The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: As Manny Machado sparks nostalgia, it's important to keep this Orioles team in perspective

It was just a happy coincidence that Manny Machado arrived on our doorstep this week to remind us where this sapling of an Orioles team sprouted and why.

This is no nostalgia piece.

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Orioles spell the end of their 10-game losing streak with a capital 'D'

It might be easy to overlook the impact of a handful of great defensive plays in a one-sided game with plenty of other subplots, but Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and starting pitcher Andrew Cashner were not about to let that happen.

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Schmuck stops: On the Rays' two-country solution, the Lakers' deal and more Orioles tanking talk

News item: In an attempt to reduce the potential cost of a new stadium, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given permission by Major League Baseball to explore a two-city partnership with Montreal, which would allow the Rays (or whatever they would be called in French) to play the first half of each season in the Tampa, Fla., area and the second half in Canada.

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Schmuck: Rebuilding Orioles knew they were going to lose a lot of games, but not like this

During the first two months of Orioles Rebuild 1.0, the youthful club won a few games, lost a lot more and generally was prepared to spend the season looking up at the rest of the American League.

No one said it was going to be easy, but no one in the Orioles clubhouse thought it could get this bad.

Well, it has.

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Schmuck: U.S. women's World Cup team sparks debate about sportsmanship that's a few decades too late

There was a bit of irony in the controversy that erupted over the excessive celebration by the United States women’s soccer team during its 13-0 World Cup victory over Thailand on Tuesday.

In the middle of it were former Canadian national team players Kaylyn Kyle and Clare Rustad, who registered their self-righteous disgust with the Americans on the Canadian sports network TSN.

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Schmuck: One year after death of Jordan McNair, Maryland football program must focus on more than winning

In the year that has passed since the senseless death of Maryland football player Jordan McNair, the university and its athletic department have engaged in a long process of institutional self-examination and effected some real change.

Of course, nothing is going to bring back the young man who collapsed and died of exertional heatstroke or take away the pain his family continues to endure.

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