The Syracuse Orange and Montana Grizzlies are meeting for the first time ever on the hardwood today in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. However, this isn't the first time the two schools have ever done battle.
In 1915, the Syracuse Orangeman took a road trip out West to play the Griz, Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State) and Occidental College in Los Angeles. The game between SU and UM ended in a 6-6 tie and the Daily Orange was there to write about. They reprinted that original article today and it's old-timey amazing.
Here are the very best pieces of prose buried within...
Playing on a field swept by a blasting, swirling whirlwind, the Varsity battled with the Montana eleven to a 6-6 score in a sensational combat at Missoula on Thanksgiving.
Bud Poliquin just wet himself. Also, please note that the team is heretofore referred to as "The Varisty." I propose we start doing this again.
The Montana men met Syracuse with fierce onslaughts and brought joy to their five thousand supporters who braved the storm to witness the greatest struggle ever contested between Eastern and Western teams.
My God, this football game was the basis for Lord of the Rings, wasn't it?
The howling gale, however, outwitted Wilkinson’s accurate toe and blew the ball to one side, so that it missed the goal by inches.
The Wind hates Syracuse.
The thousands of spectators huddling together for protection from the blinding snowstorm presented an interesting surrounding for the game. Husky cowboys, fresh from the ranches, hardy mountaineers of the mighty Montana ranges, brilliantly clad Indians from the Flathead reservation, swarthy miners in overalls, wealthy business men from the cities, college professors and the spirited, cheering Montana students all made a fascinating scene as they eagerly watched the progress of the battle royal.
I don't know whether to champion this paragraph or back away slowly from it...
In the beginning of the second quarter, a battle of line plunging brought the ball to the Syracuse 35-yard line.
A battle of line-plunging is also how you could describe Syracuse's offense during the Greg Robinson Era.
By the way, how out of the ordinary was this tie for the 1915 Syracuse football team? They finished 9-1-2 and outscored their opponents 331-16. No wonder Coach O'Neill blamed the weather.