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. 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.
Last week, I posted the Football Edition. Since then, Mr. Keely made a post that hinted that if a post only gets a small number of comments, it's probably not worth bringing up again. Dammit, I've only gotten 9 so far, but I said I was going to do it. God knows some of you have been checking in every day for the last week looking for this, so here goes...
The best thing about the basketball schedule posters, hands down, is the fact that you can fit the entire team in the design without any trouble at all. The oddest thing about the basketball schedule posters is that often, there was no schedule on them at all. As mentioned in the comments of the football edition, the posters that were made from Joe Glisson's drawings are by far, the nicest ones I've seen.
No schedule, but who the hell cares? SUper nice! (See what I did there?)
But the best of that era, and for good reason, was '02-'03.
I don't think I remember being crazy about it at the time, but clearly the end result of that season just brings that poster to the upper eschelon of basketball posters. Notice on the majority of these, that they would highlight seasoned players, and give a little picture of the incoming freshman.
The modern era, or maybe what should be called the Dr. Gross era, have all been pretty nice. This year's...
The thing about the '11-'12 poster is the was they incorporate all the names in SU basketball history to make up the word FAMILY.
This one is cool and nostalgic...
and this one is not so much.
Again, you could go on forever about this subject, but allow me to go ahead and give you my picks.
The worst poster ever in my opinion, is what I believe to possibly be the original beta test of the first photoshop program. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 1991-1992 Syracuse Collection.
Good gravy. Im guess I can appreciate what they were trying to do here, but it just didn't work. In addition to full length shots of players seemingly floating above the court, you have this...
Poor J.B. I bet even Mr. and Mrs. Reafsnyder didn't hang this one up.
And take note of the Dome court shot. Another example of how different the crowd used to look at a game. Every color of the rainbow. I'm glad that somewhere along the line everyone got in the spirit and started dressing the part.
And finally my favorite. I think this poster is a classy, tough looking design that features some great players. And most importantly labels us as the defending national champions.
There you have it. Please comment and let me know what your favorites are. And if anyone is interested, you can still buy Joe Glisson's posters from his site, www.joeglisson.com.