Even after last-gasp loss to Miami, FSU should celebrate the rebirth of a rivalry

Don’t be sad, Florida State fans.

Be happy.

Don’t be deflated.

Be elated.

You never want your team to lose a big game, but in the grand scheme and the big picture, FSU fans should actually embrace Saturday’s heart-stopping, gut-wrenching, nail-biting 24-20 loss to the Miami Hurricanes.

Embrace it because — hallelujah! — it means this once-great rivalry has been re-ignited after years of laying dormant. Embrace it because it means the ’Canes are back after seven straight seasons of losing to the Seminoles in every way imaginable. Embrace it for your old buddy — classy Miami head coach Mark Richt, the former FSU offensive coordinator who helped Bobby Bowden build his dynastic championship program at FSU in the 1990s.

“It’s crazy!” Richt said after Malik Rosier threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Darrell Langham with six seconds left to clinch the victory. “It’s crazy, but it’s a rivalry again.”

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