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Saturday’s announcement that the Orioles and first baseman Chris Davis reached agreement on a new contract represents a watershed, a crossing of the Rubicon, if you will. 

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They say that there’s a national championship college football game being played Monday night. I hear that one of the teams involved is Alabama and the other is Clemson. I wouldn’t know, since I haven’t watched a second of college football all season.

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For Ravens fans, what you make of the just completed worst season since 2007 is based largely on what you make of the following numbers: Two, four, five, six, 14 and 19. 

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Believe it or not, the guys who run your local sports teams, Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and Orioles vice president Dan Duquette have their wish lists too. And despite the fact that their sports are different, Duquette and Newsome are hoping for similar things under their trees: an influx of talent.

While that jolly guy in the red suit might have what the tenants of South Baltimore’s ballparks need at his workshop, his sleigh won’t get it here. Not unless it’s packed with lots of green cash. Of the two teams, the need is most acute with the Orioles.

Mike Tigas

In the days since now former University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe was toppled from office by a band of students, people have searched to find the takeaway lesson.

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When Orioles fans recall the great moments of the 2015 season, at least they'll have the weekend.  The Birds swept a three-game series, keeping the hated Yankees from clinching home field for Tuesday's wild card game.  But even those fleeting moments of glory couldn't lessen the pain of knowing that, unlike last season or the 2012 season, the Orioles would not be playing past Sunday.  And unlike the last three campaigns, 2015 will end with the Orioles failing to garner a winning record.

Jimmy Balkovicius

We’re just past Labor Day and with its passing comes the unofficial end of the summer.

And the end of this summer marks the end of arguably the most visible year for women in sports in decades, if not ever.

Notice that I didn’t say the best year. Women have been having great sporting years for, well, years, setting records, winning Olympic gold medals and conquering heretofore unclimbed mountains.

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The labor union has taken a tremendous beating over the last 30 or so years, and nowhere is that more obvious than in the sporting realm.

By comparison to the baseball union, which has historically been strong, the NFL Players Association has seemed ineffective and weak.

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For any number of reasons, baseball remains the one sport where comparisons between players of different generations can’t be dismissed out of hand.

The one thing about baseball that has not changed for the better over the years is in the quality of announcers. The men who call the game today simply aren’t as good as their predecessors.

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It’s late August already, and while attention among sports fans in much of the country has turned toward the impending NFL season, there are almost as many who eagerly await the start of college football. One of those places is in Waco, Texas, where the Baylor faithful hope this will be the season their Bears lead them to the promised land of a national championship.