Chance is playing on his school’s 4th – 6th grade team. He’s 9 years old and is 5’1″ on a thick, sturdy frame. Coach has him playing left guard on the offensive line. He’s doing marvelously and most importantly is genuinely enjoying himself. I had fun helping him get all his equipment and it’s really cool to see a little attitude come out from behind his usually reserved demeanor. Chance is hoping to be able to play defense as well – again on the line.
Since I moved to Mississippi, I’ve found it difficult to keep up with the NFL team of my youth. I came of age watching the Dolphins SuperBowls and be viewed as an elite franchise. I was able to attend a ton of games growing up – Marino, The Killer B’s, Mark Duper and Mark Clayton – just to name some of the standouts in my mind. The Phins however are completely mediocre at this point. Their QB situation is laughable. To be honest, once Nick Saban quit and moved up to cushy Tuscaloosa, the team has never had a coach that could lead the team out of its doldrums.
To be honest – If I really wanted to stay on the pulse of Dolphins football I could. I miss the TV coverage here but everything’s available via the web now. I guess its more of a lack of interest that has caused my love for the team to wane. The same could be said for Pro Football in general. It’s simply not as exciting to me as the College game.
As my attention to the Dolphins has diminished, my interest in the Saints has grown. It’s purely a local thing – the Saints are the defacto team of Mississippi and they get all the talk radio, tv, and news buzz here in Jackson. The team fields a couple notable Hurricanes (Vilma & Graham) which give me The U connection as well.
The past year has been a tumultuous one for The U. Loosing its AD (Kirby Hocutt to Texas Tech) and firing Randy Shannon left a void at the top. Miami brought in former Temple coach Al Golden who has tackled the job head on. He’s running a tight ship – letting prima donas go and purging the team of players who don’t buy in to his team first mentality.
Sports Illustrated has Miami as the second best team in the ACC Coastal conference with an 8-4 record. I think that’s an optimistic prediction.
There is still the lingering QB issue – Jacory Harris and Steven Morris are currently locked in a battle to see who will earn the starting spot. My hope is that we don’t end up with a QB as committee fiasco which never seems to work out.
Seantrell Henderson, the Sophomore monster O-Lineman (6-8, 345) that was making the move from right tackle to the all important left tackle position this year suffered a season ending back injury and was forced to undergo surgery. Early reports mentioned it may be career ending although the buzz now is that the surgery was successful and he will be able to play again.
Last year’s spark of hope, Storm Johnson, is no longer a Hurricane. Storm was one of Golden’s early dismissals. Didn’t seem to be a stand-up kid and Golden didn’t want him around. Interestingly, there are some whispers of Lamar Miller, the team’s clear #1 back, of having a chance to break the 1,753 yard mark set by Willis McGahee.
The Hurricanes start things off against an apparetnly much improved Maryland Terapins team at College Park September 5th.
We will get our first taste of The U in roughly 23 days. I’m getting psyched because It’s All About The _.