Good evening all.
My name is Mike, and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be joining Chas as a writer here at Pitt Blather. I’ve spent many years here, first as a casual reader and in more recent years as an active poster. You guys are a vital part of this great community, and I look forward to continuing the standard of excellence that the Blather has come to know.
As always, I will remain active in the comments section. Ultimately, the backbone of this site is the tremendous dialogue, and I wouldn’t give that part up for anything. If you like what I have to say, that’s great; if you don’t like what I have to say, that’s great, too.
Now, with introductions out of the way…
Maryland’s home court, The Comcast Center, is generally considered one of the toughest places for away opponents to visit. And with good reason: Terp fans are considered some of the nation’s most diehard, and their home game antics are ordinarily pretty devastating towards their opposition. They’re loud, relentless, and often, downright insensitive. With that said, there’s something’s different about this year’s brand of Terp fan.
A large part of the Maryland contingent seems to have already thrown in the white flag:
“Terps vs team without one of its best players. Definitely taking Pitt by 15.”
“82-69 Pitt [i]n a very similar game to the one that was in Pittsburgh—except being at home holds off the Pittsburgh run until midway through the second half.”
“Given previous experience against top rated teams and obvious coaching deficiency I think it will look more like 90-55 PITT. Just can’t see us getting over 30% from the floor and with the defense we offer it looks like Pitt will get to the rack at will. A change is gonna come.”
Others are somewhat more hopeful, playing up the idea that with Duke lurking in the distance, Pitt will regret looking past Maryland:
“They have Duke 2 days after us. Given they annihilated us last game out it could well be a trap game for them.”
Still, there are Maryland fans that seem very much alike ourselves when we’ve been faced with similarly depressing athletic circumstances:
“I’m just going to get drunk tomorrow and just pray to god that when I sober up on Sunday my TV is still in one piece. I’ll consider that a win.”
Pitt hasn’t played the Terps at their place since January 12, 1980 in a seven point loss. Selfishly, one might hope that the feistiest of Maryland fans come out for the game. It would be a shame not to experience that type of away environment, especially for our younger players, and especially with the Terps headed to the B1G. At the time of writing, the spread sits at Pitt favored by 3.5. So, perhaps there’s reason to think that the Comcast Center has got a few more punches to throw before it exits the conference.