The Best of WAER Sports Podcast

WAER is the original home of the Orange. Syracuse University sports has been a staple of our broadcast for years, and now a Podcast to celebrate that sports coverage. The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, is a weekly look at some of the best feature stories produced by our sports staff.  Listeners will hear historical perspectives, player profiles, and additional stories of interest to the Syracuse sports fan.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll reunite with a familiar name around Syracuse University. In the 90s, many teams led by Jim Boeheim were centered around toughness. Ryan Blackwell often times was the one to exhibit that toughness. Today he's leading in another way, as the head coach of the Liverpool Boys High School Basketball team. 

Also this week on the podcast WAER's Jonathon Hoppe examines of the rich history of Wake Forest sending successful players to the NBA.

Orange Brings Three-Game Winning Streak to Atlanta

Jan 31, 2018
Cuse.com

Entering the heart of conference play, Syracuse (15-6, 4-4) travels to Georgia Tech (10-11, 3-5) Wednesday to play the first of three games over the course of six days. 

The Orange is heading in the right direction, winning three straight. The victories were over ACC bottom-dwellers Pittsburgh (twice) and Boston College, but pushed Syracuse to an even 4-4 record in conference play this season.

On the flip side, the Yellow Jackets have dropped four in a row, most recently falling late to Clemson 72-70. 

Some things will never change in sports, one of those things is you can't win if you don't score points. Syracuse University Men's Basketball has struggled to do just that the past two seasons. WAER's Jack Patel explains some of the factors behind the recent struggle.

Also this week when SU left the Big East, they also left behind some of their biggest rivals. Now five years into ACC play who has stepped up as SU's biggest rival? WAER's Evan Stockton says the answer might just surprise you.

Like it or not conference realignment is a part of big time college athletics. In 2013 conference realignment sent ripples through the Big East as Syracuse, Connecticut and other schools parted ways with the conference.

Leaving a conference after so many years had schools like Syracuse and Connecticut wondering what life after the Big East would look like. WAER's Nate Dickinson examines the success and struggles for the two programs so far.

Home field advantage can be the deciding factor in a closely contested sporting event. It's largely what NBA and NFL teams work so hard to obtain heading into the playoffs.

When Syracuse and Kansas met earlier this year neither team had a home court advantage. That was probably something SU should be thankful about, as WAER's Noah Eagles takes a look at what make Kansas so unbeatable at home.

If you need a tool for a specific project, you'll want to make sure it's a brand you trust. That's the same way that NFL teams approach the draft each spring. They want to make sure they're drafting players who can do the job.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, JD Raucci looks at how Boston College has taken back the reputation of being a hotbed for offensive lineman.

This week on the Best of WAER Sports Podcast, not only does Jim Boeheim's squad welcome four new freshman , they have all played internationally. WAER's Meredith Kava tells us where they came from and where they hope to take SU basketball.

Also this week, despite the gaudy stats posted by starting quarterback Eric Dungy there is another quarterback on the Syracuse roster worth talking about. WAER's Maura Sheridan has the story of backup Zach Mahoney.

The plot of a walk on College Football player rising through the ranks to  assume a position of importance has fueled many Hollywood movies. But, truth be told it is much more than an elaborate work of fiction.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tyler Aki reports that this year's Clemson team is adding to the walk on legacy. 

Syracuse University Football averages a robust 32 points per game. That ranks 32nd in all of Division One College Football.  While Quarterback Eric Dungy  receives a healthy share of the credit, it would be foolish to pretend that he has done it all alone.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Jack Patel spotlights the two senior Wide Receivers who make the offense go. 

Each year in sports seems to bring an emerging star out of no where that demands out attention.  In 2001 the world was introduce to a skinny quarterback named Tom Brady. In 2012 the Golden State Warriors' spent a 2nd round pick on a player who was supposedly too slow, but Draymond Green turned out pretty good.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tim Scott highlights a potential star on the  Syracuse Football team, Scoop Bradshaw. 

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