There are very few words in the English language that can instantly inspire hate and anger in a person. Police, taxes, vegetables ? all of these illicit strong reactions, but they pail in comparison to some names that are a little more commonplace in the sports world ? Yankees, Duke, Cowboys.
News flash: A-Rod was just traded to the Red Sox for Pedro, Detroit is looking to contend for a postseason spot and the entire Cubs starting rotation has decided to give up baseball for a go at Olympic figure skating.
First Kobe, then BALCO. St. John's and Colorado were close behind. And now, with the arrest of Ravens' running back Jamal Lewis, the tendency for sports to produce blockbuster-sized scandals has hit a little closer to home.
OK, the deal has been made. George Steinbrenner and Alex Rodriguez are both happy. Yankee and Red Sox fans are both crying, but for different reasons. So what do the Yankees decide to do with their new prize, the best shortstop on the planet and arguably the best player in the Majors? Move him to third? What?
December is a wonderful time, a time of giving, sharing and receiving. It has everything: presents, caroling, Yule logs and, of course, eggnog. But no matter how wonderful this December is, it will be horrible for one particular group, Redskins fans.
One of the most clichéd phrases that youth coaches use in any sport is "Don't blame the ref”. I was always taught, and I'm sure most people who play sports also were, to take responsibility for the game, that the umpire is always right and that it is never his/her fault.
The Redskins are going south to face the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday at 1:00. Although the Skins have lost four consecutive games on the road, they are facing a Falcon team without its best player, Michael Vick.
Race is not exactly a word that brings to mind the slow drawn-out game of baseball. But, nevertheless, one of the best races in recent memory is going on right now in ballparks around the country.
The biggest name returning to the Redskins' offense this season isn't manning one of the key positions. In fact, he doesn't even play a position. Head coach Steve Spurrier is back and out to prove that last year's 7-9 record wasn't an indication of how his "Fun n' Gun
One at-bat. One pitch and one swing. One broken bat, one small piece of cork and let's make now mistake about it, one isolated and very forgivable incident.
Viewing sports is a complicated business. The game you want to watch is hardly ever on and some sorry substitute, like figure skating or bass fishing, always is. There is only one place for this world of dejected sports fan to look when they cannot fulfill their slam-dunk-addiction or home-run-fascination. ESPN 2.
Warm weather. Tight outfits. Action. These three essential ingredients make up just about everything that is good in the world; Few self-respecting people dislike Baywatch or the boardwalk. However, a disturbing trend has recently surfaced at Blair and around the country. People have started to badmouth the ultimate in warm weather, tight-outfitted action of baseball.
The Blizzard of 2003 had far-reaching consequences, blocking off highways, businesses and schools and—worst of all—postponing one of the most important Maryland basketball games of the season. Although the then-13th-ranked Terps would play then-11th-ranked Wake Forest the next day, handing them an embarrassing loss, 90-67, it left Maryland in a horrible predicament. The Terrapins would have to play at Duke, Maryland's toughest in-conference opponent, the next day.
With the Dukies, Terps and countless other strong collegiate basketball programs reeling from the losses of their big name stars to the NBA draft, and with veteran leadership spread thin throughout the league, which team has the combination of skill and grit needed to succeed during the regular season and in the predictably unpredictable madness of March?
Blair outlasted a talented Churchill High School team on Oct 28, engineering numerous exciting comebacks to win the match 3-1. This victory solidifies the Blazers' ranking as one of the top three teams in the county and finalizes their regular season record at 12-2.
Blair defeated a talented Northwest High School team on Oct 24, struggling early on, but pulling it together to easily take the match three games to one. The win improved the Blazers to 11-2 and put them in third place in their division.
The Blazers dominated Sherwood High School, one of the best teams in the White division, on Oct 14, playing extremely well despite the loss of one of their best players and the implementation of a new formation. Blair defeated the Warriors 3-0.
THe Girl's volleyball team posted an impressive victory over Rockville High School at home on September 17, allowing only 8 points in their two game victory. The Blazers remain undefeated after four games.
Junior Amanda Hsiung served 10 straight points in Blair's impressive 16-14 come from behind victory over Walter Johnson High School in the final game of a two-game sweep.
When I was a lad you stayed in school. Back in my day you served your four years and then signed your contract. My how things have changed.