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Kevin Cowherd | June 20, 2012
Mark in down on your calendars: the Bryce Harper Tour comes to town Friday. Oh, sure, the 19-year-old phenom is bringing the rest of the Washington Nationals with him for the three-game interleague series against the Orioles at Camden Yards. But it's the kid Sports Illustrated put on its cover as a high school sophomore with the understated headline "Baseball's Chosen One" who's getting all the hype - even more than the Nats' other Chosen One, flame-throwing righty Stephen Strasburg.
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August 20, 2007
The Saw Doctors, who combine the sounds of 1960s rock with Ireland traditions and punk rock force, will perform at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. Cost is $35; doors open at 8 p.m. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com. Kevin Cowherd is on vacation. His column does not appear today.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 19, 2012
Let's come right out and say it: This was the best Preakness we've had in years. What a day it was at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. You had a great crowd: a record 121,309. You had a handle of $80,463,005, sixth highest in Preakness history. You had Chamber of Commerce weather: temperatures in the mid-70s under a bright sun and cloudless sky. You had an absolutely thrilling Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another catching favorite Bodemeister in the last three strides to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive.
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July 11, 2007
Concert Pavilion rocks Go see rockers Nickelback perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, at 7 p.m. Staind and Daughtry are also billed. Tickets are $39-$72. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com. FYI Glenn McNatt is on assignment. His art column returns next week. Kevin Cowherd is on assignment. His column returns Monday.
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By KEVIN COWHERD | January 14, 2009
Think the classic Bawlmer accent grates on the ears? OK, it does. But it sounds like Shakespeare compared with Pittsburghese, the tortured dialect of the Steel City. Where to begin? "Stillers" for Steelers. "Dahntahn" for downtown. "N'at" for and that. "Nebby" for nosy. And what's this business of "yinz" and "yunz" for the second-person plural pronoun? What universe did that come from? Kevin Cowherd
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February 16, 1992
ZIP ON OVER TO THE ZOOEditor: It is obvious that columnist Kevin Cowherd adhered to his own advice when writing the "10 Things Not to Do in the Dead of Winter" article which appeared in the January 5, 1992, issue of the Sun Magazine.The article recommended against visiting the Baltimore Zoo during the winter to "taunt warm-weather species such as zebra and giraffes with cries of 'C'mon out, you big baby!' "Since 1966, visitors have been able to enjoy the Zoo's giraffe collection year-round in the comfort of the heated Giraffe House which is currently home to giraffes, camels and over seven different species of African birds.
NEWS
October 31, 2008
One-sided criticism unfair to Republicans I was somewhat surprised by Thomas F. Schaller's assault on Sen. John McCain's campaign ("Desperate Republicans are sinking to new lows," Commentary, Oct. 21). He lists numerous allegations as evidence that "the Republicans have reached the bottom of the barrel." But he must know that many of those allegations are unfounded or irrelevant. Indeed, if he were to apply the standards he claims to uphold, he would condemn the vicious attacks on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. Barack Obama's ads accusing Mr. McCain of being anti-Hispanic and Democrats' repeated claims that Mr. McCain expects 100 years of war in Iraq.
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June 6, 2007
What They're saying Today's Sun Columnists Grads as role models Three graduates from Polytechnic Institute, who ended up in the same graduating class at Howard University Medical School, returned as the three commencement speakers. Maryland baltimoresun.com/kane A wise choice for Orioles When the Orioles make their selection in the amateur draft tomorrow, they should consider picking one of agent Scott Boras' clients. The move could pay benefits down the line. Sports baltimoresun.
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June 5, 1997
Church members say they follow JesusI am a lifetime member of the United House of Prayer for All People. In recently reading articles concerning the surplus property in Druid Hill Park and the church's property in the Ashburton area, I was very disturbed with the May 24 column written by Antero Pietila.In this column our organization was labeled as a "cult."This was very disturbing because we are of the Apostolic faith and that is not related to a cult in any way. We are believers in Christ Jesus.
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Kevin Cowherd | April 29, 2012
Just another day at Camden Yards, right? Another ho-hum, garden-variety 5-2 win Sunday, this time over the Oakland Athletics? OK, maybe not. Say what you will about this team and where it'll end up at season's end. But right now, you can't deny this: The Orioles sure have been fun to watch. "It was fun there in the ninth inning," manager Buck Showalter said in his typically understated way. Fun in the ninth? Yeah, kind of. Let's play it back: With one out, Matt Wieters doubles off A's closer Grant Balfour, a shot to the base of the left-field wall to tie the game at 2. Two batters later, Wilson Betemit smacks a walk-off homer.
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Kevin Cowherd | April 28, 2012
Let's begin with the premise that no team ever comes out of the NFL draft and says: "Well, that didn't go very well. " No team ever says: "Boy, we really screwed that up. What were we thinking?" Instead, every team says it had a productive draft. And got exactly the players it wanted. And is (pick one) thrilled, ecstatic, euphoric to have them. So what are we to make of the Ravens' 2012 draft, now that the whole thing is finally over? (Tell me, can the league and the TV networks drag the draft out any further?
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Kevin Cowherd | April 8, 2012
Let's agree there are worse ways for the Orioles to open the season than the beat-down they gave the Minnesota Twins this weekend. Sure, they were playing a bad team that'll put so many wrinkles on manager Ron Gardenhire's face he'll look like a shar-pei before the season's over. But the bottom line for the Orioles was this: three games, three wins. And three outstanding starting pitching performances, including that nifty gem Jason Hammel threw Sunday, a two-hitter over eight innings as the Orioles beat the Twins, 3-1. Did I mention Sunday's game took a tidy two hours and 14 minutes to play?
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Kevin Cowherd | April 6, 2012
The first lunatic trespasser of the season jumped on the field in the fourth inning and led the cops on the usual merry chase until one of them turned into Ray Lewis and took him down hard. What a charmer this rail-hopper was. He was shirtless and wore short shorts right out of the Richard Simmons Collection. Oh, and he wore a cape, too. Really. At first I swore it was Kegasus, so beered up he thought it was the Preakness, except I couldn't tell if the guy had a mullet or not. Other than that, the Orioles' season-opening 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday went off without too many problems, if you don't count that little heart attack Troy Patton gave them in the ninth inning.
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Kevin Cowherd | April 4, 2012
Give the Orioles credit: They sure do stadium renovations well. Way better than they play ball. I say that after getting a sneak peek Wednesday at all the changes to Camden Yards we've been hearing so much about. Bottom line? You're going to love what they've done to the place, even if you're a hard-core fan who's not big on a lot of architectural frou-frou at the ballpark. Assuming, that is, there are any hard-core baseball fans left. "I think we still have hard-core fans," said Janet Marie Smith, Orioles vice president of planning and development.
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April 2, 2012
Kevin Cowherd is a sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun who writes about everything from the Ravens, Orioles and Maryland men's basketball to the Preakness, small college hoops and the Baltimore Grand Prix. He has worked for The Evening Sun and The Baltimore Sun since 1981. Generally, he is considered better looking in person than in photos.
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October 17, 1997
Highway walls also prevent deadly wrecksIn response to the letter regarding the wall noise barriers (''Money should go to the poor, not highway walls,'' Oct. 10), I cite the following: I live directly behind the site of the Aug. 18 accident involving the 8,500-gallon fuel tanker that crashed and exploded on Interstate 83 North, killing the driver and endangering the lives and homes adjacent to the crash. We have been told that had the portion of the wall that was completed not been there, the fire could have gotten into the main gas line.
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By Kevin Cowherd | May 20, 1991
Kevin Cowherd, whose column normally occupies this space, has the day off. He is at home recuperating from injuries sustained after he was brutally attacked and held hostage by a renegade gang of mimes, accordion players and cat fanciers at a suburban mall.Though Cowherd has repeatedly vilified all three groups in his column, he claimed not to recognize any of his attackers. "They all look alike," he said. "Don't get me started."Still dazed after the ordeal, Cowherd nonetheless agreed to be interviewed by an Evening Sun reporting intern Sunday afternoon.
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Kevin Cowherd | February 8, 2012
I miss Ricky Williams already. You talk about a guy who should leave his brain to medical science when he's gone. This guy's brain would keep researchers busy for 50 years. Williams, the backup Ravens running back who retired Tuesday after 12 seasons, was tough, funny, smart, opinionated and one of the great characters to ever play in the NFL. True to his offbeat nature, Williams didn't trot out the old cliche about retiring just to spend more time with his family. No, every ballplayer from Michael Jordan to Curt Schilling to Barry Bonds has used that one. And most of them end up working so hard at something else that they never see their families anyway.
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Kevin Cowherd | December 21, 2011
Joe Flacco was positively chatty at the Castle the other day, and it was something to see. Maybe he'd just knocked back a couple of Red Bulls. Or maybe he'd been locked in a closet and hadn't talked to anyone in days. But asked whether he appreciated making the playoffs every year and about his desire to go deeper in the postseason this time, the Ravens quarterback dropped his usual monotone and grew animated. "I do [appreciate it]," he said. "I don't know if everybody else does - just because it's a tough thing to do in the NFL. But we're a good organization and a good football team, and we're getting everybody used to the fact that we're going to be in the playoffs every year.
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