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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | September 6, 2009
Steve Simons welcomed each contestant to the Armwrestling USA/Maryland Classic with the same greeting. "You will have more fun than you can imagine," he said to throngs Saturday at the Maryland State Fair. Fair organizers brought the event to the Timonium fairgrounds for the first time this year and the crowd quickly got into it. Simons talked many into wrestling and everyone into cheering on the competitors. "We thought it would be something new, a crowd pleaser and something most people can do," said Edie M. Bernier, a spokeswoman for the fair.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
On the surface, Matt Hauser was an Army fan, wearing a black-and-camouflage jersey and rooting for the home team at the annual Army-Navy flag football matchup at Fort Meade. But like many Marylanders, he has deep respect for Navy, too. Lifting his Army jersey, he revealed a blue Navy jersey underneath. Even in flag football, Army-Navy is "a nice rivalry," said Hauser, a Severn insurance agent who helped organize a tailgate party for Thursday's game. But there's more to it, he said.
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By Jacques Kelly and Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter | November 3, 2007
Its dimensions and power inspire urban awe: the second-largest field of neon on the East Coast, a 120-by-70-foot spectacular electrical blaze that has cast its blood-orange radiance across the upriver waters of the Patapsco since April 25, 1951. "The sign has 650 neon tubes searing a 760-amps-per-hour image into the psyche of Charm City," as a Sun article described it a decade ago. Baltimore's iconic Domino Sugars sign (the final S is never pronounced, nor is it part of the company's official name)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Over the past few weeks, the dinner conversation sometimes got a little overheated at Jack and Will D'Angelo's Reisterstown home. With Jack playing for Calvert Hall's football team and younger brother Will playing for Loyola's, there wasn't much to agree upon when talk turned to the Turkey Bowl coming up at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday morning. For the 93rd time, Calvert Hall and Loyola will meet on Thanksgiving Day, but this will be the first time that Jack, a senior starting lineman, and Will, a sophomore reserve receiver, square off. Athletes since they were little, both brothers have strong competitive streaks and, of course, that comes out in everything from pick-up basketball games in the driveway to video games in the basement to conversations about the Turkey Bowl at the dinner table.
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By Lem Satterfield and Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1999
City and Poly meet at noon tomorrow at PSINet Stadium for the 111th game in their annual football rivalry with a rarity -- one of the few times both teams enter with losing records.Both teams are 4-5, and neither has a chance of reaching the postseason, Class 2A playoffs.But records never have mattered in this series, said John Hammond, Poly's second-year coach."Regardless of your record, you always remember the Poly-City game," said Hammond, whose 13-12 Engineers' victory over the Knights last season came in front of some 6,000 fans.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2004
For three Loyola midfielders, last night's boys soccer game against No. 11-ranked Perry Hall was a chance to play against some old friends and claim bragging rights. It was also a chance to prove that private school soccer is a little better than public school soccer. So it was no surprise that Mike Deasel, Kevin Zinkand and Ryan Wooden of No. 8-ranked Loyola each stepped up their intensity a notch against the Gators in drizzly weather at Perry Hall. That extra intensity paid off for Loyola with a 3-0 victory, as Wooden scored a goal and had an assist, and Deasel scored a goal.
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By Dail Willis and Jackie Powder and Dail Willis and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | May 19, 1999
Two maintenance workers on a Catonsville communications tower survived a terrifying 200-foot fall onto a chain-link fence yesterday when their safety equipment failed, escaping with bruises and minor fractures."
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By Tyrone Richardson and Tyrone Richardson,SUN STAFF | July 3, 2005
Tomorrow, under the sun-bleached water tower behind Harper's Choice Middle School, a July Fourth tradition nearly as old as Columbia itself will unfold as members of the Hesperus Wrecks and the Eliot's Oak Nuts again do battle. The stakes may not be a nation's independence, but softball bragging rights for a year will do for these tongue-in-cheek holiday warriors, fresh from the traditional Longfellow neighborhood holiday parade. "It means that you are part of a community, and you feel that you belong," said Bob Russell, the softball game umpire and event organizer.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
On the surface, Matt Hauser was an Army fan, wearing a black-and-camouflage jersey and rooting for the home team at the annual Army-Navy flag football matchup at Fort Meade. But like many Marylanders, he has deep respect for Navy, too. Lifting his Army jersey, he revealed a blue Navy jersey underneath. Even in flag football, Army-Navy is "a nice rivalry," said Hauser, a Severn insurance agent who helped organize a tailgate party for Thursday's game. But there's more to it, he said.
SPORTS
December 23, 2008
1 'Tis the season: The Poinsettia Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN) features entertaining Boise State (left) vs. Texas Christian. Those flowers would look good on the Broncos' blue field. 2 This time maybe?: The Wizards are in Charlotte (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet- Plus), and the Bobcats have won only nine games. Then again, Washington has won just four. 3 Under the arch: The Illinois-Missouri basketball game in St. Louis (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) is so much for bragging rights that it's called the Braggin' Rights game.
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May 29, 2012
In most big-time Division I college sports, a relatively small school like Loyola University Maryland doesn't have a chance. It has fewer than 4,000 undergraduate students, and the Jesuit school puts an emphasis on academic excellence, not training future pro athletes. No major television contracts, no rich alumni out offering no-show jobs to recruits - it's not even the best-known school in the U.S. with "Loyola University" in its name. But what Loyola University Maryland does have is a lot of really good and well-coached lacrosse player who this past weekend brought home from Foxborough, Mass., something the school has never seen before - a men's lacrosse national title.
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By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2012
Severna Park's girls lacrosse players celebrated just about as much after Thursday night's win over neighborhood rival Severn as they had after winning last year's state championship. In many ways, this victory was just as important. The No. 7 Falcons (4-0) held on for an 11-9 victory at the Anne Arundel Community College tournament, avenging last season's loss to Severn in the same event. After Ryan Bathras scored the game-winner with 4:36 to go and Morgan Torggler added her fourth goal of the game for a little insurance, goalie Camille King made a pair of big saves in the final two minutes to preserve the win. “This is just a big rivalry game for us,” Torggler said.
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Mike Preston | November 25, 2011
There were comparisons between the defenses of the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, but those discussions can end now. The Ravens turned in their best defensive effort of the season in shutting down one of the NFL's top teams — and they did it without Pro Bowl inside linebacker Ray Lewis. They tied a franchise record with nine sacks. And of all the great linebackers in this game, including the 49ers' Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman, the best one on the field was the Ravens' Terrell Suggs.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
He lives a continent away, and serves aboard an aircraft carrier soon to be deployed to the Arabian Sea. But a 3,000-mile stretch won't stop Lieutenant Commander Scott Brown, USN, from rooting on Loyola, his alma mater, in Thursday's Turkey Bowl football game against archrival Calvert Hall. "If we win, no matter where I am - Iraq, Japan or Norfolk - I give a little fist pump," said Brown, one-time star running back for the Dons. "If we lose, well . . . a loss is uncalled for, it's ridiculous.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2011
There have been more signs of revelry than a heated rivalry. Compliments have been shared, as have T-shirts, and the closest thing to trash talk between the two sides has centered on a meeting that never took place. But as the Ravens and New York Jets get together Sunday night before a sellout crowd at M&T Bank Stadium and a prime-time television audience, there will be plenty on the line, from an opportunity to make a statement to an old friend or previous employer, to a more prominent spot in the unsettled AFC hierarchy.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | September 6, 2009
Steve Simons welcomed each contestant to the Armwrestling USA/Maryland Classic with the same greeting. "You will have more fun than you can imagine," he said to throngs Saturday at the Maryland State Fair. Fair organizers brought the event to the Timonium fairgrounds for the first time this year and the crowd quickly got into it. Simons talked many into wrestling and everyone into cheering on the competitors. "We thought it would be something new, a crowd pleaser and something most people can do," said Edie M. Bernier, a spokeswoman for the fair.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2002
Sometimes at Navy, tradition can get in the way of progress, and that's certainly true in matters relating to football. So when asked this week if a win over rival Army would mean Navy had completed a successful season, coach Paul Johnson gave his most honest answer. "No," he said. "It's a great rivalry and certainly it would be a way to at least end on a positive note. If we could win the game, it would be twice as many wins as they've had here the last two years, which is by no means a successful season.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2000
Sibling rivalry, plain and simple, fueled the first hunter who checked a deer yesterday at Angler's Sport Center in Anne Arundel County. The South River High School senior stumbled out of bed at 5 a.m., and 45 minutes later was perched in a tree stand above a field in Davidsonville to await the 6:31 start of the firearms season. Cold? Sure, but thoughts of beating your kid brother to a big, old deer was enough to keep this teen-ager warm. Ahh, the roasts. (The bragging rights). The venison chili.
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December 23, 2008
1 'Tis the season: The Poinsettia Bowl (8 p.m., ESPN) features entertaining Boise State (left) vs. Texas Christian. Those flowers would look good on the Broncos' blue field. 2 This time maybe?: The Wizards are in Charlotte (7 p.m., Comcast SportsNet- Plus), and the Bobcats have won only nine games. Then again, Washington has won just four. 3 Under the arch: The Illinois-Missouri basketball game in St. Louis (7:30 p.m., ESPN2) is so much for bragging rights that it's called the Braggin' Rights game.
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