At this point, I think there's a 75% chance Syracuse will not play a game on Saturday in the 2011 football season.
Originally scheduled for Saturday, the season-opener against Wake Forest will now be a Thursday Night special.
Syracuse will open the season on Thursday night, Sept. 1., against Wake Forest -- the first Thursday night home game in school history.
Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and will be available on ESPN3, giving the Orange three national broadcasts.
So, I'm sorry to nitpick here, but, it's my job...
Syracuse HAS played a Thursday night home game before, the last one was back in 1989. You know how I know that? Cause SU Athletics told me so on their website (11/23/89 against West Virginia). It's a good thing no one from SU Athletics is saying otherwise...
"To host the first Thursday night football game in school history is a terrific way for the university and the community to start the Labor Day weekend before enjoying all of the other activities the area and the region have to offer," athletic director Daryl Gross said in a statement.
Oh. I do appreciate that Gross' main concern is making sure you have plenty of time to go fishing on Saturday.
So if you're counting at home, the Orange now have a Thursday night game, two Friday night games (West Virginia, South Florida) and a Saturday night game (Tulane). We aren't just passing the Nooner by, we're leaving it in the dust.
Tickets are now available, so, get on it.