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I didn’t start from birth, but I feel like this is my family

23 Feb 1994: ST. JOHN''S REDMEN GUARD DEREK BROWN TRIES TO BLOCK THE PASS FROM SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN FO
High socks- good for basketball, not good for running.

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Growing up in Rhode Island in the 80s meant I was around for the birth of Big East basketball and that’s how I was introduced to the Syracuse Orange. I remember watching Pearl his his half-court shot on the USA Network and I wondered what it was like playing on that rubber surface inside the massive Carrier Dome.

I wasn’t a fan of the Orange in those days. I know I rooted for Georgetown in the NCAA Tournament- hey I was young and I was loyal to the conference back then. I also pulled for the University of Rhode Island Rams against Syracuse back in the 1988 NCAA Tournament.

All that was before I decided to come to Syracuse for college. When I submitted my housing, I requested to live in Sadler because it was the closest dorm to the Dome. This turned out to be a great choice during the winter when I could head to basketball games without a coat.

When I arrived at Syracuse, the first campus building I ever stepped foot inside was Manley Field House. Some of my favorite moments were spent in that arena watching other athletes practice. It was in that arena where I saw a number of Orange athletes put in the effort to become All-Americans. It’s where I learned a lot about the pride that runs deep throughout Orange Nation, and it’s where I saw that wearing that Syracuse across your chest made you part of a much bigger family.

So many of my memories revolve around Syracuse athletics that it’s hard to imagine what life would be like had I taken a different path. Maybe I didn’t start off bleeding Orange, but after all this time, it’s safe to say that I’ve grown to have it pump through my veins.

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