Wake Forest Beckons

This is a big sports weekend for anyone from Baltimore.  The Orioles will be playing in their first playoff game in 15 years.  While that in and of itself is notable; what's more interesting is how the Orioles got to this point.  At 93-69, the 2012 Orioles have turned in one of the best seasons the franchise has had in 30 years and they've done with a patchwork of young talent and just-off-the-scrap-heap veterans. 

It's really hard to overstate how incredible the performance this season.  ESPN has a tool on its site that calculates what a team's record "should be" vs what it actually is.  According to this, the Orioles should have a record of 82-80.  In other words, they are an average team on paper yet they've made the playoffs. 

Their success is reminiscent of the 2001 Maryland Football team.  If you recall, it was Ralph Friedgen's first year and the Terps hadn't had a winning season in more than a decade. In fact, the Wikipedia article on Maryland Football refers to 1987-2000 as "the dark years".  2001 was different. That year, the Fridge got his kids to believe in his system and they just got better each week.  It started with a dominant win in the ACC opener vs UNC and carried all the way to a Thursday night game in Atlanta against a very good Georgia Tech team.  I happened to attend that game and remember vividly as Nick Novak raced onto the field with the clock winding down as he booted a game-tying 47 yard field goal. 

What a moment it was. It was emblematic of the entire season.  You see, there was no time to think.  Nick had to just run out and kick it.  This year's O's have a little bit of that "don't think, just play" mentality.  Add to that the fact that everyone loves an underdog; season's like this are special for fans. 

Now, how does this relate to our 2012 football Terps?  I'm not sure it does.  Yet.  It could though.  The Terps have shown life where no one expected it.  We've got freshman leading the way on offense (Hill and Diggs) and a defense that appears to be quite stout.  The West Virginia loss could be a defining one for this team.  WVU has one of the best offenses in the country and the Terps held them in check.  If not for some freshman-itis on offense, the Terps could have had a chance to win the game.

As we sit on the eve on the start of ACC portion of the schedule, the Terps have a shot to do what the O's have done.  Shock everyone and win a bunch of games.  Can they win the ACC Atlantic Division? Not with Clemson and FSU looming.  Can they have a winning season and make a bowl?  You betcha. 

It starts with Wake tomorrow. Wake is beatable. Let's go out and get a win and start building that momentum that the 2001 Terps and 2012 Orioles know so well.  It starts tomorrow.

Finally, I leave you with this since my Orioles will be kicking the dirt off their cleats in about 7 hours.  It's a quote from the Bible, but it is also a quote from one of the best sports movies ever made:

And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen.

Go Orioles. Go Terps.

Author: Jeremy | 10/5/2012 10:49:38 AM | Tags: football, game threads |

Maryland Just Got LeBroned By The Harrisons

Jesus, what the fuck was that? Why even pretend to include a school like Maryland in the decision process when all along you were planning on attending the NBA Lottery Factory?  I'm not even upset that they chose Kentucky, I'm just pissed that Maryland was led on like that.  Kentucky is an easy choice and the rationale obvious.  I [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/4/2012 3:43:01 PM | Tags: harrison twins, recruiting |

Harrison Twins To Announce Decision This Thursday

ESPNU this Thursday at 5ET will be Must-See-TV for Terp and Kentucky Wildcat fans as the coveted Harrison Twins will announce their decision live on the air. For Terp fans, this has been a 24 month saga.  The Terps were once one of nine schools in the consideration set. Now it's down to two. One, just so happens to be the root of all evil i [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/1/2012 8:32:36 PM |

Earl Badu Has Died

I can't get confirmation outside of Twitter; but it seems pretty clear that Earl Badu has passed away. For those who don't know, and honestly, how could you be reading this site if you don't; Badu was a beloved walkon who played on the Terps 2002 Championship team.  I'm not going to speculate on the cause of death; but 32 years of age is w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/27/2012 9:11:37 PM | Tags: earl badu |

West Virginia Game Thread

I am shortly boarding a plane for 8 hours and I'm not going to have time to do a full analysis of tomorrow's game.   Suffice it to say that the Terps will have their hands full with the 8th ranked team in the nation.  In particular, the Mountaineer offense will pose a stiff challenge.  The Terps defense has been relatively stout s [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/21/2012 4:36:24 PM | Tags: football, game thread |

UConn Thread

The Edsall Bowl.  There are only two states in the Union that care about this matchup tomorrow.  We just happen to go to school in one of them.  For the Terps, tomorrow's game represents the opportunity to get to an improbable 3-0.  In the Terps way is an offensively challenged UConn squad.  NC State barely escaped thei [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/14/2012 10:02:44 PM | Tags: football, edsall, game thread |

Sam Cassell Jr Likely Ineligible

I've been reading through everyone's comments in the previous thread and there's not much else to say.  Cassell seemed to be the kind of kid who basketball coursing through his veins and it would have been fun and satisfying to see him develop.  While not official, it's not looking good. The loss will be minimized, of course, if Dez We [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/11/2012 8:49:41 PM | Tags: sam cassell jr, basketball, recruiting |

Terps Hold On Against Temple

The Terps looked amazingly good for 30 minutes against Temple and then proceeded to look amazingly bad.  In the end, they came up with enough big plays on both sides of the ball to hold on for a huge win. It's huge because the Terps need every bit of momentum they can hang their hats on and winning despite four turnovers does wonders.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/8/2012 9:29:31 PM |

Temple Game Thread

Well we're here.  The Terps are playing the perennially pathetic Temple Owls and we're underdogs.  How did we get here?  It's not worth rehashing.  I'll just say this:  a loss to Temple will solidify my belief that the Terps are headed a bad season, perhaps as bad as last season.  If that comes to fruition, Edsall will [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/7/2012 11:16:35 PM | Tags: football, game thread |

Dez Wells Decision Thread

A decision from Xavier guard, Dez Wells is imminent.  It's between Maryland, Memphis and Oregon for Wells' services.   Dez spent the weekend in College Park taking in the William and Mary game and then retiring to Bentley's.  Wells tweeted his whole way through the festivities and it's clear he had a great time.  He even us [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 9/3/2012 8:15:18 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, dez wells |
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