The University of Miami football team concluded their Spring practice session with their annual Spring Game on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium. The pre-game storms left some fans staring out into the rain to ponder the future of their beloved team while others celebrated the birth of a new season.
Hurricane reports ranged from direct hits to watches and warnings depending on individual perspectives. The positives were centered around the crisp execution of the offense while the negatives continue to be focused on the struggles of the defense to play championship caliber football.
Brett Romberg, Gino Torretta and Andre Johnson had some fun at the Spring game by getting on the field to re-live some past glory at The U. Romberg snapped the ball, Torretta threw a perfect strike to Johnson and the current NFL All-Star waltzed into the end zone in typically stylish fashion.
And in stunning amazment UM fans watched as WR Malcolm Lewis made his triumphant return to the field after suffering a horrific injury last season. Lewis is way ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation which is great news for him and his team. He "scored" a TD (read: was left wide open on purpose) on one play and was mobbed by his adoring teammates in the end zone.
On the day there were lots of scores by the potent UM offense and lots of memories made by fans at Sun Life Stadium on a typical warm and humid South Florida Spring day. One thing is certain: The 2013 UM football team looked significantly better all around than the one presented last Spring at the exact same time and venue and hopes are high for the coming season.
True fans that attended the event can testify to that. They dodged rain drops in the parking lots early on so fathers and daughters could bond later inside the large and mostly empty stadium.
Come September that same stadium will once again hold the hopes of Miami Hurricane fans and a city in need of a team to love dearly and embrace as their own.