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something's different now


It wasn't 1980 in Lake Placid or anything like that.

But it was historic nonetheless. Not because the U.S. beat Mexico, 1-0, to win the Gold Cup title last night. They've won the Gold Cup before, have the Americans.

It was the way they did it, with the team they did it with, that sparked some light memories of the U.S. beating the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics.

That Soviet Union team had far better "players" than did the United States. But the Americans figured out a way to pull off a shocking 4-3 win in the semifinals.

The Americans celebrate their 1-0 win over Mexico in Sunday night's Gold Cup final.

Last night's team from Mexico was fairly close to their "A" squad. A player or two were absent, yes, but for the most part the eleven guys on the field for them at the start of the game were their cream of the crop.

The U.S. starting eleven was a mixture of guys trying to earn the coach's trust and players who were once thought to be fixtures trying to play their way back into the coach's good graces. They even played their 3rd string goalkeeper throughout the Gold Cup and, well, he might not be 3rd string any longer.

The 1-0 final was indeed a shocker, but in the end the result was more than justified. The team with the better players finally broke down in the 117th minute, when Kellyn Acosta dumped a perfect set-piece pass to Miles Robinson, who nodded it in the goal for the game-winning tally.

The game, though, was far more about heart and grit than anything else. The U.S. were far from perfect, mind you. But they refused to quit and hung in there long enough for the Acosta-Robinson connection to settle things before it went to penalty kicks.

It's also fair to note we didn't see this kind of mentality from the U.S. in the latter stages of the Jurgen Klinsmann era. While his lineup selections have been questionable in his brief tenure, there's no question Gregg Berhalter has his players playing hard for him. There's something different about this edition of the U.S. National team. Something very different.

And this wasn't a fluke or a one-off thing, either. Earlier this summer, the U.S. beat Mexico in the final of the Nation's League tournament, with Christian Pulisic netting the game-winning tally in that one. This time, with Pulisic and the other starters from that game sitting out, we were left to trust newcomers like Matt Hoppe, Miles Robinson, Darryl Dike and Shaq Moore. And all four of them came through with big goals throughout the Gold Cup, including Robinson, who was stellar defensively throughout the competition and then scored the game-winner on Sunday night with three minutes remaining in overtime.

Newcomers, new coach, new style and.....new goalkeeper? Matt Turner got the nod in the Gold Cup, as Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath watched it all unfold like the rest of us. And Turner was nothing short of sensational throughout the tournament, including a complete blinder against Qatar in the semifinals and a remarkable first half against Mexico, where he turned aside several golden scoring opportunities for El Tri. The starting job for World Cup qualifying is probably unsettled at this point, but no one would blame Berhalter at all if he tabbed Turner as the starter on September 5 when the U.S. faces Canada. He was that good in the Gold Cup.

That the U.S. allowed just one goal in 570 minutes of Gold Cup action (and no goals in the actual run of play...) speaks volumes about both Turner and the defensive players Berhalter used throughout the competition. Moving forward, that's where the Americans need to build their World Cup qualifying foundation. Get super strong in the back and go from there. A goal or two at the right time is all the Americans will need at that point.

In late spring 2021, there were whispers about Berhalter's tenure. Some experts were concerned about his lineup choices. Others were worried about his flirtation with an odd defensive configuration in the Nation's League tournament. While he wasn't in any kind of formal "observation period", Berhalter was, in fact, under some early scrutiny as the new guy on the block. He effectively replaced two high-profile coaches when he was hired in December of 2018; the aforemtioned Klinsmann and Bruce Arena.

But that microscope has been put in a box and stored away in the closet.

Gregg Berhalter's audition is over, with flying colors, as is the audition for guys like Miles Robinson and Matt Turner. Others, like Hoppe, Sands, Vines, Moore and Roldan, also did more than enough to warrant consideration for future play, either in 2022 or 2026.

The future is getting brighter for U.S. soccer. A Gold Cup championship with what was barely their "B lineup" is just part of the story. It's the way they won and the manner in which players stepped up and came through when the spotlight was focused on them.

Something's different about U.S. soccer...

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consider this


Been watching a bit of the Olympics from Tokyo. Some thoughts…

I happened to see a bunch of the men’s golf tournament. It’s fortunate that NBC owns Golf Channel and that Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of the East Coast, meaning that there was both a vehicle and plenty of late-night/overnight open programming time to show the entire tournament.

Unfortunately, I don’t think that simply running a 72-hole stroke play tournament for both the men and women is particularly exciting. I understand that it’s probably the most honest way to award individual medals in the sport, but there has to be some other kind of competition within the competition, doesn’t there?

I’m sure that the final round of the tournament would have seemed more exciting in a normal world, where 50,000 spectators would have crowded the grounds to see if their hero Matsuyama could win a gold medal to add to his Masters title. Maybe that would have been enough to propel him to do so. But I just wonder how much of a future golf has in the Olympics in this format.

On the basketball court, I watched the taped broadcast of the United States men beating the Czech Republic by 35 points. Interestingly, the best player on the Czech team is a 37-year-old American from Illinois, but no matter. Nothing has really changed when it comes to USA Basketball in the Olympics.

The Czechs ran what I thought was an unbelievable offense. I’m a bit of a basketball junkie, and I wanted to rewind a few times and watch it again. They shot 50 percent for the game, and I was wholeheartedly impressed.

Meanwhile, the American team just plays basketball without a lot of thinking about it. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, because guys like Damien Lillard and Jayson Tatum are pretty good at doing that. Oh, and the U.S. team has Kevin Durant, who is the best player in the world. But I never thought for one second that the Americans are a fun team to watch.

And speaking of fun to watch, I caught a little bit of the women’s hammer throw the other night. I read once that the hammer throw is the most dangerous track and field event, because nobody really knows where that thing is going. Most high schools don’t even allow it for that reason. And I wouldn’t want to run into Polish thrower Anita Wlodarczyk in the street…


Caught up with a few Nationals fans at a family outing this weekend, and they were understandably taken aback by the sheer number of trades the team made before the July 31 deadline. Still, I don’t feel bad for them at all.

The Nats got to the World Series and won it. Five years earlier, the Orioles should have made it to the World Series (maybe against the Nationals?) and didn’t. We could have been them before it all went away, but we weren’t.

In case you missed it, Washington traded their starting catcher, Yan Gomes, as well as Josh Harrison, a guy who plays almost every position and had an .800 OPS in 90 games for the Nats this season. Those guys went to Oakland, who sent back three minor leaguers.

More noticeably, I suppose, Washington sent future Hall of Fame pitcher Max Scherzer and All-Star shortstop Trea Turner to the Dodgers and got four prospects in return. Before that, the Nats traded a couple key relievers, including closer Brad Hand, as well as former Cub and All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber, who had just signed as a free agent in Washington before the 2021 season.

I shouldn’t just pass over the Scherzer/Turner deal as if it were something normal. It’s rare for that much talent to get traded in one transaction, and even more rare that it gets traded to a team that already has so much talent. The Dodgers seem like the new “Evil Empire” to me.

I do understand if a lot of Nats fans are upset, at least from the competitive standpoint. The National League East in 2021 is one of those divisions where one good streak could easily get a team back in contention. The first place team, the Mets, are only 55-49, and I’m not sure Washington was any more worse off than Atlanta and Philadelphia, each hanging around .500.

But general manager Mike Rizzo had seen enough, and last week was finally the time to break it up for good. As he said in a press conference after all the trades, “the good thing about this group is that we got everything out of them that we could have, and we reached the highest levels.”

It’s hard for a fan to put himself or herself in the shoes of Mike Rizzo, but he clearly made the right move here. As for whether any of those 12 prospects work out, we also think a bit about that here in Baltimore…


I’m tired of the whole thing. I’m tired of Lamar Jackson being out and Ryan Tannehill telling us that he got the jab only because they made him do it. I’m tired of the immunocompromised Ron Rivera having to deal with players that clearly don’t care and the annoyed Mike Zimmer having to be the voice of reason.

I’m tired of hearing that it’s a “personal decision” for all these guys, because that’s missing the forest for the trees. The more important thing to talk about is why these guys are making this personal decision.

They’re doing it for one of three reasons. All of them are understandable, I guess, but that doesn’t make them any better.

The first is selfishness, not always a terrible emotion I guess. It’s important to look after yourself, to put your own well-being as high up the list as you can get it. In this case, however, it’s the worst kind of selfishness. Their decision is both the wrong one for their own well-being and the wrong one for the other 52 guys they play with every week. One simple thing could have made those things go away, yet they refused to be convinced.

The second is, quite frankly, misinformation. NFL players read Facebook too, and a lot of what they’re getting is incomplete at best and dangerous at worst. I’m not singling these players out from lots of other Americans, and I’m not making light of their attention to posts from their friends. I’m just saying that it’s the wrong vehicle to look toward to make the right decision, about anything.

Finally, the players are getting miseducated. That’s different than misinformation, which is often done intentionally and in bad faith. This isn’t new to this particular situation, since it’s been a long time now that a subset of the population has taken to the airwaves to question the efficacy and safety of important vaccines.

Here’s what I’m saying: this isn’t about the CDC, or any other part of the Federal government. It’s not really about the NFL, or any other large and important organization. It’s not about freedom of choice, which no player has lost before and no player will lose in the future.

It’s about the fact that a “personal decision” isn’t a good enough reason. That decision has to be made based on something legitimate and real, and the only decision that can be made from that is not the one they are making.

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gold cup final recap


The US men met Mexico for a regional championship for the second time this summer on Sunday night in the Gold Cup final. It was another high intensity matchup with both teams leaving it all on the field. While Mexico dominated the possession, this young USA “B” team managed to thwart them all night and find a late game winner in overtime to solidify the US as the top team in the region.

Both teams came out of the gate pressing high up the field and playing at a high energy level. Mexico had a great chance about ten minutes in, that was stopped by a diving save from Matt Turner. Midway through the first half the US created one of their best chances when Sebastian Lletget stripped a Mexican defender just outside the box and played Paul Arriola in on the goalie, but Arriola’s shot was just wide and glanced off the post.

American goalkeeper Matt Turner made significant strides in earning the starting nod in upcoming World Cup qualifying games with his performance in the Gold Cup.

Turner came up with another big save later in the half on a shot from Mexican striker Rogelio Funes Mori. The US followed that with a near goal from a Matthew Hoppe header off a corner.

Mexico continued to apply the pressure in the opening of the second half, generating a multitude of dangerous crosses and winning a large amount of corner kicks. However the US stood tall defending the crosses, limiting the number of truly dangerous chances. They came up with another dangerous chance of their own from a free kick that was knocked down for Paul Arriola, but the Mexican keeper made a lunging save to get his body on the ball. Zardes had another clear chance after being played in by a nice pass from Matthew Hoppe, but the striker put his shot wide of the goal.

The game got stretched with plenty of back and forth action towards the end of the second half with both keepers making comfortable saves. Regulation time finished scoreless, sending the game to two 15 minute overtime periods.

Mexico continued to earn corners in the overtime but couldn’t capitalize on the chances. Finally the US found the deciding goal just a few minutes before the game would have gone to penalty kicks. A good counter attack sequence forced Mexico into a tactical foul on their end of the field. Kellyn Acosta struck a perfect free kick into the box and Miles Robinson beat his man and headed past the keeper. The celebration was on once again. The US was able to hold out the last few minutes and secure a 1-0 win to take home the second regional championship of the summer.

The US was led on Sunday night by the same group that has stepped up throughout this tournament.

Aside from the goal, Miles Robinson was immense in this game and throughout the Gold Cup. He consistently skied to win headers and turned away Mexican attackers all night long. The goal was the cherry on the top of a performance that deserved a Player of the Tournament award. In a crowded center back depth chart, he has made a great case to be one of the starters.

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Turner, and Matthew Hoppe all stepped up big tonight as well. Acosta was everywhere in midfield winning balls and breaking up plays. In addition, he passed the ball well, distributing from the middle of the field. He had one very nice pass that set up a good chance on a counter attack and delivered several dangerous free kicks.

Turner was a wall once again, coming up with an outstanding save early in the game and making several other comfortable saves throughout. Hoppe was relentlessly pressing for most of the game and providing some creative flair in attack. He nearly got his own goal but was denied by a sliding stop from a Mexican defender.

This was a momentous win for the US considering the circumstances. It was assumed before this tournament started that just getting to the final of this cup would be an accomplishment. With most of the US stars away getting started with their clubs in Europe, this young, untested group showed their resilience as well as the depth in the current US player pool. For Mexico this is nothing short of a disaster, and could very well mean the end of the line for coach Tata Martino, on the eve of World Cup qualifying.

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august is...underrated -- day 2


Most of what you read here at #DMD, at least when it comes from me, is an original thought or idea.

Throughout August, though, I'll be running with something that reader Keith Merrill gave to me.

"Underrated August" is what he called it, so I'll call it that as well.

"Drew," he wrote to me on Wednesday, July 28, "I always loved your overrated and underrated segments on the radio and I enjoy when you still do that kind of feature at the Morning Dish. I'm wondering if you'd consider a daily "This is Underrated" segment in August? It doesn't have to be crazy long. Maybe just one thing you consider "underrated" every day in August? It has to be better than writing about the Orioles!"

Keith added some other stuff in his e-mail which I won't bore you with, but the concept is solid. For the next 31 days, Keith's looking for me to bring up something that's underrated and write about it here. I'm in. I love the idea.

Now, I just have to come up with 31 things that are underrated.


I'll tell you something that's definitely underrated. You might already know this yourself.

Anything "turkey" is supremely underrated.

Just plain old turkey. Very, very underrated. I'm talking the turkey you have at Thanksgiving.

Then there's leftover turkey. Also extraordinarily good.

Turkey bacon. Excellent.

Turkey sausage. Even better.

Turkey pot pie is vastly underappreciated by most people. Shame on you if you don't like it.

Any turkey...on anything. Hot turkey with mashed potatoes. Turkey club. If it has turkey, it's perfect.

My go-to turkey sandwich includes a little bit of lettuce, a swipe of mustard, and several dill pickle slices. Unbeatable combination.

Turkey is really, really good.

And very underrated.



#dmd comments








Ray S.     August 03
Looks like unvaccinated people are going to become personally liable for hospital bills for Covid treatents in hospitals whether they have insurance or not. Probably a good time to put your house in your wife's name.

George     August 02
Have turkey necks as bait in two crab traps on the Pongo River down east in North Carolina. The locals swear by them and scoff at chicken necks, which are standard on the Bay. Will report on the turkey neck efficacy after harvest tomorrow morning. The wife opines that Carolina crabs are taste challenged. One of the great meals on the days after Thanksgiving is a turkey sandwich on cheap white bread with plenty of mayo and salt.

JohnInEssex     August 02
Turkey is indeed underrated! Why is it not served more often?



One of the BEST meals I ever had was turkey and all the fixins, on July 4, in OCMD!

Ed.     August 02
Regarding turkey, I have come to absolutely love turkey dogs as much as any other hot dog I’ve ever had. Turkey dogs are underrated.

Bo     August 02
Thank you David Rosenfeld. Thanks for being a stand up man. Thanks to Drew for giving you space here each week.

David Rosenfeld     August 02
This is David, not George. Not that it's insulting to be called George at all...

I never said that rooting against the USWNT makes one a bigot, hater, and/or homophobe. I said that the utter contempt for them (as opposed to disagreeing with some of their views) is unfortunate.

Oh, and by the way, they earned their world travel, celebrity and endorsements.

I am not angry, and I don't expect everyone to agree with me. My opinion is that they still wear the national colors with pride, just not with the right pride I guess...

Phil     August 02
George... so you seem to be of the opinion that anyone rooting against the USWNT is what?.. A hater? bigot? homophobe? all of the above? Not sure how else to construe your last thinly veiled insult. It's simple for me...it is their world view. They have shown themselves to be spoiled, pompous, arrogant and insulting to the people and the country that has given them all so much. World travel, celebrity, endorsement opportunities and much more. I think a few short years ago they were definitely one of the country's favorite teams. Everyone loved them, cheered them and took great pride in them. They wore the national colors with pride, it showed in their play... the citizens embraced them. It seemed mutual, until we were jarringly told it wasn't. Their country sucked in their eyes, we were full of hate and bigotry and oppression. Well to me, that qualifies as a world view and one I vehemently disagree with and will proudly root against.

David Rosenfeld     August 02
At the risk of alienating a few readers, here's a thought:

None of the attacks against the USWNT reveal anything about its character. They do, however, reveal a lot about the character of the people attacking them.

It's one thing to say "stop kneeling." It's another thing to have such incredible contempt for them, to refer to them as "vile" and "garbage."

In doing so, you show a disdain for Americans that far surpasses anything they might have done.

They lost a game, which I suppose makes some of you happy. That's fine. But please don't pretend like it's their worldview that's the real problem.

Delray RICK     August 02
Thank you NATHAN for that wonderful comment bout USWNT. There are a lot on this site that are happy also.

Delray RICK     August 02
AUGUST IS WONDERFUL..SARATOGA

Jason M     August 02
One more on the great, under rated Turkey -Beer Can turkey on a giant Fosters can! Unbelievable!

MFC     August 02
Delray more upset by someone kneeling than Jan 6, unbelievable. Way to cheer for the USA.

TimD in Timonium     August 02
Turkey is vastly underrated. Sure, there's turkey sandwiches and turkey burgers, but why do we eat a large roast turkey with stuffing, veggies, gravy, and mashed potatoes ONCE a year? That's a shame.

D     August 02
Next USMNT game is 9/2 versus El Salvador not 9/5 against Canada.




Chris     August 02
Totally agree about turkey!!!!!! Very under rated!!!!!!

J.C.     August 02
You stole my headline DF! While watching the final minutes of the game last night I thought about the U.S. hockey win in 1980 and how it was similar. Good work!

Delray RICK     August 02
Congrats TO USWNT!!

James     August 02
Thank you to Drew or who ever it was that removed the offensive post from "Ben". Calling un-vaccinated readers "loonies" is out of line completely and has no place here.

Delray Rick     August 01
MFC....Because we have nothing. You don't give your 2-3 for PROSPECT'S.

MFC     August 01
In swimming if they tie with the same time there's no swim-off. I believe both would win the medal. Same in track. I don't know why all of the players weren't awarded the bronze.



Give Elias credit, if he wasn't getting a good return he wasn't trading.



Just get vaccinated and most of the problem would go away.

Jeffrey “Fireball” Roberts     August 01
Every morning I come here and expect DMD readers to respect another persons opinion.

unitastoberry     August 01
I tuned into about 3 min of last nights Ravens stadium no contact practice. I must have picked a good time. McSorley threaded the needle to Bateman outide the hash at the pylon beating Humphrey in a 40yr dash. That was impressive. They could make it interesting and wear flags but I guess the cartel known as the NFL would scoff at that. Also welcome to Baltimore Justin Houston....EDC and Ozzie never sleep. Looks like the final piece is in place.

kevin     August 01
Love people who just say "Trade player X" as if that's the only part of the equation. Like the clown on FM station "they needed to trade their bullpen arms". Unless you get someone worth as much as the traded player, either in present value or future value, why do it? Not to mention, YOU can't just decide you are trading a player, another team has to be willing to give up something of value for them. Armchair GM's are a hoot

Hal     August 01
I have to laugh at Eric in G'burg. Another sucker the O's have hooked.

"The O's expect to contend in '23". What a farce! And people like Eric believe it.

I expected to bed Jennifer Aniston back in 1998 when I worked at a fancy restaurant in Marina del Rey and she'd come in two or three times a week for a quiet lunch. Guess what? It never happened even though I expected it would.

People like Eric crack me up.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 01
TC- Os expect to contend in 23. But i still wouldve traded Mancini 24

TC     August 01
To say the Orioles routinely put 15,000 in the stands overstates their average attendance by 50%.



I don't get them. the AL east is daunting, yet you keep Mancini, Means and Mullins when you're not going to contend until 2025 at the earliest? Mancini will be 33. You trade players in a rebuild when their value is at its highest, not when it works for sentiment.

Ben S.     July 31
If 60,000 “basic healthy bodies” get Covid and the survival rate you cite is 99.99%, that means 59,994 will survive and six will die. Like so many other things about this pandemic, it’s painfully elementary. To most people. Say how you believe your survival rate applied to a specific number yields an incorrect result.

Brian M.     July 31
Ravens have my money so let's hear it.

Garry M     July 31
Obviously Ben never learned how to argue properly. Proving a point never goes from the specific to the general. This is where our leaders have taken us. Because people fall for it!

A serious scientific/logical mind never falls for the "you could be the one(or your example 6) who goes out in a body bag." That number (even though it's incorrect) isn't meaningful. If you are completely in on that kind of thinking, the counters and deseminators of information can scare you. Life is full of risk. If you focus on the dangerous outcomes (however rare), you will be scared to drive, bicycle or walk down McCullough street at night.

My neice is smart. Good common sense. And she has put her fingers in some dangerous things. She was recruited to Mayo. Had no intention of leaving town. Sacrificed a lot to do real work(and what she does scares all of us). Prestige? Not concerned. Money? They pay well. Top notch work place? Yes. Inquisitive kid. She's in a perfect place for her.

And you use very faulty logic trying to sound smart. And since we still have pandemic warnings, it can be concluded that what we did didn't work.



Let's say Hillary had won in '16. And 3 million had died under her watch. She would have run on "I saved 330 million lives". Of course that is counterfactual history, but historians do this all the time. And with the media the way it is, she would have been praised by the media for saving all those lives. If you are skeptical of that "what if", you haven't been paying attention.



And just to correct you. I said there are 1000's of things in your nasal cavity. It isn't percentages, it's your body eliminating them. A really good system of filters and fighters of nasty things.

Ben S.     July 31
#Kevin My cousin, a physician, also works at the Mayo Clinic, and he too has that typical overinflated sense of self worth and that unearned arrogance that comes from working at a place with a great reputation earned by others.



1. No human comes down with every disease whose germ is found in his nose. It’s a matter of percentages.



2. Meaningless sentence.



3. An excellent bit of pigeon-holing and arrogant dismissal of large groups of her fellow physicians. FWIW, I wouldn’t let my MC cousin near me or my family except in the direst medical emergency.



4. and 5. It’s a matter of percentages. A mask is better than no mask. Six feet is better than five, and much better than four or three. Did your niece fail her medical statistics class?”



6. Would you go in a store where all the employees are vaccinated and masked, or one where they aren’t?



I wish all you non-vaxxers would wear red hats so I can avoid you. The hospitals are filled with you idiots. This latest wave is called the Pandemic of the Unvaccinated. There are hundreds of stories of unvaccinated sick people now strongly urging their fellow jerks to get the shots.



And here’s what your last stat means: if you go into a hypothetical stadium with 59,999 other basic healthy bodies, and the survival rate is the same for what you say it is for Covid, six of you will come out in body bags. It PROBABLY won't be you. But it COULD be. WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?


lj     July 31
IF accurate, the posts from Garry M and CFB are quite interesting. Lamar testing "positive" is head scratcher, Rahm even more so.

Wait, when was the last time Ravens "packed in 70,000"???

DMD has been notorious for opining about "why can't Ravens sell out any more" and snarky "look at all those empty seats" comments, all the sudden we think that is not a thing any more?




Tom J     July 31
Well if the Ravens capacity hinges on that buffoon running the city, you may as well prepare yourself not to be there. Like Drew said, you can "feel" it coming. Based on his actions last year, forget about it. Not sure it get the mask thing. If I'm vaccinated, why do I need to wear a mask? Shouldn't the unvaccinated one be charged with that? I mean, I did my part in what was asked. But just like everything else, the people that do what needs to be done are asked to also cover for the ones that don't do what needs to be done.......

Chris in Bel Air     July 31
...and the discussion about the virus is NOT as cut and dry as many make it out to be.

Chris in Bel Air     July 31
Agree with the comments below. Do Lamar and Rahm have symptoms and are actually ill? Do they have enough viral load to spread the virus to someone else? I'm not convinced about the testing or our definition of what a "positive test" means and what that means in the ability to infect others. The different policies regarding testing is also a head scratcher (among many others). My sister in law is a nurse downtown. I asked her if they test the her regularly. She said no. The only time tests come in to play is if they show symptoms. Else, they head on in to work. So here is a front line worker not tested regularly at all but a golfer and pro football player are tested regularly regardless if they have symptoms because...? What does their positive test really mean? I don't expect an answer because I don't think any of us really know and the discussion about the virus is as cut and dry as many make it out to be.

M&T *might* have 70K in week 1 but there is no way it will remain at full capacity for the entire season.

Garry M     July 31
My neice, a doctor of virology that now works for a Minnesota based health system named for two brothers who's last name is a condiment.



She was home last weekend for a family function. Instead of being asked by every family member, she decided to "brief" us in one ten minute presentation.

1. There are 1000's of things in your nasal cavity at any time. Once, when she was doing her lab work in Medical school, she detected Bubonic plague in a sample. The source did not suffer from Bubonic Plague. The eco-system ingrained in us by our creator filters out these toxins 24 hours/day.

2. If you design a test to find a specific thing, you'll find it.

3. CDC doesn't have the best and brightest. Super talented new grads are snapped up by private industry. Those that show talent at CDC are recruited. Old holdovers who've worked there for decades are "dregs" and are not well regarded.

4. Masks do not work unless they are on 100% correctly and are of surgical quality. And must be changed by sterile hands in a sterile environment. The virus is so small it can fly right through any mask that you can breathe normally.

5.Six foot distance is made up. Nothing scientific about it.

6."We are likely to do the same exact things that didn't work in 2020".



99.99% survival rate for those that have a "basic" healthy body.


kevin     July 31
That DeGrom guy, what a quitter.....pitch thru the pain you weakling!

Bryan     July 31
Pratt and Ricky, Agree 100% with both of your comments. I am so sick of this hysteria over a virus with over a 99% survival rate. I tested positive last December and never got sick at all. I think the tests are bogus. We are led by a bunch of power hungry morons at the federal, state and local levels. They will have to force me to take the so called vaccine, I figure if the test I had was legit and not bogus then I have natural immunity, if not I'll take my chances. I believe almost nothing Fauci or the CDC says.

Ricky     July 31
I asked my doctor the other day how long he thought this COVID pandemic was going to last. He said that he didn't know, he is a doctor not a politician.

Seriously though; This whole masking and possible new shut-down thing seems to be totally political at this point. It was initially done early last year when COVID was a new virus. We didn't have much research and didn't know who was most vulnerable or how to treat it properly. We now know better who is the most vulnerable, how to best treat COVID, and even have vaccines (however effective). Going back to masking and shutdowns (that didn't work in the first place) is nothing but Fear Porn and Political Theater at this point.

With that being said, with the way all of this seems to be turning, I don't see how the NFL much less places like Baltimore will be playing with any fans in the stands, much less full houses.

Also, for all of you that still believe that these masks do anything to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID, please take the time to read the Warning on the side of the mask box. The box of masks I'm holding in my hand right now states, and I quote: "This product is an ear loop mask. This product is NOT a respirator and will not provide any protection against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or other viruses or contaminants."

Ian     July 31
Df, You were way too easy on Mike Elias and the "daunting comment." He should have said: "The AL East may be tough, but there's tough teams in every division. We can't continue to use that as an excuse." The fact is that Tampa Bay is in contention almost every year with no payroll and no fans and without ever making excuses.

Pratt     July 31
I have to wonder if Lamar Jackson's 'positive' test was just another victim of the PCR game. If he was ill back in Nov he may still have fragments in his body. That would be a shame if we are still playing this game, even today, with asymptomatic people. As far as masks. It is 100% they are coming back and will have little to no impact again. Look at last summer and this summer. Funny how the curves look the same. When masks come back in MD next week (just a guess and I hope to H.E.double hockey sticks I am wrong) they will be here until at least summer 2022. Thank God 2022 is an election year. Just hope they don't continue to punish kids again this year buy shutting down school and sports.

unitastoberry     July 31
My take on the NFL get tough on Covid policy is they should have announced it months ago so many guys on the fence could get the stick.Not 2 weeks before what they call training camp now. As a former pro GM your take on Elias is spot on. If Hunter Harveys light bulb just came on that's a big step forward.

Delray RICK     July 31
I wonder if the front office knows DEM O'S are out-a-here in couple years...BECAUSE NO WAY WE CAN SUPPORT THEM!! TENNESSEE here we come. 15,000 a game ain't going to make. BY BY BILES.

Larry     July 30
Kevin, I notice you didn't answer the question asked of you. How convenient.

kevin     July 30
@Larry/RC You sound like the anonymous twits on twitter (see what I did there?). Please give us your full name so we can verify what sport you played at an elite level.

And no, I did not play one either, which is why I won't be a simpleton and sit on my couch and call Biles a quitter. Lazy take, be better - if you can.

Delray RICK     July 30
SHE quit. Let LEE take over.

MFC     July 30
Why can't you look at this like an injury. Did Markaikis quit on the O's when he had that wrist injury late in the season? Of course not he was injured. Did DeChambeau or Rahm quit on their team, of course not they were diagnosed with an illness. Instead of a physical injury she was unable to perform due to a mental injury. Those girls fly through the air many time launching from pretty hard wood. One misstep and you could lose more than gold.

I just don't get the fact people can't equate mental issues with an injury.

She didn't run from the public. She did her interviews. She was in the stands supporting her team. She didn't run and hide. She and her handlers could easily said she tested positive for Covid and we wouldn't have heard a peep. They didn't. They faced the music.

Give it a rest.

Larry     July 30
Have to agree with RC on this one. If Biles didn't "quit" then exactly did she do?

RC     July 30
@Snowflake Kevin,



If Biles didn't quit, what do you call what she did?

D     July 30
Win in PK’s. Great job ladies. Well done.

kevin     July 30
Untrue that the NFL "can't come out and mandate" vaccination, they certainly "can", like any other work place. But they chose not to. Personal freedom entails being free to work or not work, for any employer who will have you. NFL players are not owed a job simply cause they have talent.

Random acts of kindness in sports, from the guy who called Simone Biles a quitter?

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golden (teaching) moments


Wow. Thank you so much Xander Schauffele.

You have no idea what you just did for me and other high school golf coaches. Well done, sir.

Schauffele won the Olympic golf gold medal early this morning with a final score of 18 under par, nipping hard-charging Rory Sabbatini by one shot in Tokyo. But it wasn't that Schauffele won, but how he did it that will help me and other golf coaches.

One quick side note: This could be the breakthrough victory Schauffele needs to begin his climb to #1 in the world. It's not a major championship, obviously, but it major-lite. It's as close to the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA or British Open as you can get in terms of significance. Sure, the field wasn't A-1, but there were enough great players in there to be satisfied, that's for sure. And Schauffele hasn't won on TOUR since January of 2019. His gold-medal triumph was very much needed. I expect huge things from him in 2022.

But back to why I'm thankful for Schauffele...

Junior golfers being what they are and all, less-than-perfect shots -- particularly bad tee balls -- are often met with varying degrees of acceptance. If you're lucky, the young player knows how to handle it and proceeds accordingly. But more times than not, a bad tee shot is met with the lowering of the head, a swipe at the ground with the driver, one or two kicks at the grass with the right foot, and, in general, a 3-4 second fit of part-disappointment, part-disbelief.

"You can make par from there," I'll say. My student-athletes at Calvert Hall probably hate that phrase by the time their time expires at Calvert Hall. You could hit the ball into the Inner Harbor and I'd say, "You can make par from there."

But there's a reason behind saying it. For starters -- and most importantly -- it's true. Every off-line shot (unless it goes out of bounds, obviously) can still be negotiated, somehow, and turned into a par. Hit it behind a tree? Chip it out, knock it on, and make the par putt. Fairway bunker? Get the ball out and as far up the fairway as you can and then trust your wedge game to get you a short-range par putt. Even if you top your tee-ball and top your second shot, you're still only 130 yards out. And even if you skank that one up to 35 feet, one great putt that dives in the hole for par changes your entire last 15 minutes. So, in 95% of the instances, you can still make par after a bad tee shot.

Making a par "out of nowhere" also has symbolic advantages as well. Your opponent can tolerate one, maybe two, of those before he or she starts to shake their head in disbelief at your ability to make a par. There's probably nothing worse in tournament golf than you hitting a great drive, a nice iron, and leaving yourself with 15 feet below the hole -- where you calmly two-putt for a routine par -- but having to watch your playing opponent blow his drive way right into the trees, chip out to 94 yards, buzz that sand-wedge into 8-feet and then make the ensuing par putt. Same score. On to the next hole.

"You can make a par from there" is a subset of my favorite coaching axiom: "Stay in it."

I can't tell you how many times I've watched a junior golfer (or adult golfer, too) hit a bad drive and then go through their 20-second "woe is me" outbreak on the tee.

"Would you please stop whining and crying and acting like a maniac and just go make a par?" I'll say to my players after they're finished with their faux-outrage-routine. "Just stay in it. Play smart. Make a putt."

Schauffele was a perfect example of "Stay in it" in the final round of the Olympics. I loved seeing it.

Junior golfers watch a lot of golf on TV. I'm not sure I subscribe to the notion that they can watch "too much" golf on TV, but I do think they watch it and see only the things they want to see. Namely, birdies. They see Koepka or DJ or Justin Thomas make 7 birdies in a round and they believe the whole game is about birdies, birdies, birdies. The game, they often forget, is about your score. Birdies help, but there are lots of ways to compile your score at round's end. Making pars is one of those ways.

Xander Schauffele won the gold medal this morning by making a par. Not a birdie. A par. And it wasn't, by any means, a standard version of par on the par-4 closing hole in Tokyo.

With a one-shot lead over Sabbatini, "X" hit his drive off line to the right. With only the narrowest of windows to the green, Schauffele decided to do what Phil Mickelson should have done at Winged Foot in 2006. He played smartly. Schauffele chipped out to the fairway and left himself with 100 yards.

All he needed was to get the ball up-and-down from there to win the gold medal. "Treat this like a par-3," I'll often tell my juniors when they're faced with a shot of 100 or 80 or 60 yards.

"If this was a tee box and it was a par-3 hole and you had 77 yards from tee-to-green, you'd expect to knock this tight every time, right?" I'll say to them. "Well, think of it as a par-3, knock this close, and make the birdie."

Schauffele hit his sand-wedge to 30 inches, or roughly the same length putt Scott Hoch had to win the 1989 Masters. Sure, Hoch's putt was a little more slippery and had far more break and nuance to it than did Schauffele's standard two-and-a-half footer, but it was 30 inches for the gold medal. Anything could happen.

And the San Diego resident calmly rolled it in for the winning par.

An up-and-down for the ages.

Bad tee ball into the right trees. Laid up into the fairway. Wedged tight from there. And.....a par.

A coach's dream.

He didn't try anything heroic. He didn't try and hammer a low 4-iron just to the front of the green for a 10-yard flop shot.

And he didn't put 6 or 7 into play when 4 wins and 5 ties. Schauffele decided, right then and there, that he was either winning the tournament outright with a par or taking his chances in a 2-man playoff.

Smart golf almost always beats heroic golf. If you bump into Phil Mickelson, ask him about that.

Schauffele made par to win the gold medal.

And so, now I can add a second sentence to my coaching mantra.

"You can make par from there," I'll say next spring when one of my players hits it in the left trees at the 1st hole at Country Club of Maryland. "Just like Schauffele did at the Olympics last summer on the 72nd hole."

Thank you, Xander. Now go get that green jacket next April and give me another story to tell the team.


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august is...underrated


Most of what you read here at #DMD, at least when it comes from me, is an original thought or idea.

Throughout August, though, I'll be running with something that reader Keith Merrill gave to me.

"Underrated August" is what he called it, so I'll call it that as well.

"Drew," he wrote to me on Wednesday, July 28, "I always loved your overrated and underrated segments on the radio and I enjoy when you still do that kind of feature at the Morning Dish. I'm wondering if you'd consider a daily "This is Underrated" segment in August? It doesn't have to be crazy long. Maybe just one thing you consider "underrated" every day in August? It has to be better than writing about the Orioles!"

Keith added some other stuff in his e-mail which I won't bore you with, but the concept is solid. For the next 31 days, Keith's looking for me to bring up something that's underrated and write about it here. I'm in. I love the idea.

Now, I just have to come up with 31 things that are underrated.


You know what's underrated?

The month of August is underrated.

I remember back in high school sorta-kinda dreading the month of August. It always marked the end of the summer and reminded me that a return to classes was just over the horizon. The first couple of weeks of August weren't awful, but once you got to the 15th or so and your mom said, "You need to get a haircut before school starts", you knew your summer freedom was coming to an end.

But now? I love August.

In fact, in terms of warm-weather months, I'd say the month of August is my favorite. Some of that is because I like the fall season in Maryland. By far, my favorite three months of the year -- combined -- are September, October and November. Yes, yes, yes -- I like those three months because they represent "perfect" golf conditions. It's true.

So, I know when August rolls around that fall isn't far behind.

On a personal note, August is underrated because both of my children were both in August. I tend to ignore my own birthday now. I'm trying to turn back time, not advance it. But my kids absolutely love their birthdays and the celebration that's attached. Birthdays are underrated, too. You've made it through another year.

August is also underrated to me because my two favorite golf tournaments outside of Baltimore are played on consecutive weekends every August. There's the Washington County Open at Beaver Creek CC in Hagerstown, which is annually held on the second weekend of every August. The tournament started in the mid 1980's and has rolled on uninterrupted since then. I was fortunate enough to win the event in 2000.

And since my wife and her family all hail from Hagerstown, the annual visit to Beaver Creek for the WACO (that's what the locals call the Washington County Open -- "Way-coe") also gives us the opportunity to set up camp there and spend the weekend visiting her family.

Beaver Creek CC is a very underrated course, speaking of underrated. The layout is really good. The greens are small'ish in nature and your short game better be in tip top shape or you can't score. I remember one year not all that long where I hit 7 greens the first day and shot 73 and then hit 11 greens the second day and shot 75. One day my short game was on, the next it wasn't. And my score was worse on the day I hit more greens in regulation! Such is life at Beaver Creek CC. The guy who chips and putts the best usually wins.

The following week after Beaver Creek, it's the Western Maryland Amateur at Oakland Golf Club in Oakland, MD. By far, the Western Maryland Amateur is my favorite golf tournament of the year. It helps that I go out to Deep Creek with Dale Williams and some other golf-crazy friends for four days, but the course is outstanding and the tournament features a highly-competive field for both "regular" players and "seniors" as well. If the golf gods swooped in one day and said, "You can only play one golf tournament this year", I'd choose the Western Maryland Amateur.

You know what else is underrated about Deep Creek? Seeing a bear. I saw one last year in the front yard of the house we were staying in. It was one o'clock in the morning. I'd never seen a bear live, but you know they're around. And finally, I saw one. Very underrated.

August is very underrated. It used to be that NFL training camp started in August, but now it's late July. August also represents a great month to swim in the ocean. The water is almost at its warmest temperature of the year. I saw something recently that said the water in Ocean City is the warmest it will be from September 17 to October 7. But August water is still warm "downy ocean, hon".

August is a great month. It seems like it gets lost in the summer haze of June and July, but I'll put August up against any month. It's very underrated.

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Ray S.     August 03
Looks like unvaccinated people are going to become personally liable for hospital bills for Covid treatents in hospitals whether they have insurance or not. Probably a good time to put your house in your wife's name.

George     August 02
Have turkey necks as bait in two crab traps on the Pongo River down east in North Carolina. The locals swear by them and scoff at chicken necks, which are standard on the Bay. Will report on the turkey neck efficacy after harvest tomorrow morning. The wife opines that Carolina crabs are taste challenged. One of the great meals on the days after Thanksgiving is a turkey sandwich on cheap white bread with plenty of mayo and salt.

JohnInEssex     August 02
Turkey is indeed underrated! Why is it not served more often?



One of the BEST meals I ever had was turkey and all the fixins, on July 4, in OCMD!

Ed.     August 02
Regarding turkey, I have come to absolutely love turkey dogs as much as any other hot dog I’ve ever had. Turkey dogs are underrated.

Bo     August 02
Thank you David Rosenfeld. Thanks for being a stand up man. Thanks to Drew for giving you space here each week.

David Rosenfeld     August 02
This is David, not George. Not that it's insulting to be called George at all...

I never said that rooting against the USWNT makes one a bigot, hater, and/or homophobe. I said that the utter contempt for them (as opposed to disagreeing with some of their views) is unfortunate.

Oh, and by the way, they earned their world travel, celebrity and endorsements.

I am not angry, and I don't expect everyone to agree with me. My opinion is that they still wear the national colors with pride, just not with the right pride I guess...

Phil     August 02
George... so you seem to be of the opinion that anyone rooting against the USWNT is what?.. A hater? bigot? homophobe? all of the above? Not sure how else to construe your last thinly veiled insult. It's simple for me...it is their world view. They have shown themselves to be spoiled, pompous, arrogant and insulting to the people and the country that has given them all so much. World travel, celebrity, endorsement opportunities and much more. I think a few short years ago they were definitely one of the country's favorite teams. Everyone loved them, cheered them and took great pride in them. They wore the national colors with pride, it showed in their play... the citizens embraced them. It seemed mutual, until we were jarringly told it wasn't. Their country sucked in their eyes, we were full of hate and bigotry and oppression. Well to me, that qualifies as a world view and one I vehemently disagree with and will proudly root against.

David Rosenfeld     August 02
At the risk of alienating a few readers, here's a thought:

None of the attacks against the USWNT reveal anything about its character. They do, however, reveal a lot about the character of the people attacking them.

It's one thing to say "stop kneeling." It's another thing to have such incredible contempt for them, to refer to them as "vile" and "garbage."

In doing so, you show a disdain for Americans that far surpasses anything they might have done.

They lost a game, which I suppose makes some of you happy. That's fine. But please don't pretend like it's their worldview that's the real problem.

Delray RICK     August 02
Thank you NATHAN for that wonderful comment bout USWNT. There are a lot on this site that are happy also.

Delray RICK     August 02
AUGUST IS WONDERFUL..SARATOGA

Jason M     August 02
One more on the great, under rated Turkey -Beer Can turkey on a giant Fosters can! Unbelievable!

MFC     August 02
Delray more upset by someone kneeling than Jan 6, unbelievable. Way to cheer for the USA.

TimD in Timonium     August 02
Turkey is vastly underrated. Sure, there's turkey sandwiches and turkey burgers, but why do we eat a large roast turkey with stuffing, veggies, gravy, and mashed potatoes ONCE a year? That's a shame.

D     August 02
Next USMNT game is 9/2 versus El Salvador not 9/5 against Canada.




Chris     August 02
Totally agree about turkey!!!!!! Very under rated!!!!!!

J.C.     August 02
You stole my headline DF! While watching the final minutes of the game last night I thought about the U.S. hockey win in 1980 and how it was similar. Good work!

Delray RICK     August 02
Congrats TO USWNT!!

James     August 02
Thank you to Drew or who ever it was that removed the offensive post from "Ben". Calling un-vaccinated readers "loonies" is out of line completely and has no place here.

Delray Rick     August 01
MFC....Because we have nothing. You don't give your 2-3 for PROSPECT'S.

MFC     August 01
In swimming if they tie with the same time there's no swim-off. I believe both would win the medal. Same in track. I don't know why all of the players weren't awarded the bronze.



Give Elias credit, if he wasn't getting a good return he wasn't trading.



Just get vaccinated and most of the problem would go away.

Jeffrey “Fireball” Roberts     August 01
Every morning I come here and expect DMD readers to respect another persons opinion.

unitastoberry     August 01
I tuned into about 3 min of last nights Ravens stadium no contact practice. I must have picked a good time. McSorley threaded the needle to Bateman outide the hash at the pylon beating Humphrey in a 40yr dash. That was impressive. They could make it interesting and wear flags but I guess the cartel known as the NFL would scoff at that. Also welcome to Baltimore Justin Houston....EDC and Ozzie never sleep. Looks like the final piece is in place.

kevin     August 01
Love people who just say "Trade player X" as if that's the only part of the equation. Like the clown on FM station "they needed to trade their bullpen arms". Unless you get someone worth as much as the traded player, either in present value or future value, why do it? Not to mention, YOU can't just decide you are trading a player, another team has to be willing to give up something of value for them. Armchair GM's are a hoot

Hal     August 01
I have to laugh at Eric in G'burg. Another sucker the O's have hooked.

"The O's expect to contend in '23". What a farce! And people like Eric believe it.

I expected to bed Jennifer Aniston back in 1998 when I worked at a fancy restaurant in Marina del Rey and she'd come in two or three times a week for a quiet lunch. Guess what? It never happened even though I expected it would.

People like Eric crack me up.

Eric in Gaithersburg     August 01
TC- Os expect to contend in 23. But i still wouldve traded Mancini 24

TC     August 01
To say the Orioles routinely put 15,000 in the stands overstates their average attendance by 50%.



I don't get them. the AL east is daunting, yet you keep Mancini, Means and Mullins when you're not going to contend until 2025 at the earliest? Mancini will be 33. You trade players in a rebuild when their value is at its highest, not when it works for sentiment.

Ben S.     July 31
If 60,000 “basic healthy bodies” get Covid and the survival rate you cite is 99.99%, that means 59,994 will survive and six will die. Like so many other things about this pandemic, it’s painfully elementary. To most people. Say how you believe your survival rate applied to a specific number yields an incorrect result.

Brian M.     July 31
Ravens have my money so let's hear it.

Garry M     July 31
Obviously Ben never learned how to argue properly. Proving a point never goes from the specific to the general. This is where our leaders have taken us. Because people fall for it!

A serious scientific/logical mind never falls for the "you could be the one(or your example 6) who goes out in a body bag." That number (even though it's incorrect) isn't meaningful. If you are completely in on that kind of thinking, the counters and deseminators of information can scare you. Life is full of risk. If you focus on the dangerous outcomes (however rare), you will be scared to drive, bicycle or walk down McCullough street at night.

My neice is smart. Good common sense. And she has put her fingers in some dangerous things. She was recruited to Mayo. Had no intention of leaving town. Sacrificed a lot to do real work(and what she does scares all of us). Prestige? Not concerned. Money? They pay well. Top notch work place? Yes. Inquisitive kid. She's in a perfect place for her.

And you use very faulty logic trying to sound smart. And since we still have pandemic warnings, it can be concluded that what we did didn't work.



Let's say Hillary had won in '16. And 3 million had died under her watch. She would have run on "I saved 330 million lives". Of course that is counterfactual history, but historians do this all the time. And with the media the way it is, she would have been praised by the media for saving all those lives. If you are skeptical of that "what if", you haven't been paying attention.



And just to correct you. I said there are 1000's of things in your nasal cavity. It isn't percentages, it's your body eliminating them. A really good system of filters and fighters of nasty things.

Ben S.     July 31
#Kevin My cousin, a physician, also works at the Mayo Clinic, and he too has that typical overinflated sense of self worth and that unearned arrogance that comes from working at a place with a great reputation earned by others.



1. No human comes down with every disease whose germ is found in his nose. It’s a matter of percentages.



2. Meaningless sentence.



3. An excellent bit of pigeon-holing and arrogant dismissal of large groups of her fellow physicians. FWIW, I wouldn’t let my MC cousin near me or my family except in the direst medical emergency.



4. and 5. It’s a matter of percentages. A mask is better than no mask. Six feet is better than five, and much better than four or three. Did your niece fail her medical statistics class?”



6. Would you go in a store where all the employees are vaccinated and masked, or one where they aren’t?



I wish all you non-vaxxers would wear red hats so I can avoid you. The hospitals are filled with you idiots. This latest wave is called the Pandemic of the Unvaccinated. There are hundreds of stories of unvaccinated sick people now strongly urging their fellow jerks to get the shots.



And here’s what your last stat means: if you go into a hypothetical stadium with 59,999 other basic healthy bodies, and the survival rate is the same for what you say it is for Covid, six of you will come out in body bags. It PROBABLY won't be you. But it COULD be. WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?


lj     July 31
IF accurate, the posts from Garry M and CFB are quite interesting. Lamar testing "positive" is head scratcher, Rahm even more so.

Wait, when was the last time Ravens "packed in 70,000"???

DMD has been notorious for opining about "why can't Ravens sell out any more" and snarky "look at all those empty seats" comments, all the sudden we think that is not a thing any more?




Tom J     July 31
Well if the Ravens capacity hinges on that buffoon running the city, you may as well prepare yourself not to be there. Like Drew said, you can "feel" it coming. Based on his actions last year, forget about it. Not sure it get the mask thing. If I'm vaccinated, why do I need to wear a mask? Shouldn't the unvaccinated one be charged with that? I mean, I did my part in what was asked. But just like everything else, the people that do what needs to be done are asked to also cover for the ones that don't do what needs to be done.......

Chris in Bel Air     July 31
...and the discussion about the virus is NOT as cut and dry as many make it out to be.

Chris in Bel Air     July 31
Agree with the comments below. Do Lamar and Rahm have symptoms and are actually ill? Do they have enough viral load to spread the virus to someone else? I'm not convinced about the testing or our definition of what a "positive test" means and what that means in the ability to infect others. The different policies regarding testing is also a head scratcher (among many others). My sister in law is a nurse downtown. I asked her if they test the her regularly. She said no. The only time tests come in to play is if they show symptoms. Else, they head on in to work. So here is a front line worker not tested regularly at all but a golfer and pro football player are tested regularly regardless if they have symptoms because...? What does their positive test really mean? I don't expect an answer because I don't think any of us really know and the discussion about the virus is as cut and dry as many make it out to be.

M&T *might* have 70K in week 1 but there is no way it will remain at full capacity for the entire season.

Garry M     July 31
My neice, a doctor of virology that now works for a Minnesota based health system named for two brothers who's last name is a condiment.



She was home last weekend for a family function. Instead of being asked by every family member, she decided to "brief" us in one ten minute presentation.

1. There are 1000's of things in your nasal cavity at any time. Once, when she was doing her lab work in Medical school, she detected Bubonic plague in a sample. The source did not suffer from Bubonic Plague. The eco-system ingrained in us by our creator filters out these toxins 24 hours/day.

2. If you design a test to find a specific thing, you'll find it.

3. CDC doesn't have the best and brightest. Super talented new grads are snapped up by private industry. Those that show talent at CDC are recruited. Old holdovers who've worked there for decades are "dregs" and are not well regarded.

4. Masks do not work unless they are on 100% correctly and are of surgical quality. And must be changed by sterile hands in a sterile environment. The virus is so small it can fly right through any mask that you can breathe normally.

5.Six foot distance is made up. Nothing scientific about it.

6."We are likely to do the same exact things that didn't work in 2020".



99.99% survival rate for those that have a "basic" healthy body.


kevin     July 31
That DeGrom guy, what a quitter.....pitch thru the pain you weakling!

Bryan     July 31
Pratt and Ricky, Agree 100% with both of your comments. I am so sick of this hysteria over a virus with over a 99% survival rate. I tested positive last December and never got sick at all. I think the tests are bogus. We are led by a bunch of power hungry morons at the federal, state and local levels. They will have to force me to take the so called vaccine, I figure if the test I had was legit and not bogus then I have natural immunity, if not I'll take my chances. I believe almost nothing Fauci or the CDC says.

Ricky     July 31
I asked my doctor the other day how long he thought this COVID pandemic was going to last. He said that he didn't know, he is a doctor not a politician.

Seriously though; This whole masking and possible new shut-down thing seems to be totally political at this point. It was initially done early last year when COVID was a new virus. We didn't have much research and didn't know who was most vulnerable or how to treat it properly. We now know better who is the most vulnerable, how to best treat COVID, and even have vaccines (however effective). Going back to masking and shutdowns (that didn't work in the first place) is nothing but Fear Porn and Political Theater at this point.

With that being said, with the way all of this seems to be turning, I don't see how the NFL much less places like Baltimore will be playing with any fans in the stands, much less full houses.

Also, for all of you that still believe that these masks do anything to prevent the spread of viruses like COVID, please take the time to read the Warning on the side of the mask box. The box of masks I'm holding in my hand right now states, and I quote: "This product is an ear loop mask. This product is NOT a respirator and will not provide any protection against COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or other viruses or contaminants."

Ian     July 31
Df, You were way too easy on Mike Elias and the "daunting comment." He should have said: "The AL East may be tough, but there's tough teams in every division. We can't continue to use that as an excuse." The fact is that Tampa Bay is in contention almost every year with no payroll and no fans and without ever making excuses.

Pratt     July 31
I have to wonder if Lamar Jackson's 'positive' test was just another victim of the PCR game. If he was ill back in Nov he may still have fragments in his body. That would be a shame if we are still playing this game, even today, with asymptomatic people. As far as masks. It is 100% they are coming back and will have little to no impact again. Look at last summer and this summer. Funny how the curves look the same. When masks come back in MD next week (just a guess and I hope to H.E.double hockey sticks I am wrong) they will be here until at least summer 2022. Thank God 2022 is an election year. Just hope they don't continue to punish kids again this year buy shutting down school and sports.

unitastoberry     July 31
My take on the NFL get tough on Covid policy is they should have announced it months ago so many guys on the fence could get the stick.Not 2 weeks before what they call training camp now. As a former pro GM your take on Elias is spot on. If Hunter Harveys light bulb just came on that's a big step forward.

Delray RICK     July 31
I wonder if the front office knows DEM O'S are out-a-here in couple years...BECAUSE NO WAY WE CAN SUPPORT THEM!! TENNESSEE here we come. 15,000 a game ain't going to make. BY BY BILES.

Larry     July 30
Kevin, I notice you didn't answer the question asked of you. How convenient.

kevin     July 30
@Larry/RC You sound like the anonymous twits on twitter (see what I did there?). Please give us your full name so we can verify what sport you played at an elite level.

And no, I did not play one either, which is why I won't be a simpleton and sit on my couch and call Biles a quitter. Lazy take, be better - if you can.

Delray RICK     July 30
SHE quit. Let LEE take over.

MFC     July 30
Why can't you look at this like an injury. Did Markaikis quit on the O's when he had that wrist injury late in the season? Of course not he was injured. Did DeChambeau or Rahm quit on their team, of course not they were diagnosed with an illness. Instead of a physical injury she was unable to perform due to a mental injury. Those girls fly through the air many time launching from pretty hard wood. One misstep and you could lose more than gold.

I just don't get the fact people can't equate mental issues with an injury.

She didn't run from the public. She did her interviews. She was in the stands supporting her team. She didn't run and hide. She and her handlers could easily said she tested positive for Covid and we wouldn't have heard a peep. They didn't. They faced the music.

Give it a rest.

Larry     July 30
Have to agree with RC on this one. If Biles didn't "quit" then exactly did she do?

RC     July 30
@Snowflake Kevin,



If Biles didn't quit, what do you call what she did?

D     July 30
Win in PK’s. Great job ladies. Well done.

kevin     July 30
Untrue that the NFL "can't come out and mandate" vaccination, they certainly "can", like any other work place. But they chose not to. Personal freedom entails being free to work or not work, for any employer who will have you. NFL players are not owed a job simply cause they have talent.

Random acts of kindness in sports, from the guy who called Simone Biles a quitter?

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questions...questions...


I've seen all of these questions presented by someone on social media over the last few days.

They're all worthy of consideration. Your answer(s) might be different than mine.

Someone wondered if the Olympics shouldn't be considered a "major championship" in the world of golf?

Hideki Matsuyama sits one shot behind 3rd round leader Xander Schauffele at the Olympics. Can the Japanese star win a Masters and a gold medal in the same year?

I get it. Golf's four annual majors seem one or two shy of a "full year". There's April (Masters), May (PGA), June (U.S. Open) and July (British Open) and that's it. It does seem reasonable to consider adding one or two other events scattered throughout the year to make up the shortcoming.

The answer, unfortunately, to the Olympic question is "no".

It shouldn't be a major. The reason? Well, for starters it's only played once every four years. Tough to build "major history" that way, right?

But more importantly, there just aren't enough high quality players in the field. Some would say the same issue plagues the Masters each spring, which has a field mixed with exempt players, former champions and special invitations. But I can't imagine there's ever been someone sitting at home who missed out on the event but would have won it had they been in Augusta that April.

The Masters field isn't great, but the greatest players in the game all play in it every year.

The Olympic golf tournament has a good field. Nothing more. Sure, there's McIlroy, Lowry, Casey and Matsuyama. And the four Americans (Thomas, Reed, Schauffele and Morikawa) aren't chopped liver, obviously. Three of the four are major champions themselves. But the field is also littered with a handful of guys who couldn't make the PGA Tour.

The PGA Championship also has a bunch of guys who couldn't make the PGA Tour as well, but it's already a major championship. The status of the event isn't going to change just because 20 PGA Professionals get in every year and play for a couple of days before heading home to watch on TV over the weekend.

The Olympics would need to open their event more, say, to each country's top six players...then we might have something cooking. Even still, though, you can't just say "OK, now it's a major."

People have been trying to get the Players Championship to be a major for two decades, but it's never materialized. The obvious question, of course, is what would you do with the previous winners of the event if you decided, now, to make it a major? Would Fred Funk be credited with a major championship? Would Adam Scott now have two majors instead of one? Or would the "major" definition begin on the day the tournament was deemed a major?

The Players field is annually the best in golf. No scrubs get in there whatsoever. You're either a top player on the TOUR or in international golf or you don't get the invitation. It probably should be a major, if we're being honest. But it's not. And it's going to stay that way, I'm guessing.


Has Mike Elias been snowballing us the whole time in Baltimore? Are the Orioles ever going to be any good?

This question was posed on Friday in the wake of the Orioles failing to do anything of note at the trade deadline while others like the Cubs and Nationals decimated their rosters and hauled in several attractive prospects.

Mike Elias is still feeling a bit overwhelmed in the A.L. East -- and with good reason.

Is Elias going to turn the Orioles into a winner in the next few years?

If I knew the answer to that one, I'd borrow a million bucks from someone and make the requisite wager and cash the ticket in 2026 or 2027.

Alas, I have no idea if the Orioles are going to be any good anytime soon. My guess is "no", but I'm also willing to concede that I'm basing that more on past history than anything else.

Elias certainly shook up some of the local faithful on Friday with his comments about the A.L. East and how he remains "daunted" by the task of competing in the A.L. East.

But I'm not nearly as worked up by those comments as were lots of folks on Twitter throughout Friday.

What do you want him to say? "Oh, this A.L. East is a piece of cake. Anytime now we should be zooming past Boston and New York and flying that division title banner again."

We'd all laugh him out of town if he said something that dumb.

The word "daunting" (daunted) is accurate. Very accurate, in fact. If you're the Orioles and you see what they do in Tampa Bay, Boston, New York and Toronto and aren't both jealous and intimidated by it, you're just lying to yourself for the sake of not facing reality.

Boston's rolling again after a down 2020. The Yankees are injury plagued every year, but still figure out a way to squeeze into the post-season three out of every four years, if not more. Toronto has one of the better young rosters in all of baseball. And Tampa Bay...well...we have no idea how they do it, but they're always in the hunt at the end of the September.

The only thing the Orioles do at the end of September every year is clean off their golf clubs.

I'm glad Mike Elias is living in the real world and understands how difficult life is in the A.L. East. I'd like to see the team get better, but there's certainly no guarantee of that happening anytime soon.

Daunting? You bet it is.


Why didn't the Orioles draft Gavin Sheets in 2017? How did they let such a competent local product get past them?

Someone brought this up on local sports radio on Thursday of this week. At the time, the two on-air guys didn't have the opportunity to do the quick research that I was able to do.

There are folks in Baltimore still upset that the Orioles didn't draft Gavin Sheets four years ago, but it wasn't quite that easy to do.

Sheets was picked in the 2nd round of the 2017 draft. He was drafted out of Wake Forest as a first baseman. It's worth noting that in 2017, the Orioles had a guy named Chris Davis that was pretty much locked in at that position to the tune of $23 million per-year through 2022.

It's also fair to mention that the White Sox have used Sheets in several positions since his call-up in June. He's played some first base, some right field and served as the designated hitter. By the way, he went 1-for-4 last night in Chicago's 6-4 win over Cleveland, and is now hitting .230 with 6 home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games.

Back to the 2017 draft for a second...

The Orioles, you might remember, made the post-season in 2016. That was the Buck-took-a-nap-in-the-wild-card-game year, for those who need a refresher course. So the Birds actually didn't pick in the first round of the 2017 draft until #21. And they selected high school pitcher D.L. Hall with that pick in the first round.

In the second round, the White Sox selected before the O's and snagged Sheets with the pick. There's no way of knowing if the Birds would have taken Sheets in the second round, but it's worth mentioning they could have taken Sheets in the 2016 draft and elected to pass on him.

And, no, before you ask, Sheets wasn't worthy of a first-round pick in 2017.

So, that's how the O's wound up not picking Gavin Sheets. It wasn't that they ignored him or overlooked him. And, to repeat, it's fair to ask why they didn't pick him the year before, in 2016. But in 2017, at least, the O's simply weren't in a position to pick him. You can thank the 2016 season for that one.


They're setting us up to not have the football stadium at full capacity in September, aren't they?

This one was making the rounds yesterday on social media after someone leaked information -- supposedly from the Mayor's office -- about a return to wearing masks in Baltimore City.

First off, I'll state the obvious. Don't believe any "leaks" or backdoor information. Wait until you hear Mayor Scott say whatever it is he's going to say.

Not this look again...please.

But absent that, for now, here's the deal: I think it's fairly obvious given what's going on around the country with these various Covid-19 strains that we're probably going to face a new set (or a return to) of restrictions by the end of the summer. What those restrictions are, I have no idea, but the best guess here is that we'll go back to wearing masks in public, vaccinated or not.

If that's the worst thing we have to do, I'm fine with that. I'm not thrilled about it by any means, but I'm also not going to complain and whine about it, either. It is what it is.

But given what's been going on over the last month, it seems to me there's a fairly good chance the Ravens won't be able to stuff 70,000 people into the football stadium in September. You can kind of *feel* that one coming, can't you? It wouldn't impact the Orioles, of course. They routinely put 15,000 in their stadium. But another season of less-than-full-capacity would certainly leave a mark on the Ravens.

It sure seems like that's a definitely possibility, unless things get back on track with Covid-19 in the next month or so.

The stats are the stats. People are still getting Covid-19, although not nearly at the alarming rate they were in the spring and summer of 2020. The Delta variant and other new strains are certainly concerning. Depending on what media source you believe (and let's face it, none of them can really be trusted entirely), the new strains are more powerful, more easily transmitted and they don't play well with the Covid-19 vaccine, either.

We're most certainly not back to square one or anything like that, but the simple way to look at it is this: Covid-19 isn't "gone". It's still here. And fall and winter sports are going to have to deal with it, apparently.

I know nothing officially, but my hunch is the Ravens aren't going to be able to play in front of 70,000 people in September. The Mayor will ultimately have the final say there, which, I'm sure, doesn't make Steve Bisciotti feel all warm and fuzzy. Mayor Scott seemed to overreact a bit last year...what would make anyone think he's not going to overreact this year, too?

If, in fact, the Mayor does put capacity restrictions in place, it would create a massive problem for the Ravens, who would have virtually no time to adequately prepare the stadium and their seating arrangements for the 2021 campaign. It's one thing if the Mayor tells you in March that you can only have 35,000 people there. It's another thing entirely when he tells you that a month before the season starts. The Ravens front office would be faced with an extraordinary challenge if the Mayor limits the number of people who can gather in a public setting.

Here's hoping it doesn't happen.

Here's hoping the most inconvenient thing that comes from all of this is a return to wearing masks. That one, I think we can all handle. At least for a little while longer.

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It would appear the Nationals are starting their own rebuild after Thursday's flurry of trades that decimated their 25-man roster.

The Orioles apparently don't have enough good players or were asking too much for the mediocre guys they were willing to part company with as trade activity blossomed yesterday.

But the Nats sure were busy on Thursday, shipping Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Dodgers and Kyle Schwarber to the Red Sox. They also dealt relief pitcher Brad Hand to the Blue Jays and Daniel Hudson to the Padres.

The Nationals sent World Series champion Max Scherzer to the Dodgers on Thursday night...on the same day "Mad Max" beat the Phillies in Philadelphia.

So the Orioles sweep of the Nationals last weekend in Baltimore really was the beginning of the end for the D.C. ballclub in 2021. You gotta love that. It's been a while since the Birds have impacted a playoff race, after all.

It will be interesting to see if these deals made by the Nationals on Thursday turn out to be fruitful. It's worth remembering that not too long ago, the Orioles and Dodgers were involved in a "blockbuster" deal that sent Manny Machado to Los Angeles and, well, the O's got virtually nothing at all out of that trade. If you're a Nats fan, you certainly hope D.C. gets a better return than did their friends in Baltimore.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers just keep on stockpiling talent. It's fair to point out, of course, that their 2021 plans included the use of Trevor Bauer and it looks at this point like he's thrown his last pitch this season. And with Clayton Kershaw battling injuries, pitching depth was needed. And, well, Max Scherzer is probably "pitching depth" and then some.

When Kershaw returns, he'll be the #3 guy on the staff. How weird is that? Walker Buehler (11-1, 2.19 ERA) is having a Cy Young type campaign and then there's Scherzer, who still has some gas in the tank for sure. Kershaw isn't what he once was, but that still means he's better than 75% of the starters in the National League.

This deal might be more about the Dodgers being concerned about the Giants than anything else. Or perhaps they didn't want Scherzer going to the Padres. Either way, Los Angeles did what really good teams do at the trade deadline. They added a couple of necessary pieces.

As for the O's, barring something happening today or tomorrow, it would appear they're "standing pat" with what they have. There's nothing wrong with that, by the way. I said all along I'd be fine with trading the likes of Mancini, Means and others as long as you were getting something "legitimate" in return. Just giving those guys away for a box of balls and some airline tickets would be dumb.

And the reality is, the Nationals' roster is filled with legitimate players and the Orioles only have a handful of those guys and two of them, Mullins and Mountcastle, are probably deemed "untouchable" by Mike Elias and the front office. If you don't have anything of value to trade, it's hard to make a trade. Brilliant stuff there, I know.


It was, by anyone's standards, a pretty uneven performance from the U.S. men's soccer team on Thursday night, but they got the win nonetheless, advancing to the Gold Cup final with a 1-0 victory over a pesky, improving Qatar team.

The Americans will face archrival Mexico in Sunday night's championship game in Las Vegas after the Mexicans nipped Canada, 2-1, in last night's other semifinal clash.

A mixed-bag lineup produced mixed results in the opening 60 minutes for the U.S. last night. The first half was a listless 45 minutes of soccer for Gregg Berhalter's team. If Qatar had any finishing touch in the box, it would have been 2-0 or 3-0 in their favor at the half. But they botched a few in-tight chances and American goalkeeper Matt Turner swatted away a couple of other dangerous opportunities and it was 0-0 through 45 minutes.

After a few lineup changes a quarter of the way through the 2nd half, things brightened up for the Americans. It helped that Qatar missed a penalty kick, too, but the U.S. went forward with a little more energy and started creating chances they never once engineered in the opening 45 minutes. Finally, in the 86th minute, Gyasi Zardes slotted home a wonderful short pass from substitute Nicholas Gioacchini and the U.S. held on from there to earn their trip to the Gold Cup championship match.

Only a few of the starting 11 stood out for the U.S. last night. Turner was exceptional in goal, Miles Robinson held his own in the back, and Sebastian Lletget had one of his better performances of the last six months in midfield. Other than that, none of the starters were anything special and a few, like Darry Dike (pronounced dee-kay, in case you were wondering), James Sands and Paul Arriola enjoyed less-than-productive performances. Dike and Arriola were both subbed for and Sands, frankly, should have been.

Zardes and Gioacchini were both very useful during their second half showing. One would assume Zardes will get a starting nod in Sunday's final and that Gioacchini's play last night will earn him at least a substitute role and 15 or 20 minutes on Sunday if nothing else.

In the end, though, the semifinal was a game the U.S. might not have deserved to win, but given their number of missed opportunities in the first half and the penalty kick gaffe, it can be argued that Qatar didn't deserve to win, either. But the Americans stayed together long enough to create some good chances in the final 20 minutes and one of them paid off in the late stages of regulation.


Lamar Jackson is risking his status as Baltimore's favorite son by involving himself in yet another Covid-19 controversy.

And just when we thought QB1 was untouchable in Charm City, huh?

Jackson drew the ire of Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston earlier this week after the 4th year QB tested positive yet again for the coronavirus. That positive test means he'll miss 10 days of training camp.

It is, as we all know, Jackson's second brush with a positive Covid-19 result in the last 8 months. He missed time last November as well, although it's fair to point out the vaccine wasn't yet made available and anyone was subject to the virus back then.

As it turns out now, even with the vaccine in place, Covid-19 isn't ready to leave the scene quite yet. And those who remain unvaccinated are clearly in far more danger of a positive test than those who have received the vaccine. But, as golfer Jon Rahm showed recently, as well as several members of the Yankees in early July, it's entirely possible to get the vaccine and still test positive for Covid-19.

Jackson is drawing scorn around town because he apparently did not opt for the vaccination. Why didn't he? That's anyone's guess. And it's his personal business, too, although lots of folks think someone else's vaccination record is their business when it's actually not.

Still, if Jackson doesn't get the vaccine, he's going to face this kind of scrutiny all season long. And if he doesn't get it, the guess here is the Ravens are going to urge him to basically live in a bubble from August through January which, we can safely assume, wouldn't be particularly easy for Lamar, who is seen around town quite often during the season.

Lamar isn't the only Raven who hasn't been vaccinated. And it's not just a football thing, either. O's pitcher Keegan Akin said on Thursday that he isn't "comfortable discussing my vaccination decision", which, we all know, likely means he hasn't yet been vaccinated. I say "likely" because there are people who don't feel like their vaccination record is anyone's business, even if they received it.

So it's not just a football or NFL issue. The vaccination "story" is touching all sports, as athletes decide whether or not they're going to get the needle. But the point remains that Jackson is the marquee piece in the Ravens puzzle and they simply can't afford one or two more Covid-19-related absences during the season.

And yet, the Ravens can't force Jackson to get vaccinated. The league has created enough rules to make it very clear: they want every player vaccinated. But they can't come out and mandate it. So it remains a personal choice for players, coaches, etc.

We've already seen a couple of NFL assistants leave their positions because they don't want to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Jackson and anyone else could do the same, although that appears highly unlikely.

So, failing Lamar opting for the vaccine, we'll be doing this song and dance every week throughout the 17-game schedule. Frankly, even with the vaccine we'll still be checking the "Covid wire" every week, because we now know people can still test positive even with the vaccine.

If you think this NFL season is going to be "normal", there's no chance of that. Covid-19 will still play a major role in the season, vaccines or not. As for Lamar, he's under the spotlight either way. Vaccinated or not, he better stay inside and eat Ramen noodles for the next five months or the pitchforks will be out for him -- all over town.

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Olympic soccer: U.S. women no longer in good standing as Canada uses late penalty kick to oust the Americans, 1-0.

Ravens' Harbaugh says newly signed Justin Houston still has to go through Covid-protocol, including getting the vaccination.

Still good! After 13-year hiatus from tournament golf, Annika Sorenstam (12 under par) returns and wins U.S. Senior Women's Open by 8 shots.

NHL: Evander Kane denies allegations that he bet on games he played in and intentionally lost games as well.

Orioles squander early 2-0 lead, fall in series finale to Tigers, 6-2.



O's SCOREBOARD
Sunday, August 2nd
Orioles
2

Tigers
6
WP: E. Ramirez (1-0)

LP: S. Watkins (2-2)

HR: none

RECORD / PLACE: 37-67 / 5th