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You’d have to go back more than 100 years ago to a time when the atmosphere around college sports in this country was more toxic than they are today.

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Though Ray Rice has been removed from professional football, perhaps, for good, his case has stirred anger among those concerned that professional athletes are given vast leeway to act illegally with impunity.

Over the weekend, however, the New York Times unveiled a disturbing and ongoing pattern in Tallahassee, the home of Florida State University, suggesting that conduct may extend to the college ranks as well and with police support to boot. The Times reported that over an extended period, local police have backed away from pursuing allegations of wrongdoing against Seminole players.

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Ahead of the first face-off between the Royals and the O’s in the American League Champion Series, our friends over at Kansas City public radio station KCUR put together a side-by-side comparison of Kansas City and Baltimore. KCUR’s Cody Newill looked at famous residents, real estate, music, drugs and food. We were happy to see they recognized the superior yield of famous Baltimoreans like John Waters and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Perhaps you’ve seen the public service announcement where, Alex, a basketball player, realizes that he was the last to touch the ball before it went out of bounds in a critical late-game situation.

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There’s been more orange in the stands at Camden Yards than in recent years. And it’s not been lost on the Baltimore Orioles, who put together a new “thank you” video for the fans to end the regular season. It follows one the team’s production crew put together two years ago, when the Orioles reached the playoffs for the first time in decades. That was a huge hit with Birds lovers.

It Could Happen...

Sep 29, 2014
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When the Orioles broke through into the American League playoffs two years ago for the first time in nearly a generation, the feeling around town was like parents watching their child perform in their first musical recital.

You’re just so darned happy that your kid is holding a violin that anything that comes out of it, even if it’s the wrong note, is OK.

It’s two years later and even if the Orioles weren’t expected to win the American League East when the 2014 campaign began, expectations have now been raised.

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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From the day the Ravens arrived here in Baltimore after the 1995 season, the team has been about the task of making themselves into model citizens. The players and coaches are omnipresent at charity functions and make regular appearances at hospitals and schools. The team has not only built a pair of high school stadiums, but has seen to it that every Baltimore City high school football and boys and girls basketball player has a uniform to play in. It’s hard to imagine any organization going to the lengths the Ravens have to ingratiate itself in a new location.

  The Baltimore Orioles clinched the American League Eastern Division title last night, giving the city a huge boost of good news after more than a week of decidedly unhappy happenings.

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There are a flood of questions that have spilled in the week since the release of a video showing former Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his now wife unconscious.

One is whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will lose his job over his inept handling of the matter, as he initially suspended Rice just two games, then upped the punishment to an indefinite suspension after a torrent of criticism.

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