Officials from Syracuse University deemed Friday the as a perfect time for an Orange Out.
That is one of the striking colors in Central New York’s autumn once the leaves change. That is the team name and color the the school’s sports teams. So that was the color they asked fans to wear during their daily routines at work and play throughout our city, and, of course, to the trip to the Carrier Dome to cheer on the Orange in an important Atlantic Coast Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals.
When my dear wife Karen and I pulled into our favorite and favorably priced lot down the big hill from the campus and the dome, the gray warm day was turning into a gray warm night, with a forecast for rain.
I thought the sky above stubbornly stayed away from orange.
Karen and I sat in my Chevy and drank a few of my specially coolered beverages as she told me about her work day at SMG and I related how I’d prepped the big bedroom for some floor work that was scheduled for the following morning.
A few cars down, a couple had set up a small but optimistic looking tailgate party. We made sure to say hello and trade good game wishes as we made our way to the climb up the hill as game time approached.
Louisville dominated in the ACC opener for Syracuse, and defending national champion Florida State is coming to visit the dome Saturday at noon. By the way, I’m still waiting for any sort of sign from Commissioner John Swofford that my suggestion that the national championship trophy should come with the Seminoles to the Carrier Dome to say hello.
In any case, the fact that Syracuse’s season is now circling the toilet will be the subject of my weekly community blog on Syracuse public media site waer.org Wednesday, and I’ll post another photo and reminder here, too.
The aura attached to the orange as fans walked down the campus hill in the rain late Friday night was 180 degrees from what the Syracuse University officials had dreamed.
Does a loss by your sports team put you into a funk, and if so, how do you deal with it? Do you think that a loss by a city’s sports team can affect the mood of the population, and what signs have you spotted? What kinds of celebrations have you thrown or attended because of a big victory?