12 Minutes That Ruined The Season

I don’t know how they did it, but they found a way to demoralize the fanbase just a little bit more than we all thought possible.

That was a stomach punch game if ever there was one.

What can Gary and crew possibly do for an encore? Trot out a fan at halftime and publicly disembowel him a la Braveheart? At this point, I think watching that would make me less naseous than how I feel right now.

We now have the terrible trifecta of traumatic Terp losses. Add this to last year’s Clemson game and the Duke game from 2001. Grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory. The Maryland Way.

What’s next for our Terps? I’m ready to proclaim the season as a lost cause. They don’t have the horses and now they are demoralized. I would hold judgment to see if they can rebound against Florida State, but I don’t think I have the intestinal fortitude to sit through that contest.

If you are still reading, perhaps you are looking for a silver lining. Here goes:

Only through defeats like this, will Terp fans appreciate the big wins when the program comes back.

I gave it a try folks. That is all I got. At least the economy is going well.

Choke Job

I’m pissed. Mostly because they displayed no effort. But I am also pissed because I wanted to watch basketball this weekend. Now? Ugh.

This is a bad loss. Real bad. Miami is terrible. The Terps fell short in just about every “hustle” category. Rebounding, second chance points (related), and turnovers. Don’t even get me started about the free throw shooting.

We shot 3-18 from three. That is about 8 too many. We win by pounding it inside. There is no other way. Even when we are trailing, we need to stick with the game plan.

This is what happens when the team isn’t ready to play. Who is to blame? The players, obviously. Clearly, they felt as though they had earned a bye and could just waltz through this one. The problem is that the game can get away from you quickly can’t it?

The Terps can come from behind. We have seen it this season. The wins against Illinois and UNC prove it. The difference between those games and today’s loss was that the Terps played well throughout in the first two contests. Maryland willed a victory from two strong teams on those occassions. Today? There was no will.

So where are we? Are we #4 seed? #5 seed? #6 seed? Personally, I don’t really care. We will have enough talent to beat our first round opponent regardless. Everything depends on what effect today’s loss has on the psyche. Can they pick up the pieces and play like the way they closed the season? No one knows. Not even Gary Williams.

That is what scares me the most. The players are probably scared too. The worst part? We and the players have to wait a week to find out.

A New Low.

I’m just about done. It’s been beaten out of me. I can no longer take it. Blow it up. Start from scratch. I don’t care anymore. I just can’t get emotionally involved in this team. They are all tainted with the curse. Someone sold their soul to get that championship in 2002. The price was what seems like an eternity of inexplicable and mind numbing mediocre seasons.

In this years’ version of “let’s rip out the hearts of our fans and alumni”, the Terps built us up. “Hey look at us” they said. “We won the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic”. “We beat Illinois on the road “. And then reality a set in. A couple of sub par performances in winnable games against Notre Dame and BC and suddenly, we all felt vulnerable. The cupcakes restored some confidence, but we were wary. Despite our wariness, we thought, that we would certainly be OK tonight. We were playing Miami and they were missing their best player. The real test would be Clemson. Then, whatever it was that just happened, happened. And we are all dumbfounded.
They had a month, a fucking month to prepare for this game– and they blew it.

And you know what, you could tell in the first 10 minutes that we were going to lose. We didn’t come out ready to play. How that can possibly happen, I will never know. It’s everyone’s fault. No baskets in the last 9 minutes and 50 seconds of game time. What the fuck?

For the last 10 minutes, I have been racking my brain to come up with a worse performance from Maryland. I don’t think it exists. The game that comes closest is the loss to Florida St. in 2001 following the Duke loss when we gave up the 10 point lead in 53 seconds. That game, while inexcusable, at least came on the heels of the most demoralizing loss imaginable. Tonight’s defeat? Nothing. No reason for this.

The only hope for the program is that the Freshman do not get tainted by the hideousness of our upperclassmen. Not the the freshman played well tonight. They were atrocious too.

I have never been more ashamed of the Terps.
If we lose to Clemson, then the season is over. I’m saying it right here. No coming back. I’m going to be ill. I can’t even type in complete paragraphs anymore.

Two parting random thoughts:
If I were to rank my all-time least favorite Terps, 8 of the top 10 would be from the last 4 years.

What does Gary do if we miss the NCAAs again this year? Does Yow consider firing him? I love Gary, and at my core, I don’t think this is his fault. But, it is just not working.

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