Orange Bowl

Hurricanes Looking For Upset as Smoke Clears in The Orange Bowl

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The University of Miami has been entering through the famed smoke of the Orange Bowl for quite a long time, they have won numerous national championships and had even more memorable games at the site. Now they get to emerge from the smoke for possibly the last time at night when UM plays host to #20 Texas A&M tonight.

There have been hall of fame quarterback’s that have run through the smoke, there also have been Heisman trophy winners, and first round draft picks, many first round draft picks, but time does not stand still, and that means change for what players affectionately call The U.

Next season the Canes move their home from Coral Gables up to the stadium that occupies the Dolphins, where they will call home from now on.

It will be business as usual tonight as Miami tries to do what so many Miami teams from the past have done, knock off a ranked opponent that is supposed to be more talented than the Hurricanes.

The season has started slowly for the canes as they are 2-1, but their loss was a drubbing at the hands of #3 ranked Oklahoma, and their wins over two inferior teams in Marshall and FIU.

Game time for tonight’s game is set for 7:45 and it will be televised on ESPN. A national audience is something that has always inspired the Canes, and tonight they will once again be the center of the college football universe, even if it is only for one night. The team might be prepared, but if one thing is for certain, the Orange Bowl will be ready to rock, just as it has so many times before.…

Hurricane Faithful

Hurricane Faithful Set To Say Goodbye To Record Holding Orange Bowl

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The Orange Bowl in Miami is one of the most famed stadiums in sports history, and tonight, the Miami Hurricanes will say goodbye to it for one last time.

The Hurricanes have made the decision not to renovate the OB, as it is so affectionately called by Canes fans, and instead will make the move north to Dolphin Stadium starting next year.

But for one last time, the lights will come on, the band will play, and the smoke will be ignited, and Hurricane players of today and yesterday will join together in saying goodbye to this magical venue.

The stadium itself is a dump by today’s standards, but that does not tell the story of a place where Super Bowls were played, concerts were seen, and most recognizably, is the owner of the longest home winning streak in college football history.

What cannot be explained is why things happen as they do in this stadium, some events bordering on the supernatural, but what will be on clear display tonight, is a love affair that has developed between the old worn down building and anyone associated with Miami Hurricane football.

Many of the great former players and coaches will be on hand for what is sure to be a monumental send off, Jon Secada is singing the national anthem and there will be a special halftime event including players that have spanned many generations.

The night will belong to the Canes and their fans, and by the end of the night many tears will be shed, a sure sign by everybody involved as to what this iconic place meant to them individually.

But, it is as a group that they will say goodbye to one of the most cherished relationships in sports history, and for a stadium to have that effect on people, there will be no doubting its place in history.…