In just a few days, we put another year in the books here at TNIAAM, which has now been around for over 15 years. If that seems like a lot in the real world years, believe me, it’s even more in the internet years. But being around this long didn’t stop us from trying new things or writing articles you had things to say about (good, bad or otherwise).
Considering everything that’s been happening around the Syracuse Orange in 2021, it’s no surprise we’ve written a lot about it. In fact, we’ve written over 1,550 articles. Some of them weren’t as well received as others. But today, we’re highlighting the ones that received the most feedback.
As always, this doesn’t include GameThreads, because it’s cheating.
TNIAAM’s most commented articles in 2021
1. Syracuse men’s basketball: Kadary Richmond enters transfer gate
It’s actually the most commented non-gamethread in the site’s history. On its own, Richmond’s departure doesn’t burn the program or the fanbase to the ground, obviously. But his transfer was a lightning rod for the criticism (and defensive posture) that has swirled around SU men’s basketball for years now. Plus, we’re all very good at being angry online.
2. Selection Sunday: Final look at Syracuse Men’s Basketball NCAA Tournament recap
As is tradition here, James dives one last time into Syracuse’s overall resume before the selections are announced. It also serves as something of a Sunday open feed of the pick, so maybe we’re cheating a bit here. Still, given the annual consternation over Orange’s playoff credentials, this piece was sure to generate conversation.
3. Anticipate the transfer of basketball players from Syracuse. But Buddy Boeheim will be back.
James agrees it’s a dumb title, but then again, you like talking about transfers and Buddy Boeheim, so it’s the best of both worlds. It was also a few days before Kadary’s announcement above, so it kind of set the tone for the madness of the transfer conversation that followed.
4. Final score: Colgate 100, Syracuse 85
We’re all pretty used to an absolutely unexpected non-conference loss for SU, but not for Colgate. Needless to say, that loss sent everyone into the deep end (and perhaps deservedly so given what followed).
5. Three takeaways from Syracuse’s 89-68 win over NC State
Buddy Boeheim’s takeover of America’s hearts and minds in March arguably begins here, after the Orange thoroughly clubbed the Wolfpack. It also looked like SU was about to land their ticket to the big dance, which also helped generate some conversation.
6. Syracuse football: Where does the Orange go from here?
If I feel like I’ve written the above article before, it’s because I’ve probably done so many times over the past few seasons. But following an unfortunate loss to Pitt to end 2021 without a bowl yet again, it at least added some finality to the question marks around a lackluster finish – and an uncertain future for the Orange football.
7. Report: John Desko retires, Syracuse women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait takes over for men’s team
Even if it was not the most fruitful year for Orange sports, it was certainly an eventful year… in many respects. I stand by the fact that Syracuse shouldn’t necessarily have poached their own successful women’s lacrosse coach to lead the men’s program — even if they ended up making the right replacement hire for Gait.
8. About Roy Williams’ retirement and the best men’s basketball coaching jobs in the country
Syracuse fans (including themselves) are obsessed with questions regarding Blueblood status, Jim Boeheim’s legacy, and the state of the job after Jim’s retirement. So putting all of these concerns together is a recipe for conversation, especially in the wake of the retirement of colleague Roy Williams.
9. Syracuse men’s basketball: John Bol Ajak and Robert Braswell enter transfer gate, report says
A transfer portal conversation, you say? For my part, I am “shocked” that it ended up with more than 200 comments. Also, nice of John Bol Ajak to reconsider leaving after that.
ten. Syracuse men’s basketball selected as 11th seed in NCAA Tournament
Of course, the Orange participated in the NCAA tournament and missed the qualifying game despite the fact that many “experts” were confused by it. Why do you ask?
There were a lot more articles that generated a ton of conversations over the year, but these are the top 10. So if you’re itching to relive the start of the men’s basketball offseason or the days directly following a disappointing football conclusion, we’ve got you covered above.
Thank you, as always, for reading and making TNIAAM a special part of the Syracuse fandom for another year.