As many of you know, I am a proud
But not today.
On paper, Cincinnati is the better team and if the Bearcats don't make uncharacteristic mistakes, I'm confident that UC will win. But I am not taking anything for granted . . . not after witnessing what
In 1983 when I was a junior, SU played at
On the eve of the Syracuse-Nebraska game in 1984, then coach Dick MacPherson, reaching deep into his bag of motivational tricks, told each player to go back to his room and write an essay. The thesis: Why we're going to beat
Naturally, MacPherson's request, somewhat sophomoric, was met with some reluctance. Marrone, the dutiful captain, went to his room, pulled out a few sheets of loose leaf and started writing. He got into it and kept writing. And writing. And soon several pages were filled. By the end of his handwritten pep talk, Marrone was so full of emotion and adrenaline that tears were welling in his eyes.
The next day,
"I was absolutely convinced we were going to win that game," Marrone told me once, probably feeling those old, familiar goose bumps as he related the story.
Kinda makes you wonder if Marrone had his players write essays last night doesn't it?