I’m wearing my Ray Lewis Hurricanes’ jersey for tonight’s game… Hey, how about this for an observation From the Other Corner (Seattle, natch!): No matter the stadium; no matter the city; no matter if it’s a pro or a college game—the Ref’s mic NEVER works right off the bat. Is it AV Geek revenge? Because it seems rather a no-brainer to test the audio equipment before the game! So what’s up with that, nerdos? Here’s something that is glaringly obvious to me about this season’s Hurricanes: for the first time since Butch Davis was Head Coach, Miami’s Receivers are being COACHED! TAUGHT, even! Their discipline running routes, finishing plays, catching with their hands, coming back to Harris when there’s pressure…the difference between this unit and the WR corps the last few years is night and day. And not only the wideouts, either—the whole team seems more disciplined, more focused…better coached so far this season. Kudos to Randy Shannon and his staff for reversing the coaching/recruiting/teaching tailspin from the Coker years. Well done—even if it is still early yet. On the other hand…let’s talk about the elephant in the room: how could the coaches let the kicking game get out so of hand? And I’m including what I saw in last week’s game in this question. What—was Matt Bosher kicking them out of the end zone all Spring and Summer in practice, only to suddenly lose all ability during games—to the point that he can barely get to the 20 on kickoffs sometimes? He’s been so bad that his replacement against Georgia Tech, Uribe, can’t even kick straight (two consecutive kickoffs out of bounds for penalties)—much less into the end zone—and he still looks better than Bosher. AND THEN BOSHER MISSES TWO FIELD GOALS…the second with about 3 minutes left in the 4th to make it a 3-possession game! Lou Groza Award, my ***. Here ya go, Matt: You’re the inaugural winner of Nabo’s Fairy Princess Award. Enjoy. Alright, seriously now—who really thought that the ‘Canes could hold Georgia Tech, a team averaging 330+ rushing yards until this game, to MINUS 100 yards? Outstanding job by the guys like Eric Moncur and Colin McCarthy, who were expected to step up in this game; but special kudos to youngsters like Olivier Vernon and Andrew Smith, who played with a discipline and headiness beyond their Freshman and Sophomore standing. Nice job, kids. How about this Miami Offensive backfield? James and Cooper to soften them up; then Lee Chambers, Damien Berry, Patrick Hill (5’9”-260! How’s that for a Fullback?)! Javarris James is going to make an NFL team very happy—and the other 31 very unhappy if for passing on him if he goes past the end of the 1st round. At 6’0” and 212 pounds, he gives up nothing in terms of his combination of size, speed and ability to make defenders miss, to anyone else in the nation. And Graig Cooper is an elite talent. How many players has Milford Prep put in the NFL? Wasn’t there talk of moving Cooper to WR early in his career, when Miami was so short at the position…or am I thinking of someone else? If it was, what a travesty that would have been. So…how are we doing at Tight End U? Dedrick Epps has one hell of a pair of hands. He whiffed on a block and dropped a pass in his hands early in the game—and then proceeded to turn in a flawless performance the rest of the game. Jimmy Graham is poised to become a going concern for opposing Defenses. His size—6’8” and 260 pounds—and athleticism for the Tight End position (he was a forward for the basketball team) will make him a very dangerous weapon for The U this season. Too bad he came to football so late; he’s a senior. Epps too. Also leaving after this season are Richard Gordon and Tervaris Johnson (who lines up mostly at Fullback), who are behind Epps and Graham on the depth chart. Daniel Adderly (So, 6’6”-225), Billy Sanders (Fr, 6’4”-248) and Stephen Plein (Fr, 6’6”-260!) are poised to compete to be the starter next season when those four leave. Now…random thoughts; Leonard Hankerson is NFL-ready…or close to it. And he’s only a Sophomore! Has any player disappointed more after his freshman year than Sam Shields? I don’t know how bad he could possibly have been if allowed to stay at Wide Receiver, but he is dreadful in coverage. Hella towheads on that Tech cheerleading squad; were they going for uniformity or racial purity? I kid, I kid. Brandon Harris is a PLAYER. I think he could play Corner full-time; he has the man-coverage skills. And can anyone say enough about Colin McCarthy? He's the kind of leader with the work ethic that every team wants on their Defense. 6'3"-240; probably best suited to MLB in a 4-3...but I wonder if he can play in the 3-4. Hmmm... Watching a Miami team play on that goddamn dirt infield once in a week is bad enough, but twice in four days is going to really piss me off. The Marlins are still a couple of seasons from moving the **** out, FINALLY—but why in all these years did no one think of going to Field Turf to solve the problem? Or if someone did, why wasn’t it implemented? If you add up the injuries and the missed field goals from the accursed thing, I’ll bet the number is higher than any of us imagine. On the other hand—for the first time EVER, as far as I can recall—the infield adversely affected the opposing team for a change, as GT missed a field goal from the dirt. YAY! Home-field advantage! Jesus H. Minetti…did you see the salsa dancer in the pink jumpsuit they featured coming back from commercial in the 4th quarter?! Someone get her name and head to the Ladies Lounge…NOW!