Go Terps Go, onto the Super Regionals

Maryland beats UCLA early Tuesday morning. (From umterps.com)

Maryland beats UCLA early Tuesday morning. (From umterps.com)

I stayed up until 2 this morning, watching my Maryland Terrapins beat the UCLA Bruins on the baseball diamond in an NCAA Tournament elimination game on ESPNU.

My squad beat the defending national champion, the No. 1 team in the country right now, too, for the second time in three tries in a four-day stretch, out in LA LA land.

The Terps advance to the Super Regionals, representing the Big Ten against former Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia. Whomever wins that series down in Charlottesville advances to the College World Series in Omaha.

So four hours later, I can’t sleep. Life happens. I smell skunk outside the bedroom window of the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. P.U. Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle is inside, on the couch, I see. Phew. I’m still excited about last night.

I think about my days on campus, good days, and this Throwback story from last year, one of my favorites.

Enjoy.

We can't play pickup baseball on the Terps' field?.

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47 thoughts on “Go Terps Go, onto the Super Regionals

  1. No wonder we were chatting last night, Mark! The regionals have proven to be terrific and how about Maryland’s starter?! A true freshman who wasn’t a flame-thrower. Are you kidding me?! I was practically his mom by the time he left the field in the 7th inning! Goosebumps all around. I finally needed to go to sleep (I have a sick little one) but my oldest two stayed up and were beside themselves this morning with the news. Can.Not.Wait. for super-regionals!

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    • I should have known it was on in your college baseball-driven house, too, Angie McFly! We could have been chatting about it in real time! Missed opportunity. Yes, the wanted three innings out of the true freshman, and he was the star of the game. I love when that happens. And after you pooped out, our closer got a six-out save! After losing his gas in the ninth and putting the tying and winning runs on first and third, too. I’m glad the boys were rooting for my underdog Terps. Yes, the super regionals will be fantastic. I am so bad. What college is your son going to be playing for next season that we want him to have ELO Mr. Blue Sky as his walk-on song to the mound?

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      • Dang it! Next opportunity for sure πŸ˜€ Yes, I bowed out when the rookie left the mound and the closer struggled a bit. My sick kid needed me ❀ And thanks for asking about Aiden! http://www.ojc.edu/athletics/baseball/ Otero Junior College D1. He's the one middle, right, with the flow lol. In the fall 2014 he was with Yavapai Junior College which is nationally ranked, but as a freshman he wasn't going to get his innings there. He was recommended and Otero recruited him. Next year (sophomore), he's signed and on scholarship, whoop whoop! He's a late bloomer so he continues to improve where some of his peers have peaked. His goal is to do well enough to go D1 four year. Terps could work πŸ˜‰ PS: He cut the flow πŸ˜€

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      • Yeah, Angie McFly, No. 30 sured does look a lot like you and Devin. Good lucking kid, flow and all. I will be rooting for the Rattlers. I would love for him to go to my alma mater. Now that would really work for me, my friend, from Rattler to Terrapin. And College Park is not that far from your old Scranton stomping grounds, either. ❀

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      • Mark, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. At all! Isn’t it wonderful to dream BIG πŸ˜€ We’re enjoying this ride while it lasts. He has earned every inning – just so happy for him ❀

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      • Yes, it is fantastic that he is following his dream, and making good! I’m so happy for your family, my friend. (By the way, can you please fix the typos I made in my previous comment on ‘sured’ and ‘lucking’ if you could be so kind? I’m having a Captain Hook typing day. 😦

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      • I never even saw the typos, Mark, one of the perks of me being detail impaired! I would gladly edit them for you but they are on your turf. Correct me if I’m wrong about that.

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  2. We’re as excited as you are, down here in Hoo’ville! Super Regionals tickets have been ordered … my Friday afternoon has been cleared of appointments … and we’ll be at the games. Good luck to your Terps, but I’ll, of course, be cheering on the other side for Virginia and a replay of last season’s Super Regionals. It was sure nice to see some scrappy three-seed East Coast teams so easily handle their California opponents this past weekend, wasn’t it? πŸ™‚

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    • It sure was, TBB. I was bummed that they rematched us up again this year, actually. Don’t we both deserved the chance to advance to Omaha? Good luck this weekend, former ACC rival. πŸ™‚

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    • Relation, without spilling the identities, my friend? Very cool. My blood always runs red. Can’t get the Terps out of my soul since my College Park years. My title of this post hearkens back to the bumper stickers that were everywhere back then. Go Terps Go!

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      • A college buddy’s nephew, but Terp DNA is in all of us. I haven’t been able to make it, but the games have been a good excuse for the old folks to hang at Bentley’s. πŸ™‚

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      • Fun fun fun, Hippie. I hope you get a change to hang for one of the games at Bentley’s for the superregionals against the hated Wahoos. I say let’s bring back the Vous for the series. The heck with that prettied-up new version. πŸ™‚ Sticky floors and that wooden Heineken shoe behind the square bar in the middle of the floor that I know I signed back in 1979.

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      • One of my friends broke her ankle dancing on a table at the Vous. Well, it wasn’t so much the dancing as the falling. After it healed, she broke it again dancing on the roof at a frat party. Good times.

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      • Ouch and ouch again. Was her name Grace? I was forever wiping out down the stairs to the bathroom in the Vous in my flip-flops. My Terp years in the summer months were my introduction to those damn things and I was a real novice. I never fell off a roof, though, probably because I never was in a frat.

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  3. it’s so fun to root for the college teams, isn’t it? mg and i have been watching the women’s world series in ok city, and the wolverines have just one more game! fingers crossed for both of us )

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