October 4th, 2013 by Justin Thomas
The Cincinnati Reds have now made a playoff appearance in back-to-back seasons and have been consistently relevant in the world of baseball for the first time in almost twenty years. Dusty Baker joined the organization as the General Manager in 2007 and quickly turned the decimated Reds team around in order to make them a threat in the National League again. This past weekend, he brought the Reds to a single-elimination wild-card playoff game in which they had a chance to get to the NLDS.
The Reds unfortunately lost to the Pirates in the game, but this sounds like a promising scenario for the future, right? Well apparently the Reds organization didn’t seem to think so! Just 3 days after the playoff loss and multiple successful season, the Reds parted ways with Dusty Baker, dismissing him after three 90-win seasons, and two straight playoff appearances.
The Reds had a bad last week of the season, losing six straight, including the playoff loss to the Pirates, but is that all that is needed to fire a coach now? This seems to be a new trend happening in sports, which is leaving teams in flux due to a constant changing of the guard.
Former Auburn Tigers head coach, Gene Chizik, led the Tigers to a National Championship in 2011, but was then fired after the 2012 season where the Tigers went 3-9.
This emerging trend begs the question, are teams now expecting too much too fast from their head coaches? Improving and developing a team takes time; it doesn’t happen overnight. Do you think many of the coaches we consider to be the best of all time started out with immediate success? Of course not.
Legendary Dallas Cowboys coach, Tom Landry, led the Cowboys to a stellar 16-46-4 record in his first 5 seasons as head coach before winning 2 Super Bowls with the team. Former Yankees Manager, Joe Torre, began his career in New York with the nickname, “Clueless Joe.” After a couple of years with the team, he finally delivered some success, which quickly became 4 World Series titles.
This new trend of immediate gratification is a big departure from the traditional ways of sports, and seems to prevent any sort of connection or development. So is this new trend good for sports? You decide.
October 4th, 2013 by Rachel
When: Monday- Saturday: 9AM-8PM, Sunday: 10AM-7PM
Where: 1433 E. Fort Ave, Baltimore, Maryland
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October 3rd, 2013 by The Professor
Join the members and supporters of the Word on the Street newspaper at the annual Art Auction Fundraiser on Saturday October 12th in Baltimore. WLOY has been a proud co-founder and supporter of this great project (and won a few national awards for it too) and we want to spread the news. Artists from all over the country have donated their works to support the auction. Photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and much more will be lining the walls for your bidding. Attendance is FREE, and so are the drinks (Maryland Wineries Association & Brewers Art!) and snacks, and music provided by Claire Anthony, Caleb Stine and more. Bidding starts at $25.
There will be 10 limited edition prints of the color poster available for bidding. How about a custom stainless steel wave wine rack from White Rabbet Gallery in Havre de Grace, or an amazing handmade cigar box guitar donated by CrocBite Guitars in Frederick, MD? There is much more, some come down and enjoy!
Please attend, bid high and help Word on the Street continue it’s incredible work!
October 3rd, 2013 by Rachel
When: October 18th, 8pm
Where: Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
140 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore MD 21201
Whether you read and liked, or completely avoided “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James, you will love the musical parody that is SPANK! A Fifty Shades Parody. The inventive take on the “romance” novel written in response to the Twilight series will be sure to keep you laughing the whole way through. Don’t miss the one night only, comical hit!
October 2nd, 2013 by Rachel
When: October 9th, 8-11PM
Where: 15 E. Centre Street, Baltimore, MD
Looking to share a few laughs with friends over a plate full of barbecue? Well have I got the event for you. B.I.G. LAUGHS will be performing Improv comedy at the Midtown BBQ & Brew next Wednesday. Who doesn’t want to enjoy delicious barbecue and laugh till you cry on a Wednesday night? And if you feel so inclined as to tell a few jokes yourself, there will be an open mic immediately after the improv event. So don’t pass up your opportunity to laugh and to spread laughter.
Entry is free! And their menu is long and tempting. Check out all the details on their website!
October 1st, 2013 by Justin Thomas
I know it sounds like a joke, but this is more than serious. The recent partial government shutdown due to a budget impasse in Congress has now officially infected the world of sports.
The shutdown has caused the sports programs at the service academies (Army, Navy, Air Force) to be temporarily suspended. As a result of the temporary program suspension, the three teams are in jeopardy of having to skip their games for this upcoming weekend, leaving two games at risk of being abandoned.
The first game at risk of falling victim to the shutdown is Army vs. Boston College. Boston College has been in contact with Army athletics in an attempt to find some sort of means of making the game happen, but so far to no avail.
The second game at risk of being cancelled has a little bit more riding on it. This Saturday, Navy and Air Force were set to play their annual rivalry game that has been a tradition between the two academies since 1972, with the rivalry itself dating back to 1960. The game is one in a series of games between the academies that determines the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which is an annual trophy given to the service academy with the best record against one another.
I know that you could very easily say, “So what? It’s just a trophy.” This is true, but the revenue those games pull in is very real. The Navy vs. Air Force game for Saturday has already sold out, presenting a couple of major problems!
It’s still not a definite yet that these games will be cancelled, but let’s just say that the chances of those games actually happening are looking like a resounding slim-to-none right now.
October 1st, 2013 by Rachel
What: The greatest view in all of Charm City
Where: The 27th Floor of 401 E. Pratt Street,Baltimore, MD 21202
I hope you aren’t afraid of heights, because this attraction is not for the faint of heart. You can have the opportunity to travel to the top of the “world,” or well, Baltimore, at least. With breathtaking views and gorgeous sights of all of B’More, including the Inner Harbor and the surrounding areas, Top of the World is certainly an enticing attraction for new comers to Baltimore and to city residents. This is your chance to see the city as you never have before. Tickets are just $5, and even for locals, these sights aren’t to be missed!
Visit the Top Of The World website for all ticketing information and special events at the observation deck.
September 30th, 2013 by Rachel
Where: 1745 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, Maryland
The National Electronics Museum is a fantastic way to travel through the history of electronics. The museum features many exhibits showcasing pieces from a broad span of time periods including, but not limited to, the history of early radar, Cold War electronics, WWII technologies and underwater electronics. The National Electronics Museum is the only way to get all the info you need on how electronics have advanced through the years.
Admission is only $ 1 for students!
For more info and a full list of exhibits, you can visit their website.
September 28th, 2013 by Justin Thomas
When: Saturday October 5th, 7:00PM
Next Saturday, the Loyola Women’s Soccer Team continues their Patriot League season by playing host to the Army Black Knights at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds will be coming off of a three game streak on the road. The game is in the heart of the conference schedule for the Hounds. The Hounds come back to Ridley looking for their first home win of the season, so fan support will be thoroughly appreciated. The game is free for students. Tickets range from $7 on down for non-students, so come on out and support the Greyhounds!
For more information on tickets, visit the Greyhounds website.
September 27th, 2013 by Justin Thomas
There are some moments in the world of sports that make us remember why we love them so much. Whether it’s Ripken breaking the record in Camden Yards in 1995 or just a parent sharing the love of a sport with their kids, we tend to fall in love with sports over and over again. Last night in the Bronx was certainly one of those moments that made us fall in love with the world of sports again. Read the rest of this entry »