Rivalry Renewed! Almost...

Trip Start Sep 12, 2008
Trip End Sep 14, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

The day dawned gray and cloudy... typical Syracuse weather from what I hear.  I was just glad that is was not raining like the day before.  Even though the game is in a dome, I figured rain would hamper some of the pre-game festivities.  I found out later, that I might have actually wanted some rain to cool it off.  It was so muggy out, I thought I needed to grow some gills to actually breathe.

Since we woke up fairly early for a weekend, breakfast wasn't too crowded.  There was a group of people down there, most of them also garbed in Nittany Lion wear.  There was one older couple who actually did something I had wanted to do a few years ago for the Outback bowl.  They took a Penn State T-shirt and a Syracuse T-shirt, split them down the middle, and sewed a half from each together.  So the one shirt said "Penn Cuse" and the other "Syra State".  I thought it was really cool.  So did the other SU people down in the breakfast area.  The PSU people gave them grief.  I found that to be true too at the Outback bowl where PSU played Tennessee and I wore stuff from each school.  The UT people thought it was cool, and I got grief from the PSU folks.  Oh well.  I found it didn't matter once the game started.  I was all PSU then.

The game started at 3:30, but there was a Penn State Tailgate going on outside the Dome starting at 1:30.  So we headed over to SU right after lunch.  Parking is at a place called Sky Top.  They run buses from there down to Campus.  UVA does something similar and it really is a great system.  When the game was over, they had a ton of buses running so the wait wasn't too long at all to catch a bus back.  The only complaint, they did not have enough port-a-potties for the amount of people up there tailgating.

When we got off the bus, Otto the Orange (SU Mascot) was hanging out.  I so wanted to get my photo taken with him.  Most of the people I were with, were at PSU after we entered the Big Ten.  But when I was there, SU was one of our biggest rivalries and it was always a fun time.  Otto and the Lion always had some crazy antics going on and we even passed Otto up the stands.  He's really a fun mascot, even if he's not mine.  Needless to say, I didn't get my photo taken with him and now I'm sorry. :-(

The Tail-Great was a lot of fun.  They had a PSU shop and free munchies.  They also did some PSU trivia.  Found out the PSU-SU rivalry is the second longest in PSU history.  The first being PSU-Pitt.  It does make me sad that we don't have those rivalries any more.  I always thought we should have kept one of them when we went to the Big Ten.  I liked the buttons for this game.  For those who do not know, the local bank sponsors buttons that have sayings on them that promote the spirit.  This one said "It's fruitless, Orange".  I should have dugged out my old SU ones though I don't really know where they are at present.

We finally headed into the Dome about an hour before game time.  When we found our seats, we were disappointed to find we were under an overhang and it blocked a little bit of our view of the scoreboard.  We also quickly discovered that a place named after an A/C company did not have A/C.  By game time, it was super hot in our seats.  If we just had some air flow it would have helped.

The game itself turned out to be a blow-out in PSU's favor, so I won't hash that all out.  Al was enthralled that beer was actually served at a college game.  I enjoyed watching all the fun that Otto was having (despite the blow-out) and also when he and the Lion did their little gig together.  At one point, Otto even came over and danced with the PSU cheerleaders.  Definitely reminded me of the old days, and the younger folks finally got what I was talking about.  At half-time, they had a ceremony honoring Ernie Davis and had members of the cast of "The Express" and some players from that time period. Jesse laughed at me when I said "that looks like Dennis Quaid."  He said, "that is Dennis Quaid." LOL.  Earlier in the day, they unveiled the Ernie Davis statue.  We had seen the people gathered, but it was very crowded so we didn't go over.  I wish we would have went to the Syracuse Premier of "The Express" since I now have to wait until Oct 10th for it to come out anywhere near me.

The other thing I noticed were the "bag heads".  Several students in the student section put bags over their heads to show their embarrassment in the team.  I think one of them had a request for the coach to be fired.  I'm still not sure how I feel about this.  It does make a statement without being all vocal, but I have to wonder what it does for team morale.

So... was the Rivalry Renewed?  In some ways yes, but SU will need to return to its former Glory for it to again be a true rivalry.  I bought the t-shirt anyway.
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starlagurl on

No cute pictures with the mascot. I'm thoroughly disappointed as well.
I know what you mean about the mugginess on Saturday, I was drenched in it too in Ontario.

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