The historic venue where your Miami Hurricanes once won 58 straight games was a stadium near downtown Miami named the Orange Bowl. Built in 1937 and originally named Burdine Stadium, the OB was often referred to by local fans affectionately as "The Old Girl".
She may not have always been pretty but she was always worth a visit, and more often than not, another victory for the University of Miami.
Fast forward to 2016 and join me on my first visit to the newly renovated and completely revamped venue where your Miami Hurricanes now play in Miami Gardens. If the Orange Bowl was referred to appropriately as The Old Girl, then Hard Rock Stadium must now be considered "The New Hottie" in town.
In a stadium that was built in 1987 and initially bore the name of former Dolphins owner and visionary Joe Robbie, then was named Pro Player Stadium, and later would become Sun Life Stadium, I found myself at the recently re-named Hard Rock Stadium.
We can only hope that over the next few decades that "The Rock" (as we have decided to call it) will produce at least half as many great memories as the Orange Bowl once did for UM fans.
I decided that it is time to start a new streak of wins (even if we do not get to 58 straight) and that journey began on Saturday in convincing fashion with a new head coach, a new team and a new season that saw UM completely dominate FAMU by a score of 70-3 in the season opener.
I had forgot how absolutely delightful it is to watch a well-coached team demonstrate solid execution and deliver stress free football in a nice relaxed environment to its fans.
I almost didn't know how to act because after the last ten to twelve years or so of watching the completely opposite performances from the team with "The U" on their helmets it all seemed so foreign to me.
And before you say so, OK, yes, I get it. We ALL get it.
It was FAMU and it was just a warm up game against an inferior opponent that was out-classed on the field. But still it felt really good to watch a Miami team go out on the field in their first game under Mark Richt and simply handle their business exactly as expected and the outcome of the game be delivered to the fans very neatly with a bow on it just as planned.
It was nice to see three UM running back break 100 yards as all three scored on long runs.
It was nice to see the team come out of half time and increase their lead by 42 more points.
It was nice to see fewer mental errors, fewer costly penalties and fewer turnovers.
It was nice to see special teams do something special, not once, not twice, but three times.
It was nice to see an attacking defense that allows and encourages defenders to get up field.
It was nice to see the newly renovated stadium for the first time that exceeded all expectations.
It was just nice. Really, really nice.
It was rewarding and even relaxing to win the game so convincingly and leave the stadium knowing that 80 points was well within reach of this team in their first game of the season.
Sure, we all know that after the FAU game next week the games will gradually get tougher, the opponents much better and the scores much closer. But for this week let us just sit back and enjoy a good, solid win at the new place.
The winning streak now officially stands at one game at "The Rock".
I can't guarantee you that there will be 57 more straight victories in a row before we lose again at home.
But I can promise you that I will be at every one of those games at the newly improved and stunningly beautiful Hard Rock Stadium.