On this joyous and festive occasion let me take a minute away from sports to wish each and everyone of you orange and green bleeding knuckleheads out there in Canespace a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Now that we got that out of the way let us appreciate the fact that the Miami Hurricanes have finished the 2013 college football season with a 9-4 record and take look ahead to 2014.
Although some serious Hurricane die-hards out there in Canespace may not be completely satisfied with the final results of this season let us take the time to recognize the accomplishments and improvements of the UM football team under head coach Al Golden.
Even the most vocal critics of Golden must respectfully recognize the following achievements:
- Miami has improved each and every year under Golden, going from 6 wins in 2011, to 7 wins last season and up to 9 wins in his third season at the helm in 2013.
- In 2013 the Hurricanes scored more points on offense and gave up fewer points defensively than last year.
- Miami had several players recognized by the ACC for their accomplishments this post-season and played in their first bowl game in four years.
- Most importantly of all, the Hurricanes beat the stinkin' Florida Gators in what could be the last regular season meeting between the two teams. Therefore, that victory entitles Miami fans to perpetual bragging rights. Winning 9 games is good, but beating the Gators is priceless!
Looking ahead can only mean that we now have about one month and a week away from National Signing Day. Fortunately for us here at Canespace we have recruiting experts like OhioCane, UMike and LB who will constantly keep us up to date with which hat each recruit is wearing on any given day right up until NSD 2014 on the first Wednesday in February.
Well LB won't, he actually hates the recruiting game and could care less about where some high school kid is going to go to school, especially some jock who thinks he is all that and a bag of chips. However, LB is always good for doing some serious research for our continuing "By The Numbers" series of articles that will run through the off-season and up until Spring practice begins sometime in April.
So have fun but be safe out there Canespacers and have a Happy New Year!