It is that time of year when the leaves change color, the weather begins to drop, and for some, the birds are a lot less in presence. This is the time of year the birds begin to fly down south in search of warmer weather, something many Floridans are use to by now. However, as many of them did not expect, something else has comeback and swept the nation. This comeback has excited the nation and has made college football more exciting. I am of course referring to the resurgence of the Miami University, or more popularly known as the U.
I noticed this return after their appearance in the 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl versus the #14 West Virginia University Mountaineers. They did not blow them out of the water by any means (31-14), but his win capped off their 9-4 season. The Hurricanes have now been on a fourteen game win streak since their last loss to Notre Dame in an extremely close game. Both teams are known as national power houses, but lately a slip as been extremely noticeable.
The Hurricanes have started this season at 9-0, including the complete an utter ass whipping they handed Notre Dame (41-8). Not going to lie I was excited to watch that game because it seems that both teams had returned to the classic “Catholic Versus Convicts”, but his is has enabled me too say something I have been wanting to say forever, THE U IS BACK! This season has easily been an exciting one for the Canes as the took down their rivals the Florida State Seminoles for the first time in seven years. It gave life to the fans and alumni down in Miami, including one of the founding fathers and greats of the U, Michael Irwin.
The thing that is most admirable about the Canes is the swag they play with and that are coming out to beat your ass and not caring who you are. This swagger and attitude is most recently shown with the new tradition whenever the defense forces a turnover. The Canes break out this huge chain with the huge Miami “U”. This is not the biggest trademark of their swag, however. This was whenever the Hurricanes adopted to storied U back in 1973, and truly represented what the Canes are about.
The Hurricanes would be involved in some of the most notable games in college football history. My favorite one as previously stated was the “Catholic Versus Convicts” game. They did this because the Hurricanes often recruit in their own crime filled backyard. The snobby assholes up in South Bend at Notre Dame coined the term poking fun at the Canes. In the end the Canes would fall 31-30 to Notre Dame in possibly the greatest game of all time. Another classic showdown the Canes were involved in was their showdown with Oklahoma University in 1986 and 1985. This classic show down involved the team with the most attitude and the player who had the most attitude (Brian Bosworth). The Canes would go onto to win this game 28-16 and 27-14. Below are highlights of the games.
Their constant battles with their rivals, which I believe is the second best rivalry in football, at Florida State is very rich and filled with exciting games. My favorites are probably the “Wide Left” games (there are four of them. Miami currently leads the series in a very narrow, 32-30 margin.
The Hurricanes are most definitely one of the biggest professional football factory of all time. They have even put together the greatest team of all of time, in my opinion, in 2002, which included the likes of Sean Taylor, Willis McGahee, Jonathan Vilma Antrel Rolle, Frank Gore, Kellen Winslow, and Ken Dorsey. The Canes have sent 293 players to the pros including the likes of Hall of Famers Vinny Testaverde, Bernie Kosar, Jim Kelly, Clinton Portis Edgerrin James, Michael Irvin, Jim Otto,Ted Hendricks*, Ray Lewis, Sean Taylor, and Ed Reed.
The U is back and so the swag in Florida. The season is winding down and with the December 2nd showdown with Clemson on the horizon, we may see a new game to add to the many of the Canes classics. So until next time, keep those Turnover Chains swinging and stay tuned for more fresh content from me and the Mid America crew.