The Orange Home Away From The Dome

This morning started off bright and Orange. Honestly think that half the riders on this morning’s NJ Transit midtown direct train from Millburn were SU fans on their way to the game. If I had started a “let’s go Orange” cheer, pretty sure I would have gotten a good response.

Now let’s talk about the crowd in the Garden today. Holy moly, was it ever Orange. I have been going to SU games in MSG for 3o years and have never seen a crowd like this one.  You hope for 60/40 but today it looked and sounded more like 80/20, and it was pretty much a sell-out thanks to the sea of Orange supporters. Heard rumors of $30 tickets selling online for over $150. That’s crazy but the crowd was totally awesome.

Not only was it a huge Orange crowd but they were actually selling SU clothing in the gift shops.  And it wasn’t just one item. There were several SU items on sell. You gotta think the “home team” wasn’t too happy about that but credit the folks at The Garden for knowing who the real audience was.

As for the game, another impressive victory and certainly a total team effort, with more than 1/2 our points coming from the best 2nd team in college basketball. Fab is back, MCW picked the big spotlight for his best game to date and an oh my god a monster dunk for the ages, Dion was finally Dion again with a great spinmve and another oh my god monster dunk (which came right after MCWs), and the professor moved into a tie for 3rd all time with his 879th win. All in all, it was a good day to be Orange.

On the downside of things, our pending move to the ACC will take away our regular season visits to our home from the dome. Pretty sure we will figure out some way to get into the garden during the early part of the season but an annual game in the garden would be nice. Say against a former Big East rival. So, Dr. Gross, if you are listening, as I suggested to you in a previous conversation, how about call your friend at that school in Washington DC and tell him you think The Garden is the perfect “neutral site” venue to continue our rivalry. As for what The Garden really is, I promise not to tell if you won’t.


About IraSez

I am the owner of Monarch Communications, a graphic design/advertising/website design firm in Millburn, NJ. You can take a look at some of our work at I started IraSez at the urging of my wife, a couple of friends and several facebook friends who actually encouraged me to write a book. They think I'm funny but some of my latest blogs have covered some rather somber topics. In my spare time, I run the local SU alumni club. I'm in the 9th year of a 3 year term or as us SU grads called "fuzzy math." I'm SU '82, wife is SU '83, daughter is SU '11, son is SU '14, even my nephew goes to SU. So yes, we bleed Orange. I like to play golf, watch the same movies over and over, and take long walks with my dog on the trails in South Mountain Reservation behind Old Short Hills. If you see a guy wearing something with an SU logo chasing after a dog named Cosmo, that's me!
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One Response to The Orange Home Away From The Dome

  1. donna higier says:

    It was a great day to be an orangeman. From the train ride in to the garden to everyone high fiving each other at the entrance and then finding old friends and classmates once inside. And a dominating performance by the players themselves. What a day!!

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