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Sean 'Sleepy' Spence?

Before freshman linebacker Sean Spence even made it through the door at Miami last January he was already carrying with him a luggage full of nicknames. There was The Eraser. Don't-run-my-way Spence. Sean-All-Over-The-Field-Spence. The Cobra.

Turns out his best nickname might be sleepy. In the handful of interviews I conducted this week to Sean_spence learn more for Friday's story about about the budding young star at linebacker, I found out waking up early in the morning just isn't his thing. Brandon Harris, who has known Sean since he was about 6 years old, told me Spence fell asleep in the elevator on the way down to an early morning practice a few weeks ago. Coach Randy Shannon hasn't been helping Spence out. He moved Thursday practices, usually in the early afternoon, to bright and early in the morning before school at 6 a.m. for the rest of the year. Spence told me he hates it. Defensive tackle Marcus Forston, his roommate, tells me he struggles in the morning to get Spence up from bed.

The good news for the Canes is once he's up -- Spence appears to be money. Through two games, he's already fourth on the team in tackles and has arguably the two biggest plays made by the defense this season -- the sack on Tim Tebow and the big hit on Florida running back Brandon James.

For those of you worried about Spence's size (6-1, 211), I heard Ray Lewis weighed 215 his freshman season and Jonathan Vilma (whom Shannon compared Spence to earlier this week) weighed less than Spence as a freshman. They turned out alright.

> In another funny Spence-related story, Forston made me laugh out loud this week when he told me he's grown so sick and tired of seeing Spence (his roommate and best friend) the two have put their dressers together and stacked books and clothes on top of it to block each other from seeing each other in their rooms.

> Look for left tackle Jason Fox to play with some extra inspiration this week. Fox, a Fort Worth native, has been trying to collect more than 40 tickets for this game for family and friends from his teammates since last year. He's one of five Texas' natives playing for the Canes in this game Saturday.

> FYI, I'll be back tomorrow with my keys and my stock market watch for the game. I'm not traveling to Texas for the game this weekend and I won't be blogging either. The Herald is sending Susan Miller Degnan and Greg Cote. As many of you know, times are tough in the industry. Two writers is all The Herald could afford to send. I'll check back in Sunday to share my thoughts on the game, which I'll try to watch while covering FIU's home opener on Saturday night.

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C'mon Manny wheres the keys and stock report?

Posted by: RealCanesFan | September 19, 2008 at 03:58 PM

I SECOND THAT!!!!!

C'MON MANNY ITS GETTING LATE!!!!!

WHAT MADE THE CANES SO DOMINATE IN THE PAST WAS NOT ONLY LOCKING DOWN SOUTH FLORIDA, BUT GETTING THE BEST PLAYERS AT NEEDED POSITIONS AROUND THE NATION..

I REALLY LIKE LAMAR MILLER, SEEN HIM PLAY AND HE IS THE TRUTH, BUT THE YOUNGER BROWN IS BIGGER AND FASTER.. THE OLDER BROWN NEEDS TO REDSHIRT THIS YEAR!!

WHAT MIAMI REALLY NEEDS IS TO GO TO NEBRASKA, OKLAHOMA, TX AND ANY OTHER FARMLAND THAT HAVE REAL BIG, REAL GOOD, OL..

SF HS FB IS KNOWN FOR SPEED, NOT FOR THE BIG GUYS IN THE TRENCHES...

DOES ANYONE KNOW THE LAST REAL GOOD CANE OL FROM SOUTH FLORIDA?

I 2ND IT... FIRE COTE!!!

Herbal Minded

kenny phillips, antrl rolle, devin hester, roscpe parrish, willis mcgahee, frank gore, andre johnson, just to name a few

we dont need to go any where. south florida is the best place in the country to get guys better then texas better then california better then oklahoma better then anywhere u can think of. the farm is down here amd RS is going to keep milking that cow.... believe that......

ummm.... Manny??? WHERE ARE U???

hell wit it
my game predictiom

um:35
tam: 7

robert marve throws for 250

green:
I guess I was misinformed about he being a Gaturd. But he didn't help with keeping the OB that's for damn sure.

OL = OFFENSIVE LINE...

"SF HS FB IS KNOWN FOR SPEED" TRANSLATION AT SKILL POSITIONS AND D WE DOMINATE THE NATION.. RS WILL CONTINUE TO GET DADE AND BROWARD.. I'M TALKIN BOUT THE BIG NASTIES ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE!!

Spence is going to be a beast. I can't wait to see him in person tomorrow.
UM 37
TAMU 13

LET'S GO CANES

HERBAL MINDED, THE ONLY ONE I CAN THINK OF IS JUAQUIN GONZALEZ

THERE ARE A COUPLE THAT WENT TO NOTRE DAME,SAM YOUNG AND DAN WENGER.

Great Canes fan blog:

http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/

4 GOT BOUT HIM... WE MISSED OUT ON SAM YOUNG, HE STARTED AS A FRESHMAN FOR THOSE B"*CH A S S IRISH..

Hey green, got one of these?

http://canespace.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2008/09/08/uf_game_019.jpg

got one of these?

Posted by: 86Cane | September 19, 2008 at 09:41 PM

What? A trashly looking girl with giant dumbo ears and no boobs?

DAU...NO, a picture with Donna Shalala!

Post yours NOW!

86,

Don't bother green/DAU right now. That dweeb and his legion of losers are getting dressed up for their weekly Dungeons and Dragons tournament!

By the way green/DAU, your Mom said she tried to get the urine stains out of your Spider Man pillow, but she ended up having to throw it away! On a brighter note, she did find you those Power Ranger PJ's you were asking her for!! AWESOME!!

DON'T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR PILLS YOU BI-POLAR PIECE OF SHYT

Did Manny get in trouble because he expressed frustration at not being sent to A&M due to the W. economy and its effects on the Herald's budget? Or is it a self imposed temporary banning?

I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.

Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM

PERSONA NON GRATA

I recently asked Shandel to do a feature for ___________ called "8 Questions in 2008" related to the football team but he says he too busy. I also asked his new BFF Chris Stock to do the same thing and he's too busy too. Oh well, I tried.

Posted by: 86Cane | July 28, 2008 at 09:06 AM

I offered Stock (ITU) and Richardson (SS) several invites to work with us at ___________, but they both declared, all of a sudden, that they are "too busy".

Posted by: 86Cane | August 02, 2008 at 01:07 AM

RADIOACTIVE

discriminating canechic bribed with free tix ...
wouldn't touch no charlie brown look-alike with a 10-foot pole ...
COOTIES

nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited love
-- charlie brown

I hate myself for not having the courage to go over and talk to her ...
well, that's not exactly true ...
I hate myself for lots of other reasons, too
-- charlie brown

I'll post the link here (with Manny's permission)

Posted by: 86Cane | July 29, 2008 at 09:27 PM
may it please the court ...
exhibit A ...

ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG YOURSELF

http://www.miamiherald.com/business/story/689447.html
Three months after announcing plans to trim 250 jobs, the Miami Herald Media Co. said Tuesday it is cutting another 119 positions, or about 10 percent of the remaining workforce.
-- scott andron

b/c malleable manny navarro buries his head in the sand ...
ABOVE YOU

Green...U need not worry about Canespace (even though obviously U do 24/7), we are doing just fine thank U! Go ahead post your pic with The UM President. We are all still waiting?

We have FREE tickets to games, an official Canespace designated hotel (Hampton Inn - Plantation), tail gate and Game Watch parties happening every week (O'Boys BBQ in Winter Park), Canespace T-shirts and LOTS more planned!

T-shirts being sold ($$$), CBS and Hampton Inn advertising on our site ($$$) and we are making $$$ and just getting started.

BTW...Just wait until U see who we are hiring next! LOL

PERSONA NON GRATA

Posted by: green | September 20, 2008 at 08:36 AM

Glad U brought this up! NOT anymore. Guess U saw my pictures with Shalala and others? I am in direct conversations with UM Athletic Department admins every week.

Times are a changin'...and for the better!

GO CANES, GO CANESPACE!!!

GO CANES, BEAT TAMU!!!

PREDICTION: 34-13 CANES

86,

He's never taken a picture with a girl other than his Mom, let alone the president of Miami!

CLOSET GAYTOR FANS ARE NOT WELCOME HERE

GREEN/dau,

The Pop Tarts and Ovaltine are in the pantry "little man"! Why don't you give your Mom and me a chance to get a little more "shut-eye" before the game today! Thanks Tiger!

IF THE TRAILERS A ROCKIN', DON'T COME A KNOCKIN'

green = anonymous blog bully

Canes fans will NOT be intimidated!

UNCREDENTIALED

double, double, toil and trouble
fire burn and cauldron bubble
-- macbeth

obsessed over little ol' me ...
am I that influential ; )
THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

UNCREDENTIALED

Posted by: green | September 20, 2008 at 09:30 AM

He's running a blog, not the New York Times you LOSER!

YOU GET OFF MY MOMMY

UNCREDENTIALED

Posted by: green | September 20, 2008 at 09:30 AM

Not for long!

It's gotta suck that the Herald leaves the competent writer in Miami and sends the absent minded sports writer and a guy who has no idea who is even on the team instead. Seniority is a joke. At least Susan is the Canes writer so she has an excuse to go. Cote is a joke. Tell him to come up with another poll question that no one cares about. In fact here's one: If Greg Cote never wrote again, which of these would you be?

A. Angry
B. Thrilled
C. Who is Greg Cote?

obsessed over little ol' me ...

Posted by: green | September 20, 2008 at 09:32 AM

Obsessed with U? NOT.

Laughing at U trying to play tough guy anonymous blog bully? YES!

Speaking of obesssion...what do U call it when U save every one of my comments from MY blog (that U obviously take the time to read everyday) and then you take the time to post those comments from over a year ago on this blog?

Now, THAT is obssession!!!

vegas has the aggies on top by 3

Semenholes, play their 1st 1-A game.....against WF, with their self imposed penalties. Preston Parker had a 2 game suspension.

JORTS---NOT TO BE PLAYED ON CANESPACE!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziFRoGTRqws

Fowler HATES Miami!

Go 'Canes!

everybody hates MIAMI and thats why i love MY CITY AND MY TEAM!!!!!

GO CANES

If Greg Cote never wrote again, which of these would you be?

A. Angry
B. Thrilled
C. Who is Greg Cote?

B.


EXPECT COOPER TO BREAK A FEW BIG PLAYS 2DAY.. ALDARIUS SHOULD HAVE AT LEAST 5 CATCHES 2DAY.. AND MARVE WILL PLAY WELL 250 YDS PLUSS.. BUT THE D IS THE REASON WE WILL WIN WITH AT LEAST 2 TURNOVERS

31-6 THE U

GIVE THE WEST BOYZ MORE PT... FORTSON, SPENCE, JOHNSON.. THEY ALL PLAY MAKERS.. SO LET 'EM PLAY!!

The line on the game opened with Miami being a 4.5 pt favorite last week. I just checked the line it is down to 3 to 2.5 point favorite. That really bothers me as that means people are putting more money on the TAMU side. What do they know that I don't? I would have taken Miami as a 5 point favorite in a heart beat.

cane4life

The team that's favored has the "-" in front of the number that they are favored by. So when you see:

Miami (Fla) -3
TAMU

It is saying Miami is favored to win by 3 points. Vegas actually has us as 3 point favorites, not TAMU.

The name is Greg Cotex, get it right

edwin pope passed the torch to a new generation of wordsmiths ...
like it or not, Miami Herald singled out greg cote ...
HEIR APPARENT

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