You all recall what happened after the Middle Tennessee win over the Syracuse Orange earlier this year. We lost and got mad, of course. But Scott Shafer also put a victory cigar in his mouth; something that definitely wasn’t planned or staged in any way, shape or form.
Ends up someone currently associated with the Orange program has a similar sense of humor as well, according to one story.
Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey spoke to some SU players about the victory cigars that awaited players following Friday night’s big upset over the Clemson Tigers. While no one came out and said who put them there, it certainly seemed like someone had an idea...
"It was a big win," junior quarterback Eric Dungey said, trying to hold back his laughter. "They just appeared."
So while we don’t know exactly who placed the cigars near certain players lockers, we can probably venture some guesses. The most likely cigar culprits? We narrow the list:
Babers has been stressing how important this season is for these seniors, and the win over Clemson was a fantastic moment for them in particular given all of the change they’ve had to deal with. He surely felt the pain of the MTSU loss for them at the time. Subtly finding a way to get some cigars to the locker room wouldn’t be the craziest thought.
The media-savvy AD saw what went down after the loss to the Blue Raiders and likely wanted to get some low-key payback. Once the win was assured, he had the cigars (bought beforehand) taken to the locker room.
With or without the laughing reaction, this would be my first guess. His post-game insistence Syracuse should be 7-0, the no one believed in us rhetoric, Dungey’s typical risk-taker attitude... he amounts to the most likely of all the names.
If it is him, Eric, we salute you.