This morning Sheila Dixon was on hand to help begin service of the Charm City Circulator, a free bus service that provides eco-friendly transportation throughout downtown. The Orange Line is the first to go into effect, traveling East/West from the University of Maryland area across downtown to Harbor East and Little Italy.
If you’re downtown in the next few days hop on and let us know what the service is like.
What is a Baltimorean to do when it comes to rooting interests in the NBA, NHL and MLS? This is a question that I have long pondered and what better to forum to address it than Bohs and O’s. A place where leading Baltimore sports exports come to share analysis and ideas. A place where being bandwagon is about the worse insult once can receive. So I pose the question to the forum.
Here is my analysis of the situation. I was admittedly a bandwagon fan of the Capitals last year. I attended one game, watched a few more, but did not follow them religiously until the playoffs and have only watched one game so far this season. The Baltimore sports gods made my pay dearly for my transgressions when the Capitals lost to another team from Pittsburgh. That made two playoff losses to Pittsburgh in a 6 month span. I clearly learned my lesson.
Is it possible for us to be true fans of DC teams? Does that fact they are not from Baltimore mean are rooting interests are inherently bandwagon? They are the closest teams to us geographically, but it is not quite the same as having Baltimore on the jersey. They don’t represent us in the way that the Orioles and Ravens do. I know the Terps play just outside of DC, but they are the MARYLAND Terps so they represent us as well. How can we root for a Hockey team from DC when we despise the football team? We will never really fit in with the rest of the fan base. The Caps game that I attended last year was the Thursday before the Ravens-Skins matchup and we got in several altercations with Redskins fans. We know little about the DC and its sports history, which are vital parts of being a sports fan. How could you ever fit in as a Baltimore sports fan if you did not know the story of the Colts skipping town? Your whole mindset would not be in sync with the rest of the community.
I also wonder if I even have room in my heart or on my schedule for another team. If there was a Baltimore hockey team would be as diehard about it as the Ravens, Orioles, and Terps? Right now I have three teams whose schedules fit perfectly so I can have a team to root for at all times during the year. Maybe this is why Baltimore sports fans are so much better than sports fans from Boston and DC. Our passion for our teams is more focused and not spread out between 5 or 6 teams. If the Ravens are struggling we can’t turn NBA or NHL teams and hop on that bandwagon instead. We are stuck with our teams whether they have made the playoffs in consecutive seasons or are have 13 straight losing seasons.
Bohs and O’s contributors and readers please share with me your thoughts on Baltimoreans’ fanhood of DC sports teams. Can we ever be true fans? As Baltimore sports fans should we even try to root for DC teams or should we focus on our own teams? This may lead to the broader question of what it means to be a true Baltimore sports fan.
On Thursday, February 11th, the legendary Mike Sorrentino, better known as “The Situation,” from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” will be making an appearance at Mad River Bar & Grill in Federal Hill. And by “appearance,” I mean, ordering lots of Jagr Bombs, showing everyone his abdominal muscles, and getting rejected by no fewer than 30 girls before, finally, bringing two ugly girls home who have no intention of hooking up with him. But, to be honest, he probably has too many otha tings goin on to really even care about dat anyways, the point is dat he coulda hooked up wit dem had he wanted to. It’s really their loss.
Bohs and O’s strongly encourages our readers to show up to this event. Not only is it a chance to see a reality celebrity, but it’s also a great opportunity to make fun of a reality celebrity. We haven’t seen such a pathetic and wildly delusional character as The Situation since the critically acclaimed Fox series, Paradise Hotel.
Bohs and O’s actually tried to start a twitter war with the Situation, but he was too much of a wuss to take on our superior intellects, not to mention biceps.
This past Saturday night, as the effects of a joyous New Years Eve were slowly dissipating, a majority of the Bohs and O’s crew attended the Professional Bull Riders Baltimore Invitational at the 1st Mariner Arena. Clad in our jeans and flannel shirts, we braved the frigid winter weather and headed to the Arena to see today’s finest bull riders take part in the 1st event of the 2010 season. I’d never been to one of these events before and was very impressed with the entire production.
The event was being shown live on Versus so that led to numerous commercial breaks in between each round, but they had a rodeo clown emcee who did a nice job keeping everyone entertained as we waited for the next potential sternum gorging from Code Blue, Big Tex, or Voodoo Child. During each round there were almost no breaks in the action. They have a complex setup at one end of the arena with 6 loading docks connected to the fenced in areas where the bulls are kept. When one rider was either bucked or completed 8 seconds there was always another rider ready to go.
One thing that surprised me, and everyone in our group, was the number of Brazilian’s competing. Three of last years top 5 riders were from Brazil and there were numerous others who rode throughout the night. Although none of the cowboys were from Maryland there were several local Bulls who we obviously were hoping would celebrate their victories by ramming their horns into the defeated cowboys against the fence; hereby displaying Maryland’s dominance to all of the out-of-towners in attendance. Alas, there was no bloodshed, but some of the cowboys (the pathetic ones) were prepared with what most closely resembled box lacrosse helmets. This really took away from the feel of the rodeo, men riding bulls without cowboy hats. I’m no expert on the subject, but what kind of professional bull rider can respect himself wearing a helmet instead of a cowboy hat during competition. If you want to wear one in practice when no one is around be my guest, but when you’re trying to represent yourself and the professional bull riders tour it doesn’t help your image to be wearing a big, dorky helmet instead of a cowboy hat. Step up to the plate helmet wearers; you’re supposed to resemble this when you get up on that bucking bronco.
All in all it was a great evening at the rodeo and I can’t wait until the 2011 Baltimore Invitational. It’ll be tough to wait another whole year, but luckily Monster Jam will be at the Arena at the end of February to keep us entertained. You can be sure Bohs and O’s won’t miss that event either.
Thanks to your tireless efforts Boh is back at Glory Days. After being bombarded by letters from Bohs and O’s readers from around Baltimore, Glory Days has put Boh back on the menu. Your Bohs and O’s team has been on the front lines in this fight going to Glory Days weekly and ordering a Boh every time we needed a beer. This may have pissed off our waitress, Whortis, who made some snide comments, but our determination paid off in the end. And Whortis paid for her anti-Boh sentiment when we “accidentally” spilled our first Glory Days Boh in almost a year all over her stupid Redskins jersey. Hopefully that teaches her to leave the caps on the Boh next time she serves one.
Bohs and O’s is a blog of its word and we have been back to Glory Days several times to order Bohs and a bucket of wings with all the sauces on the side. Our most recent trek was for the Oakland game. I have never seen Glory Days so crowded. Unfortunately this was mainly due to the collision of the two obnoxious bandwagons for the Eagles and Cowboys. Despite the fact the game was out of reach very early they continued to scream and shout and pretend like they were actual fans of those teams. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that both those teams are perennial contenders.
Unfortunately Glory Days has long been the home of out-of-town fans and is not the optimal place to spend a Purple Sunday. As previously mentioned some of the wait staff was wearing Redskins jerseys. Unacceptable. I would recommend Glory Days for an O’s game and some trivia when the crowd is a little more subdued in true O’s fan fashion. Boh enthusiasts please feel free to enjoy Glory Days once again.
I have just discovered I have been missing out on a long-standing Baltimore tradition. After reading today’s Sun I found out my Baltimore New Year’s celebrations have been incomplete. I had seen the fireworks and drank the Bohs, but I have not yet fired a gun into the air as the ball drops. According to the article the Baltimore Police have asked people to not fire their gun’s in the air tonight at midnight. If you already though that doing this was OK, then I doubt you will be listening to any messages coming from the police.
Apparently it got so bad that Police Officers were seeking cover under overpasses and in buildings to avoid being hit by a shower of bullets shortly after midnight. This practice ceased when then Mayor O’Malley ordered them to stay out and arrest the perpetrators.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the article:
“I could see the fireworks downtown, but I thought I was in the middle of Beirut,” the retired captain said. “Guns were going off around me like crazy.”
One year, a city officer was heard on the radio saying, “In addition to all the gunfire, we have fireworks.”
Moses, the police spokesman, noted the obvious, a statement given out every year by one police official or another: “When you fire those rounds up in the air, they have to come down.”
But, Moses said, “It’s still a Baltimore tradition, one that we have to deal with.”
I think I will be staying inside at midnight tonight.
With multiple shootings over the holiday weekend the Baltimore City homicide count reached 235, passing the 234 the city experienced in 2008. This is clearly not the direction the city government and police force wanted to go in this year, but the BCPD is quick to point out that while homicides may have exceeded the 2008 total, total shootings are down more than 20% (125 fewer non-fatal shootings). Between this news and the results of her trial last month this is hardly the way Mayor Sheila Dixon dreamed of ending 2009 and moving into the new decade. The 2008 homicide figure was a 20-year low and we should hope that, even with a hiccup in 2009, it continues to drop going forward.