Archive for May, 2010

Happy Hour with miss Sportaholic: a local Bartending adventure

May 16, 2010

[It was suggested to me that I should start a weekly post on random occurrences around the great Charm City.

Whether it be a funny video, a sweet story about a local, a bar scene to hit up or just anything in general, miss charm city sportaholic will be bringing that to you.

If any of you have suggestions that you would like to see added to my site, let me know! I take all suggestions into consideration and love the feedback from everyone. Cheers!]

Some of the fine ladies of Serafino's that will be in attendance Sunday, May 16.

Every sports fan loves a good drink to go with the game. And after a win or loss, well win or lose the best fans still booze!

Tonight, your very own Charmcity Sportaholic will be slinging drinks back behind local Ellicott City bar, Serafino’s.

There will be beer pong and super Mario Kart 64 as well as myself and Stephen Gruss—the infamous bartender who asked me to guest bar-tend.

Will this be an interesting night? You bet.

And with the O’s playing their third game against Cleveland—and trying to win so they can take the series—you might want to stop by for a drink on your way home.

Friday night, the O’s had a tremendous game, winning 8-1 with help from recently called up Corey Patterson when he had one hell of a catch that would have been a home run.

However, Saturday the O’s fell 8-2 to the Indians. So tonight is the night for the O’s and for you to come to Serafino’s to either celebrate the O’s finally starting to get it together, or drown you sorrows with 13 drinks—one for every season the O’s have disappointed us.

For all of you lovely people out there enjoying the beautiful day at Wine in the Woods, stop by and say hello.

What is your favorite drink? I will start preparing now ūüôā

And remember—win or lose, a true fan will still booze. Cheers!

Brian Cushing keeps Rookie of the Year award after a re-vote

May 12, 2010

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing will keep his Associated Presss Defensive Rookie of the Year award that he won back in January after a revote at noon today.

Cushing was accused of taking performance enhancing drugs and he tested positively for them back in September 2009.

He was suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating the NFL drug policy. The Houston’s opponents: Indianapolis, Washington, Dallas and Oakland.

Brian Cushing will keep his AP defensive rookie of the year award after the revote on Wednesday May 12. (photo by David Phillips, AP)

During the revote, where Cushing originally had 39 votes, received 18 out of 50 votes on Wednesday.

A hodgepodge of sports writers and broadcasters voted, but three voters were “unavailable” and two abstained from voting, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Cushing did lose his spot on the All-Pro second team, for which he originally had five votes and now has just one.

While Cushing says he never took any type of steroid, he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the NFL’s banned substance list.

This was the¬†same drug that led to the Dodgers’ Manny Ramirez’s suspension last year.

HCG is a hormone that helps jump-start a body’s production of testosterone and restore its virility. It is banned by sports organizations because it is often used by people who are coming off a cycle of steroid use

Bills safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III had 10 and Washington’s LB Brian Orakpo had 3.

What does this mean for sports—changing the adage that cheaters never win to “cheaters win twice”?

After this re-vote, sports fans should wonder why sports like football, boxing, etc. are not looked at or punished as much as baseball players are. What are your thoughts?

Brian Westbrook rumored to work out with Washington Redskins

May 11, 2010

Brian Westbrook may be re-joining former teammate Donovan McNabb and brother Byron Westbrook as a rival to his formal Philadephia Eagles.

Earlier today, there were reports that Westbrook will be joining the Redskins mini-training camp on Wednesday to practice with the team.

The ex-Eagles RB may very well fit in to the DC team as his defensive tackle and special teams brother is a dominant force there already, and his former quarterback was recently traded to the Skins as well.

Would acquiring Brian Westbrook be a good idea?

A key thing to keep in mind is remembering that Westbrook got a concussion last

Brian Westbrook is going to work out with the Redskins Wednesday May 12. Westbrook is a former Eagles Running Back. (Picture from foxnews.com)

¬†season–actually while playing in Washington. That injury kept him off the field for eight games.

“I wouldn’t want to rbing him in unless he can actually take a hit and not worry about getting a concussion,” Chris Mcney, a Washington Redskins “guru” said.

Also, the Redskins are already well-stocked at running back with  Clinton Portis, who was  joined earlier this off-season by free-agent pickups Larry Johnson and Willie Parker. Do the Skins have enough room on their roster for another running back?

“It is just bad how [Westbrook]¬† ended it with the Eagles when he was cleared to play,” said Chris Mcney. “A family reunion won’t sell seats, winning games does with the best players.”

The RB, who rushed for¬†twice¬†over¬†1,000 yards¬†in previous seasons and all-purpose yards in 2007 with 2,104 (including 90 catches for 771 yards)¬†before his injury will be 31-years old when the 2010 season starts–a season he could spend playing along side his brother.

“I’m not part of that decision-making process,” Byron Westbrook said. “Obviously, he’s my brother, and it would be great to have the chance to play with him, but I’ll let him handle all of that.”

Albert Haynesworth fails to show up to Redskins mini-training camp

May 11, 2010

Right down the road–or highway–the Washington Redskins hold their own pre-season mini-camp as players prepare to practice and get ready for the upcoming season.

However, one of the most highly paid players on the team, defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, did not show up to practice with the rest of his teammates.

What does this say about a man who is worth $100 million in contract?

Albert Haynesworth, #92, the DT for the Washington Redskins is not practicing with the rest of the Redskins during mini-training camp, causing concern among fans, teammates and coaches.

“Dear Albert Haynesworth quit staying up late going to bars and buying girls shots (like you were doing to someone I know) hoping to get lucky,” Chris Mcney, a die-hard Redskins fan, said.

Yes, that “someone” was your own ms. charm city sportaholic. On a recent trip to D.C. for Cinco de Mayo festivities, I ran into Mr. Haynesworth and it was a Patron filled night.

However, Haynesworth might still be feeling the hangover of last Wednesday as he is not practicing with his team— and fans and teammates and coaches do not know what to make of it, but do have a lot to say.

“Get your ass in training and join your team to prep for the season, they paid you all this money to be there for a reason, now quit being a wuss and report to training camp, don’t let the coaches, players, and fans down like you are doing right now,” said McNey.

His teammates are feeling the missing link as well.

“The thing is, we have 100 percent participation if he is here. It’s now 99. He’s got to be here,” veteran DE Phillip Daniels said, according to The Washington Post‘s Mike Wise.

“There is no room for negotiation at 4-12 (Washington’s record in 2009). He’s got to understand that. We need him to come here, be here and show these young guys that the veterans have bought in and that we want to win games.”

Coach Mike Shanahan said he has not heard from Haynesworth when asked about his absence or the rumors claiming that Haynesworth wants to be a Minnesota Viking.

Are those rumors true? Stay tuned for future information on Haynesworth and our neighbor football team.

Cage fighting for CF4CF

May 10, 2010

Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects way to many people, and one MMA fighter is helping in the fight to find a cure.

Craig Machado, a 27-year-old MMA fighter for Baltimore BJJ, has been planning his next fight around raising money from sponsors to go to the Cystic Fibrosis Fund of Maryland.

You can read more about it here.

If you are interested in donating, check out the webpage on the CFF website to make your donations. Remember any amount helps.

“The deal: you sponsor me in my next fight. If I win, you double the money. It is that simple,” Machada said.

Craig Machado is training for his upcoming title fight June 19 where he is raising money for cystic fibrosis in honor of a friend who passed four years ago.

Here is an excerpt from the webpage:

[CF4CF4CF—> Cage Fighting 4 Catherine’s Fund 4 Cystic Fibrosis

Basically, I want to raise money for cystic fibrosis in the memory of my good friend, Catherine Hilseburg Baughman. She died four years ago but through CF4CF, we keep her memory alive. (www.cf4cf.com)

My idea: I am a MMA fighter and have an upcoming title fight June 19. I want to get sponsors for this fight. The deal: if I win, double what you pledged. Any amount is appreciated.

I want to thank my coach from Baltimore BJJ, Lee Synkowski and striking coach Rahsaan Kimbrow from www.bmorefit2fight.com for working with me and getting me this far.

All my sponsors who have been there for all my previous fights– Stotler Chiropractic and VU skateshop—and all my new sponsors–Coach Falcon’s Fit Bodies, Terrapin K-9 Academy and Recher Theater in Towson– I greatly appreciate you putting up with and sticking with me.

Help out a great cause, guys. Catherine was an awesome girl and I won’t let her down so with your help we can do something great in her memory.]

One UVA lacrosse player found dead; another charged for her death

May 3, 2010

A University of Virginia lacrosse player was found slain in her apartment on May 3.

Yeardley Love, a native of Cockeysville,Md. and an alumna of Notre Dame Preparatory, a Catholic all-girls high school in Maryland, was found dead in her apartment with signs of physical trauma.

Yeardley Love, a senior at UVA, played lacrosse for the school. She was found dead in her apartment May 3. (picture from virginiasports.com)

Another UVA lacrosse player, George Huguely, was arrested earlier today and charged with first-degree murder. Huguely and Love had previously been in a relationship according to witnesses.

Huguely is from Chevy Chase, Md. and graduated from Landon School, Bethesda, Md.

Love’s roommate called police around 2:15 a.m. thinking Love had overdosed on alcohol, but when the police arrived “it was quickly apparent to them that this young lady was the victim of something far worse,”¬† Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo told The Associated Press.

Love, who was from this area and played lacrosse at NDP, was well-known.

“Everyone is talking about it who has private school ties. It’s a national story but ties back to Maryland,” Jason Miller, a 2000 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, said. “Everyone who went to these schools are close and it hits home whether you knew her, her family, went to one of these schools or play lacrosse.” (more…)

Lingerie Football League invades Charm City

May 3, 2010

Baltimore city has incorporated a new outlook for football as the city is now participating in the Lingerie Football League (LFL) as the Baltimore Charm.

The league is an all-female league where the girls wear lingerie-type uniforms as they play full-contact football.

Over the weekend on May 2, at First Mariner Arena, LFL held tryouts for Baltimore Charm that brought a crowd of girls with bare mid-riffs and showing cleavage with full make-up—but don’t think these girls don’t know how to take a hit or sprint down the field.

Heather Perez plays for the Philadephia Passion. (Picture from LFL.com/blogs)

A student at Towson University tried out for the Baltimore Charm after her roommate found an article about it, so they decided to try out together.

”¬†The idea of us being in the LFL started as a joke, but a few weeks after we heard about the league they announced Baltimore tryouts,” Shay Kemble, a senior at Towson, said.¬†“We both wavered back and forth as to whether we should actually go or not, but decided to do it just to say we did it and to see if we were good enough to compete with the other girls.”

About 70 people tried out for the Baltimore Charm Sunday. It will be the newest in the 10-team Lingerie Football League. So far, the LFL has peaked interest in some and caused racy sneers from others.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with showing off some great abs and¬†I really don’t think the uniforms are that scandalous,” said Kemble. ¬†“I, personally, would feel great to show off an athletic body.¬† I don’t think it exploits women at all because it is just as much about having skill as about having looks.” (more…)

Man gets life sentence for killing Broncos player

May 1, 2010

The trial for the tragic murder of the Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007 in a drive-by shooting was finally put to an end as the man who shot Williams was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 1,152 years.

Willie Clark, a gang-member, shot Williams on New Years 2007 in a Denver nightclub after an altercation with former Bronco’s wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Darrent Williams, the former starting cornerback, kick and punt returner for the Denver Broncos, was killed in 2007.

According to witnesses who testified during the trial, Clark did not like the fact that the famous athletes were getting star treatment.

After the Bronco’s players left the club, Clark jumped in an SUV and followed the stretch Hummer limo were he fired a round of shots, fatally hitting Williams. He died in teammate Javon Walker‘s arms.

During a hearing Friday, Clark was declared “a habitual criminal, making him eligible for the 1,152 years in prison. He had two prior felony convictions and also was convicted of 16 counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the Williams case.”

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