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Save the Inner Harbor’s Beach Volleyball Courts!

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The plans for Inner Harbor 2.0 call for all sorts of new stuff to be installed around Baltimore’s prime waterfront neighborhood. There will be an underground parking garage, increased green space, “interactive water features,” and playgrounds. But there may not be beach volleyball courts, and for some Baltimoreans, that’s a big problem.

Orioles playoff tickets available Monday for general public

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photo by Amy Langrehr
photo by Amy Langrehr

After eliminating the Yankees today, the Baltimore Orioles get one last crack at Derek Jeter and his pinstriped partners Thursday night. But even it rains on the shortstop’s going away party, the team knows that crisp October skies await as a result of last week’s playoff clinch. The season reset that comes with the postseason also means a new scrum for coveted Orioles playoff tickets. On Wednesday, the Orioles laid out the complete menu of options for the team’s upcoming home games in the American League Division Series. Bandwagon jumpers, beware: season ticket holders have a major advantage in the hunt for admission to a game.

Is This the End of Baltimore’s Lingerie Football Team?

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Photo via Elusive Media
Photo via Elusive Media

They may wear purple, throw a football, and have impressive triceps, but the players on the Baltimore Charm are emphatically not the Baltimore Ravens. For one, they’re women; for another, they play in their underwear.

Did you even know Baltimore had a lingerie football team? I sure didn’t. Maybe that’s because I’m, ahem, not in the target demographic. Or maybe it’s because the league has struggled with image issues in recent years, renaming itself the Legends Football League and having a hard time attracting viewers. The Baltimore Sun reports that our local team just cancelled its last scheduled home game, which was to be played on Saturday, in part due to low attendance. With no plans to reschedule the game or to find a new home for the team, this may be the end of the Baltimore Charm.

Baltimore Beach Volleyball at Rash Field

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catch of the day fish (2)Nothing says summer fun like the sight of bronzed figures leaping around in the sand, sending volleyballs over the net. In fact, many of us have shown up to our summer day at the beach with friends and family only to look over at those happy volleyball players some yards over, thinking, “did they bring that net with them? Do they do this all the time? Were they planted here by the chamber of commerce or something to enhance the beach’s image?” Well, we may not ever have the answers to those exact questions, but we can definitely get closer to them (or to actually being those jubilant, bronzed volleyball players) thanks to Baltimore Beach Volleyball down at the Inner Harbor.

A Conversation with Local Sportscaster Gerry Sandusky

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Gerry Sandusky and David Applefeld
Gerry Sandusky and David Applefeld

From Citybizlist – As the son of Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, John Sandusky, Gerry Sandusky grew up in the sports world. He ultimately developed a sports career of his own becoming the legendary voice of the Ravens and the Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning broadcaster on the WBAL networks. We recently discussed his childhood with sports legends, his unique career path, his thoughts on the current Orioles and Ravens, and the lessons he has learned from his father and from a scandal involving his unrelated namesake, among other topics.

Ex-Oriole Brian Roberts Explains His Comments About the Yankees

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Beloved Oriole second baseman Brian Roberts is leaving Baltimore, after more than a decade of dedicated — if injury-hampered — service, to become a Yankee. Oh well. C’est la baseball.

But when Roberts was interviewed by the YES Network about his career move his comment that it was “time to move on” and his (not at all shocking) confession that as a kid he dreamed about donning a Yankee uniform raised the hackles of some O’s fans.

In an interview yesterday with the Baltimore Sun‘s Dan Connolly, Roberts took the opportunity to clarify those statements. He made it abundantly clear that his first choice was to remain an Oriole, but he wasn’t going to beg the organization to keep him on if that wasn’t what they wanted. So he “was really moving on because the opportunity to be an Oriole wasn’t there anymore.”

Orioles Mascot Suffers Abuse at Washington Capitals Game

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via Steve Damerell / Camden Chat
via Steve Damerell / Camden Chat

This blog post over at Camden Chat rules. At Saturday’s Washington Capitals hockey game at the Verizon Center, several area mascots were brought onto the ice for inter-period entertainment, but apparently, the Oriole Bird was singularly humiliated as part of a deliberate plot to shame Baltimore. Or at least that’s how Camden Chat’s Steve Damerell would have it. And I honestly can’t tell if he’s joking or not.

Included among the Oriole Birds many humiliations are the following: First, during an exhibition match between a kids’ team and the mascots, the Oriole Bird was one of the few mascots not wearing skates, which contributed to his or her failing to stop a “critical goal.” The Oriole Bird was further disgraced when it was “sentenced to the intern-like duty” of throwing Capitals T-shirts to the crowd. Later, the Oriole Bird got inside a “giant hamster ball” and was “forced” to race the former Capitals mascot.

O’Malley Loses Horribly Lopsided Bet to North Dakota Governor

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What was he thinking?
What was he thinking?

Okay, so Towson University lost Saturday’s college Football Championship Subdivision title game to North Dakota State. That means Gov. Martin O’Malley owes North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple a case of crab cakes from Faidley Seafood. Fair.

But if Towson had won, all O’Malley would have gotten out of Dalrymple was a case of low-carb pasta from Dreamfields. O’Malley spokeswoman Nina Smith said O’Malley is “definitely disappointed … about the pasta and the loss.”

Why a Baltimore NBA Team Won’t Happen (Anytime Soon)

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With the Washington Wizards (formerly the Baltimore Bullets) coming to the Baltimore Arena today to face off against the New York Knicks (featuring Baltimore native Carmelo Anthony), it’s fun to dream of the city hosting a professional basketball team of its own again. And with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake endorsing the dream and even talking “with other people who are like-minded,” one may start to foster real hope.

No way, says Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. Or at least, not without overcoming some “major obstacles.” Here are a few:

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