It wasn't always so that you could just go to any given game at the Dome and grab the schedule poster for the year. Actually I quite like the fact that you can do that now. It's a lot easier than it used to be. You used to have to go up to the Orange Pack office and get one. In fact, you may have needed to be a member to get one, though I'm not sure. While trying to find some room on my Man Cave wall for a new item, I started to look around the room and realized that as cool as the recent era posters are, they sometimes aren't as great as the older ones. In an effort to drum up a discussion where everyone can share their faves, and maybe even share some not represented here, I present to you my "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of Syracuse schedule posters, and some in between.
I'm not sure when schedule posters actually started. I have them dating back to 1982 (see above), and even that one is not SU official, best I can tell. The recent era of Syracuse Football schedule posters have actually been pretty great. Probably the best thing to come out of the Greg Robinson era where a few of schedule posters, like this one.
But in the overall history, I think I tend to lean to the past.
The biggest change over the years, is the exclusion of highlighting the seniors. All the posters from the majority of the Coach P era showed pictures of the seniors and not much else. It's not like you can show the whole team. One of my favorites from this era, was McNabb's senior year.
Down the right side of the poster is a list, by decade, of that decades biggest stars. It was a nice design, and shows what I mean by highlighting the seniors.
The Boys From Syracuse?
Pretty sweet I think. A good usage of the local 174th Fighter Wing. McNabb in the pilot's seat, of course.
Next, the namesake of this page makes an appearance.
You can see Troy Nunes bottom right, and David Tyree middle left.
Moose is loose in Syracuse!
A couple of years ago, in the quad, they had members of the team that beat #1 Nebraska on hand to sign autographs before the game. I took my 1984 poster and rolled it out. The guys couldn't believe I still had it.
Clearly this is before they decided to highlight seniors, but a nice poster just the same.
You've all heard about it, and here it is...
the poster that highlights a wolf. This was when the debate was on as to what to have for a mascot. The good news, no wolf. The bad news, Marvin Harrison has to be remembered on this disaster.
The above poster is without a doubt the best one of Doug Marrone's time here. I love it. But it might be the strangest one. I couldn't find it to add to this post, but this is a VERY photo-shopped picture. The original picture was from the Robinson era, and was doctored to be more current. The opponents helmet was changed to maroon with no logo, our two orange shoulder stripes were changed to include the white also, and the "S" on our helmets are artificial as well. Makes you wonder why they wouldn't just use another picture to start with. If anyone can add that original photo, that would be great. Until then, you'll all think I'm nuts.
Overall, there are far too many to share all in a single post, but on to my picks for best and worst. First the worst...
1997 was the year we kicked things off in the Meadowlands by clobbering Ron Dayne and the Wisconsin Badgers 34-0. However the poster for that year wasn't anything to celebrate.
I heard the guy that came up with this concept is now the head janitor of the peep booth wing of Adult World (not confirmed). I mean that is awful right? The beat goes on? What is that? That picture? I just don't get it.
And finally, my all time favorite. This does not give you the senior highlight. No actual photos at all. But it does encapsulate everything great and worth remembering about SU Football.
A celebration of the 100 years of SU Football. Gorgeous artwork, iconic figures, old Archbold, and a listing of All-Americans, HOFers, etc. Hard to beat, in my opinion.
What are your favorites? Please respond in the comments, and add any that I didn't mention or that I might not have.
Basketball edition to follow. The bad and the good have a MUCH bigger gap between them.