There has always been some debate over what constitutes the DMV for the purposes of the Maryland Pride movement, which aims to keep local football recruits home and playing for the University of Maryland. Is it the entire state of Maryland plus Washington DC? The Washington metro area, which includes only parts of Maryland, but also DC and Northern Virginia? The entire state of Maryland plus DC and Northern Virginia? A large swath of the Mid-Atlantic region?
Well, Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell has helpfully, almost literally, drawn us a map:
I like it. 🙂
Take that Confederacy, we’ve absorbed your old capitol into a Union state! 😉
It’s a maximalistic approach to what local is, and an ambitious plan of attack for the new staff. It’s not unrealistic, though. Maryland’s coaching staff includes top recruiter and former University of Virginia head coach Mike London, among many others. People on our staff have ties to that region, and of course we are by far the closest Big Ten school to all of those areas.
If you live in even the most northern and most southern most tiers of that region, you’re getting Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals (baseball) games on television during baseball season, and Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards (Pro hockey and basketball) games during the fall, winter, and early spring. Football coverage is done differently, but the whole region gets either the Baltimore Ravens or the Washington Redskins or both most weeks of the football season (The mix varying depending on where you are, exactly), and both of those teams play in Maryland (The Ravens, as you might imagine, have their home in Baltimore City, and, perhaps less predictably if you don’t already know the answer, the Redskins in Landover, MD, despite their name reflecting an affiliation with the capitol).
This is our home recruiting territory. 🙂
And, personally, as a Marylander, I like the idea of painting adjoining territory in our state colors. 🙂
Might I suggest adding South-Central Pennsylvania?
It’s in the Chesapeake Bay water basin, and York and some other cities close to the border are practically bedroom communities for Baltimore (Meaning people live up there and commute to work by driving down I-83 every morning and back up I-83 in the evening).
Source for the map: https://twitter.com/coachwaltbell/status/698281521837379584