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December 21, 2012
I'm sure I am not the only reader who is annoyed by the constant criticism of Baltimore's sports teams by Mike Preston , especially the Ravens. His cutesy grading of the team is annoying and tiresome at best. I have no idea what Mr. Preston's background is, but his articles do not reflect a great knowledge of the sports about which he writes. The constant whining and attacking of the players and coaches is unprofessional, unwarranted and, in my view, a poor reflection on The Sun. E. S. Vaughan, Columbia
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By Ellen Fishel and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
As the lyrics of everyone's favorite baseball anthem suggest, being a sports fan is really all about rooting for the home team. But what exactly does that mean when you live in a new town that is gradually becoming your home? When is it OK to pick up a new hometown team? As the Orioles have defied most odds this season and swept the city into an orange frenzy en route to an American League East title, I've been pondering these questions a lot. And there's one factor that truly complicates things.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
In 2005, when he was released from his Major League Soccer contract with Real Salt Lake after one season, Mike Lookingland considered two options. One was to try to find a new MLS team. The other option, however, just felt right. "Even when I was playing in the MLS, I used to always talk up the Baltimore Blast," he said. "I always knew in my heart that's where I wanted to play. So as soon as I got released, I called [Blast general manager] Kevin Healey and asked if the Blast had any room for me. He said 'Yeah, we have one spot left.'  To play for my home team ... it's been a dream come true.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Win or lose, when the Ravens play the score is front-page, above-the-fold news in big headlines. Ray Rice and his foibles received the same treatment. Meanwhile, the Orioles are in a serious playoff race for the first time in more than a decade and pennant fever is taking hold. But you'd never know that from reading The Sun. The only Orioles news to make an above-the-fold, front-page appearance was Chris Davis' troubles. The Orioles magic number? Oh, it's front page, all right: in the sports section, that is, and below the fold.
NEWS
September 17, 2014
Win or lose, when the Ravens play the score is front-page, above-the-fold news in big headlines. Ray Rice and his foibles received the same treatment. Meanwhile, the Orioles are in a serious playoff race for the first time in more than a decade and pennant fever is taking hold. But you'd never know that from reading The Sun. The only Orioles news to make an above-the-fold, front-page appearance was Chris Davis' troubles. The Orioles magic number? Oh, it's front page, all right: in the sports section, that is, and below the fold.
EXPLORE
January 14, 2012
A noon rally on Jan. 13, held by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, drew about 60 people to Patriot Plaza to support the Baltimore Ravens in advance of Sunday's Divisional Round playoff game with the Houston Texans. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Hafford had urged residents to "wear your favorite purple garb ... and show that Towson has more spirit than any other town in Maryland. " About 60 people heeded that call, and took part in an celebration and "home team" photo near the large Ravens logo, painted at the plaza earlier this week.
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By Susan Reimer | April 1, 2001
Spring is the season of free agency, when birds, retirees and professional athletes move their base of operations. These transitions are difficult for everyone, particularly sports fans, daughters-in-law and people who have been parking their cars under trees. But especially for sports fans. Oriole fans will need talk therapy and a lot of beer to cope with the sight of beloved Mike Mussina in a Yankee uniform for the next six years. And even Alan Greenspan is at a loss to explain what Texas saw in former Seattle Mariner Alex Rodriguez that's worth $25.2 million a year, although it isn't hard to understand why A-Rod changed addresses.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2013
It took a half Saturday night for the Blast to play the top-notch style of indoor soccer it had displayed throughout the 2012-13 Major Indoor Soccer League season, but it was worth the wait for the home team. Overcoming a shaky start, the Blast relentlessly attacked the goal against the Missouri Comets to overcome a halftime deficit in the second game of the MISL Championship Series. After Adriano Dos Santos scored in the fourth quarter and rookie Lucas Roque followed shortly after with another goal, the Blast was able to confront the Comets' final stand with its signature defense to come away with an 8-6 win and a two-game sweep in front of an announced 8,704 at 1st Mariner Arena . "They've been tremendous all season long, only five losses, and a couple of those we probably could have won," coach Danny Kelly said.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2013
The Blast had a difficult time finishing off scoring chances for much of Saturday's game against the visiting Wichita Wings, enabling them to hang around long enough to make it appear that they might leave 1st Mariner Arena with a win. But Blast rookie forward Marco Mangione changed all that with one poised touch early in the fourth quarter. Shortly after the Wings tied the game with six straight points, Mangione skillfully chested a ball to his left foot and then perfectly placed a volley to the near post to give the home team the lead back.
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Dan Rodricks | October 13, 2012
Over the years at Camden Yards — and, of course, I mean the many bad years — I would be drawn into conversations with parents with little kids, especially if the little kids were decked out in Red Sox shirts and hats. "Where are you from?" I'd ask, curious if the parents had driven from my native New England for a game. "Cockeysville," would be the answer. Or "Catonsville. " Or "Clarksville," or some other "ville" in metropolitan Baltimore. Then I'd ask if the parents had grown up in New England.
SPORTS
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 Donna M. Owens, For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
The recipe is familiar, but with a fresh twist. Mix the salty, crunchy goodness of traditional munchies with the spicy kick reminiscent of Maryland's steamed crabs - and add the power of several professional Baltimore athletes for good measure - and you've got a new line of snacks with hometown flavor. Crab-inspired cheese curls, buttery popcorn and sunflower seeds are some of the product offerings from Home Team Snacks, headquartered in Carroll County. Launched in 2012, the company is the brainchild of Marc Heyman and Jeff Hinton, 49-year-old Baltimore-area natives who grew up in Mount Washington and Catonsville, respectively.
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Dan Rodricks | May 15, 2014
As I watched Miguel Cabrera's killer home run fly into the night, giving the Detroit Tigers a 3-1 lead over the Orioles in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game at Camden Yards, I wondered: Where in the real world, outside of baseball, does one person get the opportunity to either complete or ruin the excellent work of another? Poor Tommy Hunter. He became the Orioles "closer" this season. That means he comes late into games to preserve his team's lead and close the other guys down.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
One minute, it looked like the Blast was poised to successfully defend its Major Indoor Soccer League championship Sunday. The next - the players' heads were down and the team's season was shockingly over. The Missouri Comets celebrated their first MISL championship in a rematch of last year's title series, claiming a thrilling 6-4 win in the decisive 15-minute mini game that the Blast appeared to have control of in front of an announced crowd of 6,447 at Baltimore Arena. After the Blast tied the series with a convincing 19-4 win in the second game earlier in the night, veteran Adauto Neto (three goals, one assist in Game 2)
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will have their second intrasquad game today, with this one going four or five innings. Nelson Cruz will be in the lineup for the home team, starting in left field and hitting ninth. Looks like the lineups are in reverse alphabetical order, the opposite of Wednesday's intrasquad game. The starting pitchers are Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris. Here are the starting lineups and available players: VISITORS Starting lineup Henry Urrutia DH Jonathan Schoop 2B Francisco Peguero RF Steve Pearce 1B Michael Ohlman C David Lough LF Ivan DeJesus, Jr. SS Julio Borbon CF Michael Almanzar 3B Wei-Yin Chen LHP Bench Xavier Paul OF Alex Gonzalez IF Caleb Joseph C Available pitchers T.J. McFarland LHP Kelvin De La Cruz LHP Tommy Hunter RHP Evan Meek RHP HOME Starting lineup Delmon Young DH Jemile Weeks 2B Cord Phelps SS Johnny Monell C Nick Markakis  RF Adam Jones CF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 1B Nelson Cruz LF Bud Norris RHP Bench Steve Clevenger C Ryan Flaherty UT Nolan Reimold 1B Brian Ward C Available pitchers Tim Berry LHP Troy Patton LHP Josh Stinson RHP Darren O'Day RHP
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network  has done away with the combined broadcast booth for Orioles-Nationals games this season, opting for separate telecasts when the teams play their interleague series in July. Pete Kerzel, MASNsports.com's managing editor, wrote about the change on their website this afternoon . The teams play at Nationals Park on July 7-8 and at Camden Yards on July 9-10. For each game, the home team will have its telecast on MASN, with the visitors' broadcasters on MASN2, Kerzel wrote.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
Editorial from The Aegis | June 13, 2013
With a new baseball season comes new hope, and there's reason to believe that hope may be justified this summer for IronBirds watchers. Granted, since June 18, 2002, the three months of regular minor league baseball available at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen has been a dependable source of a little good clean fun. Whether the home team would win or lose, on the field, the experience of going to the ballpark and taking in the sights and sounds has...
SPORTS
By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
On Feb. 3, 2013, crowds surged out of the city's restaurants and bars, filling the streets with purple attire and raw emotion after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory. A thousand miles away, in New Orleans, fans madly high-fived one another at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as purple and gold confetti wafted down from the roof. In its postseason reverie, Baltimore seemed to be floating above winter. But a year later - with the Ravens out of Sunday's Super Bowl after missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season - area fans are feeling the chill.
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
That first goal is so often the most difficult to get in the Major Indoor Soccer League, with the net seemingly smaller and smaller for the frustrated team as each minute passes by. For the defending league champion Blast - playing its home opener against the Milwaukee Wave on Saturday - the first quarter went by without a goal. And then the second. And then the third. And then, shockingly, the fourth one as well. The Wave got all the offense it needed in the first half and then effectively packed it in defensively during the second to come away with a stunning 8-0 shutout win over the Blast before an announced crowd of 8,780 at Baltimore Arena.
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