There seems to be two schools of thought about tonight’s 30 for 30 “The U Part 2.” While it was a show that probably shot ESPN up the rankings, it was terribly mediocre. To quote Greg Olsen, “It sounded like a good idea at the time.” Which I can only assume he was talking about rekindling America’s interest in The University of Miami on a Saturday in Mid-December. Yes it was quotable, no it was nothing like the original. The original took everything we thought we knew about Miami and shoved it into our faces. The problem with the sequel was that it not only told us everything we already knew, but it glossed over some of the most important parts of Miami football from 1998-2013.
I’m talking about The Seventh Floor Crew.
The Seventh Floor Crew was a collaborative effort between Greg Olsen, Brandon Meriweather, Jon Beason, Tavares Gooden, Nick Nucci, Darnell Jenkins, Willie Cooper, Tavarous Bain and producer GoMarvelous. 3 of which (Olsen, Meriweather, Beason) are currently still in the NFL, while the rest had careers fizzle out or never start. The lyrics are graphic and hopefully they got some creative writing credit for their participation in this song. The producer, GoMarvelous, attempts to tweet and be a successful producer, but this is his only real claim to fame. I hope ESPN paid him royalties for the song.
They not only created some of the biggest buzz in sports for this song, but garnered the question, if you were a father whose daughter went to Miami in 2004, would you make her transfer out immediately or hope that she would hitch her wagon to one of the more successful members of the crew? Once you hear the song, it had to be too late for, lets say 60% of females at the University of Miami. If I’m a father, I’m transferring her out immediately and hoping for the best.
But I digress. “The U Part 2” showed a once mighty program rise from the ashes, almost get the death penalty, hit national prominence, and the fall faster than female enrollment at the U post Seventh Floor Crew fallout (hypothetically). It wasn’t as nearly interesting as I hoped, I live tweeted it because I’m a sheep for social media. However, bringing to light the 2001 Miami Hurricanes roster was pretty interesting. To steal a quote from the show, it was an absolutely diabolical group of players assembled. Butch Davis took what he had and made a literal mountain out of a molehill. Using limited scholarships and offering players legit track scholarships to walk on to the football team was a thing of genius.
“The U Part 2” left a lot on the table in terms of things desired. It was about a half hour too long, but still gripped the majority of college football fans for 2 hours. On a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the debacle of “Eaten Alive” and 5 being “The U” (original) This 30 for 30 gets a 2.5.
Couple of side-notes stolen from my twitter (because I’m a professional journalist). Santana Moss’ head is far too big for his body currently. Ed Reed has an eerie resemblance to Kevin Hart post 3 years in jail. Ken Dorsey looks like Gabe from the Office. And finally, I miss the BCS but that’s a whole other issue for another post.
Yes this was full of text and essentially a stream of consciousness about the show. In future blogs I promise I’ll add a bit more humor. In the meantime, I’m off to hire Sean Allen as a member of my crew to keep me level headed while I rise up the ranks.
“Big time players, make big time plays, in big time games.-Santana Moss”-pwagon