The morning after a tough opening game loss to Maryland last night I am sure that Miami Hurricane fans might want to hear that "it's only one game", or that there are "things that can be corrected", or that "you should be patient and give the coaches and the team time".
And while all of that is indeed true, I'm gonna give it to you straight with no sugar coating and no anti-depressant medication.
After all of the hoopla and hype about how things were going to be so totally different for your Miami Hurricanes this year under new head coach Al Golden all UM fans saw on Monday night was more of the same: stupid penalties, costly turnovers and the infamous Swiss cheese defense that had more holes in it than the U.S. border with Mexico.
The Terrapins offense channeled their inner Nancy Pelosi as they tunneled under, pole vaulted over and eventually just walked right through the Hurricanes suspension depleted defense like Charlie Sheen at a cocktail party with strippers.
Apparently the Hurricanes not only left their eight suspended players in Coral Gables but also two very important things: Their core values and one very important thought...WINNING!
The 2011 Hurricanes went all "retro" on us on Monday night and reverted to their same old tricks: 10 penalties, 4 turnovers (2 for TDs) while giving up almost 500 yards to the Maryland Terrapins in a season opening losing effort that looked so, well, 2010.
Al Golden, in his first game as head coach at Miami, soaked with rain and sweat for his efforts, took responsibility for the loss.
"We had enough talent to win tonight. We just didn't do it," Golden said. "I thought we were ready to go. We made too many mistakes. You make that many mistakes, you can't win."
Miami was indeed the better team in terms of talent but not in terms of execution on Labor Day.
The Miami offensive line that was supposed to be the strength of the team did not live up to their lofty pre-season expectations. The Art Kehoe coached unit looked lost and weak while getting pushed around all night like they were wearing short skirts and roller skates by an undersized Maryland defense.
The admittedly undermanned Hurricanes were out-coached, out-played and out-performed by an average Terrapin team. The Maryland offensive game plan was expertly designed to take advantage of Miami's weakness: The defensive backs.
The Terrapins Heisman Trophy quality QB (just kidding) Danny O'Brien first attacked the Hurricanes' defensive flanks with several (Patrick Nix like) bubble screens and then ravaged the middle of the confused UM defense with the precision of a laser guided bomb.
It was shock and awe at its best and the Hurricane defense was left reeling in the turtle's wake.
Still, in spite of all of this, the Hurricanes had a chance to win the game and even took the lead at 24-23 with just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter courtesy of a Jake Wieclaw field goal.
Now the Hurricanes get a week off to lick their wounds, right themselves, return several key players from suspension and focus forward on the task at hand: Beating the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium on September 17.
There are plenty of tickets available to witness that event with us (yes, we WILL be there) if you are so inclined. The game is not sold out and there were over 4,000 tickets available on Stub Hub starting at $50 at last check.
When it was all over in rainy, muddy Maryland, the only thing left to do was watch Canechic as she gloated while riding high on the turtle and dragging the Miami Hurricane players into a mud wrestling match that only she could appreciate.
Well, come to think of it, we can all appreciate the thought of Canechic in a mud wrestling match, right?