Maryland fans awoke this morning distraught after last night’s loss to Morgan State. Turtle Soup called it “A New Low”. The Maryland Terrapins Examiner has pretty much written off the rest of this season. Terrapin Nation wrote of a sense of betryal after “thinking it might be safe to invest emotionally in the Maryland basketball program.” My co-blogger seemed to sum-up the feelings of many Terps fans when he said, “AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
This is one of those times that I wish I had been wrong, but I knew Maryland was not prepared for this game. The combination of coming off a holiday break, playing a team we were “supposed” to beat, the impending start of ACC play, and a lackidasical quote from Gary Williams indicated that Maryland was going to sleepwalk through this game. The result was a bad loss.
We’re all in this together Terps fans so I’m calling on you to be your brother’s keeper. Unfortunately, Maryland plays Georgia Tech this Saturday, and Garyland does not have time to progress through all the stages of grief. If you know a Terp that is displaying any of the following signs of depression– loss of interest in normal daily activities, feeling hopeless, crying for no apparent reason, eating psychadelic mushrooms just to get through the day – you should pull them aside and consel them. Just remind them how we have a history of rebounding from bad non-conference losses to make the NCAA tournament. That’s right, I’m suggesting you lie to them. Tell them everything is going to be OK, and that every cloud has a silver lining. Remind them that they have their health and that’s the most important thing. Remind them that we are in the midst of a severe economic crisis, and that many poeple have lost their jobs, so they should be thankful to have one. Remind them that there are wars going on… starvation… environmental disasters… now I’m depressed.
Here is another approach: remind them that, despite the fact that the Terps just suffered one of their worst losses in the past decade (that sentence has been said of Maryland sports a few times in the past year and is starting to sound frighteningly repetative) the team can put it all behind them with a win on Saturday against Georgia Tech. Whether it is Terps fans or the team itself, we all need to approach this season one game at a time. A new season begins this Saturday, and planting the seeds of strong performance against the ACC field will yield a crop of tournament success in March. There is plenty of season left. And so on and so forth.
In the NCAA, there is only a slight talent gap seperating the top of the league from the bottom. Two of the big factors that seperate teams are coaching and hunger. This team may want to start fasting.