Is there anyone in sports you’d rather have a beer with than Jim Boeheim?
After his Syracuse Orangemen dispatched Cincinnati in the first round of the Big East tournament, he let loose a post-game, profanity-laced tirade tailor-made for your local watering รับแทงบอลออนไลน์
hole. He sounded like your buddy Earl after he’s had a few too many, swinging wildly as someone dared question his favorite basketball player. Some kid who writes for the Syracuse newspaper had the temerity to suggest ‘Cuse point man Gerry McNamara is overrated. In answering a completely unrelated question (he wasn’t even asked about McNamara), Boeheim pulled his nutty: “That’s the most bullsh– thing I’ve seen in 30 years — and especially if it comes from our people in our papers…. Without Gerry McNamara we wouldn’t have won 10 f–king games this year. Not 10.”
No, it’s not particularly cool that the 61-year-old Boeheim was laying into a 19-year-old kid. And he did apologize afterward. But the way he defended his player was more than just outsized. It was funny. It was the way you’d defend your guy. And most of all: it was true. Without McNamara, Syracuse is a nine-win team this year. Maybe worse. It’s a really crummy group of young players. McNamara won two games in the Big East tournament essentially by himself, and helped the Orange get into the NCAAs. They won’t last long there. But with sad-sack Boeheim holding court, denigrating his team, mocking himself (his wardrobe, his glasses, the shape of his head), going on PTI and telling it like it is, the tournament just got a little more fun. Now pass the pretzels.
Last chance for pre-NCAA predictions: Who do you think will be the most disappointed men’s basketball team come Selection Sunday?
Greg Jorssen, BoDog.com: Syracuse did too much damage to themselves down the stretch to be considered for Selection Sunday. The 39-point loss to DePaul last week was devastating and highlighted the fact that they have a very weak defense. They have played one of the toughest schedules in the Big East and could squeak in based on their strength of schedule, and with their big win over Cincinnati on Wednesday. However, their record over their past 10 games, 4-6, may very well seal their fate.