WAER sports coverage

Catching Up With ‘Cuse Football

Aug 29, 2020

… And we’re back.

It has been a long break, but WAER Sports has returned. When we last talked to you, Syracuse men’s basketball defeated North Carolina 81-53 in the ACC tournament, the men’s lacrosse team was #1 in the country, and spring football was just beginning.

Jeffrey R. Staab

Sports is a deeply rooted part of popular culture in countries all around the world.  From big games like the Super Bowl to tournaments like the NCAA Final Four, sports have a way of bringing us together and creating new tribes like few things do in our society.  From post-game pizza outings in little league baseball to grabbing a brew with your friends at a neighborhood sports bar, sports serve as a popular backdrop for human connection, bonding, and community.  That’s all changing in the face of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

In this episode of Pop Life, Joe Lee chats with veteran sports broadcaster Ian Eagle about the return of sports, the impact the pandemic is having on the business of sports, and what the future of the fan experience might be like in a post pandemic world.

Syracuse University football players, coached and fans saw the season schedule get upended Wednesday by an announcement from the Atlantic Coast Conference to play a mostly conference-only schedule.  Each team in the conference will play 10 games against conference opponents, plus one other against a non-conference team. 

Talkback: Ep 04- Hope

Apr 29, 2020

Without many of its many usual reminders, hope can seem lost. On this episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman looks at the journeys of three WAER alumni finding hope in their own lives and in the present moment. 

How Far Can #1 Syracuse Go This Season?

Mar 10, 2020
Drake Porter makes a save in the season opener against Colgate. The Canadian Keeper made 15 saves in Syracuse's 21-14 victory.

The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team has a buzz this season that has been unmatched for years. The Orange are ranked #1 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll for the second week in a row. Last week, SU was only three points ahead of Penn St for the top spot. But, following a Nittany Lions loss to Cornell, the Orange have a 36-point lead on #2 Big Red.

Orange End Season on a Sour Note in Miami

Mar 8, 2020

Although their tournament hopes had already been dashed (barring an ACC Tournament Title), Syracuse was hoping to end their regular season on a strong note, playing the Miami Hurricanes who were without their leading scorer Chris Lykes.

The Watsco Center was filled with many Syracuse fans, the amount even surprising the announcers. However, even that advantage wasn’t enough as the Orange fell in overtime, 69-65.

For the first time since 2017, the Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse team is ranked No. 1 in the country. The undefeated Orange now face a very familiar opponent. This will be the 59th time SU plays Johns Hopkins and John Desko’s squad is 2-2 in the last four matchups. When these two teams clash, it is must-listen lacrosse. Two of those last four games have gone into overtime. Syracuse is coming off a victory over Hobart to keep the Kraus-Simmons trophy here in the Salt City. In that game, Tucker Dordevic had a career day in his sophomore season. 

Syracuse Looks to Finish Strong in Chestnut Hill

Mar 3, 2020

After having the remaining tournament hopes Jim Boeheim’s squad had crushed by North Carolina, the Orange will try to find some motivation to finish the year on a high note with their two remaining regular season games, this one against Boston College.

Bourama Sidibe blocks Justin Champagnie's jump shot.

Tomorrow afternoon the Syracuse men’s basketball team hosts North Carolina at the Carrier Dome. It will be the final home game of the season.

For a typical powerhouse, it has been a disastrous year for the Tarheels. North Carolina began the at ranked 9th on the AP Poll but has plummeted since. UNC is last in the conference standings with a 4-13 ACC record and an 11-17 record overall.

Syracuse Completes the Comeback After a Slow Start

Feb 22, 2020

  In a game that was supposed to be a sure thing for Syracuse, the Orange eeked out a comeback win 79-72. Georgia Tech came out firing offensively. In the first half, the Yellow Jackets were shooting almost 50% from the field. In contrast, SU shots less than 30%. It looked as though, Coach Boeheim’s team could sense it’s season was over. Syracuse was down by 11 a half, but something changed in the second half. SU started hitting it’s shots.