By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Gary Jobson is not only a Hall of Fame sailor. He is also something of a history buff when it comes to a sport that has been a big part of his life since childhood. Which is why Jobson, of Annapolis, was happy to witness this year's America's Cup competition in San Francisco Bay up close, as someone who could both enjoy the event and appreciate its historical context. For those who were busy following the Ravens, Orioles or even Maryland, Oracle Team USA came back from the largest deficit in the competition's history to win and retain the cup. Trailing 8-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle took the last eight races to win the 17-race competition and put Jimmy Spithill, the Australian skipper who headed Oracle's crew, in the company of the sport's legendary figures.
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
Technical problems continued to frustrate people attempting to access the new state health insurance exchange on Friday The issues with, the online exchange set up under national health reform, prompted some analysts to suggest that the system's software and servers aren't robust enough. "They seem to be building this system on the go," said Robert Laszewski, a Washington-based insurance industry consultant. "It was not adequately tested, and it was not ready for prime time.
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
It was October 2011, and I remember standing just off the field inside Doak Campbell Stadium for media interviews after Florida State's 41-16 victory over the Terps . It was a rough day for the Terps. I remember that coach Randy Edsall made a memorably candid statement. "We just don't match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State. That's what we are going to have to do from a recruiting standpoint," said Edsall. He sounded determined, almost defiant, about the ultimate course of his program.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
It didn't take long Sunday for Dan Fouts and Ian Eagle to let us know we were watching a low-down-on-the-depth-chart broadcast team from the worst TV network doing NFL football. In the keys-to-the-game, pre-kickoff analysis, Fouts told viewers Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco didn't want to talk about “who's not here anymore” among his receivers. Instead, Fouts said, Flacco stressed how “excited” he was “about the continued progress of his new wide-out, Torrey Smith, his No. 1 wide-out.” You have to believe Fouts knows somewhere in his brain that Torrey Smith isn't really “new.” Don't you?
By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
Retired Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis weighed in on the Aaron Hernandez situation, offering his opinion on the former New England Patriots star tight end during his debut as an ESPN football analyst. During a roundtable discussion with Cris Carter, Keyshawn Johnson and Tom Jackson, Lewis said he believes the Patriots should have had some idea that Hernandez, who remains in jail after pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Odin Lloyd, was headed down the wrong path.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2013
James L. Akers Jr., a retired financial analyst and businessman who collected and restored vintage arcade machines, died Wednesday of kidney cancer at his Ellicott City home. He was 73. The son of a dentist and a homemaker, James Lee Akers Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Regester Avenue in Stoneleigh. Herbert W. Dorsey grew up a few doors away, and they remained lifelong friends. "It was a neighborhood of boys, and we naturally gravitated to his home because Jim had a pool table," said Mr. Dorsey, a retired Public Health Service officer who lives in Bethesda.
By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2013
During the depth of the 2008 financial crisis when Bill Miller's funds were in free fall, a colleague advised him to get a dog. "I needed to change my luck," said the Legg Mason money manager, famous for beating the market 15 years in a row. "I reasoned that to have a bull market, you need a 'bull' dog of some sort. " Miller, 63, settled on an English bulldog he named after boxer Jake "Raging Bull" LaMotta. "The bulldog was the reason the market recovered," Miller said during a recent interview at Legg's headquarters in Baltimore's Harbor East.
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Susa Kessler, a retired World Bank analyst who had fled Nazi Germany as a child, died of breast cancer complications Tuesday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Canton resident was 88. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, she was the daughter of Dr. Caesar Hirsch, an ear, nose and throat doctor, and Felicia Hearst. Family members said that her father heard that Adolf Hitler and his government planned to blacklist him because he was a Jew. "To avoid arrest, Dr. Hirsch sent his children to Switzerland in the company of their grandmother," said Ms. Kessler's son, John J. "Jack" Condliffe of Timonium.
By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
While there are some notable absences from each league's Home Run Derby roster -- like Philadelphia's Dominic Brown, Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and an assortment of American League batters with more than 20 home runs -- ESPN analyst John Kruk mentioned an Oriole he'd like to see in the competition sometime soon But this Oriole is known more for his doubles than his home runs. “I'd like to see the super three young guys in there, [Orioles third baseman Manny] Machado and [Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike]
By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
John Kruk, who will be part of ESPN's broadcast of the Home Run Derby, says Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is the favorite “without question” to win the event at Citi Field on Monday night. “When you watch his home runs, he doesn't swing hard,” Kruk, a former big league first baseman said during a conference call Wednesday. “As the later rounds come on if he keeps advancing, to me, he's going to be fresher than anyone else in this thing. To me, he's the leader in the clubhouse right now to win it, even though Prince did win it last year.” Fellow ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra said he expects the competition to come down to Davis and Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder.
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