Ok, it’s finally starting to hit. Terps vs. UNC, last ACC game between the two squads. Ouch, that’s just not right. I do not care “that it’s best for the school.” I do not care “that it’s best for the athletic program.” I do not even care that UNC has for the most part, dominated Terp basketball for all my years as a fan. What I do care about is tradition, memories and true Atlantic Coast Basketball. With tradition and following ACC basketball about to go to the wayside.
The “old school” in me is gonna fly a little bit here gang, but that’s a good thing. Most of you following this blog are close to my age – (29). So, I want you to fire back with your memories of Terp/Carolina bball. Everybody should remember the Bias/Jordan days – my goodness, were we spoiled or what? Don’t forget who else was on the court at that time: Adrian Branch, Ben Coleman, Sam Perkins, James Worthy…. come on name some more.
Terps/UNC – probably my fondest memory is when Terps gave the baby blue Heels their first loss in the Dean Dome, January of 1986. Yes, another Bias moment (he had 35 pts). Ahhh yes, The Dean Dome, Dean Smith………the mention of his name giving you chills? Well brace yourself:
Leonard over Brad Daugherty.
Dean was about “our” age when he was coaching Jordan, Perkins and Worthy. Wow, now there’s a reality check. I’m typing a blog, for free, on the fly, so that maybe 5 people can read this. Dean Smith was coaching Hall of Famers. The good ole Tarheels, finished 2nd or better in the ACC for most of his career and definately during my Terp formidable years of ’71 thru ’85. We only grew up knowing one Tarheel coach, Dean Smith. Dean coached from 1961-1997, 36 years, you kiddin’ me? We grew to dislike, but admire the man all at the same time. We didn’t dislike the man, heck I never met him. We disliked that he coached North Carolina basketball. We disliked hearing these names over and over and over……. ok, this may be painful:
Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchack, Walter Davis..Mike O’Koren, Pete Budko (now there’s a trivia question).. Jeff Lebo, Brad Daugherty, Kenny Smith..Eric Montross, Pete Chilcut, Rick Fox…Vince Carter, Antwan Jamison, SERGE Zwikker..Tyler Hansbrough…Tyler Zeller…you still with me? Hit me up with some more. Let’s get our blood pressure up. It’s fun.
Then when the next season would roll around – I know all of you, would ask fellow Terp fans – “That guy is still around? When the heck is he gonna graduate?” Yes, back then we got a dose of these guys for 4 years. 4 years to watch players develop, experience the home/away games and 2 halves of the season. “Old school”, the way it should be.
I know, you know, we all know…Terps are “Gone” – (Montgomery Gentry), from the ACC. And we are encouraged to roll with them. Screw that. Terps = ACC, end of story. Go ahead NCAA make your 6 Monster Conferences. Succumb to the almighty dollar. Ruin tradition. You can’t take away the memories. ACC basketball – 2 games on the tube, Wednesday nights and 2 on Saturday afternoon – the good ole days.
Terps aren’t playing that well, but get on the bus. They more than likely are going to have a rough road. There are only 6 true/old school ACC games left. Ride it out while we have it. Listen to Johnny Holiday when you have the chance. Go Terps!