For those of you who made it to Comcast Center on Sunday, didn't Gary Williams' fist pump to the student section seem particularly pronounced? It's as if he wound up (a "haymaker," my colleague Kevin Cowherd wrote).
I have a few theories for this:
• He's a little more emotional this season (consider his post-game responses to Johnny Holliday on the floor, when he spoke in a halting voice about how proud he was of his players ). I think it's natural for coaches -- and other people -- to have a greater appreciation for their standing and achievements the further along they get. It's as if you stop taking things for granted because you know the end of your career is closer than the beginning.
• He knew the weather-road-parking lot conditions made it more challenging than usual for the fans to attend the North Carolina game, and he wanted to thank them for pumping up the volume.
And another thought ...
Seriously, could you have imagined playing a basketball game with the weather conditions we're enduring in the region? I know it would have been better for the Terps to play tonight rather than face three games in five days beginning with Duke on Saturday. But -- as some of you have pointed out -- staging a college basketball game isn't just about the players. There is lots of support staff that has to leave their families and attempt to travel to Comcast Center and back home again on a day when authorities are advising residents to stay off the roads.