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I don't believe for a second that the Ravens lost Saturday because of all the media-driven hype and the nostalgia concerning the old Colts. That would be a weak excuse. The players largely ignored it. It meant nothing to them. I talked to enough people in the organization to know they were treating the game as exactly what it was, nothing else.

They lost because of four turnovers and a vanilla offense that didn't take enough chances. They lost because the Colts suddenly have remembered how to play defense. They lost because the Colts have the best clutch kicker in history.

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They lost because the Colts beat them at their own game.

For those of you with Atlantic Broadband cable in Cecil County, MASN will become available to you in April, according to their affiliate relations department.

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Enjoy.

To Mark Brown: I wouldn't feel bad about your 2007 Orioles team calendar including Bruce Chen, Luis Matos and Javy Lopez. I got an advanced copy of the '08 edition, and Russ Ortiz is on the cover.

Jim Miller, one of the relievers acquired from the Rockies for Rodrigo Lopez, needs to stay out of Arizona. Here are his stats from the AFL:

1-1, 7.20 ERA. 15 games, 15 innings, 17 hits, 12 earned runs, six walks, eight strikeouts, two hit batters.

Miller will end up in Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk, depending on how the rosters shake out. I'd imagine that Norfolk will have enough arms that he'll be assigned to the Baysox.

If Sammy Sosa ends up with the Rangers and is introduced at Camden Yards, I'm sure the reception will be mixed.

Sosa was hurt during much of his time with the Orioles, and it certainly appeared that his skills had eroded, whether because of age or, well, something else. Problems also developed between Sosa and Miguel Tejada, according to team sources, and that didn't sit well with at least one close friend of Tejada's in the clubhouse.

If that's reason enough to boo him, let 'er rip.

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