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  • Dr. Octagon It’s hard not to be intimidated by a guy who taught himself to fight by punching down trees. | 4/16/2014
  • Spitballin’ The Greatest Show on One Wheel | 4/2/2014
  • Spring Awakening With just one signing, Dan Duquette and Peter Angelos rewrote the Orioles off season playbook. | 3/19/2014
  • Spitballin’ The Horror of Fatherhood | 3/5/2014
  • Hard to Swallow Sword swallowing is a lot like NASCAR: You wouldn’t be there if there weren’t a chance something could go horribly wrong. | 2/26/2014
  • The Beard Knows Markakis looks like he’s just been cast in a Wes Anderson movie. That’s the kind of hair that wins championships. You could hide a half-ton of Orioles magic in there, easy. | 2/19/2014
  • Michael Sam, All-American The NFL and our sporting culture in general is willing to make excuses for moral failings in the face of talent, but somehow it’s accepted that we overlook bravery in the face of bigotry. | 2/12/2014
  • Ain’t the stove cold? It is seriously hard to get excited for the season when the most interesting move the club has made was backing out of a botched bullpen signing. | 2/5/2014
  • America’s Game The Super Bowl—that fat, fantastic tick of a spectacle—is set to dig its massive, ad-bloated mandibles into nearly every inch of the American media’s goose-pimpled flesh | 1/22/2014
  • Spitballin’ Crossing the Nerdicon | 1/15/2014
  • The Sweet Spot Barry Bonds hit 73 homeruns in 2001 and many credit the maple in his bats for his prodigious power, though the steroids may also have helped. | 1/8/2014
  • Spitballin’ New Resolve | 1/1/2014
  • Spitballin’ 2013: Cult Status | 12/25/2013
  • The Reluctant Naturalist “How does it make you feel that I am going to teach him that the lion is the king of jungle and that the king of the oceans is Aquaman?” | 12/18/2013
  • The Thriller in the Chiller In the most ill-conceived celebration of all time, my cousin Marty high-fived me then punched me in the stomach. | 12/10/2013
  • Spitballin’ Bikram? It Nearly Killed ‘im! | 12/4/2013
  • Pilgrim’s Progress Is there a turkey more worthy of plucking than Ben Roethlisberger? | 11/27/2013
  • A Very Spitballin’ Holiday Gift Guide Just because someone likes a gift doesn’t make it a good gift. | 11/20/2013
  • Football Forever I sat with City. I live closer to Poly, but I was parked way closer to the City side, so the choice was an easy one. I don’t think I’d have gone wrong either way, though. | 11/13/2013
  • Spitballin’ Ravens-less to-do list | 11/6/2013
  • Spitballin’ No Playoffs? There’s Always Titties | 10/30/2013
  • Fire Mike Preston Preston’s comment was insensitive, idiotic, and ignorant at best, spiteful and homophobic at worst. | 10/30/2013
  • A History of Beer, Written While Drunk If it weren’t for beer, Strange Brew would be only 11 minutes long and called Hamlet. | 10/16/2013
  • Football Fantasy Thursday came, and with it, my birthday. I’m 41 now; my 21st birthday will be able to buy beer next year. | 10/9/2013
  • Was that Football? Tight ends Ed “Iron Hands” Dickson and Dallas “Dallas Clark is Still Alive?” Clark looked like they were bucking for a pair of Bills’ game checks. | 10/2/2013
  • Birds, Cooked The Ray's fans sent the Orioles off with a dirge played on vuvuzelas, a musical instrument designed to recreate the so und of gro aning old plumbing. | 9/25/2013
  • Things I Learned From Sports Radio Radio show call in fans, come out of your mothers’ basements, sit in the sun, and maybe do a sun salutation or two (in yoga, mouth-breathing is encouraged, so you’ll fit right in). | 9/11/2013
  • Sports and Recreation Baltimore is the center of the sports universe. We’ve got the Super Bowl champion Ravens and the suddenly super Orioles, looking for consecutive playoff berths, not to mention the MISL champion Baltimore Blast, amazing prepschool and college lacrosse, and s | 9/4/2013
  • Asskicking Art There’s no mucking about with the broken BCS system, wondering what the Ukrainian judge was really thinking, or worrying that Vince McMahon rigged the whole thing | 9/4/2013
  • Caw? caw! Yeah, there’s reason for concern, but these are the Ravens, and Ozzie Newsome is still at the helm. | 8/28/2013
  • Spitballin’ Pennant or bust | 8/21/2013
  • The Ravens Have Arrived The best pass rushers of his generation were like gnats on the windshield of a Mack Truck named Ogden. | 8/7/2013
  • Film Review: Blackfish Blackfish reveals the plight of orcas and SeaWorld employees | 7/31/2013
  • Spitballin’ We are nerd, We are legion, We don’t know what vaginas look like | 7/31/2013
  • For Alex, an Orioles Fan Looking back, a bedraggled 26-year-old Deadhead and occasional Civil War reenactor may not have been the perfect father-figure. | 7/24/2013
  • All-Star Season This may sound like Sacrilege, but if Manny Machado keeps laying the leather like he has been, he could become the greatest third baseman in Orioles history. | 7/17/2013
  • Put Wild Bill in the Hall of Fame Wild Bill Hagy Deserves a Statue! | 7/10/2013
  • Ducks in a Row “I tried tenpin a couple times. I was always afraid my finger’d get stuck in the damn hole.” | 7/3/2013
  • Spitballin’ After revolution, there’d still be a world series | 6/26/2013
  • Spitballin’ Crabs are Better Than Lobster | 6/19/2013
  • Spitballin’ No Smart Cars Here | 6/12/2013
  • Spitballin’ The friendly rivals next door | 6/5/2013
  • Spitballin’ Beer Warming | 5/22/2013
  • Spitballin’ Hi Ho—Wait, When Was the Last Race? | 5/15/2013
  • Spitballin’ Hakuna Machado | 5/8/2013
  • Spitballin’ Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I Took You In The Third | 5/1/2013
  • Spitballin’ On The Flip Side | 4/24/2013
  • Spitballin’ Enter the Eight-sided non-octagon! | 4/17/2013
  • Spitballin’ Opening Day and the possibility of the Penwigeon | 4/10/2013
  • Spitballin’ Putting the Buck in a Birds Fan’s Bucket List | 4/3/2013
  • Spitballin’ Birds Before Nerds | 3/27/2013
  • Spitballin’ One Wheel, Two Continents, a few broken ribs | 3/20/2013
  • Spitballin’ Blast Off! | 3/13/2013
  • Spitballin’ Glock Und Spiel | 3/6/2013
  • Spitballin’ Talk Derby to Me | 2/27/2013
  • Spitballin’ Bar Raised for O’s | 2/20/2013
  • Spitballin’ Ravens withdrawal | 2/13/2013
  • A Very Special Spitballin’ That’s So Ravens | 2/6/2013
  • Spitballin’ How to Watch | 1/30/2013
  • Spitballin’ Super Bowl, Baby! | 1/23/2013
  • Spitballin’ BMore to F-Bomb Brady, Pats | 1/16/2013
  • Spitballin’ The Game Changer | 1/9/2013
  • Magic Man David London brings wonder to Theatre Project | 1/9/2013
  • Art Modell The hero-villain of the NFL | 1/2/2013
  • Spitballin’ The Real World | 12/26/2012
  • Spitballin’ New Directions | 12/19/2012
  • Spitballin’ Cam on the Street | 12/12/2012
  • Eve of Destruction Options to ring in the new year with the tykes, the bros, or the drunks | 12/5/2012
  • Spitballin’ Holiday Wish List | 12/5/2012
  • Spitballin’ In Ray We Trust | 11/28/2012
  • The Man Behind the Masks George Goebel has been in the costuming business for over half a century | 11/21/2012
  • Spitballin’ Ravens Win a Turkey | 11/21/2012
  • Spitballin’ Turtle Power | 11/14/2012
  • Spitballin’ Receding Ravens | 11/7/2012
  • Spitballin’ The Sporting Life | 10/29/2012
  • Spitballin’ ACME Offense | 10/24/2012
  • Spitballin’ Cold Beer Here | 10/17/2012
  • Yankee Hate Machine I took a moment to savor the feeling in my hands, still stinging from the hammer-handed kid in the row in front of me who punctuated every great Orioles play with a high-five with the power of Thor. | 10/10/2012
  • Hate On The Field Most pro athletes would never think to spit out hate terms “Nigger,” “Kike,” or “Spic,” but somehow “Faggot” gets a pass. | 9/26/2012
  • Modell, Citizen When we line up at the gates of Camden Yards or Ravens Stadium, we aren’t rooting for a business; we’re rooting for memories. | 9/11/2012
  • Orioles: In it to win it! The Orioles came out on Sunday and positively pummeled the Yankees | 9/5/2012
  • Spitballin’ Gearhead Heaven | 8/29/2012
  • Suck it, Blow sox! For the last decade, the modern cradle of civilization, fair Baltimore, has faced a threat: Red Sox Nation. | 8/22/2012
  • “What The Fuck!” When it comes to putting the ball in play, the Orioles strike out more than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on J-Date. | 8/15/2012
  • Legacy of Pain I worried I was introducing my son to a lifetime of hopeless misery with sporadic moments where the O’s rise to the level of disappointment. | 8/8/2012
  • The Weird One How an oddball recluse came to co-host one of the most popular radio shows in Baltimore | 5/30/2012
  • Dennis Haney, The Wizard of Rosedale One of the country’s most respected magicians quietly holds court in a Baltimore County industrial park. | 1/11/2012

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