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Greivis vs. the Fans


(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

Bless the Terps' hearts and livers, they remain the most bloggable team in the Atlantic 11, or at least the most bloggable team in the Atlantic 11 whose games are played within a 20-minute drive of my house. As Eric Prisbell writes in Press Break, last night some Terps fans may or may not have been booing Greivis Vasquez, who responded "at least three times by...putting his index finger over his lips and telling them to "Shut the [expletive] up!" Then after the game, he said "If they don't believe in us, they can get the hell out. We don't need them anyway." In D.C.'s long history of frontrunnerdom, that's gotta be one of the all-time greatest responses, though an absence of all the fans who don't believe might make for a pretty empty gym.

(Another contender: Heath Shuler. "That was the hardest thing for me to understand," he once told The Post's Richard Justice. "I go to an NFL team that says it has the greatest fans. And they boo. I don't see it. I can't see they can say one thing, and turn around and do another. If I'm a fan of the Chicago Bulls, I'm not bad-mouthing the first time they lose a game. You don't do that. You support them. We're all in it together. I think that's what this city [New Orleans] is all about. You go out in public and people tell you: 'Hey, we're behind you. Forget what happened in the past.' ")

(In the Baltimore Sun's blog, Greivis is also quoted saying "It doesn't bother me, my mind is strong." I would say thrice cursing out your home fans is an interesting way of showing a lack of bother.)

That incident also goes way near the top of my list of best things that have happened in this basketball season. Other candidates would include Gary Williams's admission to Steve Yanda that two of his favorite bands to listen to on game day are Linkin Park and The Killers. That, frankly, deserves about 2,000 more words of explanation, which I thoroughly plan on providing. I always had Gary down as a Motown guy.

Anyhow, with voters no doubt locked in their closets weighing the merits of Morgan State vs. American, here's the rest of last week's pith parade.

1. Georgetown

Didn't Nikita Mescheriakov win the balance beam gold for the Unified Team in the 1992 Olympics? (Tim Lemke)

When Dick Vitale called Greg Monroe a "diaper dandy," he was clearly referring to his Grandparenting skills. (Christopher Ring)

If DaJuan Summers and DeJuan Blair were playing DaJuan on DeJuan last weekend, then the Hoyas would have beat Pitt 22-20. Unfortunately for Georgetown, other players were involved. (Markus Videnieks)

Normally shot down by the occasional cougar on M street, turns out they can't handle Panthers either. (Nat Elliott)

To continue my Georgetown basketball this season equals a kiddie pool at a house party analogy (awesome, save a dangerous lack of depth), if the U-Conn. game was convincing some girls to get into the pool wearing their bikinis, then the Pitt game was some guy trying to do a cannonball into the pool from the deck, scaring the girls away and injuring himself in the process. Yes, I am sticking with this analogy. (Tim Hanson)

2. Maryland

The Terps dodged a bullet when Charlotte came to town without the services of the injured An'Juan Wilderness. Which is more likely - that An'Juan's middle name is Mixtapetour, or that he has a relative named Plus d'Fowell? (Scott Allen)

Apparently Gary has the team doing yoga to improve flexibility this season, leading to the Terp's new team motto "Unity is &#@%*^! divinity; purity is &#@%*^! enlightenment." (Jack Lambert)

The Morgan State game smelled like a letdown, but then again, that could be the stale Boardwalk Fries because the Terps haven't traveled since Thanksgiving. (Raphael Mazzone)

Greivis Vasquez's driving, behind-the-back layup against Charlotte last weekend was almost as impressive as Vasquez thought it was. (Eric Swensen)

Greivis Vasquez leads the Terps in all offensive categories, including hair gel. (Markus Videnieks)

Couldn't continue its misogynistic ways by beating teams with girly names like Charlotte, Georgia and Morgan. (Ben Shlesinger)

It seems clear that after their stunning upset of No. 1 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Boston College is the new Maryland. You know what that means, BC fans: Get your NIT tickets now. (Chris Chase)

We appreciate your patience, the annual ACC free-fall will begin shortly. (Nat Elliott)

3. George Mason

According to Wikipedia, the actual George Mason played for the Charlotte Hornets, appeared in the movie 'Eddie' and was name-dropped in the Beastie Boys song, "B-Boys Making With The Freak Freak". Wait, my bad. That's the entry for Anthony Mason. (Chris Chase)

If only the 100 pints scored against UNC Wilmington would have have led to a free hot dog promotion of some kind. Sigh. Gunston would have loved that. (Jack Lambert)

The last time the Patriots scored 100 points I was sitting on the opposing bench. I don't know what that means. (Chris Stratton)

4. Virginia Tech

A.D. Vassalo was arrested in late December for his role in the shoplifting of a 12-pack of Dr. Pepper from a convenience store. And people say there's nothing to do in Blacksburg! (Markus Videnieks)

On New Year's Eve, Seth Greenberg couldn't help but get that sinking feeling in his stomach when watching the ball drop in Times's Square, figuring it would somehow lead to another loss at the buzzer for his Hokies. (Chris Chase)

Scoring four points in the final 10 minutes against Duke certainly eliminated the anticipation of the game coming down to a buzzer beater. One can only assume that the Hokies offense was able to beat the traffic. (John Albers)

Regretting that they scored seven fewer points against Duke than Loyola, but thankful that a Triangle-and-2 on Jon Scheyer was not part of the game plan. (Jarrett Carter)

Hokies somehow blame lifeless showing against Duke on Sean Glennon. (Matt Bonesteel)

5. VMI

If the school's Web site is to be believed, voters have only one more chance to watch the Keydets on television during the regular season. MASN should seriously consider following NBC's lead and adopting a flex scheduling system. (Scott Allen)

If I told you before the season that Georgetown would play Maryland, but that the upcoming January 17 VMI-Liberty game would be the most intriguing Atlantic 11 game, I would fully expect you to punch me in the face for lying. (Paul Campbell)

If the Big South is the new Missouri Valley, VMI is like Creighton on steroids. Or something. (Sean McLernon)

VMI may not have beaten anyone good, but they also haven't lost to anyone bad. Except Virginia. (B Sopchak)

In 2009, a loss to VMI will actually boost your RPI. Now that is change we can believe in. (Chris Fish)

Start printing Big South Champion t-shirts now. (Chimpanzee Rage)

Beat the good GWU on last weekend (Gardner-Webb, obviously). (Markus Videnieks)

6. VCU

The Rams were unable to beat Oklahoma in late December. So, according to the BCS, this makes VCU somehow eligible for the National Championship. (Chris Chase)

VCU sounds like a disease that people from Liberty would have a hard time explaining how they ended up getting. (Chris Bocquet)

Between Marc Egerson's 19 points and 9 rebounds in a win over the Rams, Joe Flacco's playoff debut , and Dan Steinberg's finding 11 teams to fill out this poll, it's hard to say which Delaware Blue Hen had the more impressive week. (Scott Allen)

7. Navy

Honestly, how often do you think O.J. Avworo and Johnnie Corrigan re-enact the bloody glove courtroom scene? (Christopher Ring)

Before this week, their wins had come against something like the 327th toughest schedule according to Pomeroy. So it's not exactly like they're taking on the Merrimack. (Paul Campbell)

Not surprisingly, Navy is home to the best intramural pool-basketball teams in the country. (Markus Videnieks)

Kaleo Kina making everyone forget about the fabled Laramie Mergerson Era in Annapolis. (Matt Bonesteel)

Are there Frontshipmen and Rearshipmen? (John Albers)

8. Liberty

Tuesday January 20th marks an historic day for Americans. Obviously, I'm referring to Liberty's matchup against High Point. (Christopher Ring)

Davidson replaced Winthrop as the Carolinas' NCAA darlings, so the Eagles exacted revenge by beating Stephon Curry's brother's team? I guess this is one of those Jacob and Esau things I'll have to defer to the Bible school on. (Paul Campbell)

We're coming to realize that unlike the animated pink-haired girl from the Esurance commercials, Seth Curry can't win basketball games by himself. And he's not even playing against giant robots. (Side note: Don't ever do a google image search for "esurance" at work with the safesearch off.) (Max Wasserman)

9. Old Dominion

In classic old Virginia style, the Monarchs (ODU) attacked the Tribe (Willliam & Mary) last weekend. Only this time, they did it with three-pointers instead of disease and guns. (Markus Videnieks)

According to a recent article, forward Kenyon Carter was enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program attending Suncoast Community High, a program so prestigious I had to google Baccalaureate to find out what it means. (Jack Lambert)

Gerald Lee? More like Bruce Lee meets Robert E. Lee with a bit of Geddy Lee mixed in for good measure. (Sean McLernon)

10. Virginia

In this week's Q & A with Dave Leito on UVA'S Web site, the coach was mystified as to why teams shooting percentages go up in the second half versus the Cavaliers. I'm mystified as well, considering that you would figure the guys from the end of the bench put in during a rout would shoot worse, not better, than the regulars. (Jack Lambert)

11. American

If wins over Manhattan and Brown don't convince you American belongs here, well... you're probably right. (B Sopchak)

Eagles lost to GW? How embarrassing. (Matt Bonesteel)

Also Receiving Pith

George Washington: Is Mike Jarvis currently employed? Does anyone have his cell number? (Todd Turner)

Rob Diggs should never have taken Vincent Price's enchanted Tiki statue on the team's trip to Hawaii. (Max Wasserman)

Apparently don't know what every teenage boy knows: You're supposed to beat Longwood. (Anon., and here's hoping none of my bosses ever see this.)

Longwood: This year Longwood will play Virginia-Wise, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Virginia Interm ont and Southern Virginia. Their home-and-home with Virginia Woolf doesn't begin until 2010. (Chris Chase)

If the Lancers weren't an independent, I'd tell you to watch out for them in conference play. (Scott Allen)

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 11, 2009; 12:07 PM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball , Terps  
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Comments

Listen, the Maryland fans and I have had the same relationship, and it always turns out for the best.

- R. Friedgen

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | January 11, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"My mind is strong." Reminds me of FRANK WREN's (ATLANTA's GM) comments about bloggers relating to the JOHN SMOLTZ debacle. CLUELESS. How's the team doing this year anyway?

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

i was at the game located in row E(5th row across from the maryland bench) and the fans were pathetic. it was the worst home-court advantage i've ever seen (i'm a professional student who has seen most games at cole and comcast since 1999). while i wish greivis could've expressed himself AFTER the game was over, i can't say that i disagree with his reaction. terps fans that want to come and complain and yell discouraging remarks at non-professional STUDENT athletes should not attend games. i'm not against the occasional boo but yelling discouraging remarks that the STUDENT players can hear is not helpfull. the majority of the fans do cheer on and support the terps, but there are more than a few that need an attitude adjustment (especially the 3 behind me in row F). These are STUDENTS and not professional atheletes doing their best for the University of Maryland. Go Terps!

Posted by: seidman1 | January 11, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I noticed the same thing at the Caps game on Friday. The fans booed when the Caps came up empty on the power play... never mind the Caps were 18-1-1 at home and in second place in the Eastern Conference at the time. I don't understand it.

Posted by: Joran | January 12, 2009 12:52 AM | Report abuse

JORAN:

Maybe the fans have caught a PHILLY cold. You know boo SANTA CLAUS.

SEIDMAN:

You haven't been attending UNIVERSITY of RICHMOND home games like I have since 1978.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 12, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

How can Maryland fans boo a player with such class and dignity?

Posted by: inchesfromyourface | January 12, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Greivis is the most frustrating Maryland player in recent memory. (Yes - even more than Travis Garrison!) I fully understand how students might feel the impulse to yell at him to stop driving wildly into the lane with no good shot option, quit turning the ball over for no reason, etc. If he doesn't understand that, he needs to watch some game tape. His mind is apparently strong but not flexible.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 12, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@Lindemann777 - More frustrating than Nik Caner-Medley??? The hyphenated last name alone takes the cake.

Posted by: ckstevenson | January 12, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Lindeman777,

I dunno, man. I remember John Gilchrist's junior year.

Posted by: B_A_ | January 12, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

At least Gilchrist actually won something at some point (i.e., the ACC title). And I just don't remember the same volume of poor decisions, or the same self-righteousness about them, from Caner-Medley. Plus he told those dudes at that bar "I'm from Maryland and nobody can beat me." That makes up for a world of frustration.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 13, 2009 4:35 AM | Report abuse

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