Palm Beach Canes Club Event Recap
As a rabid fan of the University of Miami, I can’t even begin to tell you folks what a great experience it was to be present at the Palm Beach ‘Canes Club event last night at Miller’s Ale House in Boca. (http://www.millersalehouse.com/)
Honored guests included Steve Walsh, Bennie Blades, Lamar Thomas, and Don Bailey Jr. Shelton Douthett also made a special guest appearance.
The Palm Beach ‘Canes Club was established by Ben Leis and Mary Clark (our very own JSQ), and their hard work and dedication to the University of Miami has, in just the last couple of seasons, turned into one of the most attended and popular UMAA (University of Miami Alumni Association) chapters among the UM alumni clubs across the nation.
Membership and attendance to Game Watch parties continues to grow in popularity. Please visit the official site of the Palm Beach ‘Canes Club: (its link can be found under our Favorite Sites List also)
The highlights of the evening were the interaction from these former Hurricane stars with the crowd. The fans in attendance had a chance to ask these former greats questions, not something every university makes available or even seeks out. I was very impressed by Walsh, Blades, Thomas, and Bailey Jr., and their presence and participation reminded me of why the University of Miami is a family. After listening to their answers from questions by the crowd, it really is “All About the U!” I won’t go into too much detail about what the Q&A was like, because you can listen for yourself:
Shelton Douthett and JSQ are interviewed after the players by AllCanes Radio, starting at the 1:24:00 mark in the above listed link.
What I want to report are my personal experiences and interactions. Hurricane Randy and I (miamimike01) were asked to be greeters. What an awesome assignment. We met so many great ‘Canes fans; it felt like home. I know many fans don’t get to experience the home game atmosphere, but it truly felt great to be around so many like minded people. Fans are genuinely excited about this season, and for good reason.
But what made the evening special for Randy and I was getting to talk with Steve and Bennie.
Steve walked into the door, and Randy called him over to us. Steve introduced himself, and we asked him about his team (he’s the head coach of Cardinal-Newman HS). He told us he expects them to be much better, with cautious optimism. We also caught up with him after the event, and if you listen to the audio, he explained further to us the question he answered for Randy during the Q&A regarding visualizing, and how it helped him prepare and perform for games. He told us that he actually got to the point if he made a bad pass during a game, he visualized a stop sign; the red-colored, octagonal sign we all use everyday in our lives. He would take a couple of seconds, close his eyes, visualize the stop sign, and make the correction in his memory. After he opened his eyes, he was able to move on from the bad or unproductive play and continue the drive.
We also got the chance to chat with Bennie for a few minutes after he got done speaking. He told Randy and me that bottom line, he expects Miami to be no less than 5-1 after six games. He said there is too much talent on this team not to compete for the ACC Championship. Bennie sees the potential for greatness from the 2010 version of the Miami Hurricanes, and he told us that expectations are high from the former players heading into this season. He didn’t share what game he thought UM might lose, but he calls for 5-1 after six.
I want to thank the fine folks at Miller’s Ale House in Boca for their hospitality, the guys at AllCanes Radio and Brian “The Beast” London for their words of encouragement regarding Eye of the Hurricane and taking time to interview JSQ and Shelton. Thanks to the Palm Beach ‘Canes Club, especially Ben and Mary, for making this experience possible; it’s a night Randy and I won’t soon forget.
Go Canes! It’s All About the _!