This is the time of year when covering Maryland Sports gets a little tough. Actually Summer is probably the toughest, at least until Spring Ball begins, but lets face it, Football and Basketball drive Terp Sports. Lacrosse and Baseball are interesting, but most alumni don’t live and die by how these teams do. Especially with it looking like a down year for Lacrosse.
So I just wanted to touch on a couple things. First, some good news. Can’t put much stock in this, but I did see an early pre-season ranking for Men’s Basketball which had the Terps at like #13. The comment which followed said that this was a tad on the optimistic side and relied heavily on Len and Faust making big jumps. But hey after this season, I would take that in a heart beat. Of course the poll wasn’t all good news as it had NC State at like #5 and Duke at #25.
Don’t get me wrong, I would love to see the Blue Devils start out that low, but them being 25th sort of took some of the credibility out of the rankings!
In Football, spring practice continues. There is some shuffling going around, and it appears Kenny Tate is now married to the LB position (A fact we all knew, but still have a hard time accepting). If you follow Randy Edsall or UM Terps on Twitter they are sending out short You Tube videos each day with practice highlights. So you can look for those.
On to baseball, things have gotten a little tougher for the Terps lately. They still hvae a winning record at 18-12, but are only 3-9 in ACC play. They also lost a tough one last night to George Mason, despite out hitting Mason 14-7. Since being swept by Wake Forest, the Terps are 7-8.
The good news is that the Terps are 9-3 at home, and are in the midst of a 10 game home-stand. That home-stand will end with a day trip to Towson on April 18th and then it is back to CP for four more.
Tonight they face Bucknell who many moons ago had a lead off hitter with the exact same name as me!
Speaking of nepotisms, congratulations need to go out to the other half of the Turtledroppings family as Chris won the NCAA Contest…OFFICIALLY, I had already noted his win, but now it is in the books. I will do a final standings once I get reunited with the brackets. Unfortunately for the time being they are on my dresser 120 miles south of where I will be sitting for the next 5 or so days.
So that is a quick look at some loose ends. Hope everyone is enjoying their spring and getting ready for the return of MLB. I know I am excited, though as an O’s fan should probably know better by now. Still it is good knowing 6 nights a week, I can watch my team try to knock off the much more fortunate franchises.