There are all kinds of little indicators a program is on the rise. There are recruiting rankings, wins against ranked teams, better bowl bids, improved facilities, and the general level of sympathy other fans might have for that program’s supporters. Note: if you’re considered “polite and likable” that’s an indicator that your team probably just lost by 25, or that you’re Nebraska. Same thing recently, really.
None of these are important than the moment a team’s branded jerky products come to the front of the store and get their own dedicated display. This, from a reader in South Florida, shows the truest indicator of the Hurricanes strength right now. When a team is dominating the snack aisles and endcaps of the local Winn-Dixie, you know—
Wait a second.
HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO THE U, WINN-DIXIE? Not that Miami needs the help against North Carolina this week, but in the endless search for motivational disrespect this is clearly a find Mark Richt can use to move players on a personal level. Jerky is deeply personal, especially for large, muscular, and very hungry people on a budget looking for lean protein they can take on the go.
The price tag, however, is completely accurate for Florida jerky. Not a seven to be seen anywhere on it.