We're less than a week from a new Syracuse Orange football season and that means it's time to brush up on the traditions you'll be taking part in if you attend a home game in the Carrier Dome.
The Daily Orange recently published a list of sports traditions incoming freshman have to learn and many of them are going to come up this Friday when SU hosts the Colgate Raiders for the season opener. There's the SUMB pregame show on the quad before the game, jingling your keys on third down, singing the Alma Mater immediately following the game, and heading over to the Varsity afterward to take part in the banner flip when we win.
When basketball season gets here, there's of course the #StandAndClap until SU scores a field goal, celebrating Taco Time when he score 70 points, and more.
My question to you is...if you could swap out any of those traditions for a new one, what would it be?
For example, I've made my disdain for the #StandAndClap pretty clear and I'd love to replace it with something more unique and fun (because it's not fun. It's just not). I'd love to see more soccer-style chants and celebrations be a part of the college sports experience so I'd much prefer to hear some kind of stadium-wide cheer or song that we all do together when the game starts. Something that lets the opponent know we are going to get loud and we're going to stay that way the entire game and there's nothing you can do to stop us (well, until you hit a bunch of threes). I think it's the kind of thing that also inspired some SU fans to remain active and loud no matter what during the game. Maybe even leads to a dedicated section that never sits, never stops cheering, never stops singing.
Maybe you've got an idea outside of the Dome to get people more excited or interested. Perhaps something else the band could be doing before games? Is there a way SU can enhance a pre-existing tradition into something bigger?
Shout it out below. You never know who's paying attention...