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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 13 August 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 5:30pm Du Burns Arena); WNBA: Washington Mystics @ Atlanta Dream (Sunday 3pm from Atlanta live on NBA TV); Boxing: Daniel Geale vs. Darren Barker (Saturday 9:45pm from Atlantic City live on HBO)

10. George Thorogood/Buddy Guy (Tuesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion); Huey Lewis & The News (Tuesday 8pm Wolf Trap), Chicago (Monday 8pm Wolf Trap); Uproar Festival feat. Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, New Politics, Coheed and Cambria, Middle Class Rut (Friday 2pm Jiffy Lube Live), Jimmy Buffett (Saturday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ted Nugent (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), En Vogue (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Candlebox (Tuesday 7:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Blues Traveler (Sunday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); JD McPherson (Friday 7:30pm Birchmere), Edwin McCain Band (Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere); Great White (Friday 8pm House of Rock); Cherry Poppin’ Daddies (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Hot August Blues feat. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals/Galactic (Saturday 12pm Oregon Ridge Park)

Perhaps I’ll do a little drinking Tuesday night at the Thorogood show.

Obviously there’s no drinking allowed at a Jimmy Buffett show though. Obviously.

Judge all you want. Blues Traveler OWNS.

Last time Grace Potter was in town…she really killed it.

9. Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival (Saturday & Sunday Little Italy); Baltimore County Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Monday throughout Baltimore County); Paul Rodriguez (Thursday-Saturday DC Improv); Jobs“, “Kick-Ass 2” and “Paranoia” out in theaters (Friday); Olympus Has Fallen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Just reading the words “feast” and “Italian” in the same sentence make something really weird happen in my pants…

I assume someone will be working on a replication of my fiancé’s buffalo chicken shells…

“I Wish It Was Christmas Today.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 23 April 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray (Saturday 8:30pm from Buenos Aires live on HBO), Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia (Saturday 9pm from Brooklyn, NY live on Showtime); MLS: DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus, OH live on MLS Direct Kick); Golf: PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), Champions Tour Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm. All golf from Savannah, GA), North Texas LPGA Shootout (Thursday 12:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 3pm from Irving, TX live on Golf Channel)

10. Rihanna (Wednesday 7:30pm 1st Mariner Arena Monday 7:30pm Verizon Center); Kendrick Lamar (Tuesday 8pm Patriot Center); Dru Hill (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live); Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Fabolous/Pusha T (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); ALO (Tuesday 7pm 8×10 Club); The Joy Formidable (Tuesday 8pm Ottobar); Chris Cagle (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Center Stage); Sara Bareilles (Thursday 6:30pm 9:30 Club); Aimee Mann (Thursday 7:30pm Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts); Gladys Knight (Thursday & Friday 8pm Strathmore); All Time Low/Pierce The Veil (Sunday 5:30pm Towson Center); Phoenix “Bankrupt” and Frank Turner “Tape Deck Heart” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Dru Hill was nearly as significant a part of my childhood as chocolate milk. Perhaps more significant. Baltimore institutions.

I had a college girlfriend that thought the song “Chicks Dig It” was about the greatest song of all time. She was…like…REALLY hot…so I might well have told her I agreed.

Our friends from All Time Low have been tremendous to us. Be tremendous to them and go see them this weekend. They love Baltimore sports as much as you do.

Frank Turner does folk punk. It’s truly phenomenal.

9. Sarah Silverman (Thursday 8pm Warner Theatre), Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (Friday & Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre); Jerry Seinfeld (Saturday 7pm & 9:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); David Alan Grier (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Michael McDonald (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Big Wedding” and “Pain & Gain” out in theaters (Friday); Jurassic Park 3D” and “Gangster Squad” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

There’s absolutely no reason to not be completely in support of the Mike Tyson show…

You know whose one man show should be coming next?

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Casual Friday – UFC 148 Preview

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Casual Friday – UFC 148 Preview

Posted on 06 July 2012 by James Finn

Perhaps my adoration for combat sports developed from my love for Professional Wrestling.  I remember watching the UFC in it’s earliest form, when it was a tournament of fighters, the winner having to compete in several matches in the same night to be victorious.  It made household names out of Royce Gracie (Who won 3 of the first 4 tournaments), Dan Severn, Ken Shamrock, and “Tank” Abbot.

UFC would eventually drop it’s tournament format, develop weight classes akin to boxing, and have individual champions in each one.  Unlike Boxing, UFC, and it’s president Dana White listens to fans, and puts together fight cards people want to see.   He’s a savvy business mind, who is a bit outspoken and uncensored, a perfect figurehead for such an orginization.  If Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were MMA fighters, they’d have meet in the octagon YEARS ago.

Saturday’s UFC 148 promises to be an evening of Top Tier Mixed Martial Arts action, and many analysts expect their first event to garner over 1 Million PPV buys (typically, their events generate 500k-800k).   A night filled with heated rivalries, long anticipated rematches, rising stars, and broken bones (and whatever other cliche I can jam in there).  If you’ve never watched MMA, this is the one to start with.   Here is a rundown of key fights for the evening.

Middleweight Championship – Chael Sonnen Vs Anderson Silva (c): 

Anderson “The Spider” Silva is touted as pound for pound, the best fighter in the world.  He’s riding the waves of a 15 fight win streak (his last loss was due to an illegal kick).  His mobility is unmatched, and frustrates his opponents.  The only man to truly challenge him in the last 8 years has been Chael Sonnen.   At UFC 117 (August 2010), Chael delivered a ground and pound beating for 22 minutes, only to get caught by a triangle choke, having no choice but to tap out.  A post-fight drug test showed Sonnen had elevated levels of testosterone in his body, and was subsequently fined and suspended for one year.

There is a lot of bad blood here.  Both men have been trash talking, generating as much buzz as a Hogan vs Andre Super fight, with Sonnen playing (and embrcing) the part of the heel to a tee.  As far as a winner here, I go with history.  If Silva was able to win before where his opponent had more testosterone than Dolemite, why wouldn’t he be able to do it again.  Sonnen does have a chance.  The beating he dished out before may have created a psychological edge, and Silva could potentially buckle under the pressure.

Tito Ortiz Vs Forrest Griffen III

As the “III” may indicate, these fighters have met twice before, both times coming to split decision, with each fighter taking a win.   Both men are former Light-Heavyweight champions.  Ortiz has stated this will be his last fight, and will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame prior to the fight.  Ortiz, however, won’t ride into the sunset with a win.   He’s won only 1 match since a 2006 Knock out of Ken Shamrock.   Griffen, though shaky in recent fights over stiff competition, should handily  walk away with the decision.

Other fights

Cung Le v Patrick Cote : Expect Le to win with powerful strikes against a slumping Cote

Dong Hyun Kim v Demien Maia : Maia walks away with a win, probably by decision (has last 7 fights went to the judges).

Chad Mendez v Cody McKenzie – Mendez, with a win, hopes to jockey himself for a rematch against Jose Aldo for the featherweight title.

Ivan Menjivar v Mike Easton – Easton (from DC) could provide one of the quickest KO’s of the night.  Could shoot through the Bantamweight division quickly.

So, as they say, call your local cable or satellite provider to order, or do as I do, find yourself a sports bar playing it, and enjoy with a couple hundred strangers.  The under-card is provided for free on FX, and the opening bout on Facebook.  The fireworks could, in fact, begin this afternoon at the weigh ins.

@JamesTFinn

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