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22
Aug
08

the terp men’s soccer team is pretty good

We love football and hoops as much as anyone, but seeing as how this is a Maryland sports blog, we’re going to strive to bring you periodic primers and updates on all the Maryland teams. Today, it’s the Terp men’s soccer team, ranked in the top 10 (and as high as 3) in most preseason rankings. There is nothing like the passion, the glory, the artistry, the passion, the beauty, and, of course, the great great passion of college soccer. At least, that is my understanding via those who have been to a game. Maybe I should go to one this year. Or at least Tivo one. It might mean losing a few episodes of Good Eats, but hey, these are the lengths I’m willing to go to, I guess. Please don’t try to talk me out of it.

The Terps won the whole thing back in 2005, and are used to making deep postseason runs. Their big shortcoming last year was depth, but bolstered by a strong incoming class, combined with nine returning starters including Hermann Trophy (college soccer’s MVP) contender Omar Gonzalez, it could be another “banner”  year (see what I did there? “Banner”?  Ahhhhhh, yes.) for the squad.


The Terps, led by head coach Matt
LeBlanc, won it all three years ago.

They’ve got a final tune-up tonight with South Florida, which follows last Saturday’s scrimmage tie with VCU. Doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things, although it presumably kept VCU’s double-nipple-ringed, exhibitionist pep band leader from getting all hot and bothered, which, don’t kid yourself,  is a small victory of very real proportions. The regular schedule begins August 29 against #14 UCLA. The Terps seem to have a good shot this year, but the ACC is tough…Wake is defending champion and consensus choice to repeat, Virginia Tech reached last season’s Final Four (or “College Cup,” whatever), and BC and North Carolina are nationally ranked.  Goterps.

(Photo credit: Umterps.com)

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21
Aug
08

chris turner, back for more, says “look at that little meggett run!”

Terrapins quarterback Chris Turner is staying at Maryland, as confirmed by his father on ESPN.com. Many of our readers already know that Maryland quarterback Chris Turner’s father, John Turner, was an original member of the band Ratt. John recorded on the Ratt hit “Back for More”, which may have inspired Chris’s return. Let’s examine some of the lyrics from this Ratt classic:

You turn him away, you tell him you’re mine
You make him believe you’re but one of a kind
You give him a cold look, you tell him a lie
You turn him away, girl, you know you’re mine

And you’re back, you’re back for more
You turn away, you’re back for more

Yes, sage advice from the old man in the form of a song. Like the girl in this song, Chris knows he is not one of a kind, but one of three quarterbacks that will be forced into action at some point this year. Chris knows that head coach Ralph Friedgen is only telling Jordan Steffy he has the starting job because he has seniority, but that Steffy’s status is tenuous. So Chris is back for more back-up duty. It’s amazing that John had the foresight to lay that track down 30 years ago.

In a related heartwarming father-son story, freshman running back Davin Meggett, son of little Giant David Meggett, is already making a big impression on his team. Coach Friedgen was quoted as saying, “[Meggett is] solidly in second place, may be pushing for first.” All I’m saying is that you better watch him, ’cause he’s kind of fast. He’s a chip off the old block if you ask me. But whatever you do, don’t read the Wikipedia entry on Dave Meggett, especially not the section on his personal life.

 

19
Aug
08

Steffy named starter, tumbleweeds tumble

So is it just me, or is there a lot of yawning going on this summer when it comes to Maryland football?  No buzz, no blue chip players, no interesting storylines, no nothing.  People already seem resigned to finishing 7-5, beating Fresno State 20-12 in the Meow Mix Bowl, and calling it a season.

And that attitude is not evidenced any better than it is by the coach naming Jordan Steffy the starting QB today seemingly by default.  Steffy, who was highly touted as a high schooler but has since proven injury prone and remarkably unremarkable in game action, is not exactly lighting my world on fire. 

Doesn’t he sort of look like a guy you’d find working at Trick Trucks or as a club promoter or something?  His countenance conveys not so much “BCS quarterback” as it does “ladies drink free.”  On the bright side, maybe he’ll win us a few extra news conferences.  The Fridge could always use some arm candy up there.

The media coverage says it all.  The Washington Post didn’t even have this on their sports home page today, preferring articles on the Texas Longhorns and the Guatemalan baseball team.  The Terps’ own Web site had an article on Important Football Parking Information. So that shows you how baited the breath has really been on this. According to the Baltimore Sun article, “what [the QB decision] came down to was statistical performance.”   Well, that’s good.   I’m really glad the coaches had a gut feeling here, that Steffy leapt up and said “this job is mine.”  Oh, no, wait, careful statistical analyses won the day for Steffy.  He’s like the Chinese uneven bars girl of the 2008 Terps.

Here’s hoping some of the stats in question cover things like “touchdowns” and “victories” when it’s all said and done.  All kidding aside, I hope Steffy (and the rest of the team) is able to exceed expectations — or least establish some kind of expectation at some point this season. Best of luck to them.  I’ll be rooting for them the whole way, with a cool beverage or ten and a nice bowl of Meow Mix on hand.  Goterps.




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