Trusting the process is not always easy and it is definitely not always pretty.
At times, it requires that you let go of all you have learned and know.
Sometimes it requires that you have to leave the old and familiar behind and embrace the totally new and very different. Whoever said that Miami's coach would never wear a tie on the sideline in 90 degree heat or told you that trusting the process was going to be easy definitely got it wrong.
Yet still, on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium we trusted, we embraced the current neck wear craze sweeping South Florida and we showed up for the game against North Carolina. We had high hopes for a positive outcome of the game which would set up an easy and pot-hole free road to Miami's first ACC football Coastal Division title.
After a few early morning rain showers tried to dampen our tailgating experience and some fairly impressive wind gusts tried to wreck our tents, the gray clouds gave way to a blue bird sky over Sun Life Stadium. However, the orange and green clad Hurricanes fans left disappointed after an 18-14 defeat to a team wearing sky blue uniforms.
We tailgated. We ate, drank and celebrated ourselves into what has now been officially defined as "Game Day Mode". With some solid grilled sustenance, an adequate amount of liquid lubrication and a few C-A-N-E-S chants and cheers the fairly impressive sized crowd was good to go.
We went to the game with the hopes for a another major ACC victory that would propel Miami to the top of the ACC and complete control of their own destiny with games against rival FSU, traditional nemesis Virginia Tech and a two games against the likes of Virginia and Duke left on the Hurricanes' schedule down the road. Surely this game against the Tar Heels was going to be a slam dunk (pun intended)!
Unfortunately, it did not turn out like had hoped and UM lost to UNC as the defense played well enough to hold the fast-paced and high-scoring Tar Heels to just 18 points but the Hurricane offense just could not get un-tracked fast enough to get out of their own way, score another seven points and seal the deal.
But all in spite of that we had a good time and enjoyed the game. Well some of us like Canespace blogger Old Skool (seen below with the always festive Mrs. Feliciano) had a better time than most but I think that is easily understandable.
However, some Hurricane fans like OGV just yelled the entire game until he was just hoarse. He was clearly frustrated that his best friend, UM defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, coached well enough to win but his counterpart Jedd Fisch may have gone from Big Man On Campus to Little Man in just one week. How could that have happened?
Although some fans want to blame the UM defense for this teams' problems in this game the 'Canes once again had a sub-par offensive performance. Fourteen points simply is not gonna get it done against a quality ACC opponent. In Miami's three losses they have scored 7, 3 and 14 points.
That is not acceptable.
And now with FSU week now in full gear we all hope that this Miami Hurricane teams finds a way this coming Saturday to beat the stinkin Seminoles all the way from the 305 right back to the 850.
GO CANES, BEAT THE NOLES!