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"Those days are over, son!" -- The Sequel

Sequels are usually bad: just think Caddyshack 2, Speed: Cruise Control and anything with Steven Seagal.

But the sequel to "Those days are over, son!" got rave reviews on Friday night.

Spring football is over and what a way for it to end at Friday night's Blue/Gold Game.

If I was stranded on a deserted island for X number of years like Tom Hanks in "Castaway" and someone had dropped me at FIU Stadium on Friday night, I could have sworn I was in a "real" college football town. It reminded me a little of the environment when I was in Maryland last season covering the Golden Panthers game against the Terrapins.                             Th_2

At this moment, all of FIU should raise their right hands and place them over their left shoulders and pat themselves on the back, because the university, the athletic department and the football team put on one heck of a show on Friday night.

Maybe now, some who were confused by TDAOS can understand the point of the post "Those days are over, son!". If any of you folks missed it, you can scroll down and look for the blog featuring Einstein and Homer Simpson.

Anyways, we'll get to the football team's scrimmage performance in the next blog, but here let's digest what went on Friday night outside of the 100 yards of Astroplay surface.

Pork_4   For starters, there was an actual tailgate party. In previous seasons, there were a few gatherings of tailgating before regular season games, but nothing like you fans did on Friday night. My compliments to the chefs of the roast pork. I'm not a big pork fan, but those sandwiches were pretty good. Those were the type of sandwiches that could find their way onto the "Subrageous" menu across from FIU -- which may be the best sub shop in Miami.

As for the attendance, some players said after the game that they were worried they'd be playing in front of the usual get-togethers that have comprised the attendance at home games the last few years. More than 2,400 fans showed up -- for a 5-year-old program's spring game. More than 2,400 fans.....When the 2006 FIU season officially went in the tank after the Rocky 7 auditions against um at the OB, there were NOT 2,400 fans in attendance at the last 3 home games. (Has Sly gotten to Rocky 7, yet? I lost count after Clubber Lang) Rocky

Then you add to Friday evening, the sale of retro FIU athletic uniforms and gear, which went rather well I'm told and that's a good start to the pre-game festivities. Not to mention all the giveaways that were provided.

And from the many e-mails you folks have sent, everyone got a kick out of the new head coach's impassioned halftime speech. The same energy has been on display in every practice this spring. If for some reason, Cuban coffee ever becomes extinct, for some people their lives may come to a halt, but I think Mario will be just fine.

On Oct. 10, 2006, the eyes of the "Sleeping Giant" were opened when FIU hired PG as AD. On Dec. 20, 2006, the Sleeping Giant stretched and stood up when MC came on board as head coach. Now Apr. 20, 2007, the Sleeping Giant took a first step when it showed what it's capable of when things are done right.   

Giant_3  And remember TDAOS is not going to guarantee a win at Penn State on Sept. 1, but since Oct. 10, FIU has drawn one step closer.

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i was super impressed at the game. the offense looked good.. although i am alil worried bout the defense w/ all those runs that were let through... name that comes to mind was betancourt and wayne younger... thos were the names i remember the most. all and all it was a good haul at the retro sale... a bought 2 shorts and a warmup shirt for 30$ i was quite happy lol

It was a good show put up by the administration. Kudos to them. We the fans, though, responded as well. Pretty neat to see all those people...all those kids and families there....

Also, I did see a lot of local high school players on the sidelines, watching the practice and eager to talk to MC, Bernard Clark, Coley, etc. I felt good to be an FIU fan on Friday....

TDAOS.....I love it.

It really was a great evening. This is definitely a step in the right direction!

This was my first spring game at FIU, and my first game there at all since I was unable to attend any home games last season. I had a great time! I was very glad to see the support the team was given. Yeah, Alabama had 91,000+ attend their spring game and we had 2,400+. But we were 0-12 last year and are heading into our 6th year of existence. Those "other guys in town" have been playing forever and only had 7,000 attend their spring game, so I think we are headed in the right direction. IS IT SEPTEMBER YET?!?!

Eh, I think I have to put a little stop to the hype machine here. Nothing was spectacular. In fact, I went with my friend, a former FIU player who was part of the first two football seasons back when we were Div 1-AA, and he agreed while it was a good display, nothing was spectacular...at least note to the point to support all this hype. Perhaps we are getting a little ahead of ourselves with the new changes, but I'll keep some reservations until we start playing a real team. Additionally, my buddy was surprised at the size of the OL and DL, noting that they're still undersized...

And we still missed too many field goals!

Sorry i missed the game......... but looks like we are moving in the right direction. Go FIU.
Pete, keep up the good work.

Maybe not spectacular, but the most attended ever it was....by far. From a fan standpoint it was not even close, as I've been to EVERY single one since its inception. I think the theme in this particular blog is not necessarily in terms of pure football (where I agree with your post), but the surrounding aspects of the team..of the program.

I even heard some season tickets were sold during the event. That is nothing spectacular in itself, particularly if we compare this with more established programs. However, do you know how many season tickets had been sold in the previous 6 Blue-Gold games?.....0 . That's right...ZERO tickets had been sold in these events..EVER. Selling 20 or so season tickets in this event is indeed, SPECTACULAR for FIU, given its history.

ya would have been one more but i was told (reminded) that students get in free to the game lol... kinda felt bad cause i even paid and all and then went and made sure to get my money back... as per the crowd it was good... the thing that i saw that most impressed me were the little kids running around. thats how you start a home town rivalry... you start them young. im glad to see that we are starting to get the next generation on board!

I was one of the weird guys calling Sports Radio during the Bob Weltlich days. We have come a long way! Kudos to the Athletic Department, Alumni Association and Students.

The hype is over the level of support that FIU can possibly get. During the Miami game we saw thousands of "fans". It would be great if these people would come out to every game just to see our guys play, regardless of whatever rinky dink sun belt opponent we play. i was not really impressed with the play because pass protection was still weak. the pocket collapsed way too much and the snaps were way too low most of the time for the QB. and yes WE MISSED FIELD GOALS!!!!!!! this needs to be fixed before September. i do not want to go another year knowing FIU could have won at least 4 games if we had a good kicker.

i agree it seems over the level but hey you never know come sept. o btw who was that announcer during the game..... i think if we change anything we change the anouncer... dude was screaming into the mic.

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