Listening to Ralph's radio show

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Normally, Ralph Friedgen’s Wednesday radio show is not appointment broadcasting. During the season, there’s usually some sort of work to be finished off that precludes it. Besides, I get kind of envious hearing the clattering of silverware at Outback Steakhouse in the background.

But I listened from beginning to end tonight, and found myself amused at a few points  – notably when an Ohio native talked about Ohio State poaching players from the D.C. area and whether Maryland would return the favor. Friedgen pointed out just about everyone in the Buckeye State who’s good probably wants to play at the Horseshoe.

“I don’t know why he’s bothering with Maryland,” Friedgen said. “He’s got enough players there.”

Otherwise I heard a lot of things – a LOT – that sounded a lot like what’s been rehashed in the last three and a half weeks. One thing I didn’t hear from a caller: A question on why Chris Turner wasn’t the starter at quarterback. Guess Ralph dodged that bullet.

The honorary (but ultimately meaningless) D1scourse award for best question (i.e. one that should have been asked by has not been by beat writers) concerned Maryland’s fullbacks. Friedgen said the “Big-Boy Backfield” of Cory Jackson and Haroon Brown could see some time together, which would certainly make for a great visual.

That’s it for tonight. I’ll have a bit more tomorrow as season opener nears.

Patrick Stevens

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