Local sports boosters: If the slumping Orioles have got you down, here’s yet another reminder that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s men’s basketball program made history two months ago by toppling the mighty 1-seeded University of Virginia. Now, there’s a bobblehead to mark the triumphant day.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee this morning unveiled a mock-up of the new wobbling collectible to celebrate the Retrievers’ 20-point blowout of the Cavaliers on national television on March 16. The game marked the first-ever victory by a 16-seeded NCAA Tournament contestant over a 1-seeded team. (We did say it could happen, even with slim odds.)
It also brought some unexpected national attention to the Catonsville institution, with orders for Retrievers gear flooding the bookstore and business marketing experts predicting companies would come calling about a chance to put their name on the school’s new $85 million sports arena.
The bobblehead, which is officially licensed by UMBC, takes the shock and awe of that day into account. The mock-up of the collectible features its mascot golden retriever, True Grit, standing atop a stack of newspapers with the headline, “UMBC Does the Unthinkable! #16 Topples #1 Seed for 1st Time in Men’s Tourney.” The dog sports a confident, threatening grin and wields a sign reading, “U Must B Cinderella.”
A bobblehead goes for $35. They’ll ship out in August, but you can pre-order them now, or wait for them to arrive at the campus store.
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