The Best Week Ever
I hereby nominate the University of Miami for consideration on VH1’s show, Best Week Ever, for January 20-27, 2013. I cannot remember our ‘Canes having such a charmed week since my college days (99-03), and you know what? I could get used to this sort of thing.
The last decade of ‘Canes fandom, and in particular, the last few years, has taken a certain type of devotion. By devotion, I mean some seasons where you had to drink enough jello shots prior to a ‘Canes game so that you don’t necessarily understand to which team your QB just threw. By devotion, I mean you take relaxing 25 hour vacations to exotic destinations like Charlottesville, VA, just to see your team lose in the last 6 seconds, and then decide to make a similar pilgrimage to Durham, NC to bid your team farewell during the off-season because Duke . . . freaking DUKE, is your team’s version of a bowl game.
Yeah, it hasn’t been pretty lately, but weeks like this past one make me dare to dream that the ‘Canes have done their penance and that maybe we have put this whole bad chapter behind us. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but the evidence is somewhat undeniable that everything affiliated with the University of Miami thriving, while those that are trying to take down the ‘Canes are failing miserably:
First, the week began with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers (and the EIGHT ‘Canes on their rosters) winning the AFC and NFC championships for a spot in the Super Bowl. In their wake, they took down teams with fewer ‘Canes. Let that be a lesson to coaches and owners out there: He who has the most ‘Canes, wins.
Then, we get the news that we already knew: that the NCAA was out to get Miami by any means necessary. The kicker here was that this idea wasn’t coming from ‘Canes fans making awesome signs at a tailgate, but rather, the president of the NCAA himself. This story is still unfolding and is not by any means over. Indeed, we could write another article just speculating what will happen regarding UM’s punishment: time served vs. additional slap on the wrist? What we absolutely know for sure is that stupid gator skank running the investigation against us did what Floriduh does best: flop.
Now, at this point of the week, I was already thinking that this was the best week ever. I didn’t know what more the ‘Canes had in store for us. Then Wednesday night rolled around and Duke tried to take on the ‘Canes at the BUC . . . and failed miserably. Miami: 90 Duke: 63. Larranaga and his team sent a message to Duke and the world that evening, earning Miami’s fist win over a first-ranked team, and the third highest margin of victory EVER over a first-ranked team.
Okay, at this point, I was really like, okay, wow, we are awesome and stuff. But the ‘Canes weren’t done having their way with this week. Not to be outdone by Larranaga, Coach Golden decided that this is his world, we are all just living in it, and the criminoles have to pay the rent. What? In short, he stole Florida State’s offensive coordinator James Coley from Jimbo Fisher, likely sealing the deal to take one or two of FSWHO’s coveted recruits with him to Coral Gables. If you don’t believe in Golden yet after this move, I think you are about to in 9 more days. Coach Eye Candy could sell snow to an Eskimo.
By the weekend, I thought, wow, what a great week. Now for the ‘Canes to rest from all their awesomeness, and maybe take it easy on our trailer-dwelling brothers to the north. But no, the ‘Canes weren’t done. Miami hoops went back at it for a second-consecutive sell-out crowd and this time, it was personal. Hated rival FSWHO was in town with their vomit-inducing garnet and gold color combination and the smell of rotten teeth. The ‘Canes once again showed the world they are the real deal with yet another convincing ACC victory, Miami: 71 FSU: 47. Now the ‘Canes sit atop of the ACC 6-0 and are ranked #14/15 in the polls.
Then, later last night, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was crowned the new WWE Champion at Royal Rumble.
Seriously? Is this real life? Are we THAT much better than every other school out there?
In short: Yes. Yes, we are.
I hope you enjoyed the Best Week Ever, ‘Canes fans, and that the coming week and a half brings you joy as you see more ‘Canes getting Super Bowl rings as well as the new young men who will be donning the orange and green next fall. I think with this unbelievable week behind us that we can truly say that the future looks bright and without a doubt: IT’S GREAT TO-BE A MI-AMI HURR-ICANE!