Wynwood independent theater O Cinema is in the middle of a retrospective of the first ten years of filmmaking by rakontur, the Miami-based media studio that broke out in 2006 with Cocaine Cowboys. The retro continues on Wednesday with a screening of an extended version of The U, a documentary that rakontur made for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series about the Miami Hurricanes’ dominance and “Bad Boys” behavior in the ’80s. Here, co-founder Billy Corben reflects on a scene that did not make it into the film’s final cut.
Film: The U (2009) Scene: “Recruiting Stories — Lamar Thomas”
Today marks the 18th anniversary of a good day in Miami Hurricanes history. Coming after an 8-7 win against the Arizona Wildcats that demoted the Canes to #2 in the country, the reigning champs faced the Seminoles in the Orange Bowl on October 3, 1992. Hurricane Andrew had razed swaths of Miami to the ground in late August, and the city was hungry for a win against its state rival.
The Seminoles came into the Orange Bowl ranked #3 in the country. Led by quarterback and future Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, FSU had won its previous four games. But the Seminoles’ streak was fated to end in agonizing and familiar fashion.