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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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It sucks that some long time season ticket holders got screwed. Those are the core fans, they should've been taken care of.

Otherwise, the stadium move is good thing for the school. Its really not that far of a drive. Everything costs more now, but at least we get something for our money.

Instead of calling names why don't you breakdown what I said "MONTY". Probably because there isn't much to argue about.
BRING IT

Manny here's a Q:
Shannon needs to show improvement this year from the 48-0 drubbing and quitting we saw last year to Virginia. Not to mention the outcoaching in other games. Where does he feel his coaching staff will have the most improvement?

The program felt a bit icy last year in its appreciation of media and fans, am I alone in this? IS ANYONE WILLING TO COMPROMISE with just a MIAMI in the midfield? I think even the Meadowlands had end zone paint for both the Giants and Jets. Not having a logo at midfield ruins a lot of the college feel for the players and, just as important, the TV cameras.

- CVS

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

Posted by: M.H. | July 09, 2008 at 09:04 AM

touche' : )

You did answer Mr Green! How do you do it? How do you gather the past posts in such a record time?

Posted by: Rubcatcane | July 09, 2008 at 12:33 AM

memory like an elephant ; )

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

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 09, 2008 at 06:22 AM

86...
Firstly, I should say that I haven't gone to Manny's to read the kid stuff.

Green lov's to think he the king of the hill at Manny's,... I had a couple of issues with him... but who hasn't.

Maybe he has tried to come here and was removed under another name??? don't know but he definitely has issues with the Space... Again screw him and the horse he rides!!!

He's always negative and looks for the worst in all articles. Sometimes it's hard to discern if he is a Cane or a impostor... I say screw him

Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | April 24, 2008 at 09:41 AM

worshipping at the feet of the devil ...

SATANISM


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

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | July 08, 2008 at 04:36 PM
see for yourself ... you can always upgrade ...

LONG HAUL

canesrule = gaturd in sheep's clothing

Jumbotrons ...

22,000 parking spaces ...

CONCIERGE ...

Sit-down restaurants ...
NOBODY cares about that crap if the team isn't WINNING.

Posted by: cross-dresser | July 09, 2008 at 09:04 AM

the casual fan cares ...

VALUE ADDED

30 minutes away from campus with CHOKING traffic

Posted by: cross-dresser | July 09, 2008 at 09:04 AM
center of activity ...

THE University of South Florida

Instead of calling names why don't you breakdown what I said "MONTY". Probably because there isn't much to argue about.
BRING IT

Posted by: canesrule | July 09, 2008 at 09:49 AM


How do you know I was responding to you? Does the shoe fit?

On the move to the Dolphin Stadium - Get over it!! What's the use of complaining, the OB is not an option anymore.

I am a big believer in what JJ says, everyone has to contribute on this team. Thus, Shannon has to give everyone a job not only during practice but during games. Even if it is one-play or situational plays. That is the best way to build a TEAM, when you have a lot of talented players.

The old method of 1st(top 25 players), 2nd (top 45), and scout team doesn't apply anymore because of situational/multi-set offenses and defenses. It is time to adjust, and get the best match-ups on the field.

For the players, they have to be more versatile to get more reps - But leave versatility to the 3-4 year guys, freshmen should be specialized and should work on strength and adjusting to practices and games.

At it's core, Miami needs a two-fisted attack on Offense. Again, balance is being able to beat teams with the Run or Pass.

That starts with a philosophy or swagger that Miami has to get back to being on the forefront of college football. Right now they are chasing what other people are doing on Offense, and I personally don't like it.

They need to be multi-set on offense and defense. The one-back and spread attack is easy for kids to pick up, but it will go away like the run-n-shoot.

On Defense they need to be able to match-up personnel with what other teams are doing. Show a little 3-4/ 3-3 or dime packages as a base defense sometimes.

Now in order for Miami to do that their players have to be smart enough to pick the nuances up and the coaches need to have the experience or an open mind to teaching new schemes.

I see that high school drop out gator fan canesrule has shown up bursting at the seems with his manure.

Randy must be doing something right since you feel your constant insults, and hatred will put a stop to the rise of UM once again to being "THE" program in the country.

You really are scared of the CANES aren't you, loser ?

Guys,

Don't answer to people that are not Canes fans on here and making moronic statements. Just let them ramble on about us because it's the first time in at least 20 years other fans have had the chance to. Just let them be and let the season play out. I know we all get upset by these people but let them keep showing how classless they are.

Let us talk about our own team and not worry about other losers coming on here and showing us they truly don't have a life.

GO CANES!!!!!!!

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

Posted by: green | July 08, 2008 at 04:06 PM


If the "ol' girl looks as good as new", that's a shame becuase she was never any good anyway. I went to both Marlins and Dolphins games shortly after the place opened and had to fight to stay awake both times. You can't see the field, there is NO crowd noise or feel of ANY kind of home field advantage whatsoever.

I just don't get people who site Jumbotrons, Kohler restrooms and chairback seats for reasons why this move was the right thing for the 'Canes. To me, Hurricanes games are about Saturday nights against FSU when it's 80 degrees but the combination of noise so loud you can't hear yourself scream, the view of the Bay under the orange light at dusk and the cool seabraze made the hair stand up on your neck and you whole body shiver when the cannon went off and you saw that first 'Cane run out of the tunnel. It's about the stadium shaking under your feet and the kids in the upper deck pounding on that steel banner till their hands were numb. It's about getting drunk with family and friends in the same spot that you can first remember going to games when you were 5 years old.

I'm sorry, but I just don't get people who think that going to a football game is about luxury suites and concierges. Many of the best memories of my life were at that grand ole stadium and it makes me incredibly sad to see that gone.

If you want concierges and sit down restaurants, I'd suggest maybe you should be heading to the opera instead of a football game.

guys since manny is in vacations i will hook yall up with the 411 from different web pages......

.......enjoy

Corvin Lamb was timed at 4.39 and 4.4 seconds in two 40-yard dash attempts at Dave Schuman's Ultimate 100 Combine for the Southeast in Atlanta two weekends ago. For most, those times would be amazingly fast – especially during the summer when players aren't in peak football shape... as you see
Lamb, a 2010 running back from Miami Northwestern, was not pleased. He was downright disappointed. See, he ran a 4.31-second 40 at the Boca Raton National Underclassmen Combine in February and wanted to repeat or best that number. His times in Atlanta were blazing fast but he was not satisfied.

"I started out kind of slow in the 40-yard dash," Lamb said. "It was a big day for me to showcase what I had. I could've done better. The turf we were running on, it wasn't really planted in the ground. I didn't feel I was running that fast. When they told me my time, I was like, 'Wow.'"

Lamb meant 'wow' in a bad way since he expected to run it faster. Almost anyone else would have been overjoyed with those numbers. Not Lamb, who finished with 350 yards and four touchdowns on 31 attempts in Northwestern's loaded backfield last season. Northwestern cruised to an undefeated season and a state title and had numerous players move on to Division I-A football after a dominating 2007.

Lamb, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound recruit, won't be the feature back at Northwestern this season either with West Virginia commit Daquan Hargrett and fellow incoming senior Tyresse Jones expected to get the bulk of the carries. But Lamb is expected to be used more than last season – maybe catching passes out of the backfield as Northwestern tries to find ways to exploit his speed.

Interest from Florida, Florida State and Miami has already started for Lamb, who said he likes the way the Gators utilize Percy Harvin's talents, whether it's as a receiver or coming out of the backfield.

"That's the type of player I'd like to be," Lamb said. "I like how they move him from running back to receiver. That's what my team is trying to do with me. I'm just working hard now. I can catch, too. I just started to work on routes and I'm learning how to catch better. At running back, I do what I do and we help each other."

There is enough talent at Northwestern for the Bulls to repeat as state champions but they must refocus after a surprising 25-0 spring game loss to North Miami Beach.

Lamb, who said he might attend Friday Night Lights and then go to Florida State's showcase the following day, admitted some Northwestern players were overconfident heading into the off-season. They didn't work as hard.

That all changed when North Miami Beach blanked them. Now, players are more focused in the weight room and in practice as they prepare for 2008. But it's still difficult for Lamb to have to share so many carries in the backfield. It's something he's dealing with, though. He is a team-first guy.

"We have to stay humble," Lamb said. "I've been working out and staying in shape. If I work hard, I know I'll get more touches. It is kind of hard. Everybody wants to be that star. As a team, we have to come together. I would like to be that star. I want to be that leader that leads my team on the offensive side of the ball. Right now, we have to be a team and be humble. That's why we lost the spring game because everybody wanted to be that star.

"It was really like a wake-up call. We did kind of go out there a little arrogant. We have to humble ourselves. We have the team to repeat again. We just have to work hard and stay humble. A lot of people were hurt. The community was hurt. We lost a lot of respect because a lot of teams down here think they can beat us."

In the 2009 class, Hargrett and Jones are three-star prospects. Safety Tevin McCaskill, who has Miami and Florida out in front, is a four-star recruit. There are a bunch of rising juniors that should contribute as well. There's Lamb, wide receiver Michaelee Harris, offensive tackle Torrian Wilson, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound prospect, defensive tackle Todd Chandler, cornerback Khalid Marshall and others.

To me

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 04:08 PM

SELECTIVE MEMORY

I'm sorry, but I just don't get people who think that going to a football game is about luxury suites

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 04:08 PM
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B03E0D7133DF930A1575AC0A960958260

DASH FOR CASH

Green,

It's a great place to watch a game. Air conditioned, food/drink service, while sitting down with a great view.

monty: great minds think alike : )

monty, you're talking about your house in front of an HD tv. If that's how you want to watch a game, why bother leaving home?

g8trH8tr: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth

why stay home?

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

green:

I guess it's just a 'Canes thing... you wouldn't understand.

I see the big picture ...
your answer is a non-answer ...
why stay home?

green:

do explain, please. is the big picture to play in a pro stadium with absolutely no tradition just like the Pitts and Minnesotas?

What am I missing?

Miami once won 58 straight in the OB because they once had the best home field advantage in the country. How exactly is turning our home games into a country club atmosphere going to help the team?

Try this on for size: Compare the Dolphins home record in the OB to their home record at Joe Robbie.

Just take a look at the facts, aside from the luxury boxes and big screen tv's and back rests and tell me how this move is going to translate into more W's. It won't. It may mean that Donna Shalalalala will be more comfortable in her air conditioned box, but in the long run, it's not going to mean more W's or NC's, and I'd love to hear how it's going to lead to a better atmosphere for the true football fan. It simply won't.

For those folks who think wine and cheese and big screen tv's are the most important things about going to a football game, let me say this: The 'Canes don't need you.

Green you obviously have a different agenda and you say you are a 'Canes fan, so why don't you chill with the personal attacks? I think we're just gonna have to agree to disagree... agreed?

The City of Miami demolished the OB, it's done. There's no point in talking about what was, what could have been, what should have been. The Canes are playing in Dolphin Stadium now, one of, if not the, state of the art stadiums in the country. It's up to the Canes and the fans to make it home. Suck it up and drive on.

green:

do explain, please. is the big picture

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM

KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

Miami once won 58 straight in the OB

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM

once upon a time ...

How exactly is turning our home games into a country club atmosphere going to help the team?

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM

mo' money

how this move is going to translate into more W's.

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?id=3233826
better stadium = better talent

HAND IN HAND

but in the long run, it's not going to mean more W's or NC's

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM
how do you know?

FORTUNE TELLER

For those folks who think wine and cheese and big screen tv's are the most important things about going to a football game, let me say this: The 'Canes don't need you.

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM
the aristocracy pay the freight ...

BITING THE HAND THAT FEEDS U

Green you obviously have a different agenda and you say you are a 'Canes fan, so why don't you chill with the personal attacks?

Posted by: g8trH8tr | July 09, 2008 at 09:28 PM

green:

hate to say this to ya, but get a life!

Posted by: g8trH8tr | March 21, 2008 at 01:42 PM

green:

Please seek help. Your mental health is clearly hanging by a very slim thread. I'm not sure what has happened in your life lately that has caused such disruption for you to spend so much time bearing and cultivating a blog grudge, but I hope you can learn to deal with it and move on before you get to the point of hiding in the bushes with a lock of hair and a knife.

86 ... The best revenge is to just be happy.

Posted by: g8trH8tr | May 09, 2008 at 02:41 PM

pot calling kettle green

Green + Soup 86 = RED!!! LOL

To others who think Green is bad at this blog, you haven't seen him in real action.

Actually, this around around, he has struck the perfect balance between bad and good. Sort of like ...er... purgatory!!

Good job! Always though Manny needed a catalyst for his blog.

Green...
Man, U must be on drugs... or the drugs are wearing off and U need a fix?

In reading one of your blogs above and quoting me... I don't know why you would take the time to hunt, pick and find some of my comments about you... that was written over a span of 3 months and 3 or 4 thousand blogs later...

Don't you understand that If you were a real Cane fan, you wouldn't catch the crap that is said about you... but you are a mystery to all of us, as one day your normal ... Hence my comment,... welcome to the good side and may the force be with you. Then a on another day your spitting venom about how bad the Canes are... and your off on a rant making everybody miserable who posts here... Dammit Man... get your shiit together and stop antagonising others who post here for your own amusement of pissing people off!
Cat5

Rubcatcane = convert

quoting me... I don't know why you would take the time to hunt, pick and find some of my comments about you... that was written over a span of 3 months and 3 or 4 thousand blogs later
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

FEET TO THE FIRE

Don't you understand that If you were a real Cane fan, you wouldn't catch the crap that is said about you
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

KEVLAR

you are a mystery to all of us
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

the contradictions are what make human behavior so maddening and yet so fascinating, all at the same time.
-- joan vinge

Dammit Man... stop antagonising others who post here for your own amusement of pissing people off!
Cat5

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | July 10, 2008 at 12:08 PM

don't play with matches says smoky the bear
get you in trouble
burn your hair

-- US forest service


The Horror... Apocalypse Now!

Cat5

Guys..guys...If it wasn't for Green, the eye of the U would just be an extension of Canespace. :::going back to SS:::

MH...
Hello to you.
Maybe I'm wrong but my point to this volley is that why must anyone try to destroy a persons enthusiasm, as a Cane and at the same time, destroy this blog site for his own amusement... it's not right and I had to say something...

Green... I only wished you understood my positioning and letting people express their feeling without being afraid of the big bad wolf jumping on them.

That's all ...
I'm out... have a good night!

Cat..I just like the fact that these are open blogs, where anyone can comment, with any opinion, on anything.
We don't want all the blogs to be alike...and boring...

Lets see...

This blog: GREEN (one blogger who makes everyone else angry and go away).

OR

Canespace: 1000 bloggers who make everyone feel welcomed, safe from personal attacks and part of the action?

MH... I'm all for freedom of speech, But If you're agreeing to insulting the person rather then debating a viewpoint... Then I disagree.

I guess what I'm saying is that everyone should have a voice to express their opinions, but not to the point of being rude... But with one exception, unless your talking to a Gator... LOL

Awe... Hell with it... to each his own, I'll put down my saber... and Green sorry for my rant but I do disagree with your style.
Cat5

So where are all you believers who said Kyle Wright would make it in the NFL, that it was the coaches fault, not his. You guys thought he had great ability. Well Minnesota, that's right the Vikings with there great Tavares Jackson at the helm, just cut Kyle Wright and it's July. So do you still think he is a great QB with great skills. I wanted him to be good just like the rest of you did. But he is what he is. Wake up and face reality, he doesn't have it.

apology accepted, Cat5 Cane

Canespace: 1000 bloggers

Posted by: 86Cane | July 10, 2008 at 10:39 PM

that's what makes Canespace what it is. It really ain't about 86Cane or SOUP, it's about the many fans, thousands of bloggers ... here at The Space!

Posted by: SOUP | May 28, 2008 at 10:17 PM

in fact, 50 bloggers comprise cantspace ...
and only a handful worth a damn ...

LIAR

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