End Zone Makeover
30 minutes until kickoff. Little traffic drive here this morning. Cal's FG kicker was banging them through from about 50 yards in warm-ups. Chris Turner looked pretty accurate in warm-ups. Here's the deal on the end zone, straight from Maryland's game notes:
"The end zones prominently feature the state flag of Maryland. It is the first known instance of the use of a state flag in an end zone in the country. The change -- previously the words "Maryland" and "Terrapins" were painted in the end zone -- was prompted by two factors:
1) Increasing fan requests. Marylanders have always been fiercely proud of the state flag, and have asked for years to use it in the end zone.
2) Show of state pride. Like head coach Ralph Friedgen's new tradition of carrying the Maryland flag onto the field during team introductions, the new end zone graphics represent an effort to instill a sense of pride in the state and the state's flagship campus to recruits, fans and supporters"
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