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March 24, 2011

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Montreal-Cane

Canes Baseball is still a work in progress...Big test this WE against undefeated GT.

SOUP

Monty strikes while the blog is still cold?

SOUP

OGV...good post the last couple of days.

I appreciate your perspective and insight.

SOUP

BTW...if you have never joined us for a UM baseball game U should. They are a BLAST!!!

Six

OGV - that's why I say I've never seen anyone run that type of offense like Tebow of Nazareth did, b/c he was like Alstott back there ... a huge reason they went after Jordan Reed, the kid was a 6'3 240 lb. QB in high school, b/c he could run that type of offense where they needed that big QB

John B doesn't belong there

Six

SIXTH by the way

It'll be a nice match up to see where the Canes really are, if they're truly improving against some better competition when they play GTech

GTech is 1st in the ACC in Batting Average and Slugging % ... Miami is 10th out of 12

GTech is 3rd in the ACC in On Base % ... Miami is 10th out of 12

GTech is 1st in Hits .. Miami is 9th out of 12

GTech does strike out a lot though, they're 3rd in the ACC, while Miami is tied for 1st

GTech has the lowest ERA in the ACC at 1.96 ... Miami has the 3rd lowest ERA in the ACC at 2.55

GTech has walked 12 more people than Miami has, 73 to 61 ... and also struck out 11 more people than Miami has, 192 to 181

They've pitched 5 shutouts, tied for 1st in the ACC ... while Miami has pitched only 1 shutout

GTech's big boys at the plate are:

Frosh Kyle Wren - leads the ACC in batting average with a .477 spot (.640 slugging) in 86 at bats

Jr. Jake Davies - 6th in the ACC in batting average with a .393 spot (.557 slugging) in 61 at bats

Jr. Jacob Esch - 9th in the ACC in batting average with a .372 spot (.512 slugging) spot in 86 at bats

Frosh Daniel Palka - 13th in the ACC in batting average with a .361 spot (.663 slugging) in 83 at bats

Jr. Matt Skole - 17th in the ACC in batting average with a .348 spot (.580 slugging) in 69 at bats

Soph. Brandon Thomas - 18th in the ACC in batting average with a .347 spot (.431 slugging) in 72 at bats

There isn't a single Cane in the Top 25 hitters in the ACC


GTech's big boys on the mound are:

Jr. Mark Pope - 1st in the ACC in ERA, at 0.23, and is 5-0 in 38 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .165 against)

Jr. Jed Bradley - 4th in the ACC in ERA, at 1.44, and is 3-0 in 31 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .153 against)

Soph. Buck Farmer - 12th in the ACC in ERA, at 2.43, and is 3-1 in 29.2 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .236 against)


Miami's guys on the mound:

Frosh Bryan Radziewski - 10th in the ACC in ERA, at 1.95, and is 3-1 in 27.2 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .219 against)

Soph. Eric Whaley - 14th in the ACC in ERA, at 2.61, and is 4-1 in 31 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .187 against)

Soph. Steven Ewing - 18th in the ACC in ERA, at 2.91, and is 1-1 in 21 Innings Pitched (opponents hitting .200 against)


NativeCane

and.........His hair was perfect!

NativeCane

MH

BY BARRY JACKSON

bjackson@MiamiHerald.com

One hallmark of the great University of Miami football teams was dominating front sevens on defense. As spring practice resumed Tuesday, UM knows it has a long way to get back to that point, though some good pieces are in place or on the way.

UM not only loses end Allen Bailey and linebacker Colin McCarthy to the NFL, but linebacker is an even bigger concern now after likely starter Ramon Buchanan’s arrest for allegedly resisting a police officer with violence.

Also worrisome: Last season, UM allowed 172.8 yards rushing per game (83rd in the Football Bowl Subdivision) and 86 runs of 10 yards or more. Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio attributed that partly to missed tackles and “one guy jumping out of his gap.”

The good news? UM led the nation with 115 tackles for loss: most from the front seven, including 17 from Sean Spence, 12 from Marcus Forston and 10.5 from Olivier Vernon.

Plus, UM gets back Curtis Porter, who played in just one 2010 game and was badly missed, according to players. And several high-end recruits arrive this summer.

A look at how the front seven is shaping up:

• At end, the starters could end up being Adewale Ojomo and Vernon, but Ojomo and Andrew Smith were with the first team Tuesday. “I like what I see from Andrew,” D’Onofrio said. “Vernon is explosive,” but “we have to get him harnessed in the right direction all the time and make sure he’s doing exactly what we ask.”

D’Onofrio loves Ojomo’s “high motor, high energy,” but Ojomo called 2010 “very mediocre. I expected more than five sacks.”

Also in the mix: Anthony Chickillo (UM’s top recruit won’t arrive until the summer but has a good chance to play right away), Marcus Robinson ( Al Golden said Tuesday he’s close to returning from a leg injury), David Perry (raw) and Shayon Green (shifted over from linebacker).

D’Onofrio said ballyhooed 2009 recruit Dyron Dye is out for the spring (shoulder) and former coordinator John Lovett said after last season that “Dyron needs to take some steps with his body, personality and work ethic. You can’t just flip a switch on.”

• Defensive tackle: Depth is a concern, and that’s why early arrival Olsen Pierre was shifted from end to tackle on Tuesday. “Olsen showed some pass-rush skills, but it will be hard for those mid-year guys,” D’Onofrio said. But Golden said he’s 270 pounds and has the body to play tackle.

Forston, who lost 21 pounds, should start at one tackle spot; Porter was with the first team ahead of Micanor Regis at the other tackle spot on Tuesday. “We’re trying to get Marcus to go at a high level every snap,” D’Onofrio said. “He has good speed for a big man. Porter is really strong. Regis got his weight down to where it’s manageable; we’re looking for more from him.”

It’s good to see Forston becoming a leader: “I found out how the team reacts when I open my mouth. A lot of guys respect me. I said [the poor Sun Bowl performance] will never happen again as long as I’m on this team.”

Also at tackle: Luther Robinson, Jeremy Lewis, Pierre and Jeffrey Brown. “We need to develop more,” D’Onofrio said. Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said highly-regarded Jalen Grimble initially will play tackle when he arrives this summer but also can play end.

D’Onofrio said UM will play a lot of 4-3 defense. But linebacker Jimmy Gaines said “we may switch it up to 3-4 some.’’

• Linebacker: UM’s uncertainty here is compounded not only by Buchanan’s indefinite suspension (“I like him a lot,” D’Onofrio said before the arrest) but also a report that Cain is suspended for the opener. (Golden did not confirm or deny the report.)

Gaines was with the first team at middle linebacker Tuesday, but Cain entered spring as the favorite to win the job. Also this week, UM reinstated middle linebacker Kevin Nelson, who received Golden’s permission to resume practicing with the Hurricanes for the first time since he left the team before the Sun Bowl.

“It’s important to come out of camp with a middle linebacker,” D’Onofrio said.

With Buchanan out, UM promoted Travis Williams to first team outside linebacker, opposite Spence. Williams had 69 sacks in his Virginia high school career but redshirted last season. Backing him up is C.J. Holton.

“A couple times you turn on the film after practice and say, ‘Who’s that?’ And it’s Travis Williams,” D’Onofrio said. “You see his movement and quickness but he’s got a ways to go to be an every-down player.”

Jordan Futch, who started spring at middle linebacker, was moved to No. 2 on the depth chart at outside linebacker, but Golden said he can play both.

More help arrives this summer: Denzel Perryman, Gionni Paul and Antonio Kinard. Coral Gables High coach Joe Montoya has said Perryman compares favorably to Jonathan Vilma at the same age. Linebackers coach Micheal Barrow said all three recruits have great speed and calls Paul “a game changer.”


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/23/2128497_p2/miami-hurricanes-working-to-build.html#ixzz1HVUAlf3i

NativeCane

MH

Hall of Fame


UM seniors, including Dan Morgan (44), Santana Moss (6) and James Jackson (21) pose on the practice field in Coral Gables on Nov. 22, 2000. Reggie Wayne is standing between Jackson and Morgan.
Candace Barbot / Staff Photo


BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne was home relaxing last fall when he got the phone call.

“Congratulations!’’ announced close friend Santana Moss, a Washington Redskins receiver and University of Miami teammate of Wayne’s in the late 1990s.

“Thank you,’’ Wayne replied skeptically.

“So, what exactly am I being congratulated for?’’

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Wayne will be one of three former UM football players – including Moss and retired NFL linebacker Dan Morgan – to be inducted into the UM Sports Hall of Fame at Jungle Island.

The other five: divers Daphne Jongejans-Bousquet and Tyce Routson, women’s tennis coach Ian Duvenhage, baseball player Bobby Hill and track-and-fielder Yolanda McCray.

“So sweet!’’ said Wayne, 32, the father of boys ages 7 and 1. “The brotherhood of my UM teammates has stuck with me like nothing else.’’

Morgan, 32, played at Coral Springs Taravella High and is the father of a 3-year-old son and daughters 5 and 2. He is traveling to the ceremony from his home in Charlotte, N.C., where he once played for the Carolina Panthers. Morgan called Thursday’s honor “crazy’’ and said his UM memories “are just as fresh in my head now as they were back then. I think of coming in with guys like Reggie and Santana, coming off the probation years and having that little weight room with barely any air-conditioning. We wanted to win so badly. In some ways, we’re like the forgotten people who were a big part of helping bring the Miami program back.’’

Not nearly forgotten, though they graduated and left to become NFL first-rounders just nine months before their younger teammates won UM’s first national title in 10 years. Wayne, Morgan and Moss were freshmen in 1997 and played through 2000, the year the Canes went 11-1 and were edged out by Florida State in the final Bowl Championship Series standings.

Theirs was the class that never got to the promised land, but laid the groundwork for their successors to get there. Theirs was the class that became Hurricanes in the midst of severe NCAA sanctions, determined to bring the program from its low point to the mountain top.

The Seminoles, losers to UM in 2000, went on to lose to Oklahoma in the BCS national championship game, while UM defeated Florida in the Sugar Bowl. The Canes could only lament their lone 34-29 loss at Washington in the second game of the season – quarterback Ken Dorsey’s first road start. That would be UM’s last loss before a momentous 34-game win streak that included a national title and ended with the Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State in another national championship game.

“I always consider our class as builders of the foundation,” said Wayne, who went 5-6, 9-3, 9-4 and 11-1 under Butch Davis. “We had a bunch of true freshmen who didn’t know the difference between our left and right feet, but we hung in there as brothers and took the good with the bad, took coaching pretty well and made it our business to get better every year. We showed everyone the way. But just think. If we could have redshirted, we would have won a title.

“Still, the way my life has gone,” said Wayne, a former Super Bowl champion and New Orleans native who lives with his family in Southwest Ranches, “I wouldn’t take it back for anything in the world. It’s storybook.’’


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/24/2130514/three-canes-football-greats-set.html#ixzz1HVVQMPUk

Susan chats with Morgan, Moss, and Wayne

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2011/03/talking-with-morgan-wayne-and-moss-about-to-become-um-sports-hall-of-famers.html

NativeCane

SS

Clements to corner

Hurricanes coach Al Golden said on the first day of spring practice that Eduardo Clements was one of the players he wanted to take a closer look at.

What he has seen convinced him that the running back would be a good fit at cornerback.

Clements, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound sophomore, started practicing at his new position Tuesday.

"We're very grateful for his attitude and approach to that and we're excited about it," Golden said. "It was a situation where we felt he was one of the best 22 — certainly one of the best 44 — on the team and we wanted to give him a shot where he could play. It certainly doesn't preclude him from playing running back, but we think he has a shot to compete for corner and he was gracious enough."


Clements played mostly special teams as a freshman last season. He had eight carries for 32 yards in 12 games. While Storm Johnson, Lamar Miller and Mike James were above him on the depth chart at running back, the current No. 1 cornerbacks — JoJo Nicolas and Thomas Finnie — have yet to play a down at that position in college.

"Eduardo's a pure athlete," said Brandon McGee, one of the players competing for a starting job at corner. "I pretty much think you could put him almost anywhere on the field and he'll excel. We're out here every day getting better, that's what we're working for right now."

Clements is the second running back converted to cornerback in less than a year. Lee Chambers moved during the preseason last fall. With Nicolas' move from safety to corner and Clements' switch, the 'Canes have improved their depth at corner.

"Right now we're pretty loaded," McGee said. "We've got three teams of corners and we really haven't had that the past couple of years."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/um-hurricanes/fl-miami-news-0324-20110323,0,1732606.story


Steve

Not everyone will have to wait until April 2 to see the Hurricanes’ football team in action this spring.

UM officials announced Wednesday that coach Al Golden has invited UM students and employees to attend practice March 29.

Previously, the only practices open to the public were scrimmages on April 2, 19 and 16.

The March 29 practice, which will be the Hurricanes’ seventh of 15 this spring, will begin at 2:15 p.m. at Greentree Field and is expected to last about three hours. Gates will open at 1:45 p.m.

UM students and employees who wish to attend must bring a valid ‘Cane Card for admission. No video cameras will be allowed.

“The support we get from students and staff here at the University of Miami is vital to the success of our program,” Golden said in a statement Wednesday. “This is an opportunity to give back to them and at the same time, show them just how hard our student-athletes are working to bring back championship football.”

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2011/03/um-students-employees-invited-to-march-29-practice.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2Fumweblog+%28UM+Hurricanes+%7C+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29

NativeCane

PBP

Depth Chart

by Jorge Milian

With the second week of spring practice beginning at 2:15 this afternoon, UM has released a new depth chart.

The Big Winners:

Jacory Harris: The senior quarterback leapfrogged Spencer Whipple as the team’s starter and is followed by Stephen Morris and Whipple, whose stay at No. 1 lasted one week.


Jacory Harris is back atop UM's quarterback depth chart.


Travis Williams: The redshirt freshman linebacker wasn’t even listed on the first depth chart, but is now the starter on the outside opposite Sean Spence. Ramon Buchanan’s indefinite suspension is obviously a factor.

Thomas Finnie: The freshman cornerback, who enrolled at UM in January and hasn’t attended his high school graduation yet, remains on the first team ahead of Brandon McGee, who is the Hurricanes’ most experienced cornerback.

The Big Losers:

Seantrel Henderson: The massive sophomore might have been the Hurricanes’ best offensive lineman last season and was a freshman All-American, but two weeks into spring practice, he’s yet to wrest the starting left tackle job away from Malcolm Bunche, a redshirt freshman who didn’t play last season.

Mike James: The junior tailback took a Whipple-like fall, dropping from the starting job to No. 3 behind Storm Johnson and Lamar Miller. Doesn’t really matter. All three are going to play plenty next season.

Jordan Futch: The senior began spring practice as the starting middle linebacker but now finds himself as a backup on the outside to Spence.

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch/2011/03/22/jacory-harris-regains-hurricanes-starting-quarterback-job/

canesteeler

Alabama pressured UM guards because we do not have a true point guard. UM looks as if they never faced a full cour press before and it has always been that way under Haith. They are a horrible coached team with that awful premeter offense!

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Ungar

Thanks again Native!

BTW, drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.

Ungar

Kerwin, Jr., LOL!

DZ8

Thank you Native!

j.w.

Thanks Native! And I agree with you abt. the point guard, steeler

Herbieibis

Things of note: The defense should be pretty stout up front. LB should be descent. The secondary, will only be as good as those guys getting pressure up front because we will be carrot raw back there.
The offense should be smoking. We just need for a couple people to step up, namely Jaboney, Byrd, Johnson, & Benjamin. Personally I believe Streeter, will be the best they have.
Punting & kicking are going to be a mystery.
Hopefully Golden won't be wasting to many freshmen year's on Punt & Kick team.
I believe we will cut the penalties & int's in half. We gave up way to many big runs last year, especially of the homerun variety. The talent is there and These coaches will make a difference!.
Haith, will get at least one more year. Look, the Canes don't get the hot-shot recruits, like the UNC & Dukes of the world. They are what they are going to be, and above average B-Ball team, that will upset a few top teams occassionally. If you guys are expecting Haith, to win win 80% of his games in the ACC, it ain't going to happen, no time soon and no matter if it's Haith or someone else, it's still not going to happen. If these guys can win 20 games, most years that's great. The "U" is not a basketball school, just Like Duke ain't no football school.
The baseball team is on a little roll right now and if we can take 2 out of 3 from Tech, then we're headed in the right direction. If the bats get hot & we get Healthy, we should get to between 37 to 40 wins. For this particular team to get to 40 wins would be great. Aside from Martinez, we really lack star power and plus for the most part, the pitching staff is young.
Things will get better, we just have to be a be patient just a little while longer. I know 10 years seems like an eternity, between Ships but the worm will turn.
Speaking of the 2000, the NCAA ripped us off, we should of been playing in the Ship, not FSU. They Jumped them over us.
Ever sense my Boy McGahee, got hurt against OSU, this damn black cloud has hovered over us but it's about to lift, Trust Me!

Montreal-Cane

Canes Baseball... Two undefeated teams in the ACC will face each other...

The Hurricanes now look towards the weekend matchup with Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets visit Coral Gables as the only team besides Miami to boast a perfect conference record so far this year. The Yellow Jackets enter riding a 13-game winning streak – the longest in the league – with Miami’s nine-game streak also on the line.

The entire series will be broadcast on both CSS and Sun Sports, respectively. The opening game will be Friday, March 25, with the first pitch set for 7:06 p.m.

On Friday night, Miami will throw LHP Bryan Radziewski, while Georgia Tech will counter with RHP Mark Pope.

For ticket information for the 2011 baseball season, call 1-800-GO-CANES or visit Hurricanesports.com.


Six

This is how you raise them right .. make them root for the team you love when they're young so they don't know any different

This kid goes nuts when he hears Dropkick Murphys during pre-game of a Bruins game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae3fFop9z-4&feature=related

This is part of the video they put on the scoreboard

canesteeler

Six I think this weekend series against GT will bring the baseball team back to reality. I hope I am wrong!

CGNC

Six - LOL that is exactly what I did. First time she went to the Orange Bowl she fell in love with it despite its flaws

Six

canesteeler - yup, we'll see how they perform against what looks to be so far a higher quality team in GTech than who the Canes faced in VTech and Wake

From the numbers I posted earlier, GTech looks to have some hitters and some pitchers

Canes starting pitchers hold the fort down as they have most of the year, then they have a shot to take this series

It's the bats and the gloves in the field that are what's holding this team back

You can't expect your starters to try and be like Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels all the damn time ... gotta help them out

Six

CGNC - if she ripped off her shirt like that female soccer player for the US did and had a big "U" painted on her belly while she then starting flexing, then she really is hard core .. ha

I'll take an antiquated type stadium that has an aura to it like the Orange Bowl, over some of the antiseptic type cavernous stadiums now

It's always nice though to have a stadium with toilets that you aren't afraid of backing up, seats that aren't falling apart and horrible traffic flow both inside and outside of it .. haha

I really didn't mind UCF's stadium, except for the idiocy of the traffic situation to get in and out of that place

DZ8

If we are not going to be very good in basketball can we at least be not very good with some of our local high school players?

Give the crowd a reason to show up as well.


(My opinion is we can get enough talent, we just need better coaching to get to the next level. Once that level is reached we should be able to get the better talent and would be able to survive with Haith coaching them. Some cart & horse analogy in there somewhere.)

Ungar

My bet is that Haith WILL be back next year.
And I'm OK with that.
Posted at 12:03 AM | Permalink

OK. Not really a glowing evaluation.

"How was the date?" OK.
"How was the job interview?" OK.
"How was the meal I cooked for you?" OK.
"How was 'last night'?" OK.

Yeah, Haith is OK.

Ungar

My bet is that Haith WILL be back next year.
And I'm OK with that.
Posted at 12:03 AM | Permalink

Now, hypothetically, if the Canes fired Haith, and replaced him with a coach like Golden, would you be OK with that, too, or would you be pumped up about it?

Let's just say I would be better than OK with that.

Ungar

You can't expect your starters to try and be like Halladay, Lee, Oswalt and Hamels all the damn time ... gotta help them out

Posted by: Six | March 24, 2011 at 01:48 PM

Unless you are the Phillies...

canesteeler

My first trip to the OB, I was a 17 year old freshman and I was like this is the Orange Bowl! What a dump! Those thoughts changed once I was in the OB with 79,000 screaming fans! That place rocked but it had passed it's time.

Ungar

Taking my dad to see 31-0 versus FSU ("Who's rapping now?") and 31-4 versus UF ("Kerwin got his Bell rung") in the OB were priceless.

Terrible seats versus Nebraska in 1984 and Oklahoma in 1988 were priceless.

Waiting in line overnight to GET the tickets for the OU game, getting pizza at the Eye, and having college girls cuddle up to me to keep warm (it was COLD that night and I was smart enough to bring blankets) was... welll... you know.

j.w.

haith will be back unless Missouri or another team with an opening hires him. And I would be OK with that. :)

SOUP

First time she went to the Orange Bowl she fell in love with it despite its flaws.

Posted by: CGNC | March 24, 2011 at 01:46 PM

Didn't we ALL?

That is the definition of "True Love" isn't it. Accepted and loved, flaws and all?

God I miss that 'Ol Girl...

SOUP

Canes starting pitchers hold the fort down as they have most of the year then they have a shot to take this series. It's the bats and the gloves in the field that are what's holding this team back.

Posted by: Six | March 24, 2011 at 01:48 PM

There IT is right there.

SOUP

Yeah, Haith is OK.

Posted by: Ungar | March 24, 2011 at 02:12 PM

At best.

I was feeling generous after the Canes won the two baseball games I went to this week.

Plus I had a few drinks in me so I was feeling relaxed and mellow.

solarcane

First time she went to the Orange Bowl she fell in love with it despite its flaws.

Posted by: CGNC | March 24, 2011 at 01:46 PM

Didn't we ALL?

You can always tell the people that started going to the OB AFTER Schnell arrived, and the place was packed with 70,000 Cane fans.

Go to the OB for your first time in 1975 and watch ND beat your azz into the ground.
I don't remember any of the 10,000 or so Cane fans turning to each other and saying, man this shyt hole is magic!

solarcane

U will DEFINITELY want to see this

that was Sweet!

solarcane

soup
here is news on your guy,
I'm glad that was the reason he wasn't on the D chart.

— CB Eduardo Clements and WR Aldarius Johnson wore red jerseys as both were held out of practice because of injury. Clements wore a protective walking boot while Johnson sported something on his lower leg that looked like a shin guard. Johnson’s injury might be the reason he wasn’t listed on the latest depth chart after starting spring as a starter

canechic

Solar I loved it when it was empty too. Watched Dolphin games there in the 70's as a very little girl in my Sunday finest! :)

My Dad used to take me to Jackson High School games just to see the band :)

I have great memories attached to the OB broken down and all.

P.S. I REALLY DO NOT ENJOY GAMES AT SUNLIFE!!!!!!!!!!!! Still don't think I will get season tickets....Angry wants to go more than me :(

You do not even want to hear Nicole's comments after she found out about Cookie'
s comments.

solarcane

Thomas Finnie has the old Cane attitude he answers reporters just like he hits.

All you have to be is tough and know the playbook, and no he isn't suprised he is first team as a Freshman, thats what he came here for.

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/4067204058/thomas-finnie-talks-about-keeping-his-black-jersy

i like that

solarcane

canechic,
you make a good point.

If Golden wins a couple NC's and has a long home field winning streak, kids that are 12 now and go with their dads to Canes games will think Joe Robbie whatever stadium kicked ass.
Because fond memories, and winning teams round off a lot of rough edges.

SOUP

You can always tell the people that started going to the OB AFTER Schnell arrived, and the place was packed with 70,000 Cane fans.

Go to the OB for your first time in 1975 and watch ND beat your azz into the ground.
I don't remember any of the 10,000 or so Cane fans turning to each other and saying, man this shyt hole is magic!

Posted by: solarcane | March 24, 2011 at 05:27 PM

Although U are usually correct this time U are WRONG! I am surprised I have to remind U of this but...

My memories of the OB go back to 1973. My Dad worked at UM and would take us to games on his employee ID. I was 11 years old and my Dad, my younger brother Jim and I would go to games at the OB (mostly at 7:30 at night as I recall) and sit in the upper deck North side and watch the game.

It was magical to all of the 10-15,000 of us that were there. Saw some great players back then too that went on the the league in spite of Miami's poor rep at the time.

Then in 1975 my older brothers and sister were attending Miami High. I used to get into Stingaree games against Edison, Jackson and others and be on the sidelines.

We lived and died with the team in blue and gold and their wins and losses. There are many more stories to tell but those are the ones for tonight...

solarcane

When you go to home games from 1985 until 1994 and never see your team lose, I can understand a lot of people tend to believe a concrete block and length of rebar had something to do with it, I just don't.
The same teams that won at the OB won 20 games in a row on the road from 84-86 at everybody else's stadium.

I always felt the 80's on forward Cane fans were the magic, the building was just a place we all gathered, jmo

canechic

Solar that place is just so darn plastic but I am sure some kids will think it is electric....not me though!

I am with Soup and honestly some of my fondest memories in the OB are tied to games with very few fans in the seats.

The thanksgiving game against BC with the tribute to Bryan Pata....my son's very first game in the OB was against BC on Thanksgiving weekend and Santana Moss was electric. Those are just some!

solarcane

soup,

I get what you and Canechic are saying.
I also know when you are 11 years old doing something with your mom and dad that you love, might make the memory of what actually happened seem that much more special.

Fishing with your dad at 11 could make that particular lake a magic place.
If you never fished there but almost drown while with a couple schoolmates, maybe not so much?

Think of how little magic you felt the OB generated in the Canes final game there.
That was the same building that brought you smiles as a kid.

I was at the OB in 75 as a grown man watching a pretty amazing running back play football. I loved watching him play,
never once did I think the OB building magical.
I did think it was pretty shoddy construction, with plenty of short cuts taken in its construction and poorly planned out on lots of occasions to be truthful.

A 60,000 seat on campus stadium with a winning team playing in it would have every Cane fan here KNOWING we were in the best stadium in the nation no matter where we played any other time.

solarcane

Tradition Golden was talking about when he took the job


http://yfrog.com/h847seyj

SOUP

Solar...it is ALL relative. There is no right or wrong here.

I am NOT into construction or engineering or how pretty a stadium is architectually.

I am into football and fond memories at a place we called:

The Orange Bowl

NOTHING WILL EVER TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME!

AlpharettaCane

I grew up attending about 50+ games a summer, Rochester Red Wings, AAA baseball. Silver Stadium, My 2nd home growing up.

My grandfather would pull up in the car, I'd hop in, and away we'd go. Hanging with his crew and soaking up all those stories was pure magic. I think I knew what can of corn meant before I could talk.

Played in same stadium as HS Senior, won sectional title in bottom of 9th on suicide squeeze. Grandpops in the crowd with big shit-eatin' grin. Can still see it now, 30+ years later.

That was awesome.

Nothing better than stories about growing up, sports, family.

solarcane

soup,
you are correct there isn't a right or wrong it's just opinions

I surely don't want to take any of your favorite memories away from you.
I have great memories from games I watched while at the Orange Bowl also, some great and some pure heartbreak.

Nothing better than stories about growing up, sports, family.

Posted by: AlpharettaCane | March 24, 2011 at 08:24 PM

alph,
That is for certain, remembering the things that made you smile when you were growing up is priceless.

SOUP

That is for certain, remembering the things that made you smile when you were growing up is priceless.

Posted by: solarcane | March 24, 2011 at 09:20 PM

There IT is right there.

Problem is today fewer and fewer kids have that.

solarcane

Problem is today fewer and fewer kids have that.

Posted by: SOUP | March 24, 2011 at 09:26 PM

Soup, alph, my wife and I discuss that all the time.
Kids growing up playing video games about hitting home runs and catching TDs will never recall how the grass on the field smelled while you played football in the rain.
They won't feel the pride other kids get from shaking the dust off their uniform after they slide into home with the winning run.
They will never understand the scrapes bumps, bruises and heartbreaks are as much a part of the game as scoring is.

Pushing down a button and throwing your hands over your head while a computer calculates math at the speed of light, isn't really stealing second under the lights while your grand pa goes crazy in the stands.

SOUP

Pushing down a button and throwing your hands over your head while a computer calculates math at the speed of light, isn't really stealing second under the lights while your grand pa goes crazy in the stands.

Posted by: solarcane | March 24, 2011 at 09:51 PM

And once again, most emphatically: There IT is right there.

Even better, I'll give U an example that will blow your boots off from just last night. I am sitting behind home plate with the usual Titanic gang yelling and doing our Canes baseball duty to challenge the other team (FGCU).

The FGCU CF makes TWO great plays in a row on defense and we are all like WOW THIS kid can play. It turns out that, and I am NOT making this up, his MOM and DAD are sitting in the very next row right in front of us.

They hear us chatter about there son and they turn around and tell us that's their boy. So we congratulate them on his play and make friends immediately (maybe for life). We offer them complimemts and friendship as it should be.

That doesn't happen on a video game somwhere, or on a blog, or a web site. I was PROUD to be there...

billb

Miami has a decent women's basketball coach, which means she'll soon get an offer from a better program and be gone somewhere where she can recruit better players. Haith should be canned. Ditto Morris. His way has gone stale here. Anyone who loses to the Gators should be shown the door.

Six

You wonder where some of these kids get their dumbass-ness from?

Here's a 31 year old mother of 4 children from Alabama, at Spring Break in Panama City, in her bikini, going apesh*t in a Burger King .. trying to fight the employees, getting up on the counter and throwing things at them, all while in her bikini, basically trashing the Burger King

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh_DUO2tFJI

But she calls herself a church going, hardworking mother

solarcane

Man it would have been epic if the big headed Burger King walked in with that frozen smirk on his face and went medieval, I mean he is the Burger King

NativeCane

Solar, thanks for starting my day out with a grin^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Dude, I would rather eat a cow turd than what Burger King or Mcdonalds has to offer.

At least I know whats in a cow turd!

NativeCane

MH

Cornerbacks

By Susan Miller Degnan

sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

The University of Miami’s cornerback situation — of high concern because of the loss of Brandon Harris, DeMarcus Van Dyke and Ryan Hill — is a little less unsettling already, according to coach Al Golden.

Golden said Thursday what “most particularly” makes him feel better about the scenario is the position change of Eduardo Clements from running back to cornerback Tuesday.

“I really liked what he did,’’ Golden said. “He brought some energy and toughness over there. He’s really eager. I think he’s going to be a really good corner, so I’m excited about that move for us.”

Regarding true freshman cornerback Thomas Finnie’s first-team status, Golden said: “It’s a credit to him. He came in here with the intention of really making an impact, and it all started in the offseason program. He got out in front of those [other] guys in the offseason program. … Now they’ve got their hands full because the kid is performing in spring ball.”

Also performing well after a position switch, although not nearly as dramatic, is true freshman Olsen Pierre. Golden switched him from end to tackle Tuesday. Golden said Pierre was “really doing a nice job. He’s in the mix, and to be in the mix that soon, is really rare.”

Nelson practices

Redshirt freshman linebacker Kevin Nelson practiced for the first time Thursday, not Tuesday, Golden said, because of NCAA restrictions that ensure players are eased back into play.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/25/2132986/cornerbacks-are-coming-together.html#ixzz1HbOEO4JH

Cane-vs-Yellow Jackets

By Susan Miller Degnan

sdegnan@miamiherald.com

The red-hot University of Miami baseball team will meet an even hotter Georgia Tech team in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown this weekend at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

The Canes (14-8, 6-0 ACC), who fell out of the Top 25 three weeks ago, have won nine consecutive games since starting the season at 5-8. The Yellow Jackets (18-4, 6-0) have won 13 consecutive games.

The winner of the three-game series, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday, will lead the Coastal Division, with a chance to lead the entire conference with a sweep.

UM freshman left-hander Bryan Radziewski (3-1, 1.95 ERA) will face junior right-hander Mark Pope (5-0, 0.23).

This is the first time the Hurricanes have started conference play 6-0 since 2006. Also on a roll: junior Harold Martinez, who is on an eight-game hitting streak. After leading the ACC with 21 home runs as a sophomore, Martinez began 2011 in a slump, batting below .200 during the first 13 games.


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/24/2133148/um-baseball-gets-tough-test-in.html#ixzz1HbPBpd3Z

NativeCane

SS

Finney, Pierre

Cornerback Thomas Finnie and defensive lineman Olsen Pierre are both early enrollees, but they've managed to stand out in their first spring with the Hurricanes.

Finnie, from Miami Central High, has been No. 1 on the depth chart at cornerback since the start of spring and Pierre, from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, is co-No. 2 with Luther Robinson at tackle after sliding over from end at the start of this week.

"It is a credit to him," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said of Finnie before Thursday's practice. "He came in here with the intention of really making an impact. It started in the offseason program.

"He got out in front of those guys in the offseason. I don't think many of them understood. They thought, 'wait until spring ball and we'll see.' Well now they got their hands full because the kid is performing in spring ball."


Pierre has already added about 15 pounds to 270 since arriving at UM, and coaches would like him to add another 10 by August.

"Olsen is right there with [Finnie], really doing a nice job," Golden said. He's got more experience inside he's working against in [Marcus] Forston, [Curtis] Porter and those guys, but he is in the mix. And to be in the mix that soon is really rare."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/um-hurricanes/fl-miami-news-0325-20110324,0,2453504.story


Duane Johnson

For years, The Rock badgered his opponents to "know your role!"

The most electrifying man in sports entertainment knows his as he settles into his first extended run with World Wrestling Entertainment in seven years.

"I've got to put on the most entertaining Wrestlemania the crowd has ever seen," he said.

He shed his geological nickname for his real name, Dwayne Johnson, when he made the transition from the squared circle to the big screen. Now — finally! — The Rock has come back to the WWE.


As he would rhetorically ask, do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It has the scent of a comeback.

The Rock-and-wrestling connection was reborn when Johnson made his surprise return Feb. 14 to the WWE's flagship program, "RAW," to announce he was the guest host for Wrestlemania XXVII on April 3 in Atlanta. He won't wrestle in the company's signature event, but Johnson promised he'd be all over the Georgia Dome, interacting with wrestlers, fans and just maybe laying the smack down one more time if John Cena or The Miz step out of line.

Johnson was the biggest star in the company and already a mainstream success who published an autobiography and hosted "Saturday Night Live" when he quietly left to further his blossoming movie career at only 31.

"It was kind of like Jim Brown retiring or Barry Sanders retiring," said Cena, who emerged as the face of Vince McMahon's empire. "What are you doing, dude? You've got plenty more left in the tank. Why are you leaving?"

The answer was simple: He was a movie star. Hollywood beckoned and the chance to give up steel chairs to the head for tutus was too tempting to pass on. He was now judged on box office opening weekends, not Monday night cable ratings.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/nationworld/wire/sns-ap-wre-the-rock-says,0,4508701.story


Steve- Football notes

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2011/03/football-news-and-notes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2Fumweblog+%28UM+Hurricanes+%7C+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29

NativeCane

PBP

Hurricanes’ basketball team missing the point
by Jorge Milian

A few notes and thoughts:

….Wednesday night’s season-ending loss to Alabama made clear that coach Frank Haith needs to find himself a point guard to avoid another turnover-filled season. The Hurricanes, as was the case much of the season when pressured, were terrible in their ball-handling against the Crimson Tide. UM committed 18 turnovers and was credited with only five assists. Guards Durand Scott and Malcolm Grant combined for eight turnovers and only three assists. Scott was a big disappointment running the Hurricanes’ offense this season. He finishes with 112 assists and 100 turnovers. Last season as a freshman, Scott dished out 113 assists with only 73 turnovers. UM returns virtually its entire team next season, but if Haith doesn’t find someone to direct the team’s offense, the results may not be a whole lot better than they were this season.

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch/2011/03/24/hurricanes-basketball-team-missing-the-point/

NativeCane

CFT

Posted by John Taylor on March 24, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

Putting on one spectacular aerial show for the fans in attendance at the Ohio State-Iowa game last November has cost one of the pilots his military career, the Des Moines Register is reporting.

Four Air Force pilots in T-38 fighter jets buzzed Kinnick Stadium in a planned flyover following the playing of the national anthem Nov. 20. The only problem? Per regulations, the jets were supposed to be at least 1,000 feet above ground level as they flew over the stadium. As it turns out, they weren’t even close to hitting that mark.

According to the investigation, the highest elevation of the stadium is at the northwest corner of the press box, which is 160 feet above ground level. Cedar Rapids Approach Control verified that the aircraft cleared the scoreboard, which is 118 feet above ground level by 58 feet and were 16 feet above the press box, which put them at 176 feet above ground level. That is well below the minimum 1,000 foot standard.

In fairness to the pilots, though, it was well above the maximum standard of awesomeness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHFzMI8ragw

solarcane

great info native as usual,
thanks for what you do here.

canechic

NICK IS A DUCK!!!!

raizecane

quack quack.....congrats

Ohio_Cane

Getting my wisdom teeth out in a couple hours, 'Spacers. Wish me luck!

SOUP

Congrats Nick!

Good luck Ohio.

Good job with the 411 Native.

canesteeler

Good job Nick!

SOUP

More stuff hits the fan:

Jim Tressel violated NCAA rules by not sharing emails warning that his players were in trouble with any officials at Ohio State.

But the Buckeyes coach reportedly didn't keep the information all to himself.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Friday that Tressel forwarded emails from a Columbus attorney to Ted Sarniak, described as a mentor to Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The emails stated that Pryor and an Ohio State teammate had been selling memorabilia to a local tattoo parlor owner under federal investigation.

[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Jay LaPrete
Jim Tressel forwarded emails about his players' troubles to Columbus attorney Ted Sarniak, who has a relationship with Terrelle Pryor, but not to OSU officials.Tressel nodded when asked at a March 8 news conference if he had shared the emails with anyone. He didn't elaborate -- athletic director Gene Smith quickly swooped in -- because the NCAA is still investigating the case.

Ohio State didn't confirm Tressel's forwarded emails, telling The Dispatch it won't comment until the NCAA investigation is over. The school's compliance director, Doug Archie, acknowledged Pryor's relationship with Sarniak, saying the businessman from Pryor's hometown of Jeannette, Pa., was the quarterback's contact person during recruiting but isn't considered a booster.

orange 'n green in the vein

I hope all the rear-end kissing of the guy with the 90's haircut was worth losing his job over when the NCAA hammer comes down. What would Paterno have done if he had signed in state instead I wonder?

Lou of M

is ready for some football

canechic

Thanks everyone!!!!

Wow it appears Mike Bianchi may be right....Urban to OSU???

solarcane

Canechic, Sweet!!!!!

Two of my favorite College football sayings are both from Oregon

Their offense

1.The Quack Attack

The best blog title in the history of sports

2 Addicted To Quack

j.w.

Urban to OSU would give us each another reason to hate the both of them. :)

Sinistercane

Go canes

Sinistercane

So I see Cory Nelms ran a 4.38 :/ it's funny how our fastest players Aren't the best player at their postion. All I heard was Travis breaking the sound barrier this offseason but has his hands and route running improve? Another speed demon is Brandon the JUNIOR getting his a$$ served to him by a TRUE FRESHMAN Finnie. Too many athletes and not enough football players. This incoming class will be the first real group of football players that will change the sissification of this program. Go canes

canechic

Sinister cane the problem with this current team is exactly the comments you heard from Cookie to the police officers. Most of them feel "entitled" and they do not realize they have to "work" to win. Lazy bunch who really will probably need to be on the bench more than RS put them there. I think we will begin to realize why many of those "talented" players never started.

SOUP

NEW BLOG IS UP!

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