The excitement is starting to build as Terrapins Rising moves from spring practices to summer training camp, meaning these episodes were filmed just weeks (or days) ago. It’s a great time of year, baby!
In this very special episode, we see some amusing home footage from senior d-lineman
Charlie Villanueva Sam Cassell Jared Harrell. New players and coaches introduced themselves to the team, with the highlight being D-coordinator Don Brown’s observation that “I don’t have any hobbies, but I do like to get BEEEEEEEEP after a victory on Saturday.” All right! I also like to get beeeeeeep.
Another cool moment — maybe the coolest of the season — showed about 10 seconds of an actual pregame sideline, with the crowd chanting that “oh-oh-oh-OH-oh” song and the players about to lose their minds from the adrenaline. It was only 10 seconds. But I think I actually had to stand up off the couch, I got so pumped. That’s saying something.
But here’s where it went downhill. The rest of the episode was bascially one big commercial. Now before you call me a communist or Hitler or whatever, let me say that I understand the promotional aspect of this program. That’s the price CSN pays for its access. I like Under Armour as much as the next guy. I know we all gotta make this money. But I do think this episode got a little carried away.
First, some athletic department suit gives us a “tour” of the new luxury boxes, which we all know have been such a rousing success. I wonder if this little “tour” would have happened if the boxes were sold out. This wasn’t even the worst part, though. They spent a whole segment, or close to it, discussing Ralph Friedgen’s weight loss. And hey, the man lost 105 pounds. I take my hat off. Seriously, that’s incredible. But then he started talking about this great diet company he hooked up with, and how he can eat the food he wants, and how it fits with his lifestyle, and etc. They even interviewed the diet company guy — wearing his gay diet company logo-emblazoned golf shirt, no less — who was all like “[Diet company name redacted] was just so happy that our delicious line of entrees were able to” blah blah blah. What? But the coup d’etat was 10 solid seconds of Ralph eating one of the diet company bars. Just sitting at his desk. Eating the bar and smiling with chocolate all in his teeth. That airtime could have contained something interesting. But no. Had to get the pitch in. Sure, Fridge! No prob, we’ll do it for ya! What angle should we film you at while you’re eating the bar? Before you eat it all, can we do an interview with the remnants of the bar? That’d be an awesome get.
Bottom line: at this time of year, I believe they should be trying to get us fans as pumped up as possible for the season. Because in the end, isn’t that the best sales pitch of them all? Word up.
(Photo credit: Well, I took it, but the image was from Comcast SportsNet)