O, By the Way

The Kickoff

May 01, 2007|By BILL ORDINE

Good morning, Bal-tee-m@GOnline

m@GOnliore, or Bal'mer, or simply Baltimore.

And welcome, truly welcome, to your hometown newspaper's latest patch of cyber real estate.

Some of you, I'm figuring most of you, don't know the dopey-lookin' guy with the mustache pictured here from a rock.

A few - close friends and relatives - know that I'm a sportswriter at The Sun. If the mug looks familiar, you may have seen it affixed to a column I used to write on poker in the sports pages or you may recognize the byline from stories on pro football or sports business.

Beginning today, though, I'll be here most weekdays - several times a day - passing on what we hope will be interesting bits of flotsam and jetsam from the world of sports, and particularly sports as it applies to our city, region and state. The goal here is to keep you up to date with stuff that may be essential or provocative or just quirky. I hope that you're entertained.

A couple of things I want to get out right away. This sports blog is part of a nascent but ambitious effort on the part of The Sun, a paper born well before the Civil War, to remain relevant in the 21st century. Elsewhere on baltimoresun.com you'll find other new features, including news updates and videos, lists of events in the city and suburbs, blogs on arts and entertainment, dating and food.

One more thing. It's a big world out there and we, or at least I, don't pretend to know everything going on. So, if you think you know something that other sports fans might also like to hear about, let me know.

Look, we know this is just a beginning and, quite likely, six months or a year from now, The Sun's presence on the Internet will look much different. For most of us who came into the news business daubed in ink, it's a journey fraught with both mystery and promise. I - and all of us at The Sun - look forward to your company.

bill.ordine@baltsun.com

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