We’re Number 1!
February 7, 2014 § 2 Comments
Wow…what a weekend on the Syracuse University campus! It all started last Friday, late morning, in Maryland, in a car, with my husband and dog, trailering a 26 foot boat up for the Central New York boat show. I know…the end of January really isn’t the ideal time to be doing this, but, the boat show was in two weeks, so it kind of made sense…right? Fortunately the weather cooperated, and we made it into town with just enough time to drop off the boat, change and head into the Carmelo Center for the Annual ‘Cuse Champions Auction. The night was a huge success with over $130,000 raised to support SU Athletics programs.
Now, on to Saturday…
When I woke up that morning, I had this huge pit in my stomach. It was that same feeling I would get prior to a Big East or NCAA tournament game. I was just so excited for the upcoming #2 Syracuse vs #17 Duke game that I could hardly contain myself! Arriving on campus, our group of six headed to the Schine Student Center for the “Beat Duke” tailgate. Fortunately, we had purchased our tailgate tickets ahead of time because we wouldn’t have been able to get in otherwise…the event was a sell-out at 600! What a festive and fun party to get the Syracuse fans fired up for the big game. One of the highlights was having former SU basketball players like Pearl Washington, John Wallace and Roosevelt Bouie on hand to meet and greet the fans. And for those of you who know me, this was also a great opportunity for me to hand out SU Alumni pins.
As we left the tailgate and started walking up toward the Dome, it was so amazing to witness the sea of Orange. We all knew we were going to be a part of something special…breaking the Dome attendance record, a new rivalry, Boeheim vs Coach K…little did we all know then just how epic this game would turn out to be.
It was an emotional roller coaster in the Dome. Up down, up down, up down. I can’t remember the last time I cheered so loudly and so much. And as a result, I lost my voice for two days. You should have heard me try to talk! For those of you who did, you know firsthand just how pathetic I sounded. But, I have to say, it was all worth it. You see, the overtime win by Syracuse was one of the best games I’ve ever seen. And growing up in Central New York, I can tell you that I’ve been to a lot of SU basketball games. The Loud House truly lived up to its name that day, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a thrill it was to be a part of the record breaking crowd of 35,446!
Fast forward now to Saturday night. OrangeNation was closely following the Arizona/UC Berkeley game. It was a game that would go down to the wire. Would Number 1 Arizona lose its first game of the season? As the final buzzer sounded, OrangeNation erupted in joy…the Arizona Wildcats were no longer unbeaten. SU fans all over the world celebrated, because we knew, without a doubt, that come Monday, WE WOULD BE NUMBER 1! And when Monday did roll around, and the college basketball polls were released, there we were…sitting atop the polls…the unanimous Number 1…right where we belonged.
Until next time…