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Summer thoughts

I'm still in the midst of my summer break, but I wanted to check in and say hello since it has been awhile since I've posted anything new. Although I haven't been busy reporting -- a guy needs a break (especially when no one at UM is available to talk), I have to admit I've been keeping my ears open and drumming up a few questions and thoughts of my own I'd like to find answers to when I do return.

-- For starters, I don't want to be negative, but I've got a feeling Canes fans aren't going to be happy with the  move to Dolphins Stadium once the season gets underway. I read Barry Jackson's Dolphins_stadium_uBuzz Column today which discussed what Dolphins Stadium is doing to accommodate Canes fans this season. First thought... no U at midfield? I know it seems like something petty. But I distinctly remember hearing those involved with this deal say at the time they were going to do everything in their power to make Dolphins Stadium feel like it also belong to UM. And last I remember, the OB always had the U at midfield. Secondly, I got a question for U. How are U season ticket-holders liking or disliking your new seat assignments? Did you get hosed? Or are you really satisfied?

-- Baseball coach Jim Morris made a move a few weeks ago to replace assistant Gino DiMare by promoting pitching coach J.D. Arteaga. It was a no brainer. Arteaga knows this program as good as Jim_morris_arteaga anyone and he can definitely recruit. But who is he going to add to his staff? And more importantly, how in the world is he going to start filling in the holes in his lineup next season? There is no question Miami's pitching staff will be solid with National Freshman of the Year Chris Hernandez back. But Morris has to replace plenty of other studs. Losing Adan Severino, who signed with the Twins two weeks ago, hurts. Severino was drafted in the 26th round and could have been one of those guys Morris count on. Now, the only really experienced starters back are outfielder Dave DiNatale, catcher Yasmani Grandal, shortstop Ryan Jackson and designated hitter Joey Terdoslavich. I want to hear whom Morris thinks can start next season alongside those four. There is no question there is going to have to be a lot of improvement by others in summer ball and fall ball.

-- Football players and coaches have been off limits to the media since the end of spring practice. And like you, I'm itching to find out what's happened since strength coach Andreu Swasey began Randy_shannon_action working with the guys shortly after the end of the spring. A good chunk of the other freshmen signees began training with Swasey when summer school began on June 24. Practice doesn't begin until the end of July so I won't get to talk to anyone other than coach Randy Shannon until then or if and when players are made available. But I got questions already -- aside from how the quarterbacks looked during 7-on-7 drills. I want to know who didn't do what they were supposed to do this summer. Who other than Allen Bailey got hurt and when can we really expect them back? Has Sam Shields finally gotten it? Which freshmen still really haven't gotten in to UM? Which other arriving freshmen can really be counted on this season to contribute? Which veterans are really ready to take their game to the next level? I'm sure you have plenty of questions too. Feel free to add them to my list.

As for my summer, I haven't had a chance to really get out of town. I'm spending a lot of my time off with the wife looking for a house. But I have had time to see a few movies and shows (If there are any suggestions, feel free to leave them for me)
- The best of the best summer movies for me so far has been Pixar's Wall-E. Great movie for adults or kids. I'd say it is up there with Finding Nemo and Roger Rabbit when it comes to my favorite animation films of all time.
- Wanted starring Angelina Jolie had a little bit too much of the Matrix type stunts for my taste. But Jolie was smoking hot so I give it a 6.
- I got a chance to last weekend to see the final off Broadway show of The Life of Celia Cruz at the Carnvial Center in downtown Miami. As a Cuban-American I loved every second of the music and I thought the story was very well told. I'd like to see if anyone else got a chance to check it out.

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Manny

Any word on anything on the BasketBall recruiting front????

We depend on you for current news

Enjoy the rest of your vacation

SHAZAM!! Manny, you have the same questions many of us have been discussing all Summer. Good luck in getting some answers. Especially on DS stadium and Freshmen enrollment. Have a great rest of Summer

Manny,

I too was pissed off about not having the U at mid-field. But not only that, from what I read on Barry Jackson's article there will be no logos on the field at all for either the Dolphins or the Canes.
Manny can you verify this?
If this is true, I know it is petty to be complaining about logos on a field, but c'mon that is a bunch of crap. You mean to tell me that the powers that be can't come up with a neutral logo that would serve both teams?
I can sit here in a few minutes and think of all kinds of alternatives. For one cant they just paint MIAMI in the endzone with maybe a small U on one side and the dolphin's logo on the other. I have a feeling this is just going to be the beginning of Canes fans getting hosed.

Hey Manny, maybe this can be your topic for the next blog. Have everyone come up with a way to incorporate both logo's on the field and have the Herald present it to the powers that be.

GO CANES!!!!!

Alumni got hosed with their seat relocation. I guess having great seats at a bargain price was fun while it lasted.

And I hate to disagree with you, but Wanted was one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. It takes every modern action movie cliche, adds awful writing and some of the most forced and inappropriate narration I have ever heard in a movie. Even worse, you can start to see Angelina is getting up there in age during some of the close ups.

Barry Jackson's article says it all. Very disappointed about not having the U at midfield. Also, I'm pretty sure that the U at midfield will only be the start of some dissapointments with Dolphin Stadium. Should have renovated the OB.

No logo at mid-field, is seating okay, are bathrooms clean, how's the food selection????? Come on Cane's fans, pity parties are a waste of time. I would sit in Lockhart Stadium for a 12-0 season and a shot at the national championship.

In regards to your baseball question, i would mention Jason Hagerty as a starter. He will get soem games behidn the plate as well as at first base and DH. As for the incoming freshmen, I would say Rolando Gomez is the front runner for the second base job and Harold Martinez has a shot to start at third. JUCO transfer Chris Herrmann is another guy that can challenge for a starting corner infield or DH spot.

Keep working hard Manny. You do a great job.

Kirby Hocutt (UM New AD) just talked to the Dolphin Org and they have agreed to put the U at midfield. It was mentioned that the U would be displayed by the Sept 27th game against UNC. Thanks Kirby for talking some sense to the Dolphin's Org.

Moving to Joe Robbie Stadium is a travesty. 'Canes fans are going to be sorely missing the atmosphere they eventually took for granted at the OB, even the ones that complained about the bathrooms...

Seeing that picture for the first time of the vacant lot where the OB once stood was one of the saddest things I've ever seen. It's like we all collectively just murdered our wife of 60 years and buried her in the backyard so that we could shack up for a couple years with the brainless, plastic chested bimbo that's already starting to show her years anyway.

Shame on you Donna Shalala as well as to all those fans for whom clean restrooms and chairbacks are the most important things about a football game. Of course, shame on you as well to the City of Miami, but the bottom line is, the U could have found a way to save the OB, they just didn't want to.

What a joke that they are going to keep the 58 game winning streak banner up in their new abomination of a home.

In any case, can't wait till the season gets here. GO CANES!!!

After a meeting between (Kirby) Hocutt and Dolphins Stadium president Bruce Schulze, the logo will appear. Hocutt said Tuesday the "U" will make its debut once the Florida Marlins baseball season ends.
-- sunsentinel's shandel richardson

Wow finally our voices are heard!!!!

By BARRY JACKSON
[email protected]
On rare occasions, if enough fans complain about something, they can make a difference. That happened at UM this week, and Canes fans should give themselves (and the athletic department) a hand.

Hurricane athletic director Kirby Hocutt said Tuesday that UM and Dolphin Stadium are reversing their decision and will place a ''U'' at midfield of Canes games at Dolphin Stadium, just like UM did at the Orange Bowl.

Hocutt said all involved parties had decided -- as reported in Sunday's Miami Herald -- that the ''U'' would not appear at midfield. Dolphin Stadium president Bruce Schulze and UM associate athletic director Jim Frevola said last week that there would be no ''U'' at midfield -- or UM lettering and logos -- in the end zone, because it would be too difficult to switch back and forth between Dolphins and Canes games.

But after UM officials were flooded with complaints, Hocutt (who got 200 e-mails) called Schulze Monday to figure out a way to change that. The solution reached? ''Dolphin Stadium agreed to grow turf on a turf farm that will contain our U that wil l be painted on it,'' Hocutt said. ``Prior to every game, they will remove the midfield turf and insert the turf with our U painted in it.''

The logo will appear once the Marlins' season is over (which could be as soon as the second home game Sept. 27 against North Carolina, unless the Marlins are still in playoff contention).

''We talked about using chalk, but that wouldn't withstand even pregame warm-ups,'' Hocutt said. ``We have definitely heard from our fans. It's a symbol of tradition that's important.''

But Hocutt said unlike at the Orange Bowl, the end zones will not contain the word ''Miami'' or Canes helmets ``because it's too difficult to replicate the same process in the end zones. Instead, we'll have traditional collegiate striping in the end zone.''

UM also will place a large ''U'' logo (and the ACC's) in several other visible areas, including both sidelines, the bench area and stadium corners.

• Hocutt said, at ESPN's request, UM and South Florida have agreed to schedule their five consecutive meetings from 2009-2013 as the last game of the regular season in late November. The teams play in Tampa in 2009, 2011 and 2013, and here in 2010 and 2012. (UM played host to USF in 2005.)

Hocutt said UM won't play FIU but wants to book marquee opponents and would be interested in speaking with Notre Dame about one of its new, annual prime-time neutral site NBC games.

UM and UF are comfortable with the current arrangement of playing every six years or so (Sept. 6 at UF, 2013 here). Meeting more often ''is not the best thing to do for our schedules,'' Gators coach Urban Meyer said.

Incidentally, Meyer -- whose Gators open against Hawaii -- already has been studying Week 2 opponent UM. ''At times, they look very good on defense,'' he said

cant they just paint MIAMI in the endzone

Posted by: RealCanesFan | July 08, 2008 at 07:09 AM

COMPROMISE

I don't want to be negative, but I've got a feeling Canes fans aren't going to be happy with the move to Dolphins Stadium once the season gets underway.
-- manny navarro

-------------------------
the train left the station ... no turning back ...

GET USED TO IT

Moving to Joe Robbie Stadium is a travesty.

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 08, 2008 at 11:31 AM

STAY HOME

Shame on you Donna Shalala

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 08, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Thank You, President Shalala

http://dolphinstadium.com

2,000 flat-screen TVs
22,000 parking spaces
240 luxury suites
74,000 comfortable chairbacks
sit-down restaurants
concierge attendants
largest HD jumbotrons
Kohler restrooms

HARDSHIP ; )

I'm pretty sure that the U at midfield will only be the start of some dissapointments with Dolphin Stadium. Should have renovated the OB.

Posted by: ATL Cane | July 08, 2008 at 09:31 AM
Wayne Huizenga pledged: "best partner the University of Miami ever had"

MAN OF HONOR

Moving to Joe Robbie Stadium is a travesty. 'Canes fans are going to be sorely missing the atmosphere they eventually took for granted at the OB, even the ones that complained about the bathrooms...

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 08, 2008 at 11:31 AM

The move was not about better bathrooms or chairbacks. It was about a tenent that no longer felt welcomed by the landlord. City commissions were in this paper saying they were hoping the Hurricanes would move so the Marlins could take the space. The city said all the right things but you know that nothing would ever have been done to the OB. Four years after we voted for $50mil to make the OB structure safe for use, all we had to show for it was a lawsuit settlement and a forced replacement of lighting that was falling into the stands.

Any truth to the rumor that Sam Shields will be suspended because of grades?

Kirby H did his thing. He is going to be a great AD. I disagree, amigo, we will love the Dolphin Stadium cause we will win there -- it will coincide with the resurrection of this team. Nothing like winning in curing what ails.....

Good job Manny. If Shields gets suspended cause of grades or what not, then adios. Too many good talent availble now that are willing to work hard. Hell, why not put Bailey as tight end and let him catch a few linebackers...LOL

Where did you hear the rumor. I haven't seen anything on this.

Green, you are right about Huizenga

Man of Honor.... BUT, didn't he sell 51% of the team to another dude?

DOn't think the other dude is a Canes Fan but if he has any business sense, he should keep the peace and make the U part of the new digs.

Unless Sam Sheilds gets 2 A's during his summer classes he will be suspended for a few games, but im sure he is getting all the help in the world.

LOOK for McKenzie, Hankerson, and Johnson to be the top 3 starters

Manny, as far as movie suggestions I am Horror fanatic and although I am not sure what kinds of genre you would prefer you should definetely check out Session 9. This movie is very creepy and will have you analyzing the movie for days. Stranger than Ficition is another good one that is out on DVD, starring Will Ferell. Here is a list of some movies to check out:

Horror-House of 1000 Corpses, Session 9, The Night Flyer, Devil's Rejects and for a good thriller check out Christian Bale in the Machinist.

A true sign of a football programs downfall is when fans are posting the type of toilets in the stadium on the message board.

I heard the rumor on the sun-sentinel blog, forgot who posted it (it wasn't shandel)

I won't like the first drive, but that first trip to the bathroom where I'm not ankle deep in urine is going to change my mind. Miami Stadium is going to be great!

Manny..please ask if Vaugh Telemaque is moving to corner. If so, is he going to compete for a starting spot?

What film was Meyer watching...our defense was horrible last year!

To anyone who lived down here when the Canes and Dolphins shared the OB: What was the OB field like when both teams played at the OB? Were both logos on the field, or was it just a U? Were the Dolphins being treated like the Canes are now as visitors in their home stadium?

Green, you are right about Huizenga

Man of Honor.... BUT, didn't he sell 51% of the team to another dude?

DOn't think the other dude is a Canes Fan

Posted by: Rubcatcane | July 08, 2008 at 01:50 PM

2 cents worth. Green is not Manny or the blog so I just ignore Green. Soup just got fed up with him and reacted at that time.

We got to keep the community going in the right direction. I bet even Green roots for the Canes but is as abrasive as they come. Probably compensating for some other stuff and can only express over the net...LOL

Posted by: Rubcatcane | April 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM
why should I answer you?

MANSERVANT

plastic chested bimbo that's already starting to show her years anyway.

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 08, 2008 at 11:31 AM

after a $250M mammoplasty, rhinoplasty & labiaplasty ... the ol' girl looks as good as new ...

NIP AND TUCK

Had to downgrade my tickets this year (Very Disapointed). Does anyone know how the seats are at the 45 yd line upperdeck, row 9?

when the Canes and Dolphins shared the OB: What was the OB field like when both teams played at the OB? Were both logos on the field, or was it just a U?

Posted by: g-man | July 08, 2008 at 04:02 PM

commercial-free

Whatever it takes to make them happy, we'll do our damndest
-- dolphin stadium president bruce schulze

Nor will Dolphins fans see their logo at midfield or ''Dolphins'' in the end zone.
-- barry jackson

Were the Dolphins being treated like the Canes are now as visitors in their home stadium?

Posted by: g-man | July 08, 2008 at 04:02 PM

what's good for the goose is good for the gander

The Dolphins said Tuesday they have decided to place their logo at midfield -- a reversal of the stadium's announced position last week -- the word ''Dolphins'' would not appear in the end zone at least until UM's season ends.
-- barry jackson

bet your bottom dollar ... UM negotiators prepared for Mr. Huizenga's eventual abdication ...
the meticulous lease overrides subsequent regimes' rooting interest ...
IRONCLAD

http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2007/12/10/daily57.html
dolphins co-owner steven ross cooperated with UM trustee Jorge Perez on many real estate projects ...
IN GOOD HANDS

I love the OB but the last time I went there I felt like I was @ a '72 Fins game. even when i watched on TV it looked old and dated. I know we have won alot of games there it was time to move on. I think Dolphin stadium is the right move for our future and hopefully they can work something out later.

Manny, who has qualified and will report this summer? I have heard some stories about the NW kids whats the truth.

Do you think Cook will get a good look this summer the kid is a ken dorsey clone with legs?

Manny: I see that Coach Shannon is still ruling with an iron hand - keeping the press in the dark just keeps us fans in dark. He has shown a total disregard for the fans and a Saban-like mistreatment of the press; if he does not win soon I believe it will come back to haunt him.

As for the Celia Cruz show - I saw it twice - in english and in spanish, and it was great both times. The singer playing Celia was a clone; the show was well put together and the music was top notch. I loved it and so did my wife, mother, mother-in law and aunt whom I took to the show.

As for the baseball team, I hope they can compete after losing the best players on the team (except for Hernandez that is).... let's hope there is some talent on the bench that we have not seen or it will be a long season next year.

et your bottom dollar ... UM negotiators prepared for Mr. Huizenga's eventual abdication ...
the meticulous lease overrides subsequent regimes' rooting interest ...
IRONCLAD

Posted by: green | July 08, 2008 at 08:39 PM

You did answer Mr Green! How do you do it? How do you gather the past posts in such a record time? Do you have a cray computer going over the past blogs at your fingertips? LOL

You have have been quick witted and to the point without the rough edges recently. So touche to my statement about ignoring the "other Mr Green"...

I guess you are back on the mission of taking Manny's blog up another notch!

First of all great job fighting for our Canes and us fans Kirby!! Thank you for fighting to get our U put at midfield. I do not see what it would hurt or how difficult it would be having the words Miami in Orange put in the endzones along with our helmets on the turf though. Just replace the turf where the helmets are and since one of the Dolphins colors are Orange the Miami could stay for the Fins games. I feel about like my man manny that we the Canes and there fans are going get the screwjob in all of this with the move up north. Another thing greatjob to kirby for trying to get Notre Dame put back on our schedule. That was the best rivalry in College Football in the late 80's the good guys vs. the BAD BOYS.
Another thing Randy is doing the right thing ruling with an Iron Fist. This program needs that after the nice guy Coker approach which got us where we are now. Coker had no disapline or control over this team why this has been a long offseason. Keep up the good work Randy and Staff. Now they just need to show they can coach as well as make in game decisions.
Also Manny have you heard how our uniforms will look? I have heard we have new Black uniforms. And are we going to still have those same old boring, slow and sloppy looking, ugly black cleats to go with our uniforms? The white ones looked so much better like the championship years

Good to see the board lighting up again...

To the other Mr Green... Good to see you coming over to the Good Side... May the force be with you... LOL

Manny,... If they haven't Named the Stadium yet... Just Call it "The Big Orange" Home of the Miami Dolfins and the U of Miami

"Had to downgrade my tickets this year (Very Disapointed). Does anyone know how the seats are at the 45 yd line upperdeck, row 9"


ANY seat in the upper deck at the fish wharehouse is TERRIBLE. ANY SEAT !!!! You bought season tickets up there? Laughable. Better go invest in some of those two foot long binoculars fella. The atmosphere UP THERE is horrible.

Cane fan just doesn't understand what a blow it is to the PROGRAM to move to that stadium. When seats are close together and NEAR THE FIELD, it creates an atmosphere of electricity that will NEVER be captured in that crappy stadium. But enjoy shelling out 20 bucks to park. And oh those lovely Kohler toilets.

You have yet to see the bottom cane fan. Horrible Dolphin Stadium will only punctuate the deterioration that continues.

Manny -

My Dad had 4 tickets at the OB - on about the 25 yard line, home side, in the nice chair-back seats (row 20). They had been in my family literally since he was a kid (40-50 years).

He was offered seats in the END ZONE in Dolphin Stadium - absolutely HOSED.

Worst move ever.

Can't make a decision yet - going to have to wait until we're all there and see if it feels right.

The great thing about Canes fans is that they can bring the U atmosphere where ever they go. Even for the Spring Game at Lockhart, it felt like a Canes game.

I'am looking forward to the tailgating experience. But I am going to miss the free parking at my buddy's dad's house.

If you want to see the old green...wait till 86 posts....lol

Distant seats, endzone seats, no logo, increased prices for a lagging fan base, gouged for parking, 30 minutes away from campus with CHOKING traffic, long time season ticket holders getting the shaft.....where does it end cane fan? Look at the bright side, there's now a concierge and Kohler toilets.

Who cares about the stupid jumbotron. I watch THE FIELD !! The greatest games any of us have been to didn't have a stupid jumbotron. Jumbotrons are just a way for them to hit you HARDER in the wallet.

"22,000 parking spaces" @ $20 each = 400k in Waynes pocket. Sadly only a fraction of those spaces will actually be filled. Look for Wayne to double the price to make up for it.

A concierge? A CONCIERGE ??? Your kidding right? I'm sure cane fan will be stopping by the concierge to book dinner reservations after getting their lunch handed to them 48-0. The CONCIERGE will be a long running EMBARRASSMENT.

Sit-down restaurants? PUHHLEASE... NOBODY cares about that crap if the team isn't WINNING. But at least cane fan will be able to dine on a nice grilled chicken breast sandwich for $27.

READ the above posts about what CANE FAN has to say about the new digs. IT'S AN EMBARRASSMENT. You haven't seen the bottom yet silly cane fan.

The resident idiot is back.

"Of course no fans of DUHU saw it, you were too busy getting BLOWNOUT by A&M."
Posted by: canesrule | July 08, 2008 at 07:35 AM

The more you ramble, the more you REALLY make yourself look like a fool. Might want to go back and check the score on that game retard. This is why your so pathetic and none of your stats make no sense.

Posted by: DAU | July 08, 2008 at 07:49 PM


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