Well, apparently it was too much to ask that we blow American out by 30. I guess I’ll have to settle for a relatively measly 16-point margin of victory, as the Terps downed the Eagles 67-51 in the CP last night. Forgive me if I don’t start ripping up stop signs on Route 1.
I know, I know. A win is a win, and I should just take the W, and they don’t count style points, and blah blah blah. But you know what? Fuck that. You heard me. Fuck it in the ear. I wanted to see some blood on the court last night. I mean, they lost to American last year for the first time since 1926. Last time we lost to them, the Great Depression hadn’t happened yet. It was humiliating for the program.
So now this year they win, and I’m supposed to be all happy because the team got a balanced scoring attack led by Big Dave Neal? That they really bore down on defense in the second half? You never hear anyone saying that about Carolina this time of year…”boy, they really got serious in the second half there! They’re now almost totally in control of that dog doo sandwich of a team they’re playing!” No, you do not hear that about Carolina, or any other contending team. You hear: it was a blowout. Nothing to see here. You tune in during the second half, you don’t hear the announcers saying “boy, they’ve really upped the defensive pressure coming out of the timeout!” You hear, “no, seriously. Best prime rib I ever had. We should go back there tonight, Dick. Whenever this is done.”
What is really troubling is that the Terps STILL seem to think it is OK to come out in second gear and coast to a victory. Sure, they got away with it last night against an inferior team, but how many more times will that work? Coming out for every game with differing levels of intensity is the very definition of inconsistency. And that is what has plagued the team for the past five seasons.
I really would have liked to see them eat the Eagles’ lunch and throw it back up into their mouths baby bird style. They were certainly capable of doing that. And before the game they were certainly saying all the right things about focus and so on. But until the Terps start walking their talk a little more, I’m not going to get excited over a cupcake win that should have been over by halftime.