100 things to look forward to when Syracuse Orange football returns

It’s 100 days until the Syracuse Orange football team welcomes the Louisville Cardinals to the JMA Wireless Dome, so here are 100 things we’re looking forward to next fall;

  1. Sean Tucker in action
  2. The first announcer to remember to welcome you to the JMA Wireless Dome, not the Carrier Dome
  3. Playing the “Will My Dome Dog Be Fresh?” lottery
  4. That one guy in the crowd wearing a platinum Shafer-era jersey
  5. Watching Chris Elmore flatten an unsuspecting corner back
  6. Mikel Jones walks from sideline to sideline
  7. Quarterbacks look to Garrett Williams’ side, rotate to Duce Chestnut’s side, then prepare for Stephon Thompson’s hit
  8. See if Garrett Shrader’s first deep throw makes a connection
  9. Looking for the first media tweet complaining about the wifi
  10. Constant advertising about said Wi-Fi
  11. The crowd’s nervous anticipation for Syracuse’s first punt of the year
  12. Being able to enjoy the game without losing 10 pounds of sweat sitting on top of 331
  13. Two words; inflatable bouncy castles
  14. Confused comments in the game thread due to number changes from last season
  15. The first prompts Dino to bring Carlos Del Rio-Wilson into play
  16. I wonder if Syracuse can start 1-0
  17. Sean Tucker breaks a tackle in the backfield
  18. Steve’s 10,000 Word Offensive Line Recaps
  19. Our first Dancing Floyd celebration
  20. Watch a game at home while drunk guys try to work together to steal a row of stands ahead of the summer 2023 renovations
  21. The same applies to the seat cushions so that they can actually sit in them
  22. As they unveil Paul McCartney’s banner alongside Billy Joel’s
  23. The first time, Shrader stays on the RPO and turns the corner with lots of green in front of him
  24. The pre-game hype video that sounds like it was shot underwater because the crowd can’t understand anything that’s being said
  25. The annual Dome Can giveaway, because who doesn’t have enough of that already?
  26. Seeing Robert Anae’s offense execute some creative plays
  27. “Is it basketball season already?” Jokes
  28. Tailgating on the quad or in Manley
  29. A packed student department
  30. Hearing the touchdown horn again
  31. Walk through the sliding doors without our ears popping
  32. Beer mugs with lids, a truly revolutionary way to keep spills to a minimum
  33. In-game ads that we can’t hear because the sound system still sucks
  34. Fans insist they will always call it Carrier Dome
  35. Eased COVID restrictions and hopefully a people or two with 40,000+ viewers
  36. These staged player celebrations on the huge video board
  37. “Boston” students who show up to games in Brady’s Tampa Bay jerseys
  38. Hear the best music of 2016 during the TV break
  39. Pancake Blocks by Matthew Bergeron
  40. “Keys of the Game” by Key Bank
  41. False starts on opposing offense on 3rd and 3rd
  42. When Szmyt Happens
  43. Discover Mounir Hima in the student section
  44. Sean Tucker plays the last home game with this number
  45. The first “We Want Bama” chant from the student section in Louisville.
  46. The first “This team can actually be pretty good” tweet from the Nunes account.
  47. The first “This team can be very bad” tweet from Nunes’ account.
  48. The first “who’s this guy” and googling Syracuse’s roster moment at home.
  49. However, the first “Who is this guy” and an attempt to google the Syracuse service list failed due to the poor Wi-Fi in the JMA Dome.
  50. The first time you see the statue of Ernie Davis on your way to the Dome.
  51. Hearing the band on the quad when you’re not quite on the quad yet.
  52. Deciding which shirt to wear because it will still be 100 degrees in the Dome. (Especially if it’s Homefield)
  53. Or deciding which jersey to wear: the beautiful new Nike jersey or the much more comfortable and breathable old one with peeling numbers. (we know you will choose the old one)
  54. Someone is donating the money to build a statue of Dwight Freeney who fired Tom Brady
  55. Flip the banner at the university
  56. Then try to convince the bartender at Faegans that Flip Saturday is a real thing
  57. Test your old ID to see if you have enough SUPercard to get a pretzel
  58. First time a drunk guy spills his beer and you watch everyone below him scramble to move their stuff as the beer slowly tumbles down the 300s
  59. View of the 1959 National Championship banner
  60. Heading to DraftKings to bet money on Syracuse to win the National Championship
  61. Old timers preaching about the days of the Great East
  62. Even older contemporaries preach about being independent and remind everyone when Notre Dame is visiting
  63. Enjoy air conditioning for pre-season home games (of which there are many this year)
  64. have TE
  65. See the impact of these 150+ question polls
  66. Remind people that it’s an ax toss with Sean Tucker, not an ax toss against Sean Tucker
  67. Also reminding people not to throw axes at Brent Axe, even if he’s tweeting about the Red Sox during the Louisville game
  68. We hold our breath as the first starting offensive lineman is helped off the field
  69. Dome Nachos
  70. Sean Tucker catches a swing pass
  71. Possibly the last year before the 3-5-5 plan is implemented
  72. Children who want to ride the Dome Roof Coaster
  73. Smashed into the stands last year
  74. “It’s a Syracuse… 1st Down!”
  75. Promotional *um* themed days
  76. All dome puns
  77. Not having to boo Pete Davidson again
  78. Pride of Oranges
  79. The crowd rises in anticipation at the prospect of a long kick return
  80. Finding out how Purdue smuggled that drum through the stadium’s control gate
  81. That one guy who’s pushing himself too close to the trough
  82. A student figuring out how to hack the scoreboard so he can stream his Fortnite game on it
  83. Complain about holding
  84. Delete those spam accounts that post illegal stream links in the game threads
  85. The return of the TNIAAM pre-game shows
  86. Get to the quad early to see Orange Girl perform in front of Hendricks
  87. B-roll footage of Dinosaur BBQ
  88. noon
  89. Refuse to call it Orange Central
  90. People complaining about games on the ACC Network
  91. Beat UConn
  92. Play two ACC games in September
  93. Buy cheap single game tickets from the Notre Dame fans who bought seasons for one game
  94. Angry at Packer & Durham’s ACC Power Rankings
  95. When the official Orange Out jersey is released three days before the Orange Out game
  96. Otto is Otto
  97. #ExtendBabers
  98. See for ourselves Syracuse will be 5-0 on October 2nd
  99. Attack Power by Marlowe Wax
  100. Sean Tucker’s post-game tweets

There you have it, now let’s hear yours….

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