Looking around the Carrier Dome this past Saturday as my dear wife Karen and I waited for the Syracuse Orange’s game with Wake Forest to kick off, I took note of the new placement for bowl game banners.
Syracuse has been to half a dome’s worth, yes, some long ago, some not as far in the past.
Then it hit me.
They did not put a banner up for the 1985 Cherry Bowl.
I know it happened. I drove with friends, from Syracuse to Pontiac, Mich., to the Silverdome. I had to see it live. My alma mater Maryland Terrapins would be playing my new hometown team, the Syracuse Orange. I had been working in the sports department of the big daily since August 1983. Got the weekend off. Thoroughly enjoyed Maryland’s 35-18 victory and was back in time for work on Monday.
There were only about 5,000 people in the big dome for this second edition of the Cherry Bowl, I recall. And the game went defunct before the third edition.
Now Syracuse appears to have wiped it from its history books as well.