Two months ago Syracuse was in the middle of another losing season. Two months later Syracuse is preparing for its second bowl berth in three years. Is the fact the Orange are playing in the Pinstripe Bowl, again, a problem?
For some reason, and I suppose it's because I was a child of the 80's and early 90's, all my initial metaphors usually involve professional wrestling. More often than not, Mike Rotunda is involved.
So when we learned that it was official, that the Syracuse Orange would be taking on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl on December 29th, I immediately started thinking about The Schwartzwalder Trophy, why Syracuse needed to put it on the line and how I could put it into wrestling terms in my head.
With two trophies (Schwartz & Pinstripe), would this be like one of those matches where the Hardcore Title and the Intercontinental Title were both on the line? That seemed to give the Pinstripe Bowl Trophy way too much credit.
YAIS! So perfect. A Syracuse-West Virginia game where the Schwartzwalder Trophy wasn't on the line would be like a non-title bout involving a champion. You know going in there's going to be shenanigans and you know going in that the end will be frustrating. Had only the title been on the line, we could have gotten closure. But noooooo...
I'll be honest, I'm a little surprised to see so many Syracuse fans say the Schwartzwalder shouldn't be up for grabs. If it comes out that SU decides not to put the trophy on the table, I'd be shocked and disappointed in my school. Not sure why you wouldn't, too.
But We're Already Playing For The Pinstripe Bowl Trophy
Great. That's wonderful. Good for us.
Of course, there's that little part where no one gives a crap about the Pinstripe Bowl Trophy, but, there you go.
Seriously, who cares about that? You win the bowl game and they hand you the trophy, fine. But you win the bowl game and get handed a rivalry trophy? That's badass. That's worth fighting for. That's the kind of trophy you pose with in the weight room. Not the Pinstripe Bowl Trophy.
Save It For Our Regular Season Rivalry Games
What regular season rivalry games? Our rivalry is over and, as far as I can tell, it's not coming back. We have no reason to schedule West Virginia and they have no reason to schedule us.
West Virginia isn't a recruiting hotbed and we're already playing Virginia and Virginia Tech anyway, so we've got that region covered.
If you save the Schwartzwalder Trophy for the next regular-season game between these two schools, you're going to be waiting a very, very long time.
If The Shoe Were On The Other Foot...
Look, you know how I know the Schwartzwalder Trophy should be on the line? Because if the roles were reversed and WVU had ownership of the trophy and then decided not to put the trophy on the line in this game, we'd call them the biggest cowards on the planet and we'd never let them forget about how they p***ied out.
Some Syracuse fans sounded disappointed when the Orange announced they were returning to the Pinstripe Bowl. That lack of patience almost got us into trouble earlier this season with Doug Marrone's status. Don't let it screw up this experience, too.
Thanks to TexanMark over at SyracuseFan.com, we've got access to a Pinstripe Bowl promo code that will allow you to purchase tickets and sit amongst fellow TNIAAM and SyracuseFan.com nerds, swapping stories about rec'd comments and memorable FanPosts while the Syracuse Orange beat up on the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Below are the links and promo code for the Pinstripe Bowl offer. The section will be somewhere between 235-239 at $50 per ticket and 227A-234 at $95 per ticket. Please note there is a $5 per ticket fee (included in ticket price) and a $7 order fee for each transaction. The only tickets that have access to an indoor club are the ones in 221b or 222 and are $120 each (not as good location) When you purchase through this offer, it will say that you are in a GA area but please disregard that as you'll be assigned tickets at a later date in the section/price level you choose.
This offer will be valid until Sunday December 9th. All tickets will then be mailed the following week.
And so, Syracuse and West Virginia's streak of playing one another every season since 1955 improbably continues. The Orange hold a 32-27 advantage and have won two-straight following an eight-game winning streak by the 'Eers.
The sentiment among West Virginia fans seems to be initial disappointment. They wanted the chance to play Pitt in the Backyard Brawl that never materialized (because, I thought, they didn't want to play that game in the regular-season anymore. Weirdos). There's also a bunch of comments about how this match-up won't have TV or national appeal, which seems like a fanbase getting a bit ahead of itself considering they haven't beaten Syracuse since 2009.
As far as we're concerned, all I know is I really want to win this game. Maybe Oklahoma State or Texas Tech would have been a fresh opponent but in this version, we actually get a bowl game with an unhealthy hatred for the other school. Fun!