University of Miami Athletic Director, Blake James issued a letter yesterday addressed to Hurricane Supporters. The letter may as well have been addressed to the ACC/National Media/Haters at large. The November 5th letter is a well-written, proverbial middle finger to anyone outside of Canes’ Nation. In the nicest way possible, James states: (1) We won the game (period); (2) Don’t you dare try to diminish this victory for our players; (3) No, we never contemplated forfeiting after the fact; (4) But for the refs’ mistake(s) on Duke’s final “scoring” drive, we would have won the game without the return; (5) If you don’t like it, tough ____. (OK, I added the last part).
This letter (and the press conference following Golden’s firing) is/are the first time I can recall Blake James taking such a position. Maybe James has more freedom without Donna? Maybe he has found some gravitas/swagger after his first (mid-season) head coach firing? Or maybe, just maybe, James (like all UM fans) has had enough. In any event, his disposition is refreshing.
The win over Duke was a big deal. The Return was a big deal. UM is coming back. #dealwithit.
I’m reminded of a scene from the movie Independence Day – where the president gives a pregame speech, before taking on the enemy. I imagine James saying this to the Hurricanes faithful:
“We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests….
We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!
Today, we celebrate [The Return of Canes Football].”