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FIU At The Movies 2

Movies_4 We just passed Memorial Day so it must be the start of the summer movie season and what better way to recap the year in FIU sports than by going to the movies.

So here, with the help of movies that debuted during the past FIU sports season (Aug. 2007-May 2008), is our sequel to the original "FIU At The Movies" on the GPP last May 29. Hopefully, this one does better than most other sequels. Turn off your cellphones, the show is about to start....Nocount_2

No Country For Old Men (right): With more than 70 percent of the roster made up of freshmen or sophomores, this was the story for the 2007 FIU football team.

There Will Be Blood: Well, at least that's what ESPN thought when they showed up to nationally broadcast the football re-match between FIU and UM. The worldwide leader left disappointed with just a neighborhood football game to broadcast.

Resur_2 Resurrecting The Champ: For a long time, the Orange Bowl has been a champion stadium. On a late 2007 November night, the "champ" got knocked out with a 48-0 loss as its primary tenant bowed out. But the OB's other 2007 tenant, the Golden Panthers picked the "champ" up and sent it out a 38-19 winner.

The Comebacks: The FIU men's soccer team didn't fare well in the regular season, but got on a roll in the postseason to reach the Conference USA final.

National Treasure 2: Or sophomore Yarimar Rosa's story at FIU. Once again the Golden Panthers volleyball player earned an All-American honor. Rosa is FIU's first two-time All-American. Eva_2

We Own The Night (right): Actually, they own the pool. FIU swimmers Trudi Maree and Sara Giovannoni broke several FIU records on their way to earning All-American honors.

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story: We'll have to take artistic liberties with this title as well and go with Run Hard: The Ronald Forbes Story. Forbes, (below, left) who earned All-American honors this season, ran the nation's best time in the 60m hurdles.

Forbes_2 Feel The Noise: That's what the new FIU Stadium is being set up to do with limited space between the seats and the field. The tight "C" shape for this upcoming season should be loud, now it's time to get a few more "Ws".

The Final Season: That's about it for the FIU/UM sports series with the exception of men's and women's hoops and women's tennis. The men's hoops series ends this fall in Coral Gables. After the FIU lady hoopsters won in Coral Gables last season, that series may soon be cancelled too.Gb_3

I Am Legend: Raja Bell and Carlos Arroyo had their numbers retired by FIU hoops.

Definitely Maybe: The Golden Panthers men's hoops team and the saga of breaking the full court press.

The Great Debaters: The GPP's readers and commentators.

The Hottie And The Nottie: The Golden Dazzlers (hotties) and opponents Dazz_2 dance teams (notties).

27 Dresses: Or the number of logos FIU has had before the university decided on 1 logo for all sports this coming year.

The Eye: What the NCAA has on FIU for the next 4 years.

Chaos Theory: What the uneducated media, that does not regularly cover FIU, thought/reported when FIU's NCAA infractions and poor APR news broke. It sounds worse than it actually is.

The Jane Austen Book Club: With FIU athletes' GPAs soaring this past year, it might as well be the FIU Book Club.

Eastern Promises: Once again the FIU women's tennis team (made up of eastern Europeans and southeastern Americans) had another successful season. The 3-time Sun Belt Champions may just be the most successful FIU sports program of the last 5 years.Sb_2

Nim's Island: As we all saw at home plate of the first FIU/UM baseball game this season, it's more like Jim's (Morris) Island when it comes to the future of this baseball series. Watch out for those alligator arms!

Superbad: What the UM fans were thinking as FIU closed out the 35-year-old crosstown baseball series with a 6-3 win in Coral Gables.

Saw 4: FIU softball player Monique White saw four bases many times this season as she broke the all-time FIU softball home run record.

Meet Bill: In this movie it's Meet Beth. That would be Sun Belt Softball Coach of the Year, FIU's Beth McClendon.

Gone Baby Gone: What was said 14 times this season after Tyler Townsend deposited pitches beyond Carm_2 the outfield fence. Keep going opposite field Tyler, that's your stroke.

Meet The Spartans (left): Sparta, rich in Olympic history. FIU may have future Olympians in track stars Ronald Forbes, Porsha Butler and Kerry Walker who all won Sun Belt Championships earlier this month.

Strange Wilderness: The preserve behind the baseball stadium. Time to raze it.

Hitman: All-Sun Belt 2B Ryan Mollica (27-game hit streak) and 3B Jorge Castillo (30-game hit streak) were hitmen this season. How Castillo did not get All-SBC honors is beyond me.

Awake: With a record-breaking crowd of more than 3,000 fans showing up to a spring game for a 6-year-old football program it Awake_4showed the momentum from last year's spring game continued and we didn't even need Jessica Alba (right, in "Awake") to show up.

Step Up 2: Freshmen golfers Paula Hurtado and Cristina Marin made the transition from high school look easy with All-Sun Belt honors.

My Kid Could Paint That: What the MC and TT detractors are crying out after the first season for both FIU coaches.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall: This spring we remembered what an essential player to FIU's defenseBuck_3 Marshall McDuffie is and while we're at it, Jeremiah Weatherspoon as well. Welcome back both.

The Bucket List: One thing FIU fans have on their list: to see FIU in the Top 25 in all sports at Theend_2 some point in the future.



We'll make next Thursday, June 5, the final day for you to get your questions for MC in to the GPP.

FIU Fan: I'll look into all the bells and whistles that are being planned in the new stadium. I'll get a poll up on this subject in the next post.

The Ultimate FIU Fan: The hiring of Mike Jarvis at FAU will definitely help the Owls. Jarvis has a good track record making Boston and George Washington matter. He also coached at St. John. He has taken his teams to the postseason 11 times in 18 years, not too shabby.


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