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orange 'n green in the vein

"A team not on the short list but brought back to reality

Stanford 31 Oregon 30

Posted by: Sebastian | November 06, 2009 at 08:22 AM"

Gutsy, gutsy call there. Very possible though as Oregon has gone on a streak that when you really look at it, doesn't have much substance to it. Oh, they beat the Condoms, finally, again. Big deal. Stanford can run the football and if they do, it could be a long day. Boise State needs Oregon to run the table though so badly and if the Ducks falter, you can almost kiss any BCS talk for them goodbye completely for this year unless TCU falls to Utah.

CGNC

Nice job on the short list series OGV.

and to U too Esteban!

CaneSawMassacre

Schwarma - I like our LB's in this class but I wouldn't turn down Luc, still at this point.

Not with the way we have been ravished by injuries and position changes.... Seems like 1-3 linebackers gets moved to Safety or DE.

CaneSawMassacre

Plus we have to keep up with Saban recruit extra, push out the dead weight... I mean transfers!

shwarma

CSM, wasn't saying we would turn him down, he's just not considering us that's all.

Sebastian

If TCU was to play Boise St. it wouldnt be close

TCU would beat them by double digits

Besides the Ducks have to go to Arizona as well

I can only see the NC being Texas v Bama

CaneSawMassacre

ohhhh I know LOL!

I'm just dreaming..

360Cane

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macjones de Albuquerque

I can only see the NC being Texas v Bama

Posted by: Sebastian | November 06, 2009 at 04:35 PM

Great CALL Sebastian Lodge. LOL That's how I envision it going down in Pasadena, Caly.

By the way, with the D-unit crippled by cheap shot injures, I wouldn't go near predicting the score of Miami vs. Virginia.

However, I do see Team Shannon getting the W. Hopefully Whipple opens up the offense, and gives Lockett's D-unit a helping hand. Simply because the past two opponents QB's have been All-World against an injured Cane defensive squad.

Hurriphin

More reasons why everyone, for at least a day, should get to get a shot at parenthood.........

Me-"You guys had better not be in that kitchen."

Xavier & Miami-"We're not!!"

SMASH, BOOM, SPLASH!!!

Me, upon walking into the kitchen to find about two gallons of kool-aid on the floor-"A YO MAN?!?!

Xavier & Miami-"Um Dad, we were pouring it for you!!"

Yeah, but remember that they didn't ASK to be here.........

Esteban

oops, meant jiggling.

404Canes404

Just found this on a Va blog posted about an hour ago, not sure what their backup QB situation is...

Virginia and Miami (-14 ) Saturday 12:00 ESPN-360
by Trent Thurston, November 6th 03:23pm
The downtrodden Wahoos (3-5, 2-2) travel to Miami Saturday, as the Hoos try to get their train-wreck of a season back on track. It will be a homecoming affair in Land Shark (Jimmy Buffet's Beer Company) Stadium for the five-time national champion Miami Hurricane's. We just found out that quarterback Jameel Sewell might be done for the season, and he will most likely not play on Saturday. Marc Verica will get the start at QB, and he will be backed up by Vic Hall. Vegas odds-makers give Miami the big edge, as they are favored by two touchdowns.

solarcane

Whats your thoughts on this.

Lovett knows Butch knows what Lovett knows.

Does Lovett do a few things against Virginia to get Butch to say... "yup just what I thought.." but Lovett has something else planned for UNC,and is cleverly sucking The Butcher in?

Or is Lovett forced to just play what defense is practical with the players he has available at the particular moment?


peace

solarcane

Marc Verica 5 games 70.0 eff 17-34-0 50.0 com. 81 yds passing 0 td 17yds long pass 16.2 yds per game

Maybe we don't make this guy the next 300yd passer, I think Stevie Wonder's football stats are better.

peace

orange 'n green in the vein

With the defensive attrition it's catch-as-catch-can for the defense this week and every week until some of those guys get back out on the field solar. He'll stick to the gameplan and try to confuse Verica with multiple looks I imagine, Verica was highly recruited out of high school but hasn't done a great deal in college to show he can be a difference maker. If Sharpton can knock him out as well, it might be route time and payback for the sacking of the Orange Bowl though.

solarcane

ogv,
That was my next question.

At halftime When Fox and the seniors ask Randy to blow Virginia out for the seniors and fans does Randy empathise with them and go over 40?
Bowl committees are starting to narrow their picks, we need to look legit.

peace

Esteban

Verica is who started against us last year. He can make throws if he doesn't get rushed - has talent. Pretty much any QB at a bcs school can look good tho when they have all day to throw. Our front needs to get pressure.

dlu

Not as many throws to rbacks either (te's) everyone trying to protect JH, has limited the play calling to some extent.

Here is a question, statement: Is this f*king bend and break getting defensive players hurt? Injuries 13- defense 2 for offense. O and D should be about 50/50. The passive(reacting to the other teams offense} and bend and break gets more players hurt. Get rid of the bend and break.

dlu

add the poor coaching technique on defense and you get what = the number of defensive injuries at the U.

orange 'n green in the vein

"Bowl committees are starting to narrow their picks, we need to look legit.

peace

Posted by: solarcane | November 06, 2009 at 05:19 PM"

Bowl committees know exactly what they're getting when they select Miami already solar, an inverse proportion of fans traveling to the game the further away from Coral Gables it is and a massive TV rating to go hand in hand with it. The Emerald Bowl last year wanted two teams at the start of the year, Cal and Miami, why? One team was going to buy the tickets, the other team was going to get people to watch the game on TV. ND - UM in the Orange Bowl would be H-U-G-E if it transpired.

orange 'n green in the vein

Trying to reason up a cause for injuries is a waste of time. Why do they happen? Uh, becasue the human body is a fragile construct that if you mistreat it in a certain way it breaks. Poor coaching doesn't really have anything to do with injuries, that's kind of a laughable assertion there.

j.w.

Solar- option #2. OGV- I just don't see us confusing anyone with multiple looks on D- it hasn't happened yet and I don't think they trust the kids we have to try something new. We'll do the "here we are" D again and hope that UVA can't complete enough passes to hurt our DB's.

solarcane

Three Years After His Murder, Bryan Pata's Spirit Lives On

Posted Nov 06, 2009 4:00AM By Jim Henry (RSS feed)

University of Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The telephone conversation between brothers, as always, was friendly and upbeat.

The noise in the Miami bowling alley, however, made it difficult for Bryan Pata to hear, so he quickly squeezed his feet into a snug pair of bowling shoes and walked outside for better reception. Edwin Pierre Pata was 400 miles away in Florida's Panhandle, standing near his car, but their bond was not diminished by distance or time. Or school allegiance.

Bryan was a Hurricane; Edwin a Seminole.

It was Monday Nov. 6, 2006, late in the college football season. The pair talked about how their respective teams had struggled since FSU beat UM 13-10 in the Orange Bowl nine weeks earlier. They compared notes on their girlfriends' dogs.

And since the evening marked the one-year anniversary for Bryan and his lady, whom he planned to marry, Edwin urged his younger brother to get back to his game and enjoy himself. Bryan also had to wake up early the next morning for segment meetings at the Hurricanes football complex.

"The thing I regret the most is I ended the conversation -- I was like, 'I don't want to hold you up,'" Edwin told FanHouse. "I wish we had talked longer. Only God knows those things; what is going to happen."

Edwin heard the distinctive crunching sound of gravel as Bryan walked across the parking lot. He heard Bryan open the door into the bowling alley. The two had another quick laugh and said good-bye. It was the last time the pair spoke to each other.

Less than 24 hours later, Bryan Pata, age 22, was found by his girlfriend, shot in the back of the head, bleeding to death outside of his apartment complex just a few hours after leaving a UM practice. Edwin received the devastating news that night a few hours after leaving an FSU practice.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009 marks the three-year anniversary of Bryan Pata's death.

Police still haven't brought his killer to justice.

"I don't know what to expect in terms of how I will feel, but I think it's going to be one step closer to fully accepting that Bryan's gone from this earth," said Edwin, 26, a mere 15 months older than his brother.

"It seems like every year it feels a little better in terms of dealing with your emotions. One, it draws me closer to him and No. 2, I can still inch forward knowing that Bryan is gone."

Gone but not forgotten.

At least Edwin will also have his mind on football. He's the tight end coach at Florida A&M, which is at home against North Carolina A&T. The Rattlers, at 6-2, are enjoying a solid season.

A month after Bryan died, Edwin, a walk-on tight end for the Seminoles, graduated from FSU. He spent several months helping his mother and family cope -- Edwin is one of nine children raised by a single mother. Edwin trained and gave the NFL shot, but it didn't pan out.

He applied to several graduate schools, but a chance meeting with former Hurricane Rubin Carter, who was coaching Florida A&M, led Edwin back here as an assistant coach.

After Carter and his staff were fired after a 3-8 season, current coach Joe Taylor offered Pata an opportunity to stay on and establish himself. Pata did, and coaching has helped him move forward.

"Being around the game, being around the kids, has been extremely rewarding," Edwin said.

"It's the connection that Bryan and I had, too. There are days when Bryan is on my mind constantly. It's hard to explain, but I can just feel that he's around, his presence is there. It's the weirdest thing. I believe he's still around because he was such a huge piece of my life."

The pain of Pata's death will never leave the family.

Their mother, Jeanette, who moved to West Palm Beach after the family received a $2 million settlement from the apartment complex's insurance company for failing to provide security as advertised, is concentrating on her clothing and shoe business. Edwin talks to her daily and she will often stay with him in Tallahassee for two to three weeks at a time.

His siblings, meanwhile, have begun refocusing on their jobs and children.

"I try to encourage my mother, but we have to understand her pain," Edwin said.

"Many days [Pata's mother] will tell me that she dreamed about Bryan and that he was talking to her, and she feels that he's around the house. I try to tell her that Bryan is comforting her. I know it's difficult for mom."
- Edwin Pata
"Many days she will tell me that she dreamed about Bryan and that he was talking to her, and she feels that he's around the house. I try to tell her that Bryan is comforting her. I know it's difficult for mom."

When Florida A&M played UM at Land Shark Stadium earlier this season Oct. 10, a few family members attended the game. But it was still too painful for Jeanette, who elected to remain at home.

Earlier this summer, the family went to see Bryan's locker at UM and took pictures. Other than his helmet and cleats to the top of the locker, it "was pretty much the same way he left it," Edwin said.

Edwin stresses that nobody, including Miami police, has given up finding his brother's killer.

Pata was involved in an argument with an unknown person in the parking lot of the apartment complex shortly before his death after he stepped out of his SUV, according to police reports.

Edwin said that Pata had texted a friend at 6:48 PM, probably before he stepped from his vehicle, Edwin surmises. He doesn't venture to guess whether Bryan knew his assailant or not.

Pata was found just after 7 PM in the parking lot by his girlfriend. Pata's roommate had stopped at a nearby store for gas and pulled into the apartment parking lot a few minutes later.

"I try to remain confident and optimistic because I know how hard the police are working; we have appointments where they'll give us an update and tell us where they are at," Pata said.

"We feel like it's going to be solved. It's just a piece that's missing to the puzzle. There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle that have been put together, but it's still a mystery. We are just waiting on that one piece to solve it."

Pata said the recent stabbing death of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard, a Miami native, was also difficult for his mother emotionally. At the same time, however, Edwin believes she may have tapped into an inner strength that could help her cope with Bryan's death.

Howard's funeral was held at the same church where Pata was eulogized and the two players are buried less than 100 yards apart, the length of a football field, in the same small cemetery near the church.

Edwin said his mother attended Howard's service, where she met and spoke with Howard's mother.

"I was proud of her and, I think in a way, it actually helped her," Edwin said. "I know mom gets frustrated because she sees these different murder cases being solved, but it's just a natural reaction and we believe every day that this case will be solved, too."

Bryan Pata, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle, was in his fourth year with the Hurricanes and was expected to be selected in the 2007 NFL draft. Pata, nicknamed "King of Miami" because of his affable personality, also loved to detail cars. He would have turned 25 last August.

Edwin says he experiences daily reminders of his brother, and Thursday wasn't any different during the Rattlers' practice.

Freshman defensive tackle Padric Scott of Tallahassee wears jersey No. 95 for two reasons -- it was Pata's number with the Hurricanes and Pata was his favorite player.

"It's neat to know that young players admired Bryan, and how he played; when I catch myself looking at Padric in practice, I often think how happy I am that Bryan made a lasting impression on people," Edwin said.

That impression continues through the Bryan Pata Foundation.

Edwin held the foundation's second annual football camp in honor of his late brother at North Miami Stadium this past June. He said 25 players each from UM and nearby Florida International University attended and served as coaches and more than 300 local youth football players ages 6 to 15, attended and learned life lessons.

The foundation's mission is to work with underprivileged children to stop gun violence, secure better gun control and encourage students to stay in school by promoting academics and athletics.

"I am at the point now where I just want to make sure we celebrate Bryan's life, make sure his life and his name are preserved and lives on," Edwin said.

"I know I am going to see him again. I really believe there's more to life, an after life. Bryan's time wasn't just 22 years here on earth and that was it. I don't see it that way. There's something greater. I don't look forward to dying but I definitely look forward to the day I see Bryan again."

It's a good bet the two brothers, smiling and laughing, simply pick up their conversation where they left off.

peace

pb(CSROH10)

Hi all! I've been lurking around ever since day 1 (came over from the Omar days). I faithfully read almost every post. Just wanted to let you know how great I think you all are, especially Mr. Soup. BTW this is the first time I've posted anywhere, ever. I'll be there tomorrow rooting for our 'Canes.

Posted by: Mimi | November 06, 2009 at 10:55 AM


Please dont have this be the last time we hear from you.

I think most of us are sick of hearing each others opinions (CC, CGNC and JSQ aside) so we could use some fresh thoughts!

raizecane

I think most of us are sick of hearing each others opinions (CC, CGNC and JSQ aside) so we could use some fresh thoughts!

Posted by: pb(CSROH10) | November 06, 2009 at 05:47 PM

So not only do women have it made with happy hours / ladies drink free, etc...but also get mad props from PB while us guys get left out in the cold.....

Oh the humanity :-)

pb(CSROH10)

Posted by: raizecane | November 06, 2009 at 05:53 PM


Have you seen how great looking the three of them are?

raizecane

Have you seen how great looking the three of them are?

Posted by: pb(CSROH10) | November 06, 2009 at 05:55 PM

Oh yea......I see your point. If Terry Porter looked as good as JSQ in that uniform, I would actually think about forgiving him, LOL.

Canez1

Superbad is on Starz!!

She's DTF!!! LMFAO!!!

GO CANEZ!!!!!

Canez1

Posted by: raizecane | November 06, 2009 at 05:53 PM

The power of the golden Beav.

GO CANEZ!!!!!

SOUP

So not only do women have it made with happy hours / ladies drink free, etc...but also get mad props from PB while us guys get left out in the cold.....

Oh the humanity :-)

Posted by: raizecane | November 06, 2009 at 05:53 PM

It's a woman's world, U are just living in it.

dlu

orange and green, poor coaching has nothing to do with injuries, thats pretty laughable.

SOUP

Does Lovett do a few things against Virginia to get Butch to say... "yup just what I thought.." but Lovett has something else planned for UNC,and is cleverly sucking The Butcher in?

Posted by: solarcane | November 06, 2009 at 05:03 PM

In the PERFECT world? YES!

In our world? NO.

SOUP

The Emerald Bowl last year wanted two teams at the start of the year, Cal and Miami, why? One team was going to buy the tickets, the other team was going to get people to watch the game on TV. ND - UM in the Orange Bowl would be H-U-G-E if it transpired.

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | November 06, 2009 at 05:38 PM

U are a SMART man, OGV; a VERY smart man!

SOUP

Maybe we don't make this guy the next 300yd passer, I think Stevie Wonder's football stats are better.

Posted by: solarcane | November 06, 2009 at 05:11 PM

I looked up Stevie's stats and he was better than Verica in EVERY category: 24-34, 185 yards passing 3 TDs, 56 yards longest pass, 44 yards per game.

We don't have to play Stevie too, do we?

Sebastian

The Heels game will come down to field position and turnovers

It might not be pretty but we will find a way

23-17

SOUP

If Terry Porter looked as good as JSQ in that uniform, I would actually think about forgiving him, LOL.

Posted by: raizecane | November 06, 2009 at 05:58 PM

Now U ruined it for me. LOL

solarcane

Unfortunately neither UM nor Notre Dame are good enough to get in the Orange Bowl...

But both could make it to the Gator Bowl which the exact number of Canes fan would attend, and TV would have the coveted
Converts vs Catholics game the love.

peace

SOUP

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Sarasota 'cane

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Go 'canes!

SOUP

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tortugacane

Esteban, good TV as always. Canes beat Va.

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: solarcane | November 06, 2009 at 05:45 PM

Thanks for posting this article solar. still a gut-wrenching story. I hope that someone will man-up one day and come forward with info that breaks this case for the police. IMHO thats what its going to take to solve it.

Mrs. 86

It's a woman's world, U are just living in it.

Posted by: SOUP | November 06, 2009 at 06:25 PM

Hey 86/Soup: It appears as, if you apply this one to yourself with Mrs.86. U are a good man! I do the same as U do with my better half. Happy wife, happy life!

miamimike01

Hi Canespacers!

Just switched ISP, so that's why I've been offline the last 48 hours.

Good to see the Space hoppin.

solarcane

soup

unc defense article sent

some Death Cab for Cuties lyrics

"The taste of blood, the claim of love: these two will here on cease
to be sprouting from your fists and tongue 'cause Carolina waits for me"

peace

solarcane

dtx
When I read the Pata article today I thought, damn so much bad news the last two days, maybe I'll link this Sunday, then I thought Pata needs to be remembered right now. I thought for sure before now someone would point a finger.

RIP Bryan

peace

Mrs. 86

"The taste of blood, the claim of love: these two will here on cease
to be sprouting from your fists and tongue 'cause Carolina waits for me"

peace

Posted by: solarcane | November 06, 2009 at 07:23 PM

Good call solar-man. Hope you give to them... those NC nobody's. Like that quote of yours... good call.

solarcane

was listening to Deep Purple's Greatest Hits


"We got music in our solar system
We're space truckin' round the stars
Come on let's go Space Truckin'"

think those guys knew something way back then?

welcome back mm01

out for dinner
back ina while

peace

miamimike01

RandyCane here,

RIP Bryan

Mrs. 86

Posted by: miamimike01 | November 06, 2009 at 07:16 PM

RandyCane here,

RIP Bryan

Posted by: miamimike01 | November 06, 2009 at 07:46 PM

Hope ALL is better for you (two). Keep the faith & Believe.

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