Archive for April, 2010

Birdland Bars–sports bars in Baltimore: part I

April 29, 2010

Yes Baltimore, it is that time of the year.

The time of the year when our most hated rivals are in town. No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can’t believe I will actually admit this, but there is a team, when they come to Baltimore, that brings more rivalry that the football team from Steel city.

The New York Yankees.

Why is this team worse? Simply because of all the fans of the Yankees everywhere.

This is BIRDland.

But yet, when you watch or go to the games and see the fans at Camden Yards, it is overwhelmingly Yankee fans.

How can we stop this from happening—this take-over of Baltimore’s baseball stadium?

Number one—GO TO THE GAMES!

I know, I know. The O’s are on a losing streak so why waste your time and money, right? WRONG. How can a team get better or even want to get better if they have no support?

Also, for all you fans out there who have already given up only a few weeks into the season, did you know that the Orioles beat the Yankees 5-4 on Tuesday April 26?

Because they did. Alfredo Simon had his first major league win when, at the top of the 9th, finished the game in favor of the O’s. (more…)

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What do you think of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger statement regarding suspension?

April 28, 2010

On Monday, April 26, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger issued a public statement regarding his six-game suspension for the 2010 season after his sexual assault accusation from an underage girl in Georgia.

“Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me — and more,” said Roethlisberger.

I’m truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I brought to my family, my teammates, coaches, [Steelers owners] the Rooneys and the NFL,” Roethlisberger said.

Art Rooney has shown frustration with the QB and has agreed that Roethlisbger needs to earn respect back in steel city.

“I understand that the opportunities I have been blessed with are a privilege, and much is expected of me as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust,” said Roethlisberger in his statement.

The two-time Super Bowl winner was banned without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals.”

Though he was not convicted of any crime, many people believe he deserved more punishment than just six games after he was accused of raping a 20-year-old college student in a nightclub in Georgia.

Get to know your Tiger Athletes: profile on Towson basketball player

April 26, 2010

Towson University’s basketball program boasts one of its top players, Robert Nwankwo. Known as “Big Rob,” this forward for the Tigers from Hyattsville, Md. has an average of 9.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game.

The 6″8′ player helped his team’s journey in March 2010 to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship basketball tournament in Richmond. After beating UNC Wilmington 91-74 in the first round, the Tigers lost 86-56 to Old Dominion (ODU would go on to play in the NCAA tournament).

Robert Nwankwo, #25 for the Towson Tigers basketball team.

Nwankwo scored 13 points and had six rebounds during that last game to keep the Tigers alive.  With one more season to go, make sure to keep an eye under the board for Nwankwo to dominate in his upcoming senior season.

Q. How did it feel to win that first big game against UNC Wilmington during the tournament in March?
A. I wasn’t surprised we got the win against them. We were the higher seed so it was expected of us to beat them.

Q. You also received CAA honors at the end of the season; what exactly did you get and what’s it mean for you?
A. I received an award for the “All Defensive Team” and was a vote away from the “All CAA team”… I put in a lot of hard work during the off-season, I guess it paid off in a way haha.

***Nwankwo is the third Tiger to receive these defensive honors from the CAA. Tony Dixon in 2004 and Brian Allen in 2002 were the other two.

Click here to read more about Robert Nwankwo

Baltimore Ravens 2010 draft picks

April 26, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens made it through the new three day draft period of the 2010 season and many are happy with the actions by Ozzie Newsome and company.

Here are all the players taken by the Ravens and a little information about them taken from ESPN.com.

In round 2 pick 11(43 overall)  
Sergio Kindle  OLB  Texas was chosen from Miami through Denver.

What he brings: Kindle is another talented prospect with durability concerns. His stem from a knee injury. On the other hand, Kindle is an explosive pass-rusher and athletic run defender on film. He needs to get a bit stronger at the point of attack, but there’s a lot to like about his upside.

How he fits: Kindle will provide good depth at the outside linebacker position for the Ravens’ 3-4 defense. The Ravens have good starters in Jarret Johnson and Terrell Suggs, but Kindle will be able to spell these players more and more as they age. This was not a big need for the club, but he fits their defense very well.  Click here to read about the other draft picks

Baltimore Ravens 2010 draft picks rounds 1-3

April 23, 2010

The Baltimore Ravens have made some pretty big moves so far in the 2010 draft.

While in the middle of the biggest three days for football upcoming stars—and remember we are on the clock–Ozzie Newsome has made choices that are going to have major impact in Charm City.

About 90% of Ravens fans hearts were broken last night when the Dallas Cowboys swooped in and traded up to get pick 24 to take WR Dez Bryant (personally I was glad for it and had a feeling Ozzie would trade down and build up the team with more picks).

And he did just that. With pick 25, Ozzie predictably chose to trade that to the Denver Broncos (who then chose Florida QB Tim Tebow) in exchange for picks 43, 70 and 114.

Was that a smart move?

Word of advice–trust in Ozzie. (more…)

What you need to know for Draft Day for the 2010 NFL season

April 22, 2010

It is the most wonderful time of the year!

Yes, I am singing Christmas carols. Because draft day is my Christmas.

I dare you to name one better, more exciting day for a football fan.

But Ravens fans, there are a few things you need to know before the draft starts  up tonight at 7:30 p.m.

First, this years draft has been changed up a bit. Where it once used to be held on one day, all day long on Saturday, it has been changed to tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the first round.

The NFL draft for the 2010 season is going to be prime time over the next three days.

Then tomorrow, Friday 23 at 6 p.m., the second and third rounds will be chosen. Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. rounds 4-7 will be announced.

How will this new time schedule effect the draft? Will there be more trading down?—there is definitely going to be less sleep for owners, players and agents, that’s for sure.

Before the draft gets started, Baltimore know what is on the table in front of us. Click here to read more information on this years draft.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger suspended 6 games

April 21, 2010

The long awaited decision on whether Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended finally was announced today and the verdict is six games.

Baltimore fans, with our schedule out as of 7 p.m. yesterday, that means our first meet with our division rivals for game four in the 2010 season  is going to be sans Big Ben.

Roethlisberger was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the Personal Conduct policy after he was accused of sexually harassing an underage college girl in a Georgia nightclub last month.

Ben Roethlisberger suspended six games for the upcoming 2010 season. Will he remain in steel city?

Goodell said in the letter to Roethlisberger: “In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people.

“I urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.”

There have been rumors already of Art Rooney II and the Steelers franchise talking about trading Big Ben–could he be more trouble than he is worth?

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Jackie Robinson day and racism in sports

April 19, 2010

Jackie Robinson is a name everyone has heard of  unless you are completely tone deaf to anything sports talk.

On April 15, MLB players, coaches, fans etc. honor the ‘first’ African-American baseball player by wearing his number 42 as a tribute.

Commissioner Allen (Bud) Selig and MLB have celebrated Robinson’s legacy as the first African-American to break the color barrier by retiring his number throughout the League in 1997 and, since 2004, dedicating April 15 as Jackie Robinson Day in his memory.

Robinson played his first Major League game at Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as a first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

However, Robinson is actually not the first African-American to play baseball in America.

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Dollar dog day at Towson’s baseball game

April 14, 2010

On April 14, Towson University’s student marketing group held “Dollar Dog Day” for the  baseball team as they hosted Bucknell to promote the game to entice students to attend.

Though the Tigers fell to Bucknell 12-3, the hill was full of students cheering on the team.

Students cheer on the Tigers on the hill of Schuerholz Park

Students cheer on the Tigers on the hill of Schuerholz Park on April 14, 2010.

The Tigers started off the game bottom of the 1st when junior Nick Natoli hit a single to bring in teammate Ben Winter who was on third to make the score 1-0.

In the fifth inning, the score 7-1, designated hitter Steven Rice hit a hard drive to center field that came close to making it over the fence; his double got teammate Austin Harclerode to third where he would soon score for the Tigers before the end of the inning.

But the Bison took over the game with their five homers and ended the game in their favor 12-3.

An exciting game nonetheless as the Tigers played great and had a few K’s to keep the students and fans cheering.

But one of the sports marketing interns came up with the idea to help bring those students to the game–bring people back to ‘the hill.’

Today was dollar hot dog day and they sold out despite having bought over 80 dogs.

More ideas to come for more of the sports from the sports marketing group. Look for information from Doc’s army and on facebook from student groups and student athletes.

And don’t forget that the  Towson ball players will be continuing in the action as they face University of Delaware for a 3-game event this weekend. Good luck, Tigers!

What you need to know about Camden Yards

April 13, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles may be a team that is breaking hearts across the city, but that warehouse and stadium are a fixture in fans hearts everywhere.

The O’s are now at a 1-6 start when they lost to the Tampa Bay Rays again last night 5-1.

But what is most disheartening about this losing record before May is the lack of attendence at the Yard.

Last night, about 9,000 people were there.

Nine thousand. It looked like fans went dressed as green seats.

There are still many great fans out there.

Many of them think that pitchers Mike Gonzalez and Kevin Millwood could become expendable if the O’s don’t start winning games. But tune in tonight for the second game against the Rays and hope they can turn it around.

Or better yet, why don’t you go to the game? First step: Eutaw Street.

Let’s go O’s! Again, check for future blog posts on other hot spots inside the stadium, and the best places to party before and after the game.

Remember; the O’s have 154 games to go. There is still time to turn it all around.