Christian Bello started covering University of Miami football back in 1996, by default.
As a student at the University of Florida, a flood of emails and debates with a few biased writers at the Independent Florida Alligator led to Bello’s first—and last—writing assignment for the paper.
After covering one lone orange and blue-related event, Bello retreated to a UF computer lab where he reached out to CanesTime.com and offered to provide insight on his beloved hometown team, while stuck in "enemy territory".
With Florida en route to winning it’s first title and the Butch Davis-led Canes slipping due to probation, writing about "The U" became therapy in the mid-nineties, where Bello attempted to make sense of the downward spiral with fellow fans at Grassy, aiming to be a ‘voice of the fan’.
Writing for CanesTime continued through the 2004 season, with articles picked up by both Yahoo! Sports, as well as feature articles in CanesTime Magazine.
At that point, Bello branched out, choosing to write exclusively for allCanes.com, in an effort to increase the legendary shop’s overall brand and to carve his own niche. allCanesBlog.com was officially launched in March 2006 and over the past several years has built a loyal and dedicated following, which prompted a complete blog overhaul in summer 2011.
Bello earned a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, yet has his diploma mounted in a University of Miami frame. Born and raised in Miami and a graduate of Westminster Christian in South Dade (A-Rod Country!), there was a burning desire to leave the 305 for college—despite growing up on UM’s campus as an attendee of Ron Fraser’s Baseball Camp, attending ball games at Mark Light and spending Saturdays at the Orange Bowl watching the Canes run out of the smoke amongst friends and family.
Bello’s first collegiate stint was at the University of Alabama, where he lasted two semesters as a long-haired, aspiring guitar shredder and city-boy-fish-out-of-water.
Hurricane Andrew ravaged Miami the day fall classes began in Tuscaloosa and what the hurricane didn’t do to the city, the Crimson Tide did to the Canes in the Sugar Bowl months later; two weeks after Bello’s final farewell to the deep south.
Upon graduation, Bello followed his transplanted family west to San Diego, five years after the storm caused them to relocate. His first move was to get a job as a sports editor with FANSonly.com (then CSTV.com and now CBSSportsline.com) and eventually moved to the role of marketing manager.
HurricaneSports.com was part of the FANSonly Network, which allowed Bello a tie to Miami athletics that was lost in the cross country move—as well as sideline passes to the 27-24 victory over Florida State in 2000, which he still lists as one of his top five moments in life—right down to rushing the field after Wide Right III and grabbing a clump of orange turf from the midfield “U”, half of which he put in his pocket as a keepsake—the other he promptly ate for good luck, which to date he still considers the right play.
If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.
Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.
ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :
I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:
First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.
A Simple Guide by J D
FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.
STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
East, South, Midwest, West.
Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.
STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.
Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.
Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!
Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.
Just saw your comment on the Predicting 2016 piece, and I wanted to say I tend to agree that Coley is on the three-and-done. I forewent guessing the early declarations for the sake of consistency.
Life long Canes fan and '93 grad...if contests lean towards probability and all toss ups are lost, it is very plausible we could see a 4-8 season next year. Ugh.
If they are able to work out anemic offensive kinks (the actual biggest problem in the '13 campaign--not defense) this coming season, they might emerge as an ACC contender for the '15 go round. Not a defeatist, just a realistic view of where the program is at the present moment.
Sobering predictions for the '14 schedule:
Sept. 1: at Louisville* - Likely Loss
Sept. 6: FLORIDA A&M - Likely Win
Sept. 13: ARKANSAS STATE - Likely Win
Sept. 20: at Nebraska - Toss Up
Sept. 27: DUKE* - Toss Up
Oct. 4: at Georgia Tech* - Toss Up
Oct. 11: CINCINNATI - Likely Win
Oct. 18: Open
Oct. 23: at Virginia Tech* - Likely Loss
Nov. 1: NORTH CAROLINA* - Likely Loss
Nov. 8: Open
Nov. 15: FLORIDA STATE* - Likely Loss
Nov. 22: at Virginia* - Likely Win
Nov. 29: PITTSBURGH* - Toss Up
Just for an idea, maybe for one of you're articles you should write about Golden changing the culture of Miami (i.e. entitlement/conditioning/players playing in the snow while getting blown out in the 2010 Hyundai Bowl) if you haven't wrote one about it yet. This rebuilding process is a lot bigger than many of us thought, including me. Keep up the work
I love your passion for The Canes, and enjoy your writing style. Keep up the great work!
Hello Mr. Bello. I just wanted to compliment you on your writing skills and your knowledge of football. I'm a diehard FSU seminole fan and your a true Miami hurricanes fan. I wish most people could have good convo's like I have had with you about sports. I am glad to see FSU and miami back to top 10 rankings. I am hoping FSU and Miami beat outside teams of our state. GO NOLES!
You're welcome, Chris! We are all always glad to help.