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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,Special to The Sun | April 4, 2007
Jalen Cornish spent two hours catching footballs Sunday. There was nothing strange about it, except that the 13-year-old was sprinting across the Soccerdome with the ball, and football season does not start until August. Jalen was one of 40 children at the Pasadena Chargers' first arena football workout. The popularity of football in the area pushed officials for the youth football team to start an outdoor league, but when they could not pull that off, they sought to launch the county's first indoor program - and the response delighted them.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By [SAM SESSA] | March 29, 2007
The Blackbirds The lowdown -- Starting Saturday, is your first chance to see the Baltimore Blackbirds indoor football team at 1st Mariner Arena. The team, a member of the American Indoor Football Association, will play five games at the arena through June. They meet the Carolina Speed tomorrow night. If you go -- The game starts at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to tick etmaster.com. On the farm The lowdown -- Clark's Elioak Farm is open for business starting Saturday for hayrides and pony rides and a petting zoo. Feed horses, ducks, chickens, bunnies and turtles.
SPORTS
By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN REPORTER | March 10, 2007
Their helmet logos and black-and-red uniforms resemble the Atlanta Falcons', and their most recognizable player, Joe Maese, spent four seasons with the Ravens. Those are about the only connections between Baltimore's newest professional sports franchise and the NFL. Unless you count the past and present dreams of many involved with the Blackbirds. Scheduled to open their inaugural season in the American Indoor Football Association with a game tonight in Reading, Pa., the Blackbirds have a 28-year-old owner, a coach who has spent much of his career indoors and a roster filled with players still hoping for a chance at the big time.
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