Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?
We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
We’re into Week 7 of the #WNSTSweet16 list and I’m back on the clock. Of course, I don’t really want to think about “the clock” all that much considering how it ran out on Maryland Saturday night against Duke just after Charles Mitchell’s turnaroud hung tantalizingly on the rim.
It was a final (scheduled) dramatic moment between Maryland and Duke, a rivalry that has seen a number of great players on both sides. While Jake Layman played well in the field half and Dez Wells was outstanding in the second half Saturday, I doubt we’d even consider labeling any of the players on the court in black and red Saturday night “great”.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all fully appreciated.
This week’s list looks at exactly that topic. The Sweet 16 “Underappreciated Maryland Basketball players”.
Our first six topics have been much more broad, allowing for multiple local teams/athletes in multiple sports to be considered for each list. This is our first (but won’t be the only) to focus individually on one particular team.
“Underappreciated” is an interesting term. “Appreciate” is defined by Webster’s as “to understand the worth or importance of something or someone”. In that vain, those that are underappreciated have not been fully credited for their value.
I started thinking about this list a few weeks ago and have still struggled to determine who might end up cracking the Sweet 16. In order to be underappreciated, you must have been good enough to deserve appreciation. So there are two major pieces of criteria involved in this conversation: 1-Was the player good enough to deserve appreciation? and 2-Did the player receive the level of recognition/appreciation he deserved?
Drew Nicholas’ name has certainly come to mind for a me a few times as I’ve considered the topic. He’s a player who is remembered for one (amazing) shot but not particularly remembered for the very solid career and exceptional senior campaign he had.
Similarly, Sarunas Jasikevicius is someone I have thought of in regards to the topic. One of the better shooters in Maryland history, he is likely more remembered for the fact that his name would have collected a great Scrabble score than for what he accomplished on the court.
Names like Keith Gatlin, Mo Howard and Derrick Lewis have also come to mind as players who were very good but perhaps not remembered in the way they deserve to be in Terrapins history.
What Terps am I missing? Who else was better than history would lead you to believe? Who hasn’t received the recognition they are worthy of receiving? My age doesn’t necessarily allow me to have vivid memories of many payers before the Gary Williams era, which makes fully compiling the list much more difficult.
I want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email me via firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.
On Tuesday morning, I will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and I will discuss it with Drew Forrester and Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. I will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Chevrolet”.
Let’s show some appreciation to some former (or current) Terps who haven’t received enough. Let me know what direction that appreciation should go!