This has been tough year for Terp Nation. Through it all though I feel like we can see the sun through the clouds. As a misplaced UMD fan ( I live in Hampton Roads ) I constantly encounter fans of other schools. I tend to respect all fan bases except for the plastic UK, Duke, UNC fans that are out there. I just feel that no one matches the love we have for our Terps.
So I am wondering to what extent have you gone to defend Terp Nation from some know nothing fan from another fan base?
Here is my story. I Joined the Navy in 2001. Stevie Francis had just finished dunking all over the ACC and you couldn't tell me anything. I was in boot camp when Maryland made their first Final Four run. One of my Drill Instructors was a huge and lame Duke fan. I knew exactly what Maryland was doing in the Tourney thanks to my Dad (where I got my fandom from, Thanks DAD!) always sending me news clippings.
So right before tip he comes out and ask the divison if there were any UMD fans. I was the only one to raise my hand out of a 110+ men even though at least 5 of us were from the DMV. He wouldn't let me watch the TV but I could tell by his reactions that we were killing them. He comes out at half tells me we were up by 15 or so but that Duke was going to come back. I was talking mad stuff by that point even though I was truly scared of him. Drill Instructors are God in boot camp but I didn't care this is MARYLAND and he was just any old lame Dukie fan.
Well I bet him a 1000 push ups that Maryland would win that game. You all know what happaned and I stay up all night doing push ups. Didn't care at all though I was still so proud of my team making it to the Final Four. Plus I knew that Dixon,Blake, and Baxter were just juniors.
Needless to say I celebrated like crazy in some no name overseas bar while I watched us win the Natty.
Wow it felt great to write all that. Sometimes I forget the huge joys this team has brought me through the years. I will always keep the faith. Turgeon is going to have us on top once again.