Dear Canes fan who woke up today half empty,
This is for the “fan” who — despite Miami winning a game they had no business winning — carried on today bitching about why this team won’t win “x” amount of games and how they won’t beat Florida State in a few weeks. Shut up.
Miami is 6-0 for the first time since 2004, back when Hurricane football was still a thing nationally. Back when the speed and swag brought neutral eyeballs to the television. The Miami Hurricanes — not you — won last night despite their quarterback throwing four interceptions. This was despite losing Duke Johnson midway through the first quarter and Phillip Dorsett not long after. That’s the best player and the fastest player on the team, respectively. Nice snot rocket captured on national TV, by the way, Phillip.
If that game in Chapel Hill were to be replayed 12 times from the start of the fourth quarter, Miami is probably losing ten or eleven of them. Who cares about North Carolina’s one-win record? That’s where this negativity is sourced. God forbid a team with a poor record play better than they’re supposed to. We are slaves to rankings and records, and people cater their expectations accordingly. The rankings say Miami should have beat North Carolina on the road by two touchdowns. Just because a team is 4-2 and ranked 25th, like Wisconsin, doesn’t mean they aren’t better than an undefeated 8th-ranked team, like Louisville. And any team can fall on a given night, but that’s what makes sports great. It’s why they have to play the game.
Sure, Miami — most notably quarterback Stephen Morris — didn’t do much to help their cause, but realize they still won despite the football gods lining up against them. Doesn’t that tell us a lot about this team? Doesn’t that tell us about Al Golden as a leader? Meeting adversity — and powering through it — builds champions. Just ask the Heat. I know it’s cliche by now, but LeBron James and the Miami Heat are not as good today if they didn’t lose to the Mavericks in the 2011 finals. Pushing through failure does build strength.
The Miami Hurricanes narrowly avoided that “failure” on a tinier level last night. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit nailed it earlier this week when he said we would learn more about Miami on the road against North Carolina than when they visit the currently undefeated No. 5 Seminoles. This Miami team is significantly better today than yesterday even if they had lost last night.
Peel it back and take a look at all the good. Pops, I’m talking to you too.
Freshman Artie Burns blocking a field goal leading to a touchdown sure stood out. That’s a potential 10-point swing. How about backup running back Dallas Crawford churning out 137 I-earned-every-one-of-these yards along with the game-winning touchdown? Open those eyes, half empty!
This program’s mantra this season of “Full Speed Ahead” may come off as tacky at first, but it’s perfect. It embodies what they strive for. Forget the noise, forget the stats, just keep those legs moving.
Miami has a great chance of losing at Florida State in a few weeks, and may not beat Virginia Tech a week later either, but this is a team nobody wants any part of. They’re scary in that we don’t know what they are just yet. We know Alabama is elite and we know Savannah State is not, but Miami is still an unknown, ranging anywhere from good to great. People fear the unknown.
This isn’t the Canes of old, gushing with future NFL superstars. They don’t have any Sean Taylor’s or Andre Johnson’s, but they’re an undefeated, top-10 team that’s highly flammable. Appreciate how they handle fear. The fear of losing can do one of two things: Shrivel you up in a ball or get your ass up to take on the challenge.
The Hurricanes felt that fear last night, down 10 in the fourth quarter. You felt some fear last night too, Canes fan. It’s not something you’re used to feeling this season, is it? But instead of harping on the negative, appreciate this team’s ability to keep fighting. Appreciate the win by any means necessary. They marched up to the fear, looked that bitch in the eye, and today they’re still perfect.
Now go enjoy this video of Jesse Palmer from The Bachelor, and you won’t ever look at him the same.
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