I could have written a "my favorite moments from the season" column, but
there's still two weeks left. I need that one for later. I was even
contemplating writing a "ten things more painful than watching
Heck, I even asked my editor if he had any ideas for a column, and he said, "Fake your own death before the Notre Dame game."
I can't do that though, I still have basketball season to look forward to. So upon further review, I've decided to tackle a question no one else around here seems to want to talk about:
OK column over, see you guys next week… What? You want reasons too? Man, you're demanding. All right, here you go:
First off, watching that ceremony on Saturday was bittersweet. It had its goose bumps moments, like the highlights of Davis, Brown, and Little. It was also cool to see all the old ‘Cuse players there for the occasion.
Then I took a closer look, and I could tell the old players could barely stand it. I saw them asking themselves how their team could have slipped so far. And, I think fans shared that feeling too. I did. So the ceremony was great, but it was tainted by the team on the field.
The ceremony also had its share of unintentionally comedic moments like Jim Brown wearing a jogging suit and having a "when can I get out of here and do another movie or Spike Lee documentary" look on his face. Watching Rob Konrad run was entertaining as well, but my personal favorite was Floyd Little messing up Syracuse's "Respect the Past, Represent the Future" slogan. I may be the only person in the building who actually caught that.
Well, that slogan isn't the only thing that was messed up Saturday.
If you were a stud recruit, why would you want to go to
Before, if you were from anywhere within 500 miles of
On that same token, the fun is ruined for fans too. I remember when I heard Rob Konrad was going to be wearing the number. My father and I were excited. If this kid was going to get the honor of wearing #44, he must be something special we thought, and he was. We can't do that anymore. It takes some more wind out of the sails for fans. Not something the program needs considering the recent season ticket sales numbers.
From a financial point of view, the whole thing didn't make much sense to
me. One of the reason's
That's the whole problem with retiring #44. You are making something that
is an active legend, stagnant. Something that is alive, dead. When you retire a
jersey it's usually because of a certain player, such as the Chicago Bulls
retiring #23 for
I'll tell him a little bit about it. About how Jim Brown is the best
running back to ever play the game, and how Ernie Davis was the first
African-American to win the Heisman, and about Michael Owens two-point
One day, when it will probably be easier for me to learn Japanese than use the bathroom, my son will take his son to the game, and his son will look up at the corner in the upper deck and ask, "What's 44 Dad?" And, my son will say, "Oh, it's some number that was famous a long time ago."
You tell me how that respects the past?