In case you haven’t heard, Maryland football is now the No. 21 team in the country, per the AP Top 25.
The last time the Terps were ranked this high was on November 12, 2006. They went 9-4 that year, capping the season with a 34-7 victory over Purdue in the Champs Sports Bowl.
That was 13 years ago. A lot has changed since then, to say the least. Let’s take a glimpse at what the world looked like the last time Maryland football was ranked No. 21.
The first iPhone hadn’t been released
If you wanted to find out about the Terps being ranked, you wouldn’t have been able to do so on your phone. The iPhone — the first smartphone — wasn’t released until June 29, 2007, so you could either read about Maryland taking the No. 21 spot in the newspaper or on a website via your computer.
So it’s fair to say there’s likely more excitement now than when the team was ranked this high in 2006, as the news can spread a lot faster with the technology and social media of 2019.
Testudo Times didn't exist
The last time the Terps were this high in the Top 25, you wouldn’t have been able to read about it on Testudo Times, as the publication hadn't been founded yet.
The website was launched on June 14, 2008, with Ben Broman as the founder and managing editor. Back then, Testudo Times wasn’t an objective Maryland athletics news source as it is today, but rather a fan blog.
While Testudo Times wasn't born, I was 8 years old at the time. Cody Wilcox was 9 years old and Sean Montiel was a mere 7 years old. Wow, that feels like a lifetime ago.
George W. Bush was president
Yes, the last time Maryland was ranked this high was a whole two presidents ago.
Back then, there hadn’t been an African-American president yet and less than 80 women served in Congress.
One of the biggest political issues at the time was raising the minimum wage, which was a measly $5.15 an hour.
Your main way to get home without a car was a taxi
Out with friends for the night and looking for a way home? Well, you couldn’t call an Uber or Lyft to do the trick.
With Uber not founded until March 2009 and Lyft created in June 2012, your option in 2006 was to either stumble onto the streets hoping a taxi would pass by, or call one up yourself.
That had to make getting home from Maryland football games a bit more more difficult too.
You could actually play as the No. 21 Terps
Back in 2006, you had the option play as the Terps in the NCAA Football video game. Your gaming consoles to choose between were the PSP, PS2, Xbox and Xbox 360.
NCAA Football ‘07 was released in July of that year, with USC’s Reggie Bush on the cover (developers had to wait until after the athlete graduated). The best team in the game was Ohio State, followed by Texas and Notre Dame.
Former head coach Ralph Friedgen might have been spotted on the sideline, as the game was based on the 2005 season. The Terps were 5-6 that season though, so they wouldn’t be the best to play with.
Also in gaming news, Nintendo had just released the Wii in November 2006, and the new system was all the craze.