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    Today’s Syracuse University students pursuing careers in sports media are part of a tradition that goes back more than 70 years. The great sportscaster Marty Glickman ’39 is recognized as the “godfather” of a long line of SU sports media professionals that includes Bob Costas ’74, Hank Greenwald ’57, Dave Pasch ’94, Dick Stockton ’64, Andy Musser ’59, Marv Albert ’63, Len Berman ’68, G’70, Sean McDonough ’84, Mike Tirico ’88, Ian Eagle ’90, Dave O’Brien ’86 and many more–not only in sports broadcasting but also in sports writing, editing, production and management at the national and local levels.

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    Students in the Sports Communications Emphasis have covered the Syracuse Chiefs (AAA baseball) and have written columns focused on Major League Baseball, the National Football League and Mixed Martial Arts. Students also work with the Syracuse Crunch, the Syracuse Stampede Junior “A” Hockey Club and the Silver Knights Professional Indoor Soccer Club. Future coverage will include more writing and reporting as well as commentary on professional sports.

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    When you look to the top of the sports broadcasting profession you see Syracuse alumni everywhere you turn: from NBC’s Bob Costas ’74 and Mike Tirico ’88 to Marv Albert ’63, the Voice of the NBA, plus ESPN’s Sean McDonough ’84, Dave Pasch ’94, Dave O’Brien ’86 and Beth Mowins G’90 and CBS’ Ian Eagle ’90. Former SU football and basketball stars such as Daryl Johnston ’89, Don McPherson ’88, Donovan McNabb ’98 and Leo Rautins ’83 have moved into the broadcast booth. SU alums are play-by-play voices for the Boston Red Sox (Dave O’Brien ’86 and Joe Castiglione G’70), San Francisco Giants (Dave Flemming G’99), Minnesota Twins (Cory Provus ’00) and Houston Astros (Robert Ford ’01). Personalities such as Bill Roth ’87 (Virginia Tech), Tony Caridi ’84 (West Virginia) and SU’s own Voice of the Orange Matt Park ’89 call games for Division One college programs.

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Orange Roars Back, Rolls Over CMU

Orange Roars Back, Rolls Over CMU

September 17, 2017

Story by Ashley Burroughs Photos by Jared Bomba SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Orange football team struggled early, then bounced back for a blowout win against Central Michigan at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Looking at a must-win situation after the loss to Middle Tennessee State a week earlier, the SU offense rolled up 579 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.

The Syracuse Orange football team struggled early, then bounced back for a blowout win against Central Michigan at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

Looking at a must-win situation after the loss to Middle Tennessee State a week earlier, the SU offense rolled up 579 yards.The defense held the Chippewas to 382 yards and shut them out in the second half in front of the largest reported crowd this season, 33,004.
“I am very-very proud of them,” head coach Dino Babers said. “They really went about their business and came out and played this game the right way. I thought they played extremely well.”

 

First Quarter: Back and forth

Central Michigan won the coin toss and deferred. Quarterback Eric Dungey led the Orange down the field but the drive stalled and Cole Murphy hit a 41-yard field to put Syracuse ahead 3-0.

Central Michigan battled back and Shane Morris completed a 56-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Cole for 56-yards to give the Chippewas 7-3 lead.

On the next series, Dungey’s pass was intercepted by Jacorey Sullivan at the 28-yard line and while the Orange defense stopped CMU,the Chippewas were already in position for a 30-yard field goal by Michael Armstrong, extending the lead 10-3.

Syracuse tied it up when defensive back Evan Foster intercepted a Morris pass and returned it for a 24-yard touchdown and the first quarter ended tied at 10-10

 

Second Quarter: Momentum Shift for Syracuse

Both teams moved the ball but neither put points on the board early on the second quarter. But at 7:52, Morris completed a pass to Johnathan Ward for a 17-yard touchdown for Central Michigan to regain the lead 17-10. That turned out to be the last score for CMU

Wide receiver Sean Riley, returned the kickoff 64 yards to Central Michigan’s 32-yard line. Six plays later Dungey compled an 18-yard touchdown pass to Dontae Strickland to tie the game 17-17.

Later in the quarter, Syracuse defensive back Christopher Fredrick intercepted Morris’s pass at the 24-yard line and returned it to the SU 47-yard line. Dungey completed a deep pass for 44 yards to Riley resulting in a first down for the Orange. Strickland took it the last nine yards up the middle to give Syracuse a 24-17 lead at the half.

“Sean did a great job,” Dungey said. “They defensively set the tempo for us. Defense did a great job today. The line did a great job. You know Sean and the receivers making plays and some of the young guys stepping up.”

 

Third Quarter: Dungey Making Major Plays 

At the start of the third quarter, the Orange continued to drive the ball. Wide receiver Moe Neal, made a game-changing play by rushing the ball 71-yards to Central Michigan’s putting Syracuse in the red zone again. Dungey completed a 17 yard pass to Steve Ishmael to the one-yard line. Then, Dungey ran the ball up the middle for a touchdown increasing Syracuse’s lead to 31-17.

As the Orange defense shut CMU down, SU’s offense kept churning out big gains. Dungey took a turn, rushing the ball 74-yards to Central Michigan’s six-yard line before the Chippewas caught up with him.

“It was good, I wish I would have scored but I haven’t had a long run like that since high school,” Dungey said. “The offense did a great job- the line making a hole for me and I saw the opportunity and I just tried to make a play. I am glad we were able to capitalize after that.”

This play set up a six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ravian Pierce to pad the lead to 38-17. Cole Murphy kicked a 25-yard field goal to end quarter., 41-17, Syracuse.

 

Fourth Quarter: Orange Defense Dominates

Central Michigan continued to struggle offensively due to the Orange defense. Morris had two complete passes for nine yards to get a first down. Wide receiver Romelo Ross rushed the ball up the middle for five-yards, appearing to get a touchdown but the play reviewed and it was ruled a fumble and SU recovery. As a result the Orange defense held Central Michigan scoreless in the fourth quarter and Syracuse coasted to a 41-17 win.

 

Looking Ahead:

The Orange will be facing two tough opponents in the next two games. Syracuse (2-1) will be on the road Sept. 23 against LSU (2-1) then at North Carolina State the following Saturday.

“We just have to go in there focus and play the way we play,” Riley said.

The LSU Tigers (2-1) were ranked 12th in the country but got blown out Saturday at Mississippi State (3-0). The game is schedule to start at 7 p.m.

This was the first loss of the season for Central Michigan (2-1). The Chippewas will host the Miami RedHawks (1-2) next Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

 

 

WAER Hall of Fame for Marv Albert

WAER Hall of Fame for Marv Albert

September 14, 2017

Story by Zach Staton Staff photos SYRACUSE N.Y. – Before he became “The Voice of the New York Knicks,” fans were already accustomed to Marv Albert’s voice ringing throughout the stands in Madison Square Garden. “I used to go to the top of Madison Square Garden and do play-by-play for all of the Knicks games,” Albert […]

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SYRACUSE N.Y. – 
Before he became “The Voice of the New York Knicks,” fans were already accustomed to Marv Albert’s voice ringing throughout the stands in Madison Square Garden.

“I used to go to the top of Madison Square Garden and do play-by-play for all of the Knicks games,” Albert told the crowd gathered in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

“That really got on the nerves of the fans around me,” he said, drawing enthusiastic laughter.


Hall of Fame Broadcaster

Albert was inducted into the WAER Hall of Fame Wednesday evening, joining alums such as Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Sean McDonough, Dick Stockton, Beth Mowins, Mike Tirico and Ian Eagle.

WAER also announced that its news and sports studios have been named in his honor.

WAER, the University- licensed radio station, is currently professionally staffed but uses student volunteers in broadcasting news and sports.  When Albert attended Syracuse, from 1960-1963, the station was entirely run by students.  He said he knew he wanted to be a sportscaster and it was one of Albert’s idols who convinced him the opportunity he had at WAER would be unlike anything else.

“I had gotten to know Marty Glickman quite well when I worked for him in high school,” Albert said.  “He kind of convinced me that coming here would be the right move because it had all the good sports teams and it had WAER.”

Glickman, the Olympic runner and Syracuse football star turned sports broadcaster is legendary as the person who started the line of successful sports media professionals who came through SU although WAER did not exist when he was a student, graduating in 1939. He became the play-by-play man for the NBA New York Knicks and the New York football Giants, broadcasting a wide variety of sports and mentoring dozens of of successful broadcasters who came after him.

WAER Sports – the incubator

At WAER, Albert called play-by-play for various sports, including basketball.  He also called Syracuse Chiefs baseball games in 1962, the same position former S.F. Giants and N.Y. Yankees announcer Hank Greenwald, Monday Night Football announcer Sean McDonough, ESPN and Chicago White Sox announcer Jason Benetti, “Voice of the Orange” Matt Park and other SU alums held early in their careers.  Each was a student broadcaster at WAER.

“It is fantastic to see that kind of success,” Albert said. “The more people are produced here, the more people are attracted to come here.”

Albert moved on to become the play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Knicks from 1967-2004, the lead announcer for the NBA on NBC from 1990-2002, and is currently calling NBA games on TNT. He’s also made his mark as Voice of the New York Rangers in the NHL and covering boxing, including in the Olympics for NBC.

 

Sparring with the Czar

Former NBA head coach and current Turner Sports colleague Mike Fratello delivered the Hall of Fame introductory speech, showing that they are not just good broadcast partners, but also close friends off the air.  In addition to saluting Albert, the man whom Albert dubbed “Czar of the Telestrator” poked fun at his various appearances on television shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, and Sesame Street, which the audience saw in a highlight clip.

“Marv was always trying to get into acting,” Fratello said. “He was so prepared for the games during that phase, he leaned over to me one game and asked, ‘Who is that wearing the number 23?’ So I said, ‘That’s Michael Jordan.’”

Albert made sure to return fire, playing a video of Fratello getting angry at officials while he was coaching.
Fellow greats

Joining Albert in the 2017 WAER Hall of Fame class were Ed Levine, owner of Galaxy Communications, and Scott MacFarlane, an investigative reporter for NBC 4 in Washington D.C.

In his speech, MacFarlane highlighted a trip he made with his father to watch the Denver Nuggets play the New Jersey Nets.  The teams’ play-by-play announcers were Al and Steve Albert, Marv’s younger brothers.

“I thought, ‘Wow, those guys must have a really good older brother,'” MacFarlane said.

Blue Raiders Down Orange in Shafer Return

Blue Raiders Down Orange in Shafer Return

September 10, 2017

Story by Erica Pieschke Photos by Ivan Traczuk SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders came from behind, then held off two late Syracuse drives to upset the favored Orange 30-23 at the Carrier Dome, Saturday. It was a triumphant return for former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer who is now the defensive coordinator for […]

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Photos by Ivan Traczuk

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders came from behind, then held off two late Syracuse drives to upset the favored Orange 30-23 at the Carrier Dome, Saturday.

It was a triumphant return for former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer who is now the defensive coordinator for Middle Tennessee. His defense repeatedly stymied the Orange’s fast-paced offense, and stopped Syracuse just short in its final drive to tie the game.

Shafer’s successor as head coach, Dino Babers said the emotion that Shafer’s presence brought had an effect on the SU players.

“There’s nobody to blame but myself,” Babers said. “It’s my job to get them ready, they weren’t ready. We didn’t handle the emotional roller coaster with all the stuff that was brought into this game.”

First Quarter: Slow Start 

The teams exchanged punts early in the game, but on MTSU’s second possession the Blue Raiders drove to the Syracuse 24. Evan Foster forced a Brad Anderson fumble and Parris Bennett recovered for Syracuse at the 16..

From there the Orange want backwards.

Dontae Strickland was stopped after a three-yard run. Quarterback Eric Dungey threw an incomplete pass to Steve Ishmael, then was sacked for a six-yard loss.

The snap went over punter Sterling Hofrichter’s head and into the end zone and he took a safety. Middle Tennessee led 2-0 halfway through the first quarter.

A couple of series later, Syracuse’s Jonathan Thomas intercepted a Brent Stockstill pass at the MTSU 19 and ran it back to the four-yard line. The Orange looked to be in business.

But Strickland was stopped for two consecutive losses rushing, and another incomplete pass from Dungey to Ishmael on third down led Syracuse to settle for a field goal. Cole Murphy connected from 25 yards out, putting Syracuse in the lead 3-2.

Shane Tucker returned Murphy’s kickoff 64-yards to the Syracuse 35 and while the first quarter ended with Syracuse ahead 3-2, that wouldn’t last long.

Dungey had a total of four yards passing while Middle Tennessee’s Stockstill ended the quarter with 118 yards.

 

Second Quarter: Missed chances

Stockstill opened the second quarter by keeping the ball for a 12-yard gain to the SU 14. Ty Lee took it the rest of the way on the next play and Canon Rooker added the extra point, putting Middle Tennessee back in the lead 9-3.

This seemed to fire up Syracuse. After Sean Riley returned the kickoff to the SU 48, the Orange drove to the MTSU one-yard line this time Strickland took it in up the middle.

After Murphy’s extra point, Syracuse had the lead back at 10-9.

The Orange stopped the Blue Raiders and drove again, this time to the MTSU eight-yard line. But a fourth-down pass to Ishmael went incomplete and SU came away empty.

The Orange stopped the Blue Raiders again, and again drove, this time to the MTSU four-yard line. A rush and two incomplete passes left Babers with another choice and this time he took the field goal. Murphy’s 22-yard kick was good.

Syracuse led 13-9 at the half.

 

Third Quarter: MTSU ties it

Dungey came off the field gimpy, early in the second half after a couple of hard hits, one of which got MTSU defensive end Walter Brady tossed out for targeting.

Backup Zach Mahoney drove Orange to the MTSU 19-yard line but got sacked, losing six yards, and Syracuse set up for another field goal. Murphy made the 40-yard kick, putting Syracuse up 16-9.

The Orange seemed in control when it forced a Blue Raiders’ three-and-out, but Riley fumbled the punt, Ruben Garnett recovered at the SU 28 and the Stockstill was not about to miss another chance.

After getting nowhere on first and second down, he passed found Richie James open for the score.

Rooker’s extra point tied the score at 16-16.

Murphy missed a 40-yard attempt that would have given Syracuse back the lead and the third quarter.

ended with the tie intact.

 

Fourth Quarter: Blue Raiders finish it

Stockstill opened the fourth quarter with a 48-yard touchdown pass to Ty Lee and suddenly the Blue Raiders had the lead back.

Dungey answered with an eleven-play, 75-yard drive, taking it in himself on a 29-yard keeper up the middle to tie the game at 23.

Stockstill led Middle Tennessee 75 yards in ten plays,  hitting Shane Tucker on a a ten-yard crossing route for the touchdown and a 30-23 lead.

Syracuse had two more chances, but Dungey was intercepted on the 24 on the first drive.

The Orange defense held and there was one chance left. Syracuse drove again from its own 40.

With 28 seconds left and the Orange at fourth down and 15 yards to go, Dungey completed a sideline pass to Ishmael who was close to the first-down marker. As the Syracuse crowd held its collective breath, the play was reviewed. The catch was ruled one yard short and MTSU ran out the clock.

“Steve did a great job,” Dungey said. “He executed well on that play and the line did a great job as well. I thought we had it, but I guess not.”

 

Shafer’s success

Shafer’s defense held Syracuse to 308 yards of total offense, 126 rushing and stopped the Orange twice in comeback attempts in the fourth quarter.

Middle Tennessee threw an array of blitzes at the Orange and Dungey said that caused difficulty, especially early.

Shafer, who embraced a number of his former players before the game, brought a cigar to his post-game media opportunity but passed on any opportunity to gloat.

“It was never about anything more than the kids, the players,” he told reporters after the game.

“I love those boys on this Middle Tennessee team and I love those boys at Syracuse.”

 

Notes

Quarterback Eric Dungey started out seeming to be affected by the emotion but wound up gaining 89 yards by rushing the ball, 29 of gave him to that touchdown in the fourth quarter.

In addition, Dungey passed a total of 180 yards on 26 completions. This number pushed Dungey past Don McPherson’s career completions to being fifth on the SU list with a total of 373.

McPherson was in the Dome as part of the 30th anniversary of the 1987 undefeated SU team that he quarterbacked, winding up second to Notre Dame’s Tim Brown in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Linebacker Parris Bennett said his past year’s experience of losses gives him knowledge of how to make a come back for the next game.

“I mean you just got to go look at the film. Look at the mistakes and examine yourself hard,” Bennett says. “But you also can’t let the loss weigh on you and effect you for the next game. After you watch the film, and make your adjustments, you’ve got to flush it.”

Looking Ahead

This was the first loss of the season, and in a game Syracuse was favored to win. Babers said he knows what the team needs  to move forward.

“Well the first thing that we need to do is we need to go back and we need to reexamine ourselves tomorrow, and it has to be an honest evaluation,” Babers said.

“You’ve got to drop the E so we can GO. These young men, sometimes you look at them and tell them the truth and sometimes they believe you and sometimes they don’t. I guarantee you all 104 of them will believe tomorrow in the meeting. And with that belief we have an opportunity to be better.”

Syracuse (1-1) hosts Central Michigan (2-0) Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. The Chippewas beat Kansas on Saturday, 45-27.

Middle Tennessee (1-1) will be on the road Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 against the University of Minnesota (2-0.) The Golden Gophers rolled over Oregon State, 48-14.

Walk-off Win for Chiefs on Community Night

Walk-off Win for Chiefs on Community Night

September 3, 2017

Story and photo by Kent Paisley SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Andrew Stevenson lashed a walk-off single to give the Syracuse Chiefs a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium Saturday night to even their final series of the season at one each. The walk-off single snapped the Chiefs three game losing streak, and allowed the […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Andrew Stevenson lashed a walk-off single to give the Syracuse Chiefs a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium Saturday night to even their final series of the season at one each.

The walk-off single snapped the Chiefs three game losing streak, and allowed the team to celebrate on the final fireworks night of the season.

 

Community Night at NBT Stadium

The Chiefs held their second annual Community Night, offering a free mystery bobble head to the first one thousand fans who entered the stadium. The bobble heads ranged from Game of Thrones characters to NBA players.

People were also able to purchase additional bobble heads for $5, as well as participate in a 50/50 raffle. All the proceeds went to the Syracuse Chiefs Charitable Foundation.

In addition, one dollar from every game ticket was donated to Maureen’s Hope, a charitable organization which has partnered with the Syracuse Chiefs for its Beads of Courage program.

The Beads of Courage program has Chiefs players wear beads for one game of the season, and write an inspirational note to go along with the beads. The note and beads are then given to hospitalized children that are fighting cancer.

After recognizing during a pregame ceremony some children fighting cancer and having them each throw out a first pitch, the game was on.
Second Inning Scare

Esmil Rogers (3-2, 3.58 ERA) took the hill for the Chiefs. Murphy Smith (3-5, 3.66 ERA) started for the Bisons. The first inning was uneventful for both teams, but the Bisons and the Chiefs each had the opportunity to draw first blood in the second inning.

In the top of the second, Bisons first baseman Randy Tellez drew a walk, and third baseman Jason Leblebijian followed with a single up the middle, putting runners on first and second.

Rogers proceeded to amplify the threat by throwing a fastball in the dirt, knocked down but not corralled by the hobbling catcher Pedro Severino. Serverino hurt his lower leg on a foul tip in the top of the first.

Rogers then struck out Bison catcher Mike Ohlman, and got shortstop Shane Opitz to hit a soaring pop up to Chiefs second baseman Brandon Snyder just outside the infield dirt for the second out of the frame.

Rogers then added to his personal highlight reel to support his cause, with Bisons second baseman Jon Berti hitting a one hop grounder towards the mound.

Rogers stabbed out with his pitching hand and snagged the ball, and then calmly threw to first base to get out of the jam without surrendering a run.

“It wasn’t hit that hard,” Chiefs manager Billy Gardner said after the game.  (But) we’d rather see him use his glove,”

 

Two-out Magic

No base runner got past first base in the third through fifth innings, but the Chiefs broke the streak in the bottom of the sixth.

Smith had set down nine consecutive Chiefst before facing right fielder Neftali Soto, who singled on a line drive to right field.

Cleanup and designated hitter Clint Robinson strode to the plate next, and cleaned up the lone runner on the bases with a line drive into the left center gap that hopped to the wall for a double.

Snyder followed up with a ten-pitch at bat that resulted in a strikeout, but the damage was complete. The Chiefs had secured the first lead of the game, 1-0 through six innings.

The Bisons responded in the top of the seventh, with Leblebijian hitting a hooking line drive down the left field line for a double. Ohlman, in his second at bat with a runner in scoring position, struck out for the second time.

Opitz answered the bell, hitting a ground ball between the second and first baseman into right field. Soto threw home, but the throw was not in time.

Berti hit into a fielder’s choice at shortstop for the second out and then make the strange decision to try to take second while Rogers was set. He was thrown out to end the inning.

 

Relievers 

The second inning repeated itself in the bottom of the seventh after reliever Chris Smith entered the game for the Buffalo Bisons, ending the evening for Murphy Smith.

Matt Skole opened up the proceedings with a double. Severino followed up with a walk, putting two ducks on the pond with nobody out.

Sanchez dropped a successful sacrifice bunt to set up second and third with one out for the nine-hole hitter Almanzar.

Almanzar failed to drive home a run by striking out.

Chiefs center fielder Rafael Bautista followed by grounding out to shortstop to end the Syracuse scoring threat.

Chiefs reliever Wander Suero replaced Rogers for the Chiefs in the top of the eighth. Rogers finished his evening throwing 100 pitches, giving up six hits, striking out six with one earned run.

Suero gave up a single to right fielder Ian Parmley to begin the top of the eighth.

Fields dropped a sacrifice bunt to advance Parmley to second with one out.

Bisons left fielder Anthony Alford came to the plate and Suero threw a wild pitch to him, resulting in Parmley taking third base.

Alford hit a pop up that Snyder caught over his shoulder in shallow right field, and Parmley wisely did not attempt to score from third for Buffalo.

Designated hitter Dwight Smith Jr. was intentionally walked on a 3-1 count. He then stole second on the first pitch seen by Tellez. Tellez grounded out to first to end the Buffalo scoring opportunity in the top of the eighth.

Syracuse again saw first and second with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, following a Robinson double and a Snyder walk against Bisons reliever Leonel Campos. But Skole struck out swinging, and the score held 1-1 going into the ninth.

 

Bobbling the Ninth

Suero returned to the hill for his second inning of work, as only three Chiefs relievers had not pitched on Friday night in a 4-0 loss to the Bisons.

Suero gave up a single to right field to Leblebijian to open the frame. Ohlman flew out, and Opitz walked to set up first and second with one out.

Berti hit a ground out to the third baseman Almanzar, who instead of stepping on third base which he was two feet away from, threw to second base to try to convert the double play. A bobbled decision resulted in first and third with two outs, instead of the inning potentially being over.

Parmley arrived to the plate and Berti stole second base with no throw to set up two runners in scoring position with two outs.

Suero steadied the ship by striking out Parmley, Parmley’s second K of the game.

Wil Browning came into the game for the Bisons in the ninth, hoping to force an extra inning of labor on Labor Day weekend.

He gave up a single to start the frame to Severino. After a Sanchez strikeout, Irving Falu pinch hit for Alamanzar and grounded into a fielder’s choice to Berti, who failed to convert the 4-6-3 double play.

It was now the Bisons’ turn to bobble. Two outs, runner on first, extra innings in sight.

Bautista came to the plate. Falu stole second base, and then took third on a wild fastball in the dirt.

Bautista showed patience, and took the walk handed to him.

Bautista stole second base with no throw on the first pitch of Stevenson’s at bat, to ensure one less force out option for the Bisons.

It did not matter, however, as Stevenson hit a rocket line drive outside of the reach of the diving Leblebijian at third base.

Stevenson had a simple initial thought once he saw the ball get past Leblebijian.

“Game over” Stevenson said.

 

Remainder of the Season

The Chiefs host two more games against the Buffalo Bisons, and the 142-game season will conclude with a Labor Day afternoon game.

Gardner explained the goals for the team for these final outings.

“Go out and compete like we’ve done all year. Play some good baseball, put ourselves in a position to win.”

The Chiefs and Bisons game Sunday starts at 7:05 P.M., celebrating Back to School Day at NBT Bank Stadium.

 

Orange Dispatches CCSU in Opener

Orange Dispatches CCSU in Opener

September 2, 2017

Story by Alana Seldon Photos by Katie Benoit SYRACUSE, N.Y. –The Syracuse Orange football team started its holiday weekend off with a blowout win in the 2017 season opener against Central Connecticut State at the Carrier Dome on Friday night in front of a reported crowd of 30,273. The Orange rolled up 586 yards on 93 […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. –The Syracuse Orange football team started its holiday weekend off with a blowout win in the 2017 season opener against Central Connecticut State at the Carrier Dome on Friday night in front of a reported crowd of 30,273.

The Orange rolled up 586 yards on 93 offensive plays but just 155 on the ground in a 50-7 win.

“I thought we definitely took what the defense was giving us,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said. “They made a point that they didn’t want us to run the ball. We threw the ball well.”

 

Dungey being Dungey

Junior quarterback Eric Dungey set the pace for the Orange’s energy with 13 straight completions to start the game, spinning and somersaulting and occasionally leaving Orange fans’ hearts in their mouths. After missing parts of his first two seasons with injuries Dungey staying healthy all year is a major concern.

In his second season as Syracuse head coach, Dino Babers says that flair on the field is just a part of Dungey.

“That’s how he is,” Babers said. “He’s very difficult to change when it comes to that, but it makes his game. A lot of quarterbacks do that stuff and it affects their accuracy and their numbers and their percentages drop. He does that stuff and he throws at high percentages.”

Dungey reached his seventh career 300-plus-yard passing game, completing 28 of 36 for 328 yards and accounted for  three touchdowns. He rushed for 51 yards on five carries.
With an aggressive performance on both sides of the ball against the Blue Devils, Dungey says he was most pleased with the defensive line.

“I’m proud of their movement and their good condition,” Dungey said. “I was happy watching the defense out there, I probably get the most pleased watching them.”

Cordy injured

An injury to safety Antwan Cordy on Friday night caused the redshirt junior to leave the game and return to the sidelines on crutches with a boot on his leg. Cordy missed most of last season after breaking his forearm.

Jordan Martin, who took Cordy’s spot on the field, called his teammate  a “thermostat” for the defense.

“He sets the tone for us,” Martin said. “His play speaks for itself. I mean, he’s a high-energy guy. He brings a lot of fun to the defense, he brings a lot of good plays, a lot of big plays. That’s why we call him the thermostat, he raises the temperature for all of us.”

Head coach Dino Babers said he was unsure of the status of Cordy’s injury, but he’s hopeful.

“We don’t have a final say on Antwan yet,” Babers said. “We’re going to have to wait and see what the doctors say. Obviously, we expect him back, we’re trying to hope for the best.”

 

First Quarter: Big SU Lead

Dungey and running back Dontae Strickland set the pace for the Orange with back-to-back touchdowns in less than six minutes after kickoff, while the Blue Devils had a slow start.

The quarterback ran it in 11 yards on a bootleg around left end and kicker Cole Murphy added the extra point. as Syracuse grabbed an early 7-0 lead on the opening drive.

After the Blue Devils went three-and-out, Strickland scored on the second drive, skipping into the end-zone from six yards out.

Senior wide-receiver Ervin Philips followed, scoring the third touchdown for the Orange on a 14-yard pass from Dungey.

Syracuse led the Blue Devils 21-0 at the end of the first.

 

Second Quarter: Orange Puts on the Pressure

The second quarter saw some of the same action from Syracuse and a lack thereof from Central Connecticut.

A good field goal a from the 29 by senior Cole Murphy after an SU drive stalled advanced the Orange lead to 24-0. Then, sophomore Moe Neal added another touchdown after a 52-yard sideline catch and run on a pass from Dungey.

“The effort was really good,”  Babers said. “Defense is hitting people and making it difficult on their quarterback.”

Syracuse was in control at the half, outscoring the Blue Devils 31-0.

 

Third Quarter: CCSU Wakes Up

After a slow offensive first half, CCSU responded. Jake Dolegala completed a deep pass to receiver Jose Garcia for 24 yards. Garcia beat Scoop Bradshaw down the sideline, scoring Central Connecticut’s first touchdown of the night.

The Blue Devils had finally put some numbers on the board, trailing Syracuse 31-7.

Their celebration did not last long. Syracuse added another touchdown when Dungey connected a crossing pass to tight end Ravian Pierce in the end zone, for Pierce’s first career touchdown.

With 3:42 left, Dungey collected his second rushing touchdown of the night. Orange led 47-7. His night was over and redshirt freshman Rex Culpepper got some reps.

 

Fourth Quarter: It’s an Orange Game

The Orange entered the final quarter with the same momentum and back-to-back plays seal the deal over the Blue Devils.

Sophomore Sterling Hofrichter’s field goal attempt was good and Syracuse advanced to 47-7.

The Blue Devils get aggressive for a moment and sacked Culpepper who fumbled  and CCSU recovered the ball.

But on the next play, Syracuse forced a fumble on a sack and got the ball right back.

With 53 seconds left in the game, Cole Murphy tacked on a 39-yard field goal.                           

 

Looking Ahead

Syracuse hasn’t lost a season opener since its matchup against Penn State in 2013.

“Overall, I thought it was a good, solid game,” Babers said. “Football teams grow the most during their first and second games. We’re looking for a lot of growth coming into our next game versus Middle Tennessee.”

The Orange will host Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 3:30.

Central Connecticut State will host Fordham. That’s a noon game on Sept. 9

SU and Fox Sports U

SU and Fox Sports U

September 1, 2017

    Editors Note: As we begin the new fall semester and our second year of The Sports Media Project in collaboration with Fox Sports University, it’s time to look back at our first-year experience which wound up with the winning student team, Ari Gilberg, Benjamin Gramley, James Hadnot and Randy Posner being flown to […]

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Editors Note: As we begin the new fall semester and our second year of The Sports Media Project in collaboration with Fox Sports University, it’s time to look back at our first-year experience which wound up with the winning student team, Ari Gilberg, Benjamin Gramley, James Hadnot and Randy Posner being flown to Los Angeles in June to present their proposals to Fox Sports Executives. Here is how it went as described by Ari Gilberg, who is now working as Online Sports Editor for the New York Daily News. 

Special thanks to Fox Sports U’s Molly Stires and Kimberly Borza.

By Ari Gilberg ’17

Photos and video courtesy of Fox Sports U

Experience is something that cannot be gained by reading a PowerPoint slide, or by sitting in a lecture hall. Experience is something that can only be gained through firsthand observation and the hands-on completion of a task.

And that is exactly what working with FOX Sports University provided.

What made my FOX Sports University class so unique was the fact I wasn’t just working to earn an “A,” I was working because I genuinely enjoyed the material – and I received an in-depth look into the inner workings of the sports media field all while doing so.

When FOX Sports University first presented its challenge, I was intrigued to say the least. The representatives of FOX Sports University tasked us with researching the 18-24 age demographic and present a proposal to help make FS1 the top-of-mind destination for sports fans, both on-air and digitally.

The assignment was broad, and at first, appeared daunting. How are we, as college students with no real-world experience, supposed to solve FS1’s greatest challenge? We spent weeks brainstorming ideas, researching information and conducting focus group studies before we finally developed a proposal we believed could have been produced by any other team of industry experts.

And that is what FOX Sports University helped us become – a professional team. We gained valuable real world experience, despite not actually being out in the real world. FOX Sports University brought the real world challenges, tasks and assignments to us, which allowed us to gain professional experience from within a classroom in snowy Syracuse.

If our story ended there, that would have been enough. We had already completed our task, gained valuable insight into the sports media world, made new contacts and expanded our network, and won the Syracuse challenge by being selected over the other groups in our class.

 

However, months after our initial proposal, FOX Sports University invited me and my team to visit the FOX Studio Lot in Los Angeles, and present our findings and ideas once more, this time to the top executives at FS1. Our trip also consisted of touring the FOX Studio Lot, sitting in on pre-production meetings, watching The Herd and Speak For Yourself live from the shows’ respective control rooms and even taking pictures on The Herd’s iconic couch during a commercial break.

The most interesting aspect of our behind-the-scenes tour was being able to see the preparation Speak For Yourself producers put in prior to the day’s show (at 7:00 a.m. to be exact) in terms of developing potential topics and preparing the show’s order and structure, and then seeing it all come together just hours later that day.

The entire day was exciting, eye-opening and extremely rewarding

Although touring the Lot and becoming best friends with Colin Cowherd (HA! …not really) was fun, the most rewarding part of the trip was presenting our proposal to a group of high level FS1 and FOX Sports executives. This was the culmination of months of brainstorming, research, planning, rehearsals, etc. And simply put, it was satisfying to know the ideas that we spent so much time and energy to develop were being seriously considered by some of the most reputable personnel in sports media. We weren’t viewed as naïve college students, but rather sports media colleagues.

FOX Sports University started out as just a college class, but for me it quickly evolved into so much more…

Alvarez’s Pitching and Hitting End Chiefs’ Winning Streak

Alvarez’s Pitching and Hitting End Chiefs’ Winning Streak

August 31, 2017

Story and photo by Kevin Van Pelt Syracuse, N.Y. – The SyracuseChiefs three-game winning streak ended Wednesday night at NBT Bank Stadium, as they lost to theLehigh Valley IronPigs 7-3. Led by the pitching of Henderson Alvarez, the IronPigs took the lead early and never gave it up. Alvarez pitched seven strong innings giving up three earned runs and only […]

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Syracuse, N.Y. – The SyracuseChiefs three-game winning streak ended Wednesday night at NBT Bank Stadium, as they lost to theLehigh Valley IronPigs 7-3.

Led by the pitching of Henderson Alvarez, the IronPigs took the lead early and never gave it up. Alvarez pitched seven strong innings giving up three earned runs and only walking one batter.

Alvarez was making his first career start with the IronPigs after being signed by the Phillies on August 22.

However, it was also the bat of Alvarez that helped the IronPigs get the victory. In the third inning, Alvarez ripped a double to open up the inning against Chiefs pitcherA.J. Cole. Later he scored on an RBI-single by shortstop Scott Kingery. After RBI singles by third baseman J.P. Crawford and second baseman Angelo Mora, the Chiefs were down 3-0 at the end of the third.
Chiefs get on the board, IronPigs answer

It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Chiefs finally broke through in the run column. Catcher Spencer Kiebloom drew a walk to start the inning for Syracuse. His patient at-bat paid off, as the next batter, third baseman Michael Almanzar, ripped a double down the line and Kiebloom hustled from first base to score the first run for the Chiefs. Rafael Bautista drove in the second run of the inning, grounding out to third to drive in Almanzar.

The IronPigs answered quickly, hitting Cole often. After Brock Stassi singled and Angelo Mora doubled,, Cole to settled down and struck out the next two batters.

The Chiefs intentionally walked the number eight batter catcher Logan Moore to get to Alvarez. The decision proved costly. Alvarez singled to drive in two runs and bring the lead back up to three for the IronPigs.

From there, Alvarez was on cruise control, only allowing one more run before being pinch hit for in the top of the eighth. Alvarez only threw 77 pitches, but considering it was his first start of the season, the team opted to keep his pitch count low.

As for Cole, his night was over after giving up the two-RBI single to Alvarez. He gave up five earned runs in six and two-third innings and took his fifth loss of the season.

Lehigh Valley tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth inning to pull away and keep the Chiefs in check.

 

Next

This was the Chief’s 84th loss of the season, but they can still win the series against the IronPigs with a win Thursday tonight to close out the series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

As for the IronPigs, they remain in the wild card hunt as they move two games behind the Rochester Red Wings after their loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders.

Chiefs Cook IronPigs on Emotional Night for Simms

Chiefs Cook IronPigs on Emotional Night for Simms

August 30, 2017

Story by Kent Paisley Photo courtesy Syracuse Chiefs (Danny Tripodi) Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Chiefs and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs came into NBT Bank stadium this Tuesday evening with similar quality of play recently, yet vastly different records. The IronPigs turned on the greaser early in the season, starting with a scorching 42-19 record, but […]

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Photo courtesy Syracuse Chiefs (Danny Tripodi)

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Syracuse Chiefs and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs came into NBT Bank stadium this Tuesday evening with similar quality of play recently, yet vastly different records.

The IronPigs turned on the greaser early in the season, starting with a scorching 42-19 record, but have had a cooler record of 32-42 since. They sat at 74-61 on the year coming into Tuesday’s contest.

The Chiefs held a half game lead on the worst record in the International League Standings at 52-83.

Taking the hill for the two teams were Jake Thompson for the IronPigs, with a 5.34 ERA in 21 appearances, and John Simms for the Chiefs, with a 6.82 ERA in 6 appearances.

They went on to outperform their ERAs in a pitchers’ duel.

Simms, a Houston native, was pitching for the first time since Tropical Storm Harvey struck.

See Newhouse Sports story on Simms emotions here

 

Mirrored Opening Frames 

The IronPigs were set down in order to start the game. The Chiefs opened the bottom of the first with singles by center fielder Rafael Bautista and right fielder Andrew Stevenson, but that’s as far as they got.

In the top of the second, the IronPigs got their first baseman Brock Stassi and left fielder Andrew Pullin on first and second with a single and a walk with one out. That’s as far as they got.

The Chiefs proceeded to go down in order in the bottom of the second.

 

First Blood 

The pitchers’ duel was on from there, as Simms and Thompson traded scoreless innings in the third.

After sitting ten consecutive Chiefs down, Thompson gave up the first run of the game  on a two-out solo homer to left field by second baseman Brandon Snyder in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

It was Snyder’s 24th homer of the season. But the emotion of the homer wasn’t about himself, but supporting Simms.

“Obviously it (Tropical Storm Harvey) is directly affecting him… it’s awful,” Snyder said. For him to come out and pitch well, it helped.”

Thompson and Sims again traded scoreless innings in the fifth, but the sixth inning opened with mayhem benefiting the IronPigs.

IronPigs leadoff hitter Scott Kingery hit a towering popup, which Chiefs first baseman Clint Robinson lost up in the lights. The other Chiefs infielders thought Robinson had it, and the ball landed on the mound behind Simms.

Kingery never hesitated out of the box and advanced to second base without a play. Second baseman J.P. Crawford followed Kingery’s at bat with a walk.

Simms then clamped down for the Chiefs. He fired a strike to third base to get Kingery out on a force play after a bunt directly to him by center fielder Carlos Tocci.

Stassi hit a fly ball to right center field which did not advance Crawford to third, and right fielder Dylan Cozens struck out looking, to end the IronPigs’ threat.

Cozens was ejected shortly thereafter for complaining about the outside strike by home plate umpire Roberto Ortiz. He was replaced by Herlis Rodriguez in right field for the remainder of the game.

 

Insurance 

The Chiefs carried the momentum into the bottom of the frame, as they had first and second with no one out with cleanup hitter Robinson to the plate. He proceeded to hit into a 4-6-3 double play, resulting in a runner on third with two outs.

With the end of the damage in sight, Thompson threw a fastball high, ticking catcher Nick Rickles’ mitt and going all the way to the backstop, resulting in Stevenson scoring from third. It was ruled a passed ball.

Snyder struck on the next pitch, but the damage was done. The Chiefs claimed a 2-0 lead, and added to that lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Once again with two outs, Thompson threw a wild pitch to advance Chief’s catcher Pedro Severino and shortstop Irving Falu from first and second to second and third.

Bautista took advantage of the ducks on the pond, hitting a bloop single to left field which drove in Severino and Falu, increasing the Chief’s lead to 4-0 through seven innings.

Simms was for the evening after seven, throwing 102 pitches and giving up three hits. Simms gave credit for his dominant start to barrels missing balls.

“My fastball had a lot more life on it,” Simms explained. “Even when I missed, it was OK”

In the top of the eighth, Crawford hit a solo shot to right field to make it a 4-1 deficit for the IronPigs, but proved too little too late to turn on the greaser and launch a comeback.

Austin Adams came in for the Chiefs to wrap up the save in the ninth, his fifth save out of six opportunities this season, with the final score of 4-1.

 

Remainder of the Season

This was the second win for the Chiefs in the four-game series against the IronPigs, having won Monday night 7-3.

The Syracuse Chiefs play the IronPigs Wednesday at 6:35 P.M. at NBT Bank Stadium, with the series continuing through Thursday.

The Chiefs have six games remaining in their season, all at home. Their next and final series is a four game series against Buffalo, starting Friday.

End of the Night: Two Local Fighters and Their Fans

End of the Night: Two Local Fighters and Their Fans

August 26, 2017

Story and photos by Jose Cuevas Verona, N.Y. – Bellator 182 was an incredible event with action packed bouts. However, due to time constraints some fights were left off the Preliminary Bouts and moved after the televised portion of the card. These fights were not televised and only the people in the arena could watch them. […]

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Story and photos by Jose Cuevas

Verona, N.Y. 
– Bellator 182 was an incredible event with action packed bouts. However, due to time constraints some fights were left off the Preliminary Bouts and moved after the televised portion of the card. These fights were not televised and only the people in the arena could watch them.

The final fight of the entire card was between two Central New Yorkers: Joshua Ricci from Whitesboro and Brandon Warne from Ovid.  Ricci trains at the Baldwinsville Impact Team Andrello MMA gym. Both fighters brought large entourages to the fight and the entire arena resonated with raucous cheering.

The fight
The fight was hotly contested as Warne exchanged solid strikes with Ricci. However late in the first round Ricci took Warne down and attempted a rear naked choke. Despite not being able to hold on to the maneuver he maintained ground control utilizing excellent wrestling skills.

Heading into the second round a chant of “Ruthless! Ruthless! Ruthless!” rose from Ricci’s side of the crowd. Ruthless is the name of Ricci’s fight team and it was all in full support of him. Ricci maintained control but Warne would not give up refusing to allow Ricci to subdue him.

Early in the third round Ricci was aggressive trying to finish off Warne, but Warne remained defiant and his rooting section chanted his name.  As Warne was building momentum after stuffing Ricci’s takedown attempt, Ricci caught him in a rear naked choke again.

As much as Warne tried to fend off the tenacious Ricci he could not.  The fight concluded and we went to the judge’s scorecards. All three gave the fight to Ricci giving him a unanimous decision to remain undefeated at 4-and-0.

Worth the wait

Some people had cleared out of the arena before the final bout and that made for a more intimate setting where the remaining crowd was split between Ricci and Warne. The local boys put on a show that rivaled the fights on the main card.

The intensity of the fans that stayed for this bout elevated the ambiance and encouraged the fighters to give it their all. Just goes to show you that the biggest fights may be the ones you never hear about.

Well, until now.

The Intersection of Sport and Spectacle, Professional Wrestling

The Intersection of Sport and Spectacle, Professional Wrestling

August 22, 2017

Story, photos and video by Jose Cuevas SYRACUSE, N.Y. – I remember when I was a young boy my dad would take me to a local venue in Compton, Calif. to watch Lucha Libre. The term may sound familiar, it embodies the high flying style of professional wrestling made famous in Mexico by luchadors. These warriors […]

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Story, photos and video by Jose Cuevas

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – I remember when I was a young boy my dad would take me to a local venue in Compton, Calif. to watch Lucha Libre. The term may sound familiar, it embodies the high flying style of professional wrestling made famous in Mexico by luchadors. These warriors would don elaborate masks and even capes as they battled in the ring. I remember my favorite luchador was “Piloto Suicida” and was lucky enough to have this photo taken alongside my sister.  I marveled at the athleticism and acrobatics they would perform on the ring.

Beyond the amazing feats, I was also enthralled by the battles between the “rudos” and “tecnicos”, essentially the good guys versus the bad guys. Every Saturday my dad would take us to watch the eternal battles between los rudos and los tecnicos.

I wondered how they kept battling every weekend despite performing death-defying leaps, taking slam after slam, and receiving hard chops across their chests that would resonate like gunshots. They even rewarded my curiosity by telling me how tough they were and that if I worked hard when I grew up I could be just as tough.

As I grew older I immersed myself further in professional wrestling, watching World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the now defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW). I watched Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, The Icon “Sting,””Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner, Rey Mysterio, and Eddie Guerrero.

Fast forward to the present day and I found myself at NBT Bank Stadium on a Saturday night in August covering my first professional wrestling event. Big Time Wrestling produced an impressive card featuring some of the all time greats including The Icon “Sting,” “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner, Billy Gunn, and Sabu.

The Athleticism

A constant from the first match to last was the feats of athleticism. Pictured below is a luchador performing a springboard cross body press which is a dangerous and complicated maneuver. It consists of jumping onto the top rope, using it as a springboard, and throwing one’s body onto the opponent.

It’s not just high flying moves that should be appreciated. Below is a wrestler performing a suplex, a very complicated amateur wrestling maneuver which consists of throwing your opponent over your head while bridging with your neck to hold him in a pinning position. It’s a dangerous maneuver that even seasoned wrestlers have trouble performing.

The Spectacle 

Professional wrestling also encapsulates a mythos that transcends time itself, the struggle between good and bad. At the core of a professional wrestling match is the battle between a “face”, a good guy, and a “heel”, a bad guy. Pictured above is the heel pulling one of the oldest tricks in the book. He reaches out his hand in a show of sportsmanship, appealing to the kind nature of his opponent. As his opponent finally accepts the handshake the heel kicks him in the gut, taking advantage of his opponent’s kindness.

The heel will also at times showboat. He will do anything and everything to antagonize his opponent and the fans. Athletes who are cocky usually draw the ire of fans.Pro wrestling heels take that resentment and utilize it to tell enthralling stories in the ring. The end goal is to win. It doesn’t matter the methodology of how victory is achieved. The ends justify the means.

Faces yearn to be the hero of the day. They encapsulate the honest and humble athlete. They are the fan favorites. Pictured above is a tag-team of faces that just defeated their opponents. They celebrate with the audience and are cheered for their winning efforts.

The Hard-Hitting Action

The event was filled with intense action. None was more intense than Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) legend Sabu performing a flying leg drop through a table. The match was contested under “hardcore rules” which essentially means there are no rules. These matches test the toughness of each individual as the action transcends basic professional wrestling maneuvers and replaces them with unconventional weapons and hard hitting action.

A Clash of Ring Legends

Two legends from the “glory days” of professional wrestling wrestled at the event. Their rivalry hearkened back the days of the infamous “Monday night wars” where WCW and WWE would go head to head every Monday night. During this time Billy Gunn and De-generation-X (DX) would showcase their talents on WWE Monday Night Raw while Scott Steiner and the New World Order (NWO) would showcase their talents on WCW Monday Nitro. The two would consistently antagonize one another and throw insults across the airwaves.

Billy Gunn and Scott Steiner renewed their rivalry by putting on a wrestling showcase in the main event. The match was technical and intentional. Everything these men did in the ring meant something, it showed why they are legends. Steiner delivered hard-hitting strikes while antagonizing the crowd. Gunn recovered and delivered his patented finishing maneuver, the “fameasser” for the victory.

The Intersection of Sport and Spectacle 

The event was full of maneuvers that most trained athletes would be afraid to perform. These wrestlers performed them while ensuring that they did not injure themselves or their opponents. They used their bodies to tell stories in a way that only they can. Whether it be by slamming each other, delivering a flying cross body, executing a suplex with a bridge, flying off the top rope onto a table, or delivering their finishing maneuver.

Professional Wrestling walks a fine line between sport and spectacle because it is the only art form of its kind that can do it. It synthesizes the eternal battle of good versus bad, hard-hitting action, athleticism, and storytelling.

The event at NBT Bank Stadium reminded me of when I was that little boy who wondered how these warriors could do such amazing maneuvers while creating a one of a kind spectacle. To ask whether professional wrestling is either sport or spectacle is the wrong question, it is a symbiotic pairing of the two, it is both in one refined package.

Cuse Women’s Soccer Draws with #14 UCONN

Cuse Women’s Soccer Draws with #14 UCONN

August 22, 2017

Story and Photos by Matt St. Jean SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Fresh off a two-nil victory over the Bucknell Bison this past Friday, the Syracuse Orange Women’s Soccer team laced up its cleats for its home opener on Monday against the 14th ranked UCONN Huskies The former Big East rivals have had a a one-sided past as UCONN holds […]

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 — Fresh off a two-nil victory over the Bucknell Bison this past Friday, the Syracuse Orange Women’s Soccer team laced up its cleats for its home opener on Monday against the 14th ranked UCONN Huskies

The former Big East rivals have had a a one-sided past as UCONN holds a 18-1-1 record against the Orange. On Monday, the Orange gave the Huskies all they could handle, finishing in a 1-1 tie.

Defense Steps Up in First Half

Right out of the gate UCONN showed why it is ranked in the top 25 of the United Soccer Coaches Poll. The Huskies maintained calm possession of the ball in the midfield and on several occasions in the first 15 minutes had solid looks at the net. Goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan put a stop to the attempts, but the pace of the game looked to be to UCONN’s advantage.

Syracuse’s defensive trio of Shannon Aviza, Tayor Bennett, and Jessica Vigna hunkered down and made clean tackles. UCONN had three shots on target in the first 15 minutes and just one for the remainder of the opening half.

Offensively, the Orange had difficulty maintaining possession in the middle of the field and as a result, created few quality chances at the enemy net.

“They out-competed us for the first 45 minutes,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We didn’t settle down and get into a rhythm, they were quite direct in the way they played.”

Despite the quality build up in the midfield, the Huskies couldn’t break through the back lines of Syracuse and the teams went into the dressing rooms in a scoreless tie at the half.

The Pace Quickens

Similar to the beginning of the first half, the Huskies came out firing on all cylinders in the second, hunting for the go-ahead goal. Again, the Syracuse defense was up to the task. Brosnan made several diving stops and Vigna seemed to be all over the field putting a halt to UCONN’s progress.

“They had a lot of good players up top, a lot of speed, they were very physical,” Brosnan said. “It was important for us to keep our marks and communication helps with that.”

Stopping the initial onslaught from UCONN, the Orange began to find some rhythm. Wing backs, Eva Gordon and Alana O’Neill sprinted up and down their respective sidelines providing outlets for the defense and advancing the ball deep into the UCONN half of the field.

Scoreboard Lights Up

Syracuse began to mount consistent attacks on the Husky defense and the momentum began to shift. In the 75th minute, Alex Lamontagne received a pass from Sheridan Street right in front of the net. Lamontagne’s first attempt was stopped by UCONN keeper Mollie Kerrigan, but the rebound came right back to her and the second time, she didn’t miss.

“I tried to volley it and [Kerrigan] saved it.” Lamontagne said. “I just tried to blast it again right past her. Got to go in somehow, so I made sure it went in.”

Down one, the Huskies responded quickly. Four minutes after Syracuse’s goal, UCONN’s Tanya Altrui broke free at the top of the box and delivered a perfectly weighted pass to a cutting Zoe Steck, who buried a shot in the back of the net to knot the game at one.

Extra Time

After 90 minutes of physical, fast-paced soccer, the teams readied for two 10-minute sudden death periods. UCONN was again the aggressor coming out of the break. The Huskies put the Orange on its heels for nearly the entire extra 20 minutes.

In one of the three corner kicks the Huskies won, the ball came curling into the middle and bounced to the foot of Steck. As she prepared to fire a game-winning rocket, Brosnan came across the goal and with an outstretched hand deflected the ball, saving the tie for the Orange.

“It was just reaction, just instinct, to keep the ball from going into the back of the net.” Brosnan said.

The Huskies out-shot the Orange six to one in the two extra time periods, but none of the attempts succeeded and the game ended in a one-one draw.

While he wanted the win, Wheddon said he was encouraged by his team’s play.

“I thought as the game went on we became more and more competitive and we matched them physically,” Wheddon said. “I applaud our players for really gutting it out to get a point out of this game.”

Lamontagne said playing an opponent such as UCONN prepares the team to play at a high level.

“Knowing the level we have to be at and continuing off of that, will make us better each and every game.” Lamontagne said.


Up Next for the Orange

On Thursday, the Orange heads to West Point to face off against the Black Knights of Army. Army also holds a 1-0-1 record coming off a victory against Iona and a draw against UMass-Lowell. In the last meeting between the two sides, Syracuse defeated Army at home, one-nil.

Chiefs Romp, Presidents Race

Chiefs Romp, Presidents Race

August 19, 2017

Story, photo and video by Matt St. Jean SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Led by Irving Falu and Matt Skole, the Chiefs put on a display of offensive might at NBT Bank Stadium Friday night, beating the South division-leading Indianapolis Indians 11-5. The win for the Chiefs snapped a four-game skid against the Indians and was a remarkable […]

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Story, photo and video by Matt St. Jean

SYRACUSE, N.Y.
 — Led by Irving Falu and Matt Skole, the Chiefs put on a display of offensive might at NBT Bank Stadium Friday night, beating the South division-leading Indianapolis Indians 11-5. The win for the Chiefs snapped a four-game skid against the Indians and was a remarkable turnaround from the night before.

As a bonus the famous Washington Nationals mascots, the Presidents were in town and ran their signature President’s Race after the third inning.

 

 

Dialed-In

Thursday night against the Durham Bulls, the Chiefs had found themselves in a four-to-nothing hole before any of them stepped into the batter’s box. On Friday, it was the Chiefs who got off to a fast start.

Center fielder Zach Collier set the tone, hitting a seeing-eye single to center to lead off the bottom of the first. After Falu grounded out, Neftali Soto smashed a line-drive into the gap, scoring the game’s first run. Soto slid into third for his first triple of the season. Snyder then drew a walk to put runners on the corners with no outs for Skole.

Skole returned to action on Thursday after a stint on the disabled list and struck out in all four at-bats. Friday night, with two strikes, he made solid contact, driving the ball to deep center field. The ball bounced on the warning track and went over the wall for a ground-rule double. The double was one of three extra-base hits for the first baseman.

“It was nice to get a hit, drive in a run, to realize I’m here for a reason, after a rough night.” Skole said. “[Thursday] I was super excited to be back, but tonight I decided to slow the game down a little bit, let the game come to me and trust my ability.”

With two runs already across, the Chiefs weren’t done yet. They took advantage of an error by Indians first baseman Joey Terdoslavich, which allowed Snyder to score from third. Michael Almanzar added salt to the wound when he doubled down the third base line scoring both Skole and Spencer Kieboom  to put the Chiefs up five to zip at the end of the first.

Simms Solid, Room to Improve

The starting pitching match-up pitted Syracuse’s John Simms (1-3, 7.67 ERA), who had just recently been called up from AA, against Tyler Eppler (6-8, 5.29 ERA), who made his 19th start for the Indians. Eppler spotted Simms a five-run cushion in the first, but Simms ran into a bit of trouble himself, soon after.

In the top of the second, Simms surrendered two runs on a RBI single from Jacob Stallings and a sacrifice fly by Gift Ngoepe. In the fifth, he gave up a two-run bomb to Danny Ortiz. Simms was blessed with good run support, but Chiefs manager Billy Gardner says the young gun has some work to do.

“He had trouble with his secondary pitches, getting them over [for strikes], they were sitting on his fastball,” Gardner said. “If you want to get to the next level, you need to have three pitches.”

Simms earned his first win for the Chiefs pitching six innings allowing four runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Indians’ Nightmare on the Mound

For the Indians, Eppler may as well have been throwing a beach ball. In addition to the first inning, Eppler allowed back-to-back RBI doubles to Snyder and Skole in the second and then a two-run bomb to Falu in the fourth. He finished with four innings pitched, 10 hits, nine runs (eight earned), one walk and one strikeout.

“A lot of good approaches tonight, hitting on a line, short to ball, hunting fastball,” Gardner said.

Life didn’t get any easier for the bullpen. In his second inning of work, Brett McKinney left a belt-high fastball over the inside part of the plate to Falu, who deposited the offering over the right field wall.

“I knew he was going to pitch me in,” Falu said. “That’s my pitch, man, and when it comes I don’t miss it.”

In the seventh, Johnny Barbato served up a spicy meatball to Matt Skole who launched it over the wall for his eighth home run on the season and the 11th run for the Chiefs.

“I wasn’t really trying to hit a homer at all,” Skole said. “Just trying to get a good pitch to hit, a good swing, make sure my time was right and it just happened to fall right into my barrel.”

The Series Continues

Syracuse looks to make in two in a row Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. A.J. Cole (4-4, 5.66 ERA) toes the rubber for the Chiefs against Clay Holmes (9-5, 3.26 ERA).

 

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