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      Opinion: Why fans need to support SU in the Pinstripe Bowl

      I TMll preface this by saying, I know times are tough economically but any and all SU fans who have the means need to support the Orange in the Bronx on December 30th when the Orange face Kansas State.

      The program is finally back in bowl business for the first time in six years, and all indications are that we may be planning bowl trips more often than not in the future as long as Doug Marrone is at the helm of the Orange. Heck, even after just two seasons fans of other schools are interested in Marrone That future though is what makes a strong Orange showing a must for the Pinstripe Bowl. Think of all those years in the Coach P days when Syracuse would be passed up for a team it beat, or had a better record than because that team traveled better.

      If Syracuse fans don TMt go full force for a bowl that TMs easily within driving distance, it would certainly hurt in the future for other bowl considerations. 1996 saw Syracuse winning a share of the Big East Title , but went to the Big East TMs #3 bowl, the Liberty Bowl

      In 2001 Syracuse beat Virginia Tech head to head, and finished ahead of them in the Big East standings, but the Hokies earned a more highly regarded Gator Bowl, while SU went to the Insight Bowl . Needless to say SU needs to start a new trend in this new era of traveling well to bowl games.

      StubHub has great deals with tickets as cheap as $45, my brother even bought seats in the Jim Beam Suites for $50 a ticket, and yes that means he can escape the cold that TMs sure to come with a December 30th game in New York City while at the same time claim an outdoor seat. One reason the tickets are so abundant on Stubhub is that those who attended the Notre Dame vs. Army game were required to purchase a Pinstripe Bowl ticket, so many of those fans uninterested in a bowl game not involving their team are eager to unload tickets. Here TMs a link to the Pinstripe Bowl box office, as well as the Yankee Stadium Seating Chart.

      Really though, what TMs not to love about this bowl game? Yankee Stadium , Doug Marrone's homecoming , and the first Orange Bowl game since 2004. It TMs a thought that was never better than a pipe dream the past five seasons. It was the benchmark needed for a new coach to achieve when Marrone was hired.

      It TMs finally here.

      No question all hopes are on the Orange winning and finishing the season as champs of a bowl game in New York City. It is the center of all media, and what TMs more - Syracuse is New York's College Team and it already says a lot that the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl has selected Syracuse, how much more would it mean for the future of the program if Syracuse could win, but almost more importantly, if it could paint Yankee Stadium as a sea of Orange would make a major statement. The program has a solid argument in saying its New York TMs College team at the moment, and we already know that from past Big East Basketball Tournaments but if SU fans prove they can fill a football venue in the Big Apple as well, then the argument turns into a matter of fact.

      So in anyway you can, support the Orange in its bowl journey, as Doug Marrone so emphatically put it in early 2009 . We need you, we need everyone, this is our STATE, our town, our team, and we TMve got to win, now. Go Orange!