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By Aaron Oster | April 9, 2014
Over the past few years, the RAW after Wrestlemania has been considered to be one of the best RAWs of the year, particularly because of the crowds it draws. This year was no different. From start to finish, the crowd was loud, boisterous and made their presence felt in nearly every match. While the fans had fun, you can tell the wrestlers loved it to. Daniel Bryan not only had fun with the crowd as he opened the show, you could simply tell by the look on his face how much he loved it. Even as a heel, Bray Wyatt played to the crowd.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 2, 2014
It wasn't magic. It was just Thursday. OK, it was a Thursday in October, so there already was something special about it, but the Orioles' 12-3 victory in Game 1 of their division series against the Detroit Tigers was just a postseason compilation of all the ways this team has found to win over the course of this amazing and uplifting season. Nelson Cruz, who was signed in February to be their designated playoff hero, launched a two-run home run in the first inning to find his name mentioned in the same sentence with some guy named Babe Ruth, Chris Tillman ground out five tough innings and the bullpen did what it has been doing with amazing regularity since Day One. Why should anyone be surprised by that?
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Michael Phelps can swim. Michael Phelps can golf. And finally here's a physical activity that Michael Phelps is, frankly, pretty bad at: crowd surfing. The Olympian tried to ride the waves of a crowd the other night at XS nightclub in Las Vegas. The crowd was into it, shouting, "Michael! Michael!" And Phelps was game. But after mere seconds, the ride was over and Phelps was on the floor. Don't worry, reports say he wasn't hurt. Perhaps just a bit embarrassed. Party foul? Or just a chance to find the Bob Bowman of crowd surfing, train and come back in four years.
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By Tim Kreider | September 19, 2014
Editor's note: This op-ed has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of Billie Holiday's name. The Sun regrets the error.  I traveled back to my hometown of Baltimore last weekend to reprise my role as that important historical figure, The Devil, in a rock opera about the Battle of Baltimore. This was the long-anticipated bicentennial performance of "1814!: The War of 1812 Rock Opera," a project some old friends of mine, Dave Israel and David Dudley, conceived in the bars of Fort Avenue back in 1992, before we had anything worse to do. They'd always envisioned mounting a spectacular, all-star production of the thing on the 200th anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry, in the unimaginable science-fiction year of 2014.
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By David Selig | January 18, 2012
Patterson basketball star Aquille Carr is featured in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. The clip in the Jan. 23 issue, out on newsstands now, reads as follows: Aquille, a 5' 7" junior guard at Patterson High, scored 19 points in an 85 - 76 win over Price High (Los Angeles) to earn MVP honors in the feature game of the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee. Last season he scored 31.7 points per game in leading the Clippers to their first city championship since 1976 and first regional title, and was named The Sun's All-Metro player of the year and MaxPreps' national sophomore of the year.
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By Arda Ocal | September 24, 2013
Since this only happens once in a while, it's not necessarily the most annoying thing in the world, but it definitely is an emerging trend. It's not new, either -- through signs and chants, fans have always wanted to be a part of the show. Especially with WWE -- where receiving 15 seconds of fame through being a member of the audience seems more likely than any other form of entertainment -- colorful fans have always stood out. What I have been noticing is an emerging pattern of chants among crowds who have been traditionally classified as "informed" WWE fans.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2010
Another article in a series about the people and the jobs that define a Maryland summer. Every time Lisa Polinori takes the open-air stage at Harborplace, she wonders. Will she draw a decent crowd? Will spectators stick around to watch her juggle and joke atop a 6-foot unicycle? Will some drunk guy heckle her? And, not least: Who out there has some money? Because these days, she says, people all too often walk around with plenty of plastic in their wallets but not so much cash for tipping.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
The Baltimore area has produced another one of Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd. " Just two weeks after Patterson basketball star Aquille Carr was highlighted in the magazine, former Glenelg track standout Robby Creese is being recognized. Creese, a freshman at Penn State, is one of the athletes included in the Feb. 6 edition of SI. Here's the text from his write-up: Robby Creese Mount Airy, Md. > Track and Field Creese, a freshman at Penn State, ran a 2:19.53 in the 1,000 meters at the Nittany Lions Challenge--in his first individual collegiate appearance--to set American Junior and NCAA records.
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February 13, 2013
The Ravens worked hard for their championship win, but the city just got lucky with its victory events. That "only" one person was stabbed and "only" two were non-lethally trampled - with an extra 200,000 excited people downtown last Tuesday - is more a testament to goodwill than to good planning ("Police believe stabbing victim was downtown for parade," Feb. 6). There were major problems with mass transit and traffic (before, during, and after the event), and people jumped barricades into the parade.
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July 16, 2001
Visitors began arriving at 8:30 a.m. yesterday and stayed well into the evening for the final day of the 20th annual Art scape music and arts festival. Lured by perfect weather and such performers as Ray Charles and salsa superstar Ruben Blades, more than 565,000 people showed up yes terday at the Mount Royal cul tural corridor, organizers said. With an estimated 350,000 peo ple on hand Friday and 750,000 on Saturday, crowds exceeded past highs of 1.5 million people. (Article, Page 1e)
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Sports Digest | September 9, 2014
Host Navy beat No. 10 Maryland in men's soccer, 2-1, before a record crowd of 2,522 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy (2-1-1) sophomore midfielder Daniel Camuti scored to put Navy ahead in the fourth minute. Maryland (1-2-1) answered with a goal two minutes into the second half by freshman forward Jeroen Meefout . Navy junior forward Jamie Dubyoski had the decisive goal in the second half, chipping the ball over goalkeeper Zach Steffen with 37 minutes remaining. Navy earned its first win over Maryland since 1984.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Nothing says "Surprise!" like an Australian rapper with three Top 10 songs currently on the Billboard Hot 100. Last night, Iggy Azalea - the 24-year-old pop-rap artist responsible for the inescapable hit "Fancy" - performed a surprise five-song set at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore's three-level bar, 14Forty, to celebrate the casino's opening.  She was not the only surprise. Gladys Knight took the stage for a 45-minute set as the doors opened at 9 p.m., and Pauly D, of "Jersey Shore" fame, DJ'd a 90-minute set as well.  Noah Hirsch, vice president of marketing for the Horseshoe, said it took a "good group of team members" to keep the surprises a secret.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
About 10,000 gamblers, well-connected guests and curious local residents are expected to come to the city a week from tonight for the grand opening of the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, launching what city officials hope will be a powerful economic engine. The debut will be a test for city officials and business leaders, who face a stack of logistical hurdles in the casino's first week. Opening night of Maryland's fifth and most urban casino overlaps with an Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards . There are six more home games the first week - including on Saturday, when the Navy football team also will be in town to play Ohio State at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Kamar Aiken has been in four NFL organizations in three years. He's been cut at the end of training camp and again during the regular season. Hardened and humbled by the experiences, the well-traveled wide receiver has adopted a mindset that will serve him well over the next 21/2 weeks as he attempts to secure a roster spot with the Ravens that very few people gave him a shot to win. "I don't try to look too far into it, as far as how I'm...
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Three different quarterbacks earned starts for the Morgan State football team in 2013, and all three -- senior Seth Higgins, redshirt senior Robert Council and redshirt junior Moses Skillon -- are back. Add redshirt freshman Chris Clack Jr., and the quarterback position is one of the most crowded positions for the program. It might also be the most difficult to decipher, but new head coach Lee Hull said he appreciates the quarterbacks' battle to open the season against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 30. “I think it's been good,” Hull, the former wide receivers coach at Maryland, said after Morgan State's practice at Hughes Stadium Wednesday.
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By Emma Schkloven and For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
With a decade-long career that has survived several member departures and includes four stylistically different albums, Panic! at the Disco and its musical trajectory have been anything but ordinary. Sunday night's wide-ranging show at Pier Six Pavilion reflected the emo-turned-alternative-rock trio's unpredictable career. Following two opening acts (Magic Man and Walk the Moon), Panic! hit the stage with high-energy tracks (“Vegas Lights,” “Time to Dance”). The heat of the summer night led to a quick and necessary costume change for frontman and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2012
The Orioles played Friday night's game in front of an announced crowd of 29,270 -- about 2,600 more than Baltimore's average 2012 attendance. The crowd was one of the loudest of the season, and the Orioles, especially manager Buck Showalter, noticed. "They were instrumental in that motion in the ballpark, especially this time of year when it's so draining physically," Showalter said. "It's uplifting. Don't think our players don't hear it and don't feel it. " Camden Yards was rocking on Friday night for a variety of reasons -- it could have been that the game had four lead changes and was back and forth in the late innings, or that it was fireworks night, or that the team handed out bucket hats before the game.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2012
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul stormed through the University of Maryland on Wednesday, delivering his trademark libertarian message of noninterventionism and hands-off government to a wildly enthusiastic crowd of students who chanted his name. Paul told the 1,780 students who packed Ritchie Coliseum on the College Park campus that the government should get out of Afghanistan, repeal the Patriot Act, legalize marijuana and end the Selective Service system — ideas that repeatedly brought the students to their feet.
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By Paul Pierre-Louis and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Before the doors opened Saturday evening at SECU Arena, there was a line of people in front of the main entrance that stretched down the sidewalk. The Ball Up All-Stars, a team of streetball legends, stopped at Towson as part of their countrywide summer tour, and some fans waited 21/2 hours to make sure they had good seats. Demetrius Spencer, CEO of streetball tour Ball Up, said after the game that attendance gradually has increased since the team was formed in 2009. That trend was evident in the All-Stars' matchup against a team of Baltimore locals hoping to someday earn the same fame as their Ball Up opponents.
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By Katherine Dunn | August 5, 2014
Archbishop Spalding golfer Micaa' Thomas will appear in the "Faces in the Crowd" section of Sports Illustrated's Aug. 11 issue. Thomas, a rising senior who medaled in last season's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, earned her spot in the magazine by winning the 16 age division at the Veritas World Junior and AAU Junior Olympic Games July 24 at the Tustin Ranch Golf Club in California. She qualified for the world event by winning the U.S. AAU Junior Olympic Golf Championship in June, shooting 232 over three days and 33 on her final nine holes.
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