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Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

Posted on: March 1, 2010 10:27 am
 

Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Did you forget that (Kansas and Syracuse) played last year in Kansas City? Who won that one? ... And Kansas hasn't played a top 10 team yet, so how impressive is that body of work you love so much? Or do you just cling to All-Americans and ride them to their death like in 2003. How'd those Kansas All-Americans fare against the unproven kids from Syracuse?

-- Adam


I guess the first thing I should do is point out that the Jayhawks have a road win over Kansas State, which will be ranked in the top five of the AP poll this afternoon. That makes one of Adam's points moot. And Adam, if you're reading, please write back and explain what a game played last year in Kansas City -- or a game played in 2003 -- has to do with anything related to this week's rankings. Because best I can tell, last season's Syracuse-Kansas game carries about as much weight as last season's North Carolina-Villanova game, i.e., no weight at all.

Anyway, let's be serious for a moment.

There is nothing wrong with voting Syracuse No. 1.

A reasonable case can be made for the Orange.

I know that.

But it's also reasonable to suggest that KU's body of work is slightly better than Syracuse's body of work, and that's what I've suggested. If you want to argue against me, there are some good places for you to start. But pretending Kansas hasn't beaten a top 10 team is silly, and referencing games from past seasons makes no sense it all. If I'm a Syracuse fan, I'm talking about a two-game lead in the Big East, about dominant wins over Georgetown and Villanova, about Wesley Johnson and an offense and defense that overwhelms opponents.

What I'm not talking about is last year.

Or 2003.

But Adam is a dummy.

So he doesn't know any better.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Captain Faux-Hawk,

Since I work for a living i don't have time to go through your justification and response line by line.  You are factually and contextually incorrect.  Your writing is equally as inept and ham handed.  I suggest you learn to research before you write or find a new hobby.  Judging by your headshot, maybe season 2 of Jersey Shore needs a couple more of you for us to laugh at.

Spray on tan - check
Artificially whitened teeth - check
Outdated Faux-hawk - check
Equally superficial thoughts, opinions and attempts to justify same - Check

Publicly displaying your own ignorance - PRICELESS

For actual news, opinions and analysis go to a professional writer/journalist.  For everything else there's Gary.






Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

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Another self serving Talking Head, if it was  Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky with Syracuse's resume no way you would have not voted them number 1.

Syracuse has beaten 6 top ten rated teams and yes that includes North Carolina before they imploded ( remember the night before the beat your #6 rated Ohio state team with Turner).

 2 road losses are better than 2 home losses was the best you could come up with, If it was Kansas you would have said that they were basketballs best road warriors WHAT A SHAM,  shame on you!

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Interesting comment by Bobby Knight durning The Su Villanova game, when told Su has no top 100 players on the team,
"Goes to show you what short fat guys know about players and teams".
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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2010 1:33 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

It's a good thing Gary doesn't have any say in how the rankings really work. He's about is dumb as that one guy that picked Duke to be in 1st place this week.

Thanks for writing more garbage Gary.  Ignorant confidence is just ignorance.



Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)


I think margin of victory against teams like Cornell and Memphis is a pretty silly way to decide who's better between Syracuse and Kansas. I mean, Syracuse beat DePaul by two points and Florida Gulf Coast beat DePaul by three points, but we're not going to draw any conclusions from that, are we?

Either way, I've already made my case for Kansas.

You want more info, here's something:

----- KANSAS WINS OVER OTHER TEAMS I HAVE RANKED -----

No. 4 Kansas State (road)
No. 13 Temple (road)
No. 17 Baylor (home)
No. 18 Texas A&M (road)
No. 19 Texas (road)

*Losses on the road to No. 16 Tennessee and unranked Oklahoma State

*No. 1 in the RPI

----- SYRACUSE WINS OVER OTHER TEAMS I HAVE RANKED -----

No. 7 Villanova (home)
No. 11 West Virginia (road)
No. 20 Georgetown (home)
No. 20 Georgetown (road)

*Losses at home to No. 14 Pitt and uranked Louisville

*No. 3 in RPI

(Now you can go find some numbers to back your case, and we can do this all day. But what's the point? You're not changing my mind, and I'm not changing yours. And I'm not trying to prove you're stupid for liking Syracuse over Kansas. I'm just trying to prove you're stupid if you think a legimate case can't be made for Kansas, because it clearly can.)




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2010 12:08 pm
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

locks: 'Cuse, Nova, WVU, Pitt, G'Town
should be in: Marq, Loisville, UConn
Bubble: Notre Dame, Seton Hall
Not dead yet: Cincy, S.Fla

Just a list, not trying to inflame.



Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2010 11:52 am
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

This is the second time I've heard the 7 locks, 5 bubbles for the BE. Can I get a listing? Legitimate inquiry not trying to flame here.




Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2010 10:50 am
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

Shoot cripples, why don't you Gary.  There are a lot of other posts referencing only this year which you've managed to ignore, then pick on something like this to support your Kansas pick.  How about addressing things like strength of schedule, comparative scores for common opponents, the fact that while both leagues have seven solid NCAA teams, the Big East has 5 more bubble teams to the Big 12's 0, etc.?  Or you prefer to stick to things you can actually refute?



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2010 10:48 am
 

Dear Gary (on Kansas-Syracuse)

You picked a straw-man -- good strategy Gary -- you should instead have answered the guys talking about the common opponents' margin of victory as well as the counter to your home loss argument.  
Whatever, I hope the other polls agree with you.  I love the righteous indignation and hand-wringing it elicits, and I like it when the team feels like they're being dissed -- it seems like it makes them play even harder.  People will say no, but there is plenty of proof to the contrary -- remember Mr. Overrated, G Mac, in the BE Tourney?  That was pretty sweet vindication.  Etc.



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