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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Next Week's Turkey Day - Miami vs. Virginia Tech

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and nearly everyone will be sitting around having turkey and giving thanks. Some of us though will be having a second Turkey Day next week, on December 4th at the Orange Bowl. If all goes as expected this weekend, Miami and Virginia Tech will be facing off on the 4th for the ACC football championship. Not only is the conference title and a BCS berth on the line, but for Miami, there’s also a rare opportunity to exact some revenge for a humiliating loss in Blacksburg last year that ended the Canes regular season winning streak, which at the time was more than three-years long.

While many would say that the Canes biggest football rivalry is with Florida State or even with Florida, my vote would go to Virginia Tech. In recent years these two teams have squared off with conference championship dreams, BCS berths, and national title hopes on the line. Both teams have won a number of important battles. There’s some bad blood – heck, even the mascots squared off underneath the seating area of the Orange Bowl in the late 90s. Next Saturday’s game should be no different. Tune in or show up to the Orange Bowl and you can fully expect to see championship level college football with future NFL stars lining up on both sidelines.

Saturday's game, in addition to deciding the ACC champion and BCS representative, may also decide the ACC player of the year. Senior quarterbacks Brian Randall, formerly known as the guy who replaced Michael Vick, for Virginia Tech and Brock Berlin for Miami have overcome many doubters and have elevated their games this year to extremely high levels.

In case you don’t remember last year’s game, here’s the only minute from last year’s contest that’s worth watching again (note that this video has sound, and it's best to watch with the sound turned up). That video probably says more about what to expect for this year's game than any written words.

It will also be senior day on December 4th. I hope the OB crowd is as loud as the Hokie fans in this video when Brock Berlin, Derrick Crudup, and the other seniors receive their final introductions.



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