Emerald Bowl Recap: Part 1-Hospitality

And thus will begin the first of (what will hopefully be) a trifecta of posts recapping the University of Miami “Band of the Hour” and our recent trip to San Francisco, Califonia to play in the Emerald Bowl against the University of California-Berkley (a.k.a. “Cal”). It was an extremely busy and eventful weekend, both good and bad, and I thought the best way to break down all the events of the trip would be to separate my recap into three sections: the hospitality that UM and the “Band of the Hour” experienced while in San Francisco, a recap of the game, and a commentary on my personal experience on the trip. This is the first of those three sections: a recap on the hospiatlity that we experienced.

As a preface, this will most likely be the most bitter of all the sections, as, despite the loss in the game, I was the least impressed with the welcome that we received from the Emerald Bowl organization.

I’ll start with the good, though. I was very pleased with the welcome that everyone from Miami receieved from the San Francisco residents. Everyone we met walking the streets of San Francisco (more on this in later posts) that was not wearing Cal colors (and even some that were!) were very friendly, welcoming us to their city and asking if we were enjoying our trip. The owners of restaurants and shops were polite and friendly, and the city as a whole was extremely beautiful.

Unfortunately, the Emerald Bowl organization did not show us the same amount of enthusiasm. At our first pep rally, Gary Cavalli, the Executive Director of the Emerald Bowl said something to the effect of, “It has been our dream for the seven years we have had the Emerald Bowl to have the University of California play in our game.” Miami’s only claim to fame, according to Cavalli, was that we were a “prestigious program with lots of history.” There was no mention of any specific deesire by the Emerald Bowl organization to have Miami as a part of their game.

The organization of the actual game was not much better. Seating-wise, the “Band of the Hour” also found itself at a disadvantage. The seating chart for the game was as follows:

Emerald Bowl Seating Chart

Click the image for a larger version. The Cal band had seats along the right end zone, in section 137. The “Band of the Hour?” Why we were up the “third base line,” one section back, in section 121. Half the band was underneath the overhang from the upper deck. Since we were so far away from the field, the ESPN crews didn’t have a very good opportunity to reach the band, and we got almost no TV time, as compared to the Cal band, who was on quite a few times.

The game was destined to be a frustration from the beginning, by the fact that Cal was exactly 12 miles from their campus and Miami was 3,117 miles from campus. It was frustrating, though, how what was supposed to be a neutral site that had bias from the fans turned into a neutral site that had bias from the organization, as well.

Stay tuned for my next post, a recap on the game itself!

8 thoughts on “Emerald Bowl Recap: Part 1-Hospitality

  1. I would like to add a few other comments of my own regarding the Emerald Bowl staff, commity, group, whatever one would like to refer to it as. To begin, it took the band charter buses approximately 45 minutes to get to AT&T Park (where the game was). For reference, it took 10 minutes in the morning to drive by the stadium on the way to our practice field (san fran cc football stadium). The reason it took so long was because the cal band was parading down the street and slowing up traffic. I saw that they had police escorts, so I assume this was planned. Why didn’t the emerald bowl staff offer us the chance to parade down the street blaring Miami U or North Dade???? I understand that cal is the “home team,” but I know our director would have taken that invitation without a second thought. I also know that the emerald bowl commity has control of airtime and whatnot. I’m from California and have watched the Emerald Bowl almost every year. It’s the only time one ever sees “Emerald Nuts” commercials. This is because they Emerald is sponsering the game and cause their business people are on the commity group thing. I watched the replay of the game on espn2 a few nights after the game. Cal recieved airtime for both pregame and halftime. The Band of the Hour recieved neither. WTF???? I would like to point out that espn had mics on both bands, as I heard both. I would like to point out that the Band of the Hour sounded much louder and was much clearer than the Cal Band. We were much more powerful than them. Oskie Bear should be weaping, but since his head is a dried up grapefruit, he clearly is too dehydrated to cry. I will have more when the recap of the game is added.

  2. I would like to add a few other comments of my own regarding the Emerald Bowl staff, commity, group, whatever one would like to refer to it as. To begin, it took the band charter buses approximately 45 minutes to get to AT&T Park (where the game was). For reference, it took 10 minutes in the morning to drive by the stadium on the way to our practice field (san fran cc football stadium). The reason it took so long was because the cal band was parading down the street and slowing up traffic. I saw that they had police escorts, so I assume this was planned. Why didn’t the emerald bowl staff offer us the chance to parade down the street blaring Miami U or North Dade???? I understand that cal is the “home team,” but I know our director would have taken that invitation without a second thought. I also know that the emerald bowl commity has control of airtime and whatnot. I’m from California and have watched the Emerald Bowl almost every year. It’s the only time one ever sees “Emerald Nuts” commercials. This is because they Emerald is sponsering the game and cause their business people are on the commity group thing. I watched the replay of the game on espn2 a few nights after the game. Cal recieved airtime for both pregame and halftime. The Band of the Hour recieved neither. WTF???? I would like to point out that espn had mics on both bands, as I heard both. I would like to point out that the Band of the Hour sounded much louder and was much clearer than the Cal Band. We were much more powerful than them. Oskie Bear should be weaping, but since his head is a dried up grapefruit, he clearly is too dehydrated to cry. I will have more when the recap of the game is added.

  3. I agree with a lot of what you say, Matt, I also heard that we sounded better and stronger than Cal. I think the main reason that we got no air time was that whether or not they wanted to, the ESPN crews couldn’t have gotten up to us since we were so far up in the stands. I think that reflects on the poor planning of the Emerald Bowl organization, though, rather than on ESPN.

    Thanks for your comment, though! I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the game!

  4. I agree with a lot of what you say, Matt, I also heard that we sounded better and stronger than Cal. I think the main reason that we got no air time was that whether or not they wanted to, the ESPN crews couldn’t have gotten up to us since we were so far up in the stands. I think that reflects on the poor planning of the Emerald Bowl organization, though, rather than on ESPN.

    Thanks for your comment, though! I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the game!

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