It’s become the big thing to get a stadium full of fans to wear the home team’s colors.
Syracuse football officials wanted a big Orange Out to help the squad build a head of steam for its Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Louisville in the Carrier Dome Friday night.
I snapped the photograph above during halftime, the Orange trailing the Cardinals and looking awful, yawning expanses of empty seats in the stands, the Syracuse band on the field, the air seemingly out of the dome.
Syracuse limped through the second half, losing to Louisville 28-6 to fall to 2-3 for the season. It needs to win four of seven games to earn a spot in a bowl game. Defending national champion Florida State comes to our town Saturday.
And early this week, it all got worse. News came that Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt would miss four to six weeks with a broken bone in his leg, leaving the most important offensive position to a collection of two or possibly three unproven young players, one of them a true freshman who has spent his first year in college so far imitating the opposing quarterback that week. But A.J. Long has shown so much talent on the scout team, coaches have talked of burning his redshirt year midway through and seeing if he’s the answer.
Speaking of coaches, offensive coordinator George McDonald was relieved of the duty of calling plays and heading that half of the team and demoted to receivers coach only. Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester was promoted to call the plays.
I write about all of this disheartening football feeling around these parts in my weekly community blog for Syracuse public media site waer.org. You can find the piece by clicking the link below.
Somehow I thought I’d be finished comparing my hometown team and the squad from my beloved alma mater when Maryland beat Syracuse in the Carrier Dome two weeks ago, their last meeting on the football field until they tangle again down in College Park in the 2019 season.
At noon Saturday, I turned my wide screen to ABC, eagerly anticipating Maryland’s first-ever Big Ten home game, against traditonal power Ohio State.
I don’t know if Maryland officials asked fans to wear read, but the stadium sure looked good on TV in the short moments before kickoff.
But then Ohio State ran and passed all over the Terrapins to the tune of 52-24, a far worse thumping on the scoreboard than Louisville delivered to Syracuse.
Maryland is 1-1 in the Big Ten, 4-2 overall, and who knows if the Terps can get to 6-6 and a bowl game?
But they sure won the color war. That fact gives me little solace as we head to another college football weekend.
Do you wear your team’s colors for big games? What are your team’s colors? What colors do you think you look best in?
Here’s the link for the source of the photo of the Syracuse receiver dropping the pass in the end zone vs. Louisville.