We like to kid around here that, no matter who they play and no matter where they play, the Syracuse Orange basketball team is always considered the home team, thereby diminishing the value of any victory they earn (at least in the eyes of some pundits). We've seen it happen as near as New York City & Atlantic City and as far as Tampa and Kansas City.
Not to mention that any international success by former Syacuse players also creates a home atmosphere for the Orange. Be it New Zealand (home of CHAMPION Eric Devendorf), The Phillipines (home of CHAMPION Paul Harris) or Latvia (brief home of CHAMPION Gerry McNamara).
The sun truly never sets on the Otto-Man Empire.
This upcoming season, the Orange will be headed to Hawaii to take part in the Maui Invitational. We haven't heard the reason why that's a home game for Syracuse yet, but I'm sure someone will come up with a reason (2nd consecutive year Syracuse has literally played on the Pacific Ocean...home game!).
But Jim Boeheim really wants to put the international borders of the Syracuse City-State to the test and he's looking to take the Orange to "foreign lands" this summer.
"We're hoping to get a foreign trip set up in August," Boeheim said, "so we can play some of these guys."
The NCAA allows college basketball teams to play on foreign soil once every four years. Teams that schedule games outside the United States can practice for as many as 10 days during the summer to prepare for that overseas excursion.
"Syracuse hasn't left Planet Earth all season. Seriously. Pathetic." - An ESPN talking head in January
You know what excites me more than anything about this? Between The South, Hawaii and a potential foriegn destination, we are going to reach new heights in Jim Boeheim food-related excursions. You think Denny's frightens Jimmy B? Wait 'til he has to try poi and fertilized duck eggs.
Whatever you do, Syracuse.com, you better have Boeheim blogging about what he eats all season long. It's a moral imperative.