By Rob Wilson, Seminoles.com
ESPN 360 play by play voice Frank Gardinia, who is in town to do the Jacksonville State football game tomorrow on the internet home of ESPN, said of the Miami game. "You know, if you didn't mind who won it was just a great football game," he said. Yeah, that and five bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.
It's hard for all of us after a loss, but one thing is for sure we know where we are strong and where we are weak after Monday night. Perhaps the place we were strongest was in the stands. Hats off to Florida State fans that made Doak Campbell rock like I've not heard it since back in the 90's. We had staff who couldn't hear each other on headsets, students' partying like it was 1999 as Prince would say and a setting that left veteran TV announcers with broad smiles on their faces.
As most of you know, ESPN begged, pleaded and then resorted to using its considerable muscle to get the game moved to Labor Day night and it paid off big time. The Nielsen ratings for the game made it the most watched football telecast on the network in five years and the second most watched college football game in the history of ESPN. What is the highest rated game ever on ESPN - Florida State and Miami in 2006. Asked whether that means next year's game would move to Labor Day, Coach Bowden was quick to say no. The Seminoles will play Oklahoma in Week 2 next year.
Volleyball head coach Chris Poole is working magic with the Seminole program. FSU just missed out on the NCAA Tournament last year and with a huge weekend on the west coach the Seminole program has climbed into the national ranking for the first time since 1998. Check Seminoles.com for the FSU schedule and make it a point to see them play this year.
FSU's soccer program has rapidly risen to the level of national powerhouse. The Seminoles entered the week ranked No. 4 in the country and are 5-1 after dropping a match at UCF. Perhaps the best part of the early success for head coach Mark Krikorian is that his team is young by most measures.
Stepping into the broadcast booth for ESPN 360 for the Jacksonville State football game will be former FSU quarterback Danny Kanell. I hear he is a media star in the making having done television work for some Miami Dolphins games and hosting a regular radio show in W. Palm Beach. And speaking of radio personalities, another former Seminoles has created quite a following in Atlanta. Huge offensive lineman Forrest Conoly always had a booming voice and now sports fans can hear him all around the southeast on a.m. 790 The Zone. You can find it on the internet at www.790The Zone.com.
FSU fans should remember that as soon as an FSU home football game is over and you've listened to the postgame radio show, flip on your computer and go to Seminoles.com where you can watch interviews with FSU players and coaches from just outside the locker room.
For those looking for an off-beat note I would offer the presence of an FSU graduate on one of my son's favorite shows. If you get a chance to tune into MONK - and it's not about a Monk - costar Traylor Howard plays the lead character's personal assistant. She is what they call a "scene stealer."