Eye of the Hurricane

February 9, 2011

UM Sports Hits

Golden Picks Up His First Quarterback.

A week after National Signing Day, former Michigan QB Tate Forcier announced he’d join the University of Miami football team. Not exactly Jacoby Brissett, but I’ll take it. Who knows what kind of impact Forcier will have on this team. I’ll tell you…No one. I know I certainly don’t. And we won’t know for a while since Forcier has to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. But one thing I do know is this: His commitment to UM creates depth at a position that will desperately it in 2012. Welcome to The U, Tate.

Canes Hoops.

Seeking their third straight win, the Hurricanes are in action tonight on the road against Wake Forest. A dominating win would be huge for the Canes, who face #5 Duke Sunday at home. Miami’s last seven games were decided by a combined 16 points — an average of 2.29 points per game. UM currently trails WF 45-46 with 15:11 left in the second half. Looks like it’s going to be another close one, Cane fans.

Congratulations to UM Diver Brittany Viola.

In a great story of overcoming injuries, Viola bounced back from two ankle surgeries last year to win the USA Diving Winter National Championship on Saturday. A score of 357.70  earned her the 10-meter platform title. Not only is Viola a great diver, but she’s a great representive of the University of Miami off the boards as well. She’s also a member of UM’s prestigious Iron Arrow honor society, former president of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), and one of the sweetest people (athlete or non-athlete) that you will ever meet. Congratulations, Brittany.

Baseball Hosts Fan Fest/Alumni Game this Saturday.

Is anyone as excited for the UM baseball season to start as I am? Maybe it’s because of the lackluster performance by the football and men’s basketball teams, but I am counting down the days to opening weekend. For anyone who hasn’t been to a game at Mark Light Field (sorry, A-Rod Park) I highly encourage you to go. It’s an atmosphere unlike any other sporting event at UM. I’ll have more on this atmosphere in a later post. But just a few images: the Maniac dancing like a fool, the guy selling peanuts (and cracker jacks and sunflower seeds) Sunday afternoon sun, Jay Ro’s voice, families with children chasing after foul balls, and milkshakes. Oh the milkshakes…

Not to mention, you get to watch some great baseball. Jim Morris is a class act and a pleasure to deal with for the media. But more than that he’s one of the best coaches in the game. He consistently builds teams for the post-season. Anything less than Omaha is a disappointment for his teams. You know the story…When he got hired, the runner-up trophy was used as a doorstop. A doorstop.

The team picked up multiple pre-season Top 25 rankings. Even though they are young and unproven, especially at pitching, I expect nothing less than a Regional appearance for the ‘Canes. The road to that starts next Friday at home against Rutgers. Hope to see a packed crowd there.

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