On national tv, in front of a sold out Hard Rock Stadium, Miami mercilessly embarrassed Notre Dame. It was supposed to be the David vs Goliath battle in college football. Another chapter added to a hated and historic rivalry. Instead it was beat down reminiscent of Miami’s 58-7 bludgeoning on Notre Dame back in 1985.
The second game of the season for the Miami Hurricanes brought about a lot of change and the majority was not with the team itself. While the University of Miami was getting ready for the Florida Atlantic Owls on the field, the photographers were in the media room listening about all the new rule changes the University and the Hard Rock Stadium security wanted to implement. It seems the photographers had to suffer the consequences due to other’s not doing their job properly. While the football team battled FAU on the field, the photographers had to battle off the field.
There are ways to open a football season and then there is the way the Miami Hurricanes opened their 2016 season; with a bang. A beating was a nice way to say what the FAMU Rattlers experienced when they faced the Miami Hurricanes, but a 70-3 score sounds a lot worse than a beating. It was a great way to open the new Hard Rock Stadium as well as the new era under new head coach Mark Richt.
Senior Day for the Miami Hurricanes football signifies two things. One, that this would be the last home game I photograph and two that this will be the last home game for the seniors on the team. It’s a little bittersweet as this senior class were freshman when I began to photograph Miami Hurricanes football games.
I know I’m a little late in posting the game photos from the game last week where Clemson crushed Miami. It’s been a crazy week and I’m not even talking about myself. Just a day after the massacre, Miami fired their head coach, Al Golden. I have witnessed some blow outs before but I have never seen a Hurricanes game where Clemson crushed Miami the way they did.
Some games are easier to photograph than others and this Miami vs. Nebraska game was not one of them. Not only I had to contend with temperatures over 100 degrees on the field, there were tons of other photographers at the game, more so than usual, and not to mention fighting with ESPN for field position. Just another day at the office.
Do you know what I love about photographing football games? It’s always different. No game is the same, no two touchdowns are alike. So for the fourth consecutive year, I will be photographing the home games of the Miami Hurricanes and I couldn’t be more excited.
After a long season, the end was finally here. The last home game is always the Miami Hurricanes Senior Day and this being the final game of the season against Pitt was no different. It felt different this time from a team enthusiasm stand point. It felt like this team had nothing to play for and it showed during the game.
There isn’t much I really can say about the Miami vs. Florida State rivalry that hasn’t been stated before. It is the epitome of epic showdowns in college football. All of Florida and the nation for that matter turns in to watch Miami vs. Florida State. Hell, there is no better football than watching Miami vs. Florida State.