A recent Men’s Health magazine study ranking 100 U.S. cities for heart health places Baltimore at No. 96, ahead of only Philadelphia — the worst U.S. city for heart health — Birmingham, Ala. and Charleston, WVa.
Men’s Health reported that Baltimore has the highest rate of overweight of people in the country and took a personal shot, referring to the city as a “port town” home to “portly residents.”
In case the presidential debate this evening isn’t enough of a reminder, here’s another: Today is the last day to register to vote.
You can register online until 9 p.m. on the Maryland State Board of Elections website here — or, in other words — until the debate begins. Otherwise, you’re out of luck and no one will want to listen to your complaining for the next four years. (You can also register at your local board of elections office until 9 p.m. and at some state agencies until the close of business today.)
You can also check and make sure that you’re registered to vote here, simply by plugging in your name, date of birth and zip code. After you check that you're registered, several handy links pop up, such as the location of your polling place and a link to a sample ballot.
However, the Maryland State Board of Elections site is not yet...
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced this afternoon that Ray Lewis has a full tear of his triceps and Lardarius Webb has a torn ACL, and both will miss the rest of the season.
Lewis’ injury, of course, comes on the heels of fellow All-Pro linebacker Terrell Suggs’ torn Achilles tendon this offseason. The Ravens’ defense has already been struggling this season, allowing 200-plus rushing yards in each of the last two games.
The question may be, will Lewis return to the field at all, or will the first ballot Hall of Famer decide to retire?
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick described the loss of Lewis to USA...
The 22nd mile is tough in any marathon. Grim, even. In Baltimore’s annual death march, err, marathon, it leads uphill to Guilford and 30th Street, which is why Nate Sweeney and Peggy O’Leary are standing on their car, in full-body tiger costumes, madly cheering and encouraging runners while blasting Survivor’s epic “Eye of the Tiger,” theme to Rocky III.
“Risin' up, back on the street
Did my time, took my chances
Went the distance
Now I'm back on my feet
Just a man and his will to survive”
You got it!” “You look great!” “Ok, let’s go! “Start it up!,” Sweeney and O’Leary shout out to runners, who can’t help but break into smiles. A few, forced to walk up the end of the hill, begin jogging again.
Sometimes you laugh to avoid crying, right?
It started 10 years ago, in Milwaukee, actually, where Sweeney and some buddies went to cheer for a friend running in a marathon there. Sweeney brought his boom box, put in “Eye of the Tiger” and set it on repeat for six hours.
Did you know the Yankees and Dallas Cowboys formed a joint partnership to sell merchandise and concessions? Talk about conspiracy theories... The O’s are on our minds today, but let’s not forget the Dallas Cowboys come to M & T Bank Stadium this Sunday. And there are lots of good reasons why every football fan outside Texas — and some inside, like in Houston — should despise the Cowboys. The following list isn’t comprehensive, just quickly culled from the Internet. It doesn’t even include, for example, Jimmy Johnson's hair or Cowboy scandals involving Michael Irvin, steroids and cocaine. It’s a start, though. Feel free to chime in with your own reasons for hating Dallas.
1. New York Yankee partnership: Comparable to Darth Vader joining forces with the Klingons. Four years ago, Jerry Jones and the Steinbrenner clan formed Legends Hospitality Management, a concession and merchandise company that handles sales at the teams' new stadiums. Ultimately, they’d like to move into other stadiums and...
“The Ravens have the league's biggest differential between home and road winning percentage over the past decade: .771/.415/.356 difference. That home success is second only to the Patriots in that span. Baltimore also has the greatest point differential, home (plus-756) versus away (minus-77), in that time — a remarkable swing of 833.”
The Ravens themselves recognize the advantage, even if M & T has not been generally considered one of the league’s least hospitable destinations, like say, Green...
It’s not every day that the Oriole Bird is on the steps of City Hall, leading the Mayor, the City Council and several hundred downtown workers through a chant of “O-R-I-O-L-E-S,” but these are special days in Baltimore.
After making the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons, knocking off the two-time defending American League champion Texas Rangers in the Wild Card playoff, and beating the hated New York Yankees in Game 2 of the Division Series Monday night at Camden Yards, the O’s head up I-95 tonight for a battle in the Bronx.
“How amazing has this month been?,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the crowd, adding that the rally would send a message to the O’s players, letting them know that Baltimore stands behind them.
City Council President Jack Young said this year’s season reminded him of 1966, when the O’s swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. “I am looking forward to the World Series right here,” said Young to hoots and hollers.
I shot the video accompanying this post from the upper deck behind home plate last night at Camden Yards. It’s less than a minute and a half — the last two pitches from Jim Johnson striking out Alex Rodriguez — and the wild scene during and after the final out of the O’s huge 3-2 win.
The clip starts with fans rising to their feet with two strikes on A-Rod, and then booing loudly when he calls timeout and steps from the batter’s box. The crowd soon rises again, cheering madly until Rodriguez takes Johnson’s ensuing pitch for a ball. (At this point, you can hear Baltimore author and life-long O's fan Rafael Alvarez, standing next to me, chime in: “You don't want Cano coming to the plate,” referring to the Yankee slugger in the on-deck circle.)
Finally, Johnson, who had already retired future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki, punches out A-Rod and Camden Yards explodes. Fireworks go off over the Eutaw Street scoreboard as the Oriole outfielders leap for a victory bump in centerfield.
I didn’t know if the craziness at Camden Yards was translating to television last night, but the...
There’s a lot of pressure, to say the least, on Oriole starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chin tonight after the O’s heartbreaking loss to the Yankees yesterday.
We’ve got a couple of staff members here at Baltimore magazine just going to tonight’s game and the tension in the office has been palpable all day. We can’t imagine what the O’s clubhouse feels like right now and the anxiousness the 27-year-old Taiwanese southpaw is facing.
But if the O’s tie the series this evening as we fully expect despite our butterflies — game time is 8 p.m. — they’ll head to the Bronx even at 1-1. The Orioles split the season series with the Yankees and with Miguel Gonzalez, who has been pitching well, slotted for a Game 3 start, there’s no reason the Orioles can’t take two out of three in New York.
No one wants tonight to be the season’s last home game.
Although Chen, a Major League rookie this season, tailed off at the end of the season, he’s had a very solid campaign overall...