University of North Carolina head coach Butch Davis had owned Randy Shannon and his Miami Hurricanes.
For four straight years UNC had beaten UM and for the last three seasons Butch the Mentor had beaten Randy the Student in head to head competition between the two Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.
That all ended Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium as your Miami Hurricanes laid an old fashioned whoopin' on the Tar Heels. Trailing 10-3 in the second quarter, the Hurricanes scored 30 unanswered points to win going away by the score of 33-10.
The gorilla was dead.
In what appeared to be their coming out party, Shannon and the boys from "The U" decided they had had enough and simply were not gonna take it any more. The Hurricanes came out fired up, played some inspired football and proceeded to shut up the Tar Heels in the second half of the game.
Miami players and coaches actually looked like they were finally having fun again as they jumped and jostled and celebrated (almost) like the good old days. Talk about getting the proverbial "monkey off your back" the Hurricanes may have put to rest the criticism and complaining for at least a little while if not for good with their performance Saturday night.
On this night in what amounted to be a season making or breaking conference game, the Hurricanes did not quit and instead played like champions.
And for the fans it was twice as much fun as ever. With much concern about the new "rules" at Sun Life Stadium and what would happen to tailgating traditions and relationships forged over many seasons, everything turned out just fine thank U very much!
While there was a significant increase in police presence and a few stressed out and very serious stadium security personnel directing you where to park, most people found their friends by chance or by cell phone to share a good time before the game.
Fans still showed up, the tailgating was till fast, fun and furious and a good time was had by all. We found these two guys above getting their groove on and also managed to find most of our usual tailgate crew. Canespacers Fran and Jean followed us to the game from the Hampton and we even found Canezilla and his crew hanging out as usual.
College students still shot-gunned a few beers, got drunk and then got friendly.
In the end it was the result on the field and not the new stadium rules that had everyone talking. For the first time in weeks, Hurricane fans had something to be happy about and a reason to celebrate.
The four hundred pound gorilla had finally been castrated for all to see. And although we are not particularly fond of watching medical procedures being performed this one was somehow pleasurable to watch!
So much fun in fact that we will be back for the next game against Maryland on November 6. We will see U at the stadium for more fun and games then when the Canes face the Terrapins in another important ACC game.