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as expected…

Posted by eric on November 24, 2007

Miami lost to Boston College today. The Hail Flutie clip was shown at least 5 times, I think. We finish at 5-7, worse than we did my freshman year (5-6). I don’t think there’s ever been a 5-7 season, because they’ve only been playing 12 games a season in the last few years. Nevertheless, I’m sure there was a time when we lost 7 games in a season, but it had to have been at least 28 years ago. Because when we went 5-6 my freshman year, it was the worst season since 1979.
Now, we just have to hope something changes in the offseason.

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shadows of 1997…

Posted by eric on November 17, 2007

So, the Miami Hurricanes are now 5-6. That’s the same record they finished with in 1997, my freshman year at UM. That year, we lost 47-0 to FSU at Doak Campbell Stadium. This year, we lost 48-0 to UVa, in the last game ever at the Orange Bowl. At least we beat FSU this year, but I don’t know what that really means. This year, we still have one game to go. Against Boston College — still one of the top teams in the country. I’d say there’s a pretty good chance we finish 5-7. Not exactly what many fans hoped for. Well, there’s always next year.

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the end of an era.

Posted by eric on November 9, 2007

Tonight (well, early tomorrow morning), the Miami Hurricanes will play their last game ever in the Orange Bowl. The now-rickety steel structure has seen 70 years of Hurricane Football. A lot of mediocre years, then some really good years, a few bad years, some really good years, and now some more mediocre years. Among the bad years: the 1997 season, my freshman year, when the Hurricanes went 5-6 (only three of those five wins were at home: Temple, Arkansas State, and Rutgers). But three years later, you had “The Drive” against FSU, and Wide Right III. What a game. Too bad I missed half of it because I had a kidney stone.
And it hasn’t just been UM football that’s created memories in that stadium. The Orange Bowl bowl game was played there until the mid-90s, so it’s seen plenty of national championship games. Plus decades of Miami Dolphins football, including the perfect 1972 season. Plus five Super Bowls. Plus concerts. And more.
Tonight, plenty of former Hurricane greats will come back, to help say farewell to the OB. I assume we’ll take the smoke, the cannon, and everything else with us to Dolphin Stadium. We’ll be leaving behind the place that witnessed the NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak. But we will take with us the memories.

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The U on ESPN U

Posted by eric on November 3, 2007

(I’m not going to go into the actual details of today’s game. It’s just not pleasant.)
For what I think was the third time this season, UM’s game was on ESPNU today. Thankfully, the place where we watch our games gets ESPNU now. One thing struck me during the broadcast, compared to other televised football games — the commercials suck. Normally, you see a lot of car commercials, and other ads targeted at the largely-male football-watching audience. This game was loaded with a lot of two-minute, “infomercial-style” ads. One we saw twice was for Proactiv — an anti-acne skin care system, pitched by Jennifer Love Hewitt. We also saw one for the DR Wood Splitter (or something like that) twice. Saw a Bose commercial a few times. I can’t remember the others, but you get my drift. They aren’t doing a very good job of selling ad time for these games. There was one upside to this — the game moved a little more quickly.

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day two — so far, so good.

Posted by eric on November 2, 2007

My installation of MT4 was relatively painless last night. I think I’m one of the last people I know using it. Many people have switched to another blogging CMS, or they’ve moved to a hosting service. When I get around to it, maybe I’ll look at some alternatives.
Among other things I plan to do around here, once I get around to them:

  • Update my Live Music page. It’s two years out of date.
  • Update my Taping page. I now have a complete rig, and a few more tapes.
  • Update the West Wing page, since the series is now over.
  • Redesign the site. I have a mockup sitting on my server, but I never really fleshed it out. And I don’t think I like that look anymore.

As I said, they’re things for when I get around to them. We’ll see how well that works.
Tomorrow, UM Homecoming. Once again, I’ll be watching from here and not the Orange Bowl, since I can’t take off time during sweeps.

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checking the calendar…

Posted by eric on November 28, 2006

It’s Tuesday, November 28th. For about another 75 minutes, at least. A few thoughts on what this means:
— After this post, only two more posts to make the NaBloPoMo complete! I admit, I haven’t been the best blogger around. But I’ve managed to keep up the pace.
— Only one more day of the November sweeps. Thank goodness. That should ease some pressure at work.
— Unfortunately, that also means that a lot of primetime TV shows will dip into a brief hiatus until January or February. I know that next week’s Heroes is the last one for a few weeks. Studio 60… probably the same thing. Lost has been off for a few weeks now. How I Met Your Mother… dunno what they’ll be doing there. The good news is that it will give me a chance to finally start watching my West Wing season 7 DVDs. I’ve had them for three weeks now, and haven’t watched a single episode — that may be a record for me.
— A big day of college football is coming up. Well, sort of. It’s inconsequential for Miami once again. But I will be at the ACC Championship, because we already had tickets. And it should be a good game: Georgia Tech and Wake Forest have been solid teams this year. Wow, that sounds weird. Something is not right in the world.

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day 24

Posted by eric on November 24, 2006

I’m this far along with NaBloPoMo, not gonna let it slip by now…
Some quick hits:
— Larry Coker is officially fired as the head coach of the UM football team. Not exactly a surprise, since plenty of people have been expecting it for the past few months. He will coach the bowl game, if we get an invitation — that largely rests on the outcome of tomorrow’s VT-UVa game. And as far as the new coach… who knows.
— I saw lines stretching all the way around a Best Buy shortly after midnight — five hours until the store opened. Nuts. I know some people love it, but it’s not for me. Three years ago, I went to a Circuit City on Black Friday (around 10 AM, after producing the morning show), and picked up a scanner at a good price, as well as some DVDs and CDs. Don’t think I’ve been shopping on the day since.
— I now have a new UM sweatshirt. Which is a good thing, because my current one is about 6 years old, and starting to shrink.
— In the next few days, I may be upgrading the software that currently runs my photo gallery. Right now, I use Gallery v1.x. I’m thinking of giving 2.x a shot. It looks like it’s a nice upgrade. There are reasons for the timing, but I’m not going to elaborate on them here at this point.
That’s what’s running around my mind at the moment (or at least a sample of it…).

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reading list

Posted by eric on November 18, 2006

On the way home from today’s UM-UVa watch party (let’s not discuss the game), I stopped by the library and picked up a few books. Among the selections:
Creating an Empire: ESPN by Stuart Evey
The Making of the Super Bowl by Don Weiss with Chuck Day
Looking forward to reading them.

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Posted by eric on November 12, 2006

So, not the greatest football weekend for me:
Saturday: Miami loses to Maryland 14-13. The good news is that Kirby Freeman did a great job as QB. Also a redeeming point to the day: FSU losing 30-0 to Wake Forest, for Bobby Bowden’s first ever shutout loss at home.
Sunday: Jaguars lose 13-10 to the Texans. For the second time this season. Not good. If our defense hadn’t been playing as well as it did, it would have been more of a lopsided loss. Very few good things to say about this game.
Not helping matters: One of my fantasy football teams is getting just pummeled. The other is holding on, and should win (despite some under-performing performances). But the first one is just getting clobbered. Ugh.

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the coaching carousel…

Posted by eric on November 5, 2006

For Miami and FSU fans, this football season is pretty much a lost cause. But I’ve thought of one bright spot for Miami fans.
Our school can fire its coach, if it so desires. (Which is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.)
Because, you see, it’s awfully hard for FSU to fire Bobby Bowden when they’ve named the stadium/field after him, and put a statue of him out front. And it doesn’t sound like he’s ready to step down on his own just yet.
Which brings up the next coaching thorn in FSU’s side — Jeff Bowden.
It’s hard for Bobby to fire his son. Which gave me an idea.
Have Tommy Bowden hire him at Clemson.
No, not necessarily as a coach. Something involving less strategy. I was thinking… maybe waterboy?

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