Today is my birthday and what could be a better gift than the 'Canes reporting for fall practice today? Nothing I tell you, nothing. This has been, without question, the longest, most brutal offseason of my life. I've tried to pass the time in many various ways. I've tried to watch any and every sport you could think of. I tried to convince myself that baseball was watchable. I tried to convince myself that college baseball was watchable. I tried to Read (oh the horror!).
Even the most amazing moments in these sports were nothing compared to college football (but the reading was actually alright. Resilience by Alonzo Mourning - READ IT!). Worse, though, than watching these hardly bearable sports was listening to the unbearable talk about what everybody thinks is going to happen this season. I've heard every prediction imaginable for the Canes: 12-0, 0-12, 6-6, 8-4, disband the football program, fire Randy, 0-4, 2-2, 4-0, we whoop FSU, FSU whoops us, beat OK, lose to USF, lose to UCF and blah blah blah blah blah. Whatever.
Let me just say, I love the schedule. Wouldn't change a thing about it. This is "anyone, anywhere, anytime" at its best. The only thing that would make it better was if we played the Reptiles every year (but that's a different issue altogether).
As one might be able to ascertain, my dream season would go as follows:
Miami goes 12-0, Beats the previously unbeaten Reptiles in 9 overtimes in the greatest National Championship game ever played.
FSU goes 11-2 (loses to Miami on labor day and in the ACC champ game and beats the Reptiles, a game I hope to go to by the way)
Several scenarios would make me happy with the Reptiles. 0-12 would of course be wonderful. Other fun ones: 11-1 with a loss to Troy, 11-1 with a loss to FSU, 8-4, or 12-0 in conjunction with the first scenario.
USF goes 0-12
I'm not really one for kool-aid though and I really don't think that you should be either. I know we're still a year away from that next plateau, but after meeting this team at Canesfest, I do have a lot of faith in them. Their heads are on straight, they're hard workers and there's a lot of leadership. I also really like Randy Shannon. He know's what he's doing, just wait and see. My cousin says 12-0, My dad says 10-2, and I don't know what my gut says, but my brain is holding steady at 9-3 and a bowl win, and we destroy USF.
As for the 'Noles, I'm not a big fan of Christian Ponder but he's sufficient to win games, along with the other talent. I don't know if they can overcome their losses on both sides of the ball, but they're still good. I'm going to go with a 9-3 or 10-2 if they beat the Reptiles (yes I'm predicting our archrival does better than us, but both these scenarios involve us beating them, and this year isn't the year for us anyways. As long as we show progress, 2010 is going to be epic. Plus, seeing the Reptiles lose...priceless). Also, the 'Noles destroy USF.
That paragraph was somewhat hard to write because I almost wrote it in "we" form. The use of the words "we" and "us" has become wierd to me. 90% of the time, when i say "we", I'm referring to the 'Canes. But recently, a lot of my friends that are going to Reptile U and USF have been talking junk to me in reference to the 'Noles, and I found myself saying "Oh yeah, you keep on saying that till we beat you". These are the only circumstances in which i'll use "we" in reference to the 'Noles and my question to you is if it's ok or not? Let me know what you guys think.
Regardless of what happens, this is shaping up to be the most enjoyable football season of my life and I'm getting more excited for it by the second. To all Reptile fans that aren't jerks (yes, both of you), please know that my comments about the Reptiles weren't directed at you. And to USF fans in general (yes, both of you) please know that your program is really annoying. I call them "bizarro FSU". Just thought I'd let you know.
Exactly one month until UM v. FSU folks! Just reread your football previews again, soak in whatever info you can from fall practices and endure. It's gonna be a gooood year.