Being a fan of the Miami Hurricanes football program since I was a toddler, I can say with certainty that the team has had its share of fierce rivalries. However, one of the best rivalries, in my opinion, was one that the Hurricanes have had in the past with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which is a rivalry that returns in style in 2012 when the two teams face-off in prime time at Soldier Field in Chicago.
This is one game on the Hurricanes' 2012 schedule that I really want to see the team win.
Catholics vs. Convicts
In 1988, the Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took their rivalry to a whole new level. In a game that would forever become known as the "Catholics vs. the Convicts," the No. 1-ranked Hurricanes were upset by the No. 4 Fighting Irish in a game that broke many hearts of Hurricanes fans, including mine. It's not just the fact that the Canes lost that day, but they only lost by one point with the final score being 31-30. Had it not been for the Hurricanes' seven total turnovers, the outcome might have been different. And 2012 is the perfect time for a little vengeance.
In 2010, the Miami Hurricanes had a chance to settle the score with the Fighting Irish in the Sun Bowl. While a Hurricanes win in the game would have helped ease the pain of a miserable 7-5 regular season, it was not meant to be. Jacory Harris threw three interceptions before being replaced by Stephen Morris, and the Fighting Irish were never in any danger. The final score of 33-17 doesn't really tell the tale, as Miami scored 14 of those points in the fourth quarter when Notre Dame already had the game in the bag. Hopefully, 2012 will make up for this missed opportunity.
The Miami Hurricanes are facing possible NCAA sanctions, thanks to allegations from a former booster. No matter what happens in the matter, I will always have a sour taste in my mouth for comments made by the Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly. When asked about the subject, he implied that the players who attend Miami do so for reasons other than education. Even if he is right, I still can't figure out why he would say such a thing. In 2012, I'm hoping that the Canes players prove to Kelly that they also attend the school to play hard-nose football.
Dish Best Served Cold
The old saying is, "Revenge is a dish best served cold." The Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish face-off on Oct. 3. Since the game is in the Windy City, there is a chance of a chill in the air, which sets the stage perfectly for a little Hurricanes revenge.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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