OK, show of hands. Who else is pleasantly surprised by the Basketball Team this year? Yeah me to. Granted they haven’t lit the world on fire or anything, but they have played pretty well. They are 8-2 with the only losses being against top ranked teams (the fact that one of those teams was Georgetown hurts a little, but I’ll let it slide in this case). They also have managed to put a couple nice wins under their belt by beating both teams from the Oven Mitt State (that’s Michigan for those who don’t have the shape of all the states memorized). We are also looking at 4 more winnable games before ACC play begins, though I’ll say right now that Charlotte game is making me a little nervous. If we can run the table we’d be looking at a 12-2 record going into Conference play.
Now we all know Conference play is where seasons are made and broken, after all you can’t get a post season invitation in December, you can only lose one, but I think we are setting ourselves up pretty nicely. Let’s look back, and switch up the sport, in 2001 the Football Team started out 6-0. Now the first part of their schedule wasn’t very tough, and we didn’t beat a ranked team until the Thursday night Georgia Tech game (also known as the Nick “Das Boot” Novak game), but you know what, that start really helped build the teams confidence and instead of the story of the 2001 season being “They won early with a soft schedule, then fell apart under pressure”, the season actually ended with a nicely painted ACC Championship sign added to Byrd, and a Senior Week like trip for many Terps fans in Miami.
So I must say I’m starting to get a little bit excited. They’ve got two nice wins, zero loses to un-ranked teams, and a chance at a 12-2 start. Gary Williams and the boys just need to keep grinding out these next few games and then come January 10th, this team could really be caring a freight train’s worth of momentum into the Georgia Tech game, and hopefully beyond. So again, by a show of hands, who’s excited about the 2008-09 basketball season? I’m not going to count, but I’m guessing there are more hands raised now then there was in November!
I don’t consider myself a Tom Cruise fan, not by any stretch, but I think I really want to see his movie Valkyrie about killing Hitler. The only problem I have is that one of Tom Cruise’s signature movies is Top Gun, and that made everyone want to join the Navy and become a fighter pilot, if Valkyrie is as good, does that mean everyone’s going to want to become a….well you can see where I’m going with this.