Behind Enemy Lines - Week Eight: Tallahassee
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This week's Cane "Behind Enemy Lines" ...
How did you become a
"I've been a Cane for as long as I can remember. We've been fans ever since my mother began working on campus when I was five years old with the dream that one day she would give me the gift of a free UM education. I graduated in 2010 after spending the best four years of my life bleeding orange and green."
Do you find it
difficult supporting Miami all the way from Tally?
"Somewhat. Tallahassee is Nole Country. At the beginning I felt like a traitor moving up to Tallahassee for a graduate program at Florida State University. There was way too much garnet and gold and not enough orange and green.
"Now, two years later, I work full time at FSU and my students often ask who I cheer for when the two teams play. My answer: 'I'm a Miami Hurricane.' I still rock my UM wardrobe in Tallahassee despite the crazy stares."
Is there a place you visit to watch Hurricanes games in the city?
"I mostly watch the games from home where I can cheer as loud as I want."
Have you found any other Hurricanes fans in Tallahassee?
"I haven't found many other UM fans in Tallahassee except my best friend and UM graduate, Melissa Caride, who also moved to Tallahassee for a graduate program. Together we watched the Canes on television wishing we we could be at Sun Life Stadium to cheer them on."
How do you support the Hurricanes – Any apartment
decorations? Favorite piece of Canes gear? Travel for games?
"My gym in Tallahassee, Sweat Therapy Fitness, encourages us to wear our team colors to group classes on game day Saturdays. I always rock my orange and green.
"In addition my office is decked out in UM gear with my diploma hanging proudly on the wall. My computer desktop picture is Lake Osceola and Stanford Residential College, where I served as an Resident Assistant for three years. I always go to the FSU/UM game every year whether it's in Miami or Tallahassee. Looking forward to this year's game!"
Any favorite memories or stories from your time as a
"My favorite memory is the feeling of riding the Metrorail to the Orange Bowl on game day Saturdays with all my friends. The sense of pride I experienced as I looked down the cars and saw nothing but a sea of orange is hard to put into words.
"Another favorite memory is taking my floor of freshmen residents to their first UM game each year and seeing their faces light up as they watched the Canes run out of the smoke tunnel. No matter where I live, I am and always will be a Miami Hurricane!"