A function of growing up a fan of Syracuse University and attending a college founded by and formerly a part of SU (Utica College) is that the opportunity to acquire lots of orange gear.
And I’m not talking burnt orange — that would be the University of of Texas — I’m talking bright, screaming, ultra-concentrated-orange-juice-orange.
A few years ago, I bought an orange UC shirt with blue lettering on the front and sleeves at the college bookstore, and when I wore it the next day, my wife said people could see me from space.
You can imagine what she thought when I got a bright orange shirt, with bright orange lettering and a bright orange Otto. I cackled.
I have enough Syracuse clothing — including a shirt that’s even brighter orange, but with blue letters to break it up — that I can rotate them in when Syracuse men’s basketball team makes the NCAA Tournament.
But when things get tight, or it gets later in the tournament, out comes Big Orange.
I didn’t think I’d have to worry about Syracuse clothing options in this year’s tournament. They weren’t really that good, and I was genuinely surprised when they popped up Sunday night.
So since tonight was unexpected, time for Big Orange.