Wednesday, December 8, 2010

This Is Our Backyard

Fridge will need long pants and a less vertical swing Dec. 29th
“Our fans need to really come out and support us. We have a chance to send a message to people that didn’t pick us for a bowl game that we can support a bowl game. East Carolina’s fans are going to show up. If people want to support this football program, they need to show up. We want to support the USO and make this a memorable experience. This is our backyard,”

So said Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen about the Terps' upcoming Military Bowl game while sending a subtle reminder that Under Armor may be a wardrobe necessity.

According to the Washington Post, Steve Beck, the executive director of the Military Bowl, told me that he is counting on well over 30,000 fans at the Maryland-East Carolina game at RFK Stadium on Dec. 29. The breakdown includes more than 5,000 tickets given to the military and some 2,500 given to D.C. youth.

East Carolina has already sold out its team hotel and is expected to meet its allotment of 10,000 tickets.

“For us, this is a ride up 95,” East Carolina Coach Ruffin McNeill said. “A lot of our family and team members are from the Virginia, D.C. and Maryland areas. The locale provides a natural rivalry. We are on the East Coast … I grew up in North Carolina, and I know the quality of football in that league [ACC]. I know the quality of coaches. We have a lot of tradition and pride. It is a great competition and great matchup.”

Oh, and there is more good news for those of you that like your college football a little on the frosty side...There is also the Military Bowl Tailgate Party at the D.C. Armory from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (the game kicks off at 2:30) on Dec. 29. For more info, click here.

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