The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Monday, October 25, 2004

Things Learned This Weekend

World Series
Enjoy Curt Schilling while you can. Sunday night's win made him the first pitcher ever to win a World Series game for three different teams. However, the stress he's putting on his body makes it unlikely he'll be able to take the hill for a second game, no matter how desperately the Sox may need him. One has to wonder if Curt is putting his career in jeopardy by pushing himself as hard as he is.

Oh, and for those of you who think the Red Sox have this Series locked up, heed some wisdom from NBA coaching legend Pat Riley - "A playoff series never really starts until the home team loses." Things could get really interesting in St. Louis.

Florida Football
While the Gators made great leaps into solidifying themselves as the best three loss team in the country, refrains of "if we'd only beaten Mississippi State" won't wear well for the Gators. If it hasn't happened already, expect Ron Zook to be fired and the blame to be laid at the feet of his actions at an on campus fraternity fight last week. If the university is able to play it that way, they may even be able to get out of paying the remainder of Zook's contract.

Florida State Football
After a dominating performance against Wake Forest, Florida State clearly proved that they should be ranked ahead of Miami and have first rights to any bowl invitation that Miami receives this year (or in any other year) - even if no one would pick Florida State to beat Miami if the teams met head to head again.

Miami Football
The Canes offense looked solid against what was the nation's top defense. I'm still shocked that NC State allowed Devin Hester to touch the ball. It's likely the last time that Hester will be allowed to touch the ball on special teams all year. Miami's defense was exposed early though - although they did adjust by halftime. Hopefully the coaches will figure out some answers before too much longer, otherwise we're likely to see some spread and unconventional offenses for the rest of the season.

The Canes suffered injuries though on their offensive and defensive lines. It's hard to think that they really have enough depth on the lines to continue to sustain such injuries and run the table. I hope they do though.


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