January 18, 2013
I was excited to read about Austin Altman in the Columbia Flier ("Hawks' Altman passes for a pro," Jan. 3), not because I'm a sports fan (I'm not) but because I met Austin earlier that same day. As a college marketing rep, I speak to students in schools across Maryland. Friday, Jan. 4 I was waiting in the River Hill High School office for a student to guide me to the classroom. My escort was Austin; he was accompanied by a young man with special needs. Apparently Austin gets credit for helping this young man, but what I observed went way above and beyond the call of duty. As we walked back to the classroom, I observed Austin engaging this young man in a playful banter. It was charming. Back in the classroom, this banter continued but I noticed that Austin was helping his charge work on an assignment.
December 27, 2012
Editor's note: Each week, InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site. Maryland's frontcourt recruiting was in poor shape when Mark Turgeon arrived. Turgeon made it a priority, signing four frontcourt players in his first recruiting class. With just one high school big man, Damonte Dodd - along with 2013-eligible transfer Evan Smotrycz - joining the team next year, Turgeon will be looking to continue bolstering the frontcourt in the 2014 class.
December 20, 2012
I don't usually praise any man, nor do I play politics much, so I can honestly say that President Obama's address in Newtown, Conn., this week was truly genuine ("'We have wept with you,' Obama says," Dec. 17). Many will say that his speech was a preface to more gun regulations, while others will call his prayer just amazing. Neither will be correct. What President Obama did that night wasn't just a speech or just a prayer. It was his true attempt to be the leader of our nation. He literally wanted to use his office for good.
November 5, 2012
Rookie has amazed Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times It's a bizarre coincidence that at the midway point of the season, Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck have identical passing yardage totals (2,404, tied for third) and team records (5-3). Overall, Manning has better numbers with the league's best completion percentage (69.5, compared to Luck's 29th-ranked 56.6) and passer rating 108.6 (Luck is 25th at 79.0). So, by the numbers, Manning is having a better season. But what Luck is doing in Indianapolis is phenomenal.
October 26, 2012
Although I have never met John Plevak, I like him. No, I take that back - I love the man ("A night to remember for Kauffman," Oct. 24). Mr. Plevak is the men's soccer coach at Stevenson University. Being the sensitive, compassionate man he obviously is, he allowed the team manager to play in a match against Hood College. For those who are uninformed, the manager, Kyle Kauffman, has cerebral palsy. Coach Plevak saw the bond that Kyle, a senior at Stevenson, had forged with the members of the soccer team.
September 29, 2012
The first time I saw Audie Mickens, he had just turned 19 and he'd been arrested as the shooter in an attempted murder in Northwest Baltimore. He appeared at a hearing in District Court, and as I listened to the prosecutor detail the charges against him, I wondered how his life would turn out. Would the young fool go to prison? Would he die an early death? Was there any hope for a better outcome? Police alleged that, on the afternoon of May 3, 2007, Mickens had slipped a paintball mask over his face and stepped out of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo with a .45-caliber handgun.