Annnd we’re back. We had a little bit of a ‘hiatus’ due to some technical difficulties. Still not 100% back to normal, but at least the site is operational. This is the down time of the year, anyway. Fans are clutching at straws…trying to learn of some 19 year old kid’s 40 yard dash time at a Pro Day to tide them over til football season. Junkies. (Olivier Vernon 4.68? Lee Chambers 4.41?)
Now’s the time of year where I pretend to care about basketball and might give the UM baseball box scores a passing glance. It’s been a while, so let’s look at what has transpired:
The 2012 schedule came out. This is where I start making my travel plans in the fall. My buddy in Chicago is already texting me about getting him some Notre Dame tickets. The one thing that stood out to me is that we’re going to find out early if this team is going to suck or simply be mediocre (for those with national championship hopes in their head, now is the time to come back to reality). At BC and at K State. Two road games off the bat. There is no excuse to lose to Boston College. K State will be tougher, especially if that f’er Collin Klein is back (Google searches Collin Klein and finds out that he is returning next year). If the Canes can manage to win those two games, they get Bethune-Cookman at home prior to heading to my hometown to face the Yellow Jackets. After a home game versus NC State, it is the showdown versus Notre Dame in Chicago on October 6th. This is where the schedule takes an ugly turn. Notre Dame, UNC, FSU, VT. Yikes. If Miami only has 2-3 losses after the VT game, I would consider it a coups. Remember, this is a 6-6 team that just got raped by the NFL draft. At Virginia, USF, and at Duke rounds out the schedule. Consider we’re breaking in a new QB, starting RB, and top WR – not to mention losing the team’s most valuable defensive player – I would consider a 7-5/8-4 type of year to be progress.
March Madness. So the Canes hoops team beat Georgia Tech and now face FSU at 9:00 tonight. The consensus going into the ACC tournament was that Miami needed to win at least two games to be assured a spot in the tourney. One down, one to go. If they don’t make it to the big dance, however, at least they’ll be one of the favorites to win the NIT.
Kony Fever. All this Kony 2012 madness got me thinking…why couldn’t we as a fan base organize a similar type of movement against Terry Porter? By the way, is it me or does Kony kinda look like Grant Hill’s pops, former Cowboy Calvin Hill?
Peyton MIAnning. I just know that Ross and Ireland are going to F this up. A USA Today poll asked where people thought Peyton would land and 41% picked Miami, with the next closest team at 10%. It is the most logical fit. He’s got surrounding talent – as bad as the Dolphins were last year, they automatically turn into a playoff contender with a veteran franchise QB. They’re in the AFC. The organization is willing to give full control and all the money in the world to him. He’s already got a condo in South Florida. And it’s Miami, Florida – a desirable destination. Yet, it has two glaring weaknesses. Stephen Ross. And Jeff Ireland. I can just see Ireland asking Peyton if his mom was a prostitute. My fear is that Peyton heads to Arizona because of ties to that organization, it being a warm weather climate as well, and Larry Fitzgerald not only being a better receiver than Brandon Marshall, but the total opposite of him off the field. Besides, Ross and Ireland don’t strike me as the kind of guys someone wants to build a relationship with. While I don’t think Ireland is as incompetent as Dolphins fans make him out to be, Ross is. He’s a billionaire in over his head. He’s preoccupied with having JLo and Gloria Estefan become part owners and has the football acumen of a Rhesus monkey.