Orange Watch: Syracuse ‘takeover’ of ACC Network should feature these games

Former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson
Former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson speaks at the New York State Fair. Photo Credit: Dave Pape.

Item: To fill programming this month, the ACC Network has been highlighting each of its 15 member schools with a 24-hour exclusive window on the network to broadcast all-things, in this case, Syracuse, coming up on Friday, April 24.

Great SU games, moments, interesting stories, and interviews surrounding the Orange are set to be featured beginning at midnight Thursday into all day Friday.

Here is our top game list for football, basketball, and lacrosse that we would like to see, knowing ESPN owns the rights to the rebroadcasts:

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  • Football– The 1988 Sugar Bowl game against Auburn. Sure, the ending was crushingly surprising, but what a joy to watch the player who should have won the Heisman Trophy that season, Don McPherson, lead the Orangemen to the doorstep of national title consideration in New Orleans. It also never gets old hearing the late, great Keith Jackson call a New Year’s Day bowl game.
  • Basketball– The six-overtime game against Connecticut in 2009. We’ve always told folks as we sat courtside at MSG that remember, there were three teams on the floor that night slogging through 30 extra minutes of action. The third team was wearing black and white stripes, game officials John Cahill. Bob Donato, and James Breeding who ran a mini-N.Y.C. marathon until 1:20 a.m.
  • Lacrosse– The 2009 NCAA Championship against Cornell. It was nerve-racking, excruciating and thrilling all wrapped up into one overtime period in Foxborough. Kenny Nims scoring an improbable goal with four seconds left in regulation, watching the Big Red have the ball first in OT, then Sid Smith causing a turnover to lead to Cody Jamieson’s game-winning goal and last NCAA title.

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