The Lakers versus the Celtics in the 1984 NBA Finals at the Old Boston Garden
The Yankees versus the Dodgers in the 1963 World Series at Ebbitts Field
The Terps versus the Wolf Pack in 2009 at Carter-Finley Stadium
One of these games is not like the others.
The 2-6 Maryland Football Terps roll into Raleigh tomorrow to take on the 3-5 NC State Wolf Pack in a battle of ACC bottom feeders. Eric Prisbell reports in the Post that this is one of two DI-A games that is not televised this weekend, the other being Baylor vs. Missouri. While that nugget was the result of some cutting edge investigative reporting, the rest of Prisbell’s article leaves the impression that there is some reason to watch this game. Even if this game was on terrestrial television rather than E-f’ing-SPN 360, there is zero chance I’d watch it, and even less of a chance that my co-blogger MASH would watch it given his newfound multimedia fame.
Both teams have suffered a number of injuries, including some to key underclassmen, which means that this game will do little to show progress and growth in either team. Despite the fact that the winner of this game remains “bowl eligible”, neither team will win out, so eligibility is a moot (checking the spelling this time so I won’t be muted) point. Neither team plays defense period. Maryland ranks 104th in the country giving up about 32pts per game, while NC State ranks 89th at 29pts per game. The saddest fact about this game is that both teams have lost to Duke this season. Maybe this is how ESPN 360 should promote the game, “Both teams are looking for blood following embarrassing losses to Duke, the worst football program in the long history of the conference.” Wait, nope, that still doesn’t make me care.
Vegas has NC State at a 6.5pt favorite and the over/under is 56.5. I belive the Wolf Pack will cover. One thing they can do is score, and Maryland’s depleted defense will not be able to keep them off the field. Conversely, the Terps have not been able to get the ball in the end zone very much this year, scoring only 22pts per game against a schedule that has included some pretty weak opponents to this point.
Final Score: NC State 33 Maryland 26. The Wolf Pack will cover and take the over. If there is any defense played in this game it will be by the losing coach in the postgame press conference.
I have to go and take a shower now. I feel dirty just writing about this terrible game. Go Terps… blech.