Syracuse brought in a crane for Carrier Dome renovations. #OrangeNation named it.

Syracuse football Carrier Dome
Syracuse football from the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Orange Nation Twitterverse is a wonderful place. When Syracuse disappoints or overachieves, fans are always active on Twitter.

So when Syracuse brought one of the biggest cranes in the entire country to help with renovations to the Carrier Dome, we felt the need to properly name the crane. And the only proper place to turn was of course the #OrangeNation Twitterverse.

We received some excellent suggestions, from coaches, athletes and fans. Now, we reveal our Top three crane names:

No. 3 Conrad McCrane

For you millennials, the late great Conrad McRae played at Syracuse from 1989 to 1993. He was a McDonald’s All-American in high school, and as a senior at Syracuse, he averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds.

McRae was selected in the second round by the Washington Bullets. What a great way to honor the shot blocker from Brooklyn than naming the huge Dome crane after him? Thank you Sean and Brian.

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No. 2 The Dome Crain-ger

The Dome Ranger is one of the most iconic Syracuse fans. With his cowboy hat and mask, he pumps up the crowd in each game. The fans are just as much a part of the Dome as the athletes. So a shoutout to the Dome Ranger is very appropriate.

No. 1 Kueth Crain-y

This is my favorite for many reasons, but the biggest of them all is because Kueth Duany was an integral part of the 2002-03 National Championship team. Out of the starting five, Duany is often the forgotten one.

Carmelo Anthony was the superstar. Gerry McNamara became one of the biggest fan favorites of all time. Hakim Warrick became a legend after the blocked shot with 1.7 seconds left. Even Craig Forth is well known because he was “that goofy tall guy who played center.”

Duany was the lone senior and the captain of that championship team. His 4-for-6 shooting in the title game against Kansas was central to securing the championship.

So if we are going to rebuild the Dome, we need a center piece. A piece that will be reliable day in and day out, and at the end of the season, it can deliver something to Central New York that no one else ever has before: An upgraded Carrier Dome.

Kueth Crainy is the hero Syracuse needs right now.

And of course, no matter which name the crane is given, David pointed out that Syracuse will be sure to do what they do best:

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