Few of you will likely recognize the phrase: "Come with me to the thrilling days of yesteryear ..." That was how the famous Lone Ranger radio program of the late 1930s and early '40s used to start.
While you may not recall that bygone radio show, you must remember the year Charles "Lefty" Driesell lifted his Maryland Terrapins above the long run of John Wooden-coached UCLA teams to nab Maryland's first-ever NCAA basketball championship in April 1974.
Surely you remember that wonderful team of talented, unselfish players - Tom McMillen, John Lucas, Len Elmore, Mo Howard, Tom Roy and that human dynamo of the inside game, Moses Malone.
There was Moses, manchlld of Petersburg, Va. Just to look at him as a young man, as I did several times when he attended Bullets games at the now-demolished Capital Centre, you could sense he was a unique force on a basketball court. It was really very simple: When Lefty added Moses Malone to his already sterling combination of McMillen, Lucas, Elmore, Roy and Howard, it was clear this was a team destined for the not only the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight, but a team destined to emerge undefeated from the Final Four. Moses was the final piece in Lefty's masterpiece team, a certain NCAA winner in 1974.