Posts Tagged ‘Maryland’

Maryland basketball star Len Bias: remembering ACC great who died 26 years ago

July 8, 2012

The poster is old and wrinkled, gathering dust. Len Bias is slamming home one of his ferocious dunks. The caption reads, “I’m Bias. Maryland is number one.”

It has been 26 years since Maryland basketball superstar Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose in a dorm room. Bias’ sudden death became the biggest story in the history of Washington, D.C. area sports, and one of the biggest news stories in the city’s history. How could such a seemingly invincible player be gone all of a sudden, just two days after being drafted second overall in the 1986 draft by the Boston Celtics?

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.
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Earthquake rocks Washington, D.C. area

August 23, 2011

Earthquake rocks Bethesda at 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

I was in La Madeleine in Bethesda eating lunch. The place started shaking like a train was passing by. Ground felt slightly like a trampoline. Lasted about 10 seconds. felt a very small aftershock afterwards. People started running out. Throngs of people standing outside office buildings in Bethesda.

Reports state that it was a 5.9 magnitude earthquake centered about 100 miles south of Washington, D.C.

25 years ago Maryland basketball player Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose

June 19, 2011

The grave of Len Bias. Photo by Mike Frandsen

Twenty-five years ago today something happened that was so shocking that it was hard to fathom that it really took place.

On June 19, 1986, University of Maryland basketball player Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose.

The scene that morning, as documented in news reports, was surreal and tragic as family members and teammates learned the news after gathering at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale, Maryland.

Kirk Fraser recounted the story of Bias’ death in an ESPN documentary, 30 for 30: Without Bias.

It was like a nightmare that seems so real and then you wake up.  Only this was real.  It haunts Maryland fans to this day.

Bias was not only the best player ever at Maryland, he was the greatest player in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was better than Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, David Thompson, and Ralph Sampson. Bias was a power forward with the strength of a center, the quickness of a small forward and the touch of a shooting guard. But that doesn’t come close to telling the story.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

Will Terps be NIT-bound? Maryland loses to Virginia Tech at home, 74-57

January 21, 2011

This was embarrassing.  It doesn’t matter that Virginia Tech is better than usual and Maryland is young.  It doesn’t matter that the Hokies may finish the season in the Top 25.

Maryland lost by 17 points to a football school at home Thursday, falling to Virginia Tech, 74-57.

At least the game was on TV.  Maryland football fans had to squint at their computer screens last season to see some of the Terps’ football games.

For a team that won the national championship in 2002, the Terps have fallen hard.  If Maryland fails to make the NCAA tournament this year, it will be the fourth time in the last seven seasons Maryland will go to the NIT.

After Maryland won the national title, instead of challenging Duke and North Carolina for ACC supremacy, Maryland slipped back to the also-rans of the conference, which is to say the Terps have been pretty good but not great.  It’s as if the Terps didn’t think they belonged with the ACC’s best.

Instead of capitalizing on increased exposure by getting star recruits, Maryland’s recruiting became worse after the title than it was before, when the Terps had stars like John Lucas and Tom McMillen in the 1970s; Albert King, Buck Williams and Len Bias in the 1980s; Walt Williams, Joe Smith and Keith Booth in the 1990s; and Dixon, Baxter and Blake in the early 2000s.

When Greivis Vasquez was selected at the end of the first round last summer by the Memphis Grizzlies, it was the first time since Dixon in 2002 that a Terp was picked in the first round of the NBA draft.

Vasquez, who scored 41 in a win last year over the Hokies, led the Terps to the NCAA tournament in three of his four seasons, but only once, in 2010, did Maryland make the field convincingly.

And don’t buy into the fake, overhyped “rivalry” that Maryland allegedly has with Duke.  Guess what Gary’s record is against Mike Krzyzewski?  He has beaten Coach K 12 times in 49 games.  Despite a handful of incredible games, that’s not a rivalry – it’s a joke.

Of course, the Terps are in the Washington, D.C. area, so naturally they stink.  If it’s not the Wizards (0-20 on the road), it’s another failed season for the Redskins and Nationals, another playoff upset by the Caps, and a lost season by D.C. United.

To read the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Holiday wishes for Skins, Nats, Caps, Wizards, Terps

December 31, 2010

In the spirit of the holiday season, here are some belated gift suggestions and wishes for the New Year for D.C. area teams and sports figures.

Mike Shanahan:  A one-way ticket to Denver to be head coach for his old friends, owner Pat Bowlen and probable new part-owner John Elway.  Or truth serum, or a job at Wikileaks.  (He can take Kyle too).

Albert Haynesworth:  A love for the game of football.

Donovan McNabb:  A new team he can take to the playoffs for three more seasons.

Redskins:  A quarterback, a running back, an offensive line, a starting wide receiver, a defensive line, a punter, and a kicker.

Maryland Athletic Director Kevin “The Grinch” Anderson:  A heart.

Maryland football:  Another program to hire Mike Leach so the Terps can rehire Ralph Friedgen.

For the rest of the article on Examiner.com, click here.

 

Cleaning and organizing in Washington, D.C. and Maryland

November 27, 2010

I thought I would post this about a company that uses mostly people with disabilities in cleaning and organizing.  I’ve used them before and they’re good.  This is cut and pasted from an email:

“My name is Janet Carter and I am the owner of ABC Cleaning Services.  This is a new company that employs individuals with disabilities. I am interested in obtaining residential and/or commercial contracts. If you have any questions or are in need of our services, please feel free to contact me. We will be happy to accommodate you in your home or office environment.”

ABC Cleaning Services, LLC
Janet Carter
abccleaningservices1@gmail.com
202-526-8028

Remembering Len Bias: Former Terrapin basketball superstar died of a cocaine overdose 24 years ago

June 19, 2010

The photo from this Washington Post article on Bias during his junior year is faded, but memories of Bias remain for Maryland fans.

Twenty-four years ago today something happened that was so shocking that it was hard to fathom that it really took place.

On June 19, 1986, University of Maryland basketball player Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose.

The scene that morning, as documented in news reports, was surreal and tragic as family members and teammates learned the news after gathering at Leland Memorial Hospital in Riverdale.

Kirk Fraser recounted the story of Bias’ death in an ESPN documentary, 30 for 30: Without Bias.

See the rest of my article at Examiner.com here.

See highlights of Bias here.

Washington, D.C. Sports Headlines Examiner – Examiner.com

February 6, 2010

I’m the new Washington, D.C. Sports Headlines Examiner for Examiner.com.  Basically, I write short articles about local sports events.  In a typical week, I might do an article on a Caps game, Wizards game, either Maryland or Georgetown basketball game, and a fourth miscellaneous item.  Right now I’ll do more Caps games because they’re doing so well.  And of course, in the spring, I’ll be doing some Nats and D.C. United games, and of course Redskins news as it comes in.

See http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner for my articles.  If you click on “subscribe” to the right of my name and then enter your email address, you’ll get email alerts whenever I do an article.  Subscribing is free, and in a typical week, I’ll probably do about four articles.  If you’re a local sports fan, it’s worth it just to find out what happened to the local teams, and just as important, to hear about any major breaking news.  A perfect example of this is former Redskin Russ Grimm making the Hall of Fame, which just happened today.  Also, I get paid per page click — each time one of my articles gets read.

Examiner.com is not affiliated with the Examiner newspapers. Examiner.com has reporters, or “Examiners” all over the country and emphasizes local news and sports.

As long as I’m promoting myself, I might as well cut and paste my bio here:

Mike Frandsen is a free-lance writer who has worked as a local sports reporter covering the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Orioles. Mike also teaches kids with autism (www.coachmike.net) and works as an advocate for kidney donor awareness. He blogs about subjects as varied as sports, autism, and kidney disease at www.mikefrandsen.org.

Thanks for reading.