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It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

Posted on: September 5, 2009 4:34 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2009 4:36 pm

I spent four years watching Greg Paulus fall down on the basketball court.

It's called a flop .

There was at least one every game.

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw Paulus refuse to flop (or even get tackled) on Syracuse's opening possession of Saturday's overtime, and it was that decision to scramble and scramble and finally throw the ball into coverage that ultimately ruined his debut as a Syracuse football player after four seasons as a Duke basketball player. Had Paulus simply taken a sack, Syracuse would've kicked a field goal and probably gone to a second overtime. As it was, Paulus tossed an interception, at which point Minnesota took the ball, kicked a field goal and escaped the Carrier Dome with a 23-20 victory.

Honestly, it was tough to watch.

No college player has been ridiculed more in recent years than Paulus -- partly because he played at Duke, mostly because he always seemed to get dunked on . People just love to laugh at him. And so thousands (if not millions) of sports fans who wouldn't otherwise care about a Minnesota-Syracuse game paid special attention to this Minnesota-Syracuse game, and through four quarters Paulus gave them nothing to mock. In fact, he was quite impressive -- completing 19 of 31 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. But the way it ended is all anybody will remember, and that's too bad because it would've been nice for Paulus to earn praise for leading his hometown school to a win over a Big Ten program.

Instead, he threw the pick that lost the game.

And now I'm making flop jokes.

And don't you feel kind of badly for the guy?
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: September 9, 2009 10:31 am

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

question: why did you write this? Mind you, Paulus gets criticism from everyone not for being dunked on, not for "flopping" (it's called a charge, and duke players happen to learn how to do it best. it takes a lot to allow yourself to get smashed in HOPES of getting the call), and not for making bad plays on the football field. He gets it because most everyone hates duke and ergo will loathe their point guard, and he gets it because nobody else would do what he's done: take 4 years off from a sport then come back and START for his hometown team. Paulus is a good leader, a competitor, and guess what? A good quartback doesn't want to get sacked. He wants the ball in the pressure situation, and Paulus showed that he trusted himself, and his teammates, to make the big play at the end. So it didn't go as planned - in the end, did many people believe 'Cuse was going to even be close in this game? More people assumed Paulus would play them into the ground from the get-go, and yet he played well, the Orange played well, and it was a competitie match. So PLEASE just don't write these silly entries. Your opinion wasn't warranted in this situation and all it's done is make you seem infantile.

And don't feel bad for Paulus. He's a competitor who's been in situations like this before, on the basketball court AND back in high school on the football field. Moreover, you said that you'd have loved to see him earn praise. You think his effort wasn't enough already? For a guy who took his entire undergraduate college career off of football? I'd say he played pretty damn well.

Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2009 9:37 am

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

poor paula!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2009 10:53 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

Given your misguided views, that seems like a good list to be on.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2009 7:05 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

good for you sky.  i'll add you to the list of misguided turdheads that need to get a grip.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2009 6:06 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

KBudd, you've found someone. If my life resembles Gary's in 15 years, I'll have achieved a great deal career-wise. I've got a long way to go, but Gary Parrish is the kind of writer that I want to eventually become.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2009 12:11 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

By the way Gary, this picture of you looks like a fat Sergio Garcia. Just throwing that out there since we are feeling bad for people here.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2009 12:10 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

Not a Paulus or Syracuse fan but I really wish I didn't waste my time reading this article.  I don't feel badly for Paulus at all.  He's doing and has done what a ton of people wished they could do.  Good for him.  I hope him the best.  If someone needs to be felt sorry for, it clearly is you, GP.

Since: Aug 24, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2009 12:08 pm

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

It can't be easy being any part of Duke. The constant jabs. It never stops, even when you move on. Let it go. He doesn't play for Duke anymore. You don't have to search to find an anti-Duke story no longer. "But the way it ended is all anybody will remember" Are you serious? You don't have the capacity to remember anything but the ending or you decided not too? This article is what is bad about all journalism these days. The writer doesn't report, he chooses to sway his audience based on opinion.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2009 9:11 am

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

A flop is a flop.

Look at Dukes record with Paulus.  Pretty good for most no that good fo rthe Dookies.

2-6 against the heels with 0 wins in Cameron.  The reason you guys bash Gary is because... he tells the truth.  The truth hurts!  If it was a bunch of lies then you guys woudn't care.

I see a lot of yeah butt,

Which means the blog was correct.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2009 12:58 am

It can't be easy being Greg Paulus

Great blog Gary.

While I defended Paulus' decision to play football for free and earn at least a free year towards a masters degree I don't think that Duke and Syracuse fans have any reason to scorn you for stating the obvious.

Despite the on field results, Paulus has played as well as can be expected given his circumstances, and has a chance to silence his doubters.

Paulus is in the public eye, and because of this it is a writers job to comment on the way he plays.

Despite Parrish's knock on Paulus even he would readily admit that Paulus performed much better in his first college football game than he would ever have performed against NBA talent.

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