Sun in the morning, rain in the afternoon. Time to take a field trip to the movies. The FIU sports season is over for now, at least until your Panthers put on the pads in August to get ready for the 2009 football season.
Let's take a look back at the past FIU sports year by referring to movies that were released between August 2008 through May 2009. Turn off the cellphones please, the show is about to start as we present FIU At The Movies, Part III....
Righteous Kill -- FIU volleyball player Yarimar Rosa (right) led the world in kills last season and picked up her third consecutive All-American honor. YR prepares for another righteous kill and righteous All-American honor this coming September.
Eagle Eye -- Tyler Townsend avoids the junk at the plate and belts fastballs to the tune of a .434 avg., 24 HR, 77 RBI. TT collects the career and single-season FIU records for RBI.
Elite Squad -- We'll add an "s" to the title of this film for the elite squads of the FIU volleyball and tennis teams -- both Sun Belt champions.
Frontrunners -- The story of the FIU track and field team last season. With his team's performances, coach Eric Campbell won the Sun Belt Coach of the Year. Paola Reategui became the first FIU distance runner in an NCAA regional. EC is the 4th FIU coach to win a Sun Belt Coach of the Year award in the last 2 years.
Max Payne -- It was max pain after Florida Atlantic ended FIU's bowl chances in football and FIU's season in baseball. The Hooters derailed bowl hopes last November. The Hooters cut short the baseball season at the Sun Belt Tournament.
W -- No. No politics on this blog. Instead, we're talking Ws for the best turnaround seasons in FIU football and baseball this past year. MC's team improved by 4 wins -- a program best and TT's team improved by 14 wins -- also a program best.
What Just Happened? (right) -- Yes, Isiah Thomas is the new FIU basketball coach. Most of the world caught by surprise by this move.
Doubt -- Will anyone still thinking MC and TT (below, right) were not the right hires for FIU football and baseball, please raise your hands? I can't see any hands. Anyone? No, OK let's move on.
Pride and Glory -- FIU has 28 players make All-Sun Belt teams in their respective sports. The FIU swimming and diving team is named an Academic All-American Team.
The First Basket (left) -- Anticipation builds for FIU hoops in 2009. When was the last time we had FIU hoops talk year round?
Role Models -- Definitely, not like the actual movie. Yarimar Rosa wins Sun Belt Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Paul McCall wins Sun Belt Male Sporting Behavior award.
Eden -- New FIU Stadium and opening later this summer the state-of-the-art fieldhouse.
Let Them Chirp Awhile -- Whatever excuses the school across town has for not playing FIU.
The Punisher 2 -- Scott Bryant leads the FIU defense in tackles for the second consecutive season.
The Reader -- Or The Readers as for the second straight year, FIU's APR numbers keep climbing.
Forever Strong -- FIU's strength and conditioning program under Rod Moore, Mick Smith and Dave Feeley has made the Panthers noticeably stronger and better conditioned in the last few years. Or as a visiting Sun Belt media member said at an FIU baseball game this season: "These guys look like ballplayers now".
Marley & Me -- Rather Monique and me with the me being FIU softball player Kim Rodriguez, who tied Monique White for the FIU softball career HR record this past season.