Shades of Orange

They called it the Orange Out.

Many fans cooperated, my dear wife Karen and I knew as we were walking up the hill Saturday in preparation to watch Syracuse tangle with Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference football opener for both squads.

Up a different hill.

Up a different hill.

We planned a separate route from the opening Friday night, choosing the stairs that passed the castle-like Crouse College, home of the University’s music school.

Back toward the bars and restaurants.

Back toward the bars and restaurants.

Even though this was a 12:30 p.m. start, the overcast day was a good 20º F cooler than the week prior. This brightened our mood, walking in the 70s.

Hover over any gallery photo for a description. Click on the bottom right photo of any gallery for an enlarged slide show.

Yes, the Syracuse squad is known proudly as the Orange.

Where they all want to go.

Where they all want to go.

And so many of the fans in the announced crowd of 26,670 — the smallest home gathering since Sept. 24, 1983, or one month, nine days after I moved to Syracuse from Maryland, by the way — answered the call and wore the team color.

Anybody home?

Anybody home?

And, for the first time in too many seasons for most fans, so did the team. Three seasons ago, under the leadership of former athletic director Dr. Daryl Gross and stewardship of college uniform-maker and money-shaker Nike, Syracuse showed up in new-style blue jerseys. And gray jerseys. White jerseys, even. All which could be worn with pants of those colors. No orange jerseys, though. Nobody in charge really had a good answer as to why.

Let's go Orange!

Let’s go Orange!

For game two of 2015, though, they followed the cannon-shot of smoke and ran from the dressing room tunnel all decked out in their orange jerseys, looking sharp and sweet.

Orange you glad?

Orange you glad?

All of which made me realize all over again how many shades of Orange really exist around our parts, even in the Carrier Dome.

Bright squad.

Bright squad.

There’s the vibrant hue taken to the field on the backs of the players.

Different shirts.

Different shirts.

There are the different brands of T’s and jerseys and pullovers found in the stands.

Halftime tint.

Halftime tint.

But, wait. Under the concourse lighting at halftime, even those take on a different perspective.

Bowling for Orange.

Bowling for Orange.

Not even the Syracuse bowl banners hanging from the top of the Carrier Dome completely match.

There was a certain appeal to this team regardless. Freshman quarterback Eric Dungey led a second-half surge for a 30-17 victory over the Deamon Deacons for a 2-0 record and 1-0 start in the ACC.

Which shade of orange do you prefer here? Would you wear orange anything? Which is your favorite photo, and why?

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27 thoughts on “Shades of Orange

  1. I don’t wear orange. I mostly wear black and white with an occasional trip into red. I love the first photo. That’s a great view of a marvelous building and steps. I could make up a good story just about that. I find architecture very inspiring, don’t you?

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  2. Yep…orange is a challenge for a lot of us, Mark. It is so much easier when PSU does their “white out”. Everyone has something white, even a simple T shirt. Kudos on those who are loyal to the Syracuse colors, and congrats on the win. ☺

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  3. As a redhead, orange is never a color that I was allowed to wear as a child (or pink). I don’t think even now I own anything that is the color of orange.
    Do the people not wearing orange, feel out of place? I think I would.
    I bet you are enjoying the cooler days. I love the cloudy skies!!!!

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  4. I couldn’t believe that you actually got 26,000 out for a college ball game. Wow.Quite the difference from here. And what color was the team? Blue? Ha!

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      • I know – it is relative and mind blowing. Even in Toronto,. our largest city with 2 million pop and a draw of about 5 million (within 5 hours drive) the stadium only holds 54,000 and that is huge for here. We seldom fill that for a pro game. A college game may draw a few thousand. I have never seen and cannot fathom 100,000 people all in one place at one time for a game.

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  5. I get chills when the Fighting Irish take the field in their green jerseys. I used to have one, but it mysteriously disappeared after my divorce. For the record, the ex-wife is also a Notre Dame fan. Hmmm…

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  6. glad the orange is restored once again. i wear burnt orange, pumpkin orange, rust – not really traditional orange, but i think it’s a happy color no matter where i see it.

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  7. I would, and do, wear orange. I’ve come to appreciate orange a little later in life. Now, I can’t get enough of it. Don’t know why. Including one fully orange bike, one bike with orange rims and trim. ANd orange jerseys. 😉 I’m orange for your team MBM!

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