Tip of the Cap

Sure, Kansas deserves praise for their valiant comeback last night. Superintendent Chalmers hit one of the most clutch threes in the history of college basketball. When the chips were down, they demonstrated greatness.

However, I didn’t title this post to praise them. In fact, it has nothing to with college basketball and everything to do with the first week of the baseball season.

I know that there are many readers of this site who are not from Baltimore and/or have no rooting interest in the Orioles. Regardless of that fact, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to comment on what Dave Trembley and his band of no-names have done in the first week of the baseball season.

At 6-1, the Orioles stand atop the American League. Read that sentence again. What were the chances of that?

Now, I am a realist. I am fully aware, and frankly would not be surprised if the Orioles wound up losing 20 of their next 25 games. But for one week, they reminded me and everyone in Baltimore what it is like to root for a team that comes together to find greatness– even if it turns out to be fleeting.

No matter what happens during the rest of the season, I have gotten more enjoyment from Orioles baseball this week than I have in the previous 10 years.

For Baltimore sports fans, the last five years have produced the worst Terp seasons since the late 80’s, the most consistently anemic offense in the NFL (Ravens), and a hoplessly undermanned baseball team (aforementioned Orioles).

So thanks, Dave Trembley. I’d love to see this thing keep rolling, but no matter what, you have reminded me why I love sports: you never know when the next dream season is around the corner.

OK, next post its back to the Terps….