So this morning I woke up not to the sound of John Lennon singing Happy Xmas, but to the sound of my kids caterwauling along to Yoko Ono singing the chorus at the top of their lungs. Lets hope its a good one, without any fear then, and hopefully many of you will be singing along with Yoko at the end of the day.
Yoko was one that was highly criticized, but she was the love of maybe the most magnetic celebrity of the 20th century. Was she beautiful? No not in the classical sense, maybe drinkably pretty at most and in her prime. But she was THE LOVE of the man who sang All You Need is Love and the one he begged for and spent the rest of his life with after the Lost Weekend (still waiting for Hollywood to make a movie about the Lost Weekend). True Love does not care about how you look, it cares about how it wants to see you, and how it makes you feel, and how you see it.
Is it love or obsession when it comes to the Terps? Both really, but the love part of it can't be understated. Maybe we love because we went to MD and the BB team and FB team or other sports there help us with our sense of ourselves. Maybe because we grew up in the area. Maybe because during the finest hour of MD athletics, when the school had multiple Nobel Laureates, we had one kid who had overcome an unimaginably shitty hand dealt to him by life to lead the team from its biggest disappointment to its greatest shining moment and we want to think that we too, can overcome odds through perseverance and similarly do something memorable. It does not matter. When they lose, we fell like shit. When they win, we are unstoppable. It is this common love that we share, and regardless of results, obsess on as if it really was a panacea for the world.
I first came to this site because I love the Terps, I stayed because I genuinely like the community of folks who (no matter how THEY define it) share a similar love for the same programs I do. Ben, Ben & Dave created and nurtured a wonderfully civil community so a hat tip to them for making it sustainable even after they exited. The new set of writers and mods have taken it to a new level in terms of content and discourse. I will not name anyone in particular because I don't want to exclude the many folks who are part of the community. And to further that point, the posters make the site every bit as much as the talented and committed writers and responsible moderators. I wanted to thank all of you for that and extend seasons greetings. I'll stick with the Xmas messaging because my family does celebrate it in the commercial sense (for example, watching a two hour Disney commercial masquerading as a parade as a family while we all make fun of how crappy all of the lip syncers are) so hope those of you who don't celebrate Xmas don't take offense and assume I said "Happy whatever holiday it is you celebrate" to you. Regardless to everyone in the community, Happy New Year.
Lets hope its a good one, without any fear.