I didn't see anyone bring this before I'm sincerely sorry for not posting this earlier to give everyone a heads up beforehand, but ESPN Classic was replaying the Pitt @ SU game from 2000. Anybody else catch it?
2000 was my freshman year at SU, and I remember this game like it was yesterday. So watching it on TV 10 years later here's what I noticed:
The Players: Morlon Greenwood. James Mungro. Dee Brown. Dwight Freeney. Duke Pettijohn. Clifton Smith. David Tyree. Pat Woodcock. And of course, the Magician himself, Troy Nunes. I'm not sure the 2010 team has quite the talent level as we had back then, but, I am believing we'll finish with a better record that 6-5.
The Uniforms: Y'know, the 2010 rendition is a step in the right direction, but nothing, and I mean NOTHING tops what we used to have. Classic never goes out of style.
The crowd: Syracuse was only 2-2 and Pitt was 4-0. Still there were alot more empty seats than I remember. The commentators also mentioned how opposing teams used to hate the Dome because of how loud it got and how it wasn't quite the same anymore. Ouch.
The (dreaded) Keys: Commentators on one of the 3rd down plays actually said something like "get ready to hear a lot of keys!" Not only do I not remember hearing the keys in person, you don't notice them on TV either. Which further explains my point on how completely retarded that tradition is.
The band(s): Oh man, what our band used to be. They've certainly taken their licks (in terms of numbers) over the last 5 seasons to point where its just plain sad to see so many empty seats back there when teams line up for a FG or XP. Also, for some reason Pitt was allowed to bring their band. Hogwash! This should not be allowed in the Dome. Ever. The last thing we need to hear is the other teams fight song filling up the dead air created when the other team scores. Baaaaah.
The game: Oh yeah, the game was awesome too. How Mike Shafer managed to miss that many FGs and force not one, but TWO OTs is just flat ridiculous. But the TD toss(es) to Tyree were just flat amazing throws by Nunes.
The Dome: To me, the Dome looks so much better now on TV than it did back then. The concrete, plain looking turf and overall lack of any visual appeal was kind of unbearable. I like what Doc Gross has done here.
HDTV: Or lack thereof. I was actually bummed that ESPN classic didn't have this in HD, until I realized HD didn't exist in 2000. It's kind of like hooking up your laptop watching ESPN3 on the TV. Yuck. Not complaining here, just glad that the sports gods have blessed us with the invention of high definition.
Anybody else catch the replay yesterday/remeber going to the game in 2000?