The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: Maryland football shows big-play potential and something more important during difficult time — resilience

Who are these guys and where were they last week?

The Maryland football team thoroughly trounced undefeated Minnesota in its Big Ten opener Saturday at Maryland Stadium after being thoroughly trounced by winless Temple there seven days earlier. You figure it out.

This time, everything that could go right pretty much did. The Terps (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) broke off several big touchdown runs.

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Schmuck: Orioles hit lowest point in club history, but might have picked right time to do it

This might sound crazy, but the case can be made that the Orioles picked the right time for everything to go horribly wrong.

They suffered their 108th loss of the season on Tuesday night, 6-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays, and — with 11 games left to play — figure to build on that total and reign as the losingest team in the history of the Baltimore franchise for a long, long time.

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Schmuck: Orioles have every right and reason to be embarrassed about this mind-numbing season

This night had been coming for a long time, so nobody in the locker room could be surprised when the number in the loss column reached the point where no other team in the history of this Orioles franchise had ever experienced one bigger.

Yes, loss No. 107, 5-0 against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night, has been considered inevitable for months and loss No.

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Schmuck: Maryland had much to gain against winless Temple, but was thrown for an ugly loss

The Maryland football team was supposed to deliver a Big Ten beating on winless Temple on Saturday afternoon at Maryland Stadium. The Terps were favored by more than two touchdowns and they were flirting with a place in at least one of the national polls.

Sometimes, you just have to scratch your head.

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Schmuck: With Adam Jones situation getting more uncomfortable, the Orioles run for cover

There were two facts of particular note when the Orioles took the field against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

Adam Jones was back in right field after three days in the witness protection program in St. Petersburg, Fla., and rookie outfield prospect DJ Stewart was in the house after getting a surprise call-up that seemed a little bit fishy.

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Lefty Driesell will prove Friday night that all things really do come to those who wait

We all know that Lefty Driesell has waited way too long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but that will be rectified Friday night in Springfield, Mass.

He’ll finally receive an honor he coveted so long that he eventually joined in the campaign that sought to get it for him.

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