A Christmas wish list for Syracuse fans

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For Christmas, we’d like a few more wins

It’s Christmas Day, Syracuse fans! And to celebrate the occasion, we’ve put together a little wish list that we can all relate to.

For Christmas, we’d like…

  • For the basketball team to stay positive, practice hard, cut down on the turnovers; get better at playing the zone. Defense is what will win ballgames in the ACC.
  • For the basketball team not have an alternative uniform game (unless it’s the standard blue third jersey to the current white/orange set, last worn in 2008 at Notre Dame), forced to wear the latest Nike concoction. Last season’s version was a disaster both from a fashion standpoint (orange jerseys and blue pants?), and for mojo. The 25-0 start was ended by Boston College of all teams.

» Related: What does Syracuse basketball want for Christmas?

  • For the lacrosse team to take advantage of the fact that six of their first seven games are in the friendly confines of the Dome, granted against some pretty good teams, and the other game is in Georgia against St. John’s for a second straight year. The schedule provides an opportunity for a strong start in the balanced world of Div. 1 lax.
  • For the rest of the men’s and women’s programs to continue their ascent in the national rankings, and finally get over the hump with a national title in one of the non “Big Three” programs.
  • For the football team to have a true quarterback battle in spring practice, taking advantage of the spanking new indoor practice facility, with heralded recruit Alin Edouard getting to campus to compete with the three returnees.
  • For the football program to follow the blue print of ACC comrades Duke and Georgia Tech, smaller schools that are competing for conference championships and solidifying Top 25 (or close to it) status.
  • For all The Juice readers to have pleasant “Orange Thoughts” in the course of your everyday lives, and a happy holiday season.
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Brad Bierman

About Brad Bierman

Now in his fifth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.
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