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Syracuse Storms the Court

There are so many reasons this was wrong, from the fact that Syracuse won a national championship within the past five years to the fact that Georgetown isn't even a Top 5 national team to the fact that the Hoyas are now a fairly non-remarkable 4-3 on the road in the Big East to the fact that the Orange is now 17-9. All those being the case, how a court storm seemed even among the post-game possibilities is beyond me. A square dance, maybe, or a group hug or a game of parcheesi. But not a court storm.

Plus they went early. Premature stormulation. Not in any way impressive. The Post-Standard notes several other reasons fans ought to have stayed seated and instead attempted to gather up foam fingers.

I'll quote from a fan on the Real Cuse Fans board:

This is embarassing why are we storming the court. Dont these kids know the history of Syracuse basketball. We are the fifth winniest team of all time. We just be a good Gtown I agree but they are not great.

On the other hand, the close-up here 26 seconds in makes me fairly happy, so whatever. There is some background bad language, if that concerns you.

My feelings exactly. Winnieing teams need to check theyselves when they be being teams.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 18, 2008; 11:35 AM ET
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...but the announcers insisted whenever the Orange play the Hoyas, rushing is part of an Orange win. That seemed like perfectly legit logic for me, the viewer who was watching a team that is normally one of the top programs in the country because of one of the top coaches in the world and good recruiting. It's not like they have one of the top freshmen in the country. Next you'll be questioning Duke fans storming the court after beating Virginia Tech a couple years ago.

Wake did a decent job rushing last night.

Posted by: sitruc | February 18, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

eh, they're young, let them have their fun ...

Posted by: littles | February 18, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Now Wake Forest storming the court, that was something. Dino Gaudio: still with a perfect lifetime record against Coach K.

Posted by: Dirty Davey | February 18, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

IF you are considered a top team (that does not mean top 10, 25) that meam a tough win or a solid team, year in and year out and have won a national championship in the past 10 years, you dont get to storm the court under less than miraculous circumstances. this just goes to show the down fall of syracuse basketball and the rise of Georgetown to the top of the Big East

very sad cuse, very sad

Posted by: Anonymous | February 18, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Was that Washingtonienne who appeared 25 seconds into the clip? You gotta love cuse girls and their professional talents, I'm sure half of DC has offered her an internship already.

Seriously, if the orange make the NCAA tournament this year, it'll be because of this win. Georgetown might be overrated, but beating them is the only marquis win most Big East teams will have to offer the committee on Selection Sunday.

Posted by: athea | February 18, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

were those the outtakes from 'Cloverfield'?

Posted by: hmmmmm | February 18, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

In defense of the Syracuse fans, the Orange basketball team is huge in upstate New York, as it is the only thing interesting there. They fall short of the tournament for the second straight year and the entire Finger Lakes will be on suicide watch.*

*Not counting Ithaca as Cornell is kicking ass.

Posted by: Max Wass | February 18, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The last time Morgan State stormed the floor, the team had just broken a 21-game losing streak; longest in the nation at the time.

The Orange should stop whining and enjoy the perfect storm.

Posted by: | February 18, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

As a Terp fan, I advocate rushing the court at all times. I would like for this to become a Maryland tradition. Beat up on UMES? Rush the court! Beat Holy Cross? Here we come! Here's a basic fact: It's fun to rush the court. So let's do it after every single win. That way, if some MSM (like Steinberg?!?!) decides we're idiots when we rush the court after, say, a big win over Virginia, it won't matter. Because we always do it. Oh, and I think we should burn a couch at center court after every ACC win. A barcelounger after every non-league win. We can work with the administration on that.

Posted by: Burn Baby Burn | February 18, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If you're a bigger school, you really shouldn't be rushing the court basically ever.

I understand if the Terps need to rush the court should they beat AU next season.

Posted by: KC in DC | February 18, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with burning a couch at center court after every ACC win. That would be ten kinds of awesome. The student managers would load up a giant asbestos disk with a couch and wheel it onto center court.

Posted by: Lindemann | February 18, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

i'm going to guess that ESPN may have had a hand in this. not to get all Deadspin here, but at last year's A-10 tournament, where the stands were maybe one-third full most of the time, we were made aware that ESPN personnel were seeking out fans and encouraging them to storm the court, presumably because it looks better on TV. i wouldn't be surprised if something similar happened here. gotta have something for the opening montage of SportsCenter.

Posted by: jamie | February 18, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

You're right--when a team OWNS its rival on its home court, they should never storm the court. I mean, it's really getting old beating Georgetown in the Dome, especially when the Hoyas are as overrated as they are this year. It was pretty much a given SU was going to win this game, so the SU fans should have taken a page out of the Georgetown student section pre-bandwagon- 2006 and yawned, then left early.

Posted by: teddy | February 19, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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