What Celebration Should Replace Couch-burning?

Turning to college football, Maryland plays West Virginia on Thursday, Sept. 13, and you know what that means: No matter who wins, couches are going up in flames. For Terps fans, it would be a huge win over a national title contender and as for Mountaineer partisans, well, they hardly need any provocation to indulge their inner pyro. But, if for no other reason than it seems a bit played out, we'd like to see this torch-happy tradition come to an end.
The question is, how to replace it?
Next Monday, The Post will publish its top 5 replacement celebrations, but in the meantime, we'd love to hear your suggestions. The ones we like the best will be displayed in print along with the column, so start brainstorming!

By Desmond Bieler |  September 2, 2007; 8:00 PM ET College Football
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Tires. Burn tires. Big piles of tires.

One tip: it's easier to remove the tires from cars which have been turned over.

Have fun out there.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 2, 2007 11:21 PM

How about the students all streak from Byrd Stadium to the mall and splash around in the fountains.

And then from there, they all run circles around the big M in the traffic circle near the main entrance of campus.

Posted by: Sam | September 4, 2007 11:20 AM

logs so they can have a big camp fire and roast marshmellows and have smores. LOL

Posted by: Monty | September 4, 2007 11:22 AM

WVU holds itself and its students to a higher standard. These days, couch burnings at WVU only occur after a big win (i.e. BCS championship game). All furniture in Mo'town will be safe after we beat the terps and everyone else on our schedule.

Posted by: Don | September 4, 2007 11:31 AM

How about if Maryland administration puts on a fireworks show like they did after we lost to FSU? HAHA.

Posted by: NC | September 4, 2007 11:46 AM

We only burn couches after big wins. Destroying MD again will not be one. When we finish the season undefeated, look out Sunnnyside. No couch will be safe.

For the purpose of the article - I would suggest instead of couches - maybe lazy boy reclining chairs?

Posted by: wvu94 | September 4, 2007 11:56 AM

To wvu94 and Don: Every school has it's knuckleheads, no matter how highly or lowly their regards are held. That said, somebody on both sides is bound to burn something regardless (it just won't be with the same fervor).

As for Maryland, I am very surprised their local neighborhood IKEA has yet to go up in flames since it's been built.

Posted by: James | September 4, 2007 12:01 PM

NC - Maryland beat FSU last year. That is why there were fireworks.

All you WVU fans - all I have to say is 41-7.

Posted by: Ryan | September 4, 2007 12:34 PM

A good old fashioned burning of a witch at the stake is always good for a few laughs - Didn't they film the Blair Witch Project in West Virgina?

Posted by: whetsell | September 4, 2007 12:39 PM

Unroll campus firehoses and have a charity carwash on one of the main thorough fares through campus and donate all the contributions to charity (lots of fun in November, December and January).

Hmmm, don't like that? How about a head shaving ritual and donate all the hair to cancer patients.

Posted by: Al | September 4, 2007 12:57 PM

Those West Virginia fans can only remember recent events. Not who trounced them in a bowl game, or what relative they were married to. Have a controlled bonfire after a Maryland victory. Go Terps!!

Posted by: Turner G | September 4, 2007 1:23 PM

The only "higher standard" quite a few WVU supporters abide by is the narcotics they must be on as they torch their furniture.

I do agree that there isn't really much reason to get fire-happy at the conclusion of the game. UMD fans didn't ignite anything after the Gator Bowl rout or when former Mountaineer Scotty O'Brien would routinely embarass his former squad.

But in the spirit of the original question, perhaps we should nominate a West Virginia textbook inferno? Certainly the players are getting no use out of them anyway, as exhibited by star pupils Pac Man Jones, Chris Henry, and the chumps who got suspended there this season.

Posted by: Bryan | September 4, 2007 1:30 PM

Here's a thought - how about an updated link to the Terps football 2007 schedule, instead of last season's (the Champs Bowl score hasn't been updated either). Come on WAPO, get w/ it....

Posted by: Slim Pickens | September 4, 2007 1:38 PM

Maryland fans have to learn how to win. No celebration is needed other than returning to the tailgate for a beer and a burger. We beat WVU four straight, including the Gator Bowl, before we told Slayton to go somewhere else. He chose WVU and now we have to deal with him on defense.

And I agree with Slim Pickens.....come on Post, update your link, it's a whole new season.

Posted by: terpfansteve | September 4, 2007 1:52 PM

Ask Fridge if you can borrow some books from the team.....from what I've seen on CSN, they aren't using them!

i think it all should be cancelled. Take your beating and move on with the season.

Posted by: caphcky | September 4, 2007 1:58 PM

Since couches seem to be sooo last week, might I suggest that the Terp fans burn their tissues when they're done with them. BTW, thanks for "letting Slaton go"... he turned out to be a big bust anyway! I'm sure he'll be happy to show you all how much he misses you with 3 TDs on Thursday!

Posted by: Let's Goooooo Mountaineers | September 4, 2007 2:07 PM

The proliferation of destructive tendencies as a mode for celebration in college football is extremely strange. The victory over Michigan last weekend was a tremendous occurrence, but the fact that the school administration basically endorsed the dismantling of the goal posts is horrible. As students and alumni alike pour out of bars and homes into the street, they should celebrate the way the football players do, grab a can of beer, or a bottle of champagne if thats your budget, and shake that puppy up and let her rip. A mutual soaking of joy and thrill should lead to acceptance and community without violent symbolism and destruction.

Soak your neighbor, soak your lawn, soak the car, just don't burn anything or tear anything down.

Posted by: Mattias Ljung | September 4, 2007 2:35 PM

West Virginia "held to a higher standard". LOL. Thats great. You recruit felons(Lazear), graduate soon to be felons(Pac Man)and admit to your school students with the lowest SAT and GPA's of any school in the area. WV is a joke. Thanks for the laugh.

Posted by: Jeff | September 4, 2007 3:18 PM

I agree w/ Caphcky-a slight twist though. Burn all of the books for members of the football team as a gesture for a good win.

Posted by: Lee | September 4, 2007 3:19 PM

FYI, the fireworks were 3 years ago when we lost to FSu at home, and they haven't done them since. Some of the city citizens pitched a fit over the noise.


Fires...out, acting stupid on Rt. 1.....out. goalposts...cliche and stupid

Hmmm, build your own distiller and watch those blow up?

Posted by: EricS | September 4, 2007 3:45 PM

Laptops? oh wait, any laptop in morgantown that isnt sitting in a pawn shop has probably been locked down.

way to have a character program.

Posted by: R Lee Hornbake | September 4, 2007 4:09 PM

R Lee - dont forget about the ones in the evidence room at the Mo'town police station. what a thug garbage program over there in the hills.

Posted by: montgomery hall | September 4, 2007 4:25 PM

Hopefully your players can stay out of barfights on Thursday night. I'm sure they wont be in very good moods once they reach Bentleys.

Posted by: wvu94 | September 4, 2007 4:41 PM

Not sure what WVU can use, but they've got enough moonshine to keep that thing burning well into the morning. If only they had enough to drown their sorrows after a nice upset.

Posted by: JR, UM '01 | September 4, 2007 5:53 PM

Burn a pair of Ralphie's pants. That fire could be seen from the space station.

Posted by: KeyTown | September 4, 2007 6:20 PM

EricS - tearing down the goalposts was not stupid and certainly not cliche. if it happened after a FOOTBALL game in the same stadium the game was actually played, then yes it could be considered cliche. but it happened after a BASKETBALL game that was played AT duke.

AND....not only were they simply torn down....they were carried almost a mile across campus and thrown into a bonfire.

it was genious to say the least.

i dont think there's anything that should replace "couch-burning". nothing shows true school spirit like a good ol' riot.

Posted by: MG | September 4, 2007 6:22 PM

Maryland plays football?

Posted by: DR | September 4, 2007 6:26 PM

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Posted by: Josh | September 4, 2007 6:54 PM

I will take a coach with extra girth over a morally challenged scum bag with no standards who will do anything (admit anyone) to win. funny part is, as per usual, W Va will lose a game (or 2 or 3) it has absolutely no business losing. Repeat after me: "GO BULLS!"

Posted by: Stack McKeldin | September 4, 2007 7:01 PM

When did Maryland adopt couch burning in celebration? Click-clack, how about burning all those "We Must Protect This House" signs? There's got to be a ton of those suckers around.

Posted by: BCS John | September 5, 2007 11:08 AM

I was there that year MG. We also tore them down for Football games. At leas twe did until the cops started formign a 5 deep ring around them and then they made the posts out of harder stuff. I don't think you can break them now.

Maybe we could break into the book stores and burn all of the dead text books?

Posted by: EricS | September 5, 2007 11:26 AM

Another suggestion...

Perhaps Maryland fans can adopt a new tradition of burning WVU acceptance letters after a Terps victory? Anyone can get their own as long as they can fill out the entire application. GPA and SAT/ACT standards are not taken into consideration in Morgantown, facilitating the process. One couldn't expect a WVU student to be able to be able to do much past 4th grade level work, anyway.

Clearly the celebration could not be turned around for West Virginia fans, as they would not be able to attain acceptance letters from UMD. Maybe they could burn "We reget to inform you..." letters after a victory?

I was going to write more suggestions, but a football recruit from Morgantown stole my laptop.

Posted by: Bryan | September 5, 2007 11:33 AM

Funny how jealousy brings out the old, tired WV marry your cousin jokes. Remember....thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods. See you soon, neighbor.
Go Eers!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2007 11:35 AM

FYI, the fireworks were 3 years ago when we lost to FSu at home, and they haven't done them since. Some of the city citizens pitched a fit over the noise.


Fires...out, acting stupid on Rt. 1.....out. goalposts...cliche and stupid

Hmmm, build your own distiller and watch those blow up?

Posted by: EricS | September 4, 2007 03:45 PM

LET'S SEE....3 YEARS AGO WAS 2004, AND WE DID INDEED PLAY FLORIDA STATE IN COLLEGE PARK THAT SEASON. BUT...WE WON! JOEL STATHAM PLAYED THE BEST GAME OF HIS CAREER AND THE TERPS BEAT FSU FOR THE FIRST TIME.

ANY MORE HISTORY YOU'D LIKE TO REVISE ERIC S???

Posted by: BARNO | September 5, 2007 12:02 PM

Smoke cigarettes in public places in Montogmery County

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2007 1:05 PM

Hey Bryan, guess you're the one that's not too smart--
Rhodes Scholars:
West Virginia 25
Maryland, C-P 2
Good luck against FL International

Posted by: BCS John | September 5, 2007 1:19 PM

Parking tickets. Those darn yellow things that everyone gets at least once. The ones that you havn't paid, the ones you already ripped up. Gather them all up and you can make a great bon fire with them. Also the young freshman who aren't allowed to have cars on campus can join in by tossing in all of their pieces of paper with the tedious little icebreakers you got to do on the first week of school.

Posted by: Jacob | September 5, 2007 1:46 PM

It used to be a traddition to burn the coach in effigy BEFORE a big game. My suggestion is somewhat traditional, let's burn coaches. Not the Fridge, we like him, but some of those annoying coaches that may or may not have anything to do with that particular game. We could start with Brian Billick. And maybe we could expand it to include former coaches, (Ditka and Buddy Ryan come to mind), and sportscasters. That would include everybody that covers games for CBS. Definitely Madden, and ex-coach and sprtscaster. Yeah, he was once the best, but let's face it, he sucks now. He spends more time talking about everything else instead of paying attention to what's happening on the field.

Posted by: SuperflyTNTdaShizzle | September 5, 2007 2:43 PM

I second parking tickets. And maybe a couple of those golf carts the people that write the tickets drive around in.

Posted by: Ryan Mac | September 5, 2007 3:03 PM

Perhaps a period of quiet reflection would be in order, to meditate on the true meaning of 'victory,' set aside any animosity or other negativity which lingers from the athletic contest itself, make peace with one's so-called enemies, and consider one's place in the larger universe. With beer.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 5, 2007 3:11 PM

Mmmmmmm. Beer....

Posted by: Homer S. | September 5, 2007 3:24 PM

Everone should take irons and ironing boards out and iron their pants.

Posted by: Niblet | September 5, 2007 5:15 PM

BCS John:

I'm not sure the number of "Rhodes Scholars" a university contains really affects the admissions process/standards.

Let's take a look...

From WVU's site - "The average student enrolled in WVU's Fall 2006 Freshman Class had a 3.28 high school grade point average, an ACT score of 23.2, and/or a math and verbal combined SAT score of 1042."

From UMD's site - "The 9,448 students admitted to the University of Maryland have an average (weighted) GPA of 3.96 and the middle 50% of SAT scores range from 1240 to 1380, and between 28-31 on the ACT."

So, let's recap. UMD's freshmen average almost a perfect 4.0 GPA in high school, about 0.68 points more than the average WVU student. That's not even close.

SAT scores 200 - 340 higher for UMD freshmen out of a possible 1600? Impressive.

For another perspective, look at USNews, who annually ranks colleges/universities.

UMD ranked as a "Top School." #54 overall.
WVU ranked as a "Third Tier School."

No numerical association is given to a third tier school other than it's from the 50-75 percentile of schools.

Who is WVU competing with in the realm of "Third Tier Schools?" UMBC. So academically, WVU is competing with the wrong University of Maryland.

But sure. The fact that WVU has housed 25 Rhodes Scholars (None since '95), 6th most of any university, trumps what type of students they're actually bringing in. Get real and get a degree from a real school.

Posted by: Bryan | September 5, 2007 6:19 PM

All I can say is: Wow.
We weren't sure what kind of response we'd get with a question as offbeat and open-ended as this one (unlike the layup that was last week's best-nfl-coach query) but you guys are really bringing it with some great answers. As well as some amusingly earnest MD-WV smack.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go and steal your suggestions for the print edition...

Posted by: Des Bieler | September 5, 2007 8:20 PM

whetsell - Actually, Blair Witch was set and filmed in Maryland.

Posted by: not_whetsell | September 5, 2007 8:23 PM

Des Bieler, seriously, you guys knew you were going to kick off a Maryland/West Virginia firestorm (so to speak) with this topic, right?

How's this going so far, two weeks in? Is everybody at WashPo happy with this new concept?

I get the impression it was meant to be a sort of ongoing Style Invitational, participatory and funny, but more sports-flavored. Eh, right? Getting what you wanted?

Cheers.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | September 5, 2007 9:36 PM

Here is where the difference really counts these days: getting a job after graduation. We hire tons of Maryland grads. Bright, energetic, good common sense. Good corporate citizens. Team players with a passion for excellence. The only West Virginia grads we hire are to be admin assistants. thats right, the PC term for "secretary"......so rip on football all you want, you will be photocopying that Terp's expense report and answering his/her phone.

Posted by: College Recruiter | September 5, 2007 11:26 PM

Here's what I do after a big win: Feel satisfied for a few minutes, then move on.

Posted by: old fart | September 6, 2007 5:07 AM

Why is it that the only ones who want to stay and root for WVU are it's students. All of the coaches can't seem to wait for a better opportunity to get the h*ll out of there. So we could burn the WVU coaches contracts and help you guys out there.

Posted by: hagerterp | September 6, 2007 8:57 AM

I for one would be proud to be a MD fan knowing that after they get smoked 54 to 10, they will have the satisfaction of knowing that there average student HS GPA's is higher than ours. Isnt that what football is all about?

I think another MD player just got suspended for cheating on a pop quiz, or was it for fighting at a bar?

Posted by: wvu94 | September 6, 2007 9:44 AM

The point being made is that it's much easier to field a football team when there are no standards. When a university holds their athletes accountable for their actions and has reasonable expectations for them, it means they have a smaller pool of kids to recruit from.

A school like WVU, however, is able to attract less polished players, and those with a history of trouble. Their football program has gotten better by having players like Jones and Henry. Sure, they're very talented players. But they're also in and out of trouble while having the worst reputation in the NFL.

Countering with Portis' suspension and the Halloween brawl at the bar? Fair.

But be honest with yourself. Do you really believe that he's the only athlete that's cheated on a quiz? Students of all types cheat on their schoolwork. It's a sad realization, but unfortunately a true one. Portis deserves the suspension he's received and hopefully he'll become a better person for it. That's what the University of Maryland does. Make their players take responsibility for what they've done and help them grow as a person. I have serious doubts that WVU would have acted the way that UMD has.

West Virginia surely did a great job in ensuring that Pac Man and Chris Henry were "ready for the real world." There's a reason why West Virginia has such a putrid reputation. And let's not begin on the laptop theft fiasco.

Enjoy your "dominance" in the Big Least. After taking its three best teams, all of which we'd much rather have than your cesspool of a school, the ACC has only gotten stronger. And while you're dropping games to powerhouses like USF, we'll continue to battle with reputable programs in our conference.

Keep burning your couches and maintaining no class as a University. It'll be fun until WVU starts havings sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

And don't worry. Maryland will knock WVU off its newly found pedestal in a week and you'll all go back to your dingy college town to play Cincinnati.

Posted by: Bryan | September 6, 2007 11:03 AM

The ACC has gotten stronger? I didnt realize Wake was such a powerhouse. Great Championship game last year in front of 30k fans.
The big least went 5 and 0 in bowls and both the teams the powerful ACC had in its championship game lost to Big Least teams. Louisville over Wake and WVU over G Tech.
See you in a week. I'm sure your fans will be gone by the start of the third quarter, same as last year!

Posted by: wvu94 | September 6, 2007 11:16 AM

the overall record is 22-21-2 to wvu.
dont forget the gator bowl.

also try playing some real teams on your schedule. however it doesnt matter you still wont go undefeated.

how was the big east title last year? opps nm.


Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 11:29 AM

Well, in Texas they used to take loosing coaches to a town called Effigy. But that was not a pretty sight.

Posted by: Gary E. Masters | September 6, 2007 11:51 AM

Couch got cut. It's time to burn Brady Quinn.

Posted by: burlingamedad | September 6, 2007 11:52 AM

I agree with Don, Maryland does not merit a

couch burning. This year's couch games are

South Florida, especially after beating

Auburn; Rutgers, step one to BE champs;

Louisville, revenge and championship.

Then the BCS bowl, Championship or other.

Yes 41-7 but without the WVU transfer 0-3

after 9/13. As for ACC superiority, if we

review the double secret probation rules

the BCS required of the Big East to all

the eligible conferences, perhaps ACC

should mean Almost College Conference.

Go LSU!!

Posted by: Fred | September 6, 2007 12:30 PM

how come WVU was the only school that Devine could get into??? i find that strange..who is going to be doing his homework and taking his tests for him the next 3 years?

and we will be keeping a close eye on Lazear..we heard he will be driving the getaway car for Pacman's entourage

Posted by: knoxroadterp | September 6, 2007 12:31 PM

How can anyone who goes to a school where students routinely go to Cheat Lake even begin to make fun of another institution's academic mishaps. We have higher entrance standards and student-athletes accountable for their actions. Just keep dressing another hillbilly up in your mascot outfit and firing guns. Was Pac Man ever the mascot before he played for WVU?

Posted by: hagerterp | September 6, 2007 1:04 PM

remember the "West Virgina" NIT championship tee shirts???? maybe academics do matter

by the way, have you won a national championship in something other than in shooting?

Posted by: notfredterp | September 6, 2007 1:14 PM

NIT tee shirts were designed and made by a company from Connecticut, and what's wrong with shooting?

Posted by: DAN84 | September 6, 2007 1:55 PM

just a shame those NIT shirts didnt replace the "ir" with an "a"

Posted by: Laugh at all things WVa | September 6, 2007 1:59 PM

Ever hear of the Sears Director's Cup? It ranks the overall Ath Dept - all sports teams, and beyond just W's and L's. Md ranked 40. W Va 59. Take a look
http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/nacda/sports/directorscup/auto_pdf/finald1standings

Posted by: Rank Nasty | September 6, 2007 2:06 PM

Funny......10 ACC schools in the top 50.

Only 1 from the Big Least.

Posted by: Thanks Rank | September 6, 2007 2:09 PM

Thanks for taking part in this discussion. Just three years out of school and it's great to have the reinforcement that you're such a snobbish and self-centered school. I'm glad I made the right decision to go where the girl's bags don't cost more than a semester's worth of tuition. Fantastic focus on standards you have going on. I can't wait for you all to get some good personalities so that you can attract students with more than impressive SAT scores or money to buy tutors to pad their stats.

I've got to get back to my high paying job that I was able to secure with nothing more than a WVU degree and fantastic people skills.

Posted by: Let's Go Mountaineers | September 6, 2007 3:21 PM

Please! UMBC is in the same class as UMCP.
UMBC football UMBC academics>>>>>WVU

Posted by: Andy | September 6, 2007 3:23 PM

UMBC
Total Freshman Enrollment: 1,432
Average GPA: 3.6
Average SAT Score: 1190
Gender: 56% men; 44% women
Living on campus 72%
Diversity: 53% Caucasian, 27% Asian American, 12% African American, 4% Hispanic American and Native American
SAT percentiles (combined critical reading and math)
25th 1080
75th 1280
Average SAT, top quartile 1370


Posted by: Andy | September 6, 2007 3:36 PM

They dress the mascot in an outfit? I thought he was a season ticket holder. Seriously, how about burning all those 12 ft satelite dishes that are still around. Oh wait, they are still in use. False teeth...no still being used. I got it. The worshing machines on the front porch. Wait, what would you do with the plants? Burn your best resource...Coal.

Posted by: Sampson | September 6, 2007 3:57 PM

WVU ..home of the mullet..a West Virginian told me the true reason for a mullet is so that when its the sheep's turn, it has something to grab onto

Posted by: knoxroadterp | September 6, 2007 4:26 PM

Some original comments there sampson. We've never heard those before. After reading your post I forgot how nice it must have been to go to school in beautiful Prince Georges County. The life of leisure in downtown College Park MD. Doesnt get any better than that!


Posted by: wvu94 | September 6, 2007 4:41 PM

12 of the ACC schools are among the 50 best athletic programs in the country? wow. there are only 12 schools in the conference, correct? 5 ACC schools appear before the first Big East School (L'ville). Sounds like the theory that the Big Least has a Napolean complex is correct. Just wait until the next team jumps the sinking ship.

Posted by: Not from ACC but impressed | September 6, 2007 6:23 PM

Sampson: I think they grow plants in the old ter-lits that they cant use because of the lack of plumbing

Posted by: ;o) | September 6, 2007 6:25 PM

ooops - I meant to say 10 of the 12 ACC Schools are in the top 50.....dang I wish I had me one of them thahr Wes Ver-ginny dee-grees

Posted by: Not from ACC but impressed | September 6, 2007 6:31 PM

As a Maryland alum, let me suggest a novel approach: after the win, the fans gather to cheer and share their exultation.

Then, eventually, they drift away in small clumps and go drink, party, celebrate, even study.

Posted by: farstriker | September 6, 2007 11:14 PM

And, after a loss, the fans leave the stadium grumbling about the officiating, coaching, and missed opportunities. They return to their dorms, fraternities, pubs, and even libraries.

Glumness pervades campus for a day or so and then goes away.

Posted by: farstriker | September 6, 2007 11:16 PM

Funny, isn't Va Tech the local team? By reading The Post everyday one would think so.

Posted by: MD'eer | September 6, 2007 11:23 PM

Eat trans fat in Montgomery County

Posted by: Island Terp | September 7, 2007 6:46 AM

have a large, outdoor cocktail party perhaps? oh, nevermind, that's taken.

Posted by: alan | September 7, 2007 9:31 AM

I guess 'ol Lenny Bias OD'd on too much organic chemistry! Josh Portis, ineligible and caught copying 'pop quiz' answers--out for the season. Lonnie Baxter, MD 'star', convicted on federal firearms violation. Heck, that's just today's news. Yeah, Maryland is pristine; the best. Forget football and go catch some of those mixed-sex fish out of the Potomac.

Posted by: BCS John | September 7, 2007 12:22 PM

True Terps: faithful fun-loving fans shall take a pilgrimage to the exact spot on campur where the chicken coops used to be. At that spot there will be a "Fried" -gen Chicken Feast served by faux-Mountaineers.

Posted by: Jocey Baby | September 7, 2007 8:07 PM

wait a second, the terps aren't traveling to morgantown unless there was a schedule change that I am unaware of, which would suck because I'm in college park and I already have my ticket

way to go buddy

Posted by: aaron | September 9, 2007 11:19 PM

OK, We wont burn any coaches cause you guys are part of the cupcake part of the schedule, you barely beat one of the worst D 1 teams in the country , play in the feeble ACC and aren't even ranked. Your team is a joke.Nuff said

Posted by: Scott | September 10, 2007 9:08 AM

To the Washington Post Editor and other jerks that contribute to this garbage: Your rag is two steps below the level of a tabloid. Why don't you fire guys like Bieler and invest in journalists that write about news articles worthy of a newspaper that should be representing our nation's capital.

Posted by: Washington Times Reader | September 10, 2007 9:31 AM

Once again, the WP has proven how pathetic it is when they even get the location of the game right! The WVU/UM game is in College Park this year, not Morgantown!!! Do any of you idiots do research before posting the crap you consistently post?

Posted by: EERSFAN | September 10, 2007 10:02 AM

Of course the writers and editors are pathetic. They studied journalism at UMD.

Posted by: Homer S. | September 10, 2007 10:51 AM

Actually, WVU travels to MARYLAND this Thursday.

Posted by: Proof reader | September 10, 2007 11:01 AM

I love Bryan's comment that the ACC (Always Committing Crimes) has only gotten better since they stole 3 BIG EAST teams. Let's see: The worst hoops team in the BE, the Criminal Vick Techs, suddenly become competitive in the ACC. BC is now a hoops powerhouse in the ACC, and even Miami was middle of the pack in the ACC, if memory serves me correctly. And you don't even want to talk football, pal. What a joke. You are embarrassing yourself. Our middle of the pack teams are even better this year (UC over Oregon St. and USF over Auburn). Nice show that FSU and Miami, your two conference powerhouses, put on this weekend. And did you really struggle against somebody called FIU? Puuleezzee.

And tell your your couch referring, cliche-ridden sportswriter that the game is at Maryland, not WVU, this week, as his main article incorrectly starts out. Maryland apparently gets so little sports coverage that not even the writers know what's going on. But that was a nice shot at Huggs though. Too bad Gary W. and the Terps are too scared to play us in hoops anymore. After the last game we played against the Turtles (a WVU win), Gary said NO MORE. Nice.

I always hated (and felt sorry for) Maryland during the 1980s, when we routinely beat Boomer and the boys. The 1990s were even better, but after having our former QB McCrybaby and his inside knowledge for 4 games, the Fat Man (aka We Must Protect This Waffle House) is 0-3 against WVU. Thursday night will make it 0-4. It could be another beatdown like last year. I hope Chris Fowler and the boys on the broadcast have a lot of filler material for the second half. It could get ugly. Again. But by then, you will be back to your whine and cheese tailgate "parties." Better be ready, Twerps.

Posted by: In Rod We Trust | September 10, 2007 11:08 AM

Give me a break....burning a couch over a MD win? Please. Couches get burned over big wins. We fear not the turtle.

Also...WVU is a mere three hours from DC. Much closer than VA Tech, and with a VERY LARGE alumni base in the DC area. Why can't the Post treat it like a local team? At least then you'd be covering a WINNING local team.

Posted by: D Lee | September 10, 2007 11:10 AM

Hello? The game is at MD this week Desmond. Does anyone proof read at the Post?

And couch burning...is that really all you could come up with? Pathetic.

Here's an idea: try getting your facts right (i.e. where the game is being played), and try actually writing about sports. Why not mention what the chances of MD winning the game are (zero), or what the rankings of the schools are: MD (again, zero) and WVU (#3).

Posted by: DCogar WVU class '89 | September 10, 2007 11:31 AM

The author's tone indicates he is the type of person who may describe his article as 'snarky.' Yes, it's an annoying word used by pretentious people, but they are fond of it.

Not only was there no point of the story, other than 'Save the beer-stained couches', it's factually wrong.

The game is a Maryland home game. How could any journalist worth a dime do a 3 page rant about a game and not even know where it's played? You would have been better served (and anyone who read this) had you written it about Louisville, which is a home game and will result in many beer-stained couches receiving 3rd degree burns with a Mountaineer victory.

I don't forsee a lot couches being burned in Morgantown even if WVU wins against Maryland 87-0.

One more thing, Huggins is a WVU alumni, so the author's 'insight' that he probably knows that WVU is a party school, so is coaching here to aid in his alcohol consumption appears to be another basic sports fact that the author is ignorant of.

Posted by: ned_head | September 10, 2007 11:32 AM

Desmond,

Maybe as a professional journalist, you should check and be sure where the game is actually going to be played?!

Posted by: jimbo56 | September 10, 2007 12:03 PM

The only guy that spent more wasted time on this blog than Desmond Bieler was Bryan from Maryland and all his precious high school academic statistics. In the top five things to burn after the Mountaineers victory: Bryan's bra collection. WV 45, MD 18.

Posted by: BCS John | September 10, 2007 12:52 PM

The game is on the Maryland campus this year dumbass. If the Terps travel to Morgantown, they'll be playing with themselves. Then again, that may be a better alternative than playing the Mountaineers in person.

Get your facts straight jerkoff.

Posted by: DesmondTheDumbAss | September 10, 2007 1:57 PM

I love how all Maryland fans have to pull crap out from three years ago and point to volleyball standings but cannot face the facts. Facts are WVU owns Maryland. The Big East still Owns the ACC. Name for me the last ACC team to win a BCS bowl. Since you took our baggage 3 years ago the Big East has shined and the Acc has whined. It seems the ACC can't find their way back to the top 10 where as the Big East is a fixture. Oh what a power house you have this year, with Wake and VT getting dealt with, Miami off to a great start, BC's coach took a job in conf, FSU looked super strong in the win over Alabama, oh wait that was UAB and Maryland pulling off the upset versus Florida International A and I School for the blind. Who is going to step up and carry that ACC flag? Maybe Duke can have a turn or Clemson, but their best coach left Bobby's boy high and dry when he left to become the most innovative coach in the Country at his alma mater in Morgantown. And no we will not burn a coach for beating a bottom dweller. At least we are the best team in our state. You guys have to look to Navy for in state greatness.

Posted by: southwvboy | September 10, 2007 2:29 PM

Oh forgot, thanks for backing out of the series. Now we can boost our strength of schedule.

Posted by: southwvboy | September 10, 2007 2:33 PM

how bout we just beat the hell out of MD and be done with it

Posted by: joe | September 10, 2007 3:19 PM

I hope Maryland fans have fun whooping it up before the game again this year. After the game they'll crawl back into college football obscurity where they belong.

Hopefully they can manage a win or 2 in the woeful ACC so this win counts for something for WVU.

Posted by: Steve | September 10, 2007 4:11 PM

The game is at Maryland not WVU. Would you like to talk about College Park?

Posted by: M | September 10, 2007 5:26 PM

News flash: Washington Post reports the West Virginia-Maryland game has been moved to Morgantown. And people wonder why the news media has virtually no credibility.

Posted by: 43rd Parallel | September 10, 2007 5:53 PM

Maybe your writer should do some research. The game is in Maryland this year not Morgantown.

Pure journalism, Hunter S. Thompson would be proud (NOT!)

Posted by: WVU83 | September 10, 2007 6:39 PM

I have heard that Baltimore is the STD capitol of the U.S. now. In West Virginia, we actually know the true purpose of the ole pooper. So apply the hairgel and mix up a feminine drink. You are going to need it to drown your sorrow. Is that crab I smell or the vile stench of clahmydia ridden Maryland cheerleaders?

Posted by: jeremy | September 10, 2007 8:55 PM

Two of the obvious things to me were already commented on prior to me posting this:
1) The game is in College Park, not Morgantown
2) "The Blair Witch Project" was filmed in Frederick County, MD, not WV

But as we sit and keep posting and posting, let us not forget last Friday night (in College Park). Didn't WVU (#20) beat Maryland (#6) in men's soccer? Hmmm...and I don't recall any couch burning, moonshine drinking or gun shooting during that victory. Funny how no one has mentioned this WVU victory in this blog so far (unless I'm so blinded by the football team's promise that I missed it).
And by the way, I've never been to college (US Navy for 19 years), but I have been stationed in MD (Patuxent River) for over 10 years and I'm pretty sure that the level of education is about the same as WV. And now I'm back for another 3 years. Can't wait to decipher the meaning of some of the paperwork I have to go through from the civilians down here.

PS: I just found out tonight that I'll be at the game on Thursday. My high school buddy (originally from Randallstown, Md) came acrossed 4 tickets and offered me one. And don't worry. He'll be wearing WVU colors as well, since he's a WVU grad.
Let's Goooooooo Mountaineers!!!

Posted by: westbygodtbone | September 10, 2007 11:38 PM

Hey Maryland: If through some devine intervention the terps manage to pull off the upset, maybe your coach can try burning some calories.

Posted by: willy | September 11, 2007 12:09 PM

Why would we burn a couch for Maryland? Get over yourselves.

Posted by: colvin21 | September 11, 2007 12:39 PM

i thought the game is in maryland?

Posted by: john | September 11, 2007 6:03 PM

A side note, commenting on the posts above:

Before you start criticizing the students at WVU, you should know (like the past few comments above have stated) that the game is indeed in MD, not in Morgantown. So for all of you calling WVU students "hillbillies" and "academically challenged", you should know you're not even arguing about an article that's correct, or makes sense. Make sure your pointing fingers and able to back yourself up. The article wasn't even correct, and the topic of couch burning was most likely chosen because the writer thought the game was at WVU. Responding to this article with mean statements to the WVU population? Go for it, but hating on us just makes you look as "academically challenged" as the writer of this article, who couldn't even write the first sentence of this article with correct facts.

Posted by: bek | September 11, 2007 9:08 PM

Yo DUDE, the game is at Maryland, not West Virginia !!!!
A celebration is great, no matter the ritual, or what some feel is going too far and Maryland deserves more credit than what the media has provided...
Forget couch burning, go burn your diploma if you have one, you didnt even look too closely to see where the game is being played!

Posted by: TERP ALUM | September 12, 2007 9:24 AM

Thanks for the second year of revenge.

Posted by: SteveSlaton | September 14, 2007 1:33 PM

What to burn, what to burn?? How about aviation fuel as Schmitty, Noel and Super Steve jet past Henderson and the rest of the ACC's finest defense. Hey, this was a pretty tough blog, so you Maryland guys need to use the next couple of years and get ready for your trip to Morgantown in 2010. Sock 'em, bust 'em, that's our custom--West "By God" Virginia. Good luck with the rest of your season.

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