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Bieber Fever, Patrick Stevens and 16-topping pizzas at Maryland

Here is the deal: You get two free toppings on your Papa John’s pizza for every Maryland touchdown. The Terrapins scored a whopping eight touchdowns on Saturday against Morgan State, so that meant 16 free toppings on one pie. Longtime Maryland scribe Patrick Stevens decided to order one of these monstrosities the other day while reporters hung out at the student center before practice. Delivered to the Gossett Team House, the delivery guy must have had a police escort through traffic because he arrived 20 minutes early. “I was told to get this here fast,” the guy told Stevens. The pizza joint obviously thought it was going to the football team/coaches instead of a bunch of sportswriters curious to see what this thing looked like. The $12.59 pie was pretty tasty, even though I could have done without a few of the 16 toppings, like “three-cheese blend.”

On the subject of Stevens, he will be in Morgantown on Saturday. And, with the help of donations from fans, he plans on taking his blog show on the road with the Terrapins the rest of the season. Stevens covered 60 consecutive Maryland games for the Washington Times before this season and before the newspaper abolished its sports section. Now Stevens is asking his loyal fan base to help him continue his coverage. Stevens is many things: Blessed with an encyclopedic knowledge of college sports, a self-admitted quirky, neurotic persona and hybrid Bieber Fever hair, Stevens has been a one-of-a-kind institution at his alma mater for most of the past decade. Aptly described by The New York Times as the “esteemed bracket mad scientist,” Stevens’s quantitative analysis stands alone. No one has ever done it better in my book.

Check out his donations page to help him do what he loves to do more than anything else: cover area college sports seven days a week. One fan had already donated $200 in the first 24 hours. This creates interesting possibilities. First off, he will now have a responsibility to cover exactly what area teams and issues his donors want covered, regardless of news value or relevance. So if you are a die-hard fan of, say, Morgan State football and want your very own personal tweeting, blogging, feature-writing beat writer, grab the wallet and, for the right price, a hard-working reporter will travel and give you just that.

By Eric Prisbell  |  September 16, 2010; 9:01 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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