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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
Much like Icarus, the Orioles flew too close to the sun this season. Was it too good to be true all this time? I mean, think about how high the Orioles were flying after the American League Divisional Series against the Tigers. They hadn’t had their three-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters since the first quarter of the season, due to injury. They hadn’t had their All-Star, defensive deity of a third baseman Manny Machado for over 60 games, due to injury. They, at least temporarily, didn’t have All-Star first baseman Chris Davis, due to that helluva drug called adderall. And yet the Orioles were fresh off a […] Read the full story »

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13 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Editor’s note: This column was written prior to the start of Monday’s Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. This is going to be really awkward given the cover story on the Baltimore Orioles, but this week, I’m going to break down what has made the Kansas City Royals successful through two games of the American League Championship Series. At the start of the series, I predicted the Royals would win the series in seven games. It looks like they might not even need to go that long. But before breaking down the first two games of the series, it’s important to look at how these […] Read the full story »

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7 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I was on the way down-ee-ocean… I think. Something like that. I was listening to what would become quite the prophetic B.S. Report with Bill Simmons and Jonah Keri. I was hearing the seed be planted for the dangerously infectious plant that has become the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Keri said something to the effect of “Kansas City is going to look back at this trade and realize it was momentous, for better or worse, in how the team performed down the line.” The trade he was referencing occurred in December 2012, when the Royals traded a bunch of prospects including potential star Wil Myers to […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | 2 Comments | By Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
We stood anxiously as Delmon Young stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and the Orioles down 6-4. It was the eighth inning and we only had a few more chances to knot the game back up. Tigers reliever Joaquin Soria threw a hanging pitch and the rest is literally part of Orioles history. Young smacked the ball down left field line and the crowd roared louder than I’ve ever heard before. I’ve been at M&T Bank Stadium for Ray Lewis’ last game and a postseason game in 2012, and this weekend’s crowd did not compare. I screamed “Oh my God! Oh my God!” for a […] Read the full story »

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6 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Editor’s note: This column was written prior to the completion of the Week 5 NFL games. Listen to the average Sunday NFL broadcast, and count how many times you hear someone say (probably Phil Simms) something to the effect of, “Well, this game is going to be won in the trenches.” Of course, they’re referring to the offensive and defensive lines. In my opinion, tackle is the most underrated position in football. The Falcons had so many people injured along the offensive line on Sunday that they started playing Levine Toilolo, a tight end, at right tackle. That didn’t end well for them. But, how important is […] Read the full story »

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29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
After last season’s infamous Richard Sherman rant following the NFC Championship Game, NFL fans love to debate who really is the best corner in the league. Nike fueled that debate recently by spoofing Sherman’s relationship with the media, with some people in the commercial calling him the best football player ever. Sorry, Jerry Rice. Now that we’re a fourth of the way through the NFL season, I think bringing up the debate of who the best corner in the league is definitely worth our time. In a league that puts more and more emphasis on passing each season, a team simply can’t get by with below-average corners, […] Read the full story »

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Simmons’ suspension is latest example of network’s hypocrisy
29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Hypocrisy. When ESPN gets the Monday Night Football bigots together, or perhaps the dynamic hot sports take team on “First Take,” the company doesn’t really seem to care about journalism. It is, after all, the television business. According to Wunderlich Securities, ESPN made over $6.5 billion (about 60 to 65 percent of its total revenue) from TV subscription fees alone last year. Another $3.5 billion was made through television advertising. I don’t think it’s a leap in logic to deduce that ESPN needs good television programming on their networks — they are, indeed, the “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.” I know this […] Read the full story »

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22 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
As of writing this on Monday morning, most Major League Baseball teams only have about seven games left on their schedule before the regular season is over. I could spend this space writing about my predictions for the rest of the playoff picture, but I can get that out of the way quickly: Detroit wins the American League Central and Oakland and Kansas City pick up the Wild Card sports, and Pittsburgh and San Francisco are your National League Wild Card teams. That just saved you a ton of time and I saved myself a ton of words. So let’s get into the real nitty-gritty for the […] Read the full story »

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18 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I think it’s safe to say the general public is tired of hearing about the NFL right now — so let’s talk some baseball instead! How bout dem… (No. NO. No no no no no! You’re going to jinx them! Don’t do it! We haven’t been this close to the holy grail of baseball in years! Stop right there!) Oh, all right then… um, let’s talk basketball! Well, I mean, we could talk about basketball…  except the NBA season is still a month and a half out and Team USA dominated the FIBA World Cup championship game against Serbia. So… yeah. Let’s talk hockey, then! Wait, what? […] Read the full story »

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15 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor-in-Chief
Editor’s note: This column was written prior to the end of Sunday’s Week 2 games. Every quarterback feels the pressure of playing in the National Football League. Some of them deal with it better than others. Remember Ryan Leaf? He’s in prison now. Then, you have guys such as Matt Ryan who make a name for themselves by thriving under pressure. Of course, there’s the other kind of pressure that quite literally means they are being pressured snap after snap; the kind of pressure that is applied by J.J. Watt and other top defensive players in the league. So this week, we’ll use statistics to see which […] Read the full story »