When the Miami Hurricanes raced out to a 10-0 record, the college football world couldn’t get enough of the turnover chain.
So much so that embarrassing copycats came crawling out of the woodwork.
Yes, we’re looking directly at you, Oregon.
Oregon’s turnover chain is the least flashy thing the program has done in years, just a literal chain with a logo pic.twitter.com/ojoelqsQn1
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) November 19, 2017
Meanwhile, the actual masterpiece is a 36-inch, 2.5-kilogram, 10-karat gold chain, replete with 900 orange and green sapphire stones measuring 6.5 inches wide.
Simply put, it’s vintage Miami cool.
However even though you and I know how awesome it is, it definitely felt strange when the ‘Canes became national darlings because of it.
When Paul Finebaum starts rocking your rallying cry, you know you’ve reached a surreal point.
Ever since the program’s rise to dominance in the 1980s, there’s been an “Us vs. Them” mentality at “The U.” It was strange to have so many fair weather fans jump on the bandwagon because of the turnover chain.
But now that Miami has lost two in a row and won’t be in the College Football Playoff, the haters are back in full force. What once was viewed as a shiny piece of swag symbolizing the return of “The U” is now being heavily mocked by fans and opposing teams.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) December 3, 2017
Mscholtec of SB Nation’s “State of The U” goes as far as to make the argument that Miami needs to retire the turnover chain after this season.
If Miami is mired in mediocrity, the same vigor cannot be expected from players and fans when an interception is made and the chain is unboxed. The truth is that at some point, people will say enough is enough. The cameras will stop panning to the turnover chain, the t-shirts will stop selling, and a once meaningful honor will become a joke.
That’s selling the fans short. Also, the outcome on the field shouldn’t determine the lifespan of the turnover chain.
The turnover chain is now a part of “The U’s” tradition. Let’s keep it going regardless of the wins and losses.
No one else in the country has an identifier that so perfectly represents its area. The championship belts, trash cans, lunch pails, etc. all pale in comparison to the Miami bling.
The turnover chain is the embodiment of the “work hard, play hard” mentality in South Florida: It’s flashy, loud and in your face.
Quite simply, it was the coolest thing from the 2017 college football season.
Win or lose, embracing that philosophy is the key to the Hurricanes taking the next step forward, and what better way to embrace it that with a very cool new tradition.
The Orange Bowl matchup vs. Wisconsin gives fans one last chance this year to get decked out in their favorite turnover chain apparel. Now is the best time to get behind the turnover chain. Wisconsin enters as the favorite despite the game being in the Hurricanes’ backyard. Miami is back to the “Us versus Them” mentality, which is just how they like it.
And when the Hurricanes eventually lift their sixth national championship trophy, nothing would look better on it than that classic Cuban link.
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 12, 2017
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