Terps Speak of the Crazies
Several notes from the Terps' last media appearance before facing Duke tomorrow night....
1) As you'd expect, a popular question concerned chants at Cameron and those wacky Duke students.
James Gist: "Since I've been at Maryland they haven't been able to get under anybody's skin. Even the times that we lost at Duke--I think we only lost twice [at Duke] maybe since I've been here--those times we lost they never got under anybody's skin. I mean, I love playing at Duke though. Their fans are great and they come up with some pretty clever stuff and sometimes it'll put a smile on your face during the game. But at the same time you can't get caught up with the fans."
Dave Neal: "You've kind of just got to ignore it and hopefully try to keep it out of your skin and play hard and just go on with the game, and just use it as more of an adrenaline rush and a motivation to beat 'em, just to make 'em even more mad at you and hate you even more....When we go down there with Greivis they know Spanish and they start chanting stuff in Spanish to him and obviously he's the only one that understands it."
Gary Williams: "They're very smart down there. They figured that Greivis is from Venezuela, so that means he knows Spanish. So they say stuff in Spanish. Amazing."
2) The best chant Gist has heard? When he was a freshman he hugged his mom before the game, and the Crazies saw the hug, and then when he went to shoot free throws the Crazies chanted "Mama's Boy" at him. Hilarious.
3) And now, a moped story, from Dave Neal.
"Greivis actually does have a moped, he has one, and he loves riding around," Neal said. "He doesn't abide the laws or anything, he just kind of drives around and goes crazy."
Apparently Adrian Bowie and Dave Pearman also ride around campus on mopeds. Not Neal, though.
"I have a moped but my mom won't let me bring it to school," he said. "She doesn't trust me on a moped. Which is understandable."
4) Somewhere, a Duke fan is thinking, "Ma-ma's Boy! Ma-ma's Boy!"
5) Media comments after my moped question: "Steinberg, always covering the important issues," and also, "hard-hitting." If you want to see the compelling quotes I would have gotten without the mopeds, try out this one from Neal:
"We're one big, trustful team, and we all play together, and we love being together."
Or Gist: "Honestly I never try to go into a game thinking I've got to be the one to carry the team. I mean, it's a team game and I know all my teammates out there are gonna be ready to play and I know everybody's gonna be ready to contribute. But I always go in to each game just making sure that I'm ready for that game and whatever might happen....I mean, anything that I can do to help the team win, that's what I look forward to doing."
6) If you haven't already, please read Patrick Stevens's blog items about the dining habits of Keith Booth. It involves Potbelly, and something called "The Boobie Miles Value Meal," according to sources close to the team.
7) And now, a Lefty Driesell story, from Gary Williams. Lefty, who went to Duke, will be honored at tomorrow's game.
"I asked Lefty this and he said it was true," Williams began. "He said when he was coaching at Maryland they have that lobby out there after games that you've got to go through. There were some people there, and one of the Duke students came up and asked Lefty for his autograph. And he signed a big 'X' on the kid's notepad. The kid goes, 'Hey, c'mon.' Lefty says, 'Hey, I graduated from Duke.' "
8) Finally, Gary's response when asked whether he enjoys the sound of a full-but-quiet Cameron Indoor.
"Oh yeah," he said. "But it gets pretty quiet here when we lose too, you know? Except for people yelling at me."
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