Today Maryland officially announced that the they are going to be moving away from the Atlantic Coast Conference and into the Big Ten Conference. Personally as a fan I don’t like the move at all but I definitely understand why they did it. Though I have noticed an almost divided Terps nation right now between the people who want us to go and those who want us to stay. Those who want to go can’t possibly understand why we should want to stay in an ACC that was never the same after VT/BC/Miami came a long time ago and people who want to stay can’t understand (or maybe they can but don’t agree with it) why the Terps would choose to get more money rather than stick with the tradition of the ACC and all that it represents (opinions will differ on that front).
Last night Orioles top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado participated in the futures game. This game features all of the top prospects in the minors and is basically supposed to be a preview of a “future” MLB All-Star game if you will. Like I said though the O’s had 2 participants this year and they both performed notably actually. Bundy pitched one inning and actually didn’t pitch very well allowing 3 hits in his one inning of work and didn’t look very sharp. However with his team putting up 17 runs and the balls flying off the bats, he didn’t do too poorly considering. He actually received the win in the game which is pretty cool I guess. Machado on the other hand had a very good game going 2-3 with a single and a double and knocking in 2 runs. The game was formatted so it featured the U.S. vs the World and Bundy and Machado were on the U.S. team that thumped the World squad in a 17-5 romp.
Everybody remembers those uniforms that the Terps football team brought out last year in their opening night game against Miami on national TV. The overly prideful of the state of Maryland jerseys that sometimes had the Maryland flag on them? Well they are back as you can see from the picture at the top and they are basically the same ones as the football jerseys but they are for the basketball team. Personally I think the white and black ones look decent, the red ones look bad and the yellow ones look horrible but I have never been a fan of the recent trend of the Terps hoops team wearing yellow. Maryland is trying to work with Under Armour (which is Baltimore based) to make themselves unique so they can attract more recruits and bring more attention to their program. These uni’s definitely do that and while I am not sure the effect it will have on the recruits (just let the Harrison twins customize their own jerseys for all I care) it definitely will bring the same effect that the football jerseys did by bringing attention to Maryland and the program but lets hope that the basketball team can actually put that attention to good use with a good season next year.
Current NFLPA President Dominonique Foxworth has went public that he has likely played his last NFL game at just 29, saying “I think that I’ve probably made the decision that I’m going to move forward and stop playing football.” This isn’t exactly a shock considering his retirement has been a discussion since he tore his ACL during training camp in 2010, but being a former Terp, Raven, Baltimore native (attended Western School of Technology in Catonsville) and genuinely impressive man, I think it bears mentioning.
Eddie already really covered Pankey’s transfer, but I just had to quickly put in my 2 cents: First and foremost, as Eddie said, if Pankey’s mother or any other member of his family is experiencing health problems, I wish them all the best, and hopefully a speedy recovery.
That said: This transfer is a big net positive for the Terps in the long run, and really only a minor negative — if at all — in the short run.
Well the Terps basketball program took its 3rd loss of the off-season today when redshirt-freshman Ashton Pankey announced that he was planning on leaving Maryland to transfer to another school. Apparently he is going to transfer to a smaller school closer to his home in New York. Pankey said in a statement “My mom is the rock in my life, and I promised her I would take care of her like she did for me. Therefore, I am choosing to put my family first and look for a school closer to home.” Obviously on a personal level if there is something wrong with his mother then I feel bad for him and hope that everything works out the best for him and his family. As a fan I am not really that surprised that Pankey transferred because we brought in 4 guys this year (Smotrcyz, Cleare, Dodd, and Mitchell) that play his position and he wasn’t a very good player to start. He wasn’t really bad or anything because he was just a freshman but I highly doubt that he would have ever been the regular starter while in a Maryland uniform. This is kind of bummer because I thought that he could have been a very good backup big for us for the next 3 years but he shouldn’t be that hard to replace.