No matter how much Casey Willett and Ray Bachman love them; I HATE Duke.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate Duke.
I hate their bandwagon fans, I hate the fact that no one who roots for their basketball team roots for their football team, I hate their uppity attitude, I hate the way the rules are bent in their favor, I hate the way they get all of their calls, I hate the way everyone gets bent out of shape about them, I hate the fact that the rest of the country thinks the ACC is nothing more than them and North Carolina.
And frankly; I’m TOTALLY jealous of their success.
But tomorrow’s Maryland-Duke game is one more (albeit slim) chance for me to watch Duke fans suffer.
And I’m going.
I’ll be in Durham tonight to capture the sights and sounds of Maryland-Duke for WNSTV. Are you going? Please tell me where you’re hanging out; what I need to see while I’m in town; etc.
Do ANY of you have ANY hope? Is anyone fired up for tomorrow’s game at all? Are we still recovering from what happened to the Ravens last week?
Let me know.
Let’s see what everyone else has to say…..
Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs:
Casey Willett says Newsome, Bisciotti not exactly on same page
Drew Forrester says Birds should be using media to ‘help’ promote team
Nestor Aparicio allowed to attend press conference at Warehouse
Darren Rudham offers details for tonight’s charity event
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Fangio has ‘most coordinator knowledge’ of in house candidates
The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Bisciotti thinks Ravens can be ‘annual’ contenders with Harbaugh, Flacco
The Sun’s Mike Preston says Bisciotti already playing Newsome’s hand in Lewis negotiations
The Examiner’s Ron Snyder says Bisciotti thinks 52’s importance to Ravens ‘transcends’ statistics
ESPN.com’s James Walker says most everyone thinks Ravens should keep 52
ESPN.com’s James Walker says all Ravens D-Coordinators have gone on to become head coaches
Fox Sports’ Adam Schein says Jets added ‘needed attitude’ by hiring Rex Ryan
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says MacPhail thought signing Markakis ‘major priority’ for offseason
The Official Site’s Spencer Fordin says Birds finalize deal with Zaun
The Sun’s Jeff Zrebiec says Markakis now ‘face’ of Orioles with contract signed
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds ‘got it right’ with Markakis
The Sun’s Dan Connolly says Birds have team option for 2nd year with Zaun
The Sun’s Dean Jones Jr. expects Rowell to start season in Frederick again
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Crowley thinks Markakis ‘cornerstone’ of Birds’ progress
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck says Markakis’ deal could help Roberts get ‘excited’ about staying with O’s
The Sun’s Peter Schmuck wonders if Zaun will still be ‘fired up’ when Wieters starts getting playing time
Carroll County Times’ Josh Land says ‘money’, ‘comfort’, ‘hope’ all reasons Markakis inked extension
ESPN.com Scouts Inc.’s Keith Law thinks Wieters top prospect in all of baseball
Duke Official Site says former women’s star Waner will work sidelines for Maryland game on ESPN
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Vasquez takes ‘energy’ from Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd
The Sun’s Jeff Barker says Duke’s Nolan Smith friends with Maryland’s Bowie
The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Vasquez considers Cameron his ‘house’
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says with road win over Blue Devils, Terps would ‘enhance resume’ for NCAA Tournament
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says Terps, Blue Devils ‘similar in many ways’
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says all of Maryland’s losses okay RPI-wise…….except the one
Washington Post’s Steve Yanda says ‘aggressiveness’ difference in Miami loss, Virginia win
Washington Times’ Tim Lemke says Terps trying to become first team to win at Duke this season
Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens has Terps OUT, Morgan IN
Raleigh News & Observer’s A.J. Carr says Henderson more ‘assertive’ for Devils
Terrapin Times’ Mark Clem says Dupree ‘plugging away’ through struggles (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says prospect Will Regan trims options (must subscribe)
Terrapin Times’ Dan Painter says Buie ‘key’ recruit (must subscribe)
The Sun’s Matt Bracken says Porzel came to Maryland because it’s ‘close to home’
Inside Lacrosse’s Sean Burns says Blevins helps Retrievers stay ‘cool’ in close games
The Official Site says late 12-2 run pushes Loyola to win over St. Peter’s
The Examiner’s Dave Carey says Ryan Bacon missed desperation shot at buzzer as Peacocks fell to Hounds
MT. ST. MARY’S BASKETBALL:
The Official Site says Goode scores 23 as Eers defeat Central Connecticut
Carroll County Times’ Bob Blubaugh says Cajou sunk key free throws to clinch win for Mountaineers
Frederick News-Post’s Stan Goldberg says Cajou earns ‘redemption’ at end of CCSU win
The Official Site says Seaman to participate in ESPNZone event
The Examiner’s Tom Flynn says trip to Army up next for Navy
Go Mids’ Shedrick Moorer says Midshipmen stuck with Ben Bostick despite injuries
The Official Site says Mids picked 11th by Inside Lacrosse in preseason poll
The Official Site says Hale happy to see David Grimaldi on as commissioner of NISL
The Sun’s Kent Baker previews tonight’s game with La Raza
The Examiner’s Sean Welsh says Craig Scheer came ‘full circle’ by rejoining Blast this season
The Official Site’s David Harrington says Ollie Guidry joins staff
The Sun’s Kevin Van Valkenburg says Phelps back in pool with Coach Bowman
Washington Post’s Amy Shipley says Bowman, Phelps have developed ‘historically successful’ partnership
The AP’s Paul Newberry says Phelps not interested in matching Beijing performance in London
SOME QUICK THOUGHTS:
-Duke 81, Maryland 73. This game will be close; as Duke isn’t a dominant, athletic team that can just run up and down the floor over the Terps. They’ll have about an 11 point lead midway through the first half due to shooting; but the Terps will stick around.
-Towson 70, UNC-Wilmington 66. The Tigers SHOULD bounce back at home. SHOULD being the key word.
-UMBC 63, Albany 58. Randy Monroe’s Retrievers NEED a win on the road; and Albany should be the place to do it.
-Morgan State 77, Howard 70. The Bears are the class of the MEAC, and that won’t change.
-Hampton 74, Coppin State 61. Fang’s team just isn’t clicking yet. They’re usually a late-blooming team; but it needs to happen soon.
-Marist 68, Loyola 62. This would be a win at home.
-Congratulations to SunTrust Athlete of the Morning Shaun Eyler. Eyler is a 112 pound wrestler at Francis Scott Key; and recorded a pin in the match over North Carroll last night to improve his record to 18-0 on the season; which includes 9 pins. Thanks to Rich in Westminster for the nomination.
Talk to you LIVE from right in front of the student section (I’m not gonna call them the stupid name Dick Vitale likes to call them) tomorrow at noon for a Maryland-Duke live blog.