I know many are happy that football season has finally arrived. Family members have already enjoyed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat after only one week of play, but tonight will be interesting in our house.
That’s because tonight, for only the second time in football history, John and I will be cheering for different teams as the University of Miami travels to Florida Atlantic University for a “much anticipated” rematch. In 2013, the Canes and the Owls met for the first time and I offered some advice to the Canes…thought it should be reposted.
From August 29, 2013: I’ll have my eye on Friday night’s game. Usually you’ll find me cheering for the Miami Hurricanes, John’s alma mater, but tomorrow will be a different story since my alma mater, FAU, Florida Atlantic University, takes on the Hurricanes in their season opener…a first!
My closet is full of orange and green Hurricane attire, but tomorrow I’ll don my one and only red FAU shirt and cheer on the Owls, something I couldn’t do as a student since FAU’s 2001 inaugural season came over twenty years after my graduation.
Friday, for the first time we’ll be a house divided.
Recently, Emily (another Hurricane alum) sent an email entitled 40 Signs You’re a Miami Hurricane…a fun series of photos which bring Hurricane fans together.
Well, the Hurricanes aren’t the only ones with bragging rights in the state. In response I’ve put together a series of photos which bring Owl fans together.
Sure, Hurricanes flash the universal “U”, but Owl fans…including the President…show their “owl fingers”
FAU is the ONLY university in the state undefeated in Bowl Games with an all-time record of 2-0 and with the first bowl win coming in only the sixth season.
2008 Motor City Bowl
2007 New Orleans Bowl
And speaking of Bowl Games, the Owls were the ONLY Florida team to win a bowl game in 2007.
New Orleans Bowl: FAU 44 – Memphis 27
Liberty Bowl: Mississippi State 10 – UCF 3
Sun Bowl: Oregon 56 – USF 21
Music City Bowl: Kentucky 35 – FSU 28
Capital One Bowl: Michigan 41 – UF 35
And UM? Oh, they didn’t make it to a bowl game in 2007.
Like the Hurricanes, we hate this man too…so much so that we’ve never let him stand on the sidelines during a game.
And like the Hurricanes we love this man…he chose FAU over UM.
Finally, we have something the Hurricanes will never have…not at the Orange Bowl…not at Sun Life Stadium…FAU has a stadium on campus.
Friday will be a first. I’ll be cheering for the Hurricane’s opponent. May the best team win! (Ok, so FAU didn’t win the game in 2013. The final score FAU 6 – UM 34.)
Tonight’s a new season…may the best team win!