I’m not proposing the coming week as one of the biggest in Miami’s football history. After all, Miami and football history once were pretty much one and the same, back when the Dolphins and Hurricanes were champions or at least challengers — players on the national stage.
Maybe it is because those days have become long gone that this week seems important. Our standards have lowered; we take what we can get. And so the Dolphins on the edge of a playoff spot the same week the Canes end their postseason bowl drought feels big.
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The Dolphins have Sunday, at Buffalo — in the old rivals’ 100th all-time meeting — and then a week from Sunday, here against the Stinkin’ Jets, to either end their playoff drought or find the disappointment that much more acute for the almost, the teasing. Miami last made the playoffs in 2008 but quickly exited. It was an aberration, a forgotten blip on the timeline. Dolfans haven’t truly cheered anything special in more than a decade. The club’s last playoff victory was Dec. 30, 2000.
For the Hurricanes, it has been almost that long since the last national championship, and they haven’t even won a bowl game of any kind since Dec. 31, 2006. So, yeah, Saturday’s Orlando date with Louisville in the otherwise modest Russell Athletic Bowl feels pretty big.
The idea of the Dolphins merely making the playoffs as a last seed or the Hurricanes playing in a second-tier bowl wouldn’t have meant much, once, but times have changed.
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