Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:26 pm

Dear Gary (on the Syracuse loss)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary (courtesy of a distraught Syracuse fan who emailed late Tuesday) ...

Dear Gary:  
After taking my anger out at the bar and trying as hard as possible to make this email legible, I am coming to you for advice. I am a Jet, Met and Knick fan. Clearly, sports have failed me my whole life. I am also a die hard Syracuse college basketball fan, (notice I didn't include college football even though I've been to every football game this season), and tonight my college basketball season just ended before it ever began. I am writing to now to ask: What the hell is left in my life to possibly look forward to?


Probably nothing.

That's the harsh reality.

But I would like to remind you that it can't possibly get worse than losing to a Division II school from across town, if only because Syracuse isn't playing any more Division II schools from across town. So in that sense, things are looking up. But in all seriousness, this isn't going to be as bad as you think or as bad as it was Tuesday night.

I can't find proof right now (I've been looking for 15 minutes), but I believe UMass lost an exhibition in the 1995-96 season, then went on to make the Final Four. Grand Valley State famously beat Michigan State in an exhibition two years ago, and the Spartans still made the Sweet 16. So losing a game like this isn't necessarily a prediction of what's coming, but it does suggest the Orange will miss Eric Devendorf and Paul Harris more than some wanted to acknowledge.

Anyway, I guess my advice is to take a deep breath and relax.

Or get another drink.

And just know that Syracuse is still going to be a team capable of making the NCAA tournament.

As for the Mets, man, I don't know what to tell you.

Hang in there.

And it's too bad you weren't alive to enjoy the Doc/Darryl years.

Those were good times.
Category: BBD
Posted on: October 2, 2009 10:57 am
Edited on: October 2, 2009 11:00 am

Notre Dame's Martin out for season with torn ACL

Notre Dame wing Scott Martin tore his ACL in a workout Thursday and will miss all of this season.

"It was [on a] jumpstop," Brey said in a text message sent to "No one around him and he goes down."

Martin transferred from Purdue after one season in which he averaged 8.5 points and 3.8 rebounds.

He sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules.

He was expected to be a starter at Notre Dame.
Category: BBD
Posted on: June 11, 2009 1:44 pm

Source: Vols' Smith withdrawing from NBA Draft

Tennessee forward Tyler Smith is holding a Thursday afternoon press conference to announce that he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft, a source close to the Vols program told

Smith averaged 17.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season.

This development means the Vols will return every relevant player from a 21-win team.
Category: BBD
Posted on: May 28, 2009 5:21 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2009 7:01 pm

Report: Rose had high school grade changed

A person with access to Derrick Rose's academic records at Simeon High in Chicago changed a D to a C on his transcript just before the future Memphis Tiger was applying to college, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday.

According to the paper, the Chicago Public Schools has been unable to determine who falsified the transcripts. But a report by the CPS inspector general claims Rose was one of four Simeon High athletes whose grades were changed after their 2007 graduation, which is notable now that the NCAA has alleged that an unnamed player who competed for Memphis in the 2008 Final Four knowingly had his SAT taken for him in advance of his enrollment.

Sources have told that the player in question is Rose.

Attempts by to reach Rose and his older brother Reggie have been unsuccessful.

Category: BBD
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