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'Twas the Night Before Christmas at FIU

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through FIU Ab_5

Not a creature was stirring, not even El Monstruo;

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The retired hoops jerseys were hung by the arena wall with care,

In hopes that more great FIU basketball players would soon be there;

The Golden Panthers athletes were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of future championships danced in their heads;

And the Herald's GPP, and I with a computer on my lap,

Had just settled down for an FIU Christmas yap,

When out on the field there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,Mc_2

Tore open the shutters to see if it was another MC Gatorade splash.

The moon on the crest of a new FIU sports show

Gave the lustre of mid-day to the Golden Panthers below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

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     But a blue and gold sleigh, and eight shiny leaders,

With a bold driver, so lively and fleet,

I knew in a moment it must be St. Pete.

More rapid than eagles his coaches they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Mario! now Turtle! now, Sergio and Cindy!

On, Munga! on Thomas! on, Danijela and Casely!

To the top of the Sun Belt! to the top of it all!

Now win this way! Win this way! Win this way all!"

So up to the conference-top the coaches they flew,

With a sleigh full of wins, and St. Pete too.

     And then, in a twinkling, I heard from the Herald sports boss,Nhfp

"More FIU, more FIU" another FIU foe suffered another loss.

As I drew my hands, and started to type,

First came the FIU football team with a new stadium so bright.

The Golden Panthers were dressed all in blue, from head to foot,

And North Texas was all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of wins began after that first,

And FIU looked like an athletic program about to burst.

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     The FIU fans' eyes -- how they twinkled! their dimples how merry!

Then Turtle and his team made the winning customary!

The Golden Panthers started out with USC,

And continued with a final sweep of UCG;

The Sun Belt baseball slate soon then arrived,

And Turtle's boys did more than survive;

With a real pitching coach and pitchers with promise,

Bats that produced, and a defense that was no novice.

The Golden Panthers played baseball past May,

As the five-year playoff drought was banished away.

That's how the FIU baseball season began in twenty-oh-eight,

To see how it finishes, you'll just have to wait;

     Year two of football under MC would soon follow, Mcc_2

And the chances are the win column won't be as hollow,

The rest of the FIU teams took a turn for the best,

And this was not something that was typed in jest;

PG sprang to his sleigh, to his coaches he gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like a Paul McCall missile.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."

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Great stuff Pete.

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Fun stuff, Pete!

Thanks for a great year. Here's to 2008

Merry Christmas to all FIU fans.

Very nice Pete...happy holidays to you as well.

Very nice writing from a real reporter ;)...good job on your poem Petey...Merry christmas to you and your family as well..See you around campus

Pete,

Nice try. As a fan who cares about you, don't quit your day job. You're a much better beat writer than poet.

By the way, since we're all being to positive, kudos to FAU. They are now the model we look up to. Enough with the comparisons to USF and dreams of the Big East. Let's follow in FAU's footsteps and become relevant in the Sun Belt Conference first.

Between our Golden Panthers, Miami Heat, Dolphins and Florida Marlins, it's a miracle we're able to keep our sanity. Let's be thankful for our friends, family and best sports adage of all time..."there's always next year!"

Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanza or whatever it is you celebrate this time of year.

As always, Go G-Panthers!!!

great blog Pete very nice. congrats to FAU on their bowl win... and to every one happy holidays.

Very nice change of pace, Pete.....and a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to ALL participants in this blog. May 2008 bring you all happiness, love, and above all, health to you and your loved ones....

Great stuff. Much more creative than the other douches blogging for this paper (eh hem, Cote).

Feliz navidad to All the GPP and our families. Than 2008 bring lots og good stuffs for FIU in all aspects acadmics, athletics, etc. and to ALL readers and regulars of this blog MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Cant wait till 08!

Great stuff Pete. Happy Holidays to you and to the rest of the FIU family.

HAHA! (or HOHO!)

Funny.

How long were you working on that one, Pete? A while, I'll bet.

I'm curious about one line, though...

"The moon on the crest of a new FIU sports show..."

Care to explain what that is, kind sir?

Merry Christmahanukwanzakah to all.

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