On the question of Miami-Maryland postponement: David Steele says someone should have overruled the Miami players who want to play, Mike Wise agrees, saying football people "truly can't see beyond their own myopic coachspeak," Omar Kelly says Pata would have wanted his teammates to "keep swinging," Greg Stoda says don't judge Miami because of this, an MSNBC blogger says the U should skip a bowl this year and a Miami columnist strongly disagrees. Meantime, the Terps never considered postponing the game, MD officials worry about their athletes' safety, ex-Cane Santana Moss says "football is like a therapy," Rocky McIntosh says you play the game "out of respect," and Ralph Friedgen says "We can't do anything about it here. This is a very important game." And here's a touching headline: "Miami Player's Death Adds to Problematic Pointspread."
George Mason players say they're better than last year (and they have the two best bigs in the country!), Jim Larranaga gives a motivational speech to the Dept. of Homeland Security, other CAA coaches give thanks for the Patriots, who were part of a banner hoops year in Virginia. The Terps remain optimistic after Mike Jones helps them crush Vermont, GW is starting over, the Maryland women are preseason No. 1 for the first time and get envious looks from other ACCers, although they're happy to be a target as they try to build a dynasty.
Wiz win big, although Jermaine O'Neal sat out and feuded with Wiz fans. Plus, Wiz have had
four leading scorers and four leading rebounders in four games, and Cal Booth and Andray Blatche aren't getting PT.
The Skins get all mushy about Troy Vincent, who gets all mushy about returning to Philly. Portis now says his mother never punched anybody in Philly, Dan Daly doesn't like the way the Skins have been talking, Ladell Betts is having his best season, and here's the ultimate video summary of last week's game. (Be sure to watch the last clip.)