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Dec
08

Thank God for field hockey

Without field hockey, and men’s soccer, Terp fans wouldn’t have much to be proud of right now.

First, on Saturday the football team lost to BC to wrap up its season the way the mobsters wrapped up that dead fish in “The Godfather.” Meow Mix Bowl, here we come. Despite the crazy ups and downs, the team ended exactly where most people (including us) thought they would — smack in the middle of Mediocre Town. Maybe they can celebrate the season with mashed potato sandwiches and Miller Lite drafts at the Medicore Town Diner, followed by a lecture from Friedgen on the Jimmy Carter presidency. I can already hear the polite applause.

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It’s a Sicilian message. It means
“welcome to the Meineke Car Care Bowl.”

So after that, the hoops team follows up a bad loss to Gonzaga with an even worse loss to Georgetown. The Hoyas took a scalpel to the Terps — it was clinical, it was ruthless, and it was humiliating. Outplayed, outcoached, outhustled, outeverythinged. When the Terps were on defense, the Hoyas slashed the interior to ribbons until the Terps packed the middle with a zone, at which point Georgetown simply knocked down open perimeter shots. When the Terps were on offense, the Hoyas screwed down on Vasquez, perhaps figuring that not only is Vasquez the team’s only consistent offensive threat, but that intense pressure was likely to force Vasquez into sloppy mistakes. The final Vasquez line: 2 points, 4 assists, 4 turnovers. But that wasn’t even the worst line of the night. For that, of course, we must go to the frontcourt, where, in 21 minutes of play, Braxton Dupree finished with 6 points, 1 turnover, zero blocks, and zero rebounds. Again, he got 21 minutes. Just FYI, Jerome Burney and Dino Gregory each got 4 rebounds in 8 minutes of play. Draw your own conclusions.

Bottom line: the football season ended with a whimper, and if the basketball team doesn’t treat this weekend as a wake-up call, they may not even get a whimper out before their cold dead carcass hits the hardwood. Better moments could be in store for the hoops team, but if the football team and previous basketball seasons are any indication, another up-and-down campaign will just mean more mashed potato sandwiches real soon. If they’re lucky. Gulp.


3 Responses to “Thank God for field hockey”


  1. 1 terphed
    December 1, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Come on man, it’s a rebuilding year! We can wait until 2009, maybe even 2010 or 2011 for these teams to gell. These freshmen have to become at least juniors before we can expect anything from them, and then the new freshmen have to come in and get seasoned. It’s all cyclical!

    I feel like I’ve been watching Maryland lose for three days in a row. Maybe it’s because Maryland basketball and football have been losing on national TV for three days in a row.

  2. 2 M.A.S.H.
    December 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    That’s right…it’s all cyclical. Ten bad years, two good years, ten bad years, lather rinse repeat. It’s like the moon tides.

  3. 3 Lindsey
    December 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hasn’t it been a “rebuilding year” ever since we won the championship? I realize Rome wasn’t built in a day – but it’s been SIX YEARS. Come on now, Gary. Time to start building something more than a cardboard shantytown with our Terps.


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