FIU is getting plenty of respect around the nation as it heads into the Friday night's matchup with Louisville. Yes, the game is played on the field, but here are the other games being played by those who make their living with ink and a keyboard. By the way, "the other games" in the previous sentence is not The Other Game that is played weekly on The Prowl during football season.
Of course, the Cardinals are saying the right things about the Panthers, especially after just getting by Murray State last week, 21-9. HERE are some of the FIU highlights from Louisville coach Charlie Strong's press conference. One website is predicting the Panthers will be in the Top 25 at some point this season, and another website is seeing an FIU upset on Friday.
Former FIU basketball alums Carlos Arroyo and Alex Galindo have Puerto Rico eyeing a berth in the 2012 London Olympics. With three games to go before the FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday, the Puerto Rican national team is 4-1 in second place behind undefeated Argentina.
The top two teams from the tournament advance to London. P.R. still has to play the Dominican Republic and Brazil before they can advance to the semifinals on Saturday. Brazil and D.R. are each 3-1 in the hunt with P.R. and Argentina for the two London spots. In Tuesday's win over Canada, Arroyo (right) led P.R. with 26 points. Galindo (left) was second on the team with 13 points.
Click below for the Panther Pawse and a world premiere feature film from the FIU/North Texas tailgate.
*Thanks Sam Lewis photo (FIU defense)
We'll start getting more in-depth on Louisville on the next few posts with our regular game-week features. LIVE GAME BLOG right here begins at 6:49 p.m. from Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Friday night. Your scores for the King of The Prowl Hill Predictions have to be in by 6:59 p.m. EDT on Friday.
fiu fpl: Pete, I would love to know how these ideas are received by the decision makers. I really, really like the "Welcome to Miami" idea... many people nationally don't realize.where FIU is. Also, very interested on seeing if the "Gift Registry" takes off. I would like my first donation to be for the big screen. And there can be a web page where we can track.the progress of items like maybe a giant panther statue outside the stadium. Or golden uniforms!
PP: You asked about a "Gift Registry" type of donation. There is a way for you to specifically donate to whatever you want. This is the answer from the Panther Club, who handles all the FIU Sports donations:
"We do [a gift registry type of donation], donors can restrict their gift to a particular sport or even piece of equipment. Also, the Panther Club has several levels with benefits like field passes. All the information is at www.fiusports.com under the Panther Club tab, and they can even do their donation online!"
JulesFIU07: Pete, How many freshman and players that weren't listed on the original two-deep saw playing time on Thursday?
j: Pete, was looking at the basketball roster put up for this upcoming season. Didn't see De La Rosa or Sullivan (kid from Memphis) listed? Did they not qualify? TIA
PP: I can't get into specifics, but the roster on-line is 100% accurate.
"LIVE FREE or DANCE HARD" . . . WORLD PREMIERE FEATURE FILM from que bola fiu Spielberg, a Section 112 production
In the life of every champion, there comes a moment of truth. In a world where birthday parties are frowned upon for 37-year old men dressed in blue and gold, there is one man who stands for all that is right and free for birthday parties for 37-year old men. Despite the odds and criticism from the community press like the Boca Breeze or Century Village View, this man is a hero to all 37-year olds that want a birthday party. He didn't ask to be a hero, but still he ventured on to that hot Miami-Dade County asphalt parking/tailgate lot and made a fool of himself to celebrate the big 3-7. Die Hard's John McClane has got nothing on this action hero. When you need help throwing a birthday party for a 37-year old and you don't know who to turn to . . . you either LIVE FREE or DANCE HARD with Lloyd Roary.