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May, 29th 2013

Ray Rice's New 'Super' Ink

Baltimore magazine

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, profiled earlier this year on the AOL web series, My Ink, recently commemorated the team's Super Bowl win with a new tattoo: an image of the Lombardi Trophy on his left bicep with the word "Champs" written across the design. Right where he'll tuck the pigskin when he runs into the end zone next year—perfect.

The photo is courtesy of Jimmy's Famous Seafood on Holabird Avenue, which hosts tons of Ravens-themed events, including weekly meet and greet dinners with players during the season.

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May, 29th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Orioles Stud Of The WeekStarting today, and continuing throughout the season, we will select a weekly Orioles Stud of the Week, the player with the best overall stats, or a single game, line, or defining moment so dominating we had to acknowledge it.

This week, fittingly, we select Orioles Gold Glove centerfielder Adam Jones. (Remember to #VoteAdam for the All-Star Game.)

Stud of the Week for May 21-May 27:
Adam Jones

The line:
.355 average. 4 straight homeruns in the games from May 23 – May 26

Studliest moment:
3 for 5 with a homerun, a double, an RBI, and 2 runs in a loss against the Blue Jays on May 26th.

The clincher:
Chatted up a little boy in the stands on Sunday. Managed to keep up his active (and hilarious) tweeting schedule (@SimplyAJ10)—even tweeting photos of some gorgeous Copper River salmon on the hibachi grill. #StayHungry, indeed.

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May, 22nd 2013

Belmont: Orb could get rematch with Oxbow

Baltimore magazine

Oxbow's 15-1 upset at the Preakness Stakes ruined Orb's shot at horse racing's Triple Crown, but the Maryland-owned (well, at least co-owned) thoroughbred may get a shot at redemption after his disappointing finish last weekend.

According to the Daily Racing Forum, Orb and Oxbow are among 14 horses under consideration for the June 8 Belmont Stakes.

Hey, for Orb, or any horse, two out of three ain't bad.

Orb's trainer, Shug McGaughey, said his horse “looks to me like he came out of the race fine,” but wants to get him settled at Belmont Park before committing to race there.

The Belmont field is also expected to include Golden Soul and Revolutionary, who finished second and third at the Kentucky Derby, then skipped the Preakness, according to the Daily Racing Forum.

Oxbow's trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, said Will Take...

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May, 22nd 2013

Best Dressed: Orioles Win Battle of the Uniforms

Baltimore magazine

Call it the "Battle of the Birds." In an ESPN Sportsnation contest this week, the O's upset the favored St. Louis Cardinals for the best uniform in baseball in a vote by the fans.

Set up in March Madness bracket fashion, the Orioles entered the contest seeded No. 13 — in the American League. (Some guy named Jim Caple, who seeded the American League teams, made a crack about our 1970s-style cap.)

St. Louis entered the contest ranked as the best-dressed team in the National League and overall, but out of nearly 150,000 votes cast, the Orioles garnered a landslide 59 percent of the total.

Maybe the best part, the Orioles knocked off the Yankees to win the AL title, again garnering a landslide 59 percent of the vote.

Frivolous perhaps, but after winning the best uniform title Monday, the O's ended their six-game losing streak and beat the Yanks for real last night on Nate McLouth's extra-inning homerun. Could be a sign, that's all we're saying...

 

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May, 17th 2013

Your Preakness Primer

Baltimore magazine

So, here’s a few things you should know if you’re heading to Pimlico for the 138th Preakness Stakes Saturday — as well as some things you may not need to know — but we thought were interesting.

The Race:

Kentucky Derby winner Orb, co-owned by Baltimore County’s Stuart Janney III, is considered the top horse in the race and likely will go off as an even-money favorite. However, Orb drew the post position — unlike in auto racing — not the best place to start.

Rosie Napravnik, 25, who launched her riding career in Maryland, will become the third woman to compete in the Preakness, sitting atop Mylute, currently listed at 5-1 odds. Julie Krone, with a victory at the 1993 Belmont Stakes, is the only female jockey to win a Triple Crown race.

Kevin Krigger, 29, will ride Goldencents, at 8-1 odds Friday...

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May, 17th 2013

Great Moments in Preakness History

Baltimore magazine

UPDATED 5/17/13: Last year, I wrote a blog curating some of the best moments in televised Preakness history. While we all wait with baited breath to see if the locally owned Derby champ Orb can join the hallowed ranks of Secretariat and Native Dancer, we thought it would be fun to revisit the post. Feel free to leave your own favorite Preakness memories in the comments below! Please also note that two of the videos I posted last year (the Native Dancer and Seattle Slew ones, to be precise) have since had their embedding disabled. Both videos can still be watched on YouTube however and a link will take you there when you click on them. Sorry for the inconvenience. -Amy Mulvihill

I rode horses growing up, so the Triple Crown was a big deal to me. Generally indifferent to sporting events, the three-part series—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes—was my Superbowl, World Series, and Stanley Cup all rolled into one. My best friend and fellow horse nut lived across the street from me and, every year, we would gather around her TV or mine to watch the races. 

The Derby is generally considered the most prestigious of the three races, but the...

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May, 16th 2013

Oriole Bird among America's favorite mascots

Oriole Bird

We've always loved the Oriole Bird—whether he's pretending to chew your hat off or dressing up as an old man for Father's Day—though we admit we're a little biased. But, according to Forbes magazine, a new study found that our hometown mascot is among the 10 most popular in the country.

The Marketing Arm's Davie Brown Index, which is based on a survey of public perception of celebrities, measured mascots' popularity based on: awareness, likeability, attention-getting, photo-friendliness, interaction, and fun. Fans were asked if a mascot happened to be an "absolute favorite" or "one of my favorites."

The Oriole Bird was a newbie on the list and rated as both "trendy" and "traditional." The survey says "the Bird's buzz shot up last year with the Orioles ascent to the playoffs." The Bird appears among old stand-bys like the Phillie Phanatic and San Diego Chicken.

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May, 14th 2013

Hot O’s Begin Eight-Game Homestand

Baltimore magazine

The Orioles, winners of seven of their last 10 games while taking recent road series against the Angels, Royals and Twins, return to Camden Yards tonight for an eight-game homestand.

First up, the San Diego Padres for two games. Then, division rival Tampa Bay for three weekend games.

And finally, the first-place New York Yankees — a game ahead of the O’s at the moment in the American League East — for three games early next week. Is it too soon to call a three-game match-up against the Yankees a big series? Sure. So what. If the O’s continue to play well against Padres and Rays, the Yankee series should make for some early season fun.

At the moment, however, the problem for Orioles isn’t the Yankees, but their own starting pitching. Lefty Wei-Yin Chen had to leave Sunday’s win over the Twins with a strained oblique. Overall, the starting rotation, while generally keeping the O’s in ballgames through five and six innings, isn’t going deep into ballgames.

So far, the O’s have ridden their strong bullpen and a resilient offense, led by Chris Davis, Adam Jones and 20-year-old Manny Machado for...

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May, 9th 2013

O's Win 4th Straight; Tied for First on Wednesday

Baltimore magazine

For the first time this season, the Orioles have put together a four-game winning streak, moving to 21-13 on the year with their win over Kansas City last night. More good news?

With the Minnesota Twins knocking off the Boston Red Sox, the surging O's have also moved into a tie for first place in the American League East.

J.J. Hardy homered Wednesday — for the third time in four games — and Manny Machado continued to deliver in the clutch, driving in a run, to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 win. Chris Tillman won his third game of the early season and closer Jim Johnson picked up his 13th save.

As Johnson told reporters after the game, the O's have picked right up where they left off last season when they reached the playoffs for the first time in 15 seasons.

"I feel like we really haven't lost a step from where we finished [in 2012] or how we finished last year," Johnson, who notched his 34th regular season save in a row to match Randy Myers (1997) for the club record, told MLB.com. "But I think ... guys are really starting to get a good feel for what's going on and what's expected of...

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May, 6th 2013

City Schools Chief Alonso Stepping Down

Baltimore magazine

Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Andrés Alonso will be leaving at the end of the school year, officials confirmed today.

Alonso steps down after leading the city school system for six years. Chief of staff Tisha Edwards will serve as an interim CEO through the next school year while the Baltimore City School Board searches for a permanent successor, according to reporting Monday morning in The Washington Post.

Schools spokeswoman Edie House-Foster confirmed Alonso’s departure. School officials said Alonso is leaving to return to New Jersey, take care of his aging parents, and accept a professorship at Harvard University.

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