- Oct 7, 2012
I'm from Buffalo and I remember watching the Flutie game in a bar/restaurant next to an OTB my mother and I were at all day. I was a Canes fan immediately after. I didn't care that they lost. There was something about that O&G that got me hooked. I was literally the kid in the starter jacket that MP talked about. I had something orange and green on in every middle/high school picture. I'm 41 now and recently got together with a bunch of old friends and my obsession with Miami came up. They asked how the fvck I became a fan of the U when they're all Duke, ND and Michigan fans. I couldn't remember my first memeory but this article brought it all back. I was also a white kid who played hockey/FB in an all white town who saw that game on TV and said, "that's me". My friends hated them, my coaches hated them but I didn't give a fvck. They're in my DNA.
Now when I'm out in the public and I'm wearing my Canes hat or sweatshirt, I still get looks and I've even had people say dumb **** to me - nothing racist but just stupid comments. I just smile, fire back a harmless comment and love the hate. There's something about the disrespect, being the outcast and being misunderstood that I thrive off of. It's done me well in life and I'm thankful for it.
Great article, it took me way back.