Tag: football

Should Student Athletes Be Banned from Twitter?


After the NCAA suspended a college football player for a controversial tweet (a Lehigh player reposted a friend’s tweet that used a racial slur to disparage the Towson football team), so the Towson Tigers’s head coach, Rob Ambrose decided to take matters into his own hands. He told his players they had to get off Twitter until further notice.

While it’s hard not to see this as an imposition on the players’ rights, Ambrose is just trying to keep his team on the up-and-up. ““I watched about seven or eight players from Thanksgiving until Jan. 1,” Ambrose told the Towson Towerlight. “If I were to have adhered to the letter of the law, I bet we would have suspended 50 percent of my team and at least 50 percent of the athletic department.” He pointed out that players may not yet understand how social media can take only a second to post, but can have lasting consequences: “If these kids put something out there that is misinterpreted by the wrong person and blown up in the media, they are ruined for life.” The Tigers follow in the footsteps of the University of North Carolina, which banned its football team from Twitter after an NCAA investigation. At other schools, assistant coaches are charged with monitoring students’ Twitter accounts; tracking software can also keep track of student athletes’ online presence.

Ambrose himself has a Twitter account, and has tweeted more than a thousand times. But nothing that would rankle the NCAA, we’re sure.

Showtime Documentary Examines Army-Navy Football Rivalry


The Army-Navy game tomorrow at Fedex Field in Landover will be the focus of a Showtime series on the rivalry in football between the two teams.  The documentary A Game of Honor will air on Wednesday Dec. 21 on Showtime.  Check out the preview on our video landing on the homepage.

Kick-off the for Army-Navy game tomorrow is at 2:30 p.m. and will air on CBS.


Ravens Players Cause Tween Frenzy at a Towson School


I remember thinking that gym class was a waste of time… but if Ray Rice had shown up to my school, I guess I might have thought otherwise. Which is exactly what happened at Towson’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School earlier this week.

Rice (along with Ravens teammates Ricky Williams, Torrey Smith, Lee Evans, and Andre Gurode) stopped by to recognize the school as an official NFL Play 60 Super School. Which is to say that the school was recognized for encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical fitness, along with 33 other schools nationwide.

According to the Sun, the Ravens were welcomed in true teen idol fashion, with tweens shaking, screaming, and proudly wearing purple. The school’s team spirit benefits everyone:  students who wear Ravens gear on Fridays must pay 50 cents for the privilege, and the funds get donated to various charities (including Rice’s non-profit). The school wins, too — the designation as an official Play 60 Super School came with a $10,000 check to be spent on wellness programming or fitness equipment.

Happy Thanksgiving!


We are taking today off to enjoy the holiday with our families.

Come back tomorrow to see our story on the psychology of shopping and our holiday gift guide.

We’ll be back Monday with our regular coverage of life inside the Baltimore Fishbowl.



Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh: We Weren’t Kidding about the Hype


Last night, the stories on the Harbaugh Bowl, or the Har-Bowl as the San Jose Mercury News calls it, started appearing all over the internet. Just in case you haven’t heard about the historic match-up (have you been in a coma?) between the two brothers, we thought we’d share our findings. As the Baltimore Sun points out, every radio show and website seems to be touching on the game between Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh, 49, and San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh, 48. But as the San Francisco Chronicle explains, this isn’t the first time the two brothers have competed against each other. There was a baseball game back when they were teenagers (John’s team won). Our favorite detail comes from the Atlanta Constitution, which had this quote from Jim: “It’s very considerate of the NFL to fly us out there,” the devilish younger brother said, “I haven’t seen him on Thanksgiving in I don’t know how many years.”

You know who we’re rooting for.

Don’t Mind the Haters, Terps – Your New Look is Great


Today’s biggest fake scandal:  The University of Maryland Terps got new uniforms, and everyone who’s anyone thinks they’re a big fashion faux pas. Or something like that. Last I checked, no one actually was that upset — but the Baltimore Sun insists that the blogosphere was simply erupting with indignation over the University of Maryland’s new football uniforms. Which actually look pretty cute.

“For most of the game, on Facebook, on Twitter, on people’s blogs, folks went on and on and on about the uniforms and their instantaneous, visceral disgust for them,” the Sun frets. The uniforms in question incorporate the black and yellow checkerboard and the red and white cross of the Maryland state flag.

However:  No less a source than the State Flag Power Rankings blog (actually a real thing) finds the flag insidiously compelling (“more and more boss the more I think about it”); and here, another ranking awards it the top spot. In conclusion:  the Maryland flag looks cool, and these uniforms also look cool. Don’t mind the haters, Terps. You guys look great.