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ESPN’s Maryland ‘Ninja Terrapins’ graphic was just weird

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Midway through the first half of Maryland basketball’s 84-76 win over Iowa, ESPN unveiled this graphic:

This thing is weird for a couple reasons.

First, Damonte Dodd isn’t in it even though he’s clearly Maryland’s starting center.

Second, Melo Trimble is “Shredder,” who is apparently a bad guy. This doesn’t make sense, because Melo Trimble does good things for the “Ninja Terrapins” in this scenario. So this means Cowan, Huerter, Jackson and Bender were all teaming up to fight Trimble? Why am I even debating this?

[Update: turns out I was wildly misinformed on my Ninja Turtles history. Trimble is actually “Splinter,” who was their leader. My apologies.]

I offer this explanation from one dedicated fan:


In other news

Maryland women’s basketball beat Michigan by a lower-than-usual 13 points. We are spoiled.

Kiah Gillespie was Maryland’s engine.

Mel Kiper’s mock draft has DeShaun Watson and Mitch Trubisky in his top 10.

Kentucky is winning by going small, writes Ricky O’Donnell.

Carmelo Anthony air balled this layup and I laughed.