Nice Leap Into New Year

January 03, 2012 | Tom Federline

Defense and referees vault Ravens into playoffs with win over Bengals. Ravens get a bye and at least one home game. Terps Mens Basketball have a seven footer with skills and hops. I finally got to watch two of the 30-some Bowl games yesterday and was surprisingly entertained. To the point of being enticed to jump up off the couch in reaction to many of the athletic manuevers. The Indy Irsay’s pronounced the firing of their VP and GM father/son team. The Orioles are offering  a twitch of excitement. And the fact that 2012 really is a Leap Year.

I say we all might as well “Jump” – (Van Halen), into 2012, simply because it’s there for the taking. Ravens potential to win the  Super Bowl in Indy! Now there’s a storyline. Right on the heels of Jim Irsay following his fathers(cannot say his name)  footsteps, back stabbing the people that got you to where you are. I do not know the whole story behind the firing of Bill (VP) and Chris (GM) Polian out there in Indy Irsay land, but sure sounds like a low blow to me. Can only wish Andrew “bad” Luck to that organization.  The Ravens have a shot – depending on what team shows up. I am not sold on a Ravens Super Bowl run. Mainly because I am not sold on the John Horribaugh and Camera Cameron duo. Best scenario – Houston beats Cincy, Denver beats Squeelers, Denver beats Patriots, Ravens roll to Indy.

Men Terps baketball ball does have a team. The Terps womens basketball will make a run for the National title (a later blog). The men will emerge with Pe’shon Howard at point, Stoglin shooting lights out (his ball has a sideways rotation), Mosley as the Senior, Padgett some help up front and “Lenny”as our diamond in the rough center. Alex Len can play. Another pleasant surprise over the holiday break was getting a spur of the moment invite to the Terp/Albany game from my daughter and her boyfriend (Terp students – God bless ’em). “Lenny” (my nickname) for the young lad, got game. I cannot remember ever seeing a Terp seven footer+, run  the court, shoot, jump, block and rebound like this Terp freshman. His rebounding and hands may need a little work. You will be surprised. Going to be a little tough at first, bang right into ACC play, but the kid will make a statement by the end of the year. Have the Terps ever even had a 7 footer before? Was Mike Mardesich 7 feet? Taylor Baldwin was 6′-10/11″. Both of them not in the same league as “Lenny”.  Yes, this is the kid that did a cartwheel at Midnight Madness in October.

Quick bite on Alexs’ first official bucket as a Terp. He had the crowd off our feet. From our vantage point it looked like a pass from Mosley (top left corner of key) to Pankey (sitting on right side under basket). But to everyones astonishment, out of nowhere cames the 7′-1″ potential Terp savior of the year. He takes the pass out of the air as an alley-oop and jams it home with one hand. BOOM -high fives all around! Where did that come from? Terps just may have a force down low. He is going to need help. Cross fingers with Pankey. The Faust kid has game also. It may take a month, but it sure does look better than it did prior to Pe’Shon and “Lenny” getting in the game.

Orioles – 20th anniversary at Camden Yards. Yes, that’s right twenty, two-zero years. The negative – no championship since 1983. The positive – Camden Yards still considered one of the top venues in baseball. Despite the trials and tribulations on the field – a ballgame at Camden Yards in my book, is still a darn good evening out with family and friends. It is reasonably priced, if you allow it to be. You can take your own food and drink in if you choose and you can watch Nick Markakis (Future Hall of Famer). Take a Leap of faith and go get some orange Kool-aid. They can only get better.

Finally, NCAA football at it’s finest. Forget the whole BCS BS. Guess what? Out of that whole mess, there were two evenly matched barn burners yesterday and worth every minute of your time to watch. Yes, there were way to many commercials, (I’m diggin’ the DVR deal), but I saw college football at a top level. The Rose Bowl – Oregon 45 Wisconsin 38 and the Fiesta Bowl Oklahoma State 41 Stanford 38. The hype, the pagentry, the effort, the quality of play, was all there. I hope you all were able to catch at least parts of those two games. It revived my faith in, “kids playing for the love of the game”. Yes, I know there was much more at stake for the universities involved and individual show casing. But man,there were many times I was shouting out, “No way”, “great play”, “nice call”, “you kiddin’ me?” Just great football.

Bring on Leap Year – 2012. From a sports fan vantage point – it sure has started out nice.