You guys, I’m starting to feel a little old. Not because I’m in my mid-30s, or because I have a son who’s about to turn six, or even because my secret shame is that I thoroughly enjoy all of those “Tiny House” shows that are on whenever you turn on HGTV or FYI.
No, I’m starting to feel old because just now, I realized that Syracuse’s national championship victory over Kansas occurred 14 (FOURTEEN!!!) years ago. That was my senior year at Syracuse, which means that, holy shit, I’ve been out of college for nearly a decade and a half.
And while I might very well take this moment to start feeling a little depressed about how, in the end, you can’t slow time, and in the end, time always wins, instead I’m going to just go ahead and celebrate, because April 7 is a very good day, indeed.
Because April 7, 2003 was the day that the Orange cut down the nets, beating Kansas 81-78 behind big performances by Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara (well, in the first half for GMac, anyway), and the most famous block in Syracuse history by Hakim Warrick.
Look, let’s be real here, as I paraphrase the imitable Chris Tucker: It’s Friday, you ain’t got no job (or at least you’re willing to shirk responsibilities on a Friday), and you ain’t got shit to do. So why not relive the glory of Syracuse racing out to a huge lead over Kansas, and then frantically trying to maintain that lead right up until the closing seconds of that glorious, glorious win?
And then, if you’re feeling froggy, go streaking down Marshall Street to really embrace the spirit of this most wonderful of days.