Big football; big news in DC!

In an unlikely battle of rookie QBs, the Skins had their way with a very lackluster Philadelphia Eagles squad headed up by quarterback Nick Foles who was starting his first NFL game.  The rookie was no match for RG3

RG3 in his best game yet.

who played his best game as a pro, and shredded the Eagles on 14 of 15 passing for 200 yards and four touchdowns.  Griffin threw in 84 yards rushing on 12 attempts and continually made plays in scrambling situations to keep key drives alive.  I can’t ever recall the Eagles looking as moribund and lifeless in a do-or-die affair.  With the loss, the Eagles probably sealed their own fate and that of their head coach Andy Reid.  Their O-line is just terrible and they got nothing out of their skill players who usually give the Skins fits with their superior team speed.  Andy Reid always struck me as an offensive-minded coach who was a little too unbalanced in his west coast pass-happy approach.  When his offensive was clicking, it was tough to defend but it never held up in the grind of the cold-weather and the run/stop the run style that is required for success in the post season.

Down goes Andy Reid and the Eagles.

This one was not his fault, as the Skins clearly overmatched his O-line and rookie quarterback.  Nevertheless, it was great to see the Skins pound somebody/anybody for a change.

One level down, the Terps got pounded by Florida State 41-14 in their final home game of 2012.  This one was totally expected as the injury-riddled Terps were simply not deep enough to compete with the best team in the conference.  On display again was another flavor of flashy new uniforms (black ops) but the schtick is growing old.  Eventually, the only thing that prospective recruits are going to look at is wins and losses, not style.

Terps Black Ops uni.

The bigger news is the courting of Maryland by the Big Ten conference.  We are now seriously at risk of defecting from the ACC, where the Terps are a charter member.  It seems the Terps are ready to go and many alumni, myself included, would be very sad to depart.  At its heart, the ACC is a basketball conference and Maryland is a basketball school with the very rich tradition of excellence, most recently carried on under Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.  Traditional rivalries with Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia would be the biggest casualty.  The Big Ten is a football first conference and the prospect of playing Michigan in the Big House and Ohio State in The Shoe are intriguing, as is the potential to host these two every other year, along with Penn State, but at the end of the day, it’s about winning.  Winning is the only thing that will fill seats in Byrd Stadium consistently.  We saw it when Ralph Friedgen produced three straight 10-win seasons but you won’t see it anytime soon with the Terps playing doormat to national powerhouses.  I envision the Maryland program looking more like Indiana, Illinois, or Purdue, from an football attendance profile, and annually getting pounded by the heavyweights.  Throw in the prospect of no traditional rivalries and the move looks worse and worse.

Gary Williams, NCAA Champion.

This is all about money and the prospect of pulling in $24.6 million annually as a member school is driving the effort.  Our institution is  cash strapped and we just dropped seven varsity sports, but this is not the answer.  The exit fee for the ACC is a whopping $50 million and Maryland and Florida State were the only members who voted against the exit fee and it’s been rumored that Maryland believes they can beat the exit fee in court.  Egad 😦  If the Terps do leave, and beat the exit fee, look for Florida State to follow suit and place the conference is a major state of dysfunction.  Here’s hoping they don’t.

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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