We were really hoping that we'd still be blogging about the Mystics
moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. Sigh.
Like Mystics fans throughout the DMV and beyond (even Durham)
, we're still trying to come to grips with the Mystics' all-too-soon departure from the WNBA Playoffs. Double Sigh.
But we can't change the past, so we decided it's time to turn the page and look ahead . . . and that means Maryland
! (Sue, it's been nice having you as a reader, but maybe you should now delete us from your "Favorites" until . . . hmmm, next May.)
Speaking of Maryland, we're happy to report that the Terps released their out-of-conference ("OOC") schedule
this week. (The ACC schedule is still in lock-down somewhere in the Carolinas.) And, for the second straight year, Maryland has put together a schedule that favors local fans . . . and minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. Just another thing we love
about the Terps, their environmental responsiblilty. The Terps have quite a few games that don't require either
team to burn much fuel (before taking the court): an exhibition vs. Gallaudet
, and home games against UDC
, and UMBC
Yes, the OOC has plenty of games of local interest. But the one that excites the BCs the most is an early season (November 16th) match-up at McDonough Arena against the Top-20 ranked Georgetown Hoyas
. This will be the first time since the 1985-86 season that the Terps have played at Georgetown. No doubt the Hoyas will be the favorite, but if the Terps' fans can pack McDonough and Rock-the-Red
. . . we're thinking early season upset!
Another game we've already circled on our schedule includes a visit from another Big East NCAA Tournament team, St. John's
. The Red Storm will be welcomed to College Park as one of the participants in the year-end (December 28th & 29th) Terrapin Classic.
Of course, the Terps do have one long-ish
road trip . . . but it's not their fault. Maryland faces the Purdue Boilermakers
in West Lafayette, Indiana on December 2nd in the 4th Annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge
. (We've heard the Terps are considering carpooling to the midwest in Priuses . . . but we haven't confirmed that yet.)
In any event, with a longer interstice
than we planned for, at least Maryland's partial-schedule release has given us something to look forward to.