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Sacrifices.

Today we’ll be back on the air as part of the Steve Bussey Radio Experience on WMEL between 2 and 4 PM EDT. You can catch the show locally, on the internet, or even on your smartphone. With so many ways of listening, it is inexcusable if you don’t. Give us a call at (321) 631-1300 and sound off on what you think.

Unfortunately, the show takes place on the same day of the NCAA Quarterfinals games in lacrosse. The two games today at the Navy Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland are my beloved Maryland Terps playing rival Johns Hopkins at 12:00 noon. The second game is Denver and number one seed Loyola at 2:30 PM.

Of course, the times means that we will be at the radio station while the games are being played.

We hope you understand the depths of our sacrifices to bring you a quality radio show.

On Sunday, the games shift north to Philadelphia with defending champion Virginia playing Notre Dame at noon, and Colgate playing Duke at 2:30 PM.

But for us, the big game is Maryland vs. Hopkins.

Last week, Hopkins stomped all over Stony Brook 19 – 9, in a game that was more of a blowout then the score reflects.

The Maryland vs. Lehigh game last Saturday was much closer. After racing out to a 6-1 lead, Lehigh came storming back to lead 8 – 6 at the start of the fourth quarter. Maryland came back to tie the game at 9 – 9 with 6:42 laft in the game.

The game eventually came down to the last shot, with Maryland’s Joe Cummings scoring with 8 seconds left in the game. The final was 10 – 9, Maryland.

The thrilling Maryland win and the Hopkins mauling of Stony Brook sets up today’s game of teams who have been playing each other for over 100 years.

It’s personal, and that just ratchets up the intensity,” said [former Johns Hopkins midfielder Mark] Dixon, who will be commenting on the quarterfinals from the [ESPN] studio in Charlotte, N.C. “Now you have a spot to NCAA championship weekend on the line. And then you’ve got the backdrop of Maryland coming into Johns Hopkins on their home field and earning that win after being down 6-3. Let me tell you something, the alums were upset after that Maryland-Hopkins game. They were upset about the offense, about how it sputtered in the second half. And Maryland, anytime they get together with Hopkins, they want to beat the Blue Jays. Hopkins’ [motto] is, ‘Eat, drink and beat Maryland.’ Maryland feels the same way. So it’s going to be intense.”

The game to which Dixon refers is the Maryland win at Hopkins (9 – 6) earlier this year. The game was a stunner to the Hopkins’ fans and euphoric for fans of the Turtle. Today’s game means Hopkins will be playing with a chip on their shoulder and Maryland will be playing knowing they can beat Hopkins.

“Knowing” and “doing” are two different things, however.

It should be a great game, but we will sacrifice watching it to bring you the Steve Bussey Radio Experience. Oh sure, we’ll have the DVR on so we can watch the game when we get home, which will ease our pain somewhat. It will be difficult, however, not glance at the score while on the air.

We are hoping the listeners will understand our angst and not call the station to make a comment and then say “oh… the score of the Terps – Hopkins’ game is….” That would not be nice.

So have a great day, listen to the show, and most of all…..

FEAR THE TURTLE!



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