Staring at a seven-and-a-half game deficit in the AL East and carrying a record four games below .500, the Baltimore Orioles re-emerge from the All-Star break with one foot in the Wild Card race and the other in irrelevancy.
As recently as July 1, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team would be buyers ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.Read more
Before he was in the Kentucky Derby field, Irish War Cry started his racing career as a 2-year-old right here in Maryland, at Laurel Park.
Last November, the colt won in his trip out, surging from the back of the pack at the far turn in a six-furlong maiden special weight race and bursting ahead near the finish line for a commanding victory.Read more
A year ago, the dark gray clouds over Pimlico opened up and unleashed a monsoon, turning the track into a muddy mess. Lightning flashed above, and the infield and stands were ordered to be evacuated.
And yet the field of eight horses, including Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah and the two horses that finished behind him, Firing Line and Dortmund, proceeded to the starting gate.Read more
The thinking around town is the Ravens are utterly fucked, and this is not completely wrong. Once Super Bowl favorites according to Sports Illustrated, they limped into their bye week with a 2-6 record after squeaking out a last-minute win against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 1.Read more
On Grantland, a writer named The Masked Man recently proclaimed that professional wrestling is more mainstream and popular than ever, thanks to major outlets (such as Grantland) taking it seriously, WWE's stars breaking through in both mixed-martial arts and Hollywood, and a culture of people embracing their own nerdiness.Read more