Women’s Hoops: When Nerds Heckle

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‘Flags and Geese at Comcast’
courtesy of ‘blunck2′

Yesterday at the Comcast Center, the Terps continued to carry the torch for DC-area basketball in an 82-53 win over the Dartmouth Big Green. The 16th-seeded Dartmouth made it to the tournament by winning the Ivy League conference, but faced near-insurmountable odds coming up against Maryland, a strong contender for the Championship. And did I mention this was a home game for the Terps??

Perhaps the most hilarious part of the game, was a lone Big Green fan, sitting amongst a sea of red, who insisted upon heckling the Maryland players during time outs and free throws. However, this was not just any heckling — this was nerd heckling. The fan in question was reading aloud from passages from the Dr. Seuss book Yertle the Turtle.

You have to realize two things: 1. Terrapin = Turtle. 2. Dr. Seuss, née Theodor Geisel, was a Dartmouth Alum ’25. I was amused; Maryland fans were not. You have to credit a man for trying, though, considering.

Other than this annoyance Maryland fans were having a grand ole time, as the win was essentially clinched for the team from the opening minutes of the first half. Star seniors Kristi Toliver and Marissa Coleman seemed relaxed, and all the Terps netted a basket over the course of the game.

Acacia has lived in DC since graduating from Vassar College with degrees in English and Italian. She cries daily at the thought of her imminent departure from this beloved city, as she will begin a Fulbright teaching grant in the Campania region, Italy come October. She’ll be blogging that experience too. Get at her: acaciaO@welovedc.com or follow her on twitter.

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