Surprise, surprise, all four division champions lost in the first round for the first time in major four North American pro sports history, the teams that played in last year's Cup Final are out and the team that finished 21 points ahead of the rest of the NHL got swept.
A Stanley Cup championship banner rose to the rafters at the home of the Washington Capitals for the first time, and everyone in attendance Wednesday night got to relive the sheer excitement of it all.
A decision to save surveillance video of Freddie Gray's arrest and the subsequent unrest has significantly reduced the storage capacity of some cameras on Baltimore's closed-circuit system — shrinking the window during which police may flag footage to help with criminal investigations.
The Washington Capitals have confirmed they will not be making the trip to Baltimore Arena for a preseason game this year. The NHL team had hosted the Baltimore Hockey Classic exhibition here in two of the past three years.
A "go home" Raw (the last episode before a pay-per-view event) is always watched with extra attention, mostly because critics have the same question -- did this particular show do anything to increase my interest in buying the pay-per-view on Sunday?
The Capitals have started to retool their roster after another early playoff exit. They have re-signed center Brooks Laich, traded for power forward Troy Brouwer and added a few draft picks to their minor-league system. Expect more changes -- perhaps more significant ones -- after owner Ted Leonsis said the Capitals "want to change and improve" this offseason. He also suggested that some trades could be in the works.
Tim Thomas' season brings to mind some of the other amazing wire-to-wire performances in sports history. We have seen many sparkling seasons here in Baltimore -- like Cal Ripken Jr. winning the MVP award and leading the Orioles to the World Series in 1983 and Ray Lewis being named the AP Defensive Player of the Year and the Super Bowl XXXV MVP in the Ravens¿ Super 2000 season.
The Orioles have now dropped 16 straight games in Toronto after Wednesday's 4-1 loss, and you can give credit to Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero and a big-swing offense for this latest humbling. ... Brian Roberts woke up with headaches Wednesday and was told to hold off from "exertional and vestibular exercises" for the day. ... The Orioles placed Alfredo Simon on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Jason Berken. ... Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, is in his native Venezuela this week as part of a U.S. State Department "sports diplomacy" program. ... Boston won its first Stanley Cup in 39 years and Vancouver showed its hospitality by sending the Bruins off with a celebratory bonfire.