Wanderlust Los Angeles: “Syracuse vs. USC at the Coliseum”

Let’s Go Orange! Let’s Go!

Now,  I normally don’t get excited about college football but Syracuse, my alma mater, was trekking all the way out to Los Angeles from the snowy tundra of Central NY to go head-to-head with USC. I felt like I needed to show some home-town hospitality and also get the chance to flaunt my alumni pride. It was probably going to be a slaughter by the Trojans but once an Orange always an Orange and I couldn’t help but join my fellow alumni in the SU Alumni sponsored tailgate and game.

Go Orange!

The tailgate was sponsored by the university. There was a ton of food and beverages with different stations ranging from a taco bar to pulled pork sandwiches reminiscent of Syracuse’s own Dinosaur BBQ, as well as snow cone and Diddy Riese cookie stations. There was approximately 750 SU fans and alumni in attendance. The Syracuse cheerleaders with mascot Otto made an appearance, as well as famous SU alum, Taye Diggs.

“Down the Field” – Syracuse Fight Song

Out upon the gridiron stands old Syracuse,
Warriors clad in orange and in blue,
Fighting for the fame of Alma Mater.
Soon those Crouse chimes will be ringing,
Soon you’ll hear those fellows singing.
Onondaga’s braves are out to win today,
The sons of Syracuse are ready for the fray,
The line holds like a wall and now the Orange has the ball,
So ready for that old long yell. Rah! Rah! Rah!

Down, Down the field goes old Syracuse,
Just see those backs hit the line and go thru’;
Down, down the field they go marching,
Fighting for the Orange staunch and true.
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Vict’ry’s in sight for old Syr-a-cuse,
Each loyal son knows she ne’er more will lose,
For we’ll fight, yes, we’ll fight, and with all our might
For the glory of old Syracuse.

Gotta start 'em young.

The best thing about Orange alumni and fans is the unfaltering loyalty. We stayed through till the end with aerated aspirations lined with a sliver of hope that we could still make a comeback. Unfortunately, the Trojans walked away victorious with a 38-17 win. But, yet we were still floating on Orange pride. And that’s because real fans wear orange.


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