They walked to the white dome through the frozen tundra.
No sled dogs or igloos.
It was Syracuse basketball fans heading through the cold and snow Saturday, destination Carrier Dome.
They didn’t care that their Orange will not be playing in any postseason this year because of a self-imposed penalty that may or may not appease the NCAA, which is considering what was said during talks about rules infractions. They didn’t care that it’s Duke with the high ranking and top record this year when last year the Orange entered the first meeting as ACC foes undefeated. Not mattering was Syracuse’s lackluster 16-8 overall record and middle-of-the-league 7-4 mark.
It was a record-tying crowd of 35,446, and it was loud when coaches Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski sent Syracuse and Duke out to center court to tip it off.
I wrote about the Valentine’s Day experience for today’s installment of my weekly community blog for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read my column by clicking the link below.
The obvious, outward signs all pointed for an easy Duke win. But the fanatical signs pulled for other things.
What are some of your favorite sports T-shirts? What slogans do you hold closest to your heart for your sports teams? What team do you want to win the big dance, the NCAA Tournament, this year?