That's how long it's been since FIU won a road football game. It's been longer than that since the Golden Panthers baseball team reached the NCAA postseason, but that should change soon. More on FIU baseball at the end of this post.
On November 5, 2005, the Golden Panthers came back against Louisiana-Monroe for a 31-29 road win which also marked the first-ever Division I-A victory for FIU. So where does FIU play tommorrow, you may ask? At Louisiana-Monroe.
Now I'm not into numerical superstitions, but removing the November from the date above, leaves you with 5, 2005. You add the 5 and 05 that leaves you with 10 and 20. Tommorrow's date is 10/20. Ok, never mind just showing you I was not asleep in math class and making a point that the 23 movie by Ace Ventura, which tries to make a case for numerical hocus-pocus, was awful.
It will take a lot more than brujeria for the Golden Panthers, who in their five-plus years of existence are 3-28 away from Miami, to snap the road skid and the nation's longest winless drought at 18.
In Louisiana-Monroe, FIU encounters an upset team that lost to previously winless North Texas last week. The Warhawks can pound the ball on the ground. They average more than 200 rushing yards per game and have the nation's No. 16 rushing offense. FIU, meanwhile, is giving up more than 200 rushing yards per game and rank 105th in the nation in run defense.
It's quite possible that the Golden Panthers can get their fourth road win and snap the losing streak, but here's what they need: an offense that can score early and often. FIU has had a knack for falling behind early on the road over the years making the deficit too much to overcome in the second half. Of course, the Golden Panthers defense has to stop the run.
ULM will probably start its freshman QB Trey Revell, who is less mobile than starter Kinsmon Lancaster. Lancaster has a banged up knee and ankle, but could play according to the Warhawks coach Charlie Weatherbie. Regardless, we know what happened the last time a backup QB started against FIU. See: Middle Tennessee three weeks ago.
GPP thinks: Louisiana-Monroe 29, FIU 17
Drove by the new football stadium on Thursday on the way to FIU baseball practice and they have begun installing the blue 50-yard line club seats on the south stands. The majority of the south stands are up. The old scoreboard was also knocked down yesterday to begin work on the east end zone. Been told construction is two weeks ahead of schedule.
As far as Golden Panthers baseball, the team will play its first exhibition game next Thursday against a team of college players from British Columbia. Some of the players on that team are members of the Canadian National team. The game is open and free to the public, but the game time is still undetermined. The Canadians are playing in a tournament in Jupiter a few days before they come to FIU. I'm told FIU should know by Monday. I will post on here the game time as soon as I know.
UltimateFIUFan & FIUPantherFan: The Panther Pass webcast of Saturday's game is being run through Louisiana-Monroe's website. I spoke with the Monroe people yesterday and they said if you can see the video on their home page then you will pick up the game. They said don't worry about that sample video they have in the registration process. If you have trouble, here is the website company's number: 877-967-3267.
MaXx: I think with a new logo on the horizon the gold pants are history. The team uses the gold pants for practice nowadays. Blue pants are not the issue, the Patriots wear blue pants and they seem to be doing just fine, even though they may cheat. FIU just needs better players in those blue pants.
FIU0406: I would imagine they would paint over the old logo on the facade of the baseball stadium. That's like an early 1990's logo on the front of the baseball stadium. Kind of a little ironic that logo has been there so long with the past struggles of the baseball team.
fiufan751: I don't think your enthusiasm is misplaced for FIU baseball. I think what TT is bringing to the diamond is what was needed a long time ago for FIU baseball.
chil'in man: Tell Veronica, I said, Hola, bellesa.
Itsthatguy: Welcome to the GPP.