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A Little More O Would = Big W

Wow, go out of town for my day off on Sunday and return to an extraordinary lively GPP. Which can also College Crowd_2 describe the great college football game day atmosphere at the inaugural game at the new FIU Stadium on Saturday where your Golden Panthers would have shocked the college football world and owned the MH front page this week with a little more offense.

The FIU D played their hearts out and probably the best I've seen it since 2005 or when they closed out college football at the Orange Bowl in fine fashion last season in a win vs. North Texas. There were even shades of the 2005 FIU D which the led the nation in tackles for loss and finished 28th overall.

I don't buy the theory that USF was still thinking Kansas. The FIU D deserves a ton of credit for Saturday's performance. The Golden Panthers went up against a USF offense that averages 494 yards and 42 points per game. FIU D held USF to 321 yards and 17 points.

Your next two FIU guys to get a shot in the NFL will be Jeremiah Weatherspoon (6 below left) and Robert Mitchell. Those two were spectacular on Saturday. JW cleaning USF RB Mike Ford's clock on 1 of FIU's 3 goal line Clock stands against the No. 12 team in the land. JW also led FIU in tackles.

Saw the replay of Saturday's game on ESPNU and in the blocked FG, RM sped past the USF line and stretched out like Superman to block the kick. RM also blasted through on his sack of Matt Grothe and had several other solid tackles.

The rest of the FIU secondary deserves some applause too for holding the dangerous MG to only 136 yards passing. Anthony Gaitor showed his speed with a couple of tackles for loss and Marshall McDuffie (22 left) had some strong stops in his first Jw start.

The FIU D-line was just as good not letting the USF O-line push them around. Jonas Murrell had a huge stop on the final goal line stand of the night and then went and gave MC a 350-pound chest bump that the ESPN cameras and announcers ate up.

Jarvis Penerton (below right with the safety), Daniel Chacreton, Quentin Newman, Armond Willis, James Jones and Juan Nieves all played well too. As did LBs Scott Bryant, Michael Dominguez and Tyler Clawson.

The only thing that I thought the D was not consistent enough in doing was rushing the passer. We still have not Penerton seen that on a regular basis from this FIU D. But with some more time in the weight room, that pass rush will come. As we get deeper into the season, expect to see Jonathan Jackson and Kambriel Willis among others to have that impact.

What is still troubling after 3 games is the lack of offense from the Golden Panthers. Thought for sure with the short FIU drives in the 1st half on Saturday, that the FIU D would wear out in the 2nd half, but thanks for proving me wrong on that one, FIU D and a big tip of the cap to Rod Moore and his off-season conditioning program for that.

It seems like the FIU O are not all on the same page right now. Which got me thinking to last season when FIU went to a new O and it took about 5 or 6 games for FIU to get it together on O. This season is another new O with new OC Bill Legg. Maybe it will take 5 games for FIU to get the O together.

Ty Of the few O hi-lites from Saturday: T.Y. Hilton (left, running away from the USF D)-- enough said.

Also, the banged-up O-line blocked better in the 2nd half and I thought -- with the exception of 1 run where he danced too much and La Pierna let him know it on the sideline -- Julian Reams (below, right jumping with Brad Serini after a TD) did a nice job of running when he got some openings. Greg Ellingson also showed his sure hands.

Wayne Younger did give FIU a spark with his legs when he came in the 4th qtr, but unlike several of youReams  good people, I'm NOT giving up on Paul McCall, because we all saw what he could do last season with some pass protection.

This will be an especially crucial week for the O to get it together, because Toledo hung 54 points on No. 24 Fresno State last week and FIU's D can't be saving the day all the time.

Logo GOLDEN PANTHER PAWSE

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post had the day off yesterday, but from what's been going on it sounds like Manny needed the day off. Glad to read most of you good people have put Mannygate under the bridge. MN apologized and let's all move on.

Here is the Win A GPP Blog leaderboard after week 3: (FIU/Toledo scores must be in by 6:59 p.m. GPP Time on Saturday)

3-0 (pts. differential): FIU LOVE (46), ridgepanther (46); Fomenter (47); FIUBlue82 (48); NYCFIUFan (49); outofthecage88 (50); FIU 0406 (51); FIUVoice (55); fiufan751 (56); Puma (57), TheU24/7 (57); The OC Panther (58); FIUrulez (59), TheChampionUnderdog (59); FIUChris (60); FIU Fanatic (61), Gold (61), inspubadj (61); FIUPantherFan (62); lol62 (64); esteban688 (66), Quijote (66); Gazi (67); alt7787 (69), MIA/NY Josh (69); CJ (70); Baltimorepanther (71); CrazyCane (81); Ultimate FIU Fan (82).

2-1: Clawing Cancer (49); FIUJM (63); TNGoldenPanther (87); FIUBlueandGold (90).

1-2: Max (85); gpantera (95); FIUfantastic (96); SouthPaw (112).

GPP: 3-0, 65.

**If your GPP name and score is not listed, then either you did not post a score for the Iowa or USF game or posted after last Saturday's 4:59 GPP time deadline.

On to the questions....

alt7787: Do you still stand by your Marlins not making the playoffs prediction?

GPP: I know you asked this last Friday before the Phillies took care of the Marlins, but I still stood by the Marlins Fish not making the playoffs. Need more consistent offense and a better bullpen for them to contend any year. Too many Marlins that either strikeout or homer, need some guys that hit above .300 in that lineup.

Clawing Cancer: Pete... did FIU relent at all from their "you gotta buy season tix to get the USF game" line?

GPP: No, they did not, but individual tickets are on sale for the rest of the home games. Yes, I too heard Roman loud and clear on the ESPN broadcast.

FIUFloridaPower&Light: Pete-Can you find out if there was something wrong with the sound system, it was very low. They need to raise the volume. Do you feel like I do that this game was winnable, if not for those personal fouls? Your thoughts on Toledo, what do they bring to the table and how do we compare?

GPP: I'll look into it. One thing about the speakers and music: Message to whoever plays the stadium Shhh music, you CANNOT play it when FIU is on offense. Several of the Golden Panthers offensive players mentioned to me after the game that they had trouble hearing the signals and snap count from PM and WY, because the music was playing. This is FIU Stadium. Give the Golden Panthers some home field advantage on offense. Zip it!

The USF game was very winnable with a little O, forget about the personal fouls with the way the FIU D was playing. Toledo brings a very potent O to the table and if FIU does not score it could be a long night in Ohio. If the Golden Panthers can show some life on O and score some TDs, the Toledo game is a winnable game.

gpantera: PETE, is there any way for us in cyberspace to get a hold of that video, post it on our Facebooks, favortie blogs, etc. and effectively share FIU with the world?

GPP: Will let you know about the status of the FIU video. Thanks, for the shameless plug. Nothing wrong with a little P.R.

FIUJM: Pete, question for you...Alonzo Phillips. He is 3rd fastest player on the team, is he even suiting up for games?

GPP: AP made a great tackle on punt coverage against USF when he flew and tripped up the returner at the 15. He had a pass thrown his way, but dropped it.

Stad SouthPaw: Pete, can you give us an update on the latest constructiion plans for FIU Stadium over the next few years? What is slated for completion next year and for the year after that?

GPP: The fieldhouse/team meeting rooms/6 extra club suites/patio area is expected to be done by next April. The north side is in the process of being designed. Construction on the north should start in 2010 and should be done by 2011. The upper deck will largely depend on how quickly FIU starts winning on a consistent basis. The tentative timetable for the stadium to be done with 45,000 capacity is 2015.

Miri & Quijote: Pete, my friend just said that Miami FC wants to move to the FIU stadium. I saw them at the game, so I was wondering if something was brewing. When do you think the move will happen?

GPP: Miami FC is likely headed to FIU next season, at least that's what the soccer club said last week during their final week playing at Tropical Park. The MH had a couple of soccer articles last week mentioning the move. FIU has been negotiating with them for a while now. If that's the case for the Fc first couple of FIU football home games in 2009 we may see the end zones just plain green and with no PANTHERS lettering, because of soccer.

Ultimate FIU Fan: Pete, just found out that our men's Basketball team will play UCLA during Thanksgiving. I'm already booking my flight to LA to support our men's basketball team!!

GPP: Yes, I believe a few blogs ago I posted the hi-lites of the men's hoops OOC sked this season: at UCLA, at Georgetown and at Washington along with other OOC games such as the final game between FIU and UM. Have a turkey drumstick for me in L.A.

**Almost 70 percent of you said you were looking forward to watching an FIU game at the new FIU Stadium the most in our last poll question. Now chime in on your inaugural game day experience at the new on-campus home of your Golden Panthers:

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Why would FIU agree to remove the "Panthers" from the endzones for Miami FC? This is our house. If you want to play at OUR stadium you can either paint over the lettering and paint it back when you're done or DEAL WITH IT!

I'm with pikedanny on that one.

I had an AMAZING TIME at the game!

and I also hope that the team pulls the O together by the 5th game since I'll be making the trip to N. Texas :)

great blog pete!

Thanks for the opinion pete. I really thought the Marlins could pull it off, but the last 2 days have really killed the hope I had. Im now ready to admit that they are done. Too much needs to happen that probably wont.

Anyway Im so glad you mentioned the MUSIC at the stadium because that was my BIGGEST COMPLAINT. I definitely agree with the no music during FIU offensive positions. I didnt get this at all. We all know that when the home team is on offense, we need to SHUT UP. Not only that but the selection of music was terrible. Ive been trying to find out who has control over this, but to no avail. The music was not the kind of music you play at a football game. It was nothing but hip hop, r&b or spanish music. This stuff puts people to sleep, it doesnt pump them up!! On third and long when the FIU defense needs to make a stop we shouldnt be hearing rap. Honestly the environment was very weak and I suspect the music had a lot to do with this. They needed to play some more sound effects, loud roaring music, something to get the crowd loud and on their feet. Jay Z and lil wayne dont quite cut it.

Roary needed to be a bit more active. I read somewhere he is being coached by Billy the Marlin. I laughed when i read this because I didnt think mascots coached each other. haha. funny. Overall it was an ok experience. I love going to school at FIU, but honestly I have come to expect mediocrity out of them. Saturday's game was no exception to the mediocre way that FIU puts things together. just my opinion though.

Well, I made the front of FIU's Beacon newspaper with my column on the game and the overall experience (Yeah, that's me with the terrible haircut, I need to retake that picture if I'm going page one again), and I was in one of the pictures on the Herald's back page spread.

FIUChris is going big time, what can I say?

Pete, wasn't Alonzo Phillips the guy who dropped the onside kick as well? If his hands ever get to where they need to be, he's going to be unstoppable. Nobody on the defense can even come close to him during practices.

I feel like we need to get TY Hilton the ball more on offense. I would like to see him in the backfield and getting some reverses every once in a while. In my eyes, he's the most talented offensive player this team has had in the 3 years I've been watching them.

Frankly, I think A'Mod Ned, Wayne Younger, and TY Hilton are the three guys whose hands this offense needs to focus on putting the ball into. Reams and McCall need the O-line to get a good push too much for us to really rely on them. Younger needs to be starting and get a full game because the offense just plain looks better with him under center. I honestly felt sticking with Paul for 3 and a half quarters when he showed nothing was a slap in the face to the defense.

Either way, it was a pretty great atmosphere on campus and at the stadium, and I hope the students keep coming out for games. I think we can win at least 3 of the games left there.

Well, I made the front of FIU's Beacon newspaper with my column on the game and the overall experience (Yeah, that's me with the terrible haircut, I need to retake that picture if I'm going page one again), and I was in one of the pictures on the Herald's back page spread.

FIUChris is going big time, what can I say?

Pete, wasn't Alonzo Phillips the guy who dropped the onside kick as well? If his hands ever get to where they need to be, he's going to be unstoppable. Nobody on the defense can even come close to him during practices.

I feel like we need to get TY Hilton the ball more on offense. I would like to see him in the backfield and getting some reverses every once in a while. In my eyes, he's the most talented offensive player this team has had in the 3 years I've been watching them.

Frankly, I think A'Mod Ned, Wayne Younger, and TY Hilton are the three guys whose hands this offense needs to focus on putting the ball into. Reams and McCall need the O-line to get a good push too much for us to really rely on them. Younger needs to be starting and get a full game because the offense just plain looks better with him under center. I honestly felt sticking with Paul for 3 and a half quarters when he showed nothing was a slap in the face to the defense.

Either way, it was a pretty great atmosphere on campus and at the stadium, and I hope the students keep coming out for games. I think we can win at least 3 of the games left there.

Good comments on the music. I don't mind having some Miami-sounding music mixed into the sound, but the overall atmosphere needs to be more traditional to a college football atmosphere. The guys that plan that stuff need to do their homework on how other stadiums use music and sound effects and then mix in elements that are unique to Miami and FIU.

And I can't not mention the blueberry pants. I was very disappointed to see the GOLDEN Panthers come out in all blue on Saturday. Pete, I thought the standard uniform at home was blue jersey with white pants? Do I need to trot out our miserable record wearing blue pants again? Blue pants bring bad karma and bad luck.

Pete, I thought I saw #77 Javon Hill on the sidelines on Saturday. What's the story with him? I thought you said his career was over. And is Ash Parker eligible for a medical redshirt? If so, that would actually work out quite well since we have McDuffie back there this year and seem to be pretty deep at safety.

Kudos on the Jumbatron screen! Pete will the other screen opposite the present one be up next season? Will it be stats only or video too?

Saw Cedric Mack on the sidelines. HE IS HUGE!!! Will he be available against Toledo? Please say yes!

GO FIU!!!

I saw #77 Mack in jeans, that guy is huge.

TY Hilton = Noel Devine SPEED, find a way to get him in the backfield.

Toldeo worries me and I have to agree with an earlier post. Younger, Hilton and Ned need to be more invloved in the offense. I also think Alonzo Phillips needs to be looked at as an HBack on sweeps or toss plays. Gonna be long day if we can't get at least 21 pts.

I would personally like to thank the Golden Panther nation for uniting and standing up this weekend to defend our school against poor taste comments. That is, however, water under the bridge. FIU pride is spreading very rapidly and everyone on this board is contributing so thank you all.

On another note, I feel like a few things FIU needs to work on is increasing the band from 100 people to about 300 or 400 people. Lets make this stadium loud. Also, I agree with sound system and timing of the music. It will take time for FIU to perfect the game day experience and this was a great start.

Finally, I saw last night that 2 more players from South Florida committed to FIU this weekend at the game. A team mate of TY from Miami Lakes and an OL from Hollywood. Pete, what is the deal with these cats? I know in the UM blog, they do an update on their recruits and what accomplishments they are having this season. I realize that this will be extra work for you but can we do some sort of high light, perhaps once a month on FIU recruiting? Preferably who they are targeting in South Florida.

I can't wait till the next game, I had a blast at the first one. Thanks everyone and Pete, I still owe you that beer!

Thank you, Pete. I don't mind having Miami FC share the stadium with us, but I don't think we should leave the end zones without being painted. It's just so... blah.

I have another question. Have you heard anything about new license plates with the new logo? I have been waiting to get one so I can get the new logo. Thanks.

Can we please have some sort of game traditions. I.E. I don't care if we copy the Hokies and jump when Enter Sandman comes on, I don't care if we hold four fingers before the fourth quarter. The only thing that I heard that might develop into an FIU tradition on Saturday was the ole ole ole fiu chants, because it's distinctive to every other school. That being said, the Audio was a bit too law, and as a student, having to turn around for replays/to see yards left was horrid, hope we can get that other scoreboard up? I'll be there for the next one though!

I thought the game day atmosphere was pretty phenomenal. The Jumbotron and its features ran...the time lapse with President Maidique was awesome..., replays, and crowd shots just add an extra element of fun to an FIU home game. I was proud to be a long time Golden Panther fan...Finally, the effort...up until the very last minute...was just excellent. Kudos to everybody in a job well done...very good for the first time around.

Thanks Pete for answering my question about Alonzo Phillips. Just expect him to be more involved in our offense.

I may go to some Miami FC games if they move to FIU Stadium. I love soccer but didn't support the Fusion because they were so far away from Miami.

Gold, I saw about those two recruits you mentioned. On top of it, seems a kicker committed also. Seems like staff is working hard.

GO FIU!!!

As far as Toledo is concerned, they're looking at us as a tune-up and a W in the win column. The Offense has got to GET US A LEAD! We will never know how good we are or how close we are to winning until we put the other team up against it by taking the lead. Even against USF they were up by at least 10 points for nearly the whole game. Their coaches may have coached just as hard but as anyone who has ever played a competitive sport knows, sometimes you just don't push yourself as hard as you can if you don't have to.

Also, that 'USF coming off the KU game hang-over theory' is crap, our Defense had two weeks to rest up and prepare for USF; that made a world of difference. We won't have two weeks for Toledo, look for the defense to wear out in the second half. So unless we get into a shot-out with them, we won't have much of a chance.

Go Panthers !!!

p.s. MN is still a low life and he can apologize until he's blue in the face but true-colors is true-colors.

I have a feeling that that Toledo game is going to be ugly. A little like the Kansas and MTSU games last year after we kept it close against ucg. I hope I'm wrong and I'm not predicting anything just yet, just a hunch.

After the game I met up with Cedrick Mack and sounded like the game might have changed his mind about redshirting. He said "those guys need me". I told him "do whats best for you" but i was happy to see him more enthusiastic. I'll see if i talk to him today and i'll give you all an update on his position.

So PP you watched the ESPN U braodcast... Had to say it looked a little bush having the broadcasters out in the seats. they did raise a good point, What happens when the South Fl. skies open up in a down pour? but hey baby steps. Here is anouther tidbit for you on those empty seats. Even on gameday at the stadium FIU never relented in the season tix policy,. they turned paying fans away!! way to build for the future. HERE IS ANOTHER. the people who bust their tails everyday for that dept. did not recieve any comp tix!!!!! this is 100% nonsense !!!! way to go PG

Why is everyone assuming we are going to get blown out by Toledo. They are the worst team on our non conference schedule, BY FAR. Look at their win/loss column this season, and the last two. They have been blown out by a few teams that aren't top 25. USF is a much better team and we kept it tight.

I don't get it. I still don't expect an FIU win, but I'm not feeling this "it may get ugly" stuff everyone seems to be preaching.

Everyone is not assuming anything. One person 'has a feeling' it might get ugly and another person (me) is worried about our defense holding up if the offense can't move the ball. I also handicapped the game by saying that the only way we're going to win is to get into a scoring fest with them (they scored 54 in a 2 OT loss v. #25 Fresno).

So anything can happen (and probably will) but if we don't start scoring we 'aint gonna win.

Pete,

My thoughts...

1. FIU Beach? What happened to that?
2. Band needs to be way louder.
3. I like the new slogan we have ... "The Pride" (kinda like the wolfpack)... this slogan needs to be incorporate into all aspects of the university.
4. An entrance to the tailgating area FROM FIU campus is needed.
5. Yea we need some tradition, however, I hate the OLE OLE OLE chant!
6. Roary needs to get in the middle of the field every now and then. Get a wave going or something.

7. Would like to see and all Gold uniform (including Gold Helmets) for special games! But this is probably expensive.

FIU 10
Toledo 27

I thought the stadium is looking good, but far from completion. I thought the music was good and shouldnt change; I thought the music got the crowd in the game. Definitely should never be played during ofense, no brainer. Parking was great and a non-issue, the field looked amazing. I liked being basically on the field with the players; I really liked that feeling. Please tell MArio to take the tie off and put on a polo. Not that attire is important in football but the guys shirt was freaking see through and I think he would look more professional in something cooler (at least and undershirt. The concession stands need major improvement, it still has that high school feel, I hope that gets a make over. The jumbotron is awesome, well worth the expense. however, fiu having that jumbotron should show more replays, especially after a key or spectatclar play. The camera guys could shoot the game, in my opinion a little closer to the action. I dont like the bleachers to much but what can I say, there here to stay. But in all fairness they have a back and that is a major improvement. Pete, will the visitor side section bleachers be re-done as part of the April 2009 phase? it looks weird how that section is not connected to the rest of the stadium to create a perfect O. those are my comments, great location, great place, with some tweaking, it will be a great college stadum. Pump up the music and sound, I think everyone has laready mentioned that.

At Toledo we must score points! Take chances on fourth and short, go for the long field goal don't play safe play to WIN.Get the players in the game who will give you the best chance to win, if a senior or junior are not getting it done make a move!

All models that I have seen of the final look of the stadium does not have it in an "O" shape. It will always have those two slits in the visitor side.

And I believe it was mentioned that the visitor side will eventually be made the same style as the rest of the stadium. And it will become the Alumni section

I am almost positive that they will not be closing the North Side of the stadium until they begin work on the Student Support Complex. it doesn't make much sense to me as to why they would wait to install the remaining seating on that side of the stadium. They can put up the bleachers and seating WAY BEFORE they begin construction of the actual student support complex - much like they are doing with the fieldhouse. So even if we don't have the student support complex finished we still have a WHOLE stadium not 3/4 of one. Either way, Saturday was amazing and I can't wait until October 11th and Middle Ten. GO PANTHERS!!!

I hope to see some W's this season.

GO FIU!

Ok here are my comments and recommendations:
1. The music was not really good, i agree that there was too much rap and reggaeton. How about some classic rock songs like the ones played in other stadiums? Someone please give DJ Vertigo a class on other styles of music.
2. The band needs to get bigger immediately, there should be at least 150 members.
3. FIU beach needs to be implemented.
4. If the team is going to wear blue, they should give out blue t-shirts or blue t-shirts that also have yellow. The yellow ones they gave out in my opinion look horrific!
5. I love the ole chant!

Toledo 28, FIU 7

Can't wait for SBC games.

Ok, since everyone is adding what they like and don't like, here you go.

1. I agree the band needs to grow.

2. I've always hated the FIU Beach idea. Sorry.

3. I love that "Enter Sandman" was used as the team intro. (...and hated that USF's band ruined it by playing over it, but anyway...)

4. I think that Roary needs to lead the team onto the field at the beginning of every home game.

To complete the north end, FIU is wisely using non-athletic budgets. The support complex is an FIU approved expansion, and the bleachers/stadium expenses will be tied into that Student Support Complex. Fall 2010 is the goal. With that time-line, I assume that construction would begin in December of 2009 after the season is completed. They put up the south bleacher infrastructure in like 3 months.

***Question to esteban ? Is Mack even allowed to practice with the team ? My guess is that he must have learned the offensive playbook by now...

My two cents:

1. Size does matter, and the doesn't have it
yet.
2. Can we PLEASE have something other than
rap or hip-hop music being played.
3. I was not happy to see the USF band
playing
while the tribute to a fallen soldier was
taking place. Truly classless.
4. I like the concession area up top with a
view of both the surrounding area and the
field.
5. While the stadium is not yet completed,
it is a quantum leap forward and kudos
should flow.


My two cents:

1. Size does matter, and the doesn't have it
yet.
2. Can we PLEASE have something other than
rap or hip-hop music being played.
3. I was not happy to see the USF band
playing
while the tribute to a fallen soldier was
taking place. Truly classless.
4. I like the concession area up top with a
view of both the surrounding area and the
field.
5. While the stadium is not yet completed,
it is a quantum leap forward and kudos
should flow.


Lets play to WIN not to lose by a small amount of points. Take chances gamble what do we have to lose. 0-3 now is the time to turn it around.We can't afford to leave points on the field. Being conservative won't win us games.

FIU 27
Toledo 22

Toledo 31
FIU 10

FIU 24
Toledo 21

Disclaimer: This is meant to be humorous. Greg we’ve forgiven you for your anti-FIU and pro-FAU bias (actually unlike Manny you haven’t really apologized) and Manny we’ve forgiven you for being a prodigal son. But guys, please let us have some fun at your expense.

Having said that, I’ll contribute the first 5 reasons that Greg Cote and Manny Navarro blow chunks. Let’s see if we can get a Top 10 list going:

1. When Manny said his heart was in Texas, he meant he missed Greg who was on the road. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

2. Manny is that peach fuzz on your face or can’t you grow a real beard?

3. Manny, is that short for Manuel or Manolo?

4. Have you seen Greg’s updated photo? I’d be pretty depressed too.

5. Why does Greg sound like he’s 90 on the radio? Is he related to that lady from NPR?

FIU 13
Toledo 7

My two cents on few recommendations...

1. The band. As all have said, weak in numbers. Have we gotten smaller over the years? Sure seems so. The location of them should also be reconsidered. USF's band was heard very loud partly because they directly faced the opposite side of the stadium.

2. Music. We MUST build a repertoire of songs that we REPEAT every game at certain points in the game (e.g. intro, touchdowns, long time outs, key 3rd downs, etc). They must be the same classic songs so as to build tradition and fan backing when the song plays. Sporadic playlists just throws the fans off, we want fans to be interactive and not just entertained.

3. Sound system. We cannot have sound coming out of just the jumbotron. Volume too low, not surround, allows for opposing bands to easily drown out the sound system, they are already smoking our band.

4. One color needs to be emphasized. If blue is the color of choice (uniforms and stadium color) then why give away yellow shirts to students?

5. Is it me or does anyone else think the jumbotron should have been placed on the other side? I know it's too late now but if it were on the other side then people could see announcements or highlights while tailgating, the students could see it better, and it wouldn't be facing the sun creating glare.

6. Roary. I don't know what to say, Roary NEEDS to get his ass on the field. This has been a problem since game 1. Get somebody in the costume who can do some flips, some running on to the field, start or reinforce chants, ANYTHING. We don't need a mascot who walks around the sidelines and waives and throws t-shirts, wtf is that.

7. How about installing some of those water spraying fans around concession stands and FIU merchandising stands, this will draw people looking to cool off and potentially end up buying something.

8. The stadium is beautiful but what makes it truly unique? Architecturally it is not stunning. We need something...a huge panther statue or a grand football related entrance (not just the Student Support building). Maybe Main Street FIU as an attachment to the stadium will accomplish this.

9. We need something honoring our inaugural players. Something MUST be done this year at the new stadium, maybe homecoming. A new administration CANNOT simply dismiss the past.

10. Get the Golden Dazzlers up in the stands. No real reason, just trying to get a closer look!

Pete, why is it when one Googles or searches on Yahoo for FIU blogs, message boards, or anything really except the actual name, the GPP is nowhere to be found? You need to get your webmaster or IT dorks to work on this asap...surely at least opponent fans are searching for a blog like this but not finding it, not to mention the very casual FIU fan.

Thanks for answering the question, Pete.

I have to agree with ridgepanther about not selling individual tickets to the USF game. I like a lot of what PG & Co have done, and I definitely agreed with making people buy season tickets at first if they want to see USF... but why deny people with money the chance to see a game on game-day if tickets are available? I guess PG wanted to get the message across to people that you will buy season tix or not see anything at all.

I understand the reasoning behind that... but I would argue that if they're waiting until game-day to buy tickets, they're probably not going to buy season ticket packages. I'd rather sell a single-game ticket than not sell anything at all. And had they done that, you might've seen some of those empty sections full. Not that there was a lot of them, but watching it on TV, I was surprised there was some empty seats. Guess it makes sense now.

Anyway... I thought they were playing music during our offensive drives, but I was thinking maybe it was some kind of weird thing on the TV broadcast. Man, that is STUPID. That should not have happened. That better change.

I guess I'll be the only one defending the "USF was asleep at the wheel" argument. What the hell...

I definitely agree that FIU having two weeks off certainly helped in prep. And clearly, the emotions of the day had a big factor. FIU's D came to play, and they played well. They certainly deserve a ton of credit for that. But I've also seen a lot of the Bulls over the past 2 seasons. They were asleep at the wheel. That was probably the worst game I've ever seen them play. Maybe it wasn't because of KU... I think it probably was... but they weren't playing well. I think it was more mental than anything. They just looked like they were going through the motions. No disrespect to the blue-and-gold meant by saying that. I think USF did the same last year when they played FAU at Lockhart. They have a history of doing things like that.

Anyway... I also saw some of Toledo's game last week, and I concur with Pete. FIU's D better come with a similar game or it could be over by half-time. But I don't think it'll be like that. Toledo's clearly going to be on a high. They might also be ripe for plucking. Hopefully, we'll have something resembling an offense.

Puma, Manny is short for Manuela, his current girlfriend. Also known as Rosy Palm for our non-bilingual readers. Surely he's no tranger to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Toledo 31
FIU 14


Our offense worry's me greatly.... they really need to start finding their bearings against Toledo. That said...

GO PANTHERS!


Hate to say it, but until the offense shows me otherwise I can see us losing again. Also, we have a tendency to be a Debbie Downer after a strong showing (I feel like we are the Cubs of college football and we have not been playing for that long!). Therefore:

Toledo: 31
FIU 7

Hope I am wrong! Go FIU!!

FIU 27 - Toledo 24

BALL CONTROL PLEASE !!!

I think canning PM is not a good idea, WY had most of last season to grow, and get game experience, I think PM should get his time. I still think we have a better shot at winning with him.
About the band, for the band to grow just like a chia pet it is impossible, firts they also need pre season practice,hopefully to do field drills and I don't know if our band is doing that( but they should). Also they need money for equipment, intructors and most important scholarships and estipments.
I know the band at UF and they got a big chunk of money from the Nike contract, Gatoraid royalties and money from the athletic department. every player has some sore of scholarship to pley in the band and in away games they used to get $50 a day for food.
I don't know who the band director is at FIU now, but the chairman of the music department has to work with PG to get some money to get the band it is historically that the band and music department grow with the football teams. Usually some of the best marching bands and instrumental music programs come from schools that have stablished football programs and lots of traditions like Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, USC, FSU, UF, Alabama, Notre Dame and even ucg.
I hate the Ole Ole Ole chant, but lets face it that is the closest thing we have to a tradition at FIU, so lets keep it going.
I hope the players are prepare for Toledo and don't get cocky thinking that they played good against a USF team that wasn't hungry and they will take Toledo for granted, we need to be hungry like our defense was against USf, we need to want to win more. their defense is not as good as KU, Iowa or USF, so maybe our offense can play a little more.
For all of you who want the gold uniforms that might cost too much money look at the stock market lately the price of gold has gone up ;)
GO FIU

you konw .. at the begining of the year.. i marked out the games.. and though to myself which were actually winnable.. and although the O hasnt shown me anything.. im goin to stay true to my prediction. that being said... FIU will get their first win this year at Toledo. reason being for the second week in a row our opponent is comming off a big win and has another big CONFRENCE game after FIU in Ball State.... no1 outside the belt and the state of FLA really knows much about FIU besides they got in a brawl a few years back. our D is coming off an inspiring performance but didnt win... you dont think they are hungry for that win? and the MAC is know better for offense... not defense meaning the OLine will face a Dline not nearly as active as the last 3. adding all that together.. (and hopeing that Legg gets to use more of Hilton and Ellingson) i will predict the upset and say FIU wins ... 24-21

balt.panther.. you took the Dfense words right outta my mouth lol as for the Ole Ole Ole chant. well i was raised to love soccer so of course im goin to like it .. and be sides the FF II UU FIU chant thats our best one.. hope it keeps coming and if you have any better ideas for chants we should hear em lol

"I may go to some Miami FC games if they move to FIU Stadium. I love soccer but didn't support the Fusion because they were so far away from Miami.

Gold, I saw about those two recruits you mentioned. On top of it, seems a kicker committed also. Seems like staff is working hard.

GO FIU!!!

Posted by: FIUJM"

Hey ! that sounds sooo typical from the Miami fan base. Not supporting a team just because they don't want to drive 30 min. north. Is this the explanation why FIU has a very looowww attendance when they play FAU? I was very shocked when FAU played FIU in 2005 and there were not even 50 fans on the stands watching their team beating FAU for the only and first time in their school history. The rest of the matches against FAU have not been different in terms of attendance from the FIU fan base. On the other hand, I understand protecting your team from the UM fan base, but all that smack talking about UM having a bunch of thugs on their roster might end up being the same situation for the fIU team in future years just because of the location. I am glad that FAU is in Boca and does not have to deal with this non-sense arguing. This might be the year you can beat FAU, but I hope that never happens because I do not want to hear your bragging on how good your team is even though, the series is 5(FAU) vs 1(FIU).

later amber kitties!

Did anyone know that Toledo is ranked #99 in Sportsline's top 120 (FIU is dead last).

Toledo seems to be getting a lot more love than they deserve, time to correct your predictions!

So where are we all watching the Toledo game? Pete, can you get details on viewing places and tv listing info?

Roar.

I appreciate you trying to fans the flames of rivalry between FIU and FAU by talking smack and stereotyping Miami fans ... but I just really don't feel that rivalry. It feels fabricated... we don't really care much / know much about FAU. Sorry.

NO TV FOR SATURDAY'S GAME!!!! When we will stop being mediocre?

FIUFPL speak for yourself.. i think there is a definate rivalry w/ FAU... its the same one that could be grown w/ bigger schools... we are all trying to recruit in the same hot bed

Quijote i was aware that FIU was ranked #120 out of 120 (dead last) Although, I do think that a win against the #99 team may jump FIU up into the #115 area. Go get'em Panthers.

FIUFP&L:
It might be fabricated, but that is not reason why this can be considered not a rivalry. This game lost the rivalry status when FAU started dominating FIU on the field and when Don Shula said on an interview that he would see FAU being more successful than your school in football. Let's not take the attention from your low attendance fan base. Shame on you with so many students on campus and such a low attendance!!!
Low attendance = too many international students that come from a different educational system where sports are not being seen as a tool to improve education an reputation in the united states. They don't understand about pride, prestige and all those things. Their colleges in south america gain status due to social and economical levels, not due to athletic programs. In addition, how dare you to compare your program to UM. You are not on the same level, conference, recruiting etc. Stop calling UM, UCG,
please be more respectful!
Please do not bother on showing to the Don Shula Bowl!

You have to be kidding me FAUHooter!!! Actually, I have always gone to FIU/FAU football game. You're misunderstanding me when I made comment about soccer. For me it's over an hour drive to go to Lockhart, and reason I didn't go to Fusions game is because they had no business playing all the way in Lockhart Stadium. For FIU football/Baseball/Basketball game, I wouldn't mind the drive to Ft. Lauderdale. Fusions should have been in Miami where most of the soccer fans would support it, but unfortunately nothing could get worked out with the Orange Bowl.

As for Shula Bowl, I don't care if you beat us this year, I'll still be there.

GO FIU!!!!

You have to be kidding me FAUHooter!!! Actually, I have always gone to FIU/FAU football game. You're misunderstanding me when I made comment about soccer. For me it's over an hour drive to go to Lockhart, and reason I didn't go to Fusions game is because they had no business playing all the way in Lockhart Stadium. For FIU football/Baseball/Basketball game, I wouldn't mind the drive to Ft. Lauderdale. Fusions should have been in Miami where most of the soccer fans would support it, but unfortunately nothing could get worked out with the Orange Bowl.

As for Shula Bowl, I don't care if you beat us this year, I'll still be there.

GO FIU!!!!

FAUowl,

I like the underlying racism in your comments. We get it, you hate non-Americans; especially those living outside Boca Raton.

Dude give me a break with the attendance issue. What attendance does Find Another University pull, like 14k, and you guys won the conference! That's much more pathetic in my opinion than an FIU 8k average when we're 1-25 (or whatever it was) and playing off campus last year. Get a grip. You must be taking too much of your grandma's stroke medication up there in Boca.

FIUBlueandGold,

As of today Cedric Mack has not practiced, he knows the playbook... but it's not the same as actually getting out there and getting some snaps. If he dosn't play really soon he'll demand to be redshirted. He being patient.

It has been said more than once. FIU does not have a running game. No team in the country is going to respect the pitiful performances from the backfield. Until the running game can get established everyone FIU plays will defend the pass and not worry about the ground. With that in mind, not even Brett Favre would survive playing QB at FIU. Establish the run, get some respect there, and teams will have to loosen up in the secondary.

Toledo's game will be shown tape delay in their market. The info on their website is as follows:

"BCSN (Same-day replay). Rich Hoffer
(play by play) and former Rocket Tom Duncan
(color) will call the action."

I think we can score on Toledo (every team so far seems to.), however they can definitely pile up the points. If we score the first two scores then we'll win. I'm going with that assumption and the fact that the following week they have their MAC conference rival Ball State @ home for Homecomming. They might be looking at that game already. With that I predict:

FIU - 28
Toledo - 26

I hope we win! GO FIU!!!

FIUJM: We will see you there on November. I do care if you beat us. I don't want to hear you non-sense bragging.

FIUfantastic: I am hispanic born and raised down there in south america, but i learned to take pride on my school and its athletics program, so my comments could not be racist at all.
It is just my assumption and I associate that with the lack of interest in your football program.

FIUer: I might went to Find Another University, but your Florida Ilegal University is a 4th tier school as ours with a pretty lame football program. Don't start bragging about how good your school is because that is not true. Please explain why we share a medical program with UM, hosted a presidential debate, own the only virtual stock trading simulator in the state, have a 10 top Oceanic program in the nation, we were chosen to be the location for one the biggest independent film firms in the nation. I can go on and on, and I bet you can do the same thing with your school, but here is the problem! I never attended your school and you never went to FAU, so there is nothing that proves how good or bad is FAU or FIU; however, I know a bunch of people that transfered to FAU or moved to UM because of your lousy programs. Yes we won the conference and the bowl, but we draw 15k to 16k per game and drew 25k against USF with out a brand new stadium like yours. I don't have the problem with attendance when we are 27k students against 38k students FIU holds. Believe me ! your school has an issue with attendance big time just like every sport in Miami.

FIU has zero running game. probably since our only running play is the friggin DRAW. god!!! it seeemed like every running play was a draw play that went for 1 or 2 yards. What kind of playbook has the coaching staff installed? It seems simpler than last years where our only successful play was that stupid double reverse play action pass to Turdnard Turner.

Maybe the coaching staff can get some inspiration from Madden 09? There's some pretty good stuff in there. Some stretch plays, off tackle runs, even some toss plays. i cant help but think that for at least one point during this season an FIU running back may actually gain over 100 yards rushing if the Madden playbook is installed at FIU.

FIU video - Fan experience vs. USF

http://vimeo.com/1802957

Not too shabby.

FAU Owl, I agree with some of the things you said. Sports are not implemented at the college level in Latin America because they are more concerned about the education itself. Aside from that, American Football is not the most popular sport over there either. The people that actually watch it tend to watch the NFL and not the NCAA. Let's face it when you are paying tuition as an international student you are going to be more concerned with getting good grades then to watch a football game.

Great post, the game was awesome! GO PANTHERS!

just to make a comment based on observations. A lot of the "international" students at FIU could care less about grades or sports. They party, party, party. this is kind of a general statement. but i know a lot of people that kind of do their schoolwork half assed and only attend games to get drunk and go to after parties. now granted we all do this, but I think honestly a lot of these people come to FIU to party.

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