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September, 13th 2013

Ravens' Home Opener: What They’re Sayin’

Woe be the fans of the Cleveland Browns. Their team is stuck in a division with rival Pittsburgh, a city only a two-hour or so drive away that’s won six Super Bowls, with down-state rival Cincinnati, which at least has reached the Super Bowl twice and has made the playoffs three of the last four seasons, and finally, Baltimore, which, let’s face it—we took their team in 1996—and then went to win two Super Bowls.
 
The Browns, meanwhile, have won 10 games in a season exactly twice since 1988, posting 4-5 wins a season for the last five years. Did I mention they dropped their 2013 season opener, too?
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September, 12th 2013

Happy Defenders' Day! (How Dundalk Saved the World)

Baltimore magazine

On Sept. 12, 1814, more than 4,000 British troops landed at end of the North Point Peninsula, in what is today Edgemere and Dundalk, planning a march towards Baltimore to capture the city and port as the shelling of Fort McHenry began.

The British had already burned Washington D. C. to the ground several weeks before, threatening to sink the states and our burgeoning democracy.

Although Gen. John Stricker's Maryland militia didn't quite stop the overwhelming British forces, they did kill British Maj. Gen. Robert Ross and delay his troops long enough for the successful defense of the city.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The flag Baltimore widowed seamstress Mary Pickersgill sewed held up under the bombardment and Francis Scott Key, a local lawyer by trade and occasional poet, chronicled the ensuing Battle of Baltimore in verse.

Fort McHenry hosts a slew of Defenders' Day events—today is an official...

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September, 11th 2013

U.S. News Rankings: Hopkins Up To No. 12

Baltimore magazine

The Johns Hopkins University, based in Charles Village, of course, moved up a notch in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report college rankings released yesterday.

The popular annual report placed the Blue Jays at No. 12 among national universities, tied with Northwestern and behind No. 10 Dartmouth, and one spot improved from last year. Princeton was the top ranked school, above Harvard and Yale, at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

In a news release, Hopkins noted that the report rated the school “seventh in a ranking by high school guidance counselors, tied with four other schools, and tied for eighth in a ‘peer assessment’ by university presidents, provosts and deans.” Both of those lists are components of the overall "best colleges" rankings.

"The energy of our students and the dedication of our faculty to those students are combining to build momentum at Johns Hopkins," Ronald J. Daniels, president of the university, said in a statement. "When both teachers and students are absolutely...

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September, 9th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week for Sept. 2-9

Baltimore magazine

 

This week was a tough call: Hard not to give stud honors to Scott Feldman, who pitched a complete game, 5-hit shutout against the White Sox on Friday. We salute you, Scott.

But we’re going to go with the other half of the battery, Matt Wieters, who, of course, called that game and, the next day, had one of the most clutch hits of the season.

 

Orioles Stud of the week for Sept. 2-9: Matt Wieters

 

The line: Wieters hit two home-runs this week, had the aforementioned clutch single, and is batting .333 over his last 7 games. 

Studliest moment: When the White Sox’s Conor Gillaspie hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th in Saturday’s game, Orioles Nation was deflated. The bottom of the 10th was shaping up promisingly—two men on—but the Os were down to their last out. That’s when Wieters smacked a single to right, the Os won 4-3, and there was joy in Mudville (okay, Charm City).

The clincher: Catching is...

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September, 6th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

This is a challenge, to say the least, this week, but welcome to our first installment of Ravens Stud of the Week. Our pick shone in the first half of last night's season opener in Denver when the Ravens held a 17-14 lead and before everything fell apart so quickly. It'll get better people. Hang in there this morning.

Week One Stud:
Vonta Leach

The line:
It isn't about stats with this guy, it's about linebacker-destroying blocks. That said, he caught three passes against Denver, including the game's first touchdown while dragging Broncos middle linebacker Wesley Woodyard into the end zone.

Studliest moment:
Following Wes Welker's muffed punt near his own end zone, Leach immediately cleared a huge hole for Ray Rice, who scored from 1-yard out for a 14-7 lead. (That was pretty much the end of the highlights last night.)

The clincher:
A Pro Bowl fullback for the last three years, Leach initially refused to...

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September, 5th 2013

Ravens at Broncos: What They’re Sayin’

Baltimore magazine

The sports books have the Ravens anywhere from a 7.5-8.5 point underdog tonight as they travel to Denver to begin the defense of their Super Bowl title. No big deal.

That’s why they play ‘em on grass and not paper. (Or on artificial turf and not a computer. You know what we mean.) Weren’t the Broncos, Patriots and 49ers all favored in the playoffs last year?

With that in mind, we looked around and picked out a few quotes from sportswriters around the country who cover the game to find out what they think will happen on field.

The New York Times Benjamin Hoffman thinks Denver's losses of Von Miller (suspension), Champ Bailey (foot injury) and Elvis Dumervil (to the Ravens after a bungled contract negotiation) will hurt the Broncos more than the Ravens’ personnel losses. He picks Baltimore:

“Even with their immense home-field advantage, and Peyton Manning’s passing, those are a lot of missing pieces to overcome.”

The...

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September, 3rd 2013

Do You Need to See Pics of This Newborn Sitatunga Calf? Yes, You Do.

Baltimore magazine

A sitatunga is a kind of antelope indigenous to Central Africa. (We knew that, but just in case you didn't)

Little Cricket* was born to 4-year-old Lela and 5-year-old Hurley on August 5 at The Maryland Zoo.

Below, some pics of the new calf learning some valuable life lessons.

Here's Lela teaching Cricket how to do this incredibly adorable nose-kiss thing.

"And this is your new front yard."

"When I freeze, you freeze."

Once she's absorbed all these lessons, Cricket will make her public...

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September, 3rd 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

In the thick of the pennant race this year, the O's made two moves to fortify their shaky, injury-prone starting pitching in July. Both acquisitions have fared pretty well overall, but none better than yesterday, Labor Day, with the Orioles in need of a win in Cleveland to stay in the playoff hunt.

Stud of the Week for Aug. 25-Sept. 2: 
Bud Norris

The line:
The 28-year-old dominated in Monday's 7-2 win over the Indians, striking out eight in seven innings of work while allowing just four hits and one walk. In seven starts to since coming to Baltimore, Norris has posted a 4-1 record and has rebounded from his poorest outing with back-to-back strong starts against Boston and Cleveland.

Studliest moment:
With the O's leading 3-0 Monday, Cleveland, behind a base hit and a walk, had two runners on with two out in the bottom of the second and the tying run at the plate. But Norris, with a head's up play, picked Michael Brantley off...

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August, 30th 2013

Grand Prix: Baltimore Racing Team Takes to Hometown Streets

Baltimore magazine

Mike Levitas, 55, lives in Pikesville with his wife Wende and their two college-age children, Harris and Erin, and would seem to be a regular guy—owning a business, etc.—except for his avocation, which is racing cars. Actually, it’s more than an avocation, Levitas is a professional race car driver along with owning Jessup-based TPC Racing, “the Mid-Atlantic’s premier maintenance, service, tuning and modification center dedicated solely to Porsche supporters,” according to their website.

Including Levitas, pictured, on left, with his car in front of Max's Taphouse, and his 2008 Porsche GT3, TPC Racing will send three cars into a pair of this weekend’s Grand Prix events: Saturday’s IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) GT3 Challenge, scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start, and Sunday’s IMSA GT3 Challenge, scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start. Keep an eye out for his No. 36 car with the Porsche of Towson and Merkle corporate sponsor logos.

Currently, Levitas ranks first in the IMSA GT3 Gold Cup Standings for the year, followed in second by teammate David Williams of Annapolis. TPC Racing is also ranked first among 11 teams in the GT3 Gold Cup team standings. With this weekend's races approaching, we shot...

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August, 26th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

After some struggles, we were relieved when the O's won the series against the Oakland A's, especially thanks to solid performances from shortstop J.J. Hardy and pitcher Miguel Gonzalez. But it was the oldest player on the team who really shined this week. Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for August 19-25:
Brian Roberts

The line:
The second-baseman who has been plagued with injuries these past few years is getting his groove back. These past two weeks, Roberts has had 12 hits and 11 RBIs, beefing up his average to .257 with a .320 on-base percentage

Studliest moment:
On Friday, Roberts highlighted a six-run fourth against the A's by hitting his first grand slam since September 12, 2009.

The clincher:
Later on in the game, Roberts really started to look like his old self: In the bottom...

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