New York College Hoops Blues:

New York College Hoops Blues:

Siena, UAlbany to Miss Out on NCAA Tournament Yet Again, Syracuse on Bubble
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It has been a rough week for two of upstate New York’s finest college basketball programs. The Siena Saints men, coming off a very disappointing 8-24 regular season finish, hoped to wipe the slate clean and start fresh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (the MAAC) tournament. If head coach Jimmy Patsos and company were to win out, they would automatically punch their ticket to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. The Siena Saints women’s team won more games than the guys, and they too sought out a conference championship and NCAA tournament win.

Things just didn’t work out the way they wanted, however. The Saints men’s and women’s teams were handed first round exits by Quinnipiac and Marist, respectively. With Siena out of the picture, could the University of Albany men’s and women’s basketball team flip the script and make it out on top?

The Great Danes men’s team, led by head coach Will Brown, came up short at home against Stony Brook. Another decent season, nonetheless, but will most likely compete for an NIT or other postseason tournament instead of the ultimate NCAA men’s basketball tourney. The women couldn’t close the deal on the regular season and lost out on the America East Conference title.

The last real hope for New York sports fans is the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team. Last night, in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference(ACC) tournament, Jim Boeheim’s squad took care of business against Wake Forest, 73-64. The Orange needed a win over six-seeded North Carolina to stir up more conversation on getting into the Big Dance. The Tar Heels were prepared, though, and knocked of Syracuse to advance to the next round.

A rough season for all three upstate New York college basketball teams, no doubt about it. However, there is hope for the future. Siena has a lot of young players who can take their experience from this season and improve upon it. Syracuse still has a Hall of Fame coach in Boeheim leading the charge, and he’ll continue to mold these young men into leaders and competitors in a tough conference. Plus, the fanbases for all these programs are loyal and will continue to support them, win or lose. That’s sportsmanship at its finest.

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Tiger Woods Looks To Eclipse Remarkable Comeback With A Win This Weekend

In the final event of the FedEx Cup, the Tour Championship, Woods could complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history with a win

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Even though I may be over 4000 miles away and five hours ahead of schedule, the fanatic fan that I am for Tiger Woods has not died down one bit. Entering the Tour Championship, the final event of the FedEx Cup and essentially the Superbowl of professional golf, Woods has a chance of eclipsing one of the greatest comebacks ever with a win this Sunday.

Woods, who hasn't played in this event since 2013 is still in search of a coveted first win in his comeback tour from injury. With a win here, on arguably one of the toughest golf courses in the world and against the top 30 players on the PGA tour, the legacy of Tiger Woods will forever be cemented in golf lure.

So yes, as I am in London studying for the fall term as an abroad student, my heart and soul are still intertwined with one of America's greatest sports icons. To demonstrate my commitment as a fan, I will share a little tale with how I have been able to keep up with Woods' play. On Thursday, the first day of competition, I strategically planned my day around when Tiger would tee off. Making sure to have computer access, I was able to watch his first three holes of the round. To say the least, I was mildly unimpressed. Starting off with a bogey and finding himself in the bottom half of the field, I figured I was only hurting Woods' performance by watching. I backed off, shut the computer down and went out for a meal.

I made a conservative effort to not stay glued to my phone for updates, feeling that if I let Tiger do what Tiger does best, then, sure enough, he would come around. I was right. Woods was able to turn around his bad start and with three holes left in his round he was tied for 2nd place and only two shots back. I had to see him finish out, I knew the good mojo was there.

I quickly made my way back to my dorm and was able to log onto a live feed just in time for Woods to tee off on the final hole of the day, a par 5. Sure enough, Tiger landed a beautiful shot on the green in 2, with a chance for eagle and a tie for the lead. It was all but too good to be true until it wasn't. With 30 feet to the hole, Tiger lined up his putt and gracefully took a tap at it as the world, and myself from the United Kingdom, watched him knock it into the hole and take a share of the lead entering the second day of competition.

The crowd erupted nearly as loud as I had from my dorm room. The energy was palpable and with a signature fist pump from our man, he took a gigantic step in the right direction towards capping off this unfathomable comeback.

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