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College Football is back! After concerns surrounding player safety threatened to cancel the fall season, the majority of the Atlantic Coast Conference began play today. Slated for the early afternoon game, Syracuse lost to North Carolina in their 2020 season opener. 


Syracuse Football Begins in UNC

Sep 11, 2020

The words that Orange fans have longed to hear…football…is…back!

After a long, and I mean long summer, the NFL kicked off last night. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans 34-20. Now why is that relevant to Syracuse football? Because once the NFL kicks off, college football and the Orange kickoff.

Syracuse will be opening the season against the #18 UNC Tar Heels. UNC was last ranked in 2016 when the AP poll listed UNC as the 15th best team in the country going in to their matchup against Duke.


81-53: that is how Syracuse ended the basketball season. SU convincingly beat North Carolina in the ACC tournament, albeit not exactly the usual UNC given their struggles last year. The regular season was largely disappointing for the Orange, but a victory over the Tarheels reinvigorated hope that SU could pull off a miracle ACC tournament title-run and dance to March Madness.

Catching Up With ‘Cuse Football

Aug 29, 2020
Courtesy Cuse.com

… 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.