Duquette looks to unearth 'value' in offseason
On the heels of a week that included trading closer Jim Johnson and watching two coveted players sign elsewhere, Baltimore general manager Dan Duquette finds himself in a precarious position at the Winter Meetings.
O's hoping to make a splash at Winter Meetings
The Winter Meetings are back at Disney World, but whether the Orioles will have a magical week remains to be seen. Baltimore's only big move in an otherwise busy offseason around baseball has been trading closer Jim Johnson to Oakland. This puts some pressure on executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette & Co. to try to make some major upgrades to keep pace in the American League East.
O's head to Winter Meetings with meaty to-do list
Dan Duquette and the Orioles head to the annual Winter Meetings with extensive needs this offseason. Among those concerns will be finding a new closer, following the recent trade of Jim Johnson to Oakland.
Critics of Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration expressed dismay Sunday at the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland, charging that he deliberately underplayed the state's problems in setting up its health care insurance exchange.
For a region accustomed to fizzled snow forecasts in recent years, a storm dumping as much as 8 inches of snow across northern Maryland surprised many on Sunday, stalling vehicles, canceling the city's annual holiday parade and blanketing the field at M&T Bank Stadium for the Ravens' first snow game in Baltimore.
Fifty years ago Sunday, mere days before the Christmas holiday, dozens of families from Elkton and north along the northeast corridor to Staten Island, N.Y., were changed in an instant. The mid-air explosion of Pan Am Flight 214 over Elkton became Maryland's largest loss-of-life disaster.
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It’s been a while since I’ve seen the bumper sticker proclaiming Support mental health or I’ll kill you, but Vice President Biden is adapting the bumper sticker approach to promoting Obama’s so-called jobs (i.e., Son of Stimulus) bill. Biden suggested last week in Flint, Michigan that more rapes and murders could occur if the bill is not passed. Biden reiterated his warning in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Biden’s approach to promoting Obama’s bill hasn’t elicited the attention or the mockery it deserves. Perhaps it has a grain of truth in its favor. Considering the bill’s union supporters, you never know. But as Biden himself might say: Come on, man. The Democrats’ original so-called stimulus bill of 2009 must have prevented an epidemic of pillage, plunder and rapine.
Shouldn’t the Democrats be claiming credit? Apparently not. A trillion dollars later, murder and rape continue to rise in Flint, according to Biden. Another half trillion of walking around money is called for if Flint is to maintain.
Jason Mattera is the author of Obama Zombies and the editor of Human Events. He is also an indomitable ambush interviewer. Jason caught up with Biden to follow up on Biden’s deep thoughts regarding the so-called jobs bill. “Don’t screw around with me,” Biden warned him.
Don’t screw around with him, or what? That’s where familiarity with the old Support mental health bumper sticker really comes in handy.
NFL Week 14 Winners and Losers: Patriots gifted a win on a horrible penalty call (Shutdown Corner)
The Patriots can't really complain much about the officials anymore this season.
New England was ticked about a non-call on Luke Kuechly on the last play of Carolina's victory a few weeks ago. The Patriots got away with a clear holding on their game-winning touchdown against New Orleans early in the season, but they did have a point with the non-call on the Panthers.
But now, it has more than evened out.
Giants-Chargers: What we learned (The SportsXchange)
SAN DIEGO -- For Chargers fans, it doesn't get much better: watching their team wallop the Giants, 37-14, and the opportunity to boo their quarterback, Eli Manning. "After 10 years, you think they would let up," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers threw for three touchdowns and the Chargers' running game added another as the team's playoff hopes remain alive after winning for the second time in six outings. "We played our most complete game yet," said Rivers, who came to San Diego in exchange for Manning in a 2004 draft-day trade after the Chargers drafted Manning first overall.
Ravens plow through storm in game like no other (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
Ravens coach John Harbaugh opened his post-game news conference by asking: "Will we ever see another game like that again?" Indeed, the Ravens' remarkable 29-26 win over the Vikings -- featuring five touchdowns in the final 125 seconds -- was like no other in Ravens history. It also was, meteorologically speaking, like no other Ravens game: Never in the Ravens' 17-year history had they played a home game in measurable, driving snow "In the first half, you could hardly see," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
(VIDEO) Arthur Jones: "We are champions" (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
It takes a special team to pull of what the Ravens managed Sunday against the Minnesota. As the Ravens watched the Vikings take the lead with only 45 seconds remaining, they still managed to gut it out and score the go-ahead touchdown with only 9 seconds remaining. How did the Ravens manage to rally and avoid collapsing after Minnesota took the late lead? "I just kept saying to the guys, 'we're champions,' you know?" said Arthur Jones.
Slipping, sliding, frantic finishes in snowy NFL (Reuters)
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wintry wonderland of games featured in National Football League action on Sunday with snow impacting several contests, while the Denver Broncos reached the playoffs and the Indianapolis Colts claimed the AFC South title. In more conventional settings, the Broncos (11-2) charged past the Tennessee Titans (5-8) 51-28 to clinch a playoff berth and hand the Colts the AFC South division title. Indianapolis (8-5) claimed their crown despite losing 42-28 to the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals (9-4).
Ravens rally past Vikings 29-26 on icy field (The Associated Press)
After Joe Flacco threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marlon Brown with 4 seconds left to give the Baltimore Ravens a 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, the Ravens couldn't contain their excitement. ''What just happened?'' Ravens kicker Justin Tucker exclaimed. That is the most fourth-quarter lead changes in a single game in NFL history. And Jacoby Jones, who took a kickoff back 77 yards for a touchdown during the back-and-forth excitement, said: ''You couldn't even get emotional.
NFL-Slipping, sliding, frantic finishes in snowy NFL (Reuters)
* Broncos clinch playoff berth, Colts claim AFC South title * Denver kicker Prater makes NFL record 64-yard field goal * Snow storms bring big plays, fantastic finishes (Adds later games) By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Dec 8 (Reuters) - A wintry wonderland of games featured in National Football League action on Sunday with snow impacting several contests, while the Denver Broncos reached the playoffs and the Indianapolis Colts claimed the AFC South title. Snow buried yard-markings, cut visibility and inspired the building of snowmen on the sidelines in four contests played in conditions that set up a slew of sensational scoring plays and a series of breath-taking comebacks.
Rivers leads Chargers past Giants (The SportsXchange)
SAN DIEGO -- For Chargers fans, it doesn't get much better: watching their team wallop the Giants, 37-14, and the opportunity to boo their quarterback, Eli Manning. "After 10 years, you think they would let up," Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. That is seldom a question, especially as Rivers continued his Pro Bowl-caliber play. Rivers threw for three touchdowns and the Chargers' running game added another as the team's playoff hopes remain alive after winning for the second time in six outings.
Sunday Scene, Week 14: NFL offenses remain open on snow day (Roto Arcade)
Even if you wanted to avoid the bad weather games this week, it was hardly possible. We had wintry conditions all over the map. Philadelphia basically looked like Hoth (see above). Snow covered the fields in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington and Green Bay, too.
And in the end, league-wide statistical production didn't exactly suffer. Here's a look at total points and yards from Sunday's snow games:
DET-PHI – 54 points, 706 total net yards
MIA-PIT – 62 points, 772 yards
KC-WAS – 55 points, 607 yards
MIN-BAL – 55 points, 703 yards
ATL-GB – 43 points, 619 yards
Not exactly a fantasy snowpocalypse.
Top 5 Must-See Plays from Week 14 (Video) (Shutdown Corner)
1. Can't keep up with Jones
This time, there was no Mike Tomlin to create controversy. In the middle of an insane finish of the game, the Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones took a short kickoff return down the left sideline, just like on Thanksgiving, but there was no controversy or impediment this time as Jones blazed 77 yards for the score.