20 Reasons Why You Know You’re A Sports Fan of the Syracuse Orangemen

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20 Reasons Why You Know You're A Syracuse Orangeman Sports Fan

20 Reasons Why You Know You're A Syracuse Orangeman Sports Fan
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Being a Syracuse Orange fan is, in a lot of ways, a full time job. Sure, you get most of your summers off, but by labor day you’re putting forth great effort reaching deep down within yourself trying to pull out some semblance of hope for the upcoming football season. Then by the first week of October, you’re doing your best to put football behind you and start counting the days until the basketball season starts.

By the first week of November, basketball season has finally arrived, and so begins your busy season. For the next five months until the end of March, basketball is your highest priority, although it can take a slight hiatus if by some divine intervention there’s a bowl game to pay attention to. But for the most part, November through March is spent making trips to the Carrier Dome, wondering which player will be ruled academically ineligible when the spring semester starts, calling local radio shows and complaining that Jim Boeheim should play man-to-man, stop stalling at the end of games, or use his bench more, since most fans object to at least one of those.

Of course, whenever basketball season comes to an unceremonious end, we’re right in the middle of lacrosse season. By now, the cupcakes of college lacrosse have been defeated, and both John Desko and Gary Gait are pointing their teams in the direction of the Final Four, giving us something to root for all the way until labor day, and after that a well-deserved summer break.

If that sounds familiar to you, then you’re probably a Syracuse Orange fan, especially if any of the following sounds familiar to you as well.

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20. You Know Scoop Jardine's Real First Name

20. You Know Scoop Jardine's Real First Name
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No, it's not Poop Jardine, although that was a rather clever nickname when he didn't play well. After five years (it seemed like 12) in Syracuse, everyone should know his real name, but just in case you don't, it's Antonio.

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19. You've Been To The Pinstripe Bowl At Least Once

19. You've Been To The Pinstripe Bowl At Least Once
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Unless you're an Orange fan in Alaska, you must have made your way down to the Bronx for at least one of Syracuse's appearances in the Pinstripe Bowl to watch the Orange flea flicker their way to victory against Kansas State in 2010 or knock Geno Smith on his but for a third straight game in 2012.

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18. You've Seen Your School's Athletic Director Give A Player A Chest Bump After A Game Winning Touchdown

18. You've Seen Your School's Athletic Director Give A Player A Chest Bump After A Game Winning Touchdown
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This one makes Syracuse unique. We've all had our problems with Dr. Daryl Gross, but after Alec Lemon scored the game-winning touchdown against Missouri to clinch a bowl game for the Orange in 2012, Gross strutted over to Lemon and gave him a chest bump. Tell me another school where that's happened.

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17. You Know Dave Bing As Jim Boeheim's Roommate and Not The Mayor of Detroit

17. You Know Dave Bing As Jim Boeheim's Roommate and Not The Mayor of Detroit
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Yes, being elected mayor of a major city is great and all, but there's nothing better than having Jim Boehem's roommate on your resume, in addition to being one Syracuse's all-time great basketball players.

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16. You Knew That Syracuse Would "Storm The Damn ACC" In Its First Year

16. You Knew That Syracuse Would "Storm The Damn ACC" In Its First Year
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You're not a real Syracuse fan unless you believed Scott Shafer when he said at his introductory press conference that the Orange would "storm the damn ACC, and do better than people think in our first year".

A 4-4 record in conference play may not sound like storming the new conference, but it was better than all projections from people outside of Syracuse. Even when the Orange beat N.C. State in their first ACC road game, many experts didn't think they'd win another conference game, only to have Shafer and the team prove them wrong.

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15. You Detest Doug Gottlieb

15. You Detest Doug Gottlieb
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They can deny it all they want, but everyone knows there's some bad blood between Gottlieb and Jim Boeheim, and obviously Syracuse fans are going to side with Boeheim.

On top of that, Gottlieb is one of the most insufferable sportscasters.

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14. You Know Jim Brown As A Multi-Sport Star

14. You Know Jim Brown As A Multi-Sport Star
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The great Jim Brown was more than just a football star; he was also a standout basketball player, a great track runner, and arguably the best lacrosse player of all time. If you're a Syracuse fan, you need to know this.

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13. You Understand The Word "Sorrentinian"

13. You Understand The Word "Sorrentinian"
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Sorrentinian, adjective - a three-point shot hit from an absurdly long distance that crushes the hopes and dreams of a team that could have reached the Final Four.

I don't like re-living it anymore than you do, but just in case your tear ducts haven't been used in a while, click here

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12. The Tight End Throw Back Is A Special Play

12. The Tight End Throw Back Is A Special Play
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For anyone else, it's a cute little misdirection, but for Syracuse fans it's nothing short of epic. Made famous by Donovan McNabb and Steve Brominski, this play against Virginia Tech and a thrashing of Miami two weeks later gave Syracuse the 1998 Big East Championship.

The 2013 Orange busted out a similar play to complete an incredible game-winning drive against Boston College to secure a bowl game for Syracuse.

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11. You've Been Part of A Record Setting Crowd At The Carrier Dome

11. You've Been Part of A Record Setting Crowd At The Carrier Dome
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Whether it was Carmelo Anthony's sendoff and prelude to a championship in 2003, Gerry McNamara's senior day in 2006, the beat down of Villanova in 2010, the final showdown with Georgetown in 2013, of Duke's first visit to the Dome in 2014, surely you've been part of one of the almost countless number of Carrier Dome crowds that set an attendance record over the past decade of Syracuse basketball.

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10. Keith Smart Still Gives You Nightmares

10. Keith Smart Still Gives You Nightmares
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To everyone else, he's the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, but to us he's the guy that kept one of the best Syracuse basketball teams of all time from winning a national championship. One baseline jumper led to a long 16 year wait, and even though Hakim Warrick's block went a long way towards erasing the specter of Smart's shot, that image still gives us all occasional nightmares.

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9. Your Memorial Day Plans Are Booked Well In Advance

9. Your Memorial Day Plans Are Booked Well In Advance
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Until 2005, it was 22 straight Final Four appearances for the Syracuse Men's Lacrosse Team. Yes, there have been some down years since, but you get the feeling that the 2013 season was the start of a new streak of consecutive Final Four appearances, which means if you're a Syracuse fan, you know where you're going and what you're doing Memorial Day weekend.

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8. You Don't Mind Staying Up To Watch 6 Overtimes

8. You Don't Mind Staying Up To Watch 6 Overtimes
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For Syracuse fans, this game is on par with Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy assassination, at least in the sense that you'll always remember where you were when Jonny Flynn and the Orange outlasted the hated Connecticut Huskies in the epic Big East Tournament quarterfinal game. Unless the bar you were in closed during the game, in which case you remember both places where you watched the game.

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7. You Can Quote Jim Boeheim's "Not 10 Bleeping Games" Speech Verbatim

7. You Can Quote Jim Boeheim's "Not 10 Bleeping Games" Speech Verbatim
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If you want to here it from the man himself, click here. Everybody else, say it with me: "Without Gerry McNamara, we wouldn't have won 10 'bleeping' games this year. Okay? Not 10. These other guys just aren't ready; they needed him. Without him there, not 10. We wouldn't be here to even have a chance to play this game. And everybody's talking to me and writing about Gerry McNamara being overrated. It's the most bull 'bleep' thing I've seen in 30 year."

Almost 10 years later, we're still watching it. And you know 20 years from now when Gerry replaces Mike Hopkins as the head coach (cause you know that's going to happen), we'll still be watching it.

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6. You Will Never Forgive Greg Robinson, EVER!

6. You Will Never Forgive Greg Robinson, EVER!
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Syracuse fans shudder when his name is said, and some can't even bring themselves to say it. He nearly ruined one of the proudest football traditions in college football, and even though Doug Marrone, and now Scott Shafer have brought the program back to life, he who won't be named will never be forgiven.

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5. Donovan McNabb Is A Living Legend

5. Donovan McNabb Is A Living Legend
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The Donovan McNabb era of Syracuse football will never be forgotten.

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4. You're Still Angry About The Day Manley Field House Was "Officially Closed"

4. You're Still Angry About The Day Manley Field House Was "Officially Closed"
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In John Thompson's defense, this was the statement that helped launch one of the greatest rivalries in the history of college basketball. But the audacity he had to say such a thing is still infuriating. Of course, that hatred still fuels the rivalry to this day.

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3. The Numbers 44 and 22 Are Sacred

3. The Numbers 44 and 22 Are Sacred
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You can't be a Syracuse fan if you don't know the story behind the number 44, or if you don't recognize the importance of 22 in lacrosse.

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2. Two words: "The Block"

2. Two words: "The Block"
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It's the reason why April 7, 2013 is the best day of your life. Take a look.

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1. You Can Look At Your Watch And Know That Georgetown Still Sucks

1. You Can Look At Your Watch And Know That Georgetown Still Sucks
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No matter where you are, or what time zone you're in, whenever someone asks you what time it is, you answer with the time "and Georgetown still sucks". If there's one thing to know about Syracuse athletics, this is it!


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    I think on slide 6 you mean “was better” not “wasn’t better”