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.

Sports are hard to predict, but let's be honest that's what makes it fun. The season so far for the Syracuse University Football team has featured some unexpected key players. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll hear the stories of a few of those players making a name for themsleves.

First, WAER's Anthony Mazzini gives us the inside scoop on Freshman Andre Cisco and what coach Dino Babers like most about the ball hawking defensive back. Then, Tim Leonard introduces us to Andre Szmyt the unlikely walk-on who won the kicking job and hasn't looked back.


Syracuse University Football is underway and with it, year three in the Dino Babers era. There are still plenty of questions to be answered but one area of comfort should be quarterback.  This week WAER's Meredith Kava reminds us QB is set not only for this season but potentially the next few years as well.

Also, the uptempo style of offense that Babers brought to SU the past few seasons relies on a strong running game. How equipped are the Orange to dominate through the run game? WAER's James Colgan tells us why we should feel confident. 


In Major League Baseball, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs fans went decades and decades without a championship. So, when you hear that Syracuse men's lacrosse is in a drought you might be skeptical.

Truth is, it's been four years since the Orange have made it to the lacrosse Final Four. And while that might not seem like a long time, as WAER's Dana Grey tell us, it's actually the longest such stretch in program history.

Generally in sports it’s difficult to win on the road. And occasionally you just come across a team and venue that simply has your number. For Syracuse Men’s lacrosse that has largely been the case when traveling to play Virginia. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, James Colgan examines the road ails that SU lacrosse has experienced when traveling to Virginia. 

Syracuse University men's lacrosse has a rich history of success. This season the WAER Sports staff has been profiling some of the father-son relationships on this year's team. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, JD Raucci brings us the final part of this trilogy, highlighting Tim and Connor Nelson.

Also this week, the current Syracuse men's lacrosse roster has whopping 17 freshman, and a lot of them are getting their fair share of attention. But WAER's Anthony Mazzini tells us there is one freshman who isn't being talked about as much as he probably should be.

There's  always a lot of excitement when next year's schedule comes out for sports fans. Syracuse Men's Lacrosse is no different. When the schedule becomes public, fans flock to highlight the "must-see" games of the year.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Dana Grey says that there is one game every year that might not jump out to the casual fan, but with a little digging you'll see it has a tradition richer than most. 

The Carrier Dome in downtown Syracuse in often known as " The Loud House". This isn't due to a superior sound system or even the amazing acoustics but rather this is due to the fans.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Michael Lehr introduces us to some of the fans right here in Syracuse that make the Carrier Dome a special place to play.

Try as hard as they might college basketball experts can never predict exactly what the season will hold. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we look back at one of the most pleasant surprises for the SU Men's Basketball team.

WAER's Tyler Aki guides us as we find out what led junior guard Braedon Bayer from walk-on to ultimately playing the role of hero in this year's NCAA Tournament.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we tackle one of the most difficult tasks in sports, predicting NCAA Tournament success. How important are quality wins? What about strength of schedule? WAER's James Colgan breaks it down for us as we visit the Pumpkin Carriage. 

Also this week, the Midwest is largely known for producing quality college basketball and football players. But as WAER's Tyler Aki tells us, lacrosse is starting to make a name for itself in the Chicago area.

The search for top talent is a task many businesses and organization deal with each and every year. For Division One athletics the same struggle occurs when recruiting a new batch of players for your program.

WAER's Tyler Aki has the story of Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse and the talented individual they brought in, all the way from Portland, Oregon.

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