"This is our year."
Every year fans from literally dozens of the top college football teams all across the Country make that claim. These always hopeful and sometimes delusional fans see visions of victories and dreams of national championships dance through their heads when football season rolls around each Fall.
It all starts with the tempting allure of the signing of yet another highly ranked recruiting class in the middle of Winter: National Signing Day in early February. Each and every year fans loudly proclaim that the "new kid on the block" is inevitably WAY better than last year's class of athletes.
Newer is always better. The newbies are always stronger, faster, tougher than those who came before them. That's just the way it always has been and always will be, right?
Well at least that's how it works in theory. Once these 18 year old studs hit campus, and join the older, stronger and more mature players in practice, things don't always go according to plan (See: Aurthur Brown). No matter how many stars these players had next to their names during the recruiting process, the adjustment and transition from high school to college football is rarely easy, often challenging and at times simply impossible.
Just around the corner fans get a chance to get excited again as they realize that Spring has sprung and the early enrollees from the recruiting class join the other players on the team for Spring practice. During Spring drills and scrimmages the reports usually have fans and coaches gushing about the talent, speed and ability of this year's teams. The Spring Game culminates this short season when hope, once again, springs eternal.
Then next thing you know its August and Fall practice rolls around. Thats when the competition, and superlatives, really heat up. Every team has improved. Every team is bigger, stronger, faster and more experienced than the year before. Their schedule may be easier or harder than last season, but it doesn't matter. This team, YOUR team, can handle any challenge thrown at them this year.
Well this year the University of Miami Hurricanes is THAT team. This IS our year.
Hurricane Head Coach Randy Shannon (seen below discussing the proper use of time-outs with Canespacers 86Cane and 404Canes) is refocused and re-energized after having recently signing a new four-year contract extension with UM.
The returning players now have the game experience and years of maturity to go along with the immense speed, strength and talent they were recruited for.
The Spring game showed clearly why renewed hope lives in the 305. Any fool can see that the obvious promise of the talent on this 2010 team is well ahead of the last three years of sometimes mediocre and often unsatisfactory performers.
The long, hot Summer that lies ahead is just a sweaty tease of yet another Fall that is set to arrive. Clearly, the overwhelming majority of Hurricane fans believe that the 2010 season is sure to show the return to excellence that will be rightfully, finally restored at "The U".
This is our year.
No more losing.
No more tears.