Being a fan of Syracuse basketball has its perks.
Coach Jim Boeheim perennially fields a formidable squad that has won 20-plus games a year in arguably the toughest conference in the history of college basketball: the late Big East.
Boeheim’s ability to recruit players who can play his style but also adapt his teams to his players' strengths has kept Orange fans happy, culminating with Syracuse’s first NCAA tournament championship in 2003.
But it hasn’t all been roses.
Early exits from the tournament, being left out of the tournament, player injuries, academic suspensions and a sex abuse scandal are all to be accounted for when looking back at the sometimes agonizing life as a Syracuse fan.
Case in point, the 2003 championship team was actually Syracuse’s third national championship but the first two were in 1918 and 1926, meaning Syracuse fans waited 77 years between championships.
It's not quite the Chicago Cubs, but futile nonetheless.
The 60s saw the arrival of Dave Bing, who brought the program back to national prominence. In 1975, Roy’s Runts would make a run to the Final Four and two years later, Jim Boeheim took over as head coach.
Starting with the Louis and Bouie Show and the emergence of the Big East, Boeheim’s Orange have been a force to be reckoned with. The team has given its fans a lifetime of fantastic basketball but the sweet cannot be as sweet without the bitter.
And bitter they got.
Here’s a look at some of the bitter of the past 35 years.