Although it¿s somewhat embarrassing to write, I sort of envisioned myself as a current-day John Steadman, a Baltimore boy who was afforded the crazy opportunity to work at his hometown newspaper and then spent decades upon decades chronicling the glories and pratfalls of the local sports teams. I made it through one decade. Technically, a decade and a half if you count the four years I spent writing about, and traveling with, the Orioles for the York (Pa.) Daily Record.
That line of thinking, albeit premature in this instance, brings us to the spring and summer of 2015, to the University of Maryland, and to two high-profile players heading into their respective drafts: wide receiver Stefon Diggs and outfielder LaMonte Wade.
The Dawsons, who have been married for three years, are caught in the middle of one of Baltimore's most storied and unique battles. The football teams clash Saturday at McDonogh in the 100th rivalry game between the two. Chris Dawson will be on the visiting sidelines. Lucy Dawson will be in the McDonogh stands with the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Eleanor. Chris' parents are coming to the game and will be somewhere in between.
There's no question in Steve Pearce's mind what his career highlight has been so far: Picking up Ryan Goins' grounder in the top of the ninth on Sept. 16, 2014, running to first to step on the bag and then throwing his hands up in the air as Camden Yards roared.
Matt Wieters is one of six pending free agents on the Orioles¿ current roster. The others are Chris Davis, Wei-Yin Chen, Darren O¿Day, Gerardo Parra and Steve Pearce. An argument can be made to bring back each one.
Each time Orioles third baseman Manny Machado came to the plate this week in Oakland, he¿s been booed by a faction of the fans in the O.co Coliseum. On Tuesday, one screamed vulgarities at Machado loud enough that it could be heard clearly in the press box.
The Orioles are six games into the season. They are 3-3; only 156 more to go. Evaluating their season at this point is like evaluating the Ravens a few minutes after halftime of their first game in September.
Whether through injury, illness, or suspension, the Ravens' talent at defensive line has been diluted all season. With one key cog or another missing for all but four of the team's 17 games, the group has still collapsed pockets, occupied blockers and held opponents without a 100-yard rusher all season.
Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Connolly shares some thoughts on free-agent outfielder Colby Rasmus' potential fit in the Orioles clubhouse, the deaths of Stu Miller and Hank Peters, and the Hall of Fame voting.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was selected Tuesday night as the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year for the third time in his 16-year career, winning the honor in a landslide.
Every Tuesday, Baltimore Sun blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with input from Baltimore Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at the fourth-quarter sack of Tom Brady that preceded the team's game-winning drive.
During a 24-23 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Ravens converted none of their six short-yardage opportunities on third and fourth downs. In each situation, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron called for a pass instead of running Rice behind fullback Vonta Leach and right guard Marshal Yanda.
For the first time in his career, Gary Rajsich isn't just making suggestions on players, he'll be calling the shots starting Monday night, when the Orioles select fourth overall in baseball's annual amateur draft.
The Ravens would like to improve their offensive line during the offseason, but the best move they could make in free agency would be re-signing Ben Grubbs, who could soon be one of the top guards available.
Prediction Friday: Ravens-Patriots and FanFest autographs. Dan Connolly thinks the Ravens will lose to the Patriots in the AFC championship. He also wants to know which Oriole's autograph you'd want most.
Terrell Suggs got the trash talk going on Wednesday, saying that the Ravens are "the enemy of the state" in Pittsburgh and that "we think their piss is going to be a little hot" on Sunday. ... The Ravens will have to cut down on penalties to beat the Steelers. ... Ben Grubbs returned to practice. ... The Orioles will interview a fifth candidate, Scott Proefrock, for their vacant general manager position. ... Somebody in the O's organization made roster moves on Wednesday. ... Alex Len was cleared by the NCAA to practice, but he will miss the first 10 games of Maryland's season. ... Is there a rift between Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau and superstar Alex Ovechkin?
Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said Joe Flacco does have the freedom to call his own plays and make suggestions. ... Ed Reed did not practice on Thursday. ... Lee Evans didn¿t sound optimistic about suiting up on Sunday against the Cardinals. ... Maryland guard Pe'Shon Howard broke his foot and will miss two to three months. ... On Friday, the Orioles' GM search committee will interview John Stockstill. ... The Cardinals won in 11 innings to force a Game 7.
The Ravens have joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only teams in the NFL that are using iPads for playbooks. ... Safety Tom Zbikowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet. ... Joe Flacco doesn't think he is taking too many hits. ... An industry source says the Orioles are expected on Friday to ask the Dodgers for permission to interview assistant GM De Jon Watson. ... The Rangers rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Cardinals, 2-1, in Game 2 of the World Series.