I have seen comments from people about how this team doesn't need a crowd to play for and should play to win. I am sure such foolishness comes from people who have never stepped foot on a field in their life or never heard what it feels like when a crowd is loud and supports you. It's like chugging a store full of energy drinks and never wanting that feeling to end. Sure, they come prepared and play to win but for those who remember, the Carrier Dome was once referred to as The Loud House because opponents came in and intimidated by the atmosphere. Players loved coming to Syracuse and playing for those fans who cheered at the top of their lungs and cared as much as they did.
I have played a lot of sports over the year and there is a HUGE difference between playing in front of a crowd who sitting on their hands and only vocal once or twice a game and a crowd that makes you feel like they love you. Sometimes the fans can actually lift you up and remind you why you are out there. Sometimes fans need to remember that even when times are not perfect and it looks like we are going downhill, momentum can change and they can actually be the cataylst for this change. Sometimes players have off field issues weighing on them and just need someone to show them they support them and love them, let alone 40,000 screaming in support.
We all get frustrated when times get tough, it's the nature of the beast but I assure you that as passionate as some of us may be, nobody feels worse than the coaching staff and players when it unravels. Sometimes being a fan means when it is getting rough, you lift yourself up and try to lift up the team and show them you are behind them and maybe even remind them, in a somewhat polite manner, to wake their asses up and get out there and make some plays.
This Syracuse team is 6-2 and I promise you, this group can win on emotion and talent. They are playing with heart and I hate to speak for them personally but judging by their comments, LOVE playing for and representing the fans. Is it so much to ask that we in return show them our love and return to the glory days when teams feared playing in the noisy Carrier Dome. We want tradition restored, we must also share part of the burden and bring back this aspect of the home field advantage. You want recruits to come to Syracuse, I doubt they want to come play at a cemetary when they can go play in front of 100,000 screaming fans elsewhere who will care. So go show them some love and I assure you the feeling will be mutual.
Pack the Carrier Dome, make a lot of noise and support Doug Marrone and this team who have done everything we asked for and then some.