‘Canes Avoid Getting Smoked on Tobacco Road; Look Forward to Verno-sance
I have been known to indulge in the orange and green kool-aid a bit, as most of you know. Sometimes, usually at the beginning of the year, I have delusions of grandeur about our beloved ‘Canes and have been known to make grand proclamations like “we are winning the National Championship this year!” when we are without a serviceable MLB. Every delusion I may have had about the 2011 version of the ‘Canes was killed when Jacory Harris’ touchdown was overturned in the final minutes of the KState game. Since then, I’ve merely been going week to week, focusing on throwing the best game watches and tailgates possible in tribute to the kind of team I KNOW the ‘Canes will one day be again.
I give you all this background so that you may take the following paragraphs more seriously. This is not just kool-aid talk. This is not the same girl who declared that the ‘Canes had entered the Golden Era after beating a decimated Ohio State team. It seems most ‘Canes fans fall into two camps right now: those who are miserable about everything the ‘Canes AREN’T, and those who are happy for the improvements the ‘Canes have made over last year, and the direction it seems they are headed.
There are things to complain about re: Miami’s performance in Chapel Hill. We could have lost. But we didn’t. Here is what I take away from Saturday’s performance:
Jacory Harris’ performance at VA Tech was no fluke. He legitimately seems to be thriving under Jedd Fisch’s offense. It makes me wonder what could have been if Jacory had the opportunity to red-shirt and have another year with Fisch.
Speaking of Fisch’s offense: Wow. I’m still not sure what happened in the second quarter, but if we could put together the second half of VA Tech and the first half of UNC, I’m convinced we could out score almost any team in college football. This team has failed to play a complete 4 quarters thus far, so we really don’t know what they are capable of.
Our special teams’ play is the best I have seen it since . . . um, I guess since I was an undergrad at UM and I didn’t really know what special teams was. Jake Wieclaw is perfect thus far, Dalton Botts is no slouch either, and that fumble recovery on UNC’s first drive was a thing of beauty.
I love Coach Golden’s sideline demeanor. I am dang proud to call him our coach!
Our defense made a couple of crucial big stops. Not where we want them to be, but for the first time all season, I saw some signs of life. They were able to end some drives when it counted, including THE KEY STOP, and I honestly did not trust them to be able to do that before.
This week, our defense gets back an important piece of the puzzle: Olivier Vernon. With GA Tech’s offense, this Verno-sance is just in time, as he is clearly an instrumental part of Miami’s rush defense. Everyone at Eye of the Hurricane would like to wish Olivier a warm welcome back. We missed you more than words can say. OV, I can’t wait to loudly and obnoxiously cheer you on during Saturday’s game after you knock some Yellow Jacket [expletive] the [expletive] out. I urge you all to join me and bring three friends. I truly believe this team’s best games this season are still ahead of them. This team DESERVES our support after fighting hard on the road. They DESERVE a crowd that doesn’t turn on them and boo them [try that ish around me and see how long you last, btw]. They DESERVE a home field advantage. Now ask yourself. Do you, as a fan, DESERVE victory?
I’ll hope to see you, and your three friends, at Sun Life! GO ‘CANES!