This was a big week! The Miami Dolphins at this point last year were 0-13. With three games to play this year, the Dolphins are guaranteed not to finish with a losing record. The record stands at 8-5 and the Dolphins are in a 3 way tie for first place. Miami plays two surging teams in KC and San Fran, and finish against the Jets in what could very well be a defacto playoff game. Who’da thunk it?
The Hurricanes finished the season 4-4 in the conference and 7-5 overall. They have been extended a bid to play the Cal Bears in San Francisco in the Emerald Bowl.
The Orange Bowl game here in Miami to determine the national championship will host the SEC champion Florida Gators who defeated Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide of Alabama vs the Big 12 champion Sooners who set the NCAA record for points in a season scoring 5 straight games of at least 60 points. This will be a great matchup. I still can’t say which team I expect to win, but I will certainly enjoy watching.
In fantasy football, I am going to lose to Jesse’s Fuserheads for the second time, which will lock up his playoff spot despite not even adjusting his roster all year. Ritz is behind the 8 ball, however. If he loses, he will miss the playoffs since Bachrach has beaten the Dead Skins this week. Ritz has Carolina’s Steve Smith tonight while the Buzzards have Dunn and Tampa’s Defense. The matchup is very even with the Buzzards leading by 1 point going into the game.
It’s another good week to be a south Florida football fan.
The Dolphins love flirting with disaster. Yesterday, with a 9 point 4th quarter lead with 8 minutes to go, the game looked like it out be out of reach for Oakland. Then the special teams crew once again showed their ineptitude. They punted from the 37 yardline and Oakland returned it for a team record 94 yards and a TD. After a stalled drive, Oakland scored a fieldgoal and took the lead. Then Miami decided that they would finish the game. A few plays later Miami passed up a 52 yard fieldgoal attempt with 2 minutes left and successfully converted 4th down with a slant to Ginn. The fieldgoal with about 30 seconds left gave Miami the lead for good.
The Hurricanes won an impressive matchup against Virginia Tech on Thursday night. They also flirted with a loss even though they controlled the game in nearly every aspect of the game. Due to UNC’s loss against Maryland, Miami controls their own destiny with regards to the conference. If they can win another Thursday night contest this week against Georgia Tech, and finish the season schedule with a win against NC State, the Canes will play in the ACC title game. The GT game will be a rough one.
In tomorrows fantasy football report, you will read about a big shake up in the league standings. I get revenge, a ghost beats Ritz, The Turkey Buzzards get two in a row, and Pastor Trav takes another step backwards in his hunt for the playoffs.
- The Miami Hurricanes gave me hope. Even in a loss, the Canes have shown that even though they are young, not fully physically mature, and inexperienced, they are FAST, they are talented, and they will be very good. The QB Marve looks like he will be the real deal. Our D is going to be tough to score on.
- LPC fantasy football draft yesterday left me loaded but with some major dilemmas. I have to kicker, but with all the talent I have, I will have to cut a stud or major sleeper just to field a complete roster. Do I find a way to trade TO for Stephen Jackson? I am light at the WR position. With Tony Romo and Phillip Rivers, I am set at QB. This league with only 8 teams will be all about who manages their team best. One player will not win it all this year unless everyone is in a coma. Pastor Trav is a master of working the waivers. Poor Paul lost his first pick of the draft (Brady) possibly for the whole season. Mark S. had the best draft for starting players with A Peterson, J Whitten, Edge, Wayne, and Favre. That is a tough lineup.
- The Colts lost the opener and they looked unprepared. What will happen this year? Looks like they were not focused, Chicago came out ready to play, and just looked like the better team. Alex got this one right. I called him crazy for that prediction just as I called him crazy for saying the Giants would win in the NFC finals and then the Super Bowl.
- Miami Dolphins looked much improved. Even though they lost, I am excited about Pennington at QB. He looked very competent. I expect we will win more than 1 game this year. Miami became the 1st team in the past 7 who only one a single game the previous year to lose the season opener. Go figure.
- I am just about in full swing politically now, having followed the true story of the Beijing Olympics, and now watching the Democrats in Denver. Things will be getting interesting… for me anyway.
- Last night, I watched old Slick Willy AKA President Clinton light up the crowd in Denver. His speech stated that he would be supporting Obama, but I missed any details (other than that he is a Democrat) why anyone else should vote FOR Obama. I heard exactly what I expected to hear. “When I was president, everything was great, the country was great, the economy was great, the world loved us” etc. What I didn’t hear was,”Obama is the best man for the job because _____________________.” You will have to fill in the blank, because I don’t think “community organizer” or law professor is a good enough reason.
- Biden’s speech was pretty good, but I did feel that it went from a heart warming piece into an attempt to paint John McCain as a poor choice. Unfortunately, when Biden or any Democrat starts talking foreign affairs in a dangerous world, people start to think long and hard about who they want as commander in chief. When he mentioned Russia/Georgia, the crowd died. Fair or unfair, Democrats are not perceived as being strong enough to lead us in the world when there are rough times.
- Biden’s speech didn’t connect with the crowd, certainly not the way Bill Clinton’s did. At this point, Obama’s bounce shouldn’t be astronomical, though I assure you he will get a bounce. John McCain should announce sometime tomorrow around 11 AM who he has selected for VP. My dad is predicting Romney.
- On to other stuff. Tonight is the opening game of the season for the Hurricanes. You will see me up at Joe Robbie…. er, Dolphin Stadium to watch the Canes get a little practice in against Charleston Southern. If we make 10 wins this year, it will be extremely successful. It’s sad how expectations have fallen recently.
- It’s lobster season and I am still trying to get out. Monday night looks really good! Snook season starts that night too, so maybe we can grab a slot and some bugs.
- I called the park ranger to ask how many bug we get, and when he said 60 each person I was ecstatic. Then I realized he said “six to each person” and I was back to reality. 🙂 That was for Brian, if he is reading.
- If you are interested in politics and especially from the point of view of a great American young man who is in living in exile from Cuba, check out Roberto Reports. He has some good things to say and just recently started blogging.
- Things are going to be changing up at LPC soon! As of September 14, we will be going to 3 services on Sunday morning: 8:30 AM, 9:45 AM, and 11:00 AM all in the same Pier 2 at Flagship Cinemas at the Campbell Drive exit of Florida’s Turnpike. I will be at all three, but I will see you guys at the 8:30, right? 🙂
- O’course I will be working this week, so I won’t get to be at the theater Sunday morning. But, I will see you next weekend, I garooooontee!
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-My mind has been on fishing for weeks now. With lobster season officially kicking off yesterday, I’m dreaming even more.
-I found a good spot to catch lobster. Friday night I am going to grab a few, and Saturday or Sunday, I will get a few more.
-Football season is approaching. Available Saturdays will be spent watching the Canes whoop up on their opposition.
-There is some optimism that the Canes are moving in the right direction with Shannon at the helm. I believe the Canes will be bowl bound this season.
-Who would have thought that a Canes fan would be setting his sights on making a bowl game? We are supposed to compete for National Championships, not just bowl games and conference titles.
-I still haven’t decided if I am going to be able to get season tickets this year. I should. It has been about 3 or 4 years since I’ve been a season ticket holder.
-My low carb trend has been good. It has pushed me into a new realm of BBQ skills. Last night I smoked some chicken and grilled churrasco. Excellent!
-I am having some weird swelling and itching on the side of my face and the knuckles of my fingertips. It might be some type of allergic reaction or mosquito bites.
-Once again, I cannot wait to be at church this Sunday. Jesse and the crew are going to rock the house!
-I have to say, blog traffic has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks. August 1, I actually set a record and it nearly doubled my old record.
-Blogging has been a pretty fun adventure. Trav has been trying to get me started for several years. I am glad I listened.
-I spent yesterday at Marcela’s classroom while she set up her bulletin boards, desks, folders, etc, for school which starts next week.
- It’s raining, it’s pouring! I love it when it rains at work. It cools down the power block considerably.
- The 08 Miami Hurricanes Baseball squad has to go down in our history as a big disappointment. I am a big fan, but I have to admit with this much talent we should have gone further. The two teams who beat us were not supposed to go as far as they did. The Canes had the most talent, the most high draft choices, most wins, and fewest losses in the country.
- I had a great time fishing in Boynton Beach on Monday. Read about my first kingfish.
- I wouldn’t mind heading back up there, but we need 5 people on the boat to make it really cheap.
- I found myself rooting for a team in the finals that I don’t like (the Celtics) because they were playing a team that I like even less (I hate the Lakers).
- Why are there so many Super Hero movies out these days? Spiderman, Batman, Superman, X Men, The Hulk, Ironman, and the list goes on and on! Is it because people need something to believe in but they are avoiding God?
- The doldrums of the sports world are officially here. The NBA finals are the last ray of sunshine before the reality of the bleak sports winter sets in. Sometimes we have the CWS to look to, but the Canes screwed that one up. There will be nothing exciting going on until the college football season kicks off.
- I will be working this weekend, so I won’t be at church. That is one of the bummers of working where I do. Working night shift allows me to be at church every week, but working days lets me spend the whole Sunday that I am at church fully awake.
- Blog traffic has been up bigtime over the past week. I am going to post my State of the Blog Address shortly.
- I believe it is going to level off and die back again now that the NBA finals are finished. You won’t believe how many hits my post about Red Auerbach vs Phil Jackson brought in.
- It’s cool to see how many people from LPC are joining the Blogosphere. Especially Billy-barue.
- I’m going to try and attend the Life Pointe 2.0 Seminar. Great idea Trav!
- Last night was my first night at Paul’s life group. We had a great time talking about loving God and loving each other. Joey facilitated and did a great job, although we didn’t quite have enough time to finish. The meatballs were good too.
- Marcela said she will be presenting the Talk Soup this weekend. I am looking forward to that.
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I disagree with the premise of this article. But I do find it interesting that the Canes and the Noles are back where we belong, competing for national glory in a major sport. Conferences do not win championships. Teams win championships. I have no conference pride because I don’t really care about any teams other than the Hurricanes. I get sick of conference arguments because they are usually just crutches to prop up a person’s under performing team.
Miami Hurricanes are the #1 overall seed and will start off against UGA in the opening round of the double elimination tournament.
In case you haven’t seen or heard, the Canes are heading to Omaha for the College World Series for the 11th time out of 15 years. Behind some great defense and some good timely pitching, the Canes 3 runs in the top of the 1st inning were enough to win 4-2 in Game 3 of the Super Regionals against Arizona despite Arizona loading up the bases in the 8th.
After stranding a ton of guys and blowing game 1 to a very scrappy Arizona squad in 11 innings, the Canes came from 4 down in game 2 by hitting the cover off of the ball.
Who would have expected the Canes to win a game against Arizona 4-2? I think that 14-12 would have been a more likely score with Miami’s big hitters. Victor had tickets, and I think he was there. Maybe he can chime in with his report from the stands.
- Kansas vs Davidson last night was a historic game. If Davidson won they would be the first 10 seed to make the final four. If Kansas won, it would mark the first time all four teams in the final four were 1 seeds.
- Davidson was 1 play short of being David to Kansas’ Goliath. Dell Curry’s son didn’t get an open shot so he dished to a teammate who threw up an NBA 3 pointer.
- I opened a twitter account and started twittering.
- Jesse needs to put all the videos on youtube.
- I missed being at church yesterday.
- Tomorrow’s “profiles” blog entry is going to be great. My dad is writing again about a massive event in 1992 at the church. He really needs to start up his blog so he can write about all his adventures.
- Someone at work told me that Communism was a good system on paper; he said the only reason it doesn’t work is because man won’t let it. I know what Glenn Beck means when he says that he needs to duct tape his head so it won’t explode! This guy at work said communism ignores the human factor and that is why it doesn’t work. Any system that is set up for man, yet ignores man is not a system that can work EVEN on paper. DUH!
- The Democrats are trying to get Rush Limbaugh indicted for “Operation Chaos”. That’s ridiculous. Rush is cracking me up on this one.
- Word on the street is that the Canes will go three deep at RB this year. Could be a fun year for this team.
- I want to go see Horton Hears a Who this week.
- I wrote this entry from work but I had to get home to add the links.
The season is over, and we Canes need not hang our heads in shame. After an incredible come back Miami had succumb to the superior talent and depth that Texas presented. I expected the final to be around a 15 to 20 point margin for the Longhorns, but Miami was brave. They even had a chance to send the game into OT if they could have made a 3 point bucket at the buzzer. Unfortunately, they were not able even to get the ball in position to take a shot, much less make it.
Texas 75 Miami 72