Welcome to Terp Nation 4.0, presented by Paxil
OK, I guess I should say something about the state of the Terrapin Nation (http://www.paxil.com/depression/dp_ln.html).
Here’s comes the condensed version. Brace yourself, this will be insightful.
It’s not good.
The Longer Version
For the love of Gini Chukura, what in the world is going on in
One thing that makes me a little happy about the state of affairs is the knowledge that
Last night, I was listening to the
Any of the following responses would have also been in character:
“Look past Georgia Tech? Have you seen us play?”
“Look past Georgia Tech? Have you noticed that we can’t pass or dribble?”
“Look past Georgia Tech? Will Bowers started a game recently. I let Dave Neal play in the first half. We can’t look past West Virginia Tech.” (http://www.wvutech.edu/athletics/mens_basketball/)
“Look past Georgia Tech? Does anyone have Tamir Goodman’s phone number?”
Accentuating the Positive (kinda)
But let’s not focus on the negative, shall we? I mean, it’s Friday morning, I don’t want to bum anyone out. Look at it this way, every game that
You do have to give some props to Nik Caner-Medley. If anyone has played with purpose and something resembling a set of nuggets in his shorts since Chris McCray failed off the team in the second semester of his senior year, it has been Caner-Medley. I almost even like Caner-Medley. He’s not actually a great player, but he’s the closest things we’ve got and might even make an NBA team next year. I definitely like D.J. Strawberry, he tries very hard, you can tell he hates losing, and it’s not his fault he’s not a point guard. While we’re at it, here are some other quick thoughts on the players in
Mike Jones – whatever else happens this season, my favorite moment of the year will be when Jones boinked on the twisting, triple pump “I AM GOING FOR A 12 ON A 10 POINT SCALE” breakaway dunk attempt when Maryland was up by one … in a must-win game … at home against UVa … in the final 3 minutes of a game that Gary needed to win to become the all-time leader in wins for any Maryland coach ever.
That, my friends, was Classic.
Thank goodness Jones came back in the game (I was shocked
One more thing … has anyone else noticed that when Jones is really locked in, his three pointers go right into the middle of the basket? I mean, the net doesn’t even move, it’s kind of remarkable. Then again, every third shot he takes is so ill advised, that it hits all backboard. I love Mike Jones. It’s not nearly as fun when he’s not in the game.
Travis Garrison – Have you noticed that
Ekene Ibekwe (I have never, ever spelled his name without having to look it up to see if I got it right, that combo of I’s and E’s, and E and I sounds… I can never remember the order. And what does it say about me and every commentator who calls a
Back to Ibekwe -- I don’t think Ibekwe stinks, but he’s not as good as we hoped he’d be, right? Sort of a theme around the
James Gist – is it too early to start hating Gist? Just kidding. I like Gist, I just wish he’d be a bit more of a game-changing kind of a player who takes charge. The guy seems to have crazy talent but, like Ibekwe, he’s really skinny and doesn’t have that commanding presence you’re looking for in a power forward. Give this guy time, I think he’ll be very good next year. Really.
Will Bowers – better than we thought but not good enough to matter.
Who else am I forgetting… Parrish Brown… um, well, he’s OK. I don’t hate it when he comes in the game but he’s not exactly Drew Nicholas now is he?
The Rest of the Way
Let’s take a look at
Home vs. Georgia Tech – Viola says, “
At UVa (final game ever at University Hall) – Viola says, “It’s their last game ever at University Hall. You think Garrison is going to get fired up or something? That’s an L my friend.” (16-12, 6-10). Caner-Medley post-game quote, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, someone get me a drink.”
*Terp doomsayer Ron Herbst brought to my attention the whole “Caner-Medley says the same thing about looking in the mirror after every game” thing.
What I really think – there is a chance, not a good chance, but a “maybe I’ll make this 10-foot putt” kind of a chance that
Let’s Take a Spin Around Former Terrapin Nation
Speaking of Drew Nicholas (a few paragraphs ago anyway), let’s transition to some feel-good Terp stories, shall we? Picking back up on a topic I wrote about in a previous edition, Drew Nicholas currently leads the EuroLeague in scoring at just shy of 19 points per game. http://www.euroleague.net/stats/standings.jsp
Now, the EuroLeague is the league in
After a very encouraging start to the “
Oh, one other thing. Just for kicks, there’s a relatively entertaining video you can watch on the Blazers website that spends some time with Blake and
Stevie Franchise … why is his jersey in the rafters again?
This has nothing to do with anything, but I want to vent about something to some people who might care. Steve Francis had one great season at
Francis acted like a jerk when he got drafted #2 overall and pouted, forcing
Tall(er) Terps Traded
Speaking of new opportunities, both Lonny Baxter and Chris Wilcox got traded recently, Baxter from
Leave ‘Em Laughing
Finally, as a public service, and with a nod to WVU fan club president Brian Pinsky, I leave you with a link to photos from
(isn’t the Internet a little scary?)