Tuesday Column Reprise
Note from Dan: Happy 2013, everybody! While I’m on vacation, I’m bringing you some oldie-but-goodie columns from the past. This one ran March 2, 2010, and that may be the last time the Maryland Terps’ men beat the Hokies at home in hoops. Alas, their future match ups are numbered, because the Terps are moving to the Big 10.
A bit of historical research into the Stadium of Olympia yields few clues as to how its 20,000 or so Greek spectators answered the call of nature.
But if they did it behind bushes and large boulders back in the fifth century B.C. it’s fair to say that scores of fans at Cassell Coliseum got a little lesson in ancient history Saturday night.
It was a cold lesson, for sure — delivered behind trash containers, bushes, and in between twin outdoor electrical transformers, with snow flurries falling. Before, during and after one of the best basketball games ever played in Blacksburg.
In case you just emerged from a weekend coma, the Maryland Terrapins edged the Hokies 104-100 in a double-overtime squeaker.
People there (like this Maryland alum) will remember that game for years.
Not least among those memories will be the coliseum’s absolute lack of water, which is unimportant except as it relates to rest rooms, every one of which was shuttered.
You got that right.
There were 10,000 people and no place at all inside Cassell Coliseum to pee.