Saturday, January 18, 2014


Saturday's ESPN broadcast of the SU – Pitt basketball game was a remake of Clint “Never Saw a Chair I Couldn’t Talk To” Eastwood's  Italian-oater “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly".

(The Good)  Syracuse and Pittsburg put on a show of smash-mouth, old-time Big East basketball, the winner holding sole possession of first place in the ACC.

Rakeem Christmas was Everyman for SU with 10 points, 4 rebs, 2 steals, 3 blocks, and an assist.

Trevor Cooney (The Bad) was brutal. He shot poorly and Boeheim chewed off both of Cooney’s ears for terrible outside defense. He did grab a huge defensive rebound, his only one of the game, with 1:07 remaining and SU up one. On the ensuing possession, Tyler Ennis (game high 16 points) scored what proved to be the winning basket.

(The Ugly) If ESPN can hire game announcers as capable as the play then discerning fans will unmute the audio. Doris Burke and “the other guy” were simply horrible and blabbed interminably about anything and everything except what was happening on the court. Doris has been an acolyte of the nonstop drivel mode of broadcasting since her arrival via women’s basketball and “the other guy” who, one would imagine, was hired to be the play by play announcer, was, in a word, clueless. 

Imagine locking Doris and Dick Vitale in a closet… and just leave them there… forever.

During a timeout I clicked into the Oklahoma State Kansas game. I was shocked at what I heard; the names of the player(s) controlling the ball, the name of the defender(s), a description of the on –court action, who shot the ball and who rebounded. Amazing!

Final word. There is no doubt that without Tyler Ennis SU would not be undefeated, first in the ACC and ranked 2nd in the country. Jabari Parker and Julius Randle are excellent at what they do. Ennis does more. 

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