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Greivis Does the Caracas Shuffle

The Caracas Clap. No, not that kind. (Toni Sandys - TWP)

Had Maryland won against Virginia Tech last week instead of allowing a bunch of macaroni-puking upstarts to punk them on their home floor, I would have asked Greivis Vasquez about two celebrations he did during the game: once, he blew on his fingers after a three-pointer, and another time he seemed to do a bit of a jig. Well, the Local No. 4 Terps lost again, but luckily SI's Luke Winn still managed to ask Greivis about a move apparently known as the Caracas Shuffle:

LW: I heard you do -- or at least used to do -- a celebration dance in practice called the Caracas Shuffle.

GV: My high school coach, coach [David] Adkins (an assistant at Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md.), called me "Caracas Shuffle" because I'd be bouncing around all the time in practice -- especially when I made a big shot. Sometimes I'd celebrate that, but I've stopped it mostly since I got to college. Coach [Gary] Williams doesn't really like that. He does let me do it once in a while, and I will, just to remember the old days.

You're kidding, Gary didn't like a move called the Caracas Shuffle? Next you'll tell me that he has anger management issues and above average dry cleaning bills.

LW: So how does the dance go?

GV: I'll kind of shake my shoulders, like a shake-and-bake thing, and maybe do a little bit of chicken wing. Sometimes I'll make a funny face while I'm doing it. I don't know if you watched the game when we played Duke last year, but I made a big three and then came to the end of the court, and was shaking my shoulders and dancing. That was pretty cool at the time -- because we were winning.

And so now we finally know why Dorenzo Hudson lost it: a bad chicken wing.

Other choice nuggets: Duke fans have heckled him about being Hugo Chavez's son (which Greivis says would be great), he can't wait to face Duke again based on Demarcus Nelson's yap, he sometimes salutes Gary Williams, he's stopped riding his moped due to the threat of $80 fines, and his barber's name is "Boris The Puerto Rican Barber."

And now I've again reversed course and decided that, for the good of the nation, the Terps deserve a tournament bid.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 26, 2008; 1:05 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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