Noise An Arts Blog
Review: 'X's and O's' offers a thought-provoking examination of our football conundrum

Recently, I took my girlfriend to her first NFL game, between the Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. She went to the bathroom and missed a big interception by Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb but, she later told me, the loud cheers coming from all the stalls told her everything she needed to know.

If that doesn't fully demonstrate America's obsession with football, I don't know what does.

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Listen to 'Ascetic,' a new ripper from local punks Birth (Defects)
Q&A: Former NFL player Dwight Hicks talks about acting in 'X's and O's,' changing football, and more

As a football player, Dwight Hicks had an eight-year pro career that included two Super Bowl championships and four consecutive selections to the Pro Bowl. As an actor, he's landed small parts in the shows "Cold Case," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The X-Files" and films "Armageddon" and "The Rock."

His two jobs merge in "X's and O's," the football-centric play opening at Center Stage on Friday.

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Premiere: Listen to a new track from Benny Boeldt
Watch the video for Wume's 'Golden Leaf'
Hear Wye Oak perform 'The Tower' with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra