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’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Canes’

’30-YOC Top Ten Lists’ – ‘Top Ten Canes’

30 of my 35 years have been in South Florida.  And while I wish that the state would embrace its other sports teams, it goes without saying that Florida, and specifically South Florida is ‘football country’.  And while I don’t care for the NFL at all, I do have a fondness for college football – and in typical ’30-YOC’ fashion, my preference is for the college football from my youth that is most special to me.

My team of choice is the Miami Hurricanes – you would be hard-pressed to find a more winning program over the last 35 years.  And even though the team has not been winning for the better part of a decade now, there is still a tremendous following and amount of loyalty for those that are dedicated to ‘The U”.

With all of that being said, here are my ‘Top Ten Canes’

Honorable Mention:  Russell Maryland, Vinny Testeverde, Johnathan Vilma, Dan Morgan, Edgerrin James, Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Jerome Brown, Jim Kelly, Bubba Franks, Steve Walsh, Bernie Kosar, and Duane ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

10 – Gino Torretta – A very fierce competitor.  His numbers for that era are very impressive!

9 – Sean Taylor – Whoa – Mr. Intensity.  Taylor was a beast on the field.  His ability to hit you hard while also having the speed to cover from sideline to sideline made him elite.  RIP.

8 – Willis McGahee – Man, our hopes for a National Title went down when Willis got injured against Ohio State.  I always wonder what would have happened had he not made that run…  Probably another ring…

7 – Michael Irvin – A player that was definitely before his time.  Irvin in college epitomized what today’s athlete is all about.  But he backed it up with his incredible play on the field – not too many others can do that!

6 – Reggie Wayne – Clutch!  Wayne holds all of the major Canes’ receiving records.  His ability to stack up yards after the catch(YAC) makes him stand heads and shoulders above all other Hurricanes players.

5 – Andre Johnson –  A physical nightmare to defend, Johnson was a problem for every defense that lined up against him.  And he surprised a lot of teams with his amazing speed – just ask Florida State.  LOL

4 – Warren Sapp – Man, he was a great lineman for the squad.  And while he did not look like it, he was extremely agile and quick.  Sapp was a great run defender and excellent pass rusher.

3 – Ray Lewis – The Man.  Lewis’ desire to win was infectious.  And he led by example each and every time he took the field.  He could easily be #1 on this list!!

2 – Ken Dorsey – I am not a quarterback guy.  But Ken Dorsey is the exception.  The king of cool, Dorsey captained some extremely talented offensive squads while at ‘The U’.  And with all of the talent and ego that he played with, there was no doubt who the leader was – #11.

1 – Ed Reed – There is nothing that Ed Reed could not do on a football field.  Need to stop the run, no problem.  Need an interception, okay.  Need to intimidate the hell out of the opposition, consider it done.  Ed Reed was a game-changer on the field.  The only other player that I have seen that dominated games by himself was Desmond Howard.

And there it is, my ‘Top Ten Canes’.

I hope you enjoyed the list – and whether you agree with me or are against my selections, let me know about it.  And for those of you that cheer for the Seminoles, I am sorry.  🙂

Oh, and next week I have a good one for you – ‘Top Ten Vintage Baseball Logos’.

Stay tuned and enjoy!!  Thanks.

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Andrew Luck – January 3, 2011

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Andrew Luck – January 3, 2011

Orange Bowl
Miami Gardens, Fla.
Monday, January 3, 2011

I didn’t want to graph the game at all because I’m still feeling like crap and because I didn’t think Luck would be that accessible. But when I heard that Arod, Tiger, Elway, Bruce Smith and a bunch of other celebs were expected at the game, I figured I’d give it a shot. A co-worker gave me a free ticket so I really had nothing to lose (other than $30 to park …..$30 WOW).

I sat idle until the start of the fourth quarter. A friend had told me that Bruce Smith was drinking at in-stadium nightclub Liv. Must be a new place because I don’t recall it being there last year during Marlins’ games. Was able to talk my way into the club level but then was stuck outside Liv because I didn’t have the required $325 ticket. Smith had three ways to get out, with only one exit accessible to me. I knew exactly what he was wearing but I didn’t want to go all-in with one guy and also didn’t want to miss Tech and Stanford. So I left after 20 minutes and made my way toward the busses.

Some people at the game had told me that Elway, Smith, Plunkett and maybe others would be at a postgame bash at a nearby hotel. I had one Stanford mini left and really wanted to save it for Plunkett, hoping he would do the Heisman inscription. With that being the case, that left me with nothing for Luck. Another grapher had decided he was going to get Luck to sign his ticket stub, asking him to inscribe “MVP.” I thought that was a great idea but when I took one look at my stub, already bent up, I realized I needed to find someone to give me theirs. First person I asked said it wasn’t a problem. And it was a real stub too, glossy compared to the lame stub given to people who have free tickets.

So now I had something for Luck and Plunkett so I could focus on Tech. I just missed Lou Holtz, though a friend did get a picwith. I stayed on the Tech side and a few minutes later was able to snag Ryan Williams, who couldn’t have been nicer.

I had two Tech photos left and both were for Darren Evans, whom I never did see. No worries. From there I walked back over to the Stanford side. Lots of players were now walking over the barricades to talk to family near me. I didn’t recognize any nor did I need any. I still had my sights on Luck. Seemed like an eternity but he finally walked out, surrounded by security and coaches. Three Stanford busses were lined up one behind the other and Luck walked to the very first bus that was still accessible to the public. But before he got on, he stopped in the family section off to the left of the bus.

As he was making his way toward this section I was able to get his attention. I handed him the stub and he signed it in a rushed fashion. I asked for the “MVP” inscription but I don’t think he heard me, inscribing his number instead.

Andrew Luck: 1/1 (ticket stub from game)

He signed for probably 20 minutes but only for those people in the family section. One grapher gave his item to a security guard, who walked it over to Luck. Luck signed the item and gave it back to the security guard. I thought it was worth a shot so I did the same, and Luck signed my mini, gave it to the security guard, who then gave it to me. Mine was the last graph Luck signed before getting on the bus.

Andrew Luck: 1/1 (Stanford mini)

Everything to come would be a bonus so I made my way to another hotel, supposedly playing host to a postgame bash. I arrived there and saw most of the Tech team and that was it. I could’ve driven to another hotel but at this point it was 3 a.m. and I called it a night. Guess I’ll get Plunkett and Elway another time.

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Gino Torretta – November 11, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Gino Torretta – November 11, 2010

Remote broadcast of WQAM’s “The Gino Torretta Show”
Thursday, Nov. 11
12:32-12:57 p.m.
Publix at Dadeland Mall
Miami, Fla.

I didn’t want to make the 50-minute drive to Miami, but I knew that if I did I’d probably be the only grapher there and could knock out Gino Torretta on everything I had. And I was right. I stood outside the grocery store for a few minutes, then saw someone who worked for WQAM so I shadowed him for about five minutes. Sure enough, Torretta, the former University of Miami quarterback who won the 1992 Heisman Trophy, walked right up to him. “Excuse me, Mr. Torretta, would you mind signing an autograph?” He looked at me, like an idiot wearing a University of Florida shirt, and said, “I don’t sign for people who wear those colors.” I followed him inside and approached him again and he told me that he had been kidding outside. I handed him three magazines that have been in my collection for almost 20 years and a University of Miami mini helmet. He gladly signed everything, even switching pens. One of his handlers remarked, “I hope all of this doesn’t go on Ebay.” And I said, “Magazines?” And he said, “I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Gino Torretta: 4/4 (Three magazines and a mini helmet, all with Heisman inscriptions)