Finally Orioles Give Steve Johnson Another Shot

I have been rooting for Steve Johnson to get another shot with the big club.  After his standout performance in 2012 where he was 4-0 with an ERA of 2.11, he was bit with the injury bug and became the forgotten man in the organization.  That is surprising given the Orioles background of his father Dave Johnson — but his connections certainly did not lead to any favored status for his son. ...
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Coach John Harbaugh Has Crossed the Line

As a loyal Ravens fan, I have been a long-time John Harbaugh supporter.  But lately his style of handling the media has crossed the line of civility.  Maybe his success over the years has gone to his head and caused him to lose the sense of humility that I formerly appreciated.  His half-time condescending approach to simple questions asked by Brent Harris during the Redskins preseason game was...
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Baseball Brawls Not Conducive to Victories for Baltimore Orioles

In the recent series against the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles had one of those testy moments in the second game that reminded me of past baseball brawls.  In this instance the score was tied at 2-2 when the Red Sox batter took exception to a pitch that he thought was too close to his head while he was attempting to bunt.  Nothing much physical transpired — just a lot of shouting and...
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Top Ten Reasons the 2013-14 Terps Men’s Basketball Team Are the Most Frustrating All Time

The Terps ACC run is now history as Florida State unceremoniously dunked them out of their final ACC tournament in the last second.  This game proved to be a microcosm of the entire season.  All of the ways in which Turgeon’s Terps inflicted pain on their fans throughout the season were highlighted in this win-or-go-home crushing defeat.  Sure the Terps can be praised as gritty —...
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Mike Tomlin – Sideline Shenanigans Interfering with Jacoby Jones

This topic has already been beat to death.  Hopefully the NFL’s levying of punishment today (significant $100,000 fine and possible loss of a draft choice)  will allow everyone to move on.  But I just wanted to share a few observations about how the incident looked to me. – We can never know the intent of someone else. – Tomlin’s initial positioning in the white restricted zone with...
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Hot Stove League Smoke Signals

What message are the Orioles sending to their players and fans by dumping Jim Johnson to avoid paying him a $10M salary in 2014?  Certainly the players received from the Oakland Athletics in return for the All Star closer who led the majors in saves over the last 2 years do not project to be significant contributors.  The Orioles basically bet to come on a second baseman who was a high level...
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