A week makes a difference on the SU hill

Everything went much smoother for the second Syracuse University home college football game on Saturday. My dear wife Karen and I decided to forego any tailgating in our designated parking lot before the noon kickoff between the Syracuse Orange and Albany Great Danes, instead walking right to the quad to get in line to secure…

Still feels like the Carrier Dome

We’ve been hearing about that new roof and center-of-the-field video board for a whole darn year now. I did enjoy seeing them for myself on Saturday. As much as the profile of the non-air-supported roof changed the skyline outside, the inside profile didn’t look that different to me. The center of the roof looks familiar…

We have to do what?

As my dear wife Karen and I reached the Syracuse University quad Saturday, we saw and heard the marching band up on the steps of Hendricks Chapel. We noted fans in line for food and drinks. Then we looked for the tent to check in with our vaccination cards, following the instructions emailed to me…

More people are ready for the game party

Get those flags and Crouse tower, was the request from my dear wife Karen as we walked from our designated parking lot up the Syracuse University hill toward the quad and then the Carrier Dome. Sure thing. This lot was more crowded than ours, I noted. We are offered an opportunity be the university to…

Lots of space for our tailgate

The Syracuse University college football season ticket experience took 2020 off for my dear wife Karen and I, frankly one of the lesser concerns in that first year of the world vs. COVID-19. The bounce back earlier in 2021 was enough to convince those that decide such things that people could again return to live…

Remembering at the Carrier Dome

Our first experience in the renovated Carrier Dome happened to take place Saturday, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The unfurling of the flag held by important service folks, playing of the National Anthem by the Syracuse marching band and flag graphic rolling on the new center of the field video board provided a memorable…

Ready for college football season

I consider today the start of the college football season. That makes me happy. The hometown team, the Syracuse Orange, starts on the road. No trip up to the Carrier Dome for my dear wife Karen and I. But we do like the spirit show around our home digs. May your team have good fortune.…

Cheers, Orange fellow

I cast my eyes up during a safe walk around the Village of Liverpool and feel good seeing the Orange figure on the roof of The Retreat. The No. 44 and and Syracuse colors make me smile, even in this trying season for the Orange football squad.

Talking about Syracuse, Duke and the notion of a rivalry

Syracuse will greet Duke on the Carrier Dome basketball court tonight, and at 31,000 fans will be screaming about it. And so talk in Central New York this week has often included the R word. Is Duke now Syracuse’s rival? Has this Atlantic Coast Conference matchup reached the level of a rivalry? You know, the…

Root for the home team

Our neighborhood goes for the home squad. A recent walk with my dear wife Karen and cherished rescue mutt Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle spotted a Syracuse Orange flag standing out in the wind. And then, a flag accompanied by team color porch lights. The Syracuse squad went on to victory later that afternoon, I…