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November 19, 2012 by terpfan1980
I keed, I keed... I know where it is, even though I've never seen a reason to tune into the BigTen network on my TV before now.  Now though, now that the Terrapins of the University of Maryland will apparently be moving to the BigTen network (which will wind up, at least temporarily, at 14 teams), well, now I need to figure out how to find my favored team playing their games on my TV.

Apparently the gods at Verizon FiOS that determined which channels needed to be offered in my area w...
July 8, 2011 by terpfan1980
Headline is linked:

Man dies after falling out of stands at Rangers gameReally tragic story.

I'm sure there will be some kneejerk reactions to it all, but it just seemed to be a tragic accident and as pointed out in the article, thousands of games have been played and attended over the years without these things happening.

Still, my heart goes out to the family and to the persons and players in attendance at the game as what they witnessed had to be horribly impactful.
June 24, 2011 by terpfan1980
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, who had just managed the team back to 1 game over the .500 mark, surprisingly quit on the team over what he deemed was a lack of respect in (the team's/General Manager's) not agreeing to hold talks about a contract extension/pick-up of the option on his existing contract.

Original news announcements about the issue made it seem that he quit because he wasn't offered an extension.  News conference footage, straight from the man's...
June 22, 2011 by terpfan1980
Some years back a co-worker and I were arguing about whether or not it made financial sense for the District of Columbia to spend the kind of money it would take to build a stadium for the baseball team that would be moving or had moved there.  The co-worker hated the idea of any tax money, or any public money really, going to the rich owners of the baseball team.  I argued that the money that was being spent on the stadium would result in a very nice revenue stream that would eventual...
September 20, 2010 by terpfan1980
I knew going into the weekend that this past weekend wasn't likely going to produce the results I wanted from either of my favored teams.  The Terrapins were going up against the Mountaineers and that's not been a good match-up for them historically.  This year wasn't really any different as the Terps proceeded to let themselves basically be pushed all around the field.  They did score some points, so perhaps it wasn't an embarassment, but West Virginia could have (seemingly) scor...
January 4, 2008 by terpfan1980
You know, the first few times something happens it's new, different, exciting, etc., but over time you get tired of seeing the same things done over, and over, and over again.  Especially when those things are fairly stupid celebrations.  Celebrations like the Gatorade(tm) or (rm) (or whatever stupid mark is needed) 'bath' or 'shower' that players and teams provide to their coaches.

The biggest hassle with those celebrations is that you have coaches that are getting doused with ice ...
November 17, 2007 by terpfan1980
I got the seat assignment information for the new Nationals Park stadium in yesterday's mail and was pleasantly surprised that it looked like my seats in the new park will be about where I was hoping they'd be and about where I had requested that they'd be.

I still have concerns about where the sun will be for day games and evening games, and hope that I won't be cooked to a sunburned crisp by attending games at the park, but until I've been able to see the new park from inside for both day a...
October 7, 2007 by terpfan1980
It seems so simple to me, but I guess the architects and engineers just can't figure it out, or they must be a lot smarter than I am.

Curious what I'm referring to?  Stadiums.  Football, baseball, etc.  Places you go to watch sporting events at.

I can't figure out why stadium designers lay the stadiums out with such disregard for the people that will be in the stands, and with such disregard to the vendors that might service the fans sitting in those stands.

Still can't f...
August 19, 2007 by terpfan1980
While I'm sure that Dr. Guy and other Mets fans enjoyed the results of the game last evening (August 18, 2007) against my beloved Nationals, there were enough questionable calls made in that game to remind me of the news that followed the breaking news story about disgraced NBA referee Tim Donagy and the problems that MLB was having in getting the Umpires to cooperate on allowing background checks on all Umpires in the game.

Like most things labor related, at least when it comes to profession...
May 19, 2007 by terpfan1980
In what should be one of the highlights of their season and their attendance numbers in their final year at RFK stadium the Washington Nationals are having difficulties selling tickets for their match-up against nearby rivals the Baltimore Orioles.

Now the series against the Orioles is just one example of depressed attendance at RFK, but it is one that I think very obviously points out where some of the attendance problems are coming from.

First, the team is bereft of stars.  They los...
May 9, 2007 by terpfan1980
See: Schilling apologizes for Bonds comments

Apparently Curt Schilling is taking back the words (make that the TRUTHS) he spoke about Barry Bonds.

My thoughts on Schilling's back pedalling: WUSS.

That's about the only printable words I could use here. The real words are much harsher and well deserved. Schilling said what he should have originally, and spoke the truth. After the fact he's now back pedalling and trying to say it was a mistake. My left nut.
April 25, 2007 by terpfan1980
As a child, I was raised an Orioles fan.  My grandparents, my parents, etc., all cheered for the Orioles.  They all had relatives that lived in the Baltimore suburbs, or even in Baltimore proper, so to them, the Orioles were *the* home team to cheer for.

There was also the issue of the fact that D.C., after the riots that followed the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., was not seen as a friendly place to take children, and families, and eventually there was the loss of the team in D....
April 15, 2007 by terpfan1980
I've been told (at times) that I'm a fairly good writer, that I communicate well, and thanks to being somewhat proficient as a typist, am able to use written communication to convey my thoughts fairly well.  I don't say that here to pat myself on the back though, instead I'm gonna be humble and say that I really wish I was more gifted in the area of written communication.

Gideon put up an article on the subject that I wish I had the words to write on: Robinson's Ghost Reminds us Baseball...
March 31, 2007 by terpfan1980
I'm still not a Georgetown fan, and I did expect they'd probably lose tonite, but on the bright side the loss will keep things fairly mellow in D.C., especially in the Georgetown area of town.  If the team had won and made it to the NCAA Mens Basketball Championship game then fans and others in the area might have found an excuse for causing trouble in town as part of their celebration.

Georgetown fans may be disappointed in the loss, but they had a good season, made it farther than many...
March 21, 2007 by terpfan1980
So the Redskins have traded away Adam Archuleta.  Shipping him off to da Bears where he's to be reuinited with his former coach, Lovie Smith.

Good riddance!  Don't let the door hit you...  And hey, how about sending back about 90% of the bonus money you took for doing NOTHING to help the Redskins last season.

What a completely worthless free agent signing.  Utterly and completely useless.

(I guess there may have been some good to come of it, perhaps the Redskins will...