First off, my wife and I don't have kids (yet). So how could I be enjoying any flavor of success in this "Growing an Orange" thing without the lil' hellians tearing up the place? I'll tell ya!
Well first off, I bought Seans book. Chock full of fun facts and also excellent date material I might add. Ok, the second part not so much. But if I'm going to have any shot a brainwashing my future children into being true Orange fans for the rest of their lives, I'm going to need to get my wife on my side (and probably a college savings plan to afford the SU tuition while we're at it too). Anyways, my dilemma has been that while my wife is an avid sports fan, she enjoys mostly Football (ouch) and Baseball. Being from the west coast she knows nothing about Lacrosse (double ouch) and to top it off she hatesBasketball (triple ouch and a kick to the junk). Given the current state of affairs at SU, my current situation being displaced on the west coast, it would appear that my Growing an Orange story would be a short one. Not so.
Through my tireless efforts, and slipping in random Syracuse-related nuggets of wisdom into converstation, My wife now dons Syracuse gear every time there's a football game on. She thinks Lacrosse is a cool new east coast trend that's fun to watch and I even have gotten her to fill out a bracket ever year for the NCAA tourney. Admittedly I've got an uphill battle when it comes to bball...but the team being completely awesome at everything certainly helps. We're going to our first event at the Dome together to see the Orange battle BC as they (hopefully) are playing for a bowl slot for the first time in ages. For extra insurance we're also meeting up with some ol college friends the night before to catch the SU basketball game. So things have been rolling in the right direction for months now. Now, as many of you know, "baby envy" runs extremely high in women of a certain age. I don't know who made this rule, but its a sh***y one (and constant facebook updates from friends/family on any baby related crap does not help this at all...I digress). But, with that, the latest "Growing an Orange" competition and photos have put Syracuse stock in my household over the top. So anyways, this post was a bit longer than I planned, but a big tip of the cap to all you Orange-growers who entered and thanks to Sean for putting it all together. Sincerely folks, the pics were awesome. Maybe it makes my wife want a baby even more, but hey, at least I can spin this in the Syracuse direction too. Hell, maybe I'll even get an orange and blue nursery out of it.
As always Sean, keep up the great work. And when Growing an Orange Contest 2.0 (wink wink) rolls around, I'll be ready to bring it!