If they don’t believe in us, they can get the hell out. We don’t need them anyway. We need the people who will support us, who are with us. I know they are all happy now, but they didn’t believe in us when we were down.
Greivis Vasquez was wrong to tell the student section to “Shut the fuck up” during the game this Saturday against Georgia Tech. He’s going to apologize. Gary Williams will apologize. Deborah Yow will apologize. The Terps will get out of Dodge and head down to Miami. Vasquez will inevitably get taunted by Hurricanes fans shushing him every time he gets the ball. He’ll pay the price for what he said. It will all come to an end the next time he puts the team on his shoulders and wins a game, which will come sometime in the next week or so.
My recollection of the “booing” at the game this Saturday differs a bit from my colleague MASH’s recollection. I remember that it persisted through most of the game, and was at times loud enough to get our attention. We discussed it during the second half, and I said, “It’s a shame that our fans are booing their own team at home. We used to boo the visitors, but never the Terps.” I also remember that most of the boos were directed at Vasquez.
In the D.C. Sports Blog, Dan Steinberg reminds us that the D.C. area is notorious for its fair-weather fans. I couldn’t agree with him more. The Comcast Center was 2/3 full for the ACC opener! Where was everyone?! One bad loss to Morgan State and everybody jumped ship on the Terps. It’s hard enough to have a winning season in the ACC, but its impossible to do it if you don’t have a home court advantage.
I’m not making excuses for what Vasquez said to the fans during the game, but his post-game comments were well placed. The Terps don’t need fans that cheer when the team is ahead and boo when it’s down. The oddest aspect of the D.C. fair-weather fan phenomenon is that the fans tend to have the greatest amount of disdain for the best players.
If you want to point out that Vasquez’s greatest flaws are that he turns the ball over too often and at times exhibits poor shot selection, then you must acknowledge that these flaws are a result of the fact that he has the ball in his hands more than anyone else on the team, and this is because he is the best player on the floor. He receives more defensive pressure than anyone else, and is expected to create his own shots. Yet, Vasquez still leads the team in points, rebounds, and assists, and has a two-to-one Ast/TO ratio! What more do you want from the guy?
If you’re a Maryland fan and you’re watching the game at home, feel free to boo Vasquez all you want. If you go to Comcast Center for a game and you want the Terps to win, then please don’t boo their best player for missing a few shots. The Comcast Center should be a place where the home team is loose and the visitors feel pressure from a hostile crowd. Somehow, some of the fans forgot who they were rooting for.
I’m with Greivis Vasquez, the Terps don’t need fair-weather fans at Comcast Center.