The Washington Times - January 24, 2009, 10:52AM

DURHAM, N.C. —- The cheer sheet is a disappointment again. That’s OK. The Cameron Crazies actually acquitted themselves rather well in last year’s visit from Maryland.

A couple cheer sheet quick hits.


* “Sweat, Gary, sweat” —- how predictable has this become? At least the encouragement for this cheer is followed by an observation Gary Williams doesn’t particularly think highly of the Crazies.

* There’s a reference to the 0 percent graduation rate among guys who entered school between 1997 and 2000. In fact, three of the seven paragraphs of Maryland notes are connected to academic success or lack thereof. Relevant? Sure. Clever? Not especially.

* The last two items are solid, one a reference to Cliff Tucker‘s comment about his disdain for Duke last year. As for Greivis Vasquez, well, this is worth retyping in its entirety (lousy punctuation comes from the sheet, not me):

Vasquez: where do we even start? This week he said of Cameron Indoor, “That’s my house. I love going in there. It’s going to be fun.” He must just figure that it can’t be any worse than his home arena. In a home game against Georgia Tech, a portion of the student section booed Greivis whenever he missed a shot or made a mistake; his response was repeatedly turn toward the hecklers —- even once while dribbling the ball —- put a finger to his lips to silence them and shout, “Shut the —— up!” How pleasant.

So Greivis is ready for the Crazies. The Crazies are ready for Greivis. And I’m ready for the opening tip.

Too bad it’s still 70 minutes away.

—- Patrick Stevens