Even before the Pinstripe Bowl, it would seem Doc has been as busy as a medieval bootmaker, cementing ORANGE (and Syracuse) in the hearts and minds of New York City. We all know he is the mastermind of the "NEW YORK'S COLLEGE TEAM" campaign.
But this plan runs much deeper than the handful of years this campaign has existed........ by almost a whole century.
A long time ago, in a settlement-turned city-comprised-of-5-boroughs far far (walking distance) away, there lived a ridiculous amount of people (like, more than what showed up for the Alabama spring game). These folks had many professional sports to be passionate about. They had Baseball (x4, but minus 2,the Dodgers and Giants left for California), Basketball, Football(x2) (even though ya gotta go to stinkin Jersey ta see em!), Hockey (x2), and even that strange Euro-sport in which your arms are not allowed. (I actually love
For a long time, the dwellers of New York City have had a hole in their (sports) lives and souls. Pro sports are covered. And, sure, NYC has plenty of colleges and universities. But one with respectable, and admirable sports programs though? One man has the answer. His name is Doctor Daryl Gross, and he has his eye on you, NYC.
The Doc has been working behind the scenes since 1915 to dominate New York and all of its regions, to eventually bring them under the power of the Otto-man Empire.
1915: Doc travels back in time to help create the New York City flag. Colors seem familiar?
1952: Doc leaps forward from the World War I era to land smack dab in the middle of McCarthyism.
In this time he teaches Kansas that they were destined to win this particular game and who would shoot the best when given the ball. No magical amount of reverse lay-ups can save St. John's from their 80-63 beatdown at the hands of the Jayhawks. By ruining their only championship appearance, Doc has made even more of a case for SU to take over NYC.
1954: Doc pays Red Barber to announce at a Yankee game that Red Storm was just a reference to extreme communism, sparking even more hate for the Johnnies on their home turf.
1955: Doc seeks out Jim Brown on the campus of our very own Syracuse University. He tells Jim to run harder.
At the same time, in New Jersey, Albert Einstein's head explodes from pondering the sheer impossibility of Jim Brown running any harder, and Einstein is killed instantly.
1976: Doc convinces Tulane to hire Roy Danforth, effectively making room for the greatest coach of all time.
1982: Doc travels to the Bronx to oversee the recruiting of a one Doug Marrone. Verry promising future, this one has.....
1984: Doc travels to Brooklyn to visit newborn future-superstar Carmelo Anthony. He convinces Carmelo's mother to hide out in Maryland until he is old enough to be recruited. He also leaves Melo his jerseys from the future, planting the Orange seed, instilling his desire to attend Syracuse and eventually go to the Knicks.
2005: Doc travels back to 1965 and smokes a rather large, "home-made" cigarette with Willie Nelson. On his return he hires some guy to coach the football team. He requested, and was granted, a mulligan.
2008: Doc gets back on track, and hires HCDM. He strengthens his bond with a NYC native, and the city itself. Doc also really likes the new jerseys.
2010: Doc Gross convinces Yankee brass to start a bowl game just for us. Of course we make it there and win. Our AD can travel through time and alter history, why would you doubt the outcome?
2011: Doc travels back in time to find Blackbeard and his treasure. He waits for the "Last Battle" and makes off with enough booty to pay the Yankee brass back for the Pinstripe Bowl and the upcoming SU day at the stadium.
Right now: Who knows where he could be, and what he is doing. Is he scouring the nation for the next #44? Is he spending time with Floyd Little in the past, implanting thoughts of returning some day to insure the events of the future happen? Will he ever need a mulligan, again? We will never know. At least not until the future becomes history.
So for now, look out NYC, here we come!
LETS GO ORANGE!!!