Believe it or not, the Miami Hurricanes football program and their stormy nickname dates back to 1926 and the “Great Miami Hurricane” of that fall that decimated South Florida. That year a freshman team from the university first took the field. They finished the inaugural season undefeated and with appropriate swagger decided to adopt “hurricanes” as their team name going forward.
Five national championships and two Heisman Trophy winners would follow, creating a rowdy fanbase that roars approval Saturdays in Hard Rock Stadium in nearby Miami Gardens. Until the next title run, here are five items for hardcore Miami Hurricane fans to add to their collection.
“The U” Foam Hands
Show your passion for “The U” with this two-hand set of foam fingers, one in green and one in orange. Now to answer the obvious question for Hurricane newbies: If they’re from Miami, what’s with “The U?” In 1973, university officials commissioned a Miami designer to come up with a unique logo for the university to set it apart from other colleges with the initials “UM.” His idea of “The U” – usually demonstrated by holding outstretched palms together at the thumbs – lent itself to slogans such as “U Gotta Believe” and was officially adopted by the school.
UM Auto Emblem
If your car is your castle, then there’s no better way to show your Miami pride than with this 4-inch by 3-inch aluminum UM emblem. Attach it to your car with the included 3M automotive tape and rest easy that the UV protected gem will last for seasons to come. The glossy emblem cal also be easily removed without any damage to the surface.
For Toasting Victories
Raise your glass to another Canes victory with this double-walled, vacuum insulated tumbler. This must-have tailgating treasure is pint-sized and powder coated with a matte finish.
Miami Mini Helmet
This replica Hurricanes helmet is perfectly sized and ready for autographs from Miami greats such as Warren Sapp, Vinny Testaverde and Gino Torretta. This must-have collectible features the alternate green surface and decals along with realistic interior padding and even a four-point chin strap.
Miami Hurricanes Cap
The perfect hat for sunny South Florida afternoons, this cap and its logo are officially licensed so wear it with confidence. Body copy: This relaxed fit, charcoal cap is adjustable and sports the iconic “U” and Cane colors. Wear it at the next Miami bowl game or at your favorite sports bar when the orange and green take the field.