College football set sail a day early in South Florida as the Miami Hurricanes christened a season of high hopes by hosting northern neighbor Florida Atlantic University for the first time on a special, emotional Friday night at Dolphins stadium.
A halftime ceremony honored UM’s 1983 team on the 30th anniversary of the school’s first of five national-championship seasons. It was an especially big night for Howard Schnellenberger, 79, who of course coached that ’83 team and went on to build the FAU program from scratch and coach it for 11 seasons though 2011.
Yes, Miami and FAU provided just about everything you’d want in a season opener, with the possible exception of a compelling or least-bit-competitive game.
I don’t wanna say FAU was overmatched, but I think the ’83 Canes — now middle-aged — could have gone out there in their wing-tips or flip-flops and beaten the Owls.
It was good reacquainting 30 years later with those old Canes, many of whom I covered when I was a young reporter. Brought back a lot of memories, including that one time I saw a then-14-year-old Nevin Shapiro offer the improper benefit of a used Rubik’s Cube and a free ride on his skateboard to Bernie Kosar.
“Scram, kid,” said Kosar.
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The Marlins suffered their 16th shutout loss. I know soccer teams that score more.
I read that Calder and Gulfstream are at war, running concurrent dates and fighting for bettors. And it’s true. The other day I saw armies of jockeys from both tracks on horseback, jousting.Parting thought: