Tuesday, July 21, 2009


The 2008 game at Miami brought me to Ham's with the wax eater. Carolina had lost a huge lead to Virginia Tech the week before and sat at a most depressing 2-1 record. We needed our first ACC win, and we needed to do it without the injured T.J. Yates at the helm. Mike Paulus floundered until Cameron Sexton, the goat of seasons ago, came to the Heels' rescue. The Miami game solidified Sexton's presence as our new winning quarterback and the Heels' ability to win on the road.

Games at Miami always fall short of college football hype. The stadium is usually less than half full, and a fan like me wonders how such a program could have won a national championship. It was that afternoon at Ham's that I understood the reason: Butch Davis.

Bold play calls in the waning minutes led to a terrific Brooks Foster catch in the corner of the end zone. The Hurricanes responded with a threatening drive that ended with an award-winning highlight.

In the final minutes the wax eater and I bounced around the bar with the wait staff. Contrary to his opinion, I think Ham's is the best place to see an away game on Franklin Street.

The video is mostly Miami highlights, but you can find the good stuff at the end.

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