Posted on: September 21, 2009 12:33 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2009 12:34 pm
The Miami RedHawks needed 10 quarters to put their first points on the board this season. The local paper was apparently caught a little off guard when Miami finally found paydirt.
So while Eugene Harris hauling in a 14-yard pass from Daniel Raudabaugh in the third quarter of a 48-26 pounding by the Western Michigan Broncos was big news for first-year head coaching disaster Mike Haywood, it led to incorrect news in the hometown paper.
The Oxford Press , the town paper (not the student paper), ran this photo for an extended period after the historical loss.
That's a fantastic fail, just like Miami's program.
Posted on: December 29, 2008 12:47 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2008 1:26 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- My school is a notch on a belt. An easy late-night conquest by some drunken big man on campus or maybe a gimmee put for Ohio native Jack Nicklaus. And I'm thrilled.
Thrilled to be easy pickings. Cincinnati, making its first-ever Orange Bowl appearance absolutely crushed my Miami RedHawks 45-20 on September 20. Quarterback Tony Pike looked nothing like a fifth-string afterthought. Receivers Mardy Gilyard and Dominick Goodman looked very much like the future NFL wideouts they'll be and running back John Groebel, yes, running back John Groebel in the spread offense, even found paydirt twice.
Why am I rehashing all this? Because Cincinnati and Miami are rivals. Not just rivals, but like Jack Ryan advising the president in Clear and Present Danger, "lifelong rivals." Well, he says "friends" in place of "rivals." Anyway, the Battle for the Victory Bell is the oldest rivalry west of the Appalachians. West of the Appalachians, you ask quizzically? Yes, consider schools like Yale, Harvard, Lafayette, and Lehigh all of which have been playing football since around the birth of Cyrus McCormick. They all trump us, but nobody cares about those schools anymore. People slightly care about the Battle for the Bell, which began in 1888 and is the oldest non-conference college football rivalry in the country. And did I mention we own Cincinnati?
(Not yet, big guy)
Miami has won the ball 59 times to Cincinnati's 47. What I'm thinking is, if Cincinnati can get to a BCS bowl, welll ...
I get ahead of myself.
First let's hear what winning the Bell meant to Cincinnati's touchdown-machine running back (at least vs. us) John Groebel:
"The Victory Bell is definitely big," he tells me while trying to hide a smirk. "If we don't get that it's not good. Fortunately I've gotten it every year so far."
Me: "Anyway we can get you to transfer?"
"Don't think so," he says, while trying to steer the conversation back to normalcy. "But the Orange Bowl would definitely be huge for us. How much respect we've gotten since we've been here -- with Miami it started there. One step at a time. It means a lot; it's shown the improvement of our team in the past five years. We haven't had many trophies, now we're getting trophies."
Notch on their Bearcats' belt, I do say.
Leave it to an offensive lineman to lift my spirits.
"We just have to catch up to you guys," said starting guard, and captain of the Bearcats specifically for the Miami game, Trevor Canfield. "You guys have owned the Bell longer than we have."
Back to what I was originally getting at.
(You were getting at something?)
If the Bearcats can get to Miami, shouldn't the RedHawks be able to? Well, maybe. But first Miami has to lose the honor of being the lamest rival of any BCS team. Only Utah, with 3-9 Utah State can compare. The RedHawks were, gasp, 2-10 last season. Sure, Ohio State whooped up on a rebuilding Michigan and USC can usually get some third-teamers in vs. UCLA, but when it comes to rivalry games of BCS teams, nothing was weaker this year than the Battle for the Bell.
And that's where I'm trying to go with this nonsense. The BCS, in all its exclusivity glory, actually has some weird tentacles. For instance this: a MAC alumn such as me now has some sort of rooting interest in the Orange Bowl. I want to see the Bearcats show up. I want to know we lost to a Top 10 team. I want to know that we have a serious tilt in a longstanding rivalry with this year's Orange Bowl champ. I want to know that maybe, just maybe, the side of the Bell (the white side) with all those RedHawks (used to be Redskins) wins listed could sit next to a bowl of oranges at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.
The BCS may be a lot of bad things, but once in a while it gives somebody like me, somebody from a school with seemingly no correlation to the big-boy bowls something to pay attention to.
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