If you’re anything like me this, is the time of year where you’re sports mind pretty much turns into mush. The “NBA Finals” are over football season is in its infancy & the honeymoon phase of the baseball season is over. The reality is it’s an anomaly that there are still positive Orioles stories going on this time of year. Typically the most positive Orioles headline heading into July is “Hey, They Have A Shot At .500”.
Despite the Orioles success this season we are all still secretly counting down to the Ravens opener September 10th.
Again, if you’re anything like me you are in dyer need of some local sports to keep you from “The Walking Dead” status. I’ve derived a list of local sports events to give you something to do besides placing huge red X’s on your calendar until September 10th.
Earl Weaver Sculpture Unveiling, June 30th: As apart of the Orioles “Legends Celebration Series” there will be an unveiling of an Earl Weaver statue at Camden Yards. Considered by many as one of the greatest managers in baseball history Earl Weaver is a local sports treasure.
Pick Up Games at the Carmelo Anthony Youth Center, (TBA): These aren’t the pick up games between the couch potatoes you see at your local YMCA. NBA stars such as: Kevin Durant, Lebron James, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, Chris Paul and others participated last summer.
Jim Palmer Sculpture Unveiling, July 14th: Jim Palmer takes his turn literally becoming a monument at Camden Yards. Arguably the greatest pitcher in Orioles history Jim Palmer has his day in the “Legends Celebration Series”.
Totttenham Hotspur Football Club & Liverpool Football Club friendly, July 28th: International friendly games have been a huge success at M&T Stadium in years past. This match is drawing interest all over the world and already has a reported 30,000 tickets sold according to “The Baltimore Business Journal”.
Eddie Murray Sculpture Unveiling, August 11th: Orioles all-time great and one of the most underrated players in baseball history Eddie Murray has his day and sculpture at Camden Yards.
Baltimore Grand Prix, August 31st – September 2nd: Which we should be boycotting in my opinion, but that’s my personal soapbox. New organizers, new operators, new financial planning….we’ll see.
TNA Basebrawl, September 1st: The Bowie Baysox host TNA’s “Impact Wrestling Tour” at Prince George’s Stadium. For the inner geek/backyard-wrestling fan in all of us Jeff Hardy & Kurt Angle headline the show. Gotta love the minor league baseball circuit.
Maryland Terps Football Home Opener, September 1st: The Terps open their 2012 season at Byrd Stadium against William & Mary. At risk at being tagged a cynic, this actually could be a HUGE game for the Terps looking at the rest of their schedule. Seeing what the boys at Under Amour whip up for the home opener could be worth price of admission alone.
Cal Ripken Sculpture Unveiling, September 6th: This of course will be the daddy of them all. Cal Ripken’s “Legend’s Celebration Series” day will be one for the history books. Hopefully O’s fans will fill up Camden Yards instead of giving way to the Yankee invasion even if only for this game.
If Nothing Else Interests You, Anytime: You can always go to Hooters….for wings of course.
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