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If it's snowing, the Terps must be traveling

Maryland Coach Gary Williams sat down today to chat with reporters in advance of tomorrow night's game at Florida State and opened with this little quip:

"Well, it’s time to go on the road again, so it’s time for snow," he said. "That’s the way it’s been this year. But it’s good. I think some of our players were feeling bad about the Clemson trip because it was a long time to get to BWI, then you got to get the ice (cleared out) and all that stuff. I was telling my Big Ten experiences. When you go to Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, you see snow on every trip. There’s always some part of the trip that gets in the way, so I told them not to feel sorry for themselves. But they looked at me like, 'Yeah, but that was 22 years ago.' See, our guys think it’s not supposed to snow because they’re big Al Gore fans and they heard all about global warming, and they can’t believe it’s snowing like it is."

And with that, we were off. Williams touched on an array of topics, many of which will be discussed here in the next 24 hours leading up to Thursday night's tip-off, but not much in the way of hard news came out of today's media availability.

To tide you over until tomorrow morning, here were Williams's thought's on Florida State sophomore center Solomon Alabi, who was limited by foul trouble during the first half of Maryland's nine-point victory in College Park on Jan. 10 but came back to provide the Seminoles a physical post presence in the second half:

"He’s just one of those people that I’m really interested in watching him play five years from now to see where he is as a player because he’s got the body that he can put on 50 pounds and still be a great athlete with that type of length," Williams said of the 7-foot-1, 251-pound Alabi. "His footwork is very good right now. I think that comes from playing soccer when he was younger. He’s a much better shooter, you look at his free throws, and he’s a much better shooter than people give him credit for. It’s not just ticky-tack dunks and things like that; it’s the ability to make shots that makes him so tough."

Alabi is averaging 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He also has registered 54 blocks and is shooting 58.8 percent from the field. For the Terrapins, making a concerted effort to get Alabi into early foul trouble again might not be a bad idea.

By Steve Yanda  |  February 3, 2010; 3:32 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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"See, our guys think it’s not supposed to snow because they’re big Al Gore fans and they heard all about global warming, and they can’t believe it’s snowing like it is."

Haaaaa! Just one more reason to love Gary, he mocks the Al Gore Global Warming cult.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Barno get back to watching Hannity, Beck, and O'Reilly and rubbing out load after load to their "factual" programs.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 3, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love Barno bring up politics. Gotta love the fact that he'd rather bring up the semantics over climate change.

Just go back to surfing your kind of porn which is anything Krauthammer or Will write.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Poopy can you explain again why exactly you are so obsessed with Barno1? You respond to EVERYTHING he writes. Yet I don't see him responding to you, so I guess he's ignoring you. So what's gives?

Personally, I think you need to relax and take a chill pill, and realize there are bigger fish to fry in this world than trying to antagonize someone all the time on the Internet.

Posted by: One4dizzy | February 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse


With all due respect, if you and your wife think Poopy-O's Exec is funny, then you all must look at a snowy TV screen and pee your pants with laughter.

The dude is flat out not funny.

-Annoying? Yes.
-A hater of his supposed alma mater? Yes.
-An Internet stalker of Barno? Could be.
-Funny? No.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 3, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Section -

Agree to disagree on this. Poopy AND Barno seem to attack each other at every opportunity and BOTH have mastered the cut and paste of previous posts - although in my opinion Barno is better at it and I have seen him do it amazingly quickly. Poopy is clearly a MD fan who happens to not like GW and is exceptionally critical of RF. A hater of the Terps - definitely not. I don't get involved much with the back and forth, but there have been times where both have been hysterically funny. I more appreciate Poopy's humor when directed at the University itself and the teams/coaches versus attacking Barno. That said, I have seen way too many people go after Poopy for stating things that folks don't want to hear. The countback on the recruiting class was priceless. In terms of stalking Barno, I've seen it occur in both directions. They are worthy foils of one another and the banter is entertaining. Both are insightful, they just have different approaches to their fandom. Since I am a big proponent of freewill, freedom of speech and of open humor, I find them both wrong and both right at times. And since the Terps are the team I care most about, I look forward to their thoughts every day - moreso than the TI insights.

Propoganda machines always try to influence us into thinking all issues are either black and white. The intelligent realize that everything in life is a shade of gray. Its sports, and sports are supposed to be fun.

That said, our family finds a snowy TV screen far funnier when its turned to Comedy Central than to CNN.

The funny thing is, if we were all to meet in person, we'd probably get along just fine (if we didn't know each others screen names). I actually checked out barno at one point when he posted his seat location on this board and invited someone (not me) to come look for him for a fight. But at the time I thought he was closer to 50 and the guys I saw in that section were all closer to 25 so I did not introduce myself.

Look I work with a Tar Heel and Blue Devil who continually snark at each other and after bball games make it a point to aviod each other for a day or two until the emotions die down a little. Both are talented in pointing out the evils of the other program at every opportunity. Both were rooting for MD with me at Bentleys during the NC. Neither is wrong, neither is right (except for when the jumped on the Terps bandwagon in March 2002).

Warm regards to all -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 3, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, take that section240349203840238432.

Hugh laying the smack down!

However I would like to clarify, it's not that I dislike either Gary-The-God or sub-.500 Fridge, it's just that I feel they haven't lived up to expectations. Expectations that they themselves helped to establish and expectations that I have of UMD athletics.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 3, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse


And you are entitled to your opinion. Except for when GW inherited the program, I never saw a bball team from MD that truly sucked. The timeline eludes me but I think it coincided with his first three years (that the team truly sucked). Bob Wade took them to a sweet 16 and Lefty had won pretty much the entire time that I was aware of bball (ealy 70s as a kid watching Lucas, McMillen et al). Otherwise, the teams have always been pretty good, and a lot of lamenting about what could have been had been our story - until march 2002. All of the disappointments - David Thompson and Burleson of NC State, the Albert King & Buck Williams teams falling short, and the Bias & Branch team getting bounced by Villanova (Bias' senior year team was not nearly as talented, his junior year team had Ben Coleman, Herman Veal, Jeff adkins, baxter as well as Branch). Instead we had single games to point to - the early 70s win over South Carolina (slow ball), the Branch will always be a god game (40+ points in handing the Jordan-Worthy-Perkins-Hale-Dougherty team their only loss that season), other upsets of Duke, UNC and such. And then there was the biggest disappointment of all - the choke against Duke in the FF in 2001. And it was a choke. We were 22 points ahead.

Thank gods for Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, Steve Blake, Chris Wilcox, Byron Mouton, Tahj Holden, Drew Nicholas and Ryan Randle.
And I will always be a fan of McCall, Badu Grinnon and Collins as well b/c in all seriousness, I never thought I would see MD win a NC...ever. Especially after the FF loss from the year earlier (and the replacing of Morris, Mardesich and Danny Miller with Randle). It was a dream come true - especially beating the Kansas all-star team and the Connecticut all-world team on the way to the NC.

So it comes to expectations - I don't expect the NC every year and I am not certain I will see another one in this lifetime. However, I would expect them to make the tournament almost every year. Since the team has been off probation, they've only missed it a few times, albeit relatively recently. I would also like to see them advance further...for years it seemed that the bowed out at the sweet 16 at best (prior to 2001). However, the bubble sucks and the NIT sucks worse.

Would love to see th program elevate itself to the level of UNC or Duke without compromising integrity like KY or UConn. I've always compared the program to Syracuse - a couple of FFs in the 80s and a NC this decade with a lot of Sweet 16s along the way and a few years in the NIT. Look how badly Florida has fallen from b2b NCs.

So GW has lived up to my expectations thus far. For the years we did not make the dance, there were discrete causes which barno has listed in the past. But you are correct in that we have never had that PHENOMENAL recruiting class which programs like Kansas and UNC seem to get every year.

RF and the football program are a whole different story.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 3, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

"See, our guys think it’s not supposed to snow because they’re big Al Gore fans and they heard all about global warming, and they can’t believe it’s snowing like it is." GW

I know he's kidding because the very idea that the Maryland players have any idea of who Al Gore is is a joke itself, much less being "big fans" of Al Gore.

That is not a political comment and I won't waste everyone's time with politics on this site. I come here to get away from politics. In that regard, HGR is right on target with his comments.

Posted by: petecard | February 4, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I know he's kidding because the very idea that the Maryland players have any idea of who Al Gore is is a joke itself

Posted by: petecard | February 4, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Ah there you go again Petecard, the world's greatest fan, attacking the intelligence of his favorite team's players. I'm sure Bowie and Hayes are total buffoons right, just because they happen to play basketball at an elite level?

We can't all be geniuses like you Petey.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

That's atleast 2 times in the past week that Barno's ruined the blog for everyone.

Hey barno-boy, how bout you, like other suggest, check your politics at the door.

Most people enjoy separating sports and politics. This is atleast the 2nd time this week you've brought politics into sports blogs.

What a total moron.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 4, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Gary's line about Al Gore was funny. I don't think he meant it to politicize, though if I had to guess Gary strikes me as a conservative.

Regardless, it was funny.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 4, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Gary's comment was really funny, and it was obviously a political comment though maybe a subtle one.

Posted by: mikegt67 | February 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Gary is definitely a conservative. Whether you want to classify his comment as "political" or not, it doesn't matter...he was obviously mocking Al Gore which is always a good thing. And it was pretty funny.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh by the way, have you noticed all the fake barnos disappeared completely the moment I called a certain stalker out on it.

Hmmmm....i WONDER who it was????

What. A. Loser.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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