Just when you thought as a fan that it was safe to enter our "Legends of the Fall" contest and that this simple little exercise was going to be easy you suddenly got a rude awakening, right?
Shirley, uh, I mean surely, you would think that the reporters who are paid real money to be closest to the Miami Hurricanes football program and who are most intimately connected to the day to day happenings of the team would certainly know who was who, and what was what, right?
Surely you would think that these reporters who live, breath, drink and eat what the UM football team provides as information from formal and informal sources would know what the heck they are talking about, correct?
Well, not so fast mis amigos! This Legend of the Fall selection process is not as easy as it looks.
We interviewed no less than eight major media representatives on their Legends of the Fall players and coaches predictions and their 2012 season record predictions for the Miami Hurricanes. Here are the results from that extensive survey:
The Winner(s): Chris Whittyngham from WVUM and Manny Navarro from the Miami Herald.
Both Chris (WVUM) and Manny (MH) picked two of the selections from our Canespace Legends of the Fall. Chris picked Duke Johnson as the Freshman nominee and Jedd Fisch as the coach. Manny picked offensive nominee Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson. But in addition to that, both also remarkably and accurately picked the Canes to finish with a 7-5 record, which as you know, was right on point.
On the contrary, Brandon Odoi from CaneInsider picked no winners and projected the Hurricanes to finish with a 4-8 record. Well, how shall we say this tastefully...um, well, NOT so much! Odoi also said before the season that if UM head coach Al Golden won more than 6 games in 2012 that he should be given a lifetime contract extension. I guess much to OGV's shagrin that Golden will be a round for a while, huh? Better luck next time Brandon.
Gary Ferman from Canesport is always a good sport to play along with our contest as he does each and every year. We would like to offer major props to Gary for sticking his neck out even when others even refuse to try.
For example, even after five years of requests the Palm Beach Post's Jorge Milian refuses to do so for fear of trying. Shame on you Milian. Surprisingly, all of your peers participated but you could not find the courage or time to make it happen? You are a slacker.
Ferman got one correct pick in Freshman RB Duke Johnson and one honorable mention in WR Phillip Dorsett. He also called for a 8-4 record which was absolutely doable IF Miami had only beaten UNC or UVA, which they should have done. We appreciate Gary's positive attitude and outlook and appreciate his participation in the Canespace LOF contest.
Michael Casagrande from the Sun-Sentinel was given a pass because he was a first-year newbie to the process. He did get one selection right in Duke Johnson but missed the mark at predicting 5-7. But please do NOT hold it against him, he still has time to learn about the process, build a strong following and develop a positive reputation as a 'Canes reporter and fan.
Now we get to SMD. Susan Miller Degnan from The Miami Herald is at times criticized by some, but I support her like she was my sister. She is down to earth, very approachable and very smart. She correctly picked Freshman Duke Johnson and Coach Jedd Fisch. However, she disqualified herself when she stated early in the process: "I cannot pick a season record until after the first two games." That is like saying "I can't pick the winning lottery numbers until after the first five have been displayed." At least UM OL Seantrel Henderson stuck around for another season which made Susan, and all UM fans, very, very happy.
The Miami Hurricane campus newspaper has an excellent Sports Editor in Ernesto Suarez. He is smart, composed and very mature. He selected Jedd Fisch (RIGHT!) and also a 7-5 season (RIGHT!) for the Miami Hurricanes in 2012. This college kid has smarts and guts. We like him and thank him for also participating in our 2012 LOF contest.
Last but certainly not least we have the infamous PapaCane from Twitter fame. SaveUMFootball is a great guy with some serious information on the hottest message media going. He brings the 411 like nobody else, all the time, and everyday. He picked Duke Johnson as his Freshman LOF and also had honorable mention selections in Chickillo and Dorsett. He also called for a 7-5 season and that is why we respect his opinion more now today than yesterday. And maybe even more tomorrow?