind only UNC, Bilas had us 3rd behind Ohio S and UNC……He makes his money stirring the pot, and he is good at what he does. He is also the 2nd best college bb talking head behind only Bilas.

  3. Besides, Jason McCallum is the only one who didnt vote us #1 in the espn power poll this week he had us 3rd.

  4. Agreed Wayne. Doug does a good job ane he’s just having a ball getting under SU fans’ skin. No one can deny Orange dominance right now.

  5. I think that Gottlieb is nothing but an over paid piece of S**t.
    I flush things like that on a daily basis down the toilet.

    That’s what I think of Gottlieb.

  6. We are all ‘trolls’, one way or another! Liked your story though.

  7. Dougie is a tool and does not deserve the attention

  8. cap2nine

    I don’t understand why SU fans even care about this. There are 4 or 5 elite teams in the country and several others that could legitimately make a run to the Final Four. Every week there will be a debate about who the best is and you’ll always find an analyst or writer endorsing some other team. I’m perfectly content for Syracuse to be considered among the best while receiving the majority of #1 votes. This argument won’t be settled until April anyway so, relax and enjoy the ride.

  9. Again the Fizz is correct about Gottlieb trolling Syracuse and it’s fans.
    I just finished looking at the power rankings and Gottlieb voted Syracuse #1.

    You ever stop to think guy’s, that he might be by-polar and is in a constant state of arguing with himself on all issues?

  10. #1 sos. #1 rpi. #1 in both polls. #14 ocs. who cares what DG has to say. He is a hater. The ppl sayin hes the 2nd best talkin head need to put down the crack pipe. Ya’ll must be dumb an know nothing about basketball if u have DG anywhere near ur top 5. Espn an cbs can keep taken their shots. I hope jb hangs all the negtive stuff up in melo center to keep this team hungery. What DG said wasnt even that bad. Go take a look at what the cbs “experts” said about us. One called us the most overatted team in the nation an not 1 picked us to get to the final 4. ‘cuse nation just needs to put their hater blockers on. Our team is #1 everyone else can suck it! Haha

  11. Good call and good article.

  12. Incredible! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design. Wonderful choice of colors!

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