The Twelve Pains of Cusemas

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim watches from the sidelines. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

If it’s true that Santa sees you when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake, he should tell Jim Boeheim’s hoopsters, as Cusemas approaches, to start playing some ball, for goodness sake!

Yup, Bizarro times for the 315.

Dino Babers, fresh off a successful early signing period, has proven to be prophetic when, almost three years ago, he told a Carrier Dome crowd, “We Will Win.”

As Babers leads the football team back to national prominence, Boeheim’s team – well versed in adulation – can’t get out of its own way. The Orange now sports a pedestrian 7-4 record. Unless Syracuse rediscovers its potent scoring punch of the past, there are bound to be many more pained expressions on Boeheim’s face. Twelve of them, perhaps.

The first thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is an awful call by a referee

The second thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The third thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The fourth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is “They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The fifth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The sixth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

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The seventh thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The eighth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is scholarship reductions
Stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The ninth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is scheduling former Big East schools
Scholarship reductions
Stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The tenth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is tourney games in Greensboro
Scheduling former Big East schools
Scholarship reductions
Stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The eleventh thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is eating at the Waffle House
Tourney games in Greensboro
Scheduling former Big East schools
Scholarship reductions
Stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee

The twelfth thing at Cusemas that’s such a pain to JB
Is charging calls at Cameron
Eating at the Waffle House
Tourney games in Greensboro
Scheduling former Big East schools
Scholarship reductions
Stupid media questions
Losing games to UConn
Gottlieb and Lunardi!!!!
“They Never Leave New York”
Bricking all your free throws
Non-productive centers
And an awful call by a referee!!!

On behalf of all of us here at The Juice Online, Merry Cusemas to all, and to all a good night!!!!

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