Winning Ugly and Enjoying the Weekend…
Our good friends and former next door neighbors made the trip down to Peachtree City to watch my Maryland Terrapins go up 21-3 on Georgia Tech late in the second quarter. GT closed the gap on a Maryland fumble before the half making it 21-10 as the teams made their way to the locker room. In the second half, the Tech defense that we saw destroy Clemson last weekend showed up and kept the Terps from doing much of anything offensively and it looked like they were going to rain on Maryland’s parade. In the end, Fridge’s boys held out and with a few bad play calls and penalties on GT’s part, the Yellow Jackets had a chance to win with a 52 yard field goal by always on Travis Bell that luckily, for this author at least, sailed just a hair wide right. The loss crushes GT’s hopes for an ACC championship game repeat, but you never know. Are the Terps for real? I’m not ready to answer yes to that just yet, but Terrapin QB Sophomore Napoleon Dynamite shows promise for the future.
We watched a bunch of other games in high definition and were completely bummed that the Army vs Tulane game could not be had on ESPN’s Game Day Plan. My dad kept us up to date with laptop reports of Army stinking up the joint. Late in the fourth quarter, and after MANY drinks, my father contacted some good friends who were in attendance at West Point’s Michie Stadium. They had already retired to the “A" Room of the Kimsey Center and were watching the debacle through the large windows overlooking Blaik Field. “It’s awful Dave. This is the worst of the worst I’m looking at here” was what our man on the scene reported. As my dad hung up he said to his friend, “Well, see you in a week or so…”, to which his friend replied, “What? Oh yeah, Army vs Georgia Tech, OH GOD, WE’RE GOING TO GET KILLED!”
With only a couple of minutes remaining, Tulane up by ten, house full of exhausted kids, and the hour getting late, everybody called it a night and went home. Cathy and I retired up stairs and after brushing teeth etc… climbed into bed. I flipped on the TV to catch the end of the LSU vs Florida barn burner we’d left downstairs. As we both buried our noses into books, Cathy happened to look up at the screen and shouted, “ARMY WON!” As I called my dad to break the news I discovered his phone to be busy. I called his cell and he was getting the news from an old friend. WOW! Army is 3-3 on the season, winning in OT after a Hail Mary reception at the last second to force overtime. The first time Army has been .500 on the season since the early 1990’s. Being .500 would have fans of most teams looking forward to basketball season, but for Army who owns the worst W/L record in NCAA Div. 1A history (0-13), it's the equivalent of being ranked in the top 10. Hell, maybe they’ll actually score a touchdown against Georgia Tech when they’re here in two weeks.
Oh yeah, Penn State won too.