The Undercard

The Undercard By Brandon Weigel
The Undercard: It is a mistake for the Baltimore Blast to leave Royal Farms Arena

After 37 years, the Baltimore Blast are leaving the Royal Farms Arena, the team's home since its inaugural season in 1980 and nearly every year since.

As was first reported by The Sun, the city's indoor soccer team will instead play the 2017-2018 season at the SECU Arena on Towson University's campus.

During a press conference this morning, team owner Ed Hale Sr.

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The Undercard: Bring Kaepernick to Baltimore

"Let's build the best 53-man squad and the 10-man practice squad that we can." -Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome, circa 2015, discussing the importance of roster depth

"Just win, baby!"

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The Undercard: Rip the Orioles up and start again

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.

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The Undercard: Kentucky Derby hopeful Irish War Cry highlights a resurgence in Maryland horse racing

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.

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The Undercard: In the Shadow of American Pharoah

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.

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The Undercard: Some hope for the Ravens, but don't forget the Blast

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.

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