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Canes moments missed...

Couldn't make it to last night's open practice for fans at the OB because I was tied down to helping put together our high school football preview.

(The reason? I was editing The Herald's first high school football podcast and editing video interviews with local 2007 recruits. For those interested in recruiting, I've spent the past month interviewing the top recruits in both Dade and Broward and on Thursday those videos will debut on our high school webpages. I'll get back to this subject -- local recruits and their interest in UM -- soon in a future post.)

But the fact I missed Tuesday's practice (Susan was there for us) made me think back to other Canes moments I've dreadfully missed as it happened live. The most painful for me personally, Wide Right I. I've seen video replays of the game thousands of times since, but at the time, I was 13-years old and in the middle of pitching in a baseball game at Tamiami Park.

Between innings I remember rushing back to the dugout to watch the game -- albeit for a few moments -- on a tiny black and white TV my Dad brought with him to the park.  I remember being on the mound and trying to play the game and seeing a crowd of people huddled around the TV. The ump even stopped the game a few times to find out the score. Anyway, we won the baseball game and just as my team was coming off the field, Gerry Thomas misses the last minute field goal. I was so ticked off I missed ithe ending and had to see the replay on SportsCenter that night.

Which brings me to this... was there a time when you missed a famous Canes moment or game for a stupid reason and we're kicking yourself over it for a while? Fire back at me. I want to hear some good stories.

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I missed the 2003 UM vs. UF classic comeback. I was in college (University of North Florida) at the time and I think the Canes were down by like 20 something points in the 3rd quarter. I was pissed, so I left my apartment and went to a party on campus. About an hour later, my dad was blowing up my phone. When I answered, he was like,"Do you think we're gonna pull it out?" He then proceeded to tell me we had came back and were only down by a touchdown. I raced back home, and when I came inside and turned on the TV, I had just missed Frank Gore running in the endzone for the win!!

In Jan. of 1995 when I was in 8th grade I missed the first 3 quarters of the Orange Bowl between Miami and Nebraska. The game where the U was up 17-7 at halftime and Brooks Berringer came off the bench for Tommie Frazier and vice versa in the 4th quarter to beat us 24-17. Why did I miss most of the game to go to a stupid jazz concert at the convention center.

I remember the comeback in 2002 against Florida State. I live in Virginia Beach, Va. I had to work so I was listening to my radio on Fox Sports 1450 at the time(it is 850 now). They kept doing updates every 10 minutes so I really did no work during that time. We started out on fire then Ken Dorsey threw a interception and it was all FSU. Greg Jones was running on top of Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Sean Taylor like a man possessed. That was when we had a problem in stopping the run that season. It was 27-14 with less then 8 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. I called a friend of mine who is a FSU fan and told him congratulations. Then he told me Andre Johnson scored and made it 27-21. I stayed by the radio for updates after that. Then we get the ball back and Dorsey throws a screen to Willis MaGahee and Brett Romberg made the block and Willis broke for about 90 yards. Then Jason Geathers scored and made it 28-27, then FSU line up for the field goal and missed again and we won. I was so happy at work. Its a damn shame we got robbed at the Fiesta Bowl because this team was too talented. I have a FSU-Miami DVD 20 yrs, I was it was longer and showed acual games in progress.

I missed the game against UCLA, I just figured they were going to crush us and I wanted no part in what had already been a difficult season to watch anyway. I was living in Orlando at the time and its a big FSU/UF town, lucky me. I got so much crap from all those fans I just didn't want to be in a bad mood all day. I can't even remember the score or details, I cut my self off from all the news outlets, convinced they were dead. I checked through the paper the next day, that never had anything good to report on the U anyway, just to read the headline. To my shock I missed on of the greatest upsets of all time. UCLA has never been the same and UM got the swagger back, hope they can find that kind of heart this year.

GO 'Canes !!!!!!!

I missed the UCLA game as well. My boy Rick and I had tickets (just like every other game), but for some reason we just never left my house. At the end of the second quarter, he was like "let's go. We can be there before HT is over", but I was too lazy.

I'm still pissed at missing one of the most entertaining games ever at the OB. And Rick still gives me sht for it all the time.


I've missed maybe 5-10 home games since I was 3 (started going in '83), but this is the one I'm still upset about missing....

I'm happy to say that I missed Flutie's Hail Mary.

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