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Morning Links: Tebow Cant Throw…PERIOD, Morning Miracles in Central New York, and I’ve Hired an Intern
- All of this “Tebow in the NFL” talk has led me to the conclusion that people aren’t too sure if he can make it. Judging by the above picture, his side-arm delivery is rock solid and ready to take the NFL by storm (of locusts). There has been some talk about him heading the Jags, which apparently is not sitting well with Uche Nwaneri, who got on the Jags fan board and gave his own Top 5 of why Tebow sucks. Reason #1… “He can’t throw….PERIOD!” read the other 4 reasons here. [YahooSports]
- Speaking of Tebow, here’s your morning miracle: 31 players signed on to play Syracuse Football. Now do you believe in the impossible? Oh and here’s one of the little whipper-snappers now. With his helmet of hair and athletic body, he’s already two steps ahead of me career wise.
- In more FWG news, after an extensive search, we’ve hired an intern. You won’t see him, cause he’ll be behind the scenes, getting my coffee, folding my clothes and making my dinner. I tried to warn him “this will be nothing but a blemish on your resume” But, he seems to think we’re doing something right here. And I can’t disagree with him; 22 intern applicants and 1,000,000 readers can’t be wrong. Then again, they probably could.
Syracuse.com Syracuse, NY — Tears filled the eyes of Syracuse University head football coach Doug Marrone as he made a passionate defense of starting quarterback Greg Paulus, who was booed by some Syracuse fans during the team’s 28-7 Big East Conference loss to Cincinnati on Saturday at the Carrier Dome….I have never seen an athlete, at any level including the NFL, work as hard, mentally and physically, as Greg has worked since he’s joined us here at Syracuse. Really, what he’s accomplished is extraordinary. Maybe it can’t be fully appreciated because most don’t know just how difficult it is to play quarterback at a Division I program.
“In the era of video games, virtual reality, it’s easy to believe that throwing a pass, reading a defense, avoiding a sack is as easy as the push of a button, that any of us can do. The problem, it’s not that easy. We can’t do that.”
Well, I think everyone knows that I’d like to go ahead and really give it to the Syracuse football program. But when a coach is this honest, this forthright about the shortcomings of his own ability, and supports his players to this degree I just can’t. I don’t believe in moral victories, and there aren’t a lot of notches in the “W” column this season for ‘Cuse, but this is something to behold. Marrone puts it best, it easy for people to get mad at Syracuse, unable to comprehend why they can’t win. Has a culture of losing taken over at Syracuse? Certainly not. Every week is a battle, and players prep just as hard for every opponent. You NEVER go into a game expecting to lose. I think that is what Marrone is trying to say here, every week Paulus, despite a lack of on-field success, is preparing to his fullest, working the hardest. Unfortunately we don’t see the blood, sweat, and tears that goes into Saturdays game. No, all we see is the 4 quarters of football, when really players and coaches alike have spent countless hours in the weightroom, film room, and on the practice field.
I’ve learned a lot over the years playing college football. Special teams will win or lose you at least two games a year, kickers are nonathletes, and chemistry is key at the quarterback position.
I, for one, expected Greg Paulus to be more of a distraction for Syracuse than a player who gives them an opportunity to win.
As the first snap with Paulus in the shotgun sailed over his head for a turnover, my theory was supported. And clever remarks filled my brain, “ohhhh TASTE IT CENTRAL NEW YORK!”
But Paulus, to my surprise, showed tremendous poise. His second series was more successful. There he was, double-pumping and looking off defenders like a seasoned quarterback — or at the least, a man who’d taken more snaps than free throws over the past four years.
Its official, Greg Paulus is now “former basketball start turned quarterback.” Confirmed yesterday by the Associated Press, the former Duke star will be playing (hold your breath) for Syracuse University. Mediocrity awaits.
|| RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -……”My gut and my heart were telling me that (Syracuse) was the best place for me,” Paulus said from Durham, N.C., during a conference call.The decision ends a month of speculation whether the one-time star high school quarterback from Syracuse would resume his football career.||
I have so much to say about this I’m not even sure where to start. I am from Upstate New York (hold your applause). Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), where Paulus graduated from is like the New York Yankee’s of high school football in New York. Always trying to buy their championships, then hiding behind the “we don’t recruit” mantra. I hated CBA with a burning passion. That being said, I am happy that Paulus is going to Syracuse. Ecstatic in fact. If Paulus so much as sniffs a starting role in the ‘Cuse offense in 2009 it pretty much guarantees another UConn football win against the Orange.
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It was a historic night at Madison Square Garden, a Big East basketball tournament thriller that started in prime time Thursday night and didn’t end until the early hours of Friday morning.
Simply put, the 127-117 victory by Syracuse over UConn, was a terrific battle of wills and stamina and was a six overtime battle that counted for 70 basketball minutes and nearly four hours of real time. It was the first six-overtime game in Big East history and the longest game in NCAA competition in 28 years.
In the end, both teams were spent, exhausted. Three starters from each team had fouled out and in the end, Syracuse was able to take advantage of the missing Hasheem Thabeet, A.J. Price and Stanley Robinson from the UConn lineup. The Orange never led in the first five overtimes but took over in the sixth five-minute test.
“I’ve never been more proud of any team I’ve ever had,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim afterward
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(this article is by Tom Edrington)