Orange History

Malachi Richardson
Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson (23) celebrates after making three point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Chicago. Syracuse won 68-62. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Let me just say this. If you do not bleed orange then this blog post isn’t for you. This may not even be a real blog post in the traditional sense but more of a record of what has occurred. So, there’s no room for any talk about how we don’t belong in the men’s tournament because those complaints are being taken into consideration by the University of Virginia.

Shall I proceed? All the haters gone?

In case you’re still here, I will add insult to your injury  because we have the bonus (although technically the men being in the tournament is the bonus because the women are really effing good) of the women’s team making the Final Four. This the first time they have ever been this far into the tournament and to have both teams still alive this far into March is beyond amazing.

While I remember the excitement of 2013 and winning it all in 2003, what all this makes me think of is 1996. Yup, twenty years ago an upstart team led by John Wallace made it to the title game. Surprise, Surprise, we weren’t picked to go that far but we did. Of course it took an NBA like University of Kentucky team to beat us but it was still a great ride.

The basic truth is that maybe we weren’t supposed to be in the tournament. I know I was wasn’t expecting it. But hey, fuck it, we take what is given and rock it as always.

So, in many ways, these teams are helping me pay homage to my senior year at Syracuse University. To my fellow alumni, I will not post pictures or even that famous song because we have Facebook for that. Instead, I will just display below the marvelous come from behind win from a team of “never-will-bees” that took down a number one seed.

Let’s Go Orange.

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