Cody Jamieson Will Look Great in No. 22 Jersey
Sometimes when a televised game does not live up to its expected drama, the announcers have to create their own.
Such was the case when Syracuse dismantled Duke back on May 23 during a NCAA lacrosse championship semifinal.
Near the end of the massacre, the conversation between Dave Ryan and Quint Kessenich switched to a discussion of the most legendary jersey numbers in college sports, Syracuse's No. 22.
Rumor has it that next season Jamieson will don the number that has been worn by such lacrosse royalty as Gary Gait, Charlie Lockwood, Dan Hardy, and the Powell brothers, Casey, Ryan, and Mike.
Kessenich questioned the worthiness of Jamieson wearing the jersey and suggested that nobody on the Orange puts it on in 2010.
Kessenich is the voice of college lacrosse and does a tremendous job explaining the game during his broadcasts.
However, he is the not supreme ruler of the sport. A former goalkeeper at Johns Hopkins has no say in what John Desko and Syracuse decides to do.
Even if the player who wears the No. 22 jersey does not have a great season next year, it would not take away from the legacy of the athletes who previous had that number.
When Jamieson scored the winning goal in overtime versus Cornell for the national championship, he only added another chapter to the legend that is Cody Jamieson.
In two years at Onondaga Community College, he tallied 237 points. He scored 122 goals and dished out 115 assists. While at Onondaga, Jamieson led his team to back-to-back junior college national championships.
In his collegiate career, Jamieson's teams have never lost a game that he participated in.
In 2007, he was selected as the NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year and was the winner of the David Rowlands Award as the NCJAA Male Student-Athlete of the Year.
Further enhancing his trophy case, Jamieson also won the 2007 Tom Longboat Award as the male Aboriginal Athlete of the Year.
Despite being ineligible for most of last season, Cody Jamieson scored nine goals and had three assists in six games, including just one start.
Extrapolating his stats for the entire season, Jamieson would have finished third in goals scored and fourth in total points.
Cody Jamieson will only be better next season with increased playing time and not having to jell with teammates late in the year. His vision, hands, and stick-work are all superior to most college lacrosse players.
Despite what others might say, Jamieson appears to have the pedigree and desire to become one of Syracuse's greatest players ever and is worthy of being estowed the honor of the No. 22 jersey.
If Jamieson does have the opportunity to wear that jersey, he will prove Kessenich and other critics wrong and only adding to the legacy of the most famous jersey in lacrosse.
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