Back in drivers ed I was taught that you need to look about 10-15 seconds down the road. The point was you don’t just want to look at the car directly in front of you but see the bigger picture, maybe a ladder laying in the middle of the road, or a blown out tire. I know that has happened to me before. You are so close to the car you are following, only to see them swerve and there is a huge piece of tire in front of you that you can’t avoid. Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that what I learned in Drivers Ed is completely wrong. Do not look any further than the bumper directly in front of you.
That is the philosphy the Terps are going to have to adopt. They cannot look any further down the road than their trip down I-81 to Blacksburg. This VT team has been playing very well at home. You can argue about their strength of schedule, but you can’t argue that VT has a shot at a top 4 spot in the conference and we have to play them on the road. It is going to be very difficult. To make matters worse, if you are brave enough to overlook this match up, there is something special waiting in the wings.
A win over VT sets the table for the biggest game of the year, taking place on Senior night in the Comcast Center. Not only is it for a share of the ACC regular season crown, but it is against the team everyone loves to hate. The team who we all feel that we owe after our beating down in Durham earlier this year. It would quite possibly be the most anticipated home game in perhaps 8 years. It’s a perfect storm for us Maryland fans, but for as much as we love to think about the possibility, the fact remains, the importance of that match up won’t mean anything if we can’t handle our business against Virginia Tech. These are the days I am glad I am not a basketball coach, because I have no focus and I often day dream of Vasquez and Hayes going out with a Conference Championship and having to step over Duke to get it, but for as great as all that would be, we just aren’t there yet. We have to beat the Hokies for this scenario to set itself up.
So while the temptation to look down the road is great, the Terps have to focus on those brake lights right in front of them, because worrying about debris down the road isn’t as important as avoiding that rear end collision, because who cares about a blown out tire when your cars already totaled by the time you got to it. Here’s to hoping Gary Williams failed drivers ed.
Once again, congratulations to the Team USA Ice Hockey Team. The Yanks will get a shot at the gold on Sunday, which we haven’t done since, we’ll let’s just say it was a miracle the last time it happened.