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.

Football coaches often talk about how important it is two excel in all three phases of the game. That's Offense, Defense and the often overlooked Special Teams. For Syracuse University football, a considerable amount of their early success can be atttributed to their strong play on special teams.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, WAER's Drew Carter takes a look at some of the players making a difference on special teams so far this year.

It's rare for college football to have a true freshman break onto the scene and take the country by storm. That kind of fan fare is typically reserved for college basketball. Apparently, no one told that to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who was recently named the team's starter. 

WAER's James Colgan chronicles the takeover of Trevor Lawrence this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast


Syracuse University Football continues to turns heads around the country with their impressive start this season. But this week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we turn back the clock. First WAER's Meredith Kava shows the unconventional path that SU legend Joe Morris took to achieving his historic career. And then, Dana Gray dips in the archives and looks back at the 2015 season; the last time that Syracuse University Football started 3-0.


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.

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