Posts Tagged ‘Cal


loud noises, boogie man scare young maryland football players

I'm telling you, he's real, and he plays for MTSU.

I'm telling you, he's real, and he plays for MTSU.

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!


the terps missed the starting gun against cal

There are times when I say, ‘Wow, we are making progress,’ ” Friedgen said. “And there are other times when I say, ‘Are we going to show up?’

-Ralph Friedgen in Saturday’s Washington Post

I read this comment on Saturday morning sitting in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC, and thought, “He’s just setting expectations.”  In retrospect, I think Ralph knew that we might expect this team to fly across the country, get overwhelmed by a better team that was out for blood, and head back to College Park with their tail between their legs.  That’s exactly what happened.

The game started at 10PM EST.  At 10:15 it was still 0-0.  I called my buddy Matt, correctly figuring he might be heading back from the bar to watch the second half of the Tech game at home, and told him I’d hop in my car and meet him at his place to watch the Tech game and the Maryland game.  I grabbed six beers out of the fridge, got in my car at 10:20, and flipped on XM 190.  The display showed the score as 14-0 Cal.  I did a double-take and listened carefully.  In the span of 42 game seconds, or five minutes in real time, Jahvid Best had scored twice.  The rout was on.

Is the season over?  No.  These days, Maryland generally plays to be in the hunt for the ACC title and, failing that possibility, something better than the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl.  Those goals are still possible to achieve.

Was there anything positive to take away from this game?  No.  On the offensive side of the ball, Da’Rel Scott did most of his damage on a single drive in garbage time during the third quarter.  During the first two quarters, Maryland’s offensive line could not contain Cal’s linebackers, and Scott could not find a corner to turn.  With 75 friends and family from Simi Valley literally populating the visitor’s section, Chris Turner started the game in rhythm against a defense that was bringing it, and he seemed to be prepared.  Eventually, the constant jailbreak pressure proved to be too much.  At a time when  the Terps desperately needed to strike back, Turner turned into a game manager, often throwing short of the first down marker and failing to move the chains, at times looking as though he was running for his life.  To add injury to insult, Bruce Campbell suffered a turf toe injury, and the only “veteran” offensive lineman we have may have to sit out.

Defensively, Maryland could not get pressure on the quarterback and Cal QB Kevin Riley had all the time he needed to pick apart the secondary.  I guess an entire off-season of media hype regarding Dan Brown’s blitz scheme turned out to be a bunch of chutzpah.  Cal did not seem to have a size advantage on Maryland, but they certainly outran the Terps, both up-front and in the secondary.  It is tough to tell from yesterday’s game, but Brown may have to tone down the blitzing and have the secondary stay at home a bit more, especially against faster teams.

Needless to say, the Terps have a lot of room for improvement.  They got beat on the road by a top-ranked team that has a Heisman Trophy candidate running back, and that’s not the end of the world.  The team has a couple of weeks to get it’s act together before they face Rutgers.  In the meantime, Friedgen should take a starter’s gun on the practice field and work on reaction times.


NCAA first round: Vasquez and Maryland upset Cal, 84-71


YEAH TERPS! What a game! This reminded me of the Michigan State win from earlier this year. Diving after loose balls, everything going in the basket. Everything was clicking.

This was a pretty evenly contest game until a HUGE swing at around the 10:30 mark of the second half. With the Terps nursing a two-point lead, Vasquez finds a wide-open Eric Hayes in the corner for a three. Cal didn’t convert on its possession, Hayes tracked down a rebound, and Dino Gregory (who played a great game) sent a touch pass to Landon Milbourne for another three. In the span of about 25 seconds, the lead went from two to eight. In total, it was a 9-0 run over 1:54.

In the last 10 minutes, Cal just couldn’t get anything consistent going. Interesting that they didn’t foul in the closing minutes. They just knew it was Maryland’s day. The Terps were unquestionably the better team today.

Play of the game came at the seven minute mark after Bowie missed a free throw and a scrum ensued. Bowie picked it up and, using the eyes in the back of his head, found Vasquez alone under the basket for an And-1. That was when everyone — both teams, both coaches, everyone — seemed to realize that it was all coming up Maryland. Vasquez was clearly the MVP, with a 27-6-2. Jesus. He has grown a ton over the last month or so.

The whole Terps team is peaking. Right now. What can they do against Memphis? Memphis looks to be tough right now as well, although they struggled a little against Cal Northridge in the first round.

First half recap of Terps win is below and here, if you’re interested.

Memphis up next on Saturday. We’ll be out of town, though, and won’t be blogging right after. Sorry, Mom.


(photo credit: Reinhold Matay — Associated Press)


NCAA Tournament first round: Maryland vs. Cal

Kind of a nip-and-tuck first half, but by and large a good one for Maryland. They’re leading at halftime, 34-31, although it seems like they should be leading by more.

Vasquez leads the way for the Terps with 11…no surprise there. Was it just me, or were there a lot of fouls in the first half? Nope, there were a lot of fouls in the first half…10 for Cal and 9 for Maryland.

The best thing I saw was how calm Gary and the players seemed. They were just executing a game plan…no noticeable jitters, which is a great sign. I think they realize they’re playing with house money now, to an extent.

They were clearly interested in pushing the tempo on Cal both on offense and defense, and they were successful with it. Bigs played well against what seems to be a fairly overrated Cal frontcourt. Did I actually see Dave Neal out-jump one of them for a rebound?

I didn’t realize what an itty bitty little guy Jerome Randle was. Hey sparky! He’s a smooth player, though…he juked Mosely out of his shoes on one play. Vasquez was on him at times and did a good job of using his size to bother Randle.

Dino Gregory did some good yeoman’s work on defense. If drawing a charge can ever be called pretty, he had a really pretty charge-drawing on Jorge Guitierrez at like the 4:30 mark.

Come on Terps….


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