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For Terps, election yields quite a debate
At its most basic, the Maryland football locker room is a lot like a typical workplace.
More than 100 men from various backgrounds inhabit it. More than two dozen of them will commence a serious job search within the year, their occupational needs varying from helmets and shoulder pads to suits and ties.
“Like everybody else, I want some kind of change,” said linebacker Dave Philistin, who voted for Obama by absentee ballot in his home state of New Hampshire. “The economy’s not good, [and] people are looking for jobs. It’s just not good. People aren’t die-hard about it, even though people in D.C. are. We’re usually brothers down there, so we don’t try to get on each other.”
Of course, “try” doesn’t mean there isn’t disagreement - whether it’s contrived or genuine. Playing the role of instigator is Dean Muhtadi, a garrulous defensive lineman enrolled in Maryland’s business school. He also admits he is part of an ever-shrinking pool: the undecided voter.
A classic Muhtadi strategy: Hang around just long enough to incite a debate, then skedaddle and watch things unfold from afar.
“I usually back McCain just to annoy my teammates because they’re so hard-core for Obama,” Muhtadi said in a busy hallway in the Gossett team house. “I definitely do it to bother everybody. I try to drive them nuts.”
Just then, quarterback Chris Turner - wearing a Los Angeles Dodgers hat, a reminder of his West Coast, blue-state roots - walked past. Ah, an outside-the-locker-room opportunity for Muhtadi to create mischief, one he wouldn’t pass up.
“Turner’s definitely one of them,” Muhtadi said.
“What?” Turner replied.
“A McCain fan,” Muhtadi goaded.
“Big time,” Turner said sarcastically as he walked away.
Finding a true McCain supporter isn’t the easiest task. Senior Danny Oquendo, who estimated 95 percent of the team is in favor of Obama, said he and fellow wideout Isaiah Williams take turns arguing with quarterback Jordan Steffy. So too does Turner, a government and politics major.
“It’s like me and [defensive end Jared] Harrell versus the white kids,” Turner said. “Me and Harrell talk every day. Jordan’s a McCain guy, so we bicker a lot. There’s a handful of McCain guys - not a lot.”
The divide of political preference comes as no surprise to coach Ralph Friedgen, though neither does the interest throughout the team. It’s not substantially different than the last election cycle. Friedgen remembers a 2004 bus trip to the state house in Annapolis after Maryland’s Gator Bowl victory, when former Terps Dominique Foxworth and Andrew Crummey loudly disagreed on the prevalence of racism in society.
About the Author
Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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