The Washington Times - October 17, 2008, 10:29AM

The early bird supposedly gets the worm.

I’ll just have to settle for the steamed shrimp I’ll get at the grocery store in a few hours.


That’s probably better; plus, there was some extra sleep involved. That’s always good.

Anyway, this entry is rather belated today, and my apologies.

So yesterday was basketball media day, the official start of a fairly stressful period I like to call “The Overlap.” It will roll on for six or seven weeks, right up to a bowl announcement (if there’s a bowl announcement) for Maryland‘s football team. And it means juggling two teams that generate interest.

Today, the juggling led to a look at Braxton Dupree, who will no doubt play a significant role for Maryland basketball team this year after shedding plenty of weight in the offseason. I’ll have a little more on Dupree later in the day.

Elsewhere …

* Steve Yanda of the Washington Post writes that guard Greivis Vasquez believes the Terps will exceed expectations this season.

* The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus looks at the Terps’ three Charm City players.

On the football side of things…

* The Washington Post’s Eric Prisbell analyzes the importance of Wake Forest kicker Sam Swank, who remains questionable for Saturday’s game.

—- Patrick Stevens