As a SU sports fan, there are many things to thank

I want to wish every single Syracuse Orange sports fan out there a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

To that end, I’d like to thank all the other ‘Cuse fans out there. As the Editor of Inside The Loud House, a position I’ve been truly blessed with, I have the opportunity to connect with a crowd of passionate, knowledgeable, and friendly SU sports fans on social media and in chat rooms.

Sure, we don’t always agree. Yes, I sometimes get toasted by my fellow fans for the opinions I share, and that’s all good. It’s to be expected.

As long as we all continue to respect each other’s attitudes, even when we strongly disagree, lively, invigorating debates will continue, and that’s all I can ever hope for when it comes to the sports teams of my beloved alma mater, Syracuse University, goes .

As a Syracuse Orange sports fan, I owe a lot.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to express my love to various Syracuse Orange sports teams, players and coaches. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, so if I omit anyone, it is in no way meant to be minor.

These are just a few Syracuse Orange teams and individuals for whom I am grateful.

SeanTucker
A 2021 All-American, the running back star hasn’t produced the same numbers this season as he did a year ago. But Tucker is so talented and his tweets are the best.

Eric Devendorf
The former Syracuse basketball star helped lead Boeheim’s army to a TBT title in the summer of 2021. Eric is doing so many wonderful things in the Central New York community these days.

Felisha Legette-Jack
Beginning with the 2022-23 season, this former Syracuse women’s basketball legend returned to the Hill to coach her alma mater. The Orange suffered their first loss of the campaign a few days ago but Legette-Jack will do wonderful things at the helm of the ‘Cuse.

Her energy, her enthusiasm, her positivity – all of these wonderful traits that Legette-Jack possesses will prove contagious during her tenure as the team’s head coach.

Syracuse men’s football
What a fabulous 2022 season for this squad. The Orange recently won the ACC Championship and will face fellow CNY neighbors Cornell next Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 at home.

Field hockey in Syracuse
The Orange’s 2022 stanza may be over, but the ‘Cuse (16-6) have had an excellent run this fall. Syracuse made the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament, where it fell to Maryland in a 3-2 shootout.

Cross Country for women and men in Syracuse
Both teams did reasonably well at the recent NCAA championships.

The men’s team finished 12th, their best performance since 2016, while the women’s group finished 23rd, their best result from 2015. Love it.

Other SU sports
Let’s welcome a variety of other Syracuse Orange sports teams that compete during the fall, winter, or spring months including men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s rowing, ice hockey for women, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s softball.

Dino Babers and Syracuse Football Seniors
We are all disappointed that Orange have fallen 6-0 in a row after starting the 2022 season 6-0. That being said, the ‘Cuse is still going bowling for the first time since 2018.

I am proud of this squad who have been hit hard by injuries throughout the fall semester. I have great respect and admiration for the Syracuse Football Seniors and other players who will leave the program after the current verse.

A significant portion of the Orange fan base wants head coach Dino Babers gone. I get it. To me, regardless of the team’s record on the field, Babers is a genuine, classy person.

He’s kind, he’s a great motivator and he has integrity. That’s the kind of person I want to be the manager of Syracuse football.

Jim Boeheim
Much like Babers, many Syracuse basketball fans are ready for head coach Jim Boeheim to retire. It is understandable. The Orange program isn’t the same as it used to be, and the ‘cuse was below .500 in the 2021-22 semester.

We’ll have to wait and see how 2022-23 plays out, but personally I’ve always loved Jim Boeheim and always will. He gave his life to Syracuse University.

He’s twice won 1,000 career games (hi, NCAA). He’s been to 20 Sweet 16s and five Final Fours. Boeheim cut the nets in 2003. Sooner or later he will be riding into the sunset and I will miss him terribly when that turns out to be the case.

melo and son
Carmelo Anthony, the ‘Cuse legend and longtime NBA star, had a freshman season for the ages in 2002-03, leading Syracuse basketball to its only national title.

i love melo And recently, Orange coaches offered his son, 2025 four-star shooting guard Kiyan Anthony, a scholarship. Whether or not Kiyan suits the ‘cuse across the board remains to be seen, but it’s sure to be a great time post-recruitment now and in the future.

Pearl Washington, Jim Brown, Floyd Little and Ernie Davis
I don’t think I need to add anything more here.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my Syracuse Orange friends!

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