The Beast : Signing Day party recap, etc.

Signing Day was great, besides the solid class Al Golden and his staff brought in.

Our Inaugural allCanes/ Signing Day Party at The Titanic was an overwhelming success. We had a great enthusiastic crowd, lots of great guests, and any time Uncle Luke is in the house, that’s always going to make for a great party.

Thanks to Chris, David, Rudy and everyone at for helping us put this thing together and a big thanks to Kevin, Eric and everyone at The Titanic who once again outdid themselves by providing a great spot for us to host a party.

For obvious reasons, the biggest thanks for the day though goes to Mr. allCanes, Harry Rothwell, who made it all go. Without Harry, we wouldn’t be the well-oiled machine that we are. Oh, and big props to our good buddy Neal Bendesky who helped us out securing the 189,402 bagels and 34,950 pounds of cream cheese, on hand to keep all of you well-nourished throughout the morning. Can’t wait till next year when we really take it to the next level. (Circus elephants anyone?)

As to the signing class, hoorah. I mean what else do you want me to say. I don’t look at stars. I don’t look at class rankings. I haven’t seen most of these guys play. I’m not a scout. They are simply names on the paper and three-minute YouTube clips.

We had the pleasure of talking to Anthony Chickillo and Denzel Perryman on Signing Day and if their personalities, attitude, and aptitude are any indicator of the way they’ll perform on the field, then this class is a keeper.

However, how do we really know now? Ed Reed was named the best Cane of all time. You can agree or disagree with that, but for now let’s agree for the moment. His only other offer coming out of high school in Louisiana was from Tulane. Yes, Tulane, best known for producing Shaun King, Patrick Ramsey, JP Losman, and Mewelde Moore. All really good college players, but no two-zero E-Reed.

So do what I did on Signing Day; fill yourselves with optimism because at least now we can say that the “Golden Era” has officially started. Don’t get caught up in rankings. Let’s talk in about three years and we’ll decide then if this recruiting class is any good.

Listening to the radio down here (which I try not to do too often), things have been surprisingly good the past few days. Chris Freet and his staff have really taken the bull by the horns and made sure that Hurricane Nation heard from Coach Golden and his assistants.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Brennan Carroll in his office on Signing Day (click here for the interview) and you could see the lack of sleep in his eyes. But that grin on his face made it all good.

New-old offensive line coach Art Kehoe has done every radio show (except ours) from here to Anchorage and things are officially getting back to how they used to be – and it’s much, much, much, much appreciated.

The lone negative the past few days was when I tuned into the Canes’ flagship station the morning after Signing Day. The show was broadcast live from BankUnited Center on campus, so you expected your fair share of feel-good media, but that wasn’t the case. Instead it was non-stop ‘bash Randy Shannon radio’ and everyone was piling on.

Everyone in Hurricane Nation could go on for days talking about and trying to make sense of Coach Shannon’s time as head coach at ‘The U’ – but again, timing-wise it was off. It’s the day after Signing Day and instead of fan smiling and high-fiving about the future, they’re still complaining about the past.

It’s supposed to be about looking forward, not back and I don’t care if Randy took a match to a UM flag on ESPN U on Wednesday, his tenure shouldn’t have been the focus the day after sixteen new Canes were welcomed to the U Family.

There’s a time and place for everything and I was really let down by what I heard over that two-hour span – especially on the Canes’ flagship station, where I’d expect the best insight, not immature name-calling.

IN OTHER NEWS : Hoops, Hoops, Hoops, Hoops, Hoops. I remember back in the 2000/2001 basketball season, the Canes were in the middle of a losing streak and I was sitting down and talking to then play by play announcer Marc Vandermeer.

Marc, who had done play by play for UMASS’ run with Marcus Camby back in the 90’s, was really frustrated. Actually I find it ironic that Marc always considered hoops his first love over football – and now he’s got one of thirty-two of the best jobs in the country as play by play man for the Houston Texans. But I digress.

So the Canes are in the middle of a losing streak, and Marc looks me straight in the eyes and says “Beast, I NEED GOOD HOOPS.”

It got me thinking about the impact of winning and losing basketball games. Basketball is so different than football in the emotional impact. If you lose a football game on Saturday, it hurts on Sunday and maybe Monday. But, normally, by the time you get to Tuesday and Wednesday, you are so caught up in what ever you got going on, you’re too busy to let it bother you the rest of the week.

With hoops, when they play up to three games a week, you keep getting bombarded with emotions. The men’s team lost four games in 11 days. That’s always going to take a lot out of you and illicit a big emotional response. They got a win last night and it wasn’t pretty.

The way they failed to handle the press and their inability to consistently keep a lead does more than bother me. However, they have another good chance to get a win this weekend as they host Virginia.

There’s no hiding the fact that this team’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament, or any post-season tournament are dwindling, but if they can just get a few wins, I can at least make it through a week with out shaking my head at the thought of losing basketball games. Because like Marc, I too need good hoops.

Thanks again to all of you that came out to our big Signing Day party. We had such a good time and I hope you’ll be back next year when we do it all over again.

I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much, but I’m being serious when I say this week’s allCanes Radio really was a must listen for Canes’ fans. So if you have some time over the weekend, take a listen, or at least download the show to your iPod / iPhone / iPad and listen when you have a chance. I think you’ll thank me later. Be well. Go Canes!!!



9 thoughts on “The Beast : Signing Day party recap, etc.

  1. I don't know how any Cane fan is not optimistic right now after seeing how the new coaches have attacked their jobs. With the time they had, the job they did was amazing to me. I take my hat off to them. I really love the plan of the staff with the "Eye of the Hurricane" focus and having all 9 guys in-state right now. The plans is in place and now we'll see the execution over the next many months and years. I can't wait.
    -Columbus Cane

  2. I can't say I've watched any basketball before the second half of last night's game against GT, but God, it was maddening. Up 21 with 13 minutes to go and having to hold on in the end to win by 1 or 2. No excuse for that. They played not to lose instead of playing to win. Maybe the last four game outcomes had a lot to do with that and maybe not. 25+ turnovers in a game in not going to get it done. Do we have nobody who can handle the ball against the press? Like the announcers were saying, why did we continually get caught in the corner with the inbound pass? We were fortunate to get the win, but Coach haith needs to get those guys to play the full game.
    -Columbus Cane

  3. Marcus McDade and Stephen Weatherford were both supposedly drooling to sign with Miami. Golden apparently was holding out for something better. And now, NOW, we seemingly don't have any quarterback, period. All that I can say here is that they (Mr. Golden and company) had better sign Jacoby Brissett tonight.

  4. Yet another shameless plug for this restaurant or whatever it is. I can never read more than a couple lines into one of this guy's posts, wasn't he at one time some kind of professional?

    Also some remarkable insight into signing day:
    "As to the signing class, hoorah. I mean what else do you want me to say. I don't look at stars. I don't look at class rankings. I haven't seen most of these guys play. I'm not a scout. They are simply names on the paper and three-minute YouTube clips."

    This is what I came to this website for?

    Seriously allcanes, you wouldn't be doing this blog any harm by dropping "the beast." Shit, half the people that read this blog think that it's you writing these monstrosities anyways (even with the "the beast:" tagline at the top). So really it's your reputation at stake here.

  5. I hate to be a downer, but bringing up Ed Reed, any idea how he's doing? I'm pretty sure they found his brother. He's part of the Cane's family. My prayers go out to him and his.

    Go Canes

  6. How perfect to have signing day at a place named Titanic!
    Just like the ship, the football and basketball programs are sinking! No QB recruited. Hopes are resting on a transfer from Rutgers! what, Temple's QB won't come? Man have we fallen.
    Basketball: 1 NCCA tourney in 7 years! Haith must have naked photos pf Shalahlah and Kirby to be keeping his job. Bruce Pearl's sister lives in Boca, call him, maybe he's ready to come down.

  7. I stopped listening to the "flagship station" months ago. That Steve guy who's on in the morning with our Heisman winner is a 1st class hater. And our Heisman winner has the personality of a wet mop and shouldn't have his own show. Or they should at least change the name to the "Two Wet Mops" show. At least "The Playmaker" has a great attitude and a good enough personality to host his own show.

  8. It amazes me how people think it's the end of the world because we didn't land a quarterback.

    Any quarterback coach that can get Whitehurst or Hasselbeck ready to play is good by me. Morris isn't as corrupted as Jacory is.. Being plowed into the ground well upward of 30 times in your career can ruin anyone.

    Seriously. If we get a transfer to generate competition (especially helps when that particular transfer we're looking at from Rutgers won freshman all-america honors) then so be it. There are some hellacious candidates coming out of highschool after the 2011 season..

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