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.