Moore, Singleton Talk History And Obama

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     The only politics that mdbirdlover wants to talk about are those that have to do with the game or locker room, thank you very much.  However, I’d be remiss as a journalist and citizen if I did not recognize the significance of today, as we witness history in the inauguration of Barack Obama.  

     The great thing about sports is that it has often been ahead of the curve when it comes to opening doors in racial relations.  For instance our beloved Baltimore Colt and NFL Hall-of-Famer, Lenny Moore noted in a conference call (prior to the Greatest Game Ever Played 50th celebration) that the team, our very own Baltimore Colts, were united and more accepting of him than the community.  

     We’ve come a long way.  Ken Singleton, former Baltimore Oriole and New York Yankees broadcaster, told me Saturday night that this is truly a special time.  He was lucky enough to have watched one of Obama’s speech with his Mom and had this to say:

     It was very special, I can see what it meant to her. I know what it meant to me.  I know she thought it was special…My dad had the television on to watch Jackie Robinson play baseball as the first black baseball player… We’ve evolved from sports now to running the country. Choosing Jackie Robinson- he was the right guy, choosing Obama- he’s the right guy too.

     It is a special time indeed.  And if Obama can push the powers-to-be in college football to come up with a real national championship (remember his interview on ESPN?) then that will just be icing on the cake for us sports fans. 

     Go Obama!  But more importantly-Go America!

 

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Another Reason 8 Is My Fave

Yes, the Sports Gods smiled on me and I gave it right back to them.  Now I’m taking another look, smiling yet again.  Some highlights from ’08 (in no particular order) in this, my first full year of freelancing:   

Carmelo Anthony’s HOOD Movement basketball tournament and Anthony bringing home the Olympic gold medal; witnessing a gymnasium full of children explode was very cool!    Melo has a major soft spot for Baltimore and its children.

Anthony’s “Very Melo Christmas”- though Melo was not there, it was equally as exciting talking to his family and the benefactors of this great event.  Watching the little ones play also tops my list.  

"Very Melo Christmas" at the Warehouse at Oriole Park in Camden Yards where the Carmelo Anthony Foundation teamed up to give 50 Baltimore children food, fun and presents.  A Merry (Melo) Christmas, indeed.
"Very Melo Christmas" at the Warehouse at Oriole Park in Camden Yards where the Carmelo Anthony Foundation teamed up with their sponsors to give 50 Baltimore children food, fun and presents. A Merry (Melo) Christmas, indeed.

Catching up with the George Mason’s 2006 Cinderella player Jai Lewis- Dagger Style.  Going toe-to-toe with him at ESPN at the net was a dream.  I still have some skill for my (old) age.  But…he’s in Japan and he’s getting paid to play. Living  his dream, though he is homesick.  

Cal Ripken World Series (Incidentally, Ripken’s number is 8- my fave!!!): watching the team from Harford County….talking to the young gamers who were living out their baseball dream. 

Cal Ripken wowed fans with his wood during the opening night ceremonies of Cal Ripken World Series.
Cal Ripken wowed fans with his wood during the opening night ceremonies of Cal Ripken World Series.

Midsummer coverage of Orioles participating in MLB’s Buses for Baseball, meeting the Coolest Kids and watching them interact with Orioles players like Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, and Melvin Mora…

Receiving first magazine assignment through SET Magazine, interviewing Michele Tafoya (Sideline reporter for NBA, radio personality and sports guru), Violet Palmer (NBA referee)  and Tammie Erskine (only female in Mich. who is a state steward, horse-racing line judge) for feature story. Subsequent stories have followed at SET’s website.

Shaking Sugar Ray Leonard‘s hand… a couple of hours before getting the surprise of my life….in the form of a 40th birthday/Halloween Party.  The signs read, and I’ll never forget them, Happy Malloween.

When Sugar Ray Leonard enters a room, it doesn't take long for him to get recognized.
When Sugar Ray Leonard enters a room, it doesn't take long for him to get recognized.

Talking to Tom Matte and Raymond Berry at Grazing with the Greats- a tribute to the 1958 game (story not yet published).

The NFL conference call I was in on with Frank Gifford, Pat Sumerall, Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry (story not yet published). 

I have lots on my plate for 09…it’s all sports and it’s all fun.

Thanks for being a part of it.

The Last Season: A Must-Have For Baltimore Fans

          

Time Will Not Dim The Glory Of Their Deeds- Memorial Stadium
Time Will Not Dim The Glory Of Their Deeds- Memorial Stadium

   “It’s like watching a close family member agonizing and going through a long and painful death.”  The year: 2000. The place: Memorial Stadium, Baltimore.  The quote:  a woman, during an interview in the making of the documentary, The Last Season, referencing the political jockeying going on regarding the fate of the stadium and the strong emotions tied to that fate.   

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