Ole Miss-Maryland: The Irony and the Harmony

By Jessica Garrison - March 20, 2007


So every time we go to halftime here in the Hartford region (and maybe in others) we get treated to a highlight reel of the Terps' overtime title win...particularly ironic in light of the fact that the defending national champions are no doubt having their ears chewed off in the locker room right about now.

In the meantime, the halftime special guests are the NCAA Division II men's soccer champions, Dowling College. For those of you who don't know, Dowling is in Shirley, NY, but they must have the widest recruiting base known to Division II man, because as they read off each player's name and hometown, I swore it was the United Nations roll call.

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A sampling of hometowns, courtesy of the Downling College Athletics site:

Belgrade, Serbia; Bristol, England; Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Ghana, Africa; Gothenburg, Sweden; Deer Park, NY; Stavanger, Norway...believe it or not, the list goes on...

Bizarre place to make the DII men's soccer introduction, but certainly provided me with an interesting sidebar, especially as there are no offensive mascots, fans or cheerleaders in sight. In fact, the only offensive thing going on is Maryland's play...

Posted by Jessica Garrison at 08:17 PM on March 20, 2007
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