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We are loving it.

Absolutely loving it.

The 2017 Baseball World Series between the Las Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros has been magical. Simply magical.

Except for a relative “blow out” of a 6 – 2 Dodgers’ win in game four, (and even that was a tight game until late) the games have all been edge of your seat, hang on every pitch, what is going to happen now, did that just happen games that restore in us the reason why we love sports.

All images in this post courtesy of the AP

The love started years ago, playing catch with dad along the side of the house. We played Little League and marched in opening day parades. We followed our home team religiously and listened to the broadcasts games on little AM radios.

And the first time we saw a major league field? Well, the only thing better than that was the Coke, peanuts and hot dog we purchased at the game. It was stunning and as a child, filled us with awe. (And don’t forget the program so you could tell the opposing players and best of all, keep score using a little golf pencil they gave you.)

People talk all the time as to how the pace of baseball is too slow and too boring. That may be true in some cases as we wish batters would stop stepping out of the batter’s box and adjust their batting gloves after every single pitch. But baseball is a thinking game. Part of the joy is asking yourself and those around you “what would you do here? What pitch? What location?” The same is true on offense. Do you bunt? Put the runner in motion? Try to steal a base?

The questions are endless and it is easy to get immersed in a game.

This is especially true when it seems that each play, each out, each pitch seems to have the game hanging in the balance.

Such has been the Dodgers – Astros series.

It’s been brilliant.
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It’s Not Enough.

There’s a lot going on in the world today that others far more capable than we are covering. For example, London (and all of England for that matter) is dealing with yet another attack on citizens who were just minding their own business. The Brits know the names of the attackers and information on them but have not released that information because of “operational concerns.” Fair enough. We suspect that when the information is released, the people won’t be Amish from Pennsylvania or Methodists from Dry Ridge, Indiana. Draw your own conclusions.

President Trump used his pen and his phone to withdraw the US from the Paris Accords on climate change. We have two thoughts on this. First, the Accords acted like a treaty, enjoined countries as if the agreement was a treaty and other countries approved the agreement as if it was a treaty. One country that did not approve the Accords as a treaty was the United States. President Obama decided at the time to sign his name to a Special Executive Order committing the US to the Accords and bypassing Senate approval of treaties as required by the Constitution. Trump is well within his rights as President to subvert and stop the end run around the Constitution that Obama started.

One of the staff here said that those on the left screaming about the withdrawal are saying that Trump and people who are against the Accords are against clean air and clean water. How they get to that conclusion is a mystery because no right thinking person is for polluted water and air. It is hyperbole in order to change the debate on whether the massive amount of money redistribution required by the Paris Accords would 1) make the world a better, less polluted place and 2) is more show than go.

This blog is premised on the notion that “all politics is local.” (Thanks Tip O’Neill!)
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Charges Dropped Against Catfish Thrower.

The charges against the guy who threw a catfish onto the ice during the Stanly Cup Finals have been dropped.

District Attorney Stephen Zappala said in a Facebook post Wednesday that Waddell’s actions “do not rise to the level of criminal charges” so the charges “will be withdrawn in a timely manner.”

Thank goodness as we were worried about the catfish being an “Instrument of crime.”

“You….step away from the fish! Don’t go near the flour or the pan! Just step away….”

But with the new day comes this from the guy who threw the fish:
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Is That A Catfish Or Are You Just Glad To See Me?

There are a lot of weird and odd things that come across our electronic desk, but this one is right up there:

Predators fan Jacob Waddell charged for throwing catfish on ice in Game 1

A Nashville Predators fan who threw a dead catfish on the ice in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final is facing criminal charges, the Pittsburgh Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

There’s a bit of a backstory to this that the staff was talking about last week. It seems that in 2003, in order to start some sort of tradition, the fans of the Nashville Predators took to throwing catfish onto the ice during hockey games. The act is similar to the tradition that happens in Detroit where people throw octopus onto the ice. The Detroit tradition started because at one point in time, it took eight game victories to win the Stanley Cup.

The fans of the Predators seemed to say “this is the south. We are throwing catfish.”

It takes all kinds.

We understand that you cannot have seafood flying through the air at sporting events. Frankly, some of the catfish people have thrown are rather big and we can see someone getting hurt if the fish doesn’t make it onto the rink.

However, instead of just removing the guy from the arena and telling him to never come back, he was charged with a crime – multiple crimes in fact:
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Do You Believe In Terrapins? YES!

In 1975, Frank Urso led the Maryland Terrapins to their second NCAA Lacrosse Championship (1973, 1975.) Urso was a magician with a stick and to this day he is our favorite lacrosse player.

Following 1975, the Terps had made it to Championship Weekend – the Final Four of lacrosse and come away empty.

The tenth time was the charm.

Be the Best! Maryland’s Erases Title Drought In 9-6 Win over Ohio State
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We Play On Monday.

What a game.

Maryland survived a rough and tumble contest against Denver 9-8 in the second NCAA Semifinal on Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

Junior midfielder Connor Kelly scored the go-ahead goal

for Maryland with 8:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Terps worked clock before a final flurry in the final two minutes that involved significant calls from the game’s officials.

An apparent goal from Maryland senior attackman Colin Heacock that would have given the Terps a two goal lead with 1:25 remaining was disallowed for a crease violation. On the ensuing Denver possession, junior midfielder Connor Donahue made a last ditch individual effort with seconds remaining, putting the ball in the back of the net while diving towards the cage. His goal was disallowed for a crease violation as well, and the Terps threw the ball in the air with seconds remaining to secure the victory.

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Fear The Turtle.

As we noted yesterday, the Maryland Terrapins mens lacrosse team played Albany in a quarter-final game for in NCAA Tournament.

We jokingly said that there would be “blood tonight” but like most people expected a close game.

That didn’t happen.

Maryland scored 12 goals in the first half alone, including a 8-0 run to go up 10-2. The Terps were never threatened after the 2-2 tie with the offense clicking on all cylinders and the defense playing lights out.

The final was 18-9, but it wasn’t really that close as Maryland rested all of its starters in the fourth quarter.

With the win, Maryland heads to “championship weekend” where they will play Denver in the semi-finals next Saturday. This will be Maryland’s 6th appearance in the Final Four in 7 years. It’s about time we bring one of these championships home.

Fear the Turtle!



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Why Is Fake Blood So Hard To Make?

While this seems like a different topic for us, there is a reason.

You see, the University of Maryland Terrapins have the number one seeded team in the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament as well as the men’s tournament. That’s right, there are two turtles sitting at number one.

Last week, the men looked lethargic in beating Bryant College, but to be fair, Bryant was out of school and the Terps were still in exam week. The Terps won, but didn’t look good doing it.

Yesterday, the women “stunk up da joint” and barely beat Stoney Brook. Maryland had trailed most of the game and late in the game was trailing 11-7. Somehow they managed to close the gap to 11 – 10, and following a Stoney Brook goal, scored the next three to win 13 – 12.

The men have Albany this afternoon and Albany is no slouch. The prediction is a close game, but we are hoping for a blowout.

We get too nervous in close games.

So why the reference to making fake blood?

Because if Maryland wins, there will be “Albany blood” on the field. If Maryland loses, there will be blood on the field as well.
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