Stocking Stuffers for Cusemas Football and Basketball

Santa Cuse knows who's been naughty and who's been nice

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Dec. 14, 2019; Washington, D.C., USA; Syracuse Orange center Bourama Sidibe (34) battles for a rebound against Georgetown Hoyas center Omer Yurtseven (44) during an 89-79 loss at the Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Saugat Sen, The Juice Online.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. And Jim Boeheim’s mood has been anything but delightful…

Oops, sorry. Just getting in the Cusemas spirit. So, put up your Festivus pole and let’s hand out some stocking stuffers for Syracuse football and basketball!

Tiana Mangakahia: Continued health. Where else in the Syracuse community should we start but with continued good health for Tiana? She was declared cancer-free back in early November. So glad to see that she did this to cancer.

Alton Robinson & Kendall Coleman: A decade of sacking QBs in the NFL. If Dino Babers wants to see an uptick in recruiting, some of his guys need to start playing on Sundays.

Quincy Guerrier: Patience. Just wait, the light will turn on. Guerrier appears to be way too talented for it not to.

Chris Bleich: Immediate eligibility waiver granted by the NCAA. You might’ve heard that Syracuse’s offensive line struggled a bit this past season. Who wouldn’t mind seeing Bleich slide right into the starting right guard spot vacated by Evan Adams? Thought so.

Buddy Boeheim: 15 PPG average and 40 percent from three in ACC games. There are certainly some fans who look at him as “coach’s son.” And that certainly can’t be easy. Holding his own in ACC play will go a long way to silence that talk.

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Jim Boeheim and Syracuse fans: A mulligan on the season. Look, we both know you’re frustrated with each other. But let’s not forget how we got to this point; sanctions and early departures.

Tommy DeVito: Offensive line cohesion. DeVito was sacked 44 times on the year. Ouch! If the Syracuse offense is going to be the juggernaut Babers and the fans think it can be, DeVito needs to stay upright.

Joe Girard: 35 points, including 8-of-11 from beyond the arc, against Duke. Because wouldn’t that be fun to see?

Dino Babers: A 4-star QB recruit. He got one in DeVito. But given the way quarterback recruiting has gone for Syracuse the last three seasons, he’d love to land another. And then he’d stop having to answer questions about recruiting QBs.

Jawhar Jordan: Touches, touches, and more touches next season. When Jordan touches the ball, good things happen.

And lastly, in keeping with last year’s Cusemas list, I once again declare this year’s combatants in the Festivus Feats of Strength to be:

Jim Boeheim vs. Doug Gottlieb

(To take place immediately after JB airs his list of grievances with the long-time Syracuse troll, that is).

On behalf of all us us here at The Juice Online, thanks again for another great year. Merry Cusemas to all and to all, a good night!

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