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Comment 16 Sep 2014

 "They're gonna have skill at the skilled positions where guys have great skill sets." ~ Brady Hoke

The gift that keeps on giving.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

Awesome tonic to help move on from last Saturday, Ramzy - as usual, wonderful read across the board.  Love the Sneakers lead-in, drink recipe, overall perspective...and yes, LOL at the Keels "transcription."  I'm very fortunate in that I'm able to attend most of the games and don't have to listen; while I generally like Keels' call of the game, you touched on something that bugs the crap out of me: I can forgive the occasional botched name, but I shout at the radio for how often the yardage is changed between plays, usually at least once and sometimes twice.  This is maddening when the listener thinks the defense has brought the opposing ball carrier down for a two yard gain, but by the next snap, mysteriously the previous play gained four yards.  I don't know if they (97.1) hired trained chimps to do the spotting or if the call is not being relayed to the booth in a timely manner, but the end result is the net yardage changes on a high percentage of plays, extremely frustrating to the listener (rant over).

Comment 28 Aug 2014

After some thought, I went with a garage pass. For those who bought tickets through Ticketmaster, an e-mail went out yesterday that included the above-referenced construction advisories as well as this note (left in the phone number in case anyone wants to use it):

If you park within the Camden Yard Sports Complex, please note that stadium lots will be cleared within 45 minutes of the completion of the football game. The Orioles will be hosting the Twins at Oriole Park on Saturday evening and all facility lots will be needed to accommodate baseball parkers. We appreciate your assistance. We are excited to host these two great institutions at M&T Bank Stadium and hope you have a memorable day.  If you have any questions, we encourage you to give us a call at 410-261-RAVE (7283) and we will be happy to assist. 

I figured trying to get out of those lots would be a serious pain; also, doing some comparisons on garage rates through the Ravens site - which utilizes Parking Panda - versus the regular rates charged by the garages, ordering through the site in most cases does result in some savings (garage parking in Baltimore is EXPENSIVE). It doesn't appear Parking Panda added any fees when I ordered my pass, which included a QR code for scanning, so I -think- I made the right choice.  Hopefully this will help some of you in your decision-making.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Oh,'s the pleats. The pleats in the pants. It's an optical illusion.

Comment 12 Aug 2014

This is still news because collectively several thousand current and former band members were smeared by a slipshod report that interviewed a mere handful of the aforementioned thousands of people...and grossly mischaracterized the words of least two of the people who WERE interviewed.  Simply put, this is still news because those people are not letting their reputations be ruined without a fight.  

They are not happy that writers of prominent online publications - who simply read the report and chose to believe all of it - label them as "perverts" and "sexual deviants" simply because they were members of the band; not happy that some friends and co-workers now have negative perceptions about them and the organization.

I am a former band member, and can tell you that my greatest disappointment - beyond the report's obvious collateral damage - is that that many of the same Buckeye fans who rightfully took a skeptical eye and a microscope to the various "investigative reports" that were written about the football team a few years ago immediately chose to take this report at face value.  Perhaps because it was an internal/university report, I don't know...but that doesn't mean it's accurate; the mere sample size alone should have raised eyebrows.  Like many of the reports involving the football team, there are nuggets of truth in the band report that need to be addressed - but the overall picture painted of the band and its members is simply not accurate. 

Comment 27 Jul 2014

I was there too - from my seats in 10B, where many visiting fans sat, I could see large numbers of OSU fans leave early.  Most LSU fans did not....and in fact a number were still around several minutes after the game was over, sitting in disbelief through the band's postgame performance. Several dozen were among the last people to leave the stadium that day.

Comment 24 Jul 2014

I was at the stadium last night, but in a hurry and didn't have a chance to take photos; because Smith's photo includes a light bank in the upper left corner, the rest of the image wound up darker.  I can tell you the new lighting is VERY bright and clearly illuminates south stands as well.  Not surprising because there are more individual bulbs but I would say the new permanent system throws considerably more light than did the temporary Musco setups.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

"He's got an incredible, incredible ass."

It's as if Bert is describing himself.

Thanks for saving me a click by pulling the quote.