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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 14 July 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Phoenix Mercury (Tuesday 10pm from Phoenix live on ESPN2), Washington Mystics @ Los Angeles Sparks (Thursday 10:30pm from Los Angeles live on WNBA Live Access); WNBA All-Star Game (Saturday 3:30pm from Phoenix live on ESPN); MLS: Chivas USA @ DC United (Sunday 8pm from RFK Stadium live on Comcast SportsNet/Univision); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Jim Miller (Wednesday 9pm from Atlantic City live on Fox Sports 1), UFC Fight Night Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao (Saturday 3pm from Dublin live on UFC Fight Pass)

10. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Flip Orley (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); The Purge: Anarchy“, “Planes: Fire and Rescue” and “Sex Tape” out in theaters (Friday); Rio 2” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Artscape is so much better when Robert McClintock is involved. For example,

I’ll bet “Sex Tape” is horrible, but it doesn’t change how much this appears to be a nice scene.

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings/Kelly Bell Band (Friday 7:30pm Artscape), Ozomatli/Galactic (Saturday 5:30pm Artscape), Anthony Hamilton (Sunday 6:30pm Artscape); New Edition (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena Sunday 8pm Verizon Center); Queens of the Stone Age/St. Vincent (Thursday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Fall Out Boy/Paramore/New Politics (Friday 5:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), O.A.R./Phillip Phillips (Saturday 5pm Merriweather Post Pavilion), Queen + Adam Lambert (Sunday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Bad Company/Lynyrd Skynyrd (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); The Fray (Wednesday 7pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Huey Lewis & The News (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap), Lionel Richie/CeeLo Green (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Better Than Ezra (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); The Bacon Brothers (Friday & Saturday 6:30pm & 9:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Bret Michaels (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage), Dennis DeYoung (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Friday 8pm Howard Theatre), De La Soul (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Puss N Boots (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Edwin McCain (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere); B.B. King (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre); Ben Folds (Thursday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Veruca Salt (Monday 8pm Black Cat); John Hiatt/Robert Cray Band (Sunday 8pm Strathmore); Rise Against “The Black Market”, Jason Mraz “Yes!”, Bleachers “Strange Desire” and “Weird Al” Yankovic “Mandatory Fun” available (Tuesday)

Sharon Jones is a DAMN fine Artscape headliner. Maybe the best since Robert Randolph.

Ozomatli is also quite good at the music stuff.

The guy with two hands up? He’ll be at O.A.R. Saturday night.

And when it comes to guys who have the same first and last names (or close enough), I’ll take Phillip Phillips over Cam Cameron.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 16 July 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network); Pro Lacrosse: Boston Cannons @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Thursday 7:30pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on CBS Sports Network); Boxing: Mickey Bey vs. John Molina (Friday 10pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime)

10. Lil’ Wayne/T.I./2 Chainz (Wednesday 7pm 1st Mariner Arena); Sublime with Rome (Wednesday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), The Beach Boys (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); fun. (Saturday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Eagles (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); 311 (Friday 6:30pm Jiffy Lube Live), Blake Shelton (Saturday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); P.O.D./Flyleaf (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), Pentatonix (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live); Howie Day (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Rehab (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Lyfe Jennings (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre); Jars Of Clay (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Artscape feat. North Mississippi All-Stars, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Wailers (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); Robert Randolph and the Family Band “Lickety Split” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

No Brian Wilson for the Beach Boys this summer. What a summer it was last year…

I still enjoy fun. Go ahead, judge away.

Wait. Lacey isn’t the singer from Flyleaf anymore? Just quit. Her voice was THE BEST.

I enjoyed rootsy Robert Randolph, but I have quite the fondness for rock and roll Robert Randolph. Happy that one is back.

9. Artscape (Friday-Sunday Mount Royal); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm Du Burns Arena); Turbo (Wednesday) and Red 2 (Friday) out in theaters

If Robert McClintock has a table at Artscape again, there isn’t a price I wouldn’t pay for this particular piece…

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Adam Scott a loser?  No way…

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Adam Scott a loser? No way…

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Drew Forrester

Move over Greg Norman, someone coming down the aisle needs a seat.

In fairness to Norman, he never came close to giving away a major championship the way Adam Scott hand-delivered the British Open to Ernie Els on Sunday.  Norman had plenty of final round major heartbreaks, but only one (’96 Masters) was a collapse he authored.  The rest were a result of improbable circumstances biting him at the worst time.

That a player of Scott’s caliber couldn’t make a par over the final hour on Sunday isn’t only shocking, it’s potentially career-slowing. I wouldn’t go as far as to call it career-threatening, because he’s already had a great run at age 32, but Sunday’s meltdown could take a while for Scott to digest.

A friend sent me a text right after Scott’s 12-foot par putt slid just left of the hole to give Els the Claret Jug and asked, “How will he ever recover from that?”

My reply:  ”He probably won’t.”

Lots of tournament golfers have horror stories like the one Scott authored on Sunday.

I can speak freely about it because I produced a late-round collapse in 2007 while trying to qualify for the U.S. Mid Amateur at the Country Club of Petersburg.  Standing on the 16th tee, I was -2 for the day and knew from past experience that even par was likely to get in, with two qualifying spots available to the field of 80 players.  For some reason, and who knows why on earth I would have EVER said this to myself, I thought…”the only thing I have to avoid are three bogeys and I’m going to Bandon Dunes (site of the national event).”

You know exactly what happened.

I made bogey at 16, missed a five-footer for par at 17 and was lucky to make a bogey at 18 when I somehow willed in a 20-footer to finish at +1 for the day.

I missed the national event by two shots.  I have no idea why on earth I would have had a silly conversation with myself as I prepared for the final three holes.  It was clearly the wrong thing to lodge in my brain…and I certainly learned from it, because since that day I’ve handled several late-round leads in tournaments or club events much better than I did that day in Virginia.

All I needed to do was par the last three holes and I was in.  That’s always easier said than done, particularly in amateur golf where we’re all less experienced and skilled than guys like Ernie Els and Adam Scott.

Three straight pars and I’m in the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship.

But I couldn’t do it.  And neither could Adam Scott on Sunday, although the stakes he was playing for were obviously much greater.

I don’t know what went through Scott’s mind on the 15th tee of the final round.  I can’t imagine he said something to himself as stupid as, “OK you dummy, just don’t bogey these last four holes and you win the British Open.”  I assume he just went about his business the way he had for the first 68 holes. Somehow, though, he gave it all away with four straight bogies.

I don’t know how you recover from it if “recovering from it” translates to winning a major title.  Lots of guys have sniffed major championship and handed them to someone else in the final hour and never bounced back from their failings.  Guys like Mike Reid, Scott Hoch, Mike Donald, Len Mattiace, John Cook, Jean Van de Velde and Colin Montgomerie all gave away glory on the final holes, either missing a key putt or hitting an errant shot at the worst time late in the round.  None of those players ever recovered, although it’s fair to point out that Montgomerie’s final fling with a major at the ’06 U.S. Open came near the end of his competitive career.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Adrian Broner vs. Vicente Escobedo (Saturday 10pm from Cincinnati live on HBO), Art Hovhannisyan vs. Miguel Acosta (Friday 11pm from Santa Ynez, CA live on Showtime), Friday Night Fights: Juan Carlos Burgos vs. Cesar Vasquez (Friday 9pm from Laughlin, NV live on ESPN2); Auto Racing: IndyCar Series Edmonton Indy (Sunday 2:45pm from Edmonton live on NBC Sports Network), NASCAR Nationwide Series STP 300 (Sunday 2pm from Joliet, IL live on ESPN); Pro Lacrosse: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Ohio Machine (Saturday 8pm from Delaware, OH live on ESPN3.com)

10. Hot Chip/Sleigh Bells (Sunday 6pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Kiss/Motley Crue (Friday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Sugarland (Sunday 7:30pm Jiffy Lube Live); Wilco (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Wolf Trap), The B-52′s/Squeeze (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Jackson Browne (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Young The Giant (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Charm City Devils (Sunday 7pm Rams Head Live); Rusted Root (Tuesday 7pm Recher Theatre); Hoobastank (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), The English Beat (Sunday 6pm Baltimore Soundstage); Justin Jones (Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Marc Cohn (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Nicki Minaj (Saturday 7pm D.A.R. Constitution Hall); Citizen Cope “One Lovely Day” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I should probably be too embarrassed to admit my fandom for Sugarland, but I’m also a man who has stuffed 29 boneless Asian Zing wings down his gullet in 8 minutes. There is no such thing as embarrassment…

I would imagine you’ll see me Friday night at PPL. I’m not even 30 yet, but I already feel like I’m approaching “am I too old to be here?” territory. I just can’t hide the fact that I sorta enjoy Young The Giant…

I quite simply love John Allen and I’m so happy for the success he’s finding with Charm City Devils. Not really any other way to say it…

I am a ridiculously big fan of Citizen Cope. He’s playing Silopanna later this Summer and I would suggest you be there. This is the single from the new record…

9. “The Dark Knight Rises” opens in theaters (Friday); Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Lavell Crawford (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory)

Okay be honest. Which are you more excited for? Christian Bale as Batman…

OR….OR….OR….Steve Nash as Batman???

I won’t be rooting for him as a Laker, but I still can’t hate Nash. Even after he killed Maryland in the NCAA Tournament.

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