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CHRISTMASSo, the 2014 football campaign hasn’t gone exactly to plan for Syracuse University, unless the plan involved was akin to some wacky The Producers-esque scheme to submarine the program in order to…what, profit? Move the team to Miami? Wait, that’s Major League. Which, come to think of it, has a startlingly similar plot to The Producers. The producer/owner tries to intentionally sabotage the production/team, only it turns out wildly and unexpectedly successful. I just blew your mind, making you realize Major League is a Producers remake, didn’t I? Anyway, let’s move on to more important matters. Like, for instance, Syracuse basketball.

Now that the Orange are officially eliminated from contention for a bowl game, let’s all make like Martin Luther King and start shouting, “Free at last, free at last!” Finally, we can move on from the week to week stress of rooting for a team we know is going nowhere fast, but is somehow clinging to bowl chances and giving us false hope that maybe they aren’t as bad as we thought. News flash: they absolutely are. You can’t blame injuries for this level of ineptitude.

But that’s okay. Basketball is back.

That’s the plus side here.

On the possibly negative side, when was the last time we went into a season with so many questions surrounding the Syracuse basketball program? Well, you could actually almost argue the 2002-2003 squad, which was coming off of an NIT berth and was relying heavily on a stud freshman forward and a freshman point guard who national recruiting sites have probably been underrating over the last couple of years.

As the season gets rolling, this site is going to be a hell of a lot more active. I’m always up for talking about Syracuse hoops, even moreso than Syracuse football, in large part because since 1999, with a couple minor exceptions, going on and on and on about Orange football has been just awful. I mean, seriously, when people bring up Syracuse football to me, it’s clearly schadenfreude on their part. In my mind, everyone who keeps saying things like, “Does Syracuse have football?” have been given repeated ball kicks. One of these days, those ball kicks will become all too real.

But for now let’s revel in the fact that basketball is back – and make no mistake about it, at this point there is absolutely no disputing that Syracuse is and will remain a basketball school, no matter what people raised in the 50’s or 60’s try to tell you. And it’s just so much more fun to talk about Orange basketball these days, because we know, above all else, we’ll be at least hovering around the top 25, and generally we’ll be even better than that. And we can all joyously root on the Orange until, inevitably, something or someone comes along to destroy our hopes and dreams.

Good thing there’s no news of anything like that right now, eh?

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