My sister has half-season tickets to the Washington Wizards and she is kind enough to take me to many of those games.
Next to her is a family (husband and wife with their son and daughter) who also own some kind of ticket package since we see them at every game.
Last night, while at the LeBron Boofest, I notice the son (about 10-years-old) walk by wearing a pretty sweet Syracuse hooded sweatshirt and hat.
I said, with excitement, "Go Orange!" There was no reaction. So then, since he was squeezing by me in the row I was still able to ask, "Are you a Syracuse fan?"
As he turned to walk up the aisle he looked at me, then up the aisle at his father and said, shrugging, "My dad is," and continued on his way.
I can't fault the father. He has the right idea - decking his son out in Orange gear. But I think he still has some work cut out for him. But this is the perfect time! His son is just old enough to start absorbing sports knowledge, but young enough that you can basically convince him the only team that matters is Syracuse.
We should all probably always have a copy of How To Grow an Orange on us to distribute at times like these. Lesson learned.