One of the most reliable debates among D.C. sports fans concerns Maryland and Georgetown and basketball, why the teams never play (scheduled) games, and whether they should.
Aside from a few aging fans with relentless memories and strong grudge-holding powers, everyone acknowledges that yes, they should play, because it would be awesome for the fans and great for the players and pure manna for the media. And now, at least, we seem to have an ally in College Park, one who can speak this truth without mentioning who played in which gym in 1926.
Maryland AD Kevin Anderson told the Washington Times’s Patrick Stevens on Tuesday he “is pursuing at least a two-game series between the Terrapins and the Hoyas as part of a larger push to provide Maryland fans with more appealing nonconference games.
“Lee Reed, the athletic director at Georgetown, is a very good friend of mine,” Anderson said. “We’ve talked about renewing that series and doing a home-and-home series. We’re in a serious conversation now.”
UPDATE: Here’s Reed, through a spokesman, to The Post: “Kevin and I are friends and athletic directors. We’ve had conversations about scheduling possibilities, but it was far too preliminary a talk for it to be the subject for newspapers articles. It’s inappropriate to prematurely blow this out of proportion.”
Still, a serious conversation? That sounds like a new step. And younger fans from both schools seem pleased. Casual Hoya:
I was not alive when St. Anthony’s coach John Thompson Jr. advised prized DC recruit Donald Washington to attend UNC over Maryland (and others) in 1971. Who cares that John Thompson Jr. cursed at Lefty Driesell on the court in 1979 or that no one can agree on whether a game 18 years ago was a Georgetown, Maryland, or neutral match. Let bygones be bygones; this is about the now, and Maryland-Georgetown is good for the fans and city.
And Testudo Times:
Depending on who you ask, it’s because Maryland is scared, Georgetown is scared, or because they can’t figure out exactly what constitutes a “home game.”
All of that is stupid. Two of the best, most historic basketball powerhouses exist within ten miles of each other, each with extremely different makeup in their student bodies and fanbases. They fight for recruits. They fight for fans. They fight for DC media. It’s nearly a perfect rivalry, but it’s been held up by what amounts to the basketball version of political red tape.
Make it happen, suit people. You’re all very smart and savvy and forgiving. Just make it happen. Without arguing about which school gets to be home first. And read Patrick’s story.