January 25, 2009 |

So football season is over.  Baseball is still in the hot stove, and you the sports fan are probably wondering what to do with your time.  Well while your fingers are sore from changing the remote, there are plenty of top flight sports to keep you busy this winter in our area.  Recently I got out of the house and have attended a few games.  Here are some thoughts.

The Baltimore Blast:  Behind the Orioles, the Blast is Baltimore’s longest tenured franchise.  Owner Ed Hale and his fine staff have done a great job of keeping the game alive in Baltimore, and they win a ton (four championships since 2003).   It’s still the same old Blast – music, great player introductions, high scoring action, the victory lap, and affordable prices, and all their games are on weekend nights.  Plus, how can you not root for these players?  They play hard, are great stewards of the community, and most of them are local guys.  Spoiled high priced players not the Blast; they are very approachable about autographs and best of all they actually look like they are having fun playing the game.  You have to see their interaction with the crowd after goals.  Those of you with kids will truly enjoy this night out.

Local Baltimore College Basketball:   I have had a chance to go to both Towson and UMBC this winter for basketball games.  Both are great fun and very easy on your wallet with great parking.  Both teams play in very competitive leagues and both features exciting point guards in UMBC’s Jay Greene and Towson’s Troy Franklin.   At Towson, you’ll love the Tiger Dance team and the mascot.  UMBC features the awesome Down and Dirty Dawg Band and a great baton twirler.   Loyola, Morgan and Coppin State also provide a great atmosphere for college basketball.   How good are the locals?  UMBC beat Big 12 School Nebraska in Lincoln, and Morgan State as we all know beat Maryland on the road.

Washington Capitals:  I went to my first Caps game in a long time a couple of weeks ago and I was stunned.  What a turnaround by owner Ted Leonsis and his staff.  18,000 fans all in red were rocking the Verizon Center.  What a great home crowd advantage.  In the past I went to go a couple of games a year and I have never seen the passion that is in the building today for Caps Hockey.   P.S. the Caps are really good, and the in-game entertainment is great with good music and video clips on the high def monster screen.   If you enjoy watching great players, keep your eyes on the Caps’ Alexander Ovechkin; he is as good as it gets.  Hurry if you want to go catch a game.  Tickets are going fast.  Yes everyone loves a winner!

As you can see sports haven’t ended with the Ravens loss last week.  If you have never been to one of these sports, take a trip out to one of them and try something different.  You will enjoy it.