Sunday, February 27, 2005

Terpblogging 2 Roundup/Rant

Update: 9:10 PM.

After re-reading that, I can see now why Maryland fans are looked upon as some of the worst in the country. We aren't that good of a set of fans, I admit. Fatalistic and vulgar and rude. Not what I'd like us to be, but that's the way we are.

However, the worst fans? No. We're bad, but the worst fans belong to the city of Boston, and New England in general

"Boston?" you say. "How can Boston have the worst fans? They've been cheering on the Red Sox for 86 years before they won a championship. Do you know how tormented that city was?"

First off, the attention span of Boston fans is shorter than any other in the country. If the fact is not "We finally won after 86 years!", they forget all about it. Remember the Celtics' run through the 80's? Neither do they. How about those three super bowls in four years for the Patriots "Dynasty"? I lived in New England since I was born, and never met a single Patriots fan until the AFC Championship game of the 2001 playoffs. Bill Belichick is a genius only in the way he's able to A) Luck out in playing Bill Cowher at home, and B) Get fans to actually attend Patriots games.

(On a related note, I feel sorry for former Pats coordinator Romeo Crennel, who's going to the Browns. The Browns have been so dismal not even Bill Belichick could win the Super Bowl with them. In fact, noted dope Bill Cowher beat Belichick way back in 1994. Poor Romeo.)

That 86 year curse? People in my high school were talking about how cursed they were. Come on - I've been cheering for the Bears in football since 1991, you've been cheering for the Sox in baseball since 1993. Who's had a longer drought? To further this point, my father was born in the mid-fifties and roots for the Indians. If you were born in the sixties and root for the Red Sox, he's still been waiting longer than you did.

Don't get me started on the Bruins (nice team), but as they're known around those parts, the "Who-ins?" New England also let the Whalers' leave without really giving a crap.

Whenever any team of New England's beats you, they have to rub it in your face until you'd like to do serious damage to theirs. And as soon as their team isn't good anymore? They don't mention them again. C'mon - how many of you could actually name the coach of the UConn Huskies in the mid '80s? How many sportscasters could? It's the same way with every sport. BU win the Beanpot? You bet they're gonna remind you of it every thirty-two seconds, whether or not you cheer for college hockey or not.

I enjoy it very much when New England does not win in a contest that they participate in. The last such one of these was the Election. Boy, was I greatful for that. And you know that New England was ready to take a crap on the rest of the country if they had won THAT, too.

Personally, I'm a Rockies fan, but I have to root for the Yankees to take out the Red Sox this season. Hey - maybe it'll be another 86 years before they win it. 19-18, 20-04, 20-90... I can only hope.

For all the Bruins fans who are upset that the season was cancelled, I'm sorry. Sounds like you do actually care. For the rest of you NE sports fans, you need to know what it feels like to not whine and moan about winning.

In conclusion, we at the University of Maryland are very crappy fans. I'll admit it - but if you want to call us the worst in the nation, you've got to be ignoring an entire region of the country.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

The TerpBlogging 2

Not looking like a good day for the Terps. We're on the bubble (again, just like last year), and have only two games left before the ACC tournament. It looks to me like the team will have to win 2 out of 3, if not 3 out of 4 in order to get to March Madness.

That would be so simple, if tomorrow's opponent wasn't UNC. Absolutely terrific. For those who can't remember, North Carolina defeated Maryland 109-75. To be fair, it was in Chapel Hill. However, I'm doubting that the Terps can actually beat UNC, even at home. If Maryland does somehow win tomorrow, they're in. If not, then the game March 5 at Virginia Tech becomes yet another must-win. If they lose both of these games, then they're not going to the NCAA tournament. A win at VT would also most likely have to be followed up with at least one win in the ACC tournament. In that case, the opponent would have to be either Duke or Virginia. Not good odds, but it's still a possibility.

Let's see what else is going on in the world of College Hoops.

Sportsline's Gregg Doyel writes a great piece on the John Chaney debacle of last week. All I can add is "My sentiments exactly." Coming from a student at a college where NCAA basketball is king, I have to say that this is not the message any high-schooler looking to 'ball in college should be getting. Chaney's had a good career - perhaps it's time to call it a night.

Duke scored only 58 points in a victory over St. John's today. I don't even know what to make about that, other than St. John's beat a team (N.C. State) that swept a team (Maryland), who swept Duke. So maybe the game SHOULD have been even closer. Just shows how far the ACC has fallen.

Connecticut-Pittsburgh should be a good game, as always. If I had a television, that's the game I'd be watching today. Since it's not the Big East tournament, I'll give the nod to Pitt. (Update: UConn's pulled out to an early lead) That's the game you should be watching too.

As for the Terps, we'll see, tomorrow night at 5:30. Here's hoping for an overtime game, since we tend to win those. ^_^

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

TerpBlogging 1 Roundup

Ouch. Well, UNC did beat Clemson for the 50th straight time at home, and Maryland did beat Virginia, but Maryland then proceeded to lose to Clemson for the second straight time this season and are on the bubble again, much like last season. We have a worse record than Northeastern, for crying out loud. Now, I don't want to sound fatalistic or anything, but it looks like UMD must beat Va. Tech or win the ACC tournament to have any realistic shot at getting in. Not good.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

TerpBlogging 1

Alrighty then. Two games of real note today: The first is Clemson at North Carolina at 1:00.

How does this affect Maryland Terrapins students/fans like myself? Well, it doesn't. But I like statistics, and Clemson at UNC is full of them. What's the storyline for today's game? Clemson has played at Chapel Hill every year for the past 50 years. They have NEVER won there. The all-time series is 114-19 in favor of North Carolina. Is Clemson due to win at UNC? Don't bet on it. UNC wins 72-56.

Game 2: The one all you Terps fans are waiting for: Maryland at Virginia. We need a win to stay in 4th in the ACC standings, and Virginia's looking to avenge the 82-68 loss we handed them earlier in the season, and it's basically do-or-die time for Virginia. Hopefully Maryland brings their "Duke" game and not their "NC State" game. Prediction?: Maryland 73, Virginia 69. (I'm not trying to be biased HERE, folks)

Other predictions for Today, 2/19/05

#1 Illinois will defeat Iowa.
#2 Kansas will defeat Iowa State.
Cleveland state will actually win another game.
#16 Alabama will get upset via their own incompetence in shooting today.
St. Joseph's will beat the abysmal St. Bonaventure. However, the hype over them will be non-existent as opposed to this point last season.
Western Michigan will play Northern Iowa on ESPN2 and no one will watch.
UAB will defeat #24 Cincinnati
#6 BC will defeat #9 Syracuse by 10 or more points.
#18 Connecticut will dispatch Rutgers, doing what their women's team was somehow unable to accomplish this season.

Check back today around 3:30 to 4:30 for LIVE-Terps blogging