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Maryland: Mohawks and Death

Six Washington Post staffers--including mega-celebrity Tony Kornheiser--at a mid-February regular-season Terps game against Virginia Tech? And there was still material enough for all of us. Go figure. And thanks to Jeff Allen for the above salute, which came via the Terps Insider.

Anyhow, the thing about Greivis Vasquez is it'd be nice if he were a little more quotable. Like, ask him about Gary Williams.

"I mean, if I got to go to war with him, I would die for him before he dies," Vasquez said. I asked a modest death-related follow-up.

"I mean, because of you guys, you're trying to kill him," he explained. "But the man is a winner and is a champion, so you better start writing about games instead of writing about criticizing him. Because we're here to play games, we're not here to sit down, and coach is gonna teach us about media and stuff like that. We're here to learn about basketball and play the game."

What else did he say to reporters? "He has got more money than all you guys put together. He is not worried about what you guys say," Vasquez said, which is both true and awesome, according to Press Break.

Oh, and Adrian Bowie got off this gem: "We don't like Virginia Tech." That's pretty subtle. Good times all around.

But we're not here to talk about death. We're here to talk about mohawks.

The Bowie 'hawk. (By Gail Burton - AP)

Sean Mosley: "It was supposed to be a team thing. We was joking around about it, everybody was supposed to get a Mohawk today before the game....Landon was the first one that got the Mohawk, then Adrian came the day after at practice with the Mohawk, and we were just talking, you know, 'Everybody gonna get a Mohawk!' I was joking around. I'm not cutting my hair, so I'm just gonna keep my little bush."

Adrian Bowie: "They let us down, man. I thought at least three or four other guys were gonna get it. They were talking about getting it, but they didn't."

Eric Hayes: "It's not quite long enough yet to get the real thing. Maybe in a week or so you'll see me. Stay tuned for that."

Dave Neal: "If the rest of the team does it, I might consider it. A bro-hawk, not a Mohawk."

Dave Neal Acquaintance: "No, David, don't. That is so ugly."

Greivis Vasquez: "I had it before everybody else. I had it first. They got it now, they're trying to copy me. I mean, I liked it. I told Landon he should keep his on, he's playing well. He's been playing well the last two games, but today he was a monster."

Landon Milbourne: "I think a couple other guys are gonna try to get 'em, but it was just great. Just a new look, try to get some new attitude going....Guys gave us a couple compliments, so it was good for us."

Adrian Bowie: "[If Gary Williams got a mohawk], that would be crazy. No, he wasn't talking about it."

Sean Mosley: "[Williams] told me in practice, he was like 'Who's the next guy who's getting a Mohawk?' He said, 'Sean, you should get one, you'd probably look nice, because you've got a lot of hair.' "

Adrian Bowie: "I just told my barber I wanted a Mohawk, just go with it, and he just went. I like it. I like it a lot. I try to set myself apart from everybody else, so if my game can do that AND my hair can do it, that's a real good thing."

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 14, 2009; 9:25 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Well at least he didn't throw up on the court.

Posted by: Colm1 | February 14, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

“Yeah, it’s a joke, it’s a joke. It is just an absolute joke. It is disgusting that he could go through that with what he has built." -Seth Greenberg on the Post's series.

Pretty much sums it up. The Post lowered its standards this week in the worst kind of way. The slimiest coverage of a local icon this town may have ever seen. The Post should be absolutely ashamed and disgusted with itself, but instead these reporters will pat each other on the back and tell themselves it was outstanding journalism.

Thank you Steinberg for staying classy and never going negative just to increase your readership, even if your fellow colleagues couldn't help themselves.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

RE: mohawks

when did the terps become the wizards??

Posted by: Barno1 | February 15, 2009 12:23 AM | Report abuse

If by "going negative" you mean "discussing the poor performance of a team in some aspect or another," Steinberg's gone negative dozens of times, most notably in his weeks-long exploration last year of fan apathy about the Nationals.

Strangely, I think it's appropriate for sports reporters to discuss the potential causes of a team's poor performance.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 15, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Post series was fine journalism that covered all issues of the story. If you can blame the WaPo for anything, then blame it for being behind local sports radio which has hashed out most of the story in the last two weeks, albeit using the anecdotes of callers.

Vive le 4th Estate!

Posted by: rdpinva | February 15, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

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