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Fact: Despite all the injuries and inconsistencies, the Orioles are in first place. If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Matt Wieters’ season would end in May, that 88 games into the season, J.J. Hardy would only have two homers, Chris Davis would be flirting...

Thirty-two of the Earth's 196 nations—nearly 16 percent—are gripped with World Cup Fever and finally it appears American immunity to the round-ball plague is waning. I'm a...

If City Paper were a shed, I'd be one of the duller tools, maybe the bowling ball to Van Smith's hedge shears or the stack of pancakes to the Mr. Wrong whirligig, but I have picked up...

Hey Spring, thanks for coming. I don't want to sound like an ass-hat or anything, but your brother Winter was a royal douche this year. I hope you're planning something nice. The...

The NCAA Championships are this weekend, and my bracket isn't looking so hot. Looking back, I am not sure why I picked Coastal Carolina over Lincoln Tech in the finals. Here's a...

Orioles spring training opens next week, and I for one would not want to hear Chuck Thompson's assessment of the beer temperature in Baltimore. Baseball's offseason is known as the...

Phil Smith is a racer to his marrow. He raced mountain bikes professionally for a decade and raced three seasons of motocross for Yamaha and Suzuki. Then, one day, after more than a...

My wife and I had our second son, Leo, last week, and since this is the Eat the World issue, I'm going to put this out there straight away. We did not eat the...

I want to get this out of the way right off the bat. I find this story repulsive and I hope to never have to cover another like it. Sadly, I don't think this is a...

With my iron helmet pulled snug about my head, I cinched my studded armbands tight against my forearms, muscles taut for battle, and glared out across the frozen field; my loins had...

Every year on our birthdays we get a new power. When you turn 2, you get the power to say, "I 2"; at 16 you get to drive badly; 18 is vote-power; at 35 you can be president, and 20...

Rejoice, rejoice, Spring is here! Sure the calendar owners out there will scoff and claim March 20th is the first day of Spring. Well, fie, I say. Spring is more than just some day on...

Are you ready for some football? No? Well you've got an extra week to get ready. Still don't think you'll be ready? Well sorry, you're boned, 'cause the Super Bowl-that fat, fantastic...

So last Saturday was World Sword Swallower's Day. I know, I know. Another ginned-up moneymaking Hallmark/sucker's holiday like Bulk Trash Pickup or My Wife's...

Generally, when you're in West Virginia and the hills echo with the sounds of screeching tires and sustained semiautomatic rifle fire, it's a good time to go home. Those are pretty...

Remember when I said the Ravens were done? I was just kidding. But even without the playoff implications, the Thanksgiving Day game was one to watch. Joe Flacco vs. Ben Rothlisberger is turning into...

Here on the shores of the mighty chesterpeak, we like to talk about a little thing called Orioles Magic. Orioles Magic is an intangible thing, though I imagine if you could isolate it...

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