We have been savoring and anticipating this as one of the greatest football weekends in Miami history. After all, our biggest, best and brightest teams would be filling us with local civic pride and be on full display on a national stage.
But enough about Friday night’s Miami Central-Booker T. Washington game.
What? You thought I meant the Hurricanes and Gators game here Saturday and then the Dolphins season opener Sunday in Cleveland? Hmm. I guess those are big games, too, now that you mention it.
UM and Florida met for the first time since 2008, the 55th time overall and, sadly, perhaps the last time ever.
(The Canes and Gators first met in 1938. To put that in perspective, Nevin Shapiro wasn’t even born yet, although I hear his distant relative, Connivin Shapiro, was at that first game in an early-version zoot suit trying to entice players with free use of his Plymouth Roadking.)
The Central-Booker T. game for national high school supremacy and then Canes-Gators closing the book on that storied rivalry leave a tough act to follow for the Dolphins on Sunday as they launch their 48th season.
I should say the Dolphins “reportedly” open Sunday. Super-secretive coach Joe Philbin, who refuses to discuss injuries or most anything else about his team, declined to confirm that Miami would play Sunday, or where, or that he was involved with the Dolphins in any way.
Reporter: “Joe? Can you talk about McGillicutty’s injury?”
Coach: “I cannot.”
Reporter: “Cannot what? Talk about McGillicutty’s injury?”
Coach: “No, I cannot confirm that I am Joe Philbin.”Dennis Rodman Kim Jong-un Darrelle Revis Ray Lewis