It's been said Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. During this time, the baseball pennant races begin and so do the blockbuster movies at the box office. Since the FIU sports year came to a close 10 days ago with the baseball team ending its season at FAU, the GPP has sought the help of films that opened in the past 12 months in order to review the past season in FIU sports....grab some popcorn!
Snakes on a Plane: Or in FIU football's case it should be renamed Snakebitten on a Plane. The Golden Panthers lost their first four road games of the 2006 season by a total of 9 points culminating with the 7-OT disaster at North Texas. Of course, with a depleted squad after the UM game, the road game at Alabama became Anaconda.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning: Who knew we'd be referring to the 0-12 2006 football season. While the loss to North Texas was not a massacre in score, it sure was in the way it went down.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny: The defense was tenacious and let's rename the middle of this film's title to "and the pick of destiny" referring to the choice of MC as the head coach to put FIU football on the map.
Employee of the Month: The only reason to see this movie was Jessica Simpson. But in FIU terms, we'll refer to FIU media relations maven Rich Kelch. Until the new athletic administration took over, Rich always made lemonade out of lemons for the media while he was short-handed. But sorry Rich, Jessica's picture goes here.
Saw III: That's what these FIU hoopsters did on the court: Johwen Villegas (166 3-pt. shots), LaQuetta Ferguson (149), Alex Galindo (127) and Iva Ciglar (120) all saw three.
The Pursuit of Happyness: Coach Sergio Rouco looking to make a better life on the hardwood with his talented incoming recruiting class. Heard Will Smith was a pretty bad hoopster.
Blood Diamond: Could be the theme of the FIU baseball season. The gory lowlights were the 2 last-inning losses to UM and the finale sweep at the hands of the Owls. Is the new baseball coach a diamond in the rough?
Blades of Glory: Let's rename it Racquets of Glory to salute the FIU tennis team and their 3rd straight Sun Belt championship. Good job, ladies. I'm sure Will Ferrell will eventually make a tennis movie.
The Fantastic Four: Yeah, I know there's more to the title of this latest movie, but that's too many words. Four of the few bright spots on this year's baseball team: Chris Dunn, James McOwen, Bryan Pullin and John Petika. But sorry, boys, like Rich, we have to put another picture here.
28 Weeks Later: 28 weeks roughly equals 7 months and that's how long PG has been on the job. The "sleeping giant" got a wake up call, now it's time to win.
300: Judging from spring practice, the Blue/Gold Game and reading your e-mails and comments, I'd say it's been a 300 percent turnaround in the culture of the FIU football team by the new coaching staff.
TMNT: Now, I don't know who would want to go see this garbage flick of green sewer turtles with karate skills. Hey, Hollywood, "Those Days are Over, Son!"....T.D.A.O.S.
Did we miss a movie relating to FIU? Let the GPP know.
FIUandME: I'm sure there will be unique touches to the new Cage. Haven't heard of any yet, but a Golden Panther statue at the entrance could be a start.
Hay: FIU is talking to pro soccer about playing in the new Cage. Recently, I was at an MLS press conference in Miami Beach and MLS commissioner Don Garber said the MLS would like to come back to Miami. However, the MLS season runs from April-October so they would have to work around FIU football home games.
gpantera: I'm sure you'll be seeing more FIU/UM coverage this coming season, obviously including the Sept. 15 rematch in the OB.
FIUFanatic: Gracias, for reading the GPP from Puerto Rico.
We'll see what the FIU witches have been stirring up about the new baseball coach in the next blog !!