View from the DJ Booth - A Musical Perspective from lordnick:
Well, it's come to this. More than a month ago, in the program's darkest hours, following an embarrassing defeat at the hands of South Florida to fall to 2-3 in conference play, the Blog DJ made a bold decision to turn the season around. One, two, three, four... eight wins now. All thanks to the lilting voice of Dolores O'Riordan and her friends from the second-best Irish rock band of the 90s, The Cranberries.
Formed in 1989, the band's fist demo tape sold 300 copies. The second demo tape contained the song that would make the stars. "Linger" wasn't commercially released until 1993, but it was the re-release in 1994, a tour, and a notice from MTV that put the band on the map. The single went Gold in the United States, peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 and was one of VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s.
The past has been prologue, all leading to this moment. The Big East is dead. Syracuse didn't kill it, bigger forces did. Bigger forces that are going to turn Syracuse into a basketball has-been and a football afterthought in the ACC for decades to come. But until that happens, here's one more chance to remind them what they're foresaking.
View from the Student Section - A Youthful Perspective from Campus:
There's not a whole lot to say that hasn't already been said. This game (as well as the home match against these clowns in 2 weeks) has been circled on my calendar in big fat red marker since November 9th. I hate these guys. Probably not as much as you alums do, but I really can't stand the Orange. I normally would split my hatred between the South Canadians and West Virginia, but since the latter no longer graces our conference with their presence, I must focus my disdain almost solely on the Upstate New York Penitentiary basketball squad. This game means a lot for this season and a whole lot more for this program's history. I would love nothing more than to "close" the Dome this weekend. I don't expect we'll win this game. I still have the memory of last year's grand shafting fresh in my head. That being said, if there is any team in the Big East that can go up to the Frozen North, it's the Hoyas. I haven't decided where I'll be watching the game tomorrow, but I'll probably be at the Horse so all you 30-somethings can harass me over not drinking enough again. I believe in Otto Porter.
View from the Cheap Seats - A Nervous Perspective from JahidiLikesPie:
Can't relax. I was supposed to have a nice dinner in SoHo last night to celebrate a birthday and I spent the entire dinner thinking about a stupid basketball game. I would alternate between thoughts of #22 hitting jumpers from the top of the key to their Southerlander dropping 3s on the hoyas. I would then drift to how long before the tip and why a man of my age and soon-to-be father was thinking about the impact of a win or a loss tomorrow. That was at 9:30 on Friday night. It is now 6 am on Saturday morning and I am writing this silly thing. I am going to be a walking disaster by noon, let alone 4 pm... You know what? This isn't helping. I am done. My head may explode, otherwise.
Nervousness Level: Elephant Sized OH SHIT!
Today is going to be a disaster, and I am not talking about the outcome of the game.
View from the Sports Book - An Unbiased Perspective from Vegas:
The Line: Syracuse -7. Over/under 122.
Three options for this game and three options only: 1) Hoyas get run off the floor in a blowout loss, 2) Hoyas keep it close but lose, 3) Hoyas win. Since 66% of those options would result in a casual cover, I'll take those odds and the 7 points and lay it on the good guys.
The pick is Georgetown +7. Final score Hoyas 100 - Oranges 3.
Casual Hoya is 14-6 ATS this season.