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September, 30th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Courtesy: BaltimoreRavens.com

Nobody likes losing to Buffalo. In the past four seasons, the Bills have finished 6-10 three times and 4-12 once. Even in their best years, two decades ago, they're remembered for epic failure, losing four consectuive Super Bowls. Okay, they look better this year than last. We get that. They nearly upset New England and now they're 2-2 after holding on to beat the Ravens. Still, the loss Sunday was disconcerting. The Ravens couldn't run the ball. Flacco, and we'll put this kindly, appears to be out of sync with his entire receiving corps. Except this guy—our Ravens Stud of the Week—who kept the Ravens in the contest.

Week Four stud: 

Torrey Smith

The line:

Smith hauled in five passes for 166 yards and a touchdown. The deep threat leads the Ravens with 21 catches on the...

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September, 27th 2013

Buffalo Road: Ravens Favored Over Bills (But Not By Much)

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Here's the thing. All the experts had the Texans pounding the Ravens last week. But the Ravens won by a convincing score, so now everyone is picking the Ravens to pound the Buffalo because the Bills lost last week.

A team's overall ability, though, doesn't change that much week to week, right? Same players, same coaching staff. Other things change from week to week, however. Your opponent, for example. Is it a road or home game? Injuries. Match-ups. Which team needs a win more, etc. 

The betting line has the Ravens favored by 3.5—an indication to be "cautiously" optimistic for Sunday. Yes, the Bills' defense, its run defense, in particular, has been awful. But teams—look at the Ravens this year and last year versus the Texans, for example—generally play better defensively at home.

Also, the Ravens' offense hasn't set the world on fire, yet. Hopefully, Flacco and company will get on track in Buffalo, but the game could be close. Most experts seem to agree that the Ravens' pass...

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September, 27th 2013

Aliens Welcome: Baltimore Bike Party's Outer Space Ride

Courtesy: Jonathon Poliszuk, Pellinore Press

Does E.T. ride a really small bike? Will Luke Skywalker let you handle his light saber? Do Martians have awesome tricked out bicycles suitable for intergalatic travel?

Learn the answer to these questions—while peddling though Charm City's earthly neighborhoods—during tonight's Outer Space-themed Baltimore Bike Party tour around town. The last-Friday-of-every-month casual ride around the city starts at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Park in Seton Hill with an after-party—beer from Heavy Seas, food trucks, D.J., etc., to follow at Hopkins Plaza.

More info can be found on the ride's Facebook page. The route, which swings through Locust Point and Federal Hill this month, among...

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September, 24th 2013

Manny Machado's injury

Update: An MRI on Tuesday revealed no ACL or MCL damage, but a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee and a recovery timetable of six-to-eight weeks. Phew—could have been way worse!

As if getting swept in four games by the Tampa Bay Rays wasn't insult enough, the Orioles suffered another huge loss in yesterday afternoon's game in St. Petersburg, Florida. During the seventh inning, third baseman (and "Best Oriole") Manny Machado, 21, stepped on the edge of first base with the outside part of his left food, twisting his leg inward, then collapsed to the ground in pain. He left the field on a stretcher.

Our thoughts are with Machado, who was enjoying a breakout seasons in his first full years in the Majors and led the league with 51 doubles. We wish him a speedy recovery.

In addition, Machado supporters took to social media to share their thoughts:

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September, 23rd 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Is it just us or did yesterday's game renew your faith in the 2013 Baltimore Ravens? After a rocky start in Denver and an ugly win against the Browns, we look like we may be getting our swagger back with new players stepping up (Marlon Brown, Dallas Clark), returning players coming through in the clutch (Tandon Doss, Bernard Pierce), and our entire defense living up to its full and awesome potential (Arthur Jones, Terrell Suggs, et al.) But one guy particularly made us proud:

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September, 23rd 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

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In the thick of playoff contention entering this week, the O's dropped three straight to rival Tampa Bay, for all intents and purposes, putting a lid on a once-promising season and hopeful summer. The Ravens' win over the Texans helped assuage some of our pain, but it's going take time to recover from this...

Stud of the Week for September 15-22: 
None.

The line:
Going back to the last 11 innings of O's extra-inning loss Friday night to the Rays, the Orioles' vaunted offense managed just two runs and 10 hits over the last 29 innings of the series. 

Studliest moment:
Woody Allen once said "80 percent of success is showing up." And the O's did manage to get up out of bed Saturday for a 1 p.m. start...

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September, 20th 2013

Seeing Red: Fear the Turtle

Courtesy: Under Armour

In time for Saturday's big game at M&T Bank Stadium against West Virginia—and an ESPNU television audience—the University of Maryland football team will be break out their latest "Maryland Pride" uniforms designed by Baltimore-based Under Armour.

The new gear comes as the Terps are playing some of their best football in years, starting the season 3-0—and favored to beat the 2-1 Mountaineers, who lead the series 26-21-2. And yup, that makes this the 50th meeting on the gridiron between the two schools.

Personally, I like the all-red look. Makes a powerful statement. The helmets (and uniform sleeves) pull in the state's black and gold colors and images from the Maryland flag in a way that blends tradition and a cool, modern look. I even like the cleats and socks—...

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September, 16th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

The Orioles are still in playoff contention after this week, moving to 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for an American League Wild Card Spot. Though we suffered some minor injuries (Miguel Gonzalez and Nate McLouth), we have a lot to be thankful for—not only did Crush Davis hit his 50th home run on Friday night, but this red-hot DH keeps delivering.

Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for September 9-15:
Danny Valencia

The line:
Since August 4th, Valencia has clocked 26 hits, 13 RBIs, and four home runs for an average of .491 (26 for 53) in that period.

Studliest moment:
Though we lost Thursday...

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September, 16th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

It was a grind-it-out, slightly ugly 14-6 victory against the Browns on Sunday (hey, we’ll take it) so we decided to give our Stud honors to a man who went above and beyond the call of duty just by being on the field.

An hour before the game, Joe Flacco’s wife Dana gave birth to their second son, named Daniel.

So was Joe in the delivery room with his wife? Nope, he was at M&T Bank Stadium delivering touchdown passes to rookie Marlon Brown.

Whether Dana okayed this decision (or possibly even insisted on it) is between Joe and his bride, but as Ravens fans we salute his total commitment to the team.

Oh, and congrats to the proud parents!

 

Week two stud:

Joe Flacco

The line:

Joe went 22 for 33 for 211 yards and one touchdown. And played the game while his son was being born in New Jersey...

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September, 13th 2013

Grand Prix: Three Strikes and Out

City officials and Baltimore Grand Prix organizers are blaming scheduling conflicts, but whatever the reason, the controversial Labor Day weekend racing event won't be back in 2014 and 2015.

Baltimore will host the Navy-Ohio State football game next Labor Day and a large American Legion Convention in 2015.

“We just don’t have those dates in 2014 and 2015 for the Grand Prix,” Visit Baltimore CEO ...

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