Friday, March 5, 2010

World-Class Win Should Lead to World-Class Celebration

As a University of Maryland alum, I was beyond excited when the Terps beat Duke late Wednesday night. And I enjoyed exchanging all the Facebook posts with friends and fans across the country. For Terrapin Nation, there's nothing like beating Duke.

That said, I am always disheartened the next day when I hear the news reports about riots and arrests. There's absolutely no reason for it. Don't get me wrong, of course we should be celebrating. However, if the allegations about starting fires and attempting to turn over a bus are true, those actions send the wrong message to students, fans, alumni and the surrounding community. Quite frankly, it's an embarrassment, especially for a university that has made great strides during the last several years to become the world-class institution that it is today.

In the days and weeks ahead, as due process takes its course, if any of the alleged behaviors are proven true, anyone responsible should be held accountable for their actions.

As March Madness approaches and the Terps hopefully go deep in the tournament, let's not make ourselves mad with bad choices. Let our celebrations be world-class.

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