Let me pose a question for you, the B1G fanbase. If Purdue were to get a new coach and suddenly win four games against a powder puff, two cupcakes, and a drunk, would you doff your cap and bow low?
Me neither. In fact, if a Boilermaker got chippy, I’d tell him to stuff his Purdue Harbor up his coal chute.
Last week I found myself inundated by all sorts of turtle puffery. The smell of Old Bay scented Axe Body Spray seemed to leak from every article about the upcoming Penn State game. D.J. Durkin this, undefeated that…but I kept thinking, isn’t this Maryland?
What am I missing?
And even among the "writers", ten of them picked Maryland and only seven picked Penn State. That’s crazy talk, right? I mean, Maryland? I know Penn State is down… I know we lost to Indiana two years ago, Temple last year, but Maryland?
Dude. Come on.
We have a long, long history with Maryland, back to 1917. I think that's one of the reasons they are in the B1G now. But it's not a good history. It's a debacle. And I know, history doesn't mean much in college football, because things change so often.
And yet Maryland has been so historically bad, that if we played 100 games, they would not lose 8 games. Those aren't wins...those are just not losses. That's how the history shakes out. And yet, somehow I'm supposed to get up for these games?
But I'm old, so I know the history. Many of you aren't, so you do what you know. But seriousl Terps fans…holy hell. I cherry picked some quotes, but there were some doozies:
The reason this game feels different than the others
Or how about this poor bastard:
I'm one of those older alums
Penn State is leading the Big Ten in making excuses
Yes, the game has changed since the Penn State glory days. Two things have not changed – (i) you need a good coach to win and (ii) getting quality guys is not enough, developing quality guys is necessary. Penn State is missing out on both of those points.
Sucks when you talk that much and then get your asses kicked. And make no mistake, you guys got trucked.We are bad this year. Our defense IS a seive. Our O-line sucks again...and yet we beat the tar out of you guys.
I don't care what the line was. I don't care that it moved in your favor. If you think that was because the bookies thought Maryland would win, then you don't understand how lines work.
With that effort, all this trash talk is just a bad look.
Here's the deal, as a Penn State fan, I love good football. I love the tailgating and the camaraderie. And if you come out with me on a football weekend, I'll show you a good time. You be cool, I'll be cool. We've done it a million times, with lots of different fan bases.
But I know that's not how most ACC basketball bullshit works. I've been to Cameron and Chapel Hill.
You guys get your jollies from ripping other team's players, crossing every line possible. That's your fun. That's not my deal. I like to see a good football game and drink some beer.
You guys don't understand the good football bit yet. I'm a bit longer in the tooth than most of you, so I'll give you a little history. Your poor sportsmanship bullshit win two years ago? That was the second time Maryland has ever beaten Penn State.
THE SECOND TIME.
And we've played off an on for nearly 100 years, for crying out loud. So if you are burning for respect, put a decent team on the field. Don't spend so much time playing dress-up for god's sake.