Spring Football!

One of the great parts of living in Maryland is that you can experience all four seasons in their fullness. Sure, you can argue that spots south may have a more summery summer, or that points north have a more wintery winter, and you’d probably be right, but when you move too far north or south, you tend to mostly lose the season opposite of what a given region is most known for.

Summer time in Maryland brings warm weather, with thoughts of surf, sand, beaches, and bikinis, the trees with their seasonal leaves green and healthy and full grown, the flowers in bloom, sweat trickling down your brow while you walk the city concrete or the country path. Crabs, of course, when you can afford them. The Chesapeake Bay. Maryland actually even has a little bit of the Appalachian Trail within it’s borders (Not the South American Mark Sanford version 😉 ).

Two Appalachian Trails:

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Which would you rather hike?

Anyway, summer’s opposite is kind of a neat experience, too, at least until about the beginning of February when the snow starts to feel like the plague and the electric/heating bill starts to resemble the Ohio State Buckeyes’ player payroll (See what I did there? 🙂 ).

The Christmas season, huddling by the fire, snowball fights, and so on and so forth can hold a lot of appeal to both traditionalists and young people alike:

Even fall (aka “Autumn” to those of you from the University of Virginia), is anecdotally a favorite season for many in the region.  Traditionally thought of as beginning around Labor Day (The earth’s rotation around the sun aside 😉 ), the first weeks of fall feel like one last gasp of summer.  Some days even require air conditioning (Most window air units don’t come out until October), but others you can feel like you almost, but don’t require need something other than a t-shirt (or pants- which are optional only if you rate  a 7 or better attractiveness wise 😉 ).

Those gentle days, as the summer sunsets, drinking Octoberfest beers, are many people’s favorite.  Football season, college and pro, is in swing, the weather is still nice but milder, there’s just a hint of a chill at night, the air conditioning bills are down, the heating bills are not yet on the radar, etc..  This melts into October and November with a beautiful display of red and brown leaves, breaking out the windbreaker light jackets, Halloween, Thanksgiving (Don’t forget the sauerkraut with that turkey if you’re in Baltimore!  It’s a longstanding tradition, and it’s delicious 🙂 ), etc..

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Spring, somehow, seems undefined.  March almost feels like winter.  There’s a lot of rain.  There’s no football.  Baseball season starts if you’re into that.

In DC (College Park is within the DC beltway, despite being within the state of Maryland), you do get a beautiful view of Cherry Blossom trees, which only bloom in the spring for a short amount of time:

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For football fans, though, there is only spring practice, where the players who will be returning to fight for Maryland in the fall and early enrollees and transfers hone their skills.  The highlight of spring practice, for the fans, is the annual spring game.

We now have a date, and a time, and a bonus lacrosse game:

 

The nice thing about the spring game is, Maryland always wins:

There will also be autograph opportunities, and a chance to look at available season tickets by actually walking around the stadium and finding the seats that are tagged as available.

And, did I mention *FOOTBALL* in the Spring?

I believe I did. 🙂

Hat tip to PeachesTerp.

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