Currently I’m trapped up here in Philadelphia going on week 3. My son is in the Philadelphia Children’s Hospital going through some lung treatments that are supposed to help his left lung open back up. It was a planned admission and nothing is wrong with him, but as our 1 to 2 week stay moves into week 3, I can only think of the theme song from Gilligans Island.
Though Philly is only about 50 miles from the Mason Dixon line, I can’t help but feel a million miles away from anything going on in the Land of Terps (I feel even further from home whenever someone says the word “Use”, as in use guys need anything? But last night I finally got to see the Terps play basketball, albeit from a TV that I could on tell if a ball went in based on the crowd noise or whether or not the player who came up with it ran up the court, or walked over to inbound.
Unfortunately it was another Terp lose to Duke on the night Gary Williams court was unveiled. And this one played out exactly how it should have….in hindsight. I of course was optimistic the entire time, but looking back at this game and how it unfolded makes perfect sense, especially for this undermanned and limited experienced Terps team. But still I was holding out hope and at least for 3/4 of the night, we looked like we could hang with anyone.
Except maybe at the Free Throw line. Oh and inside. But other than that. We were fortunately blessed by some lack luster outside shooting from the Dukies, which is rare for any opponent against the Terps. Which allowed us to hang around as long as we did, but ultimately, and predictably now, the inside game was just too much. Alex Len looked like a project at times (especially the first quarter) and picked up 2 quick fouls which would limit his minutes the rest of the way. Actually I probably need to replace the word “quick” with a description that is…well ah quicker (There is no Thesaurus in the Hospital however). But you get the point.
There were a lot of positives to take from this one, though I know most Terp fans aren’t interested in taking positives from a Duke loss, but the crowd was great. Of course this is a double edged sword. If we can get up for Duke, why can’t we get up for the other ACC games, why isn’t Comcast rocking every game like Cole used to do? Why are there empty seats in…..gasp the STUDENT section on non Duke/Carolina nights?
Anyway, a student at the University has created a website, which we here at Turtledroppings wholeheartedly support. It is called betterterps.com (Here is the link). He also has a Twitter account by the same name. We encourage everyone to check it out. The first step in fixing a problem is admitting there is one, so I’m glad to see some student has taken the initiative.
I have no doubt that if Comcast is that loud each and every ACC game night, College Park would be a much tougher place for our opponents to play, and in the new ACC wins aren’t going to be had easily, every advantage we can gain we will need. Hopefully this movement can gain some traction, because this team is on the rise, but they could still all the encouragement we can give them.