After the Orioles got swept by the division rival Yankees in late July, there was not a lot of optimism about the team's chances of making the playoffs. Plenty of fans even pushed for Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette to sell off some players for prospects at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.
Duquette was steadfast in his insistence that he would try to add players...Read more
The Preakness Stakes has an enviable position in the Triple Crown schedule. It may not have the glitz of the Kentucky Derby, but the Preakness offers something the Run for the Roses does not: acute anticipation.
Sure, there’s always a favorite in the field at Churchill Downs that commentators and bettors will key on. But nobody left the track disappointed in 2009, when 50-to-1 long-shot Mine That...Read more
The Blast are the best team in Baltimore.
How do I know this? The seven championship banners hanging from the rafters in the glorious Royal Farms Arena. That’s more than the Ravens and Orioles put together—which you were probably able to figure out on your own, but come on, that’s really impressive.
And yet, when I recently told people I attended one of the indoor soccer team’s games, I was met with...Read more
Remember 2012? Remember when the Ravens lost four of their last five games, backing into the playoffs before marching on to the Super Bowl?
After the Ravens handled the Pittsburgh Steelers in Heinz Field on Saturday, winning 30-17, it started to feel—in the immortal words of Yogi Berra—like déjà vu all over again.
This year they needed help getting into the playoffs, and then they went to Pittsburgh,...Read more
Manager Buck Showalter and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette had barely finished collecting the accolades and hardware awarded to them for the brilliant 2014 Orioles season before they were under fire from Baltimore’s weary baseball fans.
The charge: failing to retain, or adequately replace, three key pieces to the joyous postseason run this past October—outfielder/designated...Read more
With the Orioles heading into hot stove season, let’s now direct our attention to where most of America has been directing theirs since September: football.
But not—at least not yet—the Baltimore Ravens, who are in the middle of the pack in the AFC North at press time. Instead, let’s look to the University of Maryland.
Ignore for a moment the shellackings delivered by Ohio State and Wisconsin and...Read more