Ray Lewis’ swan song will be more epic than 2131

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As kickoff approaches on Sunday and the anticipation builds for what will likely be the last time Ray Lewis emerges from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium, I can’t help but to think back to Cal Ripken Jr.’s epic 2131 game on September 6, 1995. Cal was MLB’s poster child. His perseverance and mind boggling streak of consecutive games combined with a well-crafted wholesome image was a needed distraction for a league coming off a strike-shortened season during which the Fall Classic, the World Series was canceled. Originally I didn’t...

Something Magic Happened

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Something magic REALLY did happen. A team that for nearly a generation had failed to finish over the .500 mark suddenly made believers out of Baltimoreans who long ago labeled the Orioles nothing more than a welcomed distraction until Ravens training camp. The numbers were staggering. * 76-0 when leading after 7 innings * 16 consecutive extra inning wins Many times I counted them out. After any 2-game losing streak there it was, lingering in the back of my mind – here comes that annual downward spiral. But it never...

Was that “Carl” in the TBS booth last night?

Carl Ripken
Baltimore gets a bad rap. Our town is thought of by folks outside of the area as a cesspool of murderers, drug dealers and STD’s thanks in no small part to television shows like The Wire and Homicide. Our football team is labeled a group of thugs because of the public’s misperception of Ray Lewis. Weather Channel updates show those of Philadelphia and DC but nothing on Baltimore. We’re often thought of as no more than a rest stop during treks between those two neighboring cities. No wonder we have...

Festivus Maximus goes orange!

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Back in 1999 when the Ravens hired Brian Billick, the team hoped that the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator would bring a winning attitude to the 3-year-old franchise. The Ravens organization had yet to achieve a winning record or even sniff a .500 record up to that point. The team finished the ’99 campaign with an 8-8 record but more importantly, the season ended with a promise for an even better season to start the new millennium. The 2000 season proved to be one for the ages for the Ravens...

A tip of the cap to an old Orioles fan

Wei-Yin Chen
It was just like any typical hot, humid summer day in Baltimore. Back then in the late 60’s and early 70’s such days often included trips to see my grandparents. And as certain as death, taxes and the Orioles making the playoffs, we would find my grandfather sitting at the far end of the kitchen table upon our arrival. Most times he sat alone. Sometimes he even sat in the dark, probably to stave off the sometimes, oppressive heat trapped inside those un-air conditioned Fells Point homes. Next to him...
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