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10 Things Out-Of-Staters Will Never Quite Understand About Homegrown Maryland Students

As out-of state student wander around this extremely vibrant and proud University of Maryland campus or attend different UMD sponsored events, there are many things that baffle them about the strangely exuberant creatures from the wonderful state itself. The Black Sheep has taken the task of delving into these mysteries upon ourselves, and here is what we’ve come up with:

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10.) Yelling “O” at the top of your lungs during the National Anthem at any and every sporting event:

Even if you’re not an Orioles fan, yelling “O” during the national anthem is a must. The National Anthem was created in Maryland and should be given the proper respect by loudly and vehemently screaming out “O” with all the Maryland pride you can muster.

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9.) The obsession with the Maryland state flag:

The Maryland state flag trumps all others. Not only is it a staple piece of the most-amazing-state ever heritage, it’s also a stylish statement piece to any outfit. No one cares “how cool” the animal or motto on any other state flag is; Maryland or die.

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8.) Why exactly counties seem to be so damn important:

All out-of-staters are dumbfounded by the importance of in-state students “repping” their county. The question, “where are you from?” takes on a whole new meaning when you ask a native Marylander. Not to mention when you get two people from the same county together the excited hooting and hollering could be heard by a deaf man (who would then start chanting their county as well.)

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7.) Old Bay is Bae: 

Whether it’s for fries, crabs, or even an ice-cold Natty Boh, getting in between an in-state student and their Old Bay is risky business that could result in the loss of life and/or limb.

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6.) Yes, there is a proper way to pick crabs, and yes, it does matter:

To all the New Englanders out there who believe smashing the crab until it falls apart is the proper way to eat this wonderful Maryland delicacy, please escort yourself back to whatever savage hole you came out of. Picking crabs is an art form and should be treated as such.


5.) Natty Boh v. Natty Light:

Natty Boh (National Bohemian) is not the same as Natty Light and should never, EVER be compared or placed on the same level, unless you want to offend the gods of all that is holy and just in the state. Shame on you, shame on your family, and shame on your cow for even suggesting the relationship.

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4.) Wearing other colleges’ gear is not okay. Ever:

No one cares if it’s the college in your hometown or if it’s where your parents went; when you go to Maryland, you go hard or go back home to whatever college you think is worthy of being represented on your body (Especially if it’s Duke. Fuck Duke.)

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3.) It’s pronounced Bal-DI-more. Hold the T:


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2.) Maryland is superior to all other states:

Between the best flag ever, the best food ever (crabs, Old Bay, Natty Boh etc.), and being the birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner, Maryland pretty much rules. There is no contest. We don’t care if you think your state is better. You’re wrong, and don’t you dare try to convince us otherwise. We are armed with our Old Bay and wildly amazing flag and are not afraid to attack.

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1.) “Crab cakes and Football; that’s what Maryland does!”:

This shout out from Wedding Crashers is the epitome of Maryland, and in-state students have fully embraced the lifestyle of crab cakes and football since birth. Out-of-staters have some serious catching up to do and don’t seem to understand the importance of these crucial parts of Maryland life.


And always remember, when in doubt, fuck Duke.

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