That is another episode in the books. Chapter 36 of the Mario era started off with an error. Like a routine ground ball going through the shortstop’s legs. When I played for Coastal Carolina I still remember a former teammate yelling at the top of his lungs, BOOTY BOOT! I called it a Miami Hurricane game week. Technically it was not. Next week is game week.
The excitement over the football program is palpable. Regardless of Toast’s record prediction, (more on that later) the overall mood over the Miami Hurricanes is positive. Sure, there are some perceived shortcomings on the roster side of things, but the staff is robust. They are a who’s who. Charlie Strong is your linebacker’s coach and I think I have even taken that for granted.
On the Greentree, Scoop would have been hitless at the plate. I simply asked who coach Strong singled out recently as being a top linebacker performer in camp. Scoop Martell admitted if he had five guesses at linebacker it would have been five misses. Corey Flagg Jr. was in the spotlight a ton last year. When you’re the middle linebacker on a team that is third in the nation in missed tackles, it’s hard to hide, but Flagg’s linebacker’s coach didn’t hide his praise.
“With all the backers I would say that Corey’s had the best camp and the thing is, he is a student of the game. He is always studying and always wants to meet. He comes in our meetings, coach did you have a few minutes for me? That’s what I really like about him because he has put so much time into it.” –Charlie Strong
As fans on game day I have seen the reactions when players perform less than admirably. It can get a little ruthless. I will maintain that this phenomenon happens everywhere in the country with their respective fan bases but the next part is truth. Regardless of how someone does the year before, I, personally, want these kids to do well. If they can rebound like a wedding dress wearing Dennis Rodman then let’s go.
Record predictions. Someone didn’t drink the orange and green kool aid. “Oh yeah!” Why did the Toast just burst through my courtroom? Toast didn’t just burst through the proverbial family guy reference but he certainly busted through Scoop and I’s homer-ism. Too-Toasted had us losing to Virginia, Texas A&M, Clemson and Florida State.
I know that was painful to read in print but looking at this list, is it that far fetched? The Miami Hurricanes will be likely underdogs in the Texas A&M and Clemson games, Virginia was featured in our trap series and a rivalry game is when all bets are off. I am not going to say Toast is the voice of reason but I can see how decades of past performance didn’t just shake off like snowflakes on his coat. (Snow is this really cold thing that falls from the sky South Floridians)