It shaped up as a good day

A solo trip to the final game of the Syracuse football season allowed me plenty of snapping time for interesting scenes. Even though it was below freezing, some fans still dotted the reserved lots and tailgated for all they were worth as time wound down to the 12:30 p.m. kickoff vs. Wake Forest. It was…

Where have all the fans gone?

It didn’t seem like too far past that the parking lot up on the Syracuse University hill was packed with optimistic football fans for a big night football game against defending national champion Clemson. When I pulled into our Lot for the final game of the season at the end of November, I felt isolated,…

I will be wearing my own No. 72

I no longer have to wonder where I can purchase my very own No. 72 shirt to honor Tim Green. The number worn by the star lineman from the 1980s hung from the stores on Marshall Street up on the Syracuse University hill, too. And now one will be on my back when I got…

We’ll take muffins for our tailgating, please

I got to the nearby Dunkin’ by 8:30 a.m. Went inside because the drive-through was clogged with a half-dozen vehicles of morning hungries. The pumpkin and chocolate chip muffins looked good for my dear wife Karen and I. They went quite well with our pre-game Kona at the tailgate. Such is life for noon Syracuse…

Turn on the footlights

I noticed something walking up the hill to Saturday’s football game at the Carrier Dome and told myself to not forget about it while walking down at night. My dear wife Karen and I wondered if it was orange or red. Later in the week we heard a news report. This is the Hall of…

Now let’s get another

Syracuse won 10 games last season, including a bowl victory. The banner went up in the Carrier Dome to mark it. Saturday comes the chance to even the record at 2-2 and get going toward another bowl game and banner …

Tim Green’s jersey deserves its place of honor

Syracuse football officials put Tim Green’s No. 72 in the spot of honor at halftime Saturday. The man who served as the sturdy star defensive lineman for four seasons from 1982 had his son read his words of gratitude from the center of the field. My eyes welled. You might have known Tim Green as…

I bet it looked good from up there

The Goodyear blimp visited us Saturday. My dear wife Karen and I thought it looked pretty cool, circling the quad and Carrier Dome before all these folks entered to watch the Syracuse Orange host the Clemson Tigers. The sun set, the band played, the fans mingled and the blimp watched. This was pretty cool. Hello,…

Fun before the game moves closer to the action

The Syracuse University football folks did a good job of upselling me between last season and this. No, I didn’t go for the next price level of tickets for me dear wife Karen and I. But I did decide to join in on the university-sponsored parking plan for the first time in the almost-decade we’ve…