They are good at the art of the T-shirt in Orange Nation.
The latest slogan-to-wear-proudly made its debut (in my sights, at least) on a football Saturday.
And it’s a basketball-related ‘T.’
The Syracuse University Book Store set its table up indoors for the first time this season, as colder weather moved the big tailgate shindig inside the University Sheraton on the hill instead of in the circle out front.
This new orange T-shirt (and Orange T-shirt) says, simply, on the front:
On the back it declares:
The Rivalry Begins
Syracuse Orange vs. Duke Blue Devils
Syracuse, New York
Indeed. That’s the date and place when Syracuse, coached by Jim Boeheim, will play an Atlantic Coast Conference game against Duke, coached by his multiple U.S. Olympic team colleague (and head man) Mike Krzyzewski, for the very first time.
The shirt is right. It’s going to be one heck of a basketball rivalry, these two teams that usually are among the top dozen squads in the nation and sometimes way, way better than that.
Speaking of basketball rivalries, the Orange won a hard-fought game over Minnesota last night in the Maui Classic. The Golden Gophers were coached by the son of Rick Pitino. Junior looks just like dad. All it took was the first sideline shot of Richard Pitino to bring back memories of the Orange’s blazing competition with Papa Rick’s squad Louisville. The Cardinals are left in the AAC this season, but thankfully join Syracuse in the the ACC next season.
Mike Waters and I write all about those rivalries and more in “The Syracuse Fan’s Survival Guide to the ACC.” You can buy it here.
In any case, my dear wife Karen saw me admiring the Beat Duke T-shirt and bought it for me.
This particular shirt will have legs. It should rank up there in forever-wearability with several classics. If I had to guess, the one I see worn the most around Central New York is Marathon Men, the ‘T’ in tribute to the Orange basketball team’s six-overtime Big East Tournament clash with Connecticut. The football ‘T’ is see most says The Devil Wears Orange, coined after Duke point guard Greg Paulus came to Syracuse as a graduate student because he had a year of football eligibility left. The Central New York native used that year as the Orange’s starting quarterback.
When I attended Maryland way back when, the most popular ACC-themed shirt declared this on the front:
Wake Is Fake and Duke Is Puke but the Team I Hate Is N.C. State
On the back:
Sadly, I never bought one.
Do you have a favorite sports T-shirt slogan?
15 thoughts on “Two months before first Duke game, Syracuse fans have a rivalry shirt”
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Excuse me? Great anti-Michigan shirt? I love Tom Izzo, but I bleed maize and blue. Can’t wait for the Turtles to join us.
Oh, Cat, you bleed Michigan and love the Sparty coach? Is that even allowed in the Big Ten? LIfe in MIdwest league for my Turtles is going to be interesting!
I try to not spread it around too much. I can’t stand the football coach so it kinda evens out.
I have several UK shirts — tees and sweatshirts. My son-in-law is chief of staff there now, but he, my daughter, and son all graduated from there. GO CATS!!!!
Kentucky blood is in your family. That is nice during the basketball season, Angie!
You should re-create the shirt you never purchased! That’s money! My favorite shirt that I never bought in college read: Ann Arbor is a Whore. Beat Michigan.
I do love that old Terp shirt slogan. But it’s not appropriate in Testudoville after this season, and after living here in Central New York for oh-so-long, I don’t think the humor translates to Syracuse fans. Maybe I should come up with a similar Maryland shirt for next season’s entry to the Big Ten … Do you have suggestions for my dig on the Hawkeyes? Hah!
My lips are sealed on Hawkeye digs!!! 🙂
As I figured. That’s how it should be. You can swear at your own team when they’re messing up, but do not let fans of any other squad make fun of them! Rule of sports fandom 101.
Heard and understood!
I bet it’s a trip to watch a Hawkeyes game with you and your dad. When my Terps lost on the last-second field goal I anguished so loud that I scared the dog.
Oh don’t you know it?! Teddy thinks the roof is caving in every time there’s a good/bad call!
And, oh, I forgot … Great anti-Michigan shirt, that one.