Blast Leave MISL

Wednesday Blast owner, Ed Hale, announced that the Blast had been released from the United Soccer Leagues, which operates the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). The Blast will look to join the 20 team Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL). Hale had pushed for a MISL-PASL merger in the past, but the USL decided against it. Milwaukee, Syracuse, Rochester, and Missouri were also released. Read more about Blast Leave MISL

Craig "Sky" Shelton walking down my street

My black friend, Harry Weaver, found it rather amusing. My friends and I lived on Whitehaven Parkway in Georgetown in the late 70s and early 80s. Get it? White-haven?
Anyway, it was the soon after my Maryland team with Albert King and Buck Williams went down in flames against John Thompson’s Georgetown Hoyas.

Actually it was March of 1980. It was the second round of the NCAA playoffs. And Eric “Sleepy” Floyd and Craig “Sky” Shelton stopped the Terps, 74-68.
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Visited with Ernie Graham at the liquor store

There he was. One of my heroes. Not the type that you can’t even go up to chat with.

Ernest Graham, the high-scoring Maryland Terp. He was searching for beers as I came upon Graham back in his glory days at Maryland.

And frankly, I read him the riot act. I asked to make sure it was him and then told him that I read in the Washington Post that he still in the shadow of Buck Williams and Albert King.
I told Ernie, the pride of Baltimore, that he was the best of them all. And to never forget how good he was.
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Only one election was close for Big Tom.

That first congressional election in the 4th district of Maryland was oh so close. It’s the 1986 battle between Republican Robert McNeal and rookie Democrat Charles Thomas McMillan. Certainly the tallest candidate was the Democrat. McMillan stood 6-foot-11. Yes, the big recruit of Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. He was one of the guys who put Maryland basketball on the map.

He came to College Park during the 1971-72 season and immediately found a home. That was the year we ran away and hid in the NIT. He easily led this 27-game winner with a 20.8 scoring average. He was nearly an 82 percent free throw shooter and was second to Lenny Elmore with his 9.6 rebounds a game.
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Bernard King's little brother

We knew all about Bernard King. Out of New York and played his hoops at Tennessee. And then he was the top pick of the New Jersey Nets (1977) and played a long career in the NBA.

However, it was his little brother, Albert, who played a bigger role in Terrapin history. This King, so aptly named, came to Maryland in 1977, and to coach Lefty Driesell. Frankly, he didn’t help all that much as the Terps were barely a .500 club at 15-13.
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The greatest college game ever?

And I found the box score to go with it. I know what I was doing in March 9, 1974. I was stationed right in front of my television set. Can’t swear to it but I doubt I took a restroom break. Now the experts say there was not one single turnover in regulation. That sounds amazing.

Let’s set the table again. 7-foot-4 Tommy Burleson and super small guard Monte Towe. The future Baltimore Orioles fireballer Tim Stoddard, at power forward. Also playing for NC State that night was guard Mo Rivers, forward Phil Spence and of course the superstar David Thompson.
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I like that Ernest Graham

Ah, the great world of Maryland men’s basketball. There were so many great memories from the days of Lefty Driesell to the national championship on the day my Grandmother died.

Loved the television broadcasts with Jim Thacker, Billy Packer and the late Bones McKinney. All on tobacco road and maybe they were rooting for NC State, Duke and North Carolina. It didn’t matter. Our Maryland teams were so good.
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