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November 2, 1991
Not many Marylanders participate in the official state sport. Precious few have even heard of it. For the record, it is jousting, that ancient medieval activity whose modern-days followers are few and far between. There is a vague historical tie between jousters and Maryland's founding fathers. And during in the mid-19th century, upper-class Marylanders engaged in a tamer, romanticized version that is still practiced each year at regional "medieval festivals."But is jousting a worthy state sport?
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
Lance in hand, she leans forward on a galloping horse, her eyes focused as she spears hanging rings. She captures the small white circles, and a crowd in the stands applauds. Jackie "Maid of Cranwood" Rosenthal is last year's amateur-class state champion in the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association. She will defend the title Saturday, Oct. 2, when the tournament comes to the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville during the weekend fall craft festival. Rosenthal, a rental property manager from Green Spring Valley, is one of a small number of Marylanders devoted to the official state sport.
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NEWS
By Joel McCord | October 28, 1991
A sphere of hard rubber and plastic about the size of a softball flies down the hardwood lane and slams into 10 stubby pins that scatter like ducks at the sound of a shotgun blast.Duckpins! Maryland's state sport!John Stude, who has been pushing for years to have lacrosse named the state team sport, erupts in laughter at the suggestion. "I don't know of any Olympic duckpin team, but we sent a lacrosse team to the Olympics in 1932," he says.Mike Virts, the nation's leading jouster, chuckles at the idea that anything such as bowling, duckpins or whatever could replace his sport on the list of state emblems.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com | July 23, 2009
He was the youngest of five boys, his father a high school coach, and by the time he was big and strong enough to run on a field or dribble on a hardwood floor, Terry Hasseltine was taking naturally to two positions that augured his future career: soccer midfielder and basketball point guard. For the uninitiated in the sporting world, those are athletes who aim to keep a clear vision of the field, control the ball as much as possible and get it to the scorers who can do the most damage.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | January 19, 2004
WHEN THE TOPIC of our state sport is brought up in this newspaper every few years, I can count on getting a phone call from some wire-service reporter or out-of-town editor who has just seen the story. "Let me get this straight," the caller says. "Your state sport is jousting?" When I answer with something to the effect of "That's right, pal, what's it to you?" gales of laughter can be heard on the other end. Then we can count on seeing another story pop up somewhere in the national press with a headline such as: "Hopeless hicks in Free State carry on medieval pastime."
NEWS
By Ed McDonough | December 29, 1991
Let me say right up front that all this talk about a state sport is just so much hooey.We're in the midst of a recession, state and local governments are reeling and a plethora of important issues -- taxes, land use, and aid to counties and cities among them -- will be on the table when the General Assembly convenes next month in Annapolis.Why, with so many important issues floating around, must our legislators have to play around with the idea of replacing the state sport?The state sport is jousting.
NEWS
By G. Jefferson Price III and G. Jefferson Price III,SUN STAFF | January 16, 2004
An abiding battle of occasionally titanic proportions over what Maryland's official sport should be may be settled once and for all in this 418th session of the General Assembly. Since 1962, the only official state sport has been jousting. But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, whose great-great-grandfather was a champion jouster and who has used his considerable power to squash previous proposals for alternatives, is preparing a bill that would add lacrosse as the state's official team sport.
NEWS
By Dan Berger | February 10, 1992
Looking Out for Number One can easily lead to (A) draft avoidance and (B) candidacy for high office. It is not surprising when the two come together.George has a health care plan that will hold up from now to November, which is all he asks of it.It is No. 1 in cancer deaths. Its state sport is jousting. It is running out of sand. Maryland, your are beautiful.
NEWS
July 18, 2007
Left, Mark Weesner of Ridgely strives to spear a ring during a jousting tournament at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church near Annapolis. The event last weekend provided enthusiasts of the state sport an opportunity to gather with likeminded competitors from Maryland and beyond. In the modern version of the sport, jousters ride down an 80-yard track with three arches, each with a ring suspended from it. The object is to spear the rings with a lance in nine seconds.
NEWS
BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 5, 2004
Jousters in period costume and lacrosse players wearing pigtails debated the state's official sport yesterday in Annapolis. During an afternoon hearing on a bill introduced by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., fans of jousting argued that theirs should remain the only "state sport" - a designation jousting has held for 42 years. Miller has proposed making lacrosse the state's new "team sport." Ken Enfield, president the Maryland Jousting Tournament Association, wondered what would be next: "If we start differentiating between team sports and state sports, are we going to have a Southern Maryland flower instead of the black-eyed Susan?"
NEWS
By Robert Little and Robert Little,robert.little@baltsun.com | July 13, 2009
The rings were not competition size, but rather a more accommodating gauge that the experienced jousters call "Hula Hoops." And you wouldn't say the horses galloped as much as they strolled, led by a handler walking next to them. Still, as a succession of novice riders bobbed through the jousting course set up Sunday on the lawn of the Hampton Mansion in Towson, trying to spear rings on the tip of a pointed lance, the most common outcome was a valiant miss. Marcia Lang, a 71-year-old nurse who lives nearby, nailed two out of three and was among the top performers.
NEWS
July 18, 2007
Left, Mark Weesner of Ridgely strives to spear a ring during a jousting tournament at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church near Annapolis. The event last weekend provided enthusiasts of the state sport an opportunity to gather with likeminded competitors from Maryland and beyond. In the modern version of the sport, jousters ride down an 80-yard track with three arches, each with a ring suspended from it. The object is to spear the rings with a lance in nine seconds.
NEWS
By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN REPORTER | May 26, 2007
Tens of thousands of lacrosse fans will descend on downtown Baltimore over the next three days for the NCAA men's semifinals and finals, an ever-growing celebration of a sport with deep ties to the area. Local residents will cheer Johns Hopkins' storied program, Delaware fans will caravan down in hopes of seeing an upset. The Cornell faithful will root for the emergence of a new powerhouse. And Duke supporters will pray for a happy ending to one of the most dramatic sports sagas of the past year.
NEWS
February 9, 2007
Delegate would add raven as a state bird For the past 60 years, the Baltimore Oriole has been Maryland's sole state bird. Quoth a Baltimore delegate, "Nevermore." Del. Nathaniel T. Oaks introduced a bill yesterday that would make the raven the second state bird of Maryland. Oaks, a Democrat who also introduced the measure in 2001 and 2003, said that it makes sense for Maryland to recognize both of its avian mascots. Elementary school children from Edmondson Village first proposed the idea to him few years ago after he told them how bills are made into law, Oaks said.
SPORTS
By MILTON KENT | February 26, 2006
It was a scene right out of the NCAA basketball tournament: A team of competitors banded together on the sideline in a packed gym, linking arms and holding hands as if to will the team to a win. Except this time, rather than pulling for someone else to sink a free throw, it was the Kenwood cheerleaders kneeling on the Perry Hall basketball court last Saturday rooting for themselves to win an unofficial state championship. And when the results came in and the title had been awarded to Northeast, Kaitlin Wayson and her teammates rose from the floor and shook off the disappointment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2005
COMING UP For a trip into a galaxy far, far away, head to Hunt Valley this weekend for the Shore Leave 27 convention. The convention covers all of science fiction in popular culture, from presentations about Star Trek to sessions on Harry Potter. The schedule includes a masquerade ball, pool party, crafts and a chance to meet celebrities from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost in Space, Independence Day, and other entertainments. Mary McDonnell, Steve Bacic, Pat Tallman and Danny Strong are scheduled to sign autographs.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2005
COMING UP For a trip into a galaxy far, far away, head to Hunt Valley this weekend for the Shore Leave 27 convention. The convention covers all of science fiction in popular culture, from presentations about Star Trek to sessions on Harry Potter. The schedule includes a masquerade ball, pool party, crafts and a chance to meet celebrities from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost in Space, Independence Day, and other entertainments. Mary McDonnell, Steve Bacic, Pat Tallman and Danny Strong are scheduled to sign autographs.
NEWS
By Muphen R. Whitney | December 29, 1991
The Maryland legislature declared jousting the state's official sport in 1962.About every four years since, jousters have found themselves in danger of being ousted off their steady steeds by the likes of duckpin bowlers and lacrosse players who think their sports deserve state recognition."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ed Waldman and Ed Waldman,Sun Staff | May 8, 2005
When Mike Gibbons was looking to steal ideas for his new venue, Sports Legends at Camden Yards, he didn't visit only museums that celebrated athletics. Sure, he went to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., the basketball hall in Springfield, Mass., and the Kentucky Derby museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville. But he also drove down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to study the Holocaust and Spy museums in Washington. He went to a number of Civil War museums. "Our goal is that we are trying to build America's top sports museum," Gibbons said, which meant finding ways to try to set it apart.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears and Lori Sears,SUN STAFF | March 17, 2005
Think you know your Maryland trivia? Sure, you say. You know your state's history. You know its geography. You even know many of the state's symbols - the Baltimore oriole, for instance. The state bird, of course. On Sunday, you can celebrate the state at Maryland Day events, taking place throughout Annapolis. Maryland Day commemorates the founding of Maryland on March 25, 1634, at St. Clement's Island. All day Sunday, the Historic Annapolis Foundation invites visitors to its sites free of charge, for various educational and fun activities pertaining to Maryland.
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