All articles by Matt Michael

SU Basketball Off to a Rough Start

The Syracuse men’s basketball team (6-3) are not playing up to the standards they’ve set over the past six seasons.

As the Syracuse University men’s basketball team was about to start the 2014-15 season, this reporter said Orange fans who were worried about the team’s lack of experience should take a cue from Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who famously told Packers fans earlier this season to just R-E-L-A-X.



Orange Tries to Build A New Offense

“We have a lot of inexperience at a lot of positions.”

In his usual colorful way, Syracuse University assistant men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins says what the Orange offense is going through right now is like “speed dating.”



Crunch’s Record-Setting Game: Mezmermizing

“The atmosphere. The crowd. It’s an event.”

Here’s the first thing that came to Syracuse Crunch season-ticket holder Chuck McCarty’s mind when he heard that Crunch owner Howard Dolgon had arranged for his team to host the “Frozen Dome Classic” – the first hockey game at the Carrier Dome.



SU Basketball Reloads…Again

R-E-L-A-X

The thing about always having great players is that you’re always going to lose great players.



A Tough Week for SU On and Off the Field

“There’s still a chance”

As far as weekends go, this past one won’t go down as one of the better ones for the Syracuse University athletics department.



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.