Yeah, I know. I’m not a sports fan.
But I’m a Maryland Terrapins fan.
I was at the Terps-Cal football game last fall with a motley crew of former college bad boys who’ve gone respectable: Skidar the economist; Bongin’ Bob the producer; Tony the tiger, a reporter feared all over Florida, and his beautiful columnist wife; Kurt the Pa. professor; Godfather Don and Scott, who Skidar calls “the big Jew” because he’s like 6′ 8″ or something.
The Terps were vast underdogs. But even early in the game it was obvious that the Terps were going to win big. And it wasn’t the action on the field that told me that.
It was the students from Cal in the stands. They were lame as could be.
They were a bunch of lightweights. Rum-swilling know-nothings. Knew zip about Berkeley, had no idea it was the cradle of student activism in the 60s. It was like somebody from Mount Vernon (that’s Virginia, in case you’re from Berkeley) being unaware that George Washington once lived there.
That’s how I knew Cal stood no chance against the Terps in the first round of the NCAA.
Later today they face Mempis, the former women’s teachers college once known as West Tennessee State Normal School.
A guy who posts on this board under the alias terps suck (and who follows college sports intensely) assures me they are to be reckoned with. The Tigers are favored by 5. We’ll see.
The Tigers almost went down to Cal State Northridge in the first round but got saved by a hot outside shooter who spells his first name Roburt. They won 30 games but played a bunch of high schools. Three of the starters who took them to the championship game last year are in the NBA now.
Skidar and the boys will be watching that game from many points distant. I’ll be watching that game with terps suck – and hoping they don’t.