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Cundiff took responsibility; Harbaugh still hasn’t
This whole thing with the Baltimore Ravens cutting place kicker Billy Cundiff doesn’t smell right. It didn’t smell right when he missed the 32-yard field goal that could have tied the AFC Championship game with 15 seconds remaining and it doesn’t smell right now.
A lousy waste of some wonderful weather
It was really hot this summer, no? It was until high school football practice began in Maryland, anyway. And then, as though by some MPSSAA magic, very moderate summer temperatures hit the area just as the lads were hitting the field for three weeks of practice.
It’s the truth then, it’s the truth about then now
If you listen to ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning,” you heard Leo Mazzone on Wednesday and then you heard Mike and Mike talking about Leo Mazzone’s comments for the rest of Wednesday’s show; then for most of Thursday’s.
It’s Aug. 15 and I need to know who you are
High school football practice has been under way in West Virginia for over two weeks now, and because the opening day of the fall season comes a week earlier this year, Maryland football practice has been going on since Friday, August 11.
Bring the kid up now? Why not?
It’s been said time and again, but baseball is a game of such beautiful symmetry. Not only is the game itself based on symmetry, but the life and the timeless aging of the game and of its history has teemed with it since the first ball was thrown in anger.
News from NFL training camp will have to wait
As the summer sails deeper into August at a far too brisk pace, as football training camps, from the pee wees to the pros, bustle in preparation for the coming season (and by the way, what kind of heat acclimatization policy does pee wee football have?), it continues to be a source of amazement that the three big league baseball teams within a two-hour drive of Cumberland continue to be in contention. They are in contention, mind you, not only for long awaited .500 seasons, but for places in a season that has become so taboo in these parts, it almost worries you to even consider the possibilities for fear of jinxing what has become a downright entertaining summer.
Kirk retires as Allegany College athletic director
You won’t find him permanently entrenched on the Outer Banks, but neither will you find him entrenched in his office running the athletic department at Allegany College of Maryland, as Bob Kirk announced his retirement as the school’s director of health, physical education and athletics, a position he held since 1971 when he arrived at Allegany from Mount Savage High School and proceeded to turn Trojan athletics into a national player on the NJCAA level.
They don’t make them like this anymore
The University of Maryland lost one of her finest sons on Wednesday when Tom McLuckie passed away at the age of 79.
Fort Hill scholarship drive brings them home
From the looks of things, it won’t rain on Fort Hill’s parade on Saturday, but it probably wouldn’t hurt if it rained today to possibly cool things off for the Fort Hill 75th Anniversary and Reunion of All Classes that takes place all day tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., at Fort Hill High School and Greenway Avenue Stadium to benefit the Fort Hill Scholarship Fund.
The weird and wonder of Miami
Miami is wonderful. In an odd way, the humidity helps it to be wonderful because it’s a different kind of humidity that seems to be Miami’s all its own.
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