"Do you still feel the pain, of the scars that won't heal."
Back in the 1970's the talented and eclectic songwriter Elton John sang those lyrics in a song titled "Daniel". It turns out that the so honored "Sir Elton" apparently knew what he was talking about.
Today we see the true meaning of those lyrics that were written so many years ago come back to life in some of the minds and bodies of University of Miami fans.
To put it simply there are some UM football fans who feel so hurt, so betrayed, so lost and deserted by their team and so completely overwhelmed by so many recent losses and mediocre seasons that they simply cannot bring themselves to believe in the Miami Hurricane football team any longer.
There have been some bloggers who have expressed their opinions about their dissatisfaction with the Hurricane football team in many different ways. Yet there is none that has even remotely come close to the level of negativity expressed by the original and now infamous Canespace blogger Canechic.
Now before we get ahead of ourselves we first have to qualify her credentials. Canechic has some serious street creds around here. There is absolutely no doubt that Canechic has been a solid UM fan. And by that I mean she is a long time, heavily invested fan who has deep roots at "The U". Not only that, she comes from a family that has a long line of members of the Hurricane Nation.
I have attended many UM games and other related events with her, her husband (Canespace blogger AngryCane) and her two children (all seen below) and have seen her enthusiasm and her disappointment first hand. Our friendship and history is well established as we have attended events together as part of the Canespace blog dating back to 2007.
Yet, if you have read her comments over the past 12 to 24 months then you would know that she really believes that most, if not all ,of the current UM players are lazy and worthless. In fact, she recently openly claimed that 80% of them are poorly motivated and generally good for nothing.
Seriously. No really, SERIOUSLY!
And even beyond that, she believes that absolutely NOTHING will change this season. She confidently believes the players will not change, that they will not care, will not try or play harder and that their new "CHIEF" cannot make any difference in this team's level of effort or motivation.
Well, I personally (and many of the fans here at Canespace) completely disagree. I believe the following factors will make a difference between last year and this year regardless of other factors:
1. A new Head Coach and assistanty coaches at every position.
2. A new conditioning program that is completely different in every aspect from last year.
3. A new approach, a new attitude and completely new sense of commitment and teamwork.
4. Several new recruits with talent, speed and most importantly old school Hurricane work ethics.
5. Completely new offensive and defensive schemes.
6. An emphasis on committing fewer turnovers and fewer costly penalties.
7. More fans in the stands and more players of the past glory days in attendance at games.
The bottom line? If you have no hope for change, then you have no hope at all.
Yet it seems ironic that Canechic, who seemed to believe in both hope and change at one time in her life, is all of a sudden thinking that hope and change is so shall we say over-rated?
Well I completely disagree. It is my opinion that your Miami Hurricane football team has significant hope and will see a significant change in performance for the 2011 season.
I think that the Hurricanes will be much improved and go 9-3 in 2011.
Let's split the middle of those predictions and ask U what do U think:
Will Miami win more or less than 7 games in 2011?