College Football Tackles History with New Uniforms for Maryland Terps

College Football Tackles History with New Uniforms for Maryland Terps
University of Maryland special uniform

University of Maryland special uniform

It’s not often that college football collides head-on with American history, so when the University of Maryland Terrapins take to the field you might pay close attention to their new uniforms.

The one-game-only jerseys mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore where Americans defended Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

The game will be one armchair history buffs and Terps fans at home shouldn't miss. Now's a good time to have a game plan ready in case your TV isn’t.

That plan could include upgrading to a better sports package by contacting a local cable company or satellite provider to make sure the entire college football season is covered.

You and your TV should be ready for some college football

Of course, the sheer volume of TV service options may be just as confusing as some of the plays on the field. Taking time to review them is one way to get the most satisfaction for your money.

First, learn the basics about the different choices, which include cable, fiber optic and satellite. Then, learn what's actually available where you live.

Check with service providers to know what's available, so you can begin to compare features and costs.

Be aware that installation, rental fees and bundling can all affect initial and ongoing costs. Contracts can also factor in your decision about which kind of TV service to choose.

Satellite companies may require long commitments, while cable and fiber optic services may provide a contract-free service. In either case, be sure you are aware of all potential extra fees, including those for terminating service.

Still, the best service in the world won’t help if your TV doesn’t work. Don’t worry too much if that happens on game day. Just check with a local TV repair company. They often provide same-day services.

One tip, though, before making that call. Always check to see if the TV set is plugged in, turned on and the mute button is off.

Hey, the excitement of game day could cause you to forget the basics.

Would you like the Terps to make the new uniforms permanent?

All these suggestion should keep you from missing the Terps play in honor of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to compose the poem that later became  “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The written words of the poem will adorn the jersey sleeves, helmets and footwear. The logo on the helmet and pants will feature the outline of Fort McHenry and an image of the famous flag that flew through the night of the battle.

Additionally, team captains will don red belts as American military captains did during the battle.

Each athlete will replace his last name on the back of the jersey with the word “triumph.” Also, the phrase “conquer we must” will be emblazoned on his base layer, referencing a phrase, which was included in the original poem, but left out of the national anthem. 


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