We’ve long thought we — the Syracuse Orange, Otto the Orange, our whole “orange” obsession — were unique in this world.
Other schools wear orange, mind you (some of them poorly). But Syracuse’s use of an actual orange as a mascot and a full lean-in on the color and the fruit is something no one else does. Or at least no else in America does...
But apparently there is another very ORANGE team, in Japan. Credit to Caitlin Sanders who originally found the Hosei Orange on Twitter last night and launched the Syracuse corner of the web into a frenzy. I mean, look at this damn thing.
Hello friends!!! Looking for the other half of my twin??? Let me know if you find it!!! pic.twitter.com/lc2ifq72HD— Otto The Orange (@TheOttoOrange) November 28, 2018
There’s so much more than just the mascot, too. But we’ll get into that...
For some background, the Hosei Orange are part of the “Top 8” in the Kantoh Collegiate American Football Association (wait, Kanto?). They were originally called the Tomahawks, but were renamed the Orange in 2017 by their primary sponsor, the Dome Corporation. WHAT?!
Among their biggest rivals in the Top 8 are the Chuo Raccoons and Waseda Big Bears.
But holy crap, the MERCHANDISE STORE.
We’ll let Sean be your guide to everything Hosei Orange:
Also, we need this. pic.twitter.com/SsnjftJiOC— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) November 28, 2018
GUYS...there's an online shop. https://t.co/JH3ux691Lv pic.twitter.com/hAlFc4UeWs— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) November 28, 2018
RIGHT INTO MY VEINS pic.twitter.com/9qNuiPI0c4— dagsly (@dagsly) November 28, 2018
WANT pic.twitter.com/ttB3QjBPuS— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) November 28, 2018
And guys, we've been so focused on the football team we haven't even talked about @hoseibasketball yet. pic.twitter.com/N41b2sN1C7— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) November 28, 2018
Some more uni looks for posterity. No platinum as far as I can tell, so they're already better than us. pic.twitter.com/H4RYpDBqPc— Sean Keeley (@SeanKeeleyIsMe) November 28, 2018
Could there be some preseason matchups with the Hosei Orange in Syracuse’s future? Has anyone here actually been to a Hosei Orange game? If yes to the latter question, how have you yet to report this information back to us?
In any case, marvel at your alt-universe orange and wonder how we can be more like them... with as little #PLATINUM as possible.