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Best and worst of the Maryland beat

Goofiest moment, worst press conference, best Terps wins

By Jeff Barker

The Baltimore Sun

10:32 AM EDT, April 17, 2012

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It's been five years since I arrived on the Maryland beat, beginning by filling in on some 2007 games. That's long enough for a retrospective -- a bloggy montage -- of memorable Maryland moments during the period. Feel free to add some of your own.

Favorite football game: Danny O’Brien throws four touchdown passes to Torrey Smith as Maryland beats a ranked North Carolina State team, 38-31, in the 2010  regular-season finale. The Terps saved their best that season for last.

Favorite basketball game: Greivis Vasquez posts a triple-double, scoring  35 points as the Terps come back from 16 points down to defeat North Carolina in overtime in 2009.

Best press box food: Love the clam chowder at Boston College on a cold football Saturday.

Best arena food: Prissy Polly's stew at Wake Forest. A cut above the usual heat-lamped, fast-food fare.

Goofiest moment: The fashion show to debut the new football uniforms before last season. Linemen and runways just don't mix.

Best press row vantage point: Courtside at Cameron Indoor Stadium. You feel like you're in the game, particularly with the Crazies reaching over your shoulder to be closer to their beloved Devils.

Worst road trip: Somehow the drive to Virginia Tech in winter can feel like an episode of Ice Road Truckers. But  I  do like “Enter Sandman” as a musical prelude to Hokies’  football games.

Worst rental car experience: The good news was the free upgrade to a convertible in Miami. The bad news was the wind-whipped top, which was not properly secured, suddenly popped up into the air on I-95. Fortunately, the top remained tethered to the car -- barely.

Most memorable football hit: Kevin Barnes on Cal running back Jahvid Best in 2008. If you saw it, you remember it.  Also, the “Moten Leap” by linebacker Adrian Moten in the 2010 opener against Navy.

Best tailgate scene: Clemson. But get to the stadium early unless you want to listen to the game on your car radio.

Most memorable basketball shot: Cliff Tucker's buzzer beater to  defeat  Georgia Tech in 2010.

Worst football loss: It's hard to forget surrendering 42 straight points and losing a 27-point, third-quarter lead, as the Terps did last season at N.C. State.

Worst basketball loss: I will always believe the Terps would have been headed to the Final Four if Michigan State's  Korie Lucious, a career 32.7 percent shooter from beyond the arc, doesn’t hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat the Terps in 2010’s NCAA tournament second round.

Oddest press conference: Former athletic director Debbie Yow endorses Gary Williams in 2009. The  event couldn't have been less authentic if it were held on aWarner Bros. sound stage.

Best tongue-in-cheek remark: Men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon  said the retiring Williams had nothing but praise for members of the media covering the team.  The reporters listening were thinking: “Wait, Turgeon is kidding, right?” He was.