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October 16, 2013
It seems that everyone suddenly has an opinion regarding the Washington Redskins' supposedly offensive name ( "The curse of Redskins," June 16). As our nation gets duped with more on the PC bandwagon, I have a suggestion for Redskins team owner Daniel Wilson: Consider changing the team's name to the "Washington Redskin Potatoes. " At least it may keep those of us with inherent common sense some armament to fend off the fools who are already under the Kool-Aid-intoxicating influence of political correctness.
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SPORTS
December 9, 2013
If you thought you were freaking out during the flurry of fourth-quarter touchdowns at the end of the Ravens' epic win over the Vikings , check out this GIF of Poe after Jacoby Jones' 77-yard kick return (the third of five TDs in the final 2:05). Apparently Poe loves the snow. No word on whether the Ravens mascot tossed any snowballs in the direction of Adrian Peterson (just kidding, Vikings Nation). (GIF by Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun) 
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SPORTS
December 9, 2013
If you thought you were freaking out during the flurry of fourth-quarter touchdowns at the end of the Ravens' epic win over the Vikings , check out this GIF of Poe after Jacoby Jones' 77-yard kick return (the third of five TDs in the final 2:05). Apparently Poe loves the snow. No word on whether the Ravens mascot tossed any snowballs in the direction of Adrian Peterson (just kidding, Vikings Nation). (GIF by Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun) 
NEWS
October 16, 2013
It seems that everyone suddenly has an opinion regarding the Washington Redskins' supposedly offensive name ( "The curse of Redskins," June 16). As our nation gets duped with more on the PC bandwagon, I have a suggestion for Redskins team owner Daniel Wilson: Consider changing the team's name to the "Washington Redskin Potatoes. " At least it may keep those of us with inherent common sense some armament to fend off the fools who are already under the Kool-Aid-intoxicating influence of political correctness.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
The Tampa Bay Rays have issued a statement apologizing for their mascot Raymond posing in a photo with a sign that poked fun at the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. The sign, brought by a fan to Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, lists two items on a “Rays To Do List.” On the list are “World Series” and a crossed-out first item, "Steve Irwin. " Irwin died in 2006 after being stung by a stingray. “Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan,” team spokesman Rick Vaughn said in a statement, according to the Tampa Tribune . “Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive.
NEWS
By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
Surprising absolutely no one, the Maryland Jockey Club announced Monday Kegasus, the tweeting centaur, would return as the official mascot of the Preakness Infield. This was a move that was more or less predicted back in February, when several media watchers saw a new anonymous advertising campaign as the Jockey Club's transparent bid to create some mystery around the event. In February, the drum beat for Preakness began with an anonymous advertising campaign premised on the idea that the fictional character Kegasus had disappeared, and two new characters, the Easter Bunny and a leprechaun, should replace it as the mascot.
NEWS
By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Staff Writer | May 22, 1993
Even the youngest kids are politically correct nowadays.Take, for instance, Columbia's Longfellow Elementary School students, who last week voted to change the school's mascot from an Indian to an eagle."
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2012
A life-sized stuffed Naval Academy mascot who's stood atop its owner's vehicles before many a football game, was stolen from a car parked at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis during Saturday's Navy-Indiana matchup. "It's almost like losing a pet," said owner Ronald Carlberg, Naval Academy Class of 1961 and a retired Air Force colonel. Carlberg, 73, recalled that his wife and daughter bought the white goat - dubbed 'Fearless' - several years ago, when it was part of a department store sweater sale display.
SPORTS
By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,Sun Reporter | February 17, 2007
After its last men's home basketball game next week, the University of Illinois will no longer use its American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek. In 2005, the NCAA banned Illinois from hosting postseason events because of the mascot, saying it was an offensive use of American Indian imagery. Now that Illinois is retiring the chief after more than 80 years, we've come up with some mascots to join him: The Tree (Stanford University): Bless the Northern Californians for their love of planet, but this tree looks more like a sickly bush.
NEWS
By Patrick E. Gonzales and Carol A. Arscott | November 8, 2001
Richard Regan is a man on a mission. A Montgomery County resident and recently appointed member of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, Mr. Regan has embarked on a quest to remove any references to Native Americans - real or perceived - from the state's sports teams. In July, the commission convinced the Maryland State Board of Education to adopt a resolution asking schools to end the use of Native American mascots, but the board passed the buck to local school boards when it came making a decision.
NEWS
By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
Date: June 7, 2013 Her story: Jennifer White, 29, was born in Citrus County, Fla., and moved to Middle River when she was 9. She is a prepress technician at Printing Corporation of America, located in Timonium. Her father, Neil Palmer, works for Crockett Facilities Services Inc., and her mother, JoAnn Palmer, is retired. His story: Christopher Nagle, 31, is originally from Highlandtown but grew up in Rosedale. He is a senior meter mechanic for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. His stepfather, Richard Brady, and mother, Faith Brady, live in Monkton.
SPORTS
By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The Orioles have been getting quite a bit of national pub these days. They've been rising up everybody's power rankings , and this fella who plays third base seems to be a topic of conversation wherever you turn (even after losses like today's). Well, the Oriole Bird is getting his share of the love, too. Forbes revealed its 10 most popular mascots in pro sports on Tuesday, and our furry friend who patrols the aisles at Camden Yards is among them . As they explain, the mascots were chosen on the following crieteria: "Awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction and fun. " Fans were also asked if a given mascot happened to be his “absolute favorite” or “one of my favorites.” The Orioles' success on the field seemed to also be a factor in The Bird being chosen.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
As Monarch Academy music teacher Kenzie Turk talked about the trials of living with Type 1 diabetes, her service dog, Bear, lay nearby, drifting in and out of a deep sleep. Dozing in class isn't usually acceptable at the public charter school in Glen Burnie, but the 8-month-old black Labrador retriever had endured a busy night, waking Turk more than two dozen times to alert her that complications from the chronic disease had flared again, prompting her to take action before something went tragically wrong.
SPORTS
The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
The Tampa Bay Rays have issued a statement apologizing for their mascot Raymond posing in a photo with a sign that poked fun at the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin. The sign, brought by a fan to Wednesday night's game against the Orioles, lists two items on a “Rays To Do List.” On the list are “World Series” and a crossed-out first item, "Steve Irwin. " Irwin died in 2006 after being stung by a stingray. “Rays mascot Raymond was handed an inappropriate sign brought to the game by a fan,” team spokesman Rick Vaughn said in a statement, according to the Tampa Tribune . “Fans are welcome to bring signs into Tropicana Field provided they are not offensive.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
Rappers Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline this year's Preakess InfieldFest May 18 at Pimlico Race Course, organizers announced Monday morning. In recent years, Pitbull has become one of Top 40's most consistent acts, both in the U.S. and Latin America. "Back in Time," his single for "Men in Black 3," has sold two million copies, and he recently performed as part of New Year's Rockin' Eve. "Pitbull is young and energetic," said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas on Monday morning outside by Pimlico Race Course's finish line.
TRAVEL
By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
When it comes to Super Bowl XLVII, it seems everyone is willing to put some skin in the game. Or at least a little ego. (Yes, we're talking about you, Mayor Hancock.) The bets for - and against - the Baltimore Ravens are piling up. And it's not just in Vegas parlors. The Maryland Zoo is placing a bet with the San Francisco Zoological Society that would rename the exhibit of the team's official raven mascots. If the 49ers win, the birds Rise and Conquer- often seen during home games - will suddenly find themselves living in the "San Francisco 49ers exhibit.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2012
The owner of the life-sized stuffed goat that has served as the unofficial mascot for the Naval Academy Class of 1961 is offering a $500 reward for information that leads Annapolis police to identify a person in a photo and for information leading to the return of the stuffed billy goat. Dubbed Fearless, the billy goat has stood atop Ron Carlberg's SUV during tailgating before Navy games, and children ask to pet it. But the stuffed animal, bought several years ago by Carlberg's wife, vanished from the back of the couple's car during an Oct. 20 Navy-Indiana game.
NEWS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | March 5, 1996
The Baltimore County Department of Health is asking children age 9 and younger to name its new mascot, a gray and white husky that is part of a campaign to promote the national Childhood Immunization Initiative.The grand prize for the contest, which runs through April 12, is a $300 shopping spree. Other prizes include free admission to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Zoo toy huskies and T-shirts.Entry forms can be picked up at Baltimore County health centers, at county library branches and from school nurses at elementary schools.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2013
Francis Joseph McNerney III, a graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School where he was known as the Fighting Gael mascot, died Dec. 21 at the University of Maryland Medical Center from complications related to a lung transplant. The Canton resident was 23. Affectionately known as "Frankie," Mr. McNerney, a twin, was born in Baltimore and raised in Northeast Baltimore and Catonsville, where he attended area Catholic schools. He graduated from Mount St. Joseph in 2008. Mr. McNerney was born with cystic fibrosis, which took a toll on his body over the years, including the loss of a lung as a teenager, though his sister Kelsey McNerney said it never broke his spirit.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Any resemblance would be hard for all but the most die-hard Orioles fans to notice. But it's there. The new Aberdeen IronBirds logo, unveiled Monday, was inspired by a furious, bat-wielding Orioles bird mascot introduced after the 1967 season. Billy Ripken, who turned 3 years old that year, remembered it well when he began thinking about refreshing the IronBirds logo. "He was mean-looking," Ripken said. "He had a bat in his hand and a had a little lean forward. " That bird's menacing look combined with inspiration from the recent Iron Man movies - since Ripken and his brother Cal, baseball's ironman, run the team together - form a slick new character that the duo hopes will continue to draw young baseball fans to games.
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