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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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why are you here?

BEG THE QUESTION

Appreciate the hits!

Posted by: 86Cane | July 14, 2008 at 06:31 PM
Eye on the U averages more eye-popping hits in a week ...
than your itty-bitty blog averages in a month ...
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL

Eye on the U averages more eye-popping hits in a week than your itty-bitty blog averages in a month...
BEG, BORROW OR STEAL

Posted by: green | July 14, 2008 at 08:09 PM

And you would know this because?

And U failed to answer my questions because?

And nobody posts comments here for DAYS because?

People come here and then leave without posting comments because they are fans of Manny Navarro, the hardest working man in sports writing, not because this is a great place to have a coversation about Hurricane sports and CERTAINLY not because of GREEN!

Manny is a great guy, an excellent sports writer and a Canes fan. Face it dude, you, and you alone, ruin this blog. Manny knows it, the Herald knows it and the Canes fans know it. Period. End of story. Nice work.

And nobody posts comments here for DAYS because?

Posted by: 86Cane | July 14, 2008 at 08:32 PM
last 5 blogs totaled 700 responses ...
REMEDIAL MATH

Face it dude, you, and you alone, ruin this blog.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 14, 2008 at 08:32 PM

that is NOT true.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 11, 2008 at 03:27 PM

I'm not a crook

-- richard nixon

Manny knows it, the Herald knows it and the Canes fans know it

Posted by: 86Cane | July 14, 2008 at 08:32 PM

hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in august?

Posted by: green | September 18, 2007 at 08:09 PM

Thanks to you Green ... pretty high up on the food chain at The Herald. I think we actually finished second only to Dave Barry's blog and Dolphins in Depth. A credit to you Canes fans. Thanks.

Posted by: Manny | September 18, 2007 at 08:30 PM

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Just wanted to say, that this was not me posting this. If it was me I would have added that I am a moron, jerk, loser, and idiot. And yes I am annoying and like to post about my beloved Lamespace site, and my banner, the guest bloggers, and all of the useless info I post. I try to be nice and get along, but my deep feelings of lust for other men makes me angry and embarassed that I have those feelings, soon I think I am just going to act on them, and hope this inner fighting I have within my self heals.

Posted by: 86Cane. | July 13, 2008 at 05:36 PM


Pretty sure this isn't great for the blog.

It only took three day's time and Duhhh U was dropped to #11 in ESPN's list of ACC stadium rankings. So much for concierge service.

11. Miami, Dolphin Stadium (75,235) -- Well, the Orange Bowl was a dump, but there were some great and historic games there. The NFL venue just won't be the same and it will take away from the college gameday feeling.

Editor's Note - The only thing worse than trading the college atmosphere for an oversized NFL arena is ...

12. Duke, Wallace Wade Stadium (33,941) -- In our interview earlier this week, David Cutcliffe called Wallace Wade Stadium "quaint." Not exactly the atmosphere you're looking for when you want some smashmouth football. Then again, they've got to start playing some smashmouth football.

DUHHH U FOOTBALL TEAM HAS BECOME THE DUKE OF THE SOUTH

Meanwhile over in the toughest college football conference in the nation, UF lands 3 in the Top 10 of offensive play makers.

The ACC did not have such a ranking list for reasons obvious.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: The first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy and the only player in NCAA history to rush for and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season. And, no, he doesn't wear a cape.

3. Percy Harvin: WR, Florida: Keep an eye on him, because he might line up anywhere. The SEC's most versatile weapon, Harvin has averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and 15 yards per reception.

10. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida: Came to Florida as a quarterback. Ingram caught seven touchdown passes a year ago. If this physical specimen takes his blocking to another level, look out.

BRING THE REMOTE FOR THE JUMBOTRON, THERE WON'T BE ANY REPLAY HIGHLIGHTS

Canesrule...

Once again, you are just rambling on and on...your team has not accomplished anything close to what our team has in the past 25 years. So please stop until you do!

Come at me with the schedule thing...please! Yes let's say we went through "easy big east" but we still had to beat the best from another conference to get the title! So that rests a case...we have been down for 2 years...SO WHAT!!!!!!!!! How many years was your team down the last 25 years or so...didn't even matter if you were in the SEC!!!!

What Miami has accomplished as a very small private University is stellar!! In regards to the "fanbase" that you keep going to because obviously that's your only argument! I will repeat this one more and final time, do your research...Miami graduates each year are mainly from out of state & they go back home after graduating! Unlike FSU, UF, UCF, USF etc...who are in state graduates, or live in the surrounding states that are w/in driving distance of the school for gameday!

Miami fans are either people who grew up in Miami and if they didn't go to college just like them because they grew up there, so if something better comes up on a Saturday they would rather do that because their is no allegiance to the school. The other old fans in south florida that are college graduates that grew up rooting for Miami but went to schools that at the time didn't have football teams such as USF, UCF, FIU & FAU are now going to show allegiance to the school they put their money in to.

Miami was never about the fan base it was about putting talent on the field and winning! So please...come with a different argument then the fan base! Actually, don't come with one because how small our school is and the amount of money your University gets a year compared to ours is a joke and we were still able to do what we have done...

Just enjoy your run because College Football is a big cycle. Before you know it your run will be over and you'll look back and realize instead of enjoying your run with fellow fans you were here on a Miami blog showing how classless you are!

hey manny navarro, how'd your blog do in august?

Posted by: green | September 18, 2007 at 08:09 PM

Thanks to you Green ... pretty high up on the food chain at The Herald. I think we actually finished second only to Dave Barry's blog and Dolphins in Depth. A credit to you Canes fans. Thanks.

Posted by: Manny | September 18, 2007 at 08:30 PM

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Green...uh, that's from one YEAR ago (2007). You are ignorant, foolish and ridiculous.

You are the clearly and obviously the opposite end of the HORSES MOUTH!

Don't choke on your tail...

Green...since you LOVE your stats, lets look at this:

In the month of JULY alone, Canespace, a fan based blog site not associated with any media conglomerate ($$$) has 2275 comments on 14 posted blogs.

Manny is a GREAT guy and excellent reporter and I know that he is on vacation, so he gets a free pass until he returns.

You get nothing. You ruin this blog, plain and simple. End of story. Nobody posts here except Canesrule a Gators fan. Nice work! Hope you are happy now...

Meanwhile over in the toughest college football conference in the nation, UF lands 3 in the Top 10 of offensive play makers.

The ACC did not have such a ranking list for reasons obvious.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec

1. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida: The first sophomore in history to win the Heisman Trophy and the only player in NCAA history to rush for and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season. And, no, he doesn't wear a cape.

3. Percy Harvin: WR, Florida: Keep an eye on him, because he might line up anywhere. The SEC's most versatile weapon, Harvin has averaged nearly 10 yards per carry and 15 yards per reception.

10. Cornelius Ingram, TE, Florida: Came to Florida as a quarterback. Ingram caught seven touchdown passes a year ago. If this physical specimen takes his blocking to another level, look out.

BRING THE REMOTE FOR THE JUMBOTRON, THERE WON'T BE ANY REPLAY HIGHLIGHTS

Posted by: canesrule | July 14, 2008 at 10:16 PM

Once again, how many losses did you have last year with those "playmakers"? What bowl game did you play in with those "playmakers"? What team did you lose to (a team that lost to a Division II team, might I add) in that bowl game with those "playmakers"? Wow, this guy is a freaking idiot.

Manny is a GREAT guy and excellent reporter and I know that he is on vacation, so he gets a free pass until he returns.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 15, 2008 at 12:14 AM

True, he's alledgedly on vacation. Still no excuse for that. You can write a several blogs well in advance and schedule them to post automatically ANY day, ANY time. So there is no excuse for not posting new blogs every few days AT LEAST.

No excuse for not posting new content, NONE!

Posted by: 86Cane | July 06, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Shandel...U should know that I was refering to Manny NOT to you when I wrote that.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 06, 2008 at 12:12 PM

CHAMELEON

Green...You ruin this blog, plain and simple. End of story. Nobody posts here except Canesrule a Gators fan. Nice work! Hope you are happy now...

Posted by: 86Cane | July 15, 2008 at 12:14 AM

And you know that the Herald blog is going nowhere with Green over there and nobody else except Canesrule who is a Gator fan. That's not a criticism of Manny it's on the Herald and they way they run their blogs.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 06, 2008 at 12:30 PM

(sunsentinel) blog has the same usual five suspects none of which we want posting

Posted by: 86Cane | July 06, 2008 at 12:30 PM

86...You have somehow disenfranchised a lot of bloggers on the SS and the MH. You could have had posters, like me, who posted on all 3 sites, but your unhealthy concern, for what is said on the other sites, ruined it..

Posted by: M.H. | July 06, 2008 at 11:49 AM

ME LADY DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH

What do you care if you have your own blog that believe is so great????

Posted by: The U Dynasty | July 06, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Is this your blog??? NO. You don't run anything over here. And if your website is so great, why the hell do you feel the need to come over and criticize???

You know, other than wanting to come over here and promote for free.

Posted by: The U Dynasty | July 06, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Save that for the idiots who buy it up on your blog. Everyone here knows what a phony you are.

Posted by: The U Dynasty | July 06, 2008 at 12:32 PM

TRUE COLORS

Mongol is a good movie.

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