Scoop Jardine has only one game left to play for the Syracuse Orange in the Carrier Dome. He has been with this team for 5 years. In a time when the goal in college basketball seems to be “one and done,” this seems nearly unheard of, especially for a contributor like Scoop.
So often now, college basketball fans hardly get to know a player before he is gone.
The crowd at the Dome has always loved Scoop. He’s a real personality. And with him being there for five years, it seems we have really watched him grow from a kid into a mature leader.
Of course we love stars like Carmelo Anthony, but he’s one we hardly got to know before he was gone. It’s the guys like Scoop and Gerry McNamara that fight for our team for years that we truly miss. I know I love seeing Gerry back on the bench as a coach. It seems that’s right where he belongs. Where else should he be besides the Dome? Nowhere. He’s one of us. Look at our bench…full of coaches that all played for this team. That tells you something. The Orange runs strong through us.
And it seems Scoop bleeds Orange more than almost anyone. He loves this team and we love him, even when he frustrates us. Although he frustrates us far less often now. Again, because he’s grown. And we’ve witnessed it. All the ups and downs.
When Scoop leaves the court next Saturday, I hope to hear one last resounding “SCOOOOOOOOP!” from the Carrier Dome crowd. One that he’ll carry with him into postseason play and one that will echo in the Dome for a while to show future players that when you give us your all, we’ll stick with you through it all, we’ll bleed Orange with you. And the Dome will always be your home.