Last Saturday’s loss to FIU was humbling if you’re a Miami Hurricanes fan. Humbling, disgusting, disappointing, embarrassing, pitiful, perhaps the worst loss in the history of this program. I myself was beyond the point of patience after watching the game, I honestly thought that this could be the loss to break the fan in me.
FIU post game reaction. I’m not mad, I’m embarrassed pic.twitter.com/pL8Mfv6SJi— Bring Knighton To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) November 24, 2019
Throughout the week however, I reflected a lot on my support for my beloved Canes who I've fanatically cheered for since I was eight years old. I also made notes on social media, and how fans would say things like “I’m done” or “I’m not watching this team again” and trust me there were a lot. FIU was like a knife in the side, as part of a long painful season, so you can’t blame the outpouring of frustration.
I normally move on and recover within 24 hours, not sure about this one. #BeatDuke ⏰— JD Da Boss (@WMGarbageman) November 24, 2019
And as I scrolled through Twitter and saw social media posts, it was like déjà vu, because Hurricanes fans talk like this after every loss. So I've seen many of these comments five times in 2019.
Then I thought how all these fans aren’t going anywhere, including myself. We may say we’re done, and we’ll cry and moan, but come this Saturday, we’ll be watching our Canes take on Duke.
And then I thought even more, why do we keep coming back each week as fans? Why is it, that everyday of the year we talk about the Canes, on social media constantly. Every fall of every year, we find ourselves coming back to Hard Rock Stadium for more game days. Why do we do it? Why do we as fans, as my title says, remain hopeful?
For one thing, it’s because of the great and memorable times the Hurricanes have given us throughout our lives. I don't care if you’re 10 years old or 90 years old, you’re a Miami fan because they’ve brought you joy in your life. Doesn't matter if your fondest memory was the 1984 Orange Bowl when the Canes upset Nebraska, or if it was Trajan Bandy running back the interception against Notre Dame just two years ago. Or heck, it doesn’t matter if your best Canes memory was when Stephen Morris beat NC State in 2012.
We remain hopeful because we pray the Hurricanes get back to those levels, when they’re contending for national championships and are one of the top programs in the country.
I grew up in her shadows & on many a night slept in her empty stands as a kid that didn’t want to go home. Hid from the cops in there a few times too But mostly The OB taught me that we could all get along & have a common goal for at least an afternoon. She saw me grow up pic.twitter.com/ZiB5gV4F4E— Laz (@CutlerRidgeLAZ) November 23, 2019
We remain hopeful because, for better or worse, the Canes are a part of our lives. You remember growing up going to UM games in the OB, or even Hard Rock Stadium. You can recall the smell of the tailgate, the chants inside the stadium, the drunk guy next to you saying he should be the next offensive coordinator, Brevin Jordan scoring the go-ahead touchdown against FSU. Those are the memories that make losing worth it, all for that one moment that stays with you forever.
Being from South Florida myself, the Canes are apart of my home, where I'm from. UM isn’t just a football team, they’re a part of my family, as corny as that may sound. So even after a loss, even after a loss to FIU, you can’t just forget about family.
That U on the side of the helmet, for Miami fans, it’s more than a logo, it represents generations of Canes fans, or generations to come of Canes fans. We remain loyal because of how that U makes us feel.
Miami may be 6-5, but when coach Diaz tweets out the bat signal, you’ll continue to be glued to your screens, because you can’t replace that passion. You keep refreshing your timeline every five seconds to see if Tate Martell is coming, or if Dazalin Worsham committed.
Back in June, I asked Canes fans on Twitter why they became a fan of UM, and when you read the responses, those people aren’t leaving this program ever. If you were treated to some of the greatest teams in college football history, while winning five national championships, you can handle a little rebuild.
Let me ask y’all. When did you become, why are you a Hurricanes fan? When did you go to your first game? What made you fall in love with the team? What’s your favorite moment as a Canes fan? https://t.co/c1umiN8YlM— Bring Knighton To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) June 7, 2019
Even after they lose to Georgia Tech at home, FIU at Marlins Park, Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, no matter the loss, you’ll still be there next Saturday. You’ll rant on Twitter until Wednesday (my strategy), but after that you’re ready for the next game and you’re calm again.
Let’s Go Canes. I’ll never switch on you. Let’s get better and learn from this. Real fans gonna ride.— 2-Pod Shakur (@DaPrinceRicky) September 8, 2019
Even when they miss field goals inside 25 yards, or when Jarren Williams throws 3 interceptions in one quarter, or when we can’t stop a 4th and 17, or the fact that Miami simply hasn’t been good in over 15 years, you’ll still be there next Saturday.
You keep coming back, hoping that this is the year that The U is back, hoping that Manny Diaz is the guy to lead Miami back to the promised land.
We keep coming back, simply because the good times will always outweigh the bad times. We’ll continue to come back, and remain loyal, hopeful, fanatical, loud, a little obnoxious, because we’re Canes fans, that’s how we roll.
It’s All About The U!