All articles by Matt Michael

They Work and Work, but Will They Get to a Bowl Game?

Players fought their “butts” off against No. 1 Florida State

As promised by head coach Scott Shafer, the Syracuse University football players fought their “butts” off against No. 1 Florida State Saturday, Oct. 11,  and held their own in a 38-20 loss at the Carrier Dome.



Shafer Calls Meeting with No. 1 Florida State ‘A Great Opportunity’

“I really look forward to the challenge ahead.”

Syracuse University football coach Scott Shafer believes there’s no obstacle that can’t be overcome with old-fashioned determination and sheer will.



It Hasn’t Been Easy for the Orange

And Now Comes a Tough Stretch

The hope – no, make that the expectation – was that the Syracuse University football team would defeat the University of Maryland Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Carrier Dome to set up a primetime showdown of 3-0 teams with SU against No. 9 Notre Dame Saturday at MetLife Stadium.



An Exciting Win

…perhaps too exciting

Maybe that early bye week for the Syracuse University football team wasn’t such a bad idea after all.



Manager Gets Satisfaction from Teaching Young Players

Matt Michael interviews Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr.

Syracuse Chiefs Manager Billy Gardner Jr. is a true baseball lifer. He grew up around baseball because his father, former major-league infielder Billy Gardner Sr., managed in the minors and then the majors with the Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals. After two years as a minor-league player, Billy became a coach and has been a minor-league manager for the last 20 years.



Letting Go: Chiefs Souza Emerges as IL’s Best Player

Souza, 25, is the Triple-A Chiefs’ best hitter (a .362 batting average with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs through July 19) and will likely make his major-league debut in September, if not sooner.

In his first regular-season game after deciding to devote his life to God, Syracuse Chiefs outfielder Steven Souza went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts for Single-A Hagerstown.



Chiefs Pitcher is King of the Hill

New Times reporter Matt Michael recently caught up with Hill at NBT Bank Stadium to ask him about Auburn, his special 2014 season and – dare we say it – helping the Chiefs make the playoffs.

There are many reasons why the Syracuse Chiefs are in contention for their first playoff appearance since 1998, but none bigger than pitcher Taylor Hill.



A Promotion Worthy of the Baseball Hall of Fame

Chiefs’ Fans Get Free admission to the Hall of Fame Museum

It’s only fitting that in a summer when the first former Syracuse Chief of the modern area will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (Bobby Cox), Syracuse fans can use a ticket stub from a 2014 Chiefs game for free admission to the Hall of Fame Museum on Fridays through Sept. 5.



A Syracuse guy running a Syracuse team for the Syracuse fans

“It’s going to take a little while to get this thing right”

Jason Smorol left baseball, but baseball never left him.



Over and Out

After Cardiac ’Cuse flatlined in Buffalo, there are unanswered questions for the Orange’s 2014-2015 hoops season

When fans of the Syracuse University men’s basketball team look back at the 2013-2014 season, two shots will stand out in their minds: