This move to the Big Ten for my Maryland Terps is serious stuff.
We ran all over the Indiana Hoosiers in our first game ever in the new conference. At their place, yet. It made me very, very happy.
And then Ohio State came to College Park and made Byrd Stadium Buckeyeville.
After a bye week, Maryland plays host to the Iowa Hawkeyes at noon Saturday to either go over .500 in the Big Ten or put me in my first new league funk of my life.
Here’s what I know about Iowa: My blogging friend from Nashville, Cowboys and Crossbones, is a devoted alumnus who posts about her Saturday Hawkeyes tailgate and mini-manse parties regularly. Weekly, just about. She’s posted great photos from trips back to see games back at the stadium. She’s posted pictures of she and her family taking part in Saturday game time traditions in Nashville, too.
And now she’s gone and done it, calling my squad the T(w)erps in her regretably fun and funny companion pinky swear post today. Dagnabit. Stinkin’ Pigeoneyes are gonna fall, I say. Here’s the link to her post.
OK now back to reason and the more traditional Iowa details to satisfy the sports readers among you: The Hawkeyes are 5-1 overall, 2-0 in the Big Ten and in first place in the conference’s western division after drubbing Indiana 45-29 last week. Their other league win came over weak sister Purdue, 24-10. Their loss was to bitter intrastate rival Iowa State, 20-17.
To refresh your memories on my alma mater, Maryland beat my hometown squad Syracuse 34-20, defeated common foe Indiana 37-15, and was outclassed by Ohio State by the count of 52-24. The other defeat was a heart-wrenching loss to border rival West Virginia, 40-37 on a last-play, 47-yard field goal.
So of course I had to suggest a pinky swear bet over the Interwebs with my Nashville pal CBXB.
Loser has to run the winner’s photo while enjoying watching the game Saturday. The settle-up will come sometime next week, blogger’s.
The game will be on ESPN2. I have been practicing my best smiles.
Go Terps Go.
FYI, Maryland plays at Michigan on Nov. 22. Yes, that’s the alma mater of my good blogging friend Beth of Ann Arbor … with whom I’ve already tussled with for the eight-game Syracuse Chiefs vs. Toledo Mud Hens Triple-A big baseball wager this past International League season.
So stay tuned for further shenanigans. This move to the Big Ten sure has brought interesting wrinkles.
Here’s the link to Beth’s awesome post after she lost our baseball wager.
Do you follow any teams passionately enough to make a wager with a fellow blogger, and if so, are you ready to call somebody out right here and now? What would you wager on a bloggers’ bet? What are your favorite tailgate party food and beverages?
Here’s the source for the Maryland football jersey photo.
Here’s the source for the two CBXB photos.