I’ve heard of players and coaches complaining of crowd noise being a factor in a dome, or in a huge stadium like The Big House. I’ve never heard of it being an issue in a mid-sized, open air stadium. I guess there’s a first time for everything.
Eric Prisbell ran a story in today’s Post that the Terps were distracted by the JMU band playing while they were on offense this Saturday. The players also complained that the Cal crowd was noisy while they were on offense two weeks ago. I can understand. I was at the JMU game, and the noise was DEAFENING. I mean, I couldn’t even hear the JMU linebackers as they whizzed past our offensive linemen. Everyone knows that Berkeley is an intimidating atmosphere – maybe the most intimidating statdium the Terps will play in this year. Campbell Stadium at Florida State might be a little louder, but you could tell on TV that Memorial Stadium must have been a scary place. It’s pretty far from home, too.
I say it’s a valid excuse for poor performance. Another good excuse is that the team is young. Maryland is probably the only team in football dealing with having to start bunch of underclassmen, so you got to give them the benefit of the doubt there. Oh oh, and there have been key injuries. That’s another good excuse. This team is so young, green, and injured, they should probably have their mothers on the sidelines to protect them.
Maryland, you better play good this weekend. I’ve heard that Middle Tennesse State has the Boogie Man in their backfield. Better watch out, ’cause he’s coming to get you!