WASHINGTON – Somewhere, on paper, this seemed like a great idea, especially with that “grow the footprint” guy in the conference office. What better way for the Big Ten to build its brand than to plant the flag at “the world’s most famous arena,” Madison Square Garden? Forget that just three of the 14 Big Ten schools are within 300 miles of New York City (for those counting, College Park is actually closer to the Big Apple than State College, Pennsylvania by about 14 miles). Never mind that instead of waiting for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to open up, or choosing to play in the usually available Prudential Center in Newark, they had to move the tournament up a week because the Big East has MSG locked up through 2025. That’s why we had conference games played the first weekend of December. And that’s why there could be teams working on a two-week layoff going into the NCAA Tournament. And let’s not forget the residual … [Read more...] about Big Ten Tournament is Maryland’s last chance to dance
Jun 16, 2016 17 Photos Trigger warning, Terps fans. Don’t expect this old-school delicacy to make a comeback anytime soon. For one thing, terrapin fishing is illegal in the state of Maryland. “It’s kind of like sharfkin soup, you don’t see that around anymore now that everyone’s hip to environmental issues,” says Jordie Miller, kitchen manager at the Local Oyster. (Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun) A recipe for terrapin stew in a book of Maryland cooking. A heavy pour of sherry or madeira would “help cut the weird taste,” says Sun columnist Jacques Kelly, who tasted the stuff at the Maryland Club, once famous for their terrapin stew. (Christina Tkacik/Baltimore Sun) This photo from November 14, 1948 shows a captured terrapin on its way to the marketplace. Though terrapin was once the signature delicacy in Maryland cuisine, by the 1940s, it had declined substantially. The Sun reported in 1952 that “The fishermen … [Read more...] about From the vault: Terrapin, the forgotten Maryland delicacy
*** 9:55 p.m. update: Sean Miller stays at Arizona — AD Greg Byrne gets it done — and Maryland is now free to pursue … Johnny Dawkins? *** 7:45 a.m. update: Here’s the very latest on Miller. *** 7:20 a.m. update: From today’s must-read files: More problems for tOSU (note what Thaddeus Gibson purportedly paid for his car) … For those who haven’t heard: Arizona’s Sean Miller, the reigning Pac-10 COY, reportedly is interviewing with Maryland today in Las Vegas. The Miller-to-Maryland chatter began immediately after Fox’s Jeff Goodman broke the story Thursday about Terps coach Gary Williams retiring. (I mentioned it here.) It’s not a tough connection to make. Miller’s a very good coach who, thanks to the colossal assist from USC, got the Wildcats turned around quickly. He has recruited very well and, if he stays, Arizona will no doubt be one of the top programs in the Pac-12 year after year. But … Miller grew … [Read more...] about Pac-12 basketball: Sean Miller, Maryland, Arizona and … Johnny Dawkins???
I’m shocked — shocked! — that Cal and USC fans are taking exception to my Week Two ballot … GBBS: On the one hand you say quality wins earn better rankings then you put Alabama as 1 given who they play. I could see some logic of BYU as 1 and USC 2, but your votes show your bias to the SEC and dislike of the Pac 10.My thought: I believe that beating Virginia Tech on a neutral field is better than beating Oklahoma (neutral) or Ohio State (road). Upcoming results will prove me right or wrong and I’ll adjust accordingly. USC Trojan: can you please explain how going to Columbus and coming back from behind against a top-10 opponent … is not better than winning at home against a team which lost its Heisman-winning QB (BYU, your darling du jour).My thought: First, BYU beat Oklahoma on a neutral field. Second, BYU deserves credit for knocking Bradford out of the game. And third, when you speak of Columbus — you mean the same place that Navy almost won? … [Read more...] about My AP top-25 poll and your comments: Because Maryland stinks and Ohio State almost lost to Navy
Nice, well-reported story by Okanes yesterday about Jahvid Best and the Heisman (he’s got all the voices you want to hear from). Mr. 80-yard-run is attempting to become the first Cal player to win the Heisman and the first non-USC player from the Pac-10 to reach NYC as a top-three vote-getter since UCLA’s Cade McNown in ’98. (The last non-USC player from the Pac-10 to win it: Jim Plunkett in 1970.) Given the loaded-beyond-belief field of Heisman candidates, I can’t help but think that Saturday’s opener vs. Maryland is a break-but-not-make game for Best’s campaign. That’s not a reflection on Best — it’s the nature of the Heisman race: So much of it depends on offseason hype … on the team you play for … the conference you play in … the number of TV appearances … Good as he is, Best is already so far behind QBs Tim Tebow (’07 winner), Sam Bradford (’08 winner) and Colt McCoy (’08 runner up) … [Read more...] about Jahvid Best and the Heisman: The quest starts (and ends?) vs. Maryland