This article was written for Canespace by SolarCane...
I was cruising along listening to Sting on one of those brand new CDs.
Sally Ride had just brought women to heights never dreamed of 25 years ago.
It was 1980 something and life was good.
It was 1983 when the Miami Hurricanes shocked the world and were National Champions for the very first time. The Canes, led by a pipe smoking Head Coach named Howard Schnellenberger and without a single All-American on the roster, beat what was considered to be one of the best teams of all time.
I thought to myself for a Hurricanes fan it can't get any better than this! But it would.
Living in the past is best left for old men on front porches I guess.
Wall Street crashes, Good Morning Vietnam is a hit, Jimmy Baker isn't, President Reagan and Bono are super heroes. The Miami Hurricanes are becoming the most feared team in the country, and the most loved by television networks.
It was 1987 and the Canes would go 12 and 0 and win their second National Championship in five years after UM Athletic Director Sam Jankovich was ridiculed by Hurricane fans for brining in some unknown coach from Oklahoma State.
I thought to myself, for a Canes fan it can't get any better than this! But It did.
Living in the past seemed like a waste of time now; I couldn't wait for next season!
The Exxon Valdez spilled it's cargo, Hurricane Hugo slammed into South Carolina, and the San Francisco Earthquake were all terrible news.
Yet to Miami Hurricane fans it was the departure of UM Head Coach Jimmy Johnson that brought the most anxiety. The uncertainty of bringing in yet another head coach has the fans more than a little worried.
The Berlin Wall came down, giving us all something to cheer about. But it was the Hurricanes' defense that received the standing ovations from Miami fans. Giving up just 9.3 points a game the defense allowed the new offense plenty of room to grow. At the time, it seemed almost too good to be true.
It was 1989 and the 'Canes were National Champs for the third time under their third Head Coach of the decade in Dennis Erickson. I thought to myself for a Cane's fan it can't get any better ever! But it did.
Two more National Championships would be won in 1991 and 2001, bringing the current total to five. Larry Coker, the player's choice for Head Coach, would be come the fourth UM Head Coach to win a National Championship, the Hurricanes first of the new century. A second consecutive BCS Title in 2002 narrowly escaped the Hurricanes' grasp.
It was a new and different era in the early years of the new millenium, but it felt a lot like 1980 something. Much like the time when playing for a National Championship every year was a given, and winning one every fews years seemed to be inevitable if not absolutely certain.
Coaches have come and gone. Miami Hurricane players have gone on to the NFLU, some into the Hall of Fame. But looking at old pictures in dusty scrapbooks is only great if you like living in the past.
So now I dare you to join me for a peek into the future where several things are for certain. Every record we thought was unbreakable will be broken. Every player we considered the greatest, will be surpassed. Another National Championship will be won.
These are the reason why the games are still played each season.
There are still college kids at the University of Miami with their whole lives in front of them.
They too are quality kids and talented players just begging for our attention.
Let’s enjoy watching them make some history of their own.