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curry, warriors top off wild memorial day weekend with game 7 win


Maybe Steph Curry watched Jordan Spieth and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday and said to himself, "I'll one up those guys on Monday night."

And, as it turned out, he did.

Curry poured in 36 points and drained a handful of acrobatic, rainbow 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors held off the Oklahoma City Thunder to win Game 7, 96-88, on Monday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

It wasn't easy, either. Golden State trailed by six at the half and didn't find their pace until midway through the third quarter when they finally started hitting shots and making stops defensively. The Warriors led by 11 heading into the fourth quarter.

When pressed, Curry delivered

In that final 12 minute stanza, Curry was his usual MVP-self, scoring 13 points and producing the dagger that sent the Thunder home for the summer, a perfect 3-pointer from 27 feet with 0:26 left on the game clock.

The Warriors will now face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, a rematch of last season's title series that saw the Warriors win, 4-games-to-2.

But there for a while, it looked like it would be Kevin Durant, not Steph Curry, teeing it up with LeBron and Company. The Thunder won Game 1 on Golden State's home court and eventually extended their series lead to 3-1 before the Warriors strung together three straight wins to capture the series.

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A 36-point performance in Monday's Game 7 win over OKC only added to the already-legendary-status of reigning league MVP Steph Curry.

Durant is the NBA's version of Alex Ovechkin, it would appear. He's a terrific, MVP player and someday he'll be inducted into the league's Hall of Fame. But he's also a great player without a championship ring, although it's at least worth noting that OKC -- unlike the Capitals in the Ovechkin era -- did reach the NBA Finals in 2012 before falling to the Miami Heat in five games.

On Monday night, depending on which trip down the floor you want to cite, Durant was either a monster or a bum.

He finished the game with 27 points and went on a late 7-point scoring spurt that pulled OKC within four at 90-86. He was also the guy who missed his last two shots within the game's final minute that could have been part of last-gasp miracle.

Curry made all five of his final shot attempts (including three from the foul line), in case you were wondering what it was he did down the stretch to help the hosts pull out the victory.

His critics contend that Curry "just throws it up there" and if it goes in, great, and if it doesn't, there's always the next trip down the floor.

It sure looked that way early in Monday's Game 7 when he was toying with both Steven Adams and Durant at the top of the 3-point arc, where Curry would lure them in, dribble in their midst for a second or two to keep their attention, and then fire up a shot from downtown that couldn't possibly go in -- except that it did.

None of it is new to Curry, of course. He made a league record 402 three-pointers during the regular season, which helped the Warriors establish the NBA's all-time winningest record at 73-9.

His play early in the series with OKC was spotty and a dismal Game 4 had a few detractors claiming that the 2-time MVP wasn't able to handle the spotlight as the Thunder raced out to a 3-1 lead.

But by the time Game 7 rolled around, they were believers again.

Champions always figure out a way to get it done

Curry and Klay Thompson accounted for 71 points in the Game 6 life-saver at OKC on Saturday night, which saw Golden State trailing by seven points with 5:48 remaining in the game.

At one point in the first half on Monday night, Golden State was behind by 13 at 35-22. It looked like OKC had the magic potion for a shocking Game 7 win on the road.

But it turned out that Curry, not Durant, pulled the rabbit out of his hat.

If you're even a casual fan of the NBA -- and I likely fit in that category, honestly -- you're not shocked at all by Curry's performance on Monday night. It's what he does, night in and night out, almost without fail, and the superlatives are at the fawning stage by this point.

He's simply the best shooter of the basketball that we've ever seen, and that doesn't just mean from 27 feet, either. He can score from anywhere on the floor and isn't afraid to drive to the basket and take on opposing players who better him in height and weight nearly every time.

His supporting cast is stronger than the one Durant has at his disposal in OKC, which is another big reason why Golden State is playing on and the Thunder are playing golf, now.

So what will Steph Curry do for an encore in this title clash rematch with LeBron?

You never know.

But one thing for sure: It will be worth watching.

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orioles buckle to the knuckle (ball) in 7-2 loss to boston


Knuckleballer Steven Wright baffled the Orioles over nine innings of work on Monday, limiting the Birds to just four hits in Boston's 7-2 win at Camden Yards in the first of four games in Baltimore this week.

The Orioles were lost virtually all afternoon, although they did nick Wright for a pair of runs in the 5th inning to tie the score at 2-2. But a Jackie Bradley Jr. home run in the 6th put the Red Sox back on top and they would eventually win the series opener to extend their American League East lead to two games over the Birds.

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David Ortiz hit his 14th home run of the season in Monday's 7-2 Boston win.

David Ortiz hit a home run in the top of the 8th off of rookie Ashur Tolliver that just landed a couple of minutes ago.

And Marco Hernandez connected on his first dinger of the season -- with Mychal Givens on the mound for the Birds -- later in that same inning to finalize the scoring at 7-2.

The Orioles got another "decent" start out of Tyler Wilson, but it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the dominance of Wright, who threw his third straight complete game for the Red Sox. Wilson went 6.2 winnings, allowed eight hits and three earned runs, and fell to 2-4 with the defeat.

On any other day, Wilson's performance would have given the Orioles an excellent chance to put one in the win column, but the free-swinging Birds just couldn't get their timing down on Wright's outrageously effective knuckleball, which floated in there at 65 MPH for most of the afternoon.

The top five in the O's lineup (Jones, Kim, Machado, Davis, Trumbo) went a combined 0-for-17 on the day. You're not winning the game with that stat line, obviously.

Adam Jones knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly and (red hot) Ryan Flaherty had his second RBI in as many games with a 5th inning double.

Game two of the series is tonight at Camden Yards with Kevin Gausman opposing ex-Oriole Eduardo Rodriguez.

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tar heels convert on extra-man chance in overtime to nip terps in title game


As expected, Monday's NCAA lacrosse championship tilt was an exciting game that made for a great championship. But, unfortunately, it was another loss in the big one for the Terps, as North Carolina scored early in overtime to win the title, 14-13.

Both teams had their chances to win and it came down to who could make the plays when it counted and who could take advantage of the other's miscues.

For most of the season, that team was the Terps. But on Monday in Philadelphia, that team was Carolina.

Just as they did against Notre Dame and Loyola, North Carolina came out hot, scoring the first game's first four goals thanks to consecutive face-off wins by Stephen Kelly and some confusion on the Terp D.

But unlike those other two games, the Terps answered to tie the game 4-4 and the battle was on.

Both teams went back and forth for most of the game, and eventually the Terps took a two-goal lead half way through the 4th, 13-11.

But that turned out to be the last Maryland score as Carolina would score on a man up, then score one more to tie the game with three minutes remaining. The Terps had a few chances to win right on the crease, but Colin Heacock hit the cross-bar and Matt Rambo's last second chance was stuffed by a combination of a Carolina slide and goalie Brian Balkam.

Maryland had a man-up situation to begin OT after Luke Goldstock committed a cheap shot, retaliating against Terp defender Mike McCarney who shoved him right before one of the last plays of regulation.

Maryland had a clear advantage with the EMO that had clicked during the game going 3-for-4, but Connor Kelly's shot hit Tar Heel goalie Brian Balkam's body which gave the Tar Heels possession.

While on offense, Carolina got the ball to a wide open Luke Goldstock on the crease, but Kyle Bernlohr made a sensational save that rebounded out. On the ensuing loose ball, Terp defender McCarner committed a cross-check to give Carolina the EMO situation which Chris Cloutier took full advantage of, burying the game winner from outside.



The Maryland loss was surprising on a few fronts.

I was expecting (hoping) Kyle Bernlohr would bounce back after Saturday's performance, and he did make some nice saves, but just not enough, as he made nine stops overall in the game.

Henningsen was a pleasant surprise, winning 19 of 31 face-offs. If someone would have said the Terps would have won 66% of the face-offs, I would have said "Terps win by five".

But Carolina's defense and goalie Brian Balkam (13 saves) were up for the challenge. As usual, the Terp offense was lead by Matt Rambo (3 goals and 3 assists) along with midfielders Henry West (2 goals, 4 assists) and Connor Kelly (4 goals).

It was a tough end to the best season the Terps have had since their 1975 championship.

But if you have to lose to somebody, it might as well be a team loaded with local kids. Big congrats to the Baltimore-based regulars for the Tar Heels including Evan Connell, Stephen Kelly, Patrick Kelly, and Timmy Kelly from Calvert Hall, and Jake Mathai and William McBride from Gilman -- as well as several other locals who we'll probably see more of next year.

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#dmd announces youth sports benefit fund, courtesy of jerry's toyota-scion


Somewhere in Baltimore County right now, there's a youth athletic organization in need.

Whether it's for youth field or facility repairs, lighting, a special once-in-a-lifetime trip for a team, or some other cause that requires financial support -- somewhere, there's a need.

And our friends at Jerry's Toyota-Scion have pledged their support, through a 2-month campaign designed to reward a local youth athletic organization with funding for their special project.

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This type of activity is precisely what #DMD has aspired to become since this venture was launched on August 25, 2014.

With the help of our Jerry's Toyota-Scion, we can finally start to make that footprint in the local community and truly help an organization that has great plans, but simply lacks the resources to get it done.

When I started #DMD almost two years ago, the central theme behind it all was "People helping People".

It's time to put that plan into action.

If you're involved in a local youth athletic organization that has a special project you're undertaking sometime in the remainder of 2016, #DMD wants to hear about it. We'll accept your "story" as an application for funding until July 1, 2016. A team of local sports enthusiasts will form a panel and consider all applications until the winner is announced on Friday, July 15, 2016. Funding will be available within 30 days of that announcement.

What sorts of projects or activities will #DMD and Jerry's Toyota-Scion consider? Anything and everything. Your organization might need $1,000 for scoreboard repairs at the baseball park you currently call home. Maybe you need $2,000 to build a sturdy, top-of-the-line concession stand so you can raise even more money in future years.

Perhaps there's a trip to Canton, Ohio for a youth football tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame and $1,000 would go a long way in getting the team there.

If your youth organization has a financial need, the Jerry's Toyota-Scion Youth Benefit Fund might be that helping hand you're seeking.

The only real qualifier in this? Your youth organization must be in Baltimore County due to the marketing responsibilities each dealer agrees to within the Toyota family.

How do you submit your application? That's easy. On a PDF file which displays your team or organization's logo or letterhead, e-mail a "letter of application" with your requested funding and CLEARLY spell out your location, along with the financial need, how many people will likely benefit from the proposed activity, and what sort of impact this activity will have on your organization or team as a whole.

You can e-mail the letter (via PDF file) to Drew Forrester (drew@drewsmorningdish.com), at which point you will receive a confirmation reply that lets you know your organization's application has been received and is being considered.

It's that simple.

Youth athletic organizations have mastered the art of fund-raising, with car washes, bake sales, golf outings and much more. We encourage all of you to continue those efforts as you endeavor to enhance not only the activities you provide, but the programs and special events you offer for the young boys and girls in our area.

This is simply another piece of the puzzle, and while it's not possible to give assistance to every organization that applies, we promise to choose someone who will greatly benefit from the funding in 2016.

A special thank you goes out to Jerry's Toyota-Scion for their support of this project. They're eager to help out a local youth athletic organization in need.

Get your letter of application in today!


Monday
May 30
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two kids from dallas shared the spotlight on sunday


While Jordan Spieth got to earn his moment in the sun playing a home game on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw had to do his business on the road, in New York.

Both of their individual performances, though, were almost identical -- spectacular.

Spieth picked up his 8th career win on TOUR with a dazzling six-birdie performance on the back nine in Sunday's final round of the Dean & Deluca Invitiational in Fort Worth, Texas, roughly 45 minutes from where he grew up in Dallas. It was his third event since throwing away the Masters back on April 10 and second time in two weeks he was in contention on the final day.

This time, unlike last week's event at TPC Four Seasons in Dallas, he put another trophy on the shelf and actually eclipsed Tiger Woods in an age-related achievement. Woods won 7 times before he reached age 23. Spieth now has 8 wins on TOUR before age 23.

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With his second win this season and eighth in his career, Jordan Spieth now has more wins before age 23 than Tiger Woods did at the start of his historic career.

It's fair to note that in their respective first 86 starts on TOUR, Woods produced 18 total victories and Spieth won just those 8, but with Tiger's career at a standstill and, perhaps, even over, Spieth has plenty of time to attack the all-time wins total (79) of the 14-time major champion.

On Sunday, Spieth looked a lot like Woods, in fact.

Coming down the stretch locked in a dual with Harris English and Ryan Palmer, Spieth faced a difficult 20-footer slider on Colonial Country Club's devilish short par-3. The ball took the journey perfectly, starting two feet wide of the hole, right, and gently slipping in the hole for an improbable birdie.

Then again, when Spieth has a putter in his hand, nothing is improbable.

He's far from the best striker of the golf ball on TOUR and his driver is prone to a two-way miss when he's out of sorts, but no person on the planet putts their ball better than Jordan Spieth. And putting is the art form by which players either make a living at playing golf or sell shoes to support their family. If you can't putt, you eventually go broke.

At #17, an offline drive gave Spieth a squirrely lie in the left rough, which prompted him to blow the shot over the green and off the hospitality tent. Given a free drop, Spieth played an amazing shot -- off of trampled on and matted down grass, no less -- that hit just in the right spot on the fringe and made its way to the hole where it obediently found the bottom of the hole for another out-of-this-world birdie and the deal sealer for his 8th career win.

That's how Woods would have done it, too. Just when the challengers thought they might have a chance, a sliver of hope, Tiger would drive a stake through their heart with a chip-in birdie at the 71st hole. Spieth did the stake-driving this time around, much to the delight of the home crowd who was there in Fort Worth to see their golden boy win a title.

At 18, after piercing a 3-wood into perfect position on the right side of the fairway, Spieth left himself with a 35-foot putt. All he needed to do on the hole was make bogey-five to win, but why stop a good thing if you don't have to, right? His final birdie of the day at 18 gave him six on the back nine and a scorecard of 35-30 for a final 65 and a 3-shot win over Harris English.

It was a virtuoso performance from Spieth, who handled his Masters collapse like a true champion and vowed not to let it derail him for the rest of the season.

After a miserable outing at The Players -- his first event back after Augusta -- where he was outplayed and thoroughly thrashed for the first two days by eventual champion Jason Day, Spieth got back in the hunt last week in Dallas but couldn't seal the deal as Sergio Garcia eventually won in a playoff.

On Sunday, given another chance to show the Masters was an outlier, not a bubbling, growing sign of concern, Spieth produced a back-nine "30" that sent the appropriate message to anyone who was wondering: Jordan Spieth is just fine.

A few hours after Spieth took home the title in Dallas, Clayton Kerhsaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off against the New York Mets in the Sunday Night Game of The Week.

Kershaw, like Spieth, hails from Dallas, but he's 28, not 22, and while Spieth has a couple of rivals in golf who on any given day can claim superiority (Day and McIlroy), Kerhshaw has no equal when it comes to pitching. He's the best in the world, right now.

Although he didn't get the win on Sunday night (L.A. won the game, 4-2, but the Mets tied the game after Kershaw departed in the 8th inning), Kershaw's performance was terrific, as usual.

He allowed just four hits and two earned runs in 7.2 innings of work and -- ready for this? -- struck out ten New York hitters and walked none.

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With 65 strikeouts and 2 walks in six starts in the month of May, Clayton Kershaw took his dominance to a new level.

His month of May was equally sensational. In six May starts, he went 5-0, with 65 strikeouts and just 2 walks allowed.

Since you're thinking it, I'll go ahead and write it. Ubaldo Jimenez walked two Cleveland batters in the span of about four minutes on Saturday afternoon. Kerhsaw walked two batters in the entire month of May...in 49.2 innings of work.

His work in May marked the first time since 1900 that a pitcher struck out 65 hitters and walked less than five batters while doing so. Just another sidenote to an incredible month on the mound.

Kershaw is in his 9th big league season, all of which have come in Los Angeles. He's won three Cy Young awards already, seems destined to double that by the time he's done, and if he's still doing this sort of stuff by the time he reaches age 35, there might be an argument by then that he's the greatest pitcher in baseball history.

He's started 252 games in his career and has 121 wins already, with an ERA of 2.39 and a WHIP of 1.015. The Hall of Fame "standard" for WHIP is typically thought to be 1.180, which is precisely what Jim Palmer finished with in his legendary career that landed him a spot in Cooperstown. Kershaw's blowing that away -- and just about every other mark of historical significance that pitchers rely on to make their claim for greatness.

Last season, he struck out 301 hitters and walked 42. We all thought that was a phenomenal development.

So far, in 2016, he has 105 strikeouts and 5 walks. In 11 starts.

Unlike Spieth, though, his geographical brother with the two major golf titles under his belt, Kershaw is lacking a championship ring. While his work in the regular season has been outrageously successful, his post-season pitching hasn't matched that level of quality.

Granted, you're facing premium hitters and teams in the post-season, but the only blemish on Kershaw's otherwise slam-dunk-Hall-of-Fame career thus far has been a trip to the World Series and a victory in the Fall Classic.

It will happen someday, of course, but until then, Kershaw will just need to keep dominating opposing hitters like he's done for the last nine seasons. As he displayed again on Sunday night in New York, there's always room for an encore.

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terps, north carolina face off in today's ncaa lacrosse title game


Let's take a look at the weekend in lacrosse thus far and preview today's NCAA championship battle between Maryland and North Carolina in Philadelphia.

Saturday, May 28, North Carolina 18 - Loyola 13 - As expected, Carolina would be winning face-offs and their offense would be clicking. Carolina jumped out to a huge early lead, by as much as 10 in the 2nd quarter, then cruised the rest of the way for the win. Loyola frankly looked like they forgot to get off the bus and the Tar Heels made them pay.

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Charley Toomey's Loyola Greyhounds picked a bad day to have a bad day on Saturday as they came out flat in an 18-13 loss to North Carolina.

In the 1st half, Loyola's defense looked like they were playing in sand as Carolina's offense ran by the Greyhound defense opening up a 9-2 1st quarter lead. Coach Toomey pulled goalie Jacob Stover for Grant Limone in the 2nd, but it didn't make much difference. Loyola went into a zone defense, which Carolina easily dissected to go up 14-5 at half.

Loyola stepped up its intensity in the 2nd half and pulled to within 4 late in the 4th quarter, but that was as close as they would get as Carolina used just enough offense to keep a safe distance ahead. Given that Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia is grass and how slow Loyola's defense was against Carolina, who play on grass, you have to wonder if that impacted the Greyhounds who normally play on turf.

For Loyola, Pat Spencer led the offense with 1 goal and 5 assists but had one of his toughest games in recent memory including 3 turnovers. Zach Herreweyers and Tyler Albrecht each had 3 goals in the loss. Carolina's Chris Cloutier led the Tar Heels with 9 goals whether dodging from behind or picking cherries in transition, he was a finisher. Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall) started out strong in the first half going 14 of 21 on face-offs and finished 19 of 35.

Saturday, May 28, Maryland 15 - Brown 14 OT - Wow! One of the best games of the season and worthy of a lacrosse championship game. If you missed it and ESPN replays it, set your DVRs. The contrasting styles made for a great game and just when you thought the Terps were safe with a 4-goal lead midway through the 4th...not so fast!

Brown ran off 4 straight to force OT, but the Terps landed the final punch to take down Brown. With both teams making plays on both sides of the ball its tough to identify the biggest influences, but we'll take a stab.

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Maryland scoring star Matt Rambo was held to just one goal on Saturday vs. Brown, but his five assists were crucial in the Terps' 15-14 OT win.

He's Baaaack - Brown's star attackman Dylan Molloy played with broken foot after missing last week's narrow victory against Navy. And although not 100%, still made an impact with 2 goals. He didn't dominate, but his presence made this a great game and he most likely sealed the deal as the Tewaarton winner.

Makin' Plays - Did the Terps get beat at the face-off X and did Bernlohr give up more goals than saved? Yes. But when needed, Maryland made the big plays that determined the outcome. Henningsen and the Terp's face-off unit came up with the big ground ball in OT and Bernlohr made a few key pass interceptions on what appeared to be great Brown feeds.

High Risk, High Reward - Brown's style of relentless pressure on both sides of the jbal created great opportunities...for both teams as evidenced by 24 Bear turnovers. Bear goalie Jack Kelly made some sensational saves, but also came out of the crease a few times to help shut off an adjacent pass and double the ball and the result was 2 Terp goals.

Also, with the game tied in the 2nd quarter, Brown pulls out a 10-man ride and Terp defender Matt Dunn scores on Brown with a shot from his own restraining line while goalie Kelly was guarding a player away from the goal.

Maryland continued its unselfish offense with 9 different scorers and were led by Matt Rambo with only 1 goal but 5 assists. As noted, Brown's star Molloy was not 100% but Bailey Tills was, netting 4 goals and an assist which included a couple of Top 10 plays of the week.

Not many teams could have weathered the Brown assault but the Terps survived with great depth, using 24 players. Hopefully, they have enough in the tank for Carolina on Monday.

Sunday, May 29, DIII Championship: Salisbury 14 - Tufts 13 - Another "Wow" game as the Sea Gulls go up big then fight off a big comeback to win the title!

The Jumbos started out strong going up 3-1 in the 1st quarter and controlling face-offs. Then the Sea Gulls went to work as their defense only allowed one more goal in the 2nd while the offense kicked it into gear going up 9-4 at the half. In crazy fashion, Cirillo gets a Sea Gull goal at the 1st quarter buzzer while Blondino gets a goal at the buzzer ending the half.

Salisbury pulled out to a 12-4 lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Jumbos made a game of it scoring nine 2nd half goals and pulled to within a goal late in the game. Tufts was able to force a Salisbury turnover and had the ball with under a minute to go.

They also got exactly what they wanted when they actually got the ball to their star John Uppgren on the crease with the game-tying goal on his stick. But Salisbury's goalie, and Player of the Game, Colin Reymann (Mt. St. Joes) stuffed Uppgren on the crease with just a few seconds left to seal the victory. Midfielder James Burton and attackman Nick Garbarino led the Sea Gulls, each with 3 goals and 2 assists.

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Today's D1 Championship Preview - #1 Maryland vs North Carolina, 1 pm

I was good and ready to basically crown the winner of Maryland vs Brown as the probable winner of this championship game. But I'd have to be blind not to recognize just how dominant North Carolina has been in routing a pair of top 10 teams in Notre Dame and Loyola. Here are a few factors that could decide the outcome of today's title clash in Philly.

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Can Maryland netminder Kyle Bernlohr rise to the occasion one more time and lead the Terps past North Carolina in Monday's lacrosse title game?

Goalapalooza - For all the representation of All-American caliber goalies in the Final Four, there were 60 goals scored in the semis. All goalies gave up more goals than saved as normally stout keepers gave up several long range bombs. The goalie who steps up may be the key to victory in this game.

How Much In The Tank? - Maryland played an exciting up and down, fast-paced overtime game with Brown and gave up a late 4-goal lead as they appeared to tire. Carolina appeared to have an easy game, but Loyola fought all the way to the end forcing UNC to keep their starters in. Stephen Kelly took all 35 face-offs against Loyola and won only 5 of 14 in the second half. How much will each team have in the tank on just a few days rest?

Prediction - Both teams will be hungry for their first championship in decades. This is Coach Breschi's first trip for the Tar Heels while it mark's John Tillman's 4th visit to the final game in the last 6 years. In the first game between these teams two months ago, the Terps won in their typical methodical way by ball-control and eventually wearing down the Tar Heel defense to walk away with the win. But North Carolina is playing with a new purpose and has been dominate in getting ground balls and executing their offense.

The Tar Heels are clicking, but Maryland has the most complete team, the more experienced team, and an offense that can score with anyone.

Carolina is not going down without a fight, and I think they will be up early. But I'm thinking we might see Stephen Kelly wear down at the face-off X and I expect Kyle Bernlohr to rebound after a not so great game against Brown. Look for the Terps to win another exciting 13-12 thriller as they continue to be a goal or two ahead of the competition and finally break through to become national champions.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.



springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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here's the obvious solution -- swap jimenez for worley


Ubaldo Jimenez stunk it up again yesterday and the Birds lost, 11-4 in Cleveland. That's the short story.

But there's more to it, now, as Jimenez appears off-the-rails, completely, and the Birds are facing a guaranteed loss every time he takes the mound.

It stands to reason that the "fix" for Jimenez isn't in front of Buck Showalter's face or he would have done it by now, right?

I mean, if a better arm existed in Norfolk or someone on the waiver wire served as a better option for the Orioles at this point, Dan Duquette and Buck would surely make the move. They'd come up with another "ankle injury" for Jimenez like they did back in 2014 and they'd temporarily get some refief from his ineffectiveness.

Without a new arm or reclamation project in the offing, I see Vance Worley as the option Showalter has to use at this point.

He should do it effective immediately and swap the two, role-wise, promoting Worley to starter and sending Jimenez to the bullpen.

And, no, this isn't being brought up today entirely because of what happened yesterday in Cleveland, although that was the final straw. Part of Cleveland's 4-run first inning was created by the Pedro Alvarez error, which can't be put on Jimenez's shoulders.

But the rest of that mess on Saturday was on Jimenez, for sure. Walks, more walks, stolen bases, and balls batted all over the place had him gone before the second inning was finished. The aforementioned Vance Worley came in and thereafter allowed one earned in 4.1 innings of work.

Worley is not, really, a major league starter. Let's get that out of the way now. He was at one time, and was actually effective for a couple of years, but all in all, he's not a guy you can give the ball to every 5th day.

Put someone in there who can keep the team in the game

At this stage, though, Worley is probably more dependable than Jimenz.

He can't strike out eight guys in six innings of work like Ubaldo can, but he's not going to have a 1.87 WHIP like the one currently owed by Jimenez, either.

Worley has been effective out of the bullpen -- even in long relief -- because his stuff works well over brief periods of exposure.

Once the lineup has seen him three times, they figure Worley out, which is also the dilemma currently bothering the team's two youngsters, Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson.

But at this point, giving Worley the ball to start the game and trying to somehow coax five decent innings out of him -- where the Orioles are hopefully still in the game -- is far better than being behind 6-0 after three innings when Jimenez takes the hill.

I have no idea what's happened to Jimenez, but it's time for Showalter to make a move.

Giving him his outright release isn't the answer, because the Orioles simply aren't going to fork over the remainder of this season's salary and next year's $13 million paycheck with nothing to show for it.

Ultimately -- in a perfect world -- that's exactly what they'd do with Jimenez. They'd cut him, go get another pitcher, and that chapter would conclude. But it doesn't work that way in Major League Baseball and teams just aren't going to part company with a $13 million investment like that.

In the meantime, though, the Orioles have to win some baseball games and at least every fifth day, they can just pre-mark that one down as a loss.

For now, unless there's someone unemployed floating around out there with a morsel of quality, the options are fairly limited. Bring someone up from the minor leagues or promote an arm from the bullpen.

To me, Worley is the only option at this point. I doubt he's a long-term solution, either, but his work over the last month in long relief has been credible enough to give him a start every fifth day.

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indians clobber birds, 11-4


When you see the score -- 11-4 -- you just assume the Orioles got mollywhopped on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland and that was that.

Well, they did. Sort of.

The Orioles trailed 4-0 after one inning, but they had plenty of chances to cobble together a rally or two that would have made the game more interesting. In fact, in innings two through seven, the Birds had runners on base in six of those seven frames.

But when you go 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, you're probably not coming back from a 7-0 deficit.

And let's not forget about the strikeouts -- 10 more of them on Saturday for the O's.

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Mark Trumbo had three more hits on Saturday in Cleveland to raise his average to .294 but it wasn't nearly enough in Baltimore's 11-4 loss.

A comeback wouldn't have been necessary if Ubaldo Jimenez could have figured out a way to stop putting people on base in his 30 minutes of work on Saturday. Jimenez allowed eight baserunners in 1.2 innings and left the game with his team down 5-0. You're losing most nights with that stat line from your starting pitcher.

A first inning error from third baseman Pedro Alvarez didn't help matters, either, but Jimenez wasn't good enough anyway.

The Orioles still had gobs of chances to score over the rest of the afternoon, they just couldn't do it in big enough patches to mount a serious rally.

Manny Machado led off the 4th inning with a double, but Adam Jones and Chris Davis followed with strikeouts and Matt Wieters grounded out to second base to end the inning.

The Orioles then loaded the bases with no one out in the 5th inning, but turned a game-tilting rally into a one-run production that all but ended their hopes.

After a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones ended the shutout, Hyun Soo Kim lined out to second and Manny Machado struck out to end the inning. Big inning turned into no inning, basically.

In the top of the 7th, the O's had runners on 1st and 3rd with no one out, but Machado grounded into a double play. A run scored to make it 8-4, but another potential big inning went by the wayside.

Mark Trumbo went 3-for-4 on the day. He was the only Oriole with more than one hit on Saturday.

Worley, Givens and Tolliver each allowed runs in their patches of relief work, but Jimenez put them all behind the eight-ball with 1.2 innings of nothing.

It's Tillman (6-1) vs. Clevinger (0-1) today. It's pretty much a guaranteed win for the Birds.

And they need it.

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warriors pull off late comeback at okc to force game 7


No matter what happens on Monday night in Oakland, Saturday evening's Game 6 win for the Golden State Warriors was one for the ages.

Down 3-2 in the series and trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder by seven points with 5:48 remaining, the Warriors suddenly came to life, roaring back to claim Game 6, 108-101, and send the series back home for Monday evening's dramatic finale.

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After a terrific kiss-off-the-glass two pointer late in the game sealed the Game 6 win, Steph Curry reminded the fans in Oklahoma City that Game 7 awaits.

Klay Thompson and -- who else? -- Steph Curry did nearly all of the damage in that final five minute run. Thompson finished the night with 41 points and made 11 three-pointers, including a couple in the game's final moments that broke OKC's heart.

Curry did the same, answering his critics from Game 4 who said the reigning MVP "disappeared", scoring 29 points and connecting on a late 3-pointer and a glorious soft touch bucket in traffic with 0:14 left in the game that was the final nail in the Thunder's coffin.

It surely helped Golden State that OKC went cold in the final few minutes, but by then you could see the Warriors were starting to hit their stride and only a leak in the roof or -- ahem, the lights going out in the building -- could stop the momentum Golden State had created.

Thompson and Curry took over from a scoring standpoint and the Warriors, admittedly, got a handful of fortunate breaks go their way. Balls clanged off the rim and went straight to a player in blue, a batted ball deflected off of Russell Westbrook, and a late shovel pass from Kevin Durant to Westbrook was knocked away by Draymond Green -- right to a teammate.

This is the way it should be, though. Golden State, who went 73-9 in the regular season, was barely tested in their first two playoff rounds, even though Curry missed three weeks with a knee sprain.

At some point, they needed this, a test from a rival who got swept in three games by Golden State during the regular season but never once thought they couldn't compete with them in the post-season -- if it got that far.

Oklahoma City has done more than compete. They've brought out the best in the Warriors, especially in Game 5 and Game 6, where Golden State faced elimination but somehow put it all together at just the right moment to play another day.

Monday night in Oakland will be epic, you can bank on that.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.



springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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i'd take these five players on my team -- any day


If you're able to do this exercise honestly, it can make for some fun and interesting discussion at the cookout or party you're attending this holiday weekend.

Be warned though: It's not always easy to be honest when you start getting verbally harrassed from friends who blast you with, "What? You want that guy on your team? He's a creep and so are you!"

We all see players that are either just inherently disliked (Tom Brady would be a classic case) or have done something along the way that has increased our level of disdain for them. Eventually -- like Brady, for me -- you watch him perform at such a high level that you give in and say, "Damn, I'd love to have that guy on MY team."

The perfect example of this would be former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.

No one in Baltimore -- Ravens fans, that is -- liked Ward, ever. There's no sense in documenting "why" -- the list would go on and on and on. He tortured the Ravens for a decade, along with a lot of other teams in the league.

But, let's be honest here. Ward would have been one helluva Raven. He's a better version of Steve Smith, basically, or at least he was in his prime.

Try going to the family picnic today here in Charm City and admitting you would take Hines Ward on your team. Someone might squirt mustard in your eyes.

You get it now, right? Come up with your own list of five players you'd take on YOUR team, any day, despite the fact it might be an unpopular decision. And remember, you're not trading or exchanging player for player. If you choose Tom Brady, for example, you're not swapping him with Joe Flacco. You're simply saying, despite all the negativity, you'd take Brady on YOUR team./p>

Here's my five, in no particular order:

I've always liked the way Philip Rivers plays football. He's the exact opposite, in fact, of the guy we have behind center these days, Joe Flacco.

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Yes, despite his sideline flare-ups and other tension-filled moments, I'd take Philip Rivers on my team.

Last season when the Ravens hosted the Chargers, I sat about 15 rows up right behind the San Diego bench, with a premium view of Rivers at all times when the offense wasn't on the field.

He never sat down on the bench and chatted with teammates, looked at an iPad or stared up into the seats. His "down time" was spent pacing back and forth, smacking teammates on the shoulder pads, yelling something at them, and, at least twice during the 4th quarter of that game, getting into a mini flare-up with one or more of his wide receivers.

I don't like one personality (Flacco) over the other (Rivers). I think a player can be calm, stationary, bland and boring (Flacco) during the game and still be successful. And I think he can also be wild, hyper, driven, crazy and combative (Rivers) as well.

Rivers can play, too. He's never had the greatest of offenses in San Diego, although he played with two Hall of Fame candidates in LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates. But year after year, the Chargers are routinely playoff contenders and have been on the good end and bad end of several post-season stunners.

I like the way Rivers plays the game. He could play for my team any day.

It's hard to admit I'd take Dustin Pedroia on my team, but I'd take him in a heartbeat.

It's not just the Hall of Fame path he's carving out for himself, either. Sure, the numbers are outstanding, but it's more about the way he plays that catches my eye every summer when the Orioles and Red Sox tangle eighteen times.

Pedroia's always in the middle of a rally or a huge inning, either looping a ball over the second baseman's head or driving one just inside the right field line.

It almost always seems like his hits are "cheapies" even though it's likely they aren't, actually. It just "feels" like he's always burning the Orioles with a hit that barely made contact with the bat.

I love his passion and fire for the game, even though it makes him an easy target for detractors and critics.

I'd take Pedroia on my team any day. And we'd beat your team most days.

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Give me 50 of these each year, please. He hits for power, walks 100 times a year and is capable of beating you every time he's at the plate. I'll take Jose Bautista on my team.

If I'm taking Rivers and Pedroia in part because of their passion, I'm taking the much maligned Jose Bautista more because of his numbers AND his passion. The Orioles, of course, once had Bautista themselves, but like a handful of other teams back then, they let him get away.

Bautista is strongly disliked in these parts, but the truth of the matter is he's been an offensive dynamo for the last seven seasons or so. The Blue Jays' rise in the American League has coincided in large part with Bautista's own climb to the top of the American League's offensive stat page.

The home runs are nice, granted, but have you seen the on-base-percentage in Bautista's last six full seasons?

2010: .378

2011: .447

2012: .358

2013: .358

2014: .403

2015: .377

Jose Bautista can play for me and flip the bat after home runs any time he wants.

This one might be the no brainer of the group, but there are lots of people who would't take him on their team for some completely bizarre reason. Yes, I'd take LeBron James on my team. Every friggin' day.

Cleveland's win over Toronto in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals sends LeBron back to the championship series for the 6th straight season. Six. That's a lot of winning, and a lot of winning in pressure situations in May and June.

I follow James close enough to know his numbers aren't all that great in the final five minutes of games, on the last possession with the game tied, and so on and so on. It's my belief that you can poke a hole in just about any athlete's game if you look closely enough.

But what you get from James is the same thing you get from Bruce Springsteen when you see one of his shows in person. You get heart, will power, guts, passion and a lot of making other people around him better. Oh, and the guy can play basketball, too.

I was never a LeBron hater, so I didn't get all that venom for him in his early days in Cleveland. I thought "The Decision" was a mistake and spoke out against it a lot during my radio days, but it was more about how he did it than anything else.

You could see that he learned from that poorly constructed exit from Cleveland to Miami when he rejoined the Cavaliers last season and simply announced his return via a magazine article.

I'm a LeBron James fan. Proudly so, in fact. He could play for my team, any day.

Last but not least is the toughest one of these to admit to, I assure you.

I'd love to have David Ortiz on my team. And not just because he's a Hall of Famer, although that helps, obviously.

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Big game, big player, big bat. If David Ortiz is on my team, we're most likely beating your team.

Ortiz is feared. At his zenith, he was one of the most feared hitters of this generation, right up there with Barry Bonds, Frank Thomas and Albert Pujols. That sort of fear lends itself well to Ortiz being able to make teammates believe, perhaps, that they are better than the statistics and data otherwise indicate.

I've looked at players in Boston over the years and thought to myself, "Why is that guy so good? Nothing about him stands out." Guys like Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar, Jason Varitek and Jacoby Ellsbury all fit that mold. They were talented players -- all of them -- but I felt like their best years were in Boston for some reason. And maybe, just maybe, that reason was David Ortiz.

Hothead? Absolutely.

Whiner? For sure.

Full of himself? You bet, just like every other great one in the game.

But you know what else Ortiz has been? A winner.

I'd take Ortiz and that winning on my team any day.

So there you go. There's my five. Throw a few of your five in the comments section below and then chat it up at the cookout or holiday party this weekend.

There's only one rule: You're not allowed to take Danny Briere on your team. He's a washed up, retired punk, who once played for the Philadelphia Flyers, which immediately makes him ineligible for the list since no one would EVER take a player who previously played for the Flyers.

Once you play for the Flyers, you're poisoned.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone. Summer is here!

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Our state is represented well this weekend (as it should be) at the NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia. Let's take a look at the D1 Final Four as well as the D3 Championship match-ups. All of which are not so easy to predict.

#7 Loyola vs North Carolina (Sat 12pm ) - This should be a great game with two teams playing very well. Both squads are coming off solid performances so far in the tournament. Loyola man-handled Duke, then hung ten goals one of the nation's best defenses in Towson. UNC handled Cinderella Marquette on the road, then continued their dominance over one of the best defenses in Notre Dame while stifling the Fighting Irish All-American offensive stars.

Goalie Play - UNC's Brian Balkam was a big reason Notre Dame's offense didn't click, saving several long range lasers from Sergio Perkovic and others. Loyola's Jacob Stover had a rare off-game vs Towson last week until the 4th quarter. Given his 60+% save percentage on the year, I expect a better performance which he'll need given the Tar Heels offensive fire power. However, he's still a freshman.

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Ex-Calvert Hall star Stephen Kelly will be a huge part of North Carolina's offensive game plan in the semi-finals vs. Loyola. If Kelly controls the faceoff "X", the Tar Heels have a great chance to play in Monday's title game.

Face-Offs - Loyola's Graham Savio enjoyed a nice bounce-back performance against Towson after their first game in March as he owned the Tigers last week. This limited Towson's looks as the Tigers only managed to generate 24 shots. However, UNC's Stephen Kelly (Calvert Hall) is emerging as one of the better FOGOs in the country and is just super crafty and winning ground balls even when not getting the clamps. I see him potentially dominating Savio in this game.

Loyola's Ball - Loyola's Pat Spencer has assumed the role of quarterback and the Greyhound offense will arguably have the best offensive player on the field come Saturday. Towson game planned for him and he still was able to get 3 goals and an assist. However, his points came early in the game when they weren't sliding to him and his production dropped off in the 2nd half. Zach Sirico filled in some, but depth might be an issue if Carolina can take Spencer out of the game. And he'll most likely draw North Carolina's Austin Pifani, a Tewaarton candidate defender.

North Carolina's Ball - A lot like Maryland, UNC has several offensive weapons including 5 starters with 25 or more goals. So Loyola will be forced to pick their poison. The Greyhound's close D will be forced to cover attackmen Pontrello, Cloutier, and Goldstock, but put your focus on the attack and UNC's midfield will take you down. The Tar Heel offense is generating 12.7 goals per game with half of those assisted so if your defender get's beat and you slide, you pay. The Greyhound defense, allowing only 8 goals per game, will be up for the challenge.

Prediction - This game is tough to call for sure. The Greyhounds are certainly a solid team and have proved it time and time again. However, all the highly touted Tar Heel recruits are clicking on offense and they will enjoy a significant advantage in possessions thanks to Stephen Kelly. In addition, I think the Tar Heels will limit Pat Spencer when Loyola gets the ball. Did it look like the Tar Heels felt like they won their Super Bowl last week after finally getting back to it's first Final Four in decades and not have any gas in the tank for this game? Perhaps. But at this point, Coach Breschi and the boys seem like they're playing with house money. Given all this, I see an 11-9 Tar Heels victory.


#1 Maryland vs #5 Brown (Sat 2:30pm) - Probably one of the most anticipated games of the season and to some, the actual championship game. Maryland is the hottest team in the country winning its last 15 in a row and, with an exceptionally close game here and there, have done so very comfortably. Brown has the country's most productive offense and has only been beaten twice, both times by outstanding career goalie performances. Let's breakdown some of the key factors that should decide the game.

Style of Play - The Tortiose and the Bear - The Terps like ball control, slow-down offense and long possessions. They'll probe the defense with some passing and dodging using all time possible, going deep into a timer on situation if necessary. Maryland also plays solid, patient D and will allow low percentage shots that All-American goalie Kyle Bernlohr is more than capable of gobbling up. On the flipside, the Bears are all about chaos. They can't stand to pass the ball more than a few times without getting a shot off. On defense, they come out an press to force turnovers and transition. They even come out and pressure the ball on man-down, much like a hockey penalty killing defense that clears the puck.

Face-offs - Brown's Will Gural (70.4%) dominiated one of the nation's best last week in Navy's Brady Dove and scored 2 straight from the X. Maryland will counter with Austin Henningsen and Will Bonaparte who struggled against Syracuse's Ben Williams and who appear to be in for another long day. The Terps wings better be ready to slow Gural down or he could make them pay.

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Can Brown slow down a versatile Maryland offensive unit? If so, they'll need to figure out a way to limit Maryland's Matt Rambo's production in Saturday's semi-final matchup.

Maryland's Ball - The Terps may play slow, but they are highly efficient. Their attack is one of the best units in the country. Rambo and Heacock can dodge while Maltz cuts and gets open on the crease for easy looks. And if you focus on the attack, Maryland has 4 midfielders in Cole, Kelly, West, and Young who are more than capable of scoring. It's Brown's turn to pick their poison. As noted, Brown will apply pressure defensively and push out on their guys very aggressively with the goal of forcing turnovers for transitional offense. They are lead by LSM Larkin Kemp who with 5 goals and 12 assists has decent numbers for an offensive midfielder. Brown goalie Jack Kelly is one of the best with a 61.7% save percentage so the Terps had better take quality shots.

Brown's Ball - Brown had the best offense in the country this year with the best attack featuring Dylan Molloy, probable Tewaarton winner, who had 114 points. However, he was a very late scratch last week against Navy with a broken foot and the impact on the Bear offense was noticeable as they won but struggled against one of the better defenses in Navy. Kylor Bellistri (60 goals 28 assists) and Henry Blynn (50 goals 13 assists) did pick up some of the slack and the Bears still put 11 goals on Navy, However, they will face an even tougher challenge in Maryland's defense and All-American goalie Kyle Bernlohr. It will also be interesting to see how Maryland handle's Brown's transition game. They did fair well against a similar transitional team in Rutgers, but Brown plays a much faster game.

Prediction - As noted before, if Molloy was playing, this would be the de facto championship game. It still should be an entertaining game to watch as both teams will make some runs. I see Brown jumping out to an early lead. But without Molloy, I'm not sure they can keep up the momentum. I see the Terps catching them, then taking a lead in the first half. I then see Maryland steadily pull away while Brown takes even more chances. This Maryland team is on a mission and is more than living up to this year's "Be The Best" slogan. And I see the Terps taking down the Bears 12-8.


DIII Championship - #3 Tufts vs #4 Salisbury (Sun 1pm)

Traditional DIII powers Tufts (20-2) and Salisbury (22-1) meet up again in this year's final after stellar seasons from both with their only losses coming by 1 goal each.

Tufts are lead by attackman John Uppgren with 69 goals and 57 assists. Tufts produces an astonishing 17.7 goals per game but also gives up over 11 goals per game. Salisbury products 16.4 goals per game, but has one of the best defenses that only surrenders 6.5 goals per game.

The Sea Gulls offense is led by Nathan Blondino (52 goals, 45 assists), Carson Kalama (62 goals, 20 assists) and Thomas Cirillo (52 goals, 30 assists) . The only common opponent for the two teams was Stevenson in which Salisbury beat 13-7 while Tufts lost to the Mustangs 11-10. This should be an excellent face-paced game with both teams averageing a combined 95 shots per game. Tufts has won 3 of the last 6 championships including 2 against Salisbury, while Salisbury has won two within that stretch.

Look for Salisbury to get some championship redemption as they take down the Jumbos 13-11 in what should be another classic.

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springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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just like deflategate, ravens' "padgate" isn't really a big deal


I guess it's easy to dismiss the $480,000 in fine money the Ravens and John Harbaugh are going to have to shell out in the wake of the NFL penalizing the club and coach for a CBA rules violation...it's not MY money, after all.

So, when I hear and read the story about the penalty, the fines and the twice-punished team and coach, I shrug my shoulders and say, "Just not a big deal."

I said the same thing a couple of years back when the Patriots evidently deflated a bunch of footballs to a weight that was almost imperceptible to you, me and your Aunt Betty: "Not a big deal."

The only real issue with this latest Ravens faux pas is the mere exposure of the team and their head coach now being two-time offenders. Six years ago, the NFL ordered the team to cancel the last week of off-season worksouts after a complaint was lodged with the Player's Association that the players were being kept at the facility too long.

I know, I know. "Being kept too long for practice" while making $500,000 or more. Such a hard life those guys lead...

Shame on you, Ben Watson

If you're the type who likes to come down hard on NFL coaches and teams who try and circumvent the rules, it would appear Coach Harbaugh knew there was a possibility that having his rookies in pads was a rules violation but he went ahead and authorized it anyway.

I'm not that type when it comes to matters such as these, but I'll also admit part of my leniency could come from the fact that I'm miffed with a new player -- Benjamin Watson -- turning in his new employer to the authorities.

That's not a great way to start your Ravens tenure, Mr. Watson.

I get it. As the team's designated player rep, it's Watson's "duty" to keep things on the up and up with regard to the team respecting the CBA.

"He's just doing his job," Watson defenders will claim.

Well, as John Cougar Mellencamp sang in his best song ever, Rain on the Scarecrow -- "Callin' it your job, ol' hoss, sure don't make it right."

Ultimately, though, it's not Ben Watson's fault that John Harbaugh tried to sneak a curve ball past the NFLPA and have his rookies wear pads -- i.e., actually "play" football -- in an off-season workout. As he noted yesterday, Harbaugh himself read through the CBA and made the decision to put those players in pads, so this one's on the coach.

But in the grand scheme of things, much like New England's ball deflating efforts, this whole thing is a big, giant "meh".

Some clown in the media will see this as an opportunity to provide a sizzling "hot take" on how the Ravens are sneaky and suspect, the very thing nearly everyone in the league constantly surmises about the Patriots and their head coach, Bill Belichick.

"Keep your eye on those cheaters in Baltimore," someone will no doubt write in the next day or two. "Those Ravens are scandalous."

"Sneaky" would have been taking the rookies out to McDaniel College for the day, throwing pads on them, and having practice out there where Ben Watson and other veteran players couldn't witness it all.

Now, THAT would have been deceitful. Or scandalous, perhaps.

This was a coach reading what I'm sure are incredibly complicated rules and regulations and either not completing understanding them or perhaps seeing what he thought might have been a loophole and trying to take advantage of it. My guess? It was the latter.

This won't matter at all come September

No matter how it happened, though, Harbaugh got caught and the team was fined $430,000 and some change and the Coach himself has to write a check to the league for $137,000-plus.

The Patriots lost draft picks for Deflategate.

The Ravens got off much easier, it would appear, although John Harbaugh's wife might disagree with that one when she notices a missing check next week and says, "Hey dear, what did you write check #109 for, do you remember?"

Ultimately, though, both of those incidents were misdemeanors and nothing more.

Because the NFL is always on the verge of being screwed up, Tom Brady has (again) been suspended for four games and he never once admitted to deflating footballs beyond their legal allowance, but in the week after the original incident happened in the AFC title game, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers actually confessed "we overinflate every football because I like them that way and then we just hope the refs don't catch it before the game."

I'm not advocating that Aaron Rodgers be suspended. I'm simply bringing up the point that the player who hasn't admitted any wrong doing has been punished and the player who admitted he bends the rules hasn't been touched at all.

The NFL is one wacky league.

Heck, I'd cite Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin's attempt to trip Jacoby Jones during an actual game a few years back as a far more egregious blunder than either Deflategate or Padgate. I still say to this day that had Tomlin actually made contact with Jones there, the league would have pressured the Steelers into firing their coach over that one, particularly if the incident would have affected either the outcome of the game or the point spread differential at game's end.

In the end, Padgate isn't a big deal. The Ravens will lose three days of OTA's in June and a bunch of money will change hands, but other than that, it's a white collar crime and a wrist-slap from the judge.

It all will have zero affect on the Ravens in 2016, as far as their on-field performance goes, that is.

But that new beach house down in Key West that the Harbaugh's were thinking about buying might have to be put on hold for a year or two...

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o's whiff 15 more times in 4-2 loss at houston


I'd go as far as suggesting that last night's 15 strikeout performance from the Orioles was an outlier, but you should never write what you DON'T believe. So, I won't.

Especially after seeing the Birds strike out 37 times in the first two games in Houston, I'll readily admit last night's fiasco wasn't "just one of those nights" down there in Texas.

Thursday's performance, though, almost looked like the O's didn't care.

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The look of a guy making $23 million a year who struck out three times on Thursday night and grounded out -- weakly -- to second base to end the game.

I realize Buck Showalter would never call a team meeting and show his players the game film of their at-bats in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Astros, but if he did, the guys would see themselves almost going through the motions in about 75% of those strikeouts.

Houston's starter last night, Lance McCullers, has wicked stuff, admittedly. His breaking ball is one of the best in the game. But the swings a few of the Birds made on Thursday evening were performed with the same energy you'll give to waving at a fly during this weekend's Memorial Day barbeque.

That's what I saw, anyway.

George Springer homered twice off of Kevin Gausman and Luis Valbuena hit a round-tripper for the third straight night as the Astros completed the 3-game sweep and handed the Birds their fourth straight loss overall.

Let's just say this: It wasn't a good series for the O's at the plate.

It was actually historically awful, truth be known, as it marked the first time since formal records were kept in 1913 that a team struck out 15 or more times in three consecutive games.

There were other lowlights, too. The O's went 4-for-28 with runners in scoring position during the series and left 33 runners on base over three games.

Schoop and Davis struck out three times on Thursday, while Jones and Rickard went down twice. Rickard, as I noted in Thursday's edition of #DMD, is starting to be a concern at the plate. Throw him anything off-speed and it's a challenge for the rookie to put his bat on the ball.

And while I understand someone has to play third base, I don't know for the life of me why Buck insists on giving Paul Janish a chance to go 0-for-4 once or twice a week. He might be a nice guy, but Janish isn't a major league hitter. Sorry...

Gausman would have been a highlight on Thursday evening if not for the fact he continues to labor through long at-bats and threw 104 pitches in just five innings of work. His raw numbers (5 hits allowed, 7 strikeouts, 1 walk) weren't all that bad, but the former #1 pick just doesn't have an "out pitch" that's reliable enough to extinguish big league hitters in a pinch.

Mark Trumbo hit a second inning home run and Manny Machado drove in Hyun Soo Kim with a 9th inning double that was misjudged by Astros right fielder George Springer and bounded off the top of the wall.

Oh, wait, Machado only picked up a single there in the 9th inning. He was too busy standing at the plate and admiring the ball's trajectory for a couple of seconds before deciding to run the bases.

If Manny does that against the Texas Rangers, he better be prepared for a fistfight.

So the Birds now head to Cleveland to complete this wacky 3-city road trip that will see them play three teams in three different time zones. The Indians await, and they're not actually chopped liver anymore.

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just shut down baylor's football program and move on


There are lots of "ifs" here, but IF Baylor's football coach and members of his staff did, indeed, cover up sexual assaults committed by members of the football program, the penalty should be easy for the NCAA to hand out.

Shut down the Baylor football team for three years.

Done.

I said this very same thing about North Carolina's football team a while back when they were involved in their enormous academic scandal with members of their football program.

And I said it again a few years ago during the whole Penn State-Jerry Sandusky situation.

These schools don't deserve football.

Not now, anyway.

I realize Baylor football coach Art Briles is going to lose his job and school President Kenneth Starr is being "re-assigned" within the University, but that's still not enough of a penalty for a school that overlooked claims of on-campus sexual assault for years.

If football players were involved -- there's that word "if" again -- and if the coach and his staff helped cover-up their crime(s), then shutting down the whole football team is a great way to tell other schools around the country to keep their noses clean.

Maybe if the NCAA would have done that with the likes of North Carolina and Penn State, Baylor wouldn't be in this predicament today.

But because football reigns supreme at Division I schools and money-talks-and-the-rest-of-it-walks, Baylor will be hosting football games this Fall, you can bet on that.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.



springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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strikeouts are "nothing to worry about" unless you stop winning games


We all knew the Orioles would go through a stretch or two like this during the season.

Let's just hope it's only one stretch -- or two -- and not a month long period of futility where the Birds are swinging and missing so much they lose 17 of 28 games.

Last night's 4-3 loss in Houston featured 18 more strikeouts from Orioles hitters. The optimist would point out that the game before, the Birds struck out 19 times, so things are slowly improving.

The realist would remind the optimist that Tuesday night's 19-strikeout-performance came in 13 innings of work. Wednesday's 18-strikeout-performance was produced in the good old fashioned regulation 9 inning ballgame.

Teams with power strike out a lot, that's a fact

This is a free swinging team, loaded with power, and just as home runs are part of the team's makeup, so, too, are strikeouts. They're going to happen.

That's probably not Buck Showalter's biggest concern, though, at this point. As is often the case when one area of the team stands out before the season as the trouble spot, something else pops up that becomes the problem element.

It's early, still, but the starting pitching hasn't been all that horrible, as most people predicted it might be. Tillman has been outstanding, Gausman has been effective, albeit inconsistent, and Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright have both provided enough quality that their contributions can at least be labeled "worthwhile".

Sure, Gallardo was terrible when he was healthy and Jimenez is Jimenez -- you're not getting anything out of him in four of his five starts -- but overall, the starting pitching has held its own based on what we thought it might deliver.

The bats, though, have either been Justin-Timberlake-hot or Alex Ovechkin-in-the-playoffs cold. There's typically no "in between" with the Baltimore offense.

The Birds had a chance to tie last night's game in Houston in the top of the 9th inning after Colby Rasmus failed to come down with a catchable ball at the left field wall and Chris Davis scampered into second base with a generous one-out double.

It's a shame Adam Jones swung at a pitch in the dirt that was about two feet off the plate just moments before to earn the inning's first out. Had Jones been on base instead of back in the dugout on the heels of his third strikeout of the night, the Birds would have tied the game at that point.

If we only had a nickel for every time the words "Adam Jones" and "swung at a pitch in the dirt" appeared in the same sentence over the last eight years, huh? We'd be watching these games from Kiawah Island instead of Parkville...

Anyway, Mark Trumbo finished off a 3-strikeout night of his own with Davis at second base and Matt Wieters then grounded out to second to end the game. Feel free to chime in today via the comments section if you'd like to label what Trumbo and Wieters did as something OTHER than a "strikeout" and "ground out".

Just a few less strikeouts would be nice, boys

Manny Machado got snippy after last nights' loss when he was asked about the team's 37 strikeouts over the last two games.

"For what? Why? Strikeouts are part of the game," Machado said when questioned by a reporter if the Birds were pressing at the plate. "Have to keep swinging the bats."

Who am I to correct Machado, I know, but "have to keep swinging the bats" really should have sounded like, "we just need to swing at some better pitches when we're up there and everything will be fine."

We all knew this team was going to live by the home run and die by the home run.

And, I'll bet right now, they'll have twice as many four home run games this season as they will 15 or more strikeout games.

But simply saying, "strikeouts are part of the game" or "strikeouts are nothing to worry about" is putting too much of a disguise on something that could be a problem down the road.

Three of the team's best hitters -- Davis, Trumbo and Jones -- are just as likely to whiff at the plate as they are to do anything else, especially when the pitcher they're facing is a nitpicker who doesn't have overpowering stuff.

Throw that trio a fastball that doesn't have much movement on it and it's getting parked over the fence somewhere. Offer them an array of off-speed stuff and even a pitch or two way out of the strike zone -- particularly if they're behind in the count -- and you have those three at your mercy.

In my former life when I was on the radio, I opined quite often that striking out is the worst thing you can do at the plate because it never does anything productive (unless you swing and miss at strike three and the ball gets away from the catcher and you and other runners can advance -- which happens about three times a year to most players).

Some would say "hitting into a double play is worse than striking out", but runs are scored all the time on double play ground outs. Runs are almost never, ever scored on strikeouts.

Strikeouts are of no value at all, which means you're likely going to lose if your team whiffs 13, 15, or -- gasp -- 18 and 19 times in a two-game stretch.

Give Kim a chance now (now!)

Losing streaks are also part of the game, so there's no reason for Buck Showalter to be super-concerned about the current 3-game skid, but it might be time to give Hyun Soo Kim (3-for-3 last night) a more extended look in left field and tell spring-training-whiz-kid Joey Rickard to take a seat for a week or so.

Kim's .438 average and .514 on-base-percentage -- yes, granted, a small sample size -- are worthy of a legitimate starting role for the time being until we see if this is beginner's luck on his part or the kind of quality we'll see from him regularly.

Yes, I've seen Kim throw the ball. He makes Peyton Manning's arm look good. But defensive woes aside, he's getting on base half the times he gets to the plate, while guys like Jones and Pedro Alvarez haven't yet reached the .300 plateau in on-base-percentage.

Speaking of Alvarez, I sure hope he's the 2016 version of Mike Cuellar circa 1977, when the southpaw would labor through the early-season cold months and then scorch the entire league in July and August when the temperatures rose into the 90's.

Right now, Alvarez stinks. Or, at least, that's what I think you're doing when you're hitting .194 with a .298 on-base percentage.

We were worried about the pitching and rightfully so.

But these last two nights have been tough to watch because the offense has been so anemic. Each game featured roughly six different chances for the Orioles to blow the whole thing open or score the tying or go-ahead run.

Instead, all we've seen so far are strikeouts, more strikeouts, missed opportunties and refined definitions from excuse makers who don't want to call a ground out a ground out.

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Unlike what I believe most people think of big time baseball fans, I am decidedly not what you would call a "purist."

In fact, I like a lot of the changes modern era baseball has made that a lot of curmudgeonly types (and seemingly everyone else) mostly rail against. The wild card? Fantastic addition to the playoff mix, and the second wildcard has been almost as good.

Heck, I'm also seemingly the only person who actively likes the unbalanced schedule, and am perfectly willing to profess my appreciation for the policy that guarantees that relatively few Orioles' week night games will begin later than 7:05. When you generally get up and go at 4:00 AM on your workdays, the difference between a game ending at 10 and ending at 11 is a rather big one!

But at the same time, I don't reflexively embrace change just for the sake of it either. For example, while I've been generally happy with the recent emphasis on pace of play considerations, and the "pitch clock" has been surprisingly successful in the minor leagues, I'm still very much opposed to introducing it in the big leagues because, well, it's not baseball, is it?

And I'm also mildly concerned that new Commissioner Rob Manfred may be overly inclined to make big changes just for the heck of it early in his tenure.

So when the league proposes a couple of fairly significant rule changes, I come to the question with no strong bias either in favor or against, and am mostly of a mixed mind on the topic.

First, a rule change I consider fairly inconsequential, even though it probably seems radical on its face: The idea of doing away with actually throwing the pitches on an intentional walk, and instead just allowing the manager to signal for the free pass and having the batter take first. This is mostly a pace of play issue, and it makes plenty of sense in a "what's the point of wasting time" kind of way. On the other hand, however, there certainly is the possibility of a wild pitch or stolen base or some other wacky happening, so I understand why people would be drastically opposed to it.

Personally, I think these events are so very rare as to not matter much at all, and so I'm pretty much fine with the proposed change, and won't mind missing out on the formality of lobbing four balls to a standing catcher.

The other proposed change, which has the potential to be incredibly transformative, would alter the very definition of the strikezone, codifying the top of the knee as the bottom boundary of the zone and, presumably, eliminating a lot of low strike calls that have been found to be a main driver of the reduced levels of offense in baseball today. Put simply; those pitches are hard to hit, and even tougher to hit hard, so when pitchers can expand the zone low you're going to see less offense.

This is a classic case where I'm of two minds.

I don't really care about minor tweaks to the formal contours of the zone (plenty of umpires were already using it as their de facto boundary anyway), and I can certainly understand why baseball is worried about this. Contrary to popular media narrative and some on again-off again fan protests, the actual evidence from the bottom line suggests that fans like home runs and offense a lot more than they hated the perceived epidemic of performance enhancing drugs, and lower offensive totals have been bad for baseball.

So the logic here is simple; bring up the bottom of the zone and get more offense league wide, which will present a more viewer friendly product. It should also reduce strikeouts which, frankly, become something of a problem from a viewing standpoint sometimes.

Strikeouts not only take longer to get through than quick outs on balls in play, but there's less action involved as well. It's not hard to see what the league is thinking here in terms of what they believe fans want to see.

Ironically, though, this proposed change is at odds with the pace of play initiative.

Because lifting the bottom of the zone will lead to fewer strike calls, it will also necessarily lead to more walks which, as anyone who has regularly sat through the four and a half hour Yankee-Red Sox July marathons can tell you, are the main driver of super long games. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it is something to consider: More offense will revolve around more walks and extra base hits, and that will mean longer games, since games are "timed" in outs and this will mean fewer outs per plate appearance.

Given my druthers I'd probably prefer shorter games with a slight advantage to pitchers and a game that asks batters to attack good pitches early in at bats, but I don't feel strongly on that point, and I definitely recognize that this opinion doesn't seem to be shared by most viewers.

So, ultimately, I find myself not having really strong opinions on these proposed rules changes at all which, go figure, seems to make me an outlier amongst baseball fans.

I expect both rule changes to pass, and they'll likely have unforeseen consequences, but neither is really likely to change the game in any significant way, and the strikezone change in particular will mostly only have the effect of making games look like they did from the period roughly between 1999 and 2006.

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here’s how the national league shapes up a quarter of the way through


We’re a few days late on this, but here’s a team-by-team look at the National League at the quarter mark of the 2016 season, with their chances of winning the division in parentheses.

N.L. East

Mets -- Proving that 2015 wasn’t a fluke with their early-season start. Their starting pitching will take them far, but is their offense good enough over 162 games to reach the 90 win mark? (40%)

Nationals -- Starting to take on the look of the hockey team in D.C. Always good enough in the regular season, never able to gut it out in the playoffs. Can Dusty Baker be the difference? (50%)

Phillies -- This dream start can’t last. Might hang around until the All Star break just because some team with no chance tends to do that every year, but by mid-August they’ll be in reverse. (10%)

Marlins -- They’ve somehow won 23 games already. Who are they playing against, the Big Ten? Or is Giancarlo Stanton worth 15 of those 23 wins? (0%)

Braves -- Laughably inept. I know they’re stockpiling draft picks, but in the meantime, no one in Atlanta knows they’re even in the league anymore. Can’t win 70 games. (0%)


N.L. Central

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Former Oriole Jake Arrieta is the pride of Chicago these days and one of the main reeasons why the Cubs are odds-on favorite to reach the World Series in 2016.

Cubs -- They’d win any other division in baseball by 15 games. As it stands now, they’re the best in their division, but with the Pirates in the rear view mirror, they might have to keep the pedal to the metal all season long, which could wear them down in October. (50%)

Pirates -- A pushover for two decades and now one of the toughest teams to beat in either league. Just don’t have enough pitching to overcome Chicago’s dominant rotation. (40%)

Cardinals -- Looks like they’re finally going to come back to earth a bit, but you really can’t ever rule them out because winning is in their DNA. Might be sellers at the deadline for once, though. (10%)

Brewers -- Despite their improvements, it’s too tall of a task to ask anything but 4th place (or perhaps 3rd) from them. In the wrong division at the wrong time, it appears. (0%)

Reds -- Nope. Not even close. Completely overmatched in this division. Hard pressed to win 70 games. (Less than 0%)


N.L. West

Giants -- It’s an even numbered year, so expect them to be in the Fall Classic again. Hard to explain how they do it, but they’re “good” at everything, basically. (40%)

Dodgers -- Maybe this is the year they come on late, get hot in October, and finally produce a championship to warrant all that big money they’ve spent over the last few years. Need more offense, for sure. (35%)

Rockies --- Might only be a year or two away from being legit. Pitching needs to be better. Anything in the upper 70’s win-wise would be a decent year. (15%)

Diamondbacks -- Seems like they should be better than they are. Don’t rule them out yet, but they have a long climb and two good teams to pass as well. (10%)

Padres -- They don’t care, they live in San Diego. What could be better than that? (0%)


N.L. MVP – 1. Nolan Arenado, 2. Yoenis Cespedes, 3. Daniel Murphy (really, Daniel Murphy?)

Cy Young Award – 1. Jake Arrieta, 2. Clayton Kershaw, 3. Noah Syndergaard

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.



springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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May 25
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it might be time to start throwing a few umpires out of the game


Our outstanding #DMD columnist, Brien Jackson, takes a look at a couple of the proposed new rule changes in Major League Baseball in tomorrow's edition, so this also seems like the perfect day for me to add a potential new rule to the heap and see if we can't get that one passed, too.

We have to do something with these thin-skinned umpires who seem to think the game revolves around them.

It happened again last night in Houston, where home plate Dana DeMuth ejected Astros centerfielder Colby Rasmus in the 6th inning for the ultimate baseball sin: arguing balls and strikes.

Here's the skinny: DeMuth missed the call on the 3-1 pitch, period. That was a ball. Sorry, blue, you missed it. Moments later, Rasmus struck out on the 3-2 count (and that WAS a strike) and was then tossed after getting in DeMuth's face to bark about the umpire's ineffectiveness.

They sell thick skin at Royal Farms for $7.99 a pack

I'm so tired of seeing these umpires act like they're the game and the players are just roadies lugging equipment that I've come up with a reasonable solution to help curb their willingness to just heave guys out of the game at a moment's notice.

MLB should start treating umpires the same way police departments treat an officer who discharges their weapon in the line of duty. If you throw a player or manager out of the game, you're immediately placed on "administrative leave" and the league thoroughly investigates YOU -- the umpire -- to make sure your reasoning and justifications for doing so were sound.

Maybe that will get these pompous, arrogant goofs from expelling people from games that matter just because they argued a little bit.

There's no other sport ANYWHERE where you're not allowed to vent a little bit, as a player or coach, at a referee or official.

Every other sport uses this common thing called a warning, which gives the official in charge the opportunity alert the player or coach that he (or she) is on the verge of going too far.

Baseball, because literally everyone in the game is uppity and sensitive to even the smallest of boundary violations, has this long standing, idiotic tradition of not permitting anyone to "argue" balls and strikes.

What if the call you're arguing about, is, actually, a call that you should reasonably be protesting?

I'm not here to suggest you should be allowed to stand there for ten minutes and bellyache about a missed third strike. That's not my intention at all.

But I do think there should be some sort of reasonable allowance for a player or manager to complain about anything and the umpire, like a soccer, basketball or hockey referee, should be equipped to handle that without just automatically tossing the guy out of the game.

I don't care what team it is or who the player, throwing guys out of baseball games is dumb and (potentially) impacts the outcome of that contest. Hector Santiago of the Angels got tossed last Friday night when the O's played in Los Angeles and he had EVERY reasonable right to beef at the home plate umpire. Stevie Wonder could have done better behind the plate that night.

But, no, as soon as Santiago stepped over that line and argued about balls and strikes, he was ejected.

Never mind that Santiago was right and the umpire was wrong. He gone, as the saying goes.

Let's start reviewing the umpires, too

Baseball should tell every umpire, "It's OK if you throw someone out, but just know that when you do that, we're going to have to take a day or two to investigate the whole ordeal to make sure you handled things the right way, so you'll immediately be removed from the crew until we're able to clear you."

That's drastic, I know, but maybe it will take something like that to get those clowns to be a little more tolerant with the players.

You remember the players, right? They're the people the paying customers actually shelled out money to see on the field in that particlar game.

I've probably been to well over 600 baseball games in my life and never, not once, did I call a buddy at 3:30 pm and say, "Hey, what are you doing tonight? Dana DeMuth is umping home plate at the game down at Camden Yards, let's go down and watch him."

Somehow, though, the umpires in baseball have, over time, imagined themselves a critical part of the whole game.

But unlike the players, the umps can easily be replaced by a camera and a computer.

Maybe that's the next rule change baseball should consider.

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birds squander chance after chance, lose in houston


Dylan Bundy allowed a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 13th inning and Houston's Carlos Correa produced a RBI single moments later as the Astros beat the Birds, 3-2, in Houston on Tuesday night.

The loss, coupled with Boston's win, dropped the Birds into 2nd place in the American League East.

The 13th inning started on a bad note for the O's when rookie Tony Kemp drove a ball over the head of Adam Jones, who was playing far more shallow than the moment called for, I thought. The only thing you don't want there is exactly what Kemp produced -- a ball over the head of an outfielder that gets to the wall.

After two intentional walks, Correa drove in the game winning run.

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Despite last night's no decision in Houston, the performance from Chris Tillman was again "ace like" as the Birds hurler allowed just three hits in seven innings.

The defeat spoiled another strong outing from the only consistent starter the Orioles have, Chris Tillman, who didn't allow a hit until the 4th inning and eventually went seven full innings allowing just three hits and two earned runs.

Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Mychal Givens followed with strong appearances as well, with Givens in particular putting his best foot forward, striking out four and not allowing a base runner in 2.1 innings of work.

The Baltimore bats were once again on hiatus, as the O's collected just eight hits on the night and scored twice on solo home runs from Pedro Alvarez and Manny Machado.

But the Birds wasted more chances than Jack Tripper had girlfriends on the 1970's TV show, "Three's Company".

The best of those opportunities came in the top of the 9th when the bases were loaded for Joey Rickard, but the rookie struck out swining against Luke Gregerson and the game remained tied 2-2.

Don't look now, but Rickard's blemishes are starting to become a little more evident with each passing series. He's now struck out 27 times against right handed pitching in 118 at-bats and, despite his youth exuberance we all tend to naturally connect with, his lack of patience at the plate is becoming an issue. That, and, like a lot of youngsters, he can't hit the breaking ball, either.

The Orioles still had two more chances later on. After Matt Wieters produced a one-out double in the 11th inning and pinch-runner Nolan Reimold eventually moved to third base on an Alvarez ground out, Jonathan Schoop came up with the game on the line, potentially, but he grounded out to second.

Rickard then connected off of Scott Feldman for a one-out double in the 12th inning, but he was left standing there when the former Oriole pitcher struck out both Adam Jones and Chris Davis to end the inning.

You'll lose a handful of these every season (and win a few, too, hopefully), but for a team loaded with offensive firepower, squandering multi-opportunity win chances is tough to take, especially when the heart of your order goes 1-for-17 like Jones, Davis and Mark Trumbo did on Tuesday night.

There was a smidgen of good news for the Birds on Tuesday, as the club announced that Yovani Gallardo has been cleared to throw a simulated game this Saturday and is perhaps ten days away from beginning his rehab assignment with one of the minor league affiliates.

If Gallardo doesn't know how to throw a simulated game, the O's could always send Ubaldo Jimenez along to help. He's been throwing simulated games for the club virtually all season.


here’s how the american league shapes up a quarter of the way through


We’re a few days late on this, but now is as good a time as ever to go through the American League and offer a quick snapshot of what we’ve seen after a quarter of the 2016 campaign has been completed.

We’ll tackle the National League in tomorrow’s edition.

Here’s our division-by-division look with their chances for winning the division title in parentheses.

A.L. East

Orioles -- Took advantage of a soft schedule in the first 40 games. Will need better starting pitching and more consistent offense in the final four months. (30%)

Red Sox -- Can David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley, Jr. keep up their respective out-of-this-world, MVP seasons for the rest of the way? If so, the Red Sox might be tough. (30%)

Yankees -- Can’t win the division. Can’t make the playoffs, even. Not with that starting pitching and their age at key positions. (10%)

Rays -- It’s weird how they do this every year. You think they’re a pretender, but they’re always hanging around somehow. (15%)

Blue Jays -- They’ve lost something from a year ago, you can feel it, but that lineup is always capable of burying you. Might need another deadline deal for a starter to be a serious threat. (15%)


A.L. Central

White Sox – Despite Chris Sale’s bad outing last night, the one-two combo of Sale-Quintana is key to their hopes. If that bullpen is reliable, they have a chance. (25%)

Indians – Not really sure how they’re doing it, but if their starting pitching holds up the rest of the way, they might be a challenger after all. (15%)

Royals – Injuries to Moustakas and Gordon could be problematic. If they weather that storm and get one decent starter at the deadline, they’re a good bet to return to the post-season. (30%)

Tigers -- That lineup should be scoring gobs of runs every night and the Zimmermann/Verlander combo should net them 45 victories at least, but they looked almost disinterested in Baltimore two weeks ago. (25%)

Twins – It’s May 25th and the Twins have 11 wins. Total. They’ll get to 60 only because 80% of the rest of the league doesn’t try in September. They're terrible. (0%)


A.L. West

Mariners -- Really looked the part in Baltimore last week and the O's didn’t even see their best starting pitchers. Is their bullpen good enough or will they need a deadline arm to stay on top? (30%)

Rangers -- Lots of talent and decent starting pitching can win anywhere, but in a tight A.L. West, they might be a hair better than everyone else when Darvish returns. (30%)

Angels -- Tough to pick against a team with Trout and Pujols in the lineup, but L.A. can’t win over the long haul with their starting pitching. (20%)

Astros -- I guess last year was beginner’s luck, sort of. Got in the race for the first time in forever and hung on to earn a Wild Card berth. Same thing’s not happening this year, though. (10%)

A’s -- A bit like the Rays in that you never think they’re a legitimate contender and suddenly it’s September and they’re two games out, but that’s not happening in 2016, I assure you. Lucky to win 75 games this year. (10%)


MVP: 1. Jackie Bradley Jr., 2. Manny Machado, 3. David Ortiz

Cy Young: 1. Chris Sale, 2. Jordan Zimmermann, 3. Danny Salazar

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drew's
fantasy golf guide

Every Wednesday here at #DMD, Drew will provide his top picks for this week's PGA Tour event in his "Fantasy Golf Guide", all brought to you by Glory Days Grill. If you're looking for a place to relax and watch this week's golf tournament, try any of the Baltimore-area Glory Days locations, including Drew's favorite on East Joppa Road in Towson.

After a decent week at last week's stop in Dallas (I had Dustin Johnson and Colt Knost, both of whom finished Top 15), I'm back to offer up six premium selections for this week's tour stop at famed Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jordan Spieth will be a "hot play" again this week and I'd urge you to take him if there weren't a few other expensive "horses for courses" out there to use on your roster. Spieth showed signs of brilliance in the opening 36 holes last week but faltered on the weekend when his driver stopped cooperating. I haven't used Spieth on one of my rosters in over two months now.

I always like to use less expensive players who are cut-making machines, so with that in mind let's lead things off with Scott Piercy, who is 12-for-14 in playing the weekend this season. His track record at Colonial won't knock you out, but no course overwhelms him and you're looking for four days of points from your back-of-the-pack guys. Cost: $6,800.

I love having Jason Dufner on my team this week. He's twice been a runner-up at Colonial, although his overall numbers at the course aren't all that great over the years. He's 13-for-16 in cuts made this season, so unless something wacky happens, Duf will give you four days of work this weekend. Cost: $8,400.

I'm taking a bit of a flyer on Bill Haas this week, but his track record at the course is decent enough (four Top 25's since 2010) and he's the kind of guy who plods along for two or three months and then goes T3, 5th, 1st in a three week span. I'm hoping that kind of play starts at Colonial. Cost: $8,700.

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Look for Zach Johnson to get himself in the thick of things this weekend at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth.

He's always a contender in Texas events, which makes Zach Johnson a natural pick for this week's event in Fort Worth, where he's won before. He's 10-for-13 in cuts made this season, so there's a solid chance you'll get points from him for all four days. If his putter behaves, expect him there on Sunday afternoon. Cost: $10.700.

I try to find someone that the golf gods might be looking out for when I make these picks, and Roberto Castro might be just that player, so I'm using him this week. He's 12-for-16 in cuts made, which is a strong number, and his playoff loss to James Hahn in Charlotte a few weeks back might get him some brownie points from the golf gods in Fort Worth. Cost: $7,600.

Closing out my roster is red hot Kyle Reifers, who is having an outstanding season and might be on the verge of contending for a tournament win sometime soon. He's made 15 of 21 cuts in 2015-2016 and might very well be playing his way into at least a casual look-see from Davis Love III for Ryder Cup consideration if he somehow could win an event between now and August. Cost: $7,000.

He hasn't had the greatest of campaigns to date -- maybe it's that British Open hangover, still -- but I'm going with Zach Johnson to win this week at Colonial.

Others to consider: Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, William McGirt, Jerry Kelly, Chris Kirk, Ryan Palmer, Patton Kizzire, Charley Hoffman, Emiliano Grillo.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.



springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Tuesday
May 24
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matusz: another one o's failed to develop


I don't see any way Brian Matusz will come back to haunt the Orioles in the same fashion of Jake Arrieta, so let's get that out of the way right from the start.

Matusz was a 1st round pick and Arrieta a 5th rounder, a year earlier, but there's no one who thinks Matusz will go on from here to be a Cy Young award winner somewhere.

That said, the trade on Monday -- if you want to call it that -- that sent the left hander to the Atlanta Braves for two guys you've never heard of shows just how little the Orioles regard Matusz, and it brings to an end a troubling tenure in Baltimore that says as much about the organization as it does the kid throwing the ball.

Matusz never developed into anything close to what the O's thought they were getting back in 2008 when they used the fourth overall pick to select him in the amateur draft. Some of that, for sure, can be pinned on the player himself.

You can either throw strikes at the big league level and get guys out, or you can't. Matusz, as it turned out, sort of could but mostly couldn't.

Where did it all go wrong?

Arrieta, of course, was summarily dismissed a few years back because he was too inconsistent for the Orioles' taste and all he's done since then is produce a historic 12-month run over two seasons and claim a Cy Young award in the National League.

And, naturally, Arrieta has also gone out of his way to explain why this sort of effectiveness never took form in Baltimore, saying the team's array of coaches tried to change his style, his mechanics and his aggressive nature. Believe what you will, of course, and there's always two sides to all of these stories, but that's what Arrieta claims.

Is it possible that Matusz could follow the same path and restart his career somewhere else? His stay in Atlanta ended rather abruptly on Monday night when the Braves -- his new team for the better part of three hours -- designated him for assignment. Boy, when the Braves don't want you, you're really in trouble...

So what happened to Matusz in Baltimore?

There was a time a couple of years ago when it looked like he might be able to make the successful transition from starter to reliever, but it simply didn't work out.

Because the Orioles didn't draft him to be a guy coming on in the 8th inning to get a left handed hitter out, anything other than 32 starts per-season was always going to be looked at as "a wasted first round pick". He had his chances to start, though, and couldn't get the job done.

Matusz made 60 big league starts from 2010 through 2012, with an average ERA of well over six runs per-game there, although that 1-9, 10.69 season of 2011 kind of threw the statistical data out of whack. Still, the numbers in those 60 starts were completely indefensible; 52 home runs allowed, 128 walks, and a WHIP in the 1.6 range.

Yes, the Orioles weren't really trying to win back when Matusz was drafted in 2008, but he didn't help them get better, either, which is why they picked him in the first place.

The move to the bullpen in 2013 was originally viewed as successful. He complained a bit about it -- and what lefty first-round pick wouldn't, you go from potentially making $25 million a year to topping out at somewhere in the $8 million range -- but took the move well enough to have a decent first campaign, making 65 appearances in 2013 and posting a 1.157 WHIP. His strikeout-to-walk ratio went up dramatically and he was especially adept at getting left handed hitters out. They produced a meager .168 batting average against him that year.

There was more of the same in 2014, but the numbers went down a tick (or up, unfortunately) in his 63 appearances. Left handed hitters produced a .223 average against him and if he had to face a right handed batter, they were dinging him at a .277 clip.

Matusz got terrible real quick

Last year, though, he again produced some decent-to-good numbers, particularly against lefties, but he had pretty much become a one-trick pony at that point. You definitely didn't want him in there against a right handed hitter, so, his role had been reduced to that of specialist who would come on in critical situations to get left handed hitters out.

And then this year, it all fell apart. Bothered by a spring training injury, Matusz didn't join the team until late April. Since then, he's appeared in just seven games and six innings overall, with a whopping 12.00 ERA and a WHIP of 3.000 on the nose. A big league pitcher with a 1.5 WHIP is on the edge of being useful. A pitcher with a 3.000 WHIP? Unheard of, to be honest.

But what happened?

Is this all on Matusz? Is he done? No longer of service to any pitching-starved team in the big leagues?

Former Oriole scrubs like David Hernandez and Matt Albers still have jobs in the majors, after all. Hell, even Jim Johnson is still collecting a paycheck and he couldn't hit water from a boat two years ago.

Is Brian Matusz that bad that he can't stick in the big leagues with someone, somewhere?

My guess is a team out there will take a chance on him because former first round picks are former first round picks. There's always a pitching coach or "special assistant to the President" who looks at a guy like Matusz and says, "There's something there. I'll get him straightend out."

For the Orioles sake, selfishly, I hope Matusz doesn't resurface somewhere and blossom into a useful pitcher again. They're already getting enough heat for kicking Arrieta to the curb, the last thing the Birds need is for Matusz to turn into a lights-out-closer with the Phillies or Brewers.

My guess? Matusz is in the November of his career. Unlike Arrieta, who had electric stuff in Baltimore but couldn't throw strikes consistently enough to warrant any kind of conviction from the organization, Matusz is just a guy who happens to throw a ball with his left hand instead of his right.

His stuff is decent, nothing more, and if Brian is able to rekindle his career, he'll have to do it out of the bullpen and he'll need to get left handed hitters out again to maintain any sort of long-term value to a team.

I saw a handful of social media comments last night that wondered if the Orioles gave him a fair shake this season?

Seven appearances and six innings is a bit of a small sample size, I'll agree with that, but he wasn't getting anyone out in 2016 and three hitters PER INNING were getting on base in his appearances. Yes, that's the correct stat: Three hitters PER INNING were getting on base when Brian Matusz pitched this season.

Who gets lefties out now?

The bad news for the Orioles? There's no one else out there worth a hoot and T.J. McFarland, the natural in-house replacement for Matusz, suffered a knee injury in Norfolk over the weekend and he's currently unavailable for duty in Baltimore.

The Birds tried to plug the leak last night by signing 33-year old Brian Duensing, like Matusz an erstwhile starter turned bullpen arm who was jettisoned from the Twins in the off-season and hasn't pitched an inning in the big leagues so far in 2016.

While some might argue anyone is an upgrade over Matusz, don't expect much from Duensing. He's just a guy who throws left handed and has had decent success getting lefties out in his career (.238 batting average against him).

If Duensing could get lefties out with regularity, he'd still be in Minnesota. Have you seen the Twins? They need all the help they can get these days.

So, yes, the Birds are in a bit of quandry right now, particularly with a couple of series' with the Red Sox in the not-too-distant future and a handful of left-handed hitters in Boston who can put a hurtin' on you if you're not able to bring someone in that matches up well.

In the past, that guy would have been Brian Matusz.

Let's hope the club didn't give up on him too early.

I don't think they did, personally, but I also didn't think Jake Arrieta would go to Chicago and be BETTER than Cy Young, either.

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speaking of tiger, here's rory's heroic 18th hole shot on sunday


Because we tend not to give much attention to Eurpoean Tour events in these parts, Rory McIlroy's win in Sunday's Irish Open wasn't covered here at #DMD on Monday.

I wrote about the back-nine collapse of Brooks Koepka at the PGA Tour event in Dallas and noted that was the sort of golf we never saw from Tiger Woods in his heyday when he was busy winning 14 major titles before the age of 34.

McIlroy, as it turns out, produced a very Tiger-like finish on Sunday, which ultimately gave him a 3-shot win in his home country's national Open championship. That McIlroy didn't need eagle to win doesn't really matter here. He thought he needed eagle to win, and took dead aim from 253 yards out.

There was also a superb shot at the 16th hole in the final round that paved the way for his late climb up the leaderboard and set the stage for the wonderful finish at 18.

Take a look at McIlroy's heroics below.


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The cynic will point out that McIlroy hasn't done stuff like that on the PGA Tour in quite some time now, and that would be a fair point to make. His play in the U.S. has been ragged of late and he's starting to take on the look of a guy who can't get the job done on Saturday and Sunday, which, of course, would make him the anti-Tiger.

Then again, no one except Jason Day has really established themself as a legitimate "closer" in golf these days. Day seems to have that ability to put an event away when it's on a platter for him, but the rest of them, Spieth, McIlroy, Fowler, Dustin Johnson and others, have fizzled with a final round lead already this season, something Woods simply didn't do in the 2000's when it was the man against the boys anytime Tiger teed it up.

When McIlroy drills a 253-yard shot into a par-5 green on the 18th hole for a tap in eagle to win an event on the PGA Tour, then, and only then, will that sort of play get the response it deserves.

Still, though, that was great golf on Sunday from McIlroy and it's just the kind of stuff he needs to do here in the U.S. if he wants to chase down Jason Day and reclaim the #1 ranking in the world.

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#dmd announces youth sports benefit fund, courtesy of jerry's toyota-scion


Somewhere in Baltimore County right now, there's a youth athletic organization in need.

Whether it's for youth field or facility repairs, lighting, a special once-in-a-lifetime trip for a team, or some other cause that requires financial support -- somewhere, there's a need.

And our friends at Jerry's Toyota-Scion have pledged their support, through a 2-month campaign designed to reward a local youth athletic organization with funding for their special project.

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This type of activity is precisely what #DMD has aspired to become since this venture was launched on August 25, 2014.

With the help of our Jerry's Toyota-Scion, we can finally start to make that footprint in the local community and truly help an organization that has great plans, but simply lacks the resources to get it done.

When I started #DMD almost two years ago, the central theme behind it all was "People helping People".

It's time to put that plan into action.

If you're involved in a local youth athletic organization that has a special project you're undertaking sometime in the remainder of 2016, #DMD wants to hear about it. We'll accept your "story" as an application for funding until July 1, 2016. A team of local sports enthusiasts will form a panel and consider all applications until the winner is announced on Friday, July 15, 2016. Funding will be available within 30 days of that announcement.

What sorts of projects or activities will #DMD and Jerry's Toyota-Scion consider? Anything and everything. Your organization might need $1,000 for scoreboard repairs at the baseball park you currently call home. Maybe you need $2,000 to build a sturdy, top-of-the-line concession stand so you can raise even more money in future years.

Perhaps there's a trip to Canton, Ohio for a youth football tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame and $1,000 would go a long way in getting the team there.

If your youth organization has a financial need, the Jerry's Toyota-Scion Youth Benefit Fund might be that helping hand you're seeking.

The only real qualifier in this? Your youth organization must be in Baltimore County due to the marketing responsibilities each dealer agrees to within the Toyota family.

How do you submit your application? That's easy. On a PDF file which displays your team or organization's logo or letterhead, e-mail a "letter of application" with your requested funding and CLEARLY spell out your location, along with the financial need, how many people will likely benefit from the proposed activity, and what sort of impact this activity will have on your organization or team as a whole.

You can e-mail the letter (via PDF file) to Drew Forrester (drew@drewsmorningdish.com), at which point you will receive a confirmation reply that lets you know your organization's application has been received and is being considered.

It's that simple.

Youth athletic organizations have mastered the art of fund-raising, with car washes, bake sales, golf outings and much more. We encourage all of you to continue those efforts as you endeavor to enhance not only the activities you provide, but the programs and special events you offer for the young boys and girls in our area.

This is simply another piece of the puzzle, and while it's not possible to give assistance to every organization that applies, we promise to choose someone who will greatly benefit from the funding in 2016.

A special thank you goes out to Jerry's Toyota-Scion for their support of this project. They're eager to help out a local youth athletic organization in need.

Get your letter of application in today!


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#dmd is heading to the u.s. open in pittsburgh on june 18


If you're looking for a great Father's Day gift -- and if that special Dad in your life is a golfer -- #DMD has just what you need.

How about a one-day trip to see the U.S. Open, live, at Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 18!!

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You'll get to see Oakmont CC in all of its glory, including the famed 3rd hole "Church Pew" bunkers, if you head to Pittsburgh with #DMD on Saturday, June 18.

#DMD has secured tickets to Saturday's round, along with a luxury motor coach, food, drinks and a great U.S. Open trivia contest with a $100 cash prize!

Our bus will leave the Towson area at 5:00 am on the 18th, arriving in Pittsburgh at 10:00 am. The first groups on Saturday will tee off shortly after 10 and the leaders don't start playing until 2:30 pm.

We'll spend all day at historic Oakmont CC and return to Baltimore on Saturday night.

The per-person cost is $275, which includes an all-day grounds ticket for the U.S. Open, plus round-trip motor coach transportation (tolls and parking alone would cost you $60) and breakfast and lunch on the bus, plus beer, soda and water throughout the trip up to Pittsburgh.

It's a great opportunity to see the course live and in-person on Saturday, then watch the final round on Sunday from the comfort of your living room!

You can use the "U.S. Open" tab at the top of #DMD to order your seats on the trip.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.


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sunday showed us a lot about tiger, jimenez and golden state


Where to start?

Sunday's full slate of sports theater on TV gave us plenty to watch and consider, as the Orioles finished up a weekend series in Los Angeles, the PGA Tour had a back-nine showdown turned meltdown and the once-invincible Golden State Warriors are now in dire need of a win for the first time all season.

Let's start locally first, where Ubaldo Jimenez doused a roaring flame with a woeful effort against the Angels on Sunday, giving up six earned in 5.2 innings of Baltimore's 10-2 loss.

They can't really do anything about Jimenez at this point -- no better alternatives are available down on the farm -- but sooner rather than later he has get the hook from the rotation. We all assume that will happen when Yovani Gallardo comes back from his injury, but there's no guarantee the Orioles will send a $13 million player to the minors.

Questions from the media after another dismal Jimenez showing rankled O's skipper Buck Showalter after Sunday's game, but in fairness to Buck, what are the legitimate options at this point?

There's no one in Norfolk (or Bowie) worth testing at this point. A few young arms have decent early season numbers in AAA and AA, but none of them are ready for the uptick in quality they'd see at the big league level.

It's almost an automatic loss when Ubaldo starts

It's obvious Jimenez should be the odd man out when Gallardo returns, but you also risk alienating him if Gallardo doesn't rebound from his shoulder tendonitis and can't pitch effectively.

I know, I'm thinking the same thing you are: Who cares if they alienate Jimenez? He stinks.

That's correct. But you still need someone to throw every 5th day and, ironically, Jimenez is typically decent once out of every five starts he makes.

Look, we all know the truth. Jimenez doesn't have the control that's needed to be a top of the rotation starter. He doesn't have the control to be a contributing starter anywhere in the rotation, honestly, but until the Orioles come up with a better solution, they're going to have to trot him out there every 5th day and hope the bats are alive -- which they weren't on Sunday -- and able to overcome his mediocrity.

As soon as Gallardo is ready to come back, the O's will create a (second) fictitious injury for Jimenez rather than embarrass him by suggesting a trip to Norfolk (remember, teams just aren't allowed to send veteran players to the minors, another story for another day). They've pulled off that stunt before with him, remember, so they already know how to put the wheels in motion.

In the meantime, though, the Orioles' starting rotation is being propped up by Chris Tillman at the quarter-mark of the season, and we're just now heading into the dog days of the season. The next month features a schedule packed with A.L. East teams and a visit from the defending world champion Kansas City Royals.

Someone needs to step up and be the team's solid #2 guy and it's safe to say it's certainly not Ubaldo Jimenez.

Heck, I'd be happy if he'd step up and be the team's solid #4 guy.

That, I think we've all come to realize, isn't happening either.

This is where the people who bashed the team for their lack of off-season pitching additions have every right to wave dismissively and walk away. They passed on a number of quality arms who were available in December and January and instead waited it out for Gallardo's price to drop down.

Even with Gallardo in the rotation, Jimenez was always going to have to play an important role, but now, as the team's most veteran starting hurler, they need a lot more from Ubaldo than he's provided thus far.

Maybe the O's should just face the reality that's in front of them: Jimenez is just about done. There's simply not much more you're going to get out of him at this point.

Tiger had to be belly-laughing

In Dallas yesterday, Brooks Koepka had the PGA Tour event named after Byron Nelson in the palm of his hand entering the back nine, but instead of coasting to an easy win, Koepka suddenly couldn't make a golf swing when it mattered and wound up frittering away a two shot lead before losing to Sergio Garcia in a playoff.

Tiger Woods had to be watching on TV somewhere and snickering like a 12-year old who just found Daddy's stack of magazines.

Woods never threw away an event like that in his professional career.

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Faltering down the stretch on Sunday, Brooks Koepka reminded everyone -- once again -- of how great Tiger Woods once was.

Not only did he win 79 times, but it was always Tiger's presence on the leaderboard that made the rest of the field get weak-in-the-knees and fall apart down the stretch like Koekpa did yesterday.

But, Koepka wasn't the only one to blow a gasket on Sunday. The TOUR's fair-haired-boy and de facto tournament host, Jordan Spieth -- proudly sponsored by the tournament's namesake, AT&T -- hit a handful of wayward drives en route to a final round score of 74 that saw him drop from 2nd to 18th at the end of the day.

Tiger was watching on TV and saying to himself, "And these two guys are a big part of the future of American golf?"

Koepka is wildly talented, cut from the same cloth as Dustin Johnson, with 330 yard drives and pitching wedge approach shots on 450 yard holes. But, like Johnson, he's not a closer, and his short game and putting skills were on full display coming down the stretch on Sunday and neither served him well.

In his day, that's where Woods cut you open and left you there, bleeding.

Tiger's short game was sublime during his halcyon days and the putter was deadly, particularly when it was time put the nail in the coffin.

When it was time for Koepka to drive that nail home on the back nine yesterday, he hit himself in the finger with the hammer.

Even after a couple of back nine bogies made him look like a 3rd flight chopper, Brooks still came to the par-5 16th hole needing only a birdie to reclaim the lead. After a terrific drive left him with only 235 yards to the hole, the best Brooks could do from there was coax in an 8-footer for par.

When he ruled golf -- for that decade or more -- Tiger would have buzzed something in there to about 15 feet for his second shot and then rolled in the putt for eagle to put the whole thing on ice.

Koepka than had a chance to win at 18 in regulation, but his 15 footer -- with the trophy on line -- came up short.

Woods, as we saw every year on two or three occasions, at least, would have seized the moment there and buried that one for an exclamation-point birdie.

Oh, but there's more.

In the playoff with Garcia, himself a bundle of nerves and prone to melting down as well, Koepka gift-wrapped the title to the Spaniard by putting his tee ball in the water off the tee.

To make matters worse, Sergio's birdie attempt went past the hole by 30 inches or so and Koekpa could have put supreme heat on Garcia's wobbly putting by making a 12-footer for bogey.

When Koepka's putt for five missed by four feet, it was all over but the shouting and Garcia was able to knee-knock his par putt in for the win.

Watching Koekpa throw up on himself might have made Woods sick to his own stomach, or it might have galvanized the great one to go out for a late Sunday afternoon practice session.

If he watched the final hour with any intensity at all, Tiger had to say to himself, "Hell, these guys can't close a door, let alone a golf tournament. If I can just come up with a "B" game, I can dust this dudes a few times a year."

Maybe more than a few times, actually.

OKC has Curry and Company feeling the heat

Like Tiger did from 2000-2008, Golden State has developed a knack for winning whenever they want over the last two seasons.

That "whenever" better happen on Tuesday night in Oklahoma City or the Warriors are in trouble.

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He's been able to step up in crucial times before, but this series with Oklahoma City could be Steph Curry's toughest test yet in his NBA career.

Kevin Durant and the Thunder totally outclassed the defending champs last night in OKC, winning 133-105 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

It would be unfair to label such a slim advantage a "commanding" lead, but the Thunder look like they've sent Golden State a serious message three games into their best of seven battle.

And Golden State is starting to look like perhaps they don't have an answer.

Maybe it's the run to 73 wins taking its toll, or perhaps they're simply being pressed and, understandably, starting to feel the heat that comes with it, but Golden State looks like the starry-eyed up and comer who's trying to win a title for the first time and the Thunder resembles the savvy, nothing-bothers-us defending champions.

It's been an odd post-season for the Warriors thus far. They dropped a game in their opening series with Houston, Steph Curry got hurt and missed three weeks, they gutted their way past Portland in five games, and now they're sorta-kinda on the ropes against Oklahoma City.

Curry has had flashes of post-season brilliance, most recently in Game 2 when he willed the Warriors to a rousing fourth quarter uprising and a much needed home win, but, like the team, the reigning league MVP hasn't duplicated his regular season magic over the last month.

Oklahoma City isn't chopped liver, by the way. Even though Golden State beat them three times (in a one month span) in 2015-2016, the Thunder went a respectable 55-27 during the regular season and then easily disposed of San Antonio in the Western Conference semi-finals.

And now, OKC is two wins away from the shocker of all shockers.

It's going to be interesting to see what Golden State has under the hood now. For the first time all season, literally, they're on the road and in an almost must-win situation.

They faced this same dilemma after OKC won the series opener at Oracle Arena, but Game 2 was in their building and Golden State responded appropriately.

Now, the Warriors are on the road, and the Thunder can feel it starting to take shape.

Who blinks first on Tuesday night?

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loyola, terps, head to lax final four


We couldn't go a weekend in college lacrosse without one upset. Let's take a look at this weekend's games.

#1 Maryland 13 - #8 Syracuse 7 - The Terps came to play on Saturday and except for a little letdown in the 3rd quarter, outclassed the Orange and demonstrated why they are one of the favorites. Maryland came out strong early on both sides of the ball as Bernlohr was saving beach balls ( 1st half 8 saves) and Maltz (3 goals) was shooting at soccer goals.

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Matt Rambo chipped in four goals on Saturday as Maryland turned away pesky Syracuse, 13-7 to advance to next week's Final Four in Philadelphia.

The Terp offense was clicking as most goals were assisted. The Orange's Ben Williams getting his second procedure call early in 2nd quarter made face-offs an even match. Syracuse defense was so overwhelmed that they went zone midway through 2nd and still couldn't slow Terp offense.

In the 2nd half, Terps offensive leader Matt Rambo (4 goals, 2 assists) continued to shine and when he wasn't scoring, he was dishing. UMBC transfer Pat Young was the happy recipient with 4 goals of his own. Maryland's defense continued to play well, shutting out All-American Dylan Donahue while Bernlohr continued to make (15) timely saves.

And the tandem of Henningsen and Bonaparte wore down Ben Williams at the face-off X as the Terps dominated face-offs and possessions, which they cashed into goals off long possessions to pull away for the victory. It also probably helped the Terp offense that Syracuse goalie Evan Molloy had a tough game only making 4 saves.

It seemed like the Terps had even more in the tank and could have won by more. Looks like Maryland finally has a championship caliber offense to match the defense that has helped them make several recent NCAA finals.

#5 Brown 11 - Navy 10 - In a game in which Brown played without their star attackman and Tewaarton finalist, Dylan Molloy, the Bears went up early and fought off a Midshipmen comeback attempt to advance to the Final Four. In the 1st half, Brown's up-tempo style was in full affect, forcing 6 Navy 1st quarter turnovers. But Navy's defense also forced some Bear sloppiness and John Connors made several good saves (13 in the first half) to allow Navy to keep pace with the Bears, only down 6-4. As expected, Brown was often in too much a hurry to make the extra pass for the good shot and often settled for tough angled low percentage chances.

In a slow 3rd quarter, Brown added 2 goals and gradually built a 4 goal lead. It seemed like they were going to pull away. But that's when the Midshipmen woke up and eventually brought the game back to within a goal midway through the 4th. Casey Rees led the charge scoring 4 of his 5 team high goals in the 2nd half. But that's as close as Navy would come as the teams traded goals to finish out the rest of the game.

John Connors ended up with an astonishing 21 saves as Brown's offense didn't look quite as sharp or confident as it did when playing with its leader, Dylan Molloy. The Bears make it to Philly for a date with the Terps in the Final Four, but will need to clean some things up if it expects to take down the Terps.

North Carolina 13 - #3 Notre Dame 9 - The score was much, much closer than the actual play as the Tar Heels completely dominated the Fighting Irish. At one point, North Carolina was up 13-4 midway through the 4th quarter.

Calvert Hall grad Stephen Kelly was in complete control at the face-off X and Carolina's offense made good on all the extra possessions. Attackmen Steve Pontrello (4 goals, 2 assists) and Chris Cloutier (3 goals, 3 assists) led the way for the Tar Heel offense that ran and passed through Notre Dame's defense, one of the best in the country, like Swiss cheese.

On defense, Carolina was stellar, especially Brian Balkam, who stonewalled Notre Dame's sharpshooters, including shutting out Irish All-American Sergio Perkovic, on his way to 14 saves. On the flip side, Mikey Wynne (St. Paul's) came up with 4 goals for Notre Dame and didn't get much help until late in the 4th quarter when the game was pretty much decided.

It was an emotional game for UNC Coach Joe Breschi (Loyola) who, after many tournament appearances, makes his first NCAA Final Four with the Tar Heels.

#7 Loyola 10 - Towson 8 - As expected, the Greyhounds were able to get payback in a close game. However, things unfolded a little differently than expected.

The were a few keys to Loyola's victory and the main one was Graham Savio who had a huge day at the face-off X, winning 15 of 21 which allowed Loyola to control most of the possessions, and more importantly, limited Towson's touches. Towson was only able to generate 24 shots, which is tough to win any game.

Loyola's defense also keyed on Towson's attack, holding Parks and Drenner to just 4 goals and 2 assists combined and the Hounds completely shut down TU's Joe Seider.

As noted, Pat Spencer continues to show why he's one of the best attackman in the country, getting 3 goals and 1 assist while drawing Towson's best defender Mike Lowe. And when Lowe was able to contain Spencer later on, Zach Sirico picked up the slack also scoring 3 goals and 1 assist.

Surpisingly, Jacob Stover had a very tough game in goal for Loyola with only 5 saves. However, he had the save of the game, stuffing Towson's Tyler Young on the doorstep late in the game when Towson was in man-up, which thrawted Towson's last comeback effort to help seal the victory for Charley Toomey's team.

The Big Picture

Maryland - With Denver and Notre Dame out and Brown without it's star, it's looking like the Terps tournament to lose.

Brown - Can they continue to win without Tewaarton favorite Molloy?

North Carolina - Was the emotional win against Notre Dame the Tar Heels Super Bowl?

Loyola - 4 years after its 2012 NCAA championship, is there a National Championship rematch with the Terps on tap for Memorial Day?

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#dmd is heading to the u.s. open in pittsburgh on june 18


If you're looking for a great Father's Day gift -- and if that special Dad in your life is a golfer -- #DMD has just what you need.

How about a one-day trip to see the U.S. Open, live, at Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 18!!

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You'll get to see Oakmont CC in all of its glory, including the famed 3rd hole "Church Pew" bunkers, if you head to Pittsburgh with #DMD on Saturday, June 18.

#DMD has secured tickets to Saturday's round, along with a luxury motor coach, food, drinks and a great U.S. Open trivia contest with a $100 cash prize!

Our bus will leave the Towson area at 5:00 am on the 18th, arriving in Pittsburgh at 10:00 am. The first groups on Saturday will tee off shortly after 10 and the leaders don't start playing until 2:30 pm.

We'll spend all day at historic Oakmont CC and return to Baltimore on Saturday night.

The per-person cost is $275, which includes an all-day grounds ticket for the U.S. Open, plus round-trip motor coach transportation (tolls and parking alone would cost you $60) and breakfast and lunch on the bus, plus beer, soda and water throughout the trip up to Pittsburgh.

It's a great opportunity to see the course live and in-person on Saturday, then watch the final round on Sunday from the comfort of your living room!

You can use the "U.S. Open" tab at the top of #DMD to order your seats on the trip.

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we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats are now gone, so only 10 remain available.


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at quarter mark, birds are in good shape


There's still a lot of baseball left to be played, but the Orioles have completed 25% of their regular season schedule and everything's going just fine for Buck Showalter's team.

They got a nice spark from Matt Wieters last night in Los Angeles, as he stroked a 2-out, 3-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to give Baltimore a 3-1 win over the Angels. The victory gives the O's a 26-15 record, good for a 1-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

There are some observations worth making at the quarter-mark, though. Some we expected, perhaps, and some we didn't.

The schedule has been wacky thus far, as the Orioles have played 25 of their first 41 games at home in 2016. The good news? The Birds are a nifty 17-8 at Camden Yards. The bad news? They're only 9-7 on the road and have a nine-game differential between home and away contests to make up.

Still, 26-15 is 26-15. These games all count -- just like the ones in September -- which makes last night's heroics from Wieters stand out just as much as if they came on September 21st instead of May 21st.

There are a few obvious observations about players and their first quarter performances and some not so obvious notes as well.

We're 41 games in and the league still hasn't figured out that Joey Rickard doesn't like breaking balls. As long as they continue to try and get fastballs by him, he's going to hit. He's been a pleasant surprise thus far, for sure.

On the flip side, Kevin Gausman made a nice start in L.A. on Saturday evening, but I see some things from him that are potentially troubling. He doesn't really have an "out" pitch like most top of the rotation guys possess and, more importantly, I don't see Gausman throwing a pitch that goes away from right handed hitters and makes them "chase it" when he's ahead in the count. He has a plus-fastball and better-than-average changeup, but his breaking ball is still a work in progress.

It's tough to be an ace in the big leagues with just two pitches, and when you don't have a credible, reliable pitch that goes away from right handed hitters, you're eventually going to bottom out.

Gausman needs to develop a solid third pitch and use it regularly or he's not going to progress to the level we all assume he's going to reach someday soon.

So, let's get to grading the primary players on the roster at the quarter-mark of the 2016 campaign. We'll grade the pitchers in Monday's edition of #DMD.

Manny Machado (A) -- In the running for the A.L. MVP at this point, with a .315 average to go with 12 HR and 26 RBI. As long as he stays healthy, he's going to produce his best season ever and could reach the 40 HR mark with a hot streak or two between now and October.

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On his way to a 40 home run season in Baltimore, Mark Trumbo's first quarter play is a big reason why the Birds are on top in the A.L. East.

Mark Trumbo (A) -- An eerie replication of what Nelson Cruz did during his solo campaign in Baltimore back in 2014, Trumbo is off to a monster start, with a league best 13 HR's to go with a .300 average and 31 RBI. If he keeps going like this, he'll make a lot of money for some team next season.

Joey Rickard (A) -- It's unusual to give an "A" to a guy batting .262, I agree, but this kid had no major league experience coming into the season and look what he's done thus far. Has played in all 41 games, with 4 HR, and 11 RBI. Strikes out too much, for sure, and his on-base-percentage (.310) is pretty weak, but for a guy in his first big league campaign, he's been excellent. Might be a tad overrated defensively, but all in all, it's been an impressive start for Rickard.

Nolan Reimold (B+) -- I know, it's weird. We're at May 21st and Reimold hasn't been on the disabled list yet this season. And, with that, he's produced some fairly decent numbers so far, hitting .322 with a .359 OBP, to go with 3 home runs. When you're not expecting anything and you get what Reimold has delivered thus far, it's a major positive for the club and the player.

Chris Davis (B) -- $23 million a season hasn't changed him much. It's still the same Chris Davis, only his net worth went up dramatically in the off-season. Batting average is low (.243) and he strikes out too much (52 K's in 41 games), but he has 10 HR and 27 RBI to go with a .360 on-base percentage. Still solid with the glove at first, too.

Matt Wieters (B) -- Has only appeared in 28 of 41 games as he returns from Tommy John surgery, but when he's been in the lineup, he's helped. Hitting .283 with 4 HR and 16 RBI and a .330 OBP. Looks the part defensively too, although he says his arm is still not 100%.

Jonathan Schoop (B-) -- Power is there (7 home runs) but the average (.262) and on-base-percentage (.289) are lacking. Has struck out 33 times in 41 games and has walked on just five occasions thus far. Has to do better in those two categories to elevate his offensive contribution.

Adam Jones (C) -- Not the best of starts for Jones, but he was much better in May than in April, that's for sure. Hitting .237 at the quarter mark is troubling, but more concerning is his .297 on-base percentage. Still quick to swing at anything near the plate, he only has 11 walks in 37 games thus far. Power numbers are way down with 5 HR on the season, although he did have a 4-homer stretch in 6 games last week.

Pedro Alvarez (D) -- It's probably fair to give him a pass up to this point. He was only signed in late February once the Orioles lost out on Dexter Fowler and really didn't have a full spring training to get ready. Still, his start in Baltimore has been borderline dreadful, with 2 HR and 9 RBI to go with his paltry .191 batting average. If not for the 14 walks this season, he'd be a complete wash-out offensively.

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no triple crown: exaggerator runs down nyquist to win the preakness


He almost got him at the Kentucky Derby.

And, yesterday at Pimlico, Exaggerator finally got the better of his nemesis, Nyquist, and captured the 2016 Preakness, thereby ending the hopes of those who thought we might be seeing another Triple Crown champion in the making.

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The fifth time was the charm for Exaggerator in Saturday's Preakness, as he rolled past Nyquist to beat his nemesis for the first time in five tries.

Nyquist was victimized by his own bravado, as he steamed out of the gate and led the way until the stretch run, where Kent Desormeaux stormed from ten lengths back to make up ground and burst by a group of horses over the final quarter mile to give Exaggerator the victory.

With the Triple Crown gone, all that's left in three weeks at the Belmont is the "rubber match" between the two, which is precisely how it will be billed if, in fact, both horses are in the field.

Here's a look at how the race shaped up yesterday at Pimlico.

1. Exaggerator -- Rode perfectly by Desormeuax, who didn't let the early pace rattle him and kept his horse close to the rail and poised for a late challenge. Blew by everyone when it was needed and ran out hard to the finish line.

2. Cherry Wine -- Banged his head out of the starting gate and took the better part of a quarter mile to right himself, but was strong at the finish and took advantage of Nyquist's late drop-off to grab second place by a nose.

3. Nyquist -- Either jockey Mario Gutierrez rode him wrong or Nyquist didn't listen well enough. Either way, the pace was too fast for any horse to keep up with for two minutes, and Nyquist's bid for the Triple Crown ended in the stretch when he had nothing left in the tank as Exaggerator ran by him.

4. Stradivari -- Had the oddest trip of all the horses, bumping Fellowship at the beginning and looking disinterested for the first half mile. Gave a hard chase in the final quarter mile and was right there among the leaders as they headed for home. Didn't have anything left, though, when called upon.

5. Lani -- Another horse who didn't leave the gate cleanly, Lani was 20 lengths behind at the first turn, but settled in along the rail and made up ground late.

6. Laoban -- Made a nice move early on to get up among the leaders, but was outclassed from there and didn't show much.

7. Uncle Lino -- Mostly responsible for Nyquist's race long intensity. Was neck and neck with the Derby champ and in contention until the top of the stretch, but gave way there and bobbled his way to a 7th place finish that didn't show how hard he ran for 90 seconds.

8. Fellowship -- Nothing there. Got jammed coming out of the gate, asked for a reponse at the half-mile mark, and appeared bored with it all.

9. Awesome Speed -- Actually looked awesome at the midway point and moved up among the leaders for a brief moment, but gave way quickly and wasn't a factor in the end.

10. Collected -- Nothing went right. Bad start and nothing to show for it all when prompted by Javier Castellano.

11. Abiding Star -- Would have been better off staying in the barn and eating hay.

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You know it's almost football season if we're planning road trips to see the Ravens!

We'll be heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 23rd to see the Ravens take on the New York Jets and you can be part of the fun. Get your purple-wearing friends together and join us for a whopper of one-day road trip that includes all the goodies and amenities that make a #DMD trip the best one you'll find in town.

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"Hey, you're going to New York with Drew's Morning Dish on October 23rd? That makes me really happy!!!

We have secured game tickets in both the upper level and lower level at MetLife Stadium.

Our luxury motor coach will leave Baltimore at 6:30 am and should arrive at the stadium by 9:30 or so.

We'll serve a light breakfast on the bus, with plenty of Royal Farms coffee to get everyone started on the right note. There will be beer, soda and water available on the bus as well, and once we arrive at MetLife Stadium, we'll feast on some delicious Palmisano's subs and other tailgate favorites.

Tickets in the stadium are in groups of four, six and eight, so you'll be grouped with other Ravens fans who are on our bus trip. If you have a large group of friends, family members or co-workers who are going, we'll sit you all together!

There are two price levels for this trip: $215 gets you an upper level ticket plus all of the trip benefits and offerings listed above, while $275 gets you a lower level ticket and everything else as well.

Just visit the "Ravens/Jets" tab located at the top of the page for payment details and reservation information.


and...we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 14 of those seats have already been reserved by #DMD corporate partners, so only 10 remain available.


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#dmd announces youth sports benefit fund, courtesy of jerry's toyota-scion


Somewhere in Baltimore County right now, there's a youth athletic organization in need.

Whether it's for youth field or facility repairs, lighting, a special once-in-a-lifetime trip for a team, or some other cause that requires financial support -- somewhere, there's a need.

And our friends at Jerry's Toyota-Scion have pledged their support, through a 2-month campaign designed to reward a local youth athletic organization with funding for their special project.

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This type of activity is precisely what #DMD has aspired to become since this venture was launched on August 25, 2014.

With the help of our Jerry's Toyota-Scion, we can finally start to make that footprint in the local community and truly help an organization that has great plans, but simply lacks the resources to get it done.

When I started #DMD almost two years ago, the central theme behind it all was "People helping People".

It's time to put that plan into action.

If you're involved in a local youth athletic organization that has a special project you're undertaking sometime in the remainder of 2016, #DMD wants to hear about it. We'll accept your "story" as an application for funding until July 1, 2016. A team of local sports enthusiasts will form a panel and consider all applications until the winner is announced on Friday, July 15, 2016. Funding will be available within 30 days of that announcement.

What sorts of projects or activities will #DMD and Jerry's Toyota-Scion consider? Anything and everything. Your organization might need $1,000 for scoreboard repairs at the baseball park you currently call home. Maybe you need $2,000 to build a sturdy, top-of-the-line concession stand so you can raise even more money in future years.

Perhaps there's a trip to Canton, Ohio for a youth football tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame and $1,000 would go a long way in getting the team there.

If your youth organization has a financial need, the Jerry's Toyota-Scion Youth Benefit Fund might be that helping hand you're seeking.

The only real qualifier in this? Your youth organization must be in Baltimore County due to the marketing responsibilities each dealer agrees to within the Toyota family.

How do you submit your application? That's easy. On a PDF file which displays your team or organization's logo or letterhead, e-mail a "letter of application" with your requested funding and CLEARLY spell out your location, along with the financial need, how many people will likely benefit from the proposed activity, and what sort of impact this activity will have on your organization or team as a whole.

You can e-mail the letter (via PDF file) to Drew Forrester (drew@drewsmorningdish.com), at which point you will receive a confirmation reply that lets you know your organization's application has been received and is being considered.

It's that simple.

Youth athletic organizations have mastered the art of fund-raising, with car washes, bake sales, golf outings and much more. We encourage all of you to continue those efforts as you endeavor to enhance not only the activities you provide, but the programs and special events you offer for the young boys and girls in our area.

This is simply another piece of the puzzle, and while it's not possible to give assistance to every organization that applies, we promise to choose someone who will greatly benefit from the funding in 2016.

A special thank you goes out to Jerry's Toyota-Scion for their support of this project. They're eager to help out a local youth athletic organization in need.

Get your letter of application in today!


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2500 followers is graciously appreciated


There are some days and moments where you remember where you were, what was said, and, heck, what you were even feeling.

I remember August 22, 2014 very clearly.

At roughly 10:04 am, I headed down into the basement of the radio station where I formerly worked. At 10:06 am, I headed back up those same steps.

Fired.

And here's where the story picks up.

If you're not on Twitter, you're not "with it" these days

While the four others who met that same fate piddled around the station and loaded up their personal belongings in boxes, I thought it was best to leave for a while. I told the station owner I'd return "in a few hours" and I got in my car and drove off.

I've never been accused of being a Rhodes Scholar, but I knew it was best to exit that scene for a while and clear my head before I said or did something I'd regret later on.

I drove to the parking lot of Calvert Hall High School. It was nearly empty, with the exception of a few kids roaming around with their football gear. I needed "empty" at that moment. I just needed to sit and think for a bit.

After the obligatory phone call to my wife, I sat in the car and asked myself the question everyone who gets terminated asks themselves in the immediate aftermath of it all. "What are you going to do for a living?"

I remember with great clarity looking at my phone and thinking out loud, "Well, I don't know what I'm going to do, but I do know this: Whatever I do for a living is likely going to involve social media in some capacity, so I need to see what my Twitter account looks like and start from there."

One of the quirky things about working at that radio station was the declaration from the station owner that I not be allowed to use my personal Twitter account for anything station related.

"You can use your Twitter account to tweet out things you like, personally, like wine or Springsteen or high school golf," I was told.

So, with that decree issued, I simply NEVER used my personal Twitter account for anything.

I found that out first-hand on the morning of August 22nd, 2014 while I was sitting in the parking lot at Calvert Hall.

I didn't know the password for my personal Twitter account.

That's how rarely I used it. I couldn't even access it because I couldn't come up with the right password.

Finally, I got locked out and was forced to change the password, which I did right then and there. When I eventually got access and the account popped up on my screen, I remember anxiously looking to see how many followers I had.

156.

One hundred and fifty six followers.

Those of you on Twitter know that's a relatively small number, particularly for someone who had been doing sports radio for 12 years. But, having never once even mentioned my personal Twitter account on the air, no one knew, literally, that I even had a personal account.

I remember -- distinctly -- looking at the screen on my phone and seeing that number -- 156 -- and thinking to myself, "You're in trouble."

Yesterday, on May 20, 2016, without any prompting, marketing or even the remotest of a push or nudge, I welcomed my 2500th follower on Twitter.

Thank you, all.

Next stop: 5,000 followers!

Honestly, I haven't done anything to get to 2,500, so I'm frankly a little disappointed in myself for not building that number even higher over the last 21 months. I should probably be at 5,000, not 2,500, but my efforts and energies have been directed elsewhere and beefing up the Twitter account hasn't been a priority of late.

So, I'll take 2,500 and be thrilled with it.

It's only a number, naturally, and we often look at these milestones and make a bigger deal out of them then is necessary, for at some point, sooner rather than later -- hopefully -- we'll be jumping for joy at reaching 3,000, 3,500 and so on.

But today, here, I just wanted to say "thank you" for those of you out there who have followed me on Twitter and get your #DMD access from that social media platform.

From 156 on August 22, 2014 to 2,500 on May 20, 2016. It's not quite as impressive as Jackie Bradley Jr.'s current 25-game hitting streak, but it's still a nice sign of progress nonetheless.

For those of you currently reading this who don't yet follow me on Twitter, you can do that quite easily. My Twitter ID is: @itsahooded4iron.

The "hooded 4 iron" reference is from a scene in the golf movie, "Tin Cup", in case you're wondering.

Speaking of Twitter, that's how you can get a horse in today's Preakness contest here at #DMD. Details can be found below.

Thank you for following me and thank you for following along WITH me on this venture of mine otherwise known as "Drew's Morning Dish". Whether you're a daily reader, a corporate partner, or someone who found us first through our bucket-list trip offerings we've put together over the last couple of years, please know your support is recognized and appreciated.

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Baltimore plays host to the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown today and it gives you yet another chance to win an awesome prize from Drew's Morning Dish.

All you need to do is go to YOUR Twitter account -- make sure you're following me @itsahooded4iron -- and send me a tweet with the words "I need a great horse, Drew!" and you're entered to win.

At 3 pm today, I'll put all the names of those who entered in a hat and draw out eleven winners. I'll then do that same thing with the horses and select a horse for you in today's running of the Preakness. Once I've done that, I'll send you the name of your horse or, unfortunately, I'll let you know you weren't selected this time around.

Our good friends at Chick fil-A in Nottingham Square have undergone an impressive "re-build" at their location on Campbell Boulevard in White Marsh and we'd love to send a bunch of you out there sometime soon to see it for yourself.

So, if the horse I select for you wins today's Preakness, you receive ten free Chick fil-A meals from our friends at the Nottingham Square location.

If your horse finishes second, you receive five free Chick fil-A meals.

If your horse finishes third, you receive three free Chick fil-A meals.

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Go ahead, tweet the words "I need a great horse, Drew!" to me (@itsahooded4iron) and you're off and running!


it's still nyquist-exaggerator running 1-2


The predicted nasty weather for today's Preakness hasn't changed my tune when it comes to handicapping today's race.

It's still Nyquist all the way. When a horse is 8-0 lifetime, you stay on him -- betting wise -- until he loses. That's my opinion, anyway.

And, while I remain confident that Exaggerator will hang in there long enough to grab second place, that exacta -- if it hits -- will likely pay out about $10. That's almost not worth betting, frankly.

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Derby winner Nyquist hopes to improve to 9-0 today on the expected muddy track at Old Hilltop.

So, in an effort to make a little bit of money if something wacky should happen today, I'll throw a few bucks at these three wagers, too, and see if any of them wind up sticking.

I'll play Fellowship in a bunch of bets today and see if the 3rd place finisher in the Florida Derby has a trick up his sleeve on the muddy track at Old Hilltop. He was a "Derby caliber" horse who wound up being the first alternate, basically, at Churchill Downs a couple of weeks ago when none of the first 20 horses who entered dropped out prior to race day.

I like Fellowship's rider, Jose Lezcano, which is another reason to factor him to my wagering today. The jockey DOES make a difference.

Fellowship will likely go off at 15-1 today by the time the horses reach the starting gate.

I'm likely going to factor in one other horse -- Bob Baffert's entry, Collected -- and see if I can't hit a decent exact or triple, even, with Nyquist, Exaggerator and Fellowship factored in heavily along the way.

I don't see any of the other seven horses having much of a chance.

Before American Pharoah last year, no horse who drew the #1 position had won the Preakness since Tabasco Cat did it in 1994. With that in mind, throw out Cherry Wine, who is on the rail today at the Preakness.

Since 1970, only eight horses who DIDN'T run in the Kentucky Derby went on to win the Preakness. In other words, it's HIGHLY unlikely that one of the "new shooters" is going to win today. But, on the other hand, in 21 of the past 26 Preakness races, one of those horses that didn't run in the Derby finished in the top 3 at Pimlico.

That's where Fellowship and Collected come in.

If you're going out to the race, stay safe, dry and have a great day! If you're sitting at home in the comfort of your living room, I hope your horse hits the board!


θυμοσ

The ancient Greeks, beginning with Homer in The Odyssey, used a word, thumos, to refer to the organ in the chest that pumps blood. They also used it to describe that ineffable quality in one who is a fully committed and game competitor. In English we use the word heart in precisely the same ways.

Seabiscuit had thumos. He was also small, fat, knobby-kneed, lazy, prone to over-sleeping and over-eating, fractious, and generally uncooperative with his handlers. He was a late bloomer who, as a three-year-old, did not even meet the qualifications for any of the Triple Crown races.

The class horse of the time was War Admiral, the son of Man o’ War. The Admiral won the Triple Crown in 1937, and all told, 21 of 26 races in his career.

War Admiral was an East Coast horse and Seabiscuit was a West Coast horse, and hence the two were never entered in the same races. Racing fans and writers clamored for a match between the two. Several races were proposed, but none came about. Finally, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt II, the owner of Pimlico Race Course, put up enough money to entice the respective owners of War Admiral and Seabiscuit to match their horses. The race was set for November 1, 1938 at Pimlico.

I like this race because it is an unmistakable and elegant demonstration of the quality of thumos. I believe [but will stand properly corrected if the thoroughbred-racing experts who read #DMD know better] that, in a horse race, when a stalking horse comes from behind and pulls even with a front-runner, the stalker almost always breaks away to win the race. Seabiscuit’s trainer knew his horse, and how to bring his heart to bear. He told George Woolf, Seabiscuit’s relatively new jockey, to take the early lead, but at some point to allow the Admiral to pull even. “Let the Biscuit see the other horse's eye and sense that he's trying to pass him. Then just hold on,” he said, “because your horse will run like something from out of this world.”

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ncaa lax playoffs should provide great drama


#1 Maryland vs #8 Syracuse (Sat 12pm Providence, RI) - The hottest team in the country (Maryland) vs the ACC champs (Syracuse) is shaping up to be the game of the weekend.

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If Maryland gets a solid game from goalie Kyle Bernlohr today, expect the Terps to be headed to yet another NCAA lacrosse Final Four next weekend in Philly.

Maryland has been on a tear winning 14 straight. And Syracuse has been much improved after switching from goalie Warren Hill (9.7 goals allowed per game) to Evan Molloy (7.1 goals allowed per game) to make up for an Orange offense that seems to be playing below Orange standards, albeit still very good.

Syracuse seems to go as their face-off specialist Ben Williams goes as evidenced against Albany last weekend when the Great Danes were dominating the face-offs early and jumped out to a 6-2 lead, until Williams found his groove.

Maryland has Austin Henningsen back and should prove to be an interesting challenge for Williams. Syracuse defense has been doing great lately, only giving up more than 9 goals once in the last 6 games. However, the Orange seem to have issues defending from the midfield which is a weakness the Terps should be able to exploit with West, Cole, and Kelly.

This will be the Maryland's toughest test in quite a while, but I think Henningsen and company will keep pace with Williams at the face-off X, which will be enough for the Terps to win 11-9.

#5 Brown vs Navy (Sat 2:30pm Providence, RI) - Admittedly, I had written off the Midshipmen as it appeared their offense was out of gas at the end of the season and that Yale's outstanding defense would shut down Keena and Rees. But it looked like the extra rest helped them and the rest of the squad as Navy ran with then pulled away from the Ivy League champs.

On the flip side, Brown's up-tempo style completely derailed the deliberate Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on both sides of the ball. But as evidenced by their regular season win against Army, Navy can scrap with anyone at any speed.

However, will Navy have the depth to run Brown's style for 4 quarters? Brown's super offense has been able to be beat by solid goalie play, which Navy's John Connors is more than capable of providing, saving at 55.6%. It also seems like Brown gets impatient with the ball in their stick and values getting shots off more than getting off precise shots.

Brown's defense is also very capable with one of the best goalies around in Jack Kelly, saving at a remarkable 62.1%.

I think Navy's defense can play with the Bear offense, but not for 4 quarters and I don't see Navy scoring as much as they did last week. Given this, I'll take Brown to beat Navy 14-10.

#3 Notre Dame vs North Carolina (Sun 12pm Columbus, OH) - Both teams met a few weeks ago down in Chapel Hill in a game won by Carolina, 17-15. The Tar Heels were down 5 goals in the 4th quarter, only to stage one of of the biggest comebacks of the year against one of the toughest defenses in the country to pull out the stunning win.

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Calvert Hall product Stephen Kelly should play a huge role in Sunday's quarter-final tilt with Notre Dame.

The comeback left such an impression that Notre Dame Lacrosse tweeted about the Fighting Irish Football Coach Kelly giving the team a pep talk this week "about the traits necessary for 4 Quarters of excellence."

In looking at what fueled the comeback, a big factor was ex-Calvert Hall star Stephen Kelly going 7 of 10 on face-offs in the 4th quarter (influenced by Notre Dame drawing its 3rd face-off violation with 9 minutes left in the game).

In addition, Notre Dame turned the ball over 4 times and Carolina made good on all the extra possessions, scoring 8 goals in quarter. As usual, with the 9-6 Tar Heels, the only consistency with their season is their inconsistency, having not strung together more than two wins in a row this season.

However, when North Carolina's offense is on, they can beat the best defenses in the country, like Notre Dame's defense. But the Irish's first round pounding of Air Force has me thinking they're looking forward to this rematch to show they can finish the job. And I think they do this time as Notre Dame will take down Carolina 12-9.

#7 Loyola vs Towson (Sun 2:30pm Columbus, OH) - Both teams are arguably coming off their biggest wins of the season last week as Loyola paid back a Blue Devil team that took them to the woodshed two months prior while Towson slayed Goliath in #2 Denver for one of its first Top 5 wins in a long time.

This game will be a rematch from the early March game that saw Tyler White have a career game in Towson's 10-8 road victory, coming up with 16 saves. But both teams have evolved since then.

Loyola made a successful goalie switch to Jacob Stover and Patrick Spencer has matured into one of the game's finest attackmen as a freshman. Towson's offense has become much more balanced as attackman Spencer Parks and midfielder Mike Lynch have taken on much more of the scoring load from Drenner, Seider and McCarty.

Towson defender Mike Lowe put the clamps on Tewaarton candidate Conor Cannizzaro last week, but can he do the same against Pat Spencer? Will the Tiger offense be as effective against Jacob Stover and will Tyler White come up with another career game?

While Towson already has one victory at the Shoe this year (beating Ohio State), I look for the Greyhounds to pay back my Tigers as well, winning 9-8 in a lower scoring game with both goalies playing well.

Finals Predictions:

Semi's: Brown defeats Maryland, Notre Dame defeats Loyola

Final: Brown over Notre Dame

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#dmd announces youth sports benefit fund, courtesy of jerry's toyota-scion


Somewhere in Baltimore County right now, there's a youth athletic organization in need.

Whether it's for youth field or facility repairs, lighting, a special once-in-a-lifetime trip for a team, or some other cause that requires financial support -- somewhere, there's a need.

And our friends at Jerry's Toyota-Scion have pledged their support, through a 2-month campaign designed to reward a local youth athletic organization with funding for their special project.

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This type of activity is precisely what #DMD has aspired to become since this venture was launched on August 25, 2014.

With the help of our Jerry's Toyota-Scion, we can finally start to make that footprint in the local community and truly help an organization that has great plans, but simply lacks the resources to get it done.

When I started #DMD almost two years ago, the central theme behind it all was "People helping People".

It's time to put that plan into action.

If you're involved in a local youth athletic organization that has a special project you're undertaking sometime in the remainder of 2016, #DMD wants to hear about it. We'll accept your "story" as an application for funding until July 1, 2016. A team of local sports enthusiasts will form a panel and consider all applications until the winner is announced on Friday, July 15, 2016. Funding will be available within 30 days of that announcement.

What sorts of projects or activities will #DMD and Jerry's Toyota-Scion consider? Anything and everything. Your organization might need $1,000 for scoreboard repairs at the baseball park you currently call home. Maybe you need $2,000 to build a sturdy, top-of-the-line concession stand so you can raise even more money in future years.

Perhaps there's a trip to Canton, Ohio for a youth football tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame and $1,000 would go a long way in getting the team there.

If your youth organization has a financial need, the Jerry's Toyota-Scion Youth Benefit Fund might be that helping hand you're seeking.

The only real qualifier in this? Your youth organization must be in Baltimore County due to the marketing responsibilities each dealer agrees to within the Toyota family.

How do you submit your application? That's easy. On a PDF file which displays your team or organization's logo or letterhead, e-mail a "letter of application" with your requested funding and CLEARLY spell out your location, along with the financial need, how many people will likely benefit from the proposed activity, and what sort of impact this activity will have on your organization or team as a whole.

You can e-mail the letter (via PDF file) to Drew Forrester (drew@drewsmorningdish.com), at which point you will receive a confirmation reply that lets you know your organization's application has been received and is being considered.

It's that simple.

Youth athletic organizations have mastered the art of fund-raising, with car washes, bake sales, golf outings and much more. We encourage all of you to continue those efforts as you endeavor to enhance not only the activities you provide, but the programs and special events you offer for the young boys and girls in our area.

This is simply another piece of the puzzle, and while it's not possible to give assistance to every organization that applies, we promise to choose someone who will greatly benefit from the funding in 2016.

A special thank you goes out to Jerry's Toyota-Scion for their support of this project. They're eager to help out a local youth athletic organization in need.

Get your letter of application in today!


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horse racing still hasn't figured it out in maryland


If it's Preakness week, that means we should be seeing the obligatory story or two about how run-down and outdated Pimlico race track is and how, without improvements, state and horse racing officials might have to take a long, hard look at the continued viability of holding the Preakness in Baltimore.

Oh, look, a couple of those stories have popped up this week...

So predictable.

And also so wrong.

I get it. The track is archaic and almost unsafe at this point given its unstable infrastructure and overall condition.

Don't blame us for your lack of vision

The race has been in Baltimore for 140 years and it's truly one of our annual treasures, but holding the dilapidated nature of the racing facility over our heads is not only wrong, it's an ineffective way to initiate change and the progress that's needed to move forward.

They should have built a new race track in downtown Baltimore, right off of 295, when they had the chance to do it twenty years ago. Alas, they didn't.

And now, here they are again, begging for mercy and dangling the prospect of moving the Preakness as a way of reminding us that this time -- above all others -- they're serious.

There are two distinct problems here and the two aren't really connected, when all is said and done.

And neither of those issues is the Preakness itself. As an event, the race is a winner. They cram about as many people as they can into the place and the day is about as profitable as it can be for the Maryland Jockey Club.

The issues are actually more about the fact that the Maryland Jockey Club has done a poor job of marketing horse racing as a stand-alone event -- like a baseball game, movie or amusement park visit -- and that there are two tracks within about 40 miles of one another and neither can be a whopper of a success until the folks in charge figure out how to market their product.

It stands to reason that by eliminating one of the two tracks -- Pimlico or Laurel -- you'd chop half of your expenses (roughly) off the books, but would the same people who go to Laurel drive to Baltimore and vice versa to get their racing fix? I'm not sure.

That, though, isn't the real question here, because the 5,000 people in town who actually patronize Laurel and Pimlico on non-Preakness days aren't enough to keep the sport going, no matter which building you close down, improve, or otherwise prop up.

You need crowds of 15,000 to make it work, not the 2,100 who make their way in to eat a hot dog, drink a beer and bet on five races on a Friday afternoon.

Marketing horse racing has always been a challenge

Here's the truth: No one's actually going out to the track anymore. You have a few thousand horse racing junkies who would watch and bet on a race in their back alley, but other than that, no one is heading out to Pimlico on a Thursday afternoon or to Laurel on a Saturday afternoon to check out the ponies and make a day of it.

That's where the lack of marketing hurts.

Folks in this area are more inclined to pile in the car at 7:30 am on a Saturday morning and head up to Hershey Park -- dropping at least $300 if they're a family of four -- than they are to spend half that much enjoying a day at the track.

If people knew how to enjoy themselves at the track and knew more about what kind of day their family could have there, attendance might pick up. But there's no real marketing done at all, so no one is even aware the tracks are open and hosting racing.

We all know the Preakenss is the third Saturday in May, though, because we've been conditioned to remember that for as long as we've been living in Baltimore.

Again, though, I'll reiterate that the Preakness isn't the problem.

But it's the only way state and track officials can prompt any serious discussion about Pimlico and racing in Baltimore. They have to threaten us with something, so why not go back to the well again and talk about moving the second leg of the Triple Crown to Laurel or some other facility in the country who will pony up big bucks for it?

Fixing the track or building a new one is a governmental topic, not one for the great unwashed like you and I to decide on. To me, it's simple, but it's not my money, either.

I've said for a long, long time that racing is important to our city and that a first-class, state-of-the-art track should have been constructed somewhere near downtown.

Instead, we built a casino, for starters, and spent a gazillion dollars on an auto race that fell flat on its face after a couple of years in town.

You either want horse racing in our community or you don't.

If you do, a new facility is the only way to start all over again and try to make the sport a success here in town.

Build it and they will come

It's no secret that the only way to guarantee bigger crowds and -- just as importantly -- younger enthusiasts for the team or sport is to build a new facility. This dovetails nicely with the on-going effort to attract more corporate sponsors for any sports-themed business, but horse racing in particular would greatly benefit from a new building that lends itself more to corporate entertaining and such.

Can you imagine if Memorial Stadium was still the home of the Orioles? That's sort of what's going on at Pimlico these days. They're racing horses in the city's equivalent of the old baseball stadium on 33rd Street.

So, it's no wonder they're not attracting any legitimate, significant crowds to either Laurel or Pimlico. The marketing stinks, for starters, and the buildings themselves just don't say "Enjoy your day here!" like Oriole Park does, for example.

None of those problems, though, can be fixed by you and I and your next door neighbor.

Someone with a much higher pay grade needs to get involved and figure this all out, but I'm guessing it's not going to happen.

Baltimore's nothing if not a bunch of people dragging their feet and saying, "We're studying all of the possibilities."

And as long as that track on Northern Parkway is still sitting there and remains barely viable, they'll always have that to hold over our heads in May when the Preakness comes to town.

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birds fall to seattle again, 7-2


A promising stretch of games that saw the Orioles play 19 of 21 at home ended with a thud on Thursday afternoon as the Mariners produced a rare series win in Baltimore by posting a 7-2 victory before 35,000 plus at Camden Yards.

Thursday's loss dropped the Orioles to 12-7 during that run of games at home. Hopefully that stretch of mediocre baseball doesn't come back to haunt the Birds later this season.

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Adam Jones has heated up recently after a sluggish start to the season, but the rest of the Baltimore offense wasn't all that sharp in the 3-game series vs. Seattle.

Despite the loss, the O's remain in a first-place tie with Boston at 24-15.

Tyler Wilson worked six innings for the Birds on Thursday and was decent enough, except for that one pitch to Adam Lind in the sixth that resulted in a 3-run home run to give the Mariners a 5-1 lead. Wilson struck out three, walked three and allowed six hits in his day of work.

For the second time in three games, the Baltimore bats were stymied by Seattle's starting pitcher. Wade Miley held the Birds to two hits in Tuesday's 10-0 Seattle win and Nathan Karns and a handful of relief pitchers limited Buck Showalter's team to six hits and two runs on Thursday afternoon.

Pedro Alvarez and Adam Jones had RBI's on Thursday for the O's, who start a 3-city road swing in Los Angeles tonight against the Angels.

Ryan Flaherty got the start in right field yesterday and looked the part until a 9th inning home run escaped him at the base of the wall. It didn't matter in the long run, as it merely turned a 5-2 game into a 7-2 deficit, but scratch Flaherty off the list of potential right fielders, please.

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john carroll hoops coach exits


Coming off a Baltimore Catholic League Tournament championship and an appearance in the finals of the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational, John Carroll boy’s basketball head coach Tony Martin is leaving the Bel Air school after 11 seasons.

The move was first reported by Varsity Sports Network on Thursday.

“Yes, it is true,” Martin said when asked if a rumor surrounding his departure from John Carroll was valid. “I am taking a great opportunity south where the majority of my family lives. Plus, I have serious health issues with an elderly parent.”

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Tony Martin is leaving John Carroll High School in Bel Air after completing one of the most impressive turnarounds in recent history.

Pending the completion of paperwork, Martin did not want to reveal his new positon, but did say he will be leaving the area to become the head coach at a private high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. He will be relocating his mother, who is battling cancer, and taking advantage of what he called "a quality of life opportunity."

Martin’s Patriots went 27-11 this past winter and played their best basketball in March as they defeated top-seeded Mount St. Joseph in the BCL final on a last second shot by sophomore Immanuel Quickley, the BCL MVP. The Pats then went on to win two games at Alhambra and went toe-to-toe with perennial champion DeMatha in the final, before fading in the fourth quarter.

In his 11 seasons, Martin posted a record of 266-139 (.657) and his overall head coaching mark is 486-196 (.710).

Getting John Carroll into the Baltimore Catholic League was a quest that drove Martin from when he first set foot on the JC campus in 2005. The year prior, the Patriots were 0-25 in the MIAA B Conference, but he oversaw a historic turnaround as the team went 17-25 in 2005-2006 and 28-8 the following year. The team matriculated to the MIAA A Conference in 2007, going 21-12, but was not granted a spot in the BCL until 2010 after Towson Catholic closed and created a void in the area most prestigious boys basketball circuit.

In a prepared release, John Carroll athletic director Steve Teter expressed gratitude and pride for what Martin has accomplished at the school.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with Coach Martin,” said John Carroll Athletic Director Steve Teter. “He was instrumental in developing the basketball program into a national power. He will leave behind big shoes to fill, but we will begin a search for a new coach right away to continue our success on the basketball court.”

“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve The John Carroll School,” added Martin. “The administrative support has been a key component to positively impacting the basketball program and school community as a whole. The wins and championships were great but it is the relationships I have built with our student-athletes that will last a lifetime.”

Varsity Sports Network is the area leader in coverage of high school athletics. Visit their website at www.varsitysportsnetwork.com. Yearly, quarterly and monthly subscriptions are available.

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our bus trip to see the ravens and new york jets is now on sale!


You know it's almost football season if we're planning road trips to see the Ravens!

We'll be heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 23rd to see the Ravens take on the New York Jets and you can be part of the fun. Get your purple-wearing friends together and join us for a whopper of one-day road trip that includes all the goodies and amenities that make a #DMD trip the best one you'll find in town.

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"Hey, you're going to New York with Drew's Morning Dish on October 23rd? That makes me really happy!!!

We have secured game tickets in both the upper level and lower level at MetLife Stadium.

Our luxury motor coach will leave Baltimore at 6:30 am and should arrive at the stadium by 9:30 or so.

We'll serve a light breakfast on the bus, with plenty of Royal Farms coffee to get everyone started on the right note. There will be beer, soda and water available on the bus as well, and once we arrive at MetLife Stadium, we'll feast on some delicious Palmisano's subs and other tailgate favorites.

Tickets in the stadium are in groups of four, six and eight, so you'll be grouped with other Ravens fans who are on our bus trip. If you have a large group of friends, family members or co-workers who are going, we'll sit you all together!

There are two price levels for this trip: $215 gets you an upper level ticket plus all of the trip benefits and offerings listed above, while $275 gets you a lower level ticket and everything else as well.

We'll have the official "pay tab" up on the site later on today. In the meantime, though, you can reserve your seat(s) on the bus trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


and...we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 10 of those seats have already been reserved by #DMD corporate partners, so only 14 remain available.


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look for nyquist, exaggerator to shine through again


They’ll be running the Preakness Stakes this Saturday at Old Hilltop – rain or shine – and unless I’m really missing something, it’s a three horse race.

Yes, there are eleven horses in the field, but only Nyquist, Exaggerator and Stradivari figure to have to have a real shot to win.

The weather forecast is spotty for Saturday, but there always two things to take into account: 1) Whatever they’re calling for on Saturday is likely not to happen because that’s the way it works around here. 2) No one really knows how a horse is going to react to rain and a muddy track until that day.

Let’s take a look at the 11-horse field for a thorough preview of Saturday’s running of the Preakness.

1. Cherry Wine, Corey Lanerie (jockey) – A Dale Romans entry with eight races to his credit and two wins, the last one coming this past January. Don’t expect much here.

2. Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez -- Has been in the money in six of his seven career races and Perez has been in the irons for all seven of them. Finished third in the Santa Anita Derby. Appears overmatched.

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Nothing's a sure bet in horse racing, but it's tough to see anything but a Nyquist win on Saturday at the Preakness.

3. Nyquist, Mario Gutierrez -- Has won all eight of his career races and is the slam-dunk favorite to win the Preakness. Gutierrez knows how to move this horse around and gave him an expert trip at the Derby two weeks ago. He’s primed to make it for 9-for-9 on Saturday at Pimlico. Expect it.

4. Awesome Speed, Jevian Toledo -- Won the Tesio Stakes at Laurel in early April, which earned him a spot in Saturday’s big race. Toledo had a nice 2015 in Maryland, but he’s moving up in class on Saturday, as is the horse as well. My guess is he’ll finish the race at half-speed. Stay away from him.

5. Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux -- He’s been in the money in eight of his ten career races and has won over $2.1 million. But he’s now 0-for-4 against Nyquist after running second to him at Churchill Downs two weeks ago. Still, his closing last 1⁄4 mile in the Derby has people thinking this horse might make some noise at Pimlico on Saturday. He will. And he’ll finish behind Nyquist, again.

6. Lani, Yutaka Take -- Has raced seven times in his career, the first six in Japan, and has three wins and a second. Ran ninth at the Derby two weeks ago in his first-ever start in the U.S. Has an impressive resume, but will still be out of place in Baltimore on Saturday. Might make a late move for third, but that’s about it.

7. Collected, Javier Castellano -- A winner twice on grass, the Bob Baffert trained colt has won three of his last four races, although none of the fields were close in quality to what he’ll see in the Preakness. Castellano has won the second leg of the Triple Crown before (on Bernardini) so he knows what it takes to get the job done at Pimlico. It won’t matter on Saturday, though. Likely to be closer to last than first.

8. Laoban, Julien Florent -- Hasn’t won a race yet but his form is improving with each effort. Florent likely doesn’t have what it takes to win this race on Saturday, but don’t be surprised to hear this horse’s name as they reach the top of the stretch. Could be better than we all realize.

9. Abiding Star, J.D. Acosta -- Interesting entry here, as he’s won his last five races, but none of them have come against a field of even “decent” quality. Appears to be in over his head on Saturday. Probable highlight will be his post-race bath.

10. Fellowship, Jose Lezcano -- Has raced more times (12) than any horse in the field, finishing in the money in eight of those efforts. Hasn’t won a race since last October and was a hard-luck fourth place finisher on the undercard of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago. Won’t be a factor on Saturday at Pimlico, either.

11. Stradivari, John Velazquez -- Could be a thorn in the side of Nyquist and Exaggerator on Saturday if Hall of Famer Velazquez keeps him out of trouble. Has won his last two races, but this is a major step up in class for the Todd Pletcher entry. Pletcher, by the way, is 0-for-7 lifetime at the Preakness. Likely to be 0-for-8 on Sunday morning.

How #DMD sees it on Saturday – It’s a two-horse race, ultimately, although it might take 90 seconds or so to weed out a few of the pretenders. Expect another one-on-one duel between Nyquist and Exaggerator over the final 300 yards, with Nyquist holding on for another win and Desormeaux and Exaggerator claiming second. Stradivari pinches through horses late to grab third place.

How to bet the race -- I can't imagine there's anything to be made in the traditional win-place-show fashion, since Nyquist is going to go off at even money at best and should win the race outright. And the exact might not pay much, either. That leaves trying to hit the triple, which means you have to pick the top three horses in order. I'm thinking it's going to be best to simply play the 3-5 combination (Nyquist/Exaggerator) and then "wheel" the rest of the horses in the field until you come up with every possible three-horse finish that includes 3-5 and 5-3 as the first two to come in. Depending on which horse finishes 3rd, you might make a nice payday for yourself that way.

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birds snap 2-game losing streak with 5-2 win over mariners


When all else fails these days, just wait for Chris Tillman's turn in the rotation to come around.

The Orioles got three RBI from Matt Wieters and a misjudged fly ball in centerfield turned into the eventual game-winning run on Wednesday night as the Birds turned back Seattle, 5-2, behind another strong pitching performance from Tillman, who improved to 6-1 on the year.

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Another solid start from Chris Tillman, his sixth in a row, helped the Birds snap a 2-game losing streak on Wednesday night.

The righthander went 6.1 innings and allowed just four hits on the night, striking out six and walking three along the way. His ERA is now 2.61 on the year.

The 28-year old has now gone six or more innings in six straight starts and has allowed just eight earned runs over that span. He does have eighteen walks in those six starts, for those of you who nitpick out there, but other than that, it's been clear sailing for Tillman over the last month.

Brad Brach worked an inning but put the Birds in an 8th inning that required an early entry from Zach Britton, who wiggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 8th inning. Britton then allowed one base runner in the 9th before closing out the victory in front of 21,000-plus at Camden Yards.

Mark Trumbo and Wieters both homered for the Birds in the 2nd inning but Seattle eventually tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth.

In the bottom half of that inning, the same duo accounted for yet another run. Trumbo produced a one-out single and was brought home by Wieters when Seattle centerfielder Leonys Martin could't corral a ball hit to wall. It's the kind of play Adam Jones makes nine times out of ten.

Seattle starter Taijuan Walker hurt himself in the next inning with a wild pitch that plated Baltimore's fourth run of the game.

A Jonathan Schoop sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 8th finalized the scoring at 5-2.

Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis combined for an 0-for-11 night with their bat in the hands.

The series finale is this afternoon at 12:05 pm at Camden Yards.

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springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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our bus trip to see the ravens and new york jets is now on sale!


You know it's almost football season if we're planning road trips to see the Ravens!

We'll be heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 23rd to see the Ravens take on the New York Jets and you can be part of the fun. Get your purple-wearing friends together and join us for a whopper of one-day road trip that includes all the goodies and amenities that make a #DMD trip the best one you'll find in town.

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"Hey, you're going to New York with Drew's Morning Dish on October 23rd? That makes me really happy!!!

We have secured game tickets in both the upper level and lower level at MetLife Stadium.

Our luxury motor coach will leave Baltimore at 6:30 am and should arrive at the stadium by 9:30 or so.

We'll serve a light breakfast on the bus, with plenty of Royal Farms coffee to get everyone started on the right note. There will be beer, soda and water available on the bus as well, and once we arrive at MetLife Stadium, we'll feast on some delicious Palmisano's subs and other tailgate favorites.

Tickets in the stadium are in groups of four, six and eight, so you'll be grouped with other Ravens fans who are on our bus trip. If you have a large group of friends, family members or co-workers who are going, we'll sit you all together!

There are two price levels for this trip: $215 gets you an upper level ticket plus all of the trip benefits and offerings listed above, while $275 gets you a lower level ticket and everything else as well.

We'll have the official "pay tab" up on the site later on today. In the meantime, though, you can reserve your seat(s) on the bus trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


and...we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 10 of those seats have already been reserved by #DMD corporate partners, so only 14 remain available.


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fact and opinion is back and we won't knock your sunglasses off of your face


Fact: Let's get the ugly stuff out of the way first. The Orioles lost at home last night to the Mariners, 10-0. Nelson Cruz, you remember him, I'm sure, had five RBI for Seattle in the blowout victory. It was 2-0 Seattle before you finished half of your first beer. Jimenez stunk and our offense generated two hits on the night. Two. All game.

Opinion: I'm not saying this just because they beat our brains in last night, 10-0, but Seattle has the makings of a pretty decent team this year, especially since the A.L. West looks up for grabs. They might be this year's version of last year's Astros.

Fact: Before last night’s game in New York, Bryce Harper of the Nationals had walked 24 times in his last 10 games. Guess how many times Adam Jones walked last year in 137 games? Yep...24.

Opinion: People get on Jones for his free-swinging ways, but that’s just the way he’s built as a player. He’s never going up there to finagle his way on – he’s up there to put his bat on the ball and put it in play.

Fact: The Atlanta Braves have played 19 home games thus far in the 2016 season and they’re 2-17 in those contests.

Opinion: The Braves have a definite chance to give the 1962 Mets a run for their money for the dubious distinction of having the worst home record ever. The Mets went 22-58 that year. Atlanta’s almost a quarter of the way through their 81-game home schedule and they have two wins. On pace for ten home wins or so.

Fact: Tiger Woods has 79 career wins on the PGA Tour. The following players have 80 career wins – combined: Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy. Hilarious, right?

Opinion: None of those guys will win more than 35 tournaments in their career on the PGA Tour.

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This guy? He's pretty good.

Fact: Ubaldo Jimenez walked four batters in 4.1 innings of work last night. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers has also issued four walks. This season. In 62 innings pitched thus far.

Opinion: Kershaw's current strikeout-to-walk ratio is 19.25. He's going to break the all-time record of 11.63 set by Phil Hughes of the Twins last season.

Fact: The Orioles have 16 quality starts so far this season. Chris Sale (7) and Jose Quintana (7) of the White Sox have combined for 14 between them.

Opinion: And you thought all Quintana could do was bowl...

Fact: Rickey Henderson stole 130 bases in 1982, which still stands as the major league record for steals in a season. He’s one of only two players to ever have three seasons of 100 steals or more. Who was the other one?

Opinion: I bet $100 you didn’t know it was Vince Coleman.

Fact: Roberto Alomar once got suspended for five games by Major League Baseball. Why? He spit on an umpire. Rougned Odor of the Texas Rangers punched another player in the face and got suspended for 8 games.

Opinion: Odor should have received 20 games. If he breaks Bautista's jaw with that punch and the Blue Jays' hitter can't play for 6-8 weeks, what then? Odor's 8-game suspension is the equivalent of a kid bringing a knife to school and being told to mop the cafeteria floors for five days as his punishment.

Fact: It's been 52 years since a horse whose name starts with the letter "N" has won the Preakness. The last time it happened was 1964 when Northern Dancer was the winner.

Opinion: That streak will be broken this Saturday when Nyquist wins the second leg of the Triple Crown at Old Hilltop.

Fact: Sydney Crosby's overtime goal on Monday night was the first playoff OT winner of his career. Washington's Alex Ovechkin still doesn't have one.

Opinion: Speaking of things Ovechkin doesn't have, Crosby already has one Stanley Cup ring after Pittsburgh's victory in the 2008-2009 campaign. That's at least one more than Ovechkin will win in his career.

Fact: Wilt Chamberlain played 1045 career regular season games and never fouled out of a game. Not once.

Opinion: That's really impressive.

Fact: If you think it's hard picking the NCAA basketball tournament bracket, just think about this: You couldn't have even picked the 32-team NCAA lacrosse bracket correctly this spring and we're only down to the Final Eight. And, please, don't tell me your lax bracket is still "alive" for perfection. It's not.

Opinion: The "Upstart Bowl" this Sunday in Columbus, Ohio between Baltimore rivals Towson and Loyola will go to the Greyhounds, 11-7. Either way, though, I'm happy to see one of those schools in the Final Four the following weekend in Philly.

Fact: Only one player in Major League Baseball history has led the league in home runs for seven straight seasons or more. One guy. Ever. Who was it?

Opinion: Ralph Kiner. How's that an "opinion" you ask? My opinion is "you probably didn't know that".

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texas brawl a reminder that mlb needs to get its act together


Major League Baseball handed down suspensions in the big melee in Texas that Drew wrote about here at #DMD yesterday, and as should have been expected they're a big fat joke.

Rougned Odor, who landed the punch that generated one of the more positive social media reactions of the past month on Jose Bautista's face, earned himself an 8 game suspension for his troubles.

That was expected, but when compared to the penalties levied against everyone else, it really underscores why baseball continues to have these silly dust-ups so often, even when they don't result in multiple bench clearing brawls.

The impetus here is, of course, the infamous "unwritten rules" in baseball etiquette, and the precipitating act that got everyone hot here seems to be...Bautista's well-publicized bat flip from last year's ALDS series between the two teams.

That's right, an event from seven months ago prompted this scuffle. Of course, that wasn't what led to the fight. That would be Bautista's laughably hard slide into Odor at second base, which followed Bautista getting deliberately hit by a pitch from Matt Bush in apparent retaliation for that bat flip from last season.

All of which provided us with a very succinct encapsulation of the ways baseball has really fallen down despite efforts to better rein in certain tendencies in the game, collectively combining to make this bubbling cauldron of potential ridiculousness.

How about we write down those rules?

For starters, it's beyond time for baseball to do away with these "unwritten rules."

By their very definition they're capricious and arbitrary, and there can be no uniform or fair way to agree on a proper punishment (or, for that matter, what they even are).

If these generalized codes of conduct are really that important to so many people in the game, then make them actual rules. Convene a panel, decide what the relevant rules are, and write them down in the rule book while outlining what the punishments will be. It's not that hard at all! Hell, even the NFL manages to do it more or less seamlessly!

If bat flips are a real problem, come up with a rule against taunting or whatever and hand out fines for it. The idea that the appropriate way to handle this issue is to let some pitchers (and it's always pitchers) decide to take offense and retaliate by hurling a hard core baseball 90+ MPH at what is effectively a co-worker is absurd.

There shouldn't be any tolerance for intentionally hitting another player with a thrown ball and, in a rational world, Bush would be getting a suspension somewhere in the range of 11-16 games, at a minimum, for throwing at Bautista. His punishment? A fine, but no suspension.

Way to send a message, Major League Baseball.

But from this we can see how baseball's other problems with policing on-field conduct flow forth. When the league can't even enforce a basic dictum that rules have to be broadly agreed on and written down, and instead endorse the idea that arbitrary acts of violence (which is what beaning is) is the appropriate way to mete out discipline, it's not a shock when they respond to behavior like Bautista's and Bush's so mildly, even when Bautista was arguably the least defensible actor in the whole incident.

The meager one game suspension is made even worse when you consider that a) MLB is making an effort, supposedly, to clarify the slide/interference rule and eliminate the sort of "takeout" slide that Chase Utley used to seriously injure Ruben Tejada in last year's NLDS and b) that this is at least the second time Bautista ran afoul of the rule.

Bautista deserved a stiffer penalty

Now I know this remains a controversial issue with baseball fans, and indeed Drew came down on Bautista's side of this yesterday. I couldn't disagree more.

"Hard" play is one thing, but baseball is not a contact sport, and watching take out slides diminishes my own aesthetic enjoyment of the game.

Give me the bang-bang play at first base, please. Tackling a middle infielder just in case your batter can't beat out the throw just doesn't do it for me, and that's before we get to how absurdly dangerous that play is. And while there might be a fine line between playing hard and being dirty, there's simply no question that Bautista (and Utley, for that matter) fell in the latter category.

Odor had made the play and pivoted off the bag as all middle infielders are taught to do specifically to avoid contact with the runner, and Bautista still tried to initiate contact in a way that drops all pretense of even resembling baseball (if the play had been close, Bautista's slide would have almost certainly left him no chance of staying on the base and, thus, making an out even if he beat the throw).

Given the speed with which he came in, it's really difficult to conclude that he had any intent other than to injure Odor on that play. He, too, deserved a stiff fine, and frankly it should have been at least as long as Odor's. No, Odor shouldn't have thrown a punch, but at least he had some form of mitigating circumstances, as I don't think anyone wouldn't be angry if their livelihood was targeted by someone in that manner.

Bautista got a one game suspension. Way to send a message, Major League Baseball.

Ultimately, the fiasco in Texas is on the individual choices of the people involved, all of whom could have handled themselves better, to say the least.

But these potential flare ups exist because the league office continues to let players skirt around the edge of the rules with varying levels of violence, provided they don't break a very narrow set of rules about fighting.

That means these things are inevitable, up until the point that the league gets serious about cracking down on the behavior that sets the wheels in motion in the first place. Yesterday they sent the message, loud and clear, that they still have no intention of doing that anytime soon.

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spieth looking to find his game in dallas


The PGA Tour heads to TPC Four Seasons in suburban Dallas this week and Jordan Spieth will be there trying to find his game after missing the cut at last weekend's Jason Day Invitational, otherwise known as The Players Championship.

Spieth will get plenty of fantasy action this week and why shouldn't he? Day's not playing, for one, and Spieth is 5-for-5 in cuts made at TPC Four Seasons. Plus, at some point, last year's Wonder Boy has to get it going, right?

Sorry, it's not happening this week. I suspect Spieth will hang around and at least play the weekend -- and for that reason alone, he's not a bad play on your team if you simply MUST use him for whatever reason -- but he's not winning the event.

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If eight straight rounds in the 60's at TPC Four Seasons doesn't make you play Dustin Johnson this week, there's no helping you.

Let's get down to business and try and give you six players that make the cut. I'm still looking for my first 6-for-6 week here at #DMD this season. Last week's team made me a modest profit even though only four of my six guys got to the weekend, but once you get a 6-for-6 event, you have a decent chance to make some "real" money (depending on how much you plunk down in the first place, of course).

This golf course is one of those "horses for courses" places, which means your team simply MUST have Dustin Johnson on it or you're losing points to everyone else whose playing fantasy golf this week. Johnson's last eight scores at TPC Four Seasons: 69-62-68-67-66-68-69-69. Yep, he hasn't posted a score starting with a "7" since 2013. Play him this week.

Another one of those guys destined to play well at TPC Four Seasons is Ryan Palmer. In his last five starts at the course, he has two Top 10 finishes and a playoff loss for the title. His recent form is also solid; his last two starts on TOUR have been Top 25's. Oh, and Palmer makes lots of birdies. A must-play in your lineup this week, for sure.

It might not be a great week to play Colt Knost since he just won $504,000 at The Players, but he played college golf at SMU, lives in Dallas, and this is a definite "home game" for him at TPC Four Seasons. Knost is 15-for-16 in cuts made this year, which means everything points to him playing all four rounds this week in Dallas.

Something tells me this is the week Jhonatthan Vegas breaks through again and sniffs around the leaderboard. He had a decent go of it at TPC Sawgrass and the weaker field in Dallas lends itself to one of these up-and-comers hanging around for four days. He went to college in Austin, Texas, so he's played enough golf in that area of the country to deal with whatever weather conditions make their way into the area this week. A wacky 3rd round blew up his tournament at TPC Sawgrass last weekend, but I see him in the hunt this week.

There's always a chance Freddie Jacobson plays well, so he's in my lineup this week. Freddie has made 13 of 17 cuts thus far in 2015-2016, with five Top 25 finishes and three in the Top 10. He's going to win at some point this year...maybe this is that week?

And rounding out my team is a "home game guy" as well. I'm playing Chad Campbell this week, as the Andrews, Texas native is more than familiar with what's required to navigate the Texas courses when the weather kicks up. He's not having a great season (10-for-19 in cuts made) but this is precisely the kind of week where he's three shots out of the lead heading into Sunday and hangs around for a Top 10 finish.

Dustin Johnson doesn't have a win yet this season. That changes this weekend in Dallas. He's your winner.

Others to consider: Danny Lee, Matt Kuchar, Tony Finau, Harris English, Kyle Reifers, Andrew Loupe, Chris Stround and Blayne Barber.

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here's yesterday's segment on "rouse and company"


For those of you who missed it, here's my segment on Tuesday morning's "Rouse and Company" show on Q1370 AM.

Starting next week, I'll be appearing every Tuesday and Thursday in-studio at 8:35 am.

You can tune in to the Rouse and Company show every morning, Monday through Friday, from 6am to 9am on 1370 am or stream the show on line at www.q1370.com


springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


our bus trip to see the ravens and new york jets is now on sale!


You know it's almost football season if we're planning road trips to see the Ravens!

We'll be heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 23rd to see the Ravens take on the New York Jets and you can be part of the fun. Get your purple-wearing friends together and join us for a whopper of one-day road trip that includes all the goodies and amenities that make a #DMD trip the best one you'll find in town.

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"Hey, you're going to New York with Drew's Morning Dish on October 23rd? That makes me really happy!!!

We have secured game tickets in both the upper level and lower level at MetLife Stadium.

Our luxury motor coach will leave Baltimore at 6:30 am and should arrive at the stadium by 9:30 or so.

We'll serve a light breakfast on the bus, with plenty of Royal Farms coffee to get everyone started on the right note. There will be beer, soda and water available on the bus as well, and once we arrive at MetLife Stadium, we'll feast on some delicious Palmisano's subs and other tailgate favorites.

Tickets in the stadium are in groups of four, six and eight, so you'll be grouped with other Ravens fans who are on our bus trip. If you have a large group of friends, family members or co-workers who are going, we'll sit you all together!

There are two price levels for this trip: $215 gets you an upper level ticket plus all of the trip benefits and offerings listed above, while $275 gets you a lower level ticket and everything else as well.

We'll have the official "pay tab" up on the site later on today. In the meantime, though, you can reserve your seat(s) on the bus trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


and...we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 10 of those seats have already been reserved by #DMD corporate partners, so only 14 remain available.


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rangers, not blue jays, are baseball's problem


I’ll be the oddball in town and take up for the Toronto Blue Jays this morning.

Actually, I’m not going to take up for them as much as I’m going to call out the Texas Rangers for what they are: A bunch of baseball-ruining punks.

Anyone who ever listened to me on the radio during my 12-year run or has read an occasional piece on #DMD knows what I think about baseball’s “unwritten rules”.

I think they’re stupid.

Stupid might be too nice, actually. They’re childish, silly, asinine AND stupid, all wrapped in one.

But given that I understand that unwritten rules DO exist, let’s go ahead and put the Rangers on blast for that episode on Sunday afternoon in which Rougned Odor belted Jose Bautista in the face.

Choking away a 2-0 series lead does strange things

This all started last October, you’ll recall, when the Rangers squandered a 2-games-to-0 lead in the best of five American League Division Series against the Blue Jays.

That was the series, you’ll recall, where Texas won the first two games in Toronto, then COULDN’T WIN A HOME GAME before Bautista’s 7th inning home run in Game 5 secured the Blue Jays rally from 2-games-down and sent the Rangers back home as verified chokers.

Oh, and Bautista had the audacity to toss his bat in celebration after the Game 5 home run.

That’s how it all started.

Bautista violated one of those idiotic “unwritten rules” by flipping his bat after the home run. Never mind that pitchers are allowed – if that’s the right word – to pump their fist after a big strike out. Somehow, that’s OK.

But hitters can’t toss their bat in delight.

Oh, and they’re not really permitted to run around the bases too fast – or too slow. Steve Pearce of the Rays hit a homer in the first inning of last night’s game at Toronto and his “pace” around the bases was a little more speedy than it should have been, if you ask me.

He’s probably next on the hit list.

No one's allowed to just "play the game" anymore, with emphasis on the word "game" there. You're not allowed to do anything at all, nothing, that shows you might actually be enjoying yourself. If you're laughing, smiling, giggling, doing goofy hand shakes like Machado and Schoop do, all of that can be interpreted as "showing up the other team".

In some ways, I understand that baseball players have to do something, anything, really to keep themselves interested and awake for about 100 of the 162 games on their schedule. You're losing 7-1 on a Tuesday night in Minnesota and there are 8,000 warm bodies in the seats...there's not much there to keep your blood moving, so why not let a hard slide into second or an over-celebrated home run be what gets your attention back in focus?

If baseball players worried more about their own performance and less about what some dude on the other team was doing, the game would be better.

Let’s get back to the gutless Rangers and the fiasco on Sunday in Arlington.

Texas planned that whole thing out so well

That fracas was in the works for months. The schedule makers did their best to get it out of the way early, as Toronto and Texas have already met twice, series-wise, and the season isn’t even 50 games old.

The two teams met four times in Toronto back in early May, with the Blue Jays winning three of those contests.

Any “bad blood” from last October didn’t spill over in that series. If the Rangers were still butt-hurt over their post-season gag session and Bautista’s historic home run, they sure didn’t show it in Toronto, which is where the final curtain closed on them last season.

No, instead, they held off until the teams met this weekend in Arlington – the final regular season series between the teams – and then waited until the top of the 8th inning of the final game of the series to pull out the bush-league stunt of hitting Bautista with a pitch.

And then, once Bautista got on base – in a one-run game – he had the nerve to try and break up a double play at second.

Hard slide? Over the top? Too rough? Hell, I have no idea. I thought men were playing the game, but maybe not. Every play every night is always under the microscope in some way, and subject to retribution if it doesn’t fall squarely within the lines of “respect for the game”.

Here's the real kicker: If on that ground ball Bautista wouldn't have gone hard into second, his approach to the game would have been called into question. That would have turned into part of the subplot of Sunday's game -- "Bautista pulls up at second base, anonymous player on Rangers calls him a coward afterwards".

Instead, well within the rules, Bautista slides into second base and Odor can't handle the fact that he was "disrespected".

What a bunch of garbage.

Those guys, gobs of them either already caught on the juice or a test away from being the next guy suspended, throwing punches and fighting with one another because someone “disrespected the game”.

The players have been disrespecting the game of baseball for the last twenty years. And they're going to throw a hissy fit because a guy flipped his bat with too much enthusiasm?

Clown shoes for all of them, I say.

I didn’t see Bautista do anything wrong on Sunday, except try to make sure Odor didn’t have a chance to throw the ball to first base for a double play.

If what he did last October was wrong, that should have been handled by the Rangers back on May 2nd, the first time the teams met. Actually, it shouldn’t have been handled at all, honestly, since the only crime Bautista was guilty of in that Game 5 win was being overly excited about the biggest moment of his career.

But, if Texas felt the need to “send a message”, the time to do that was on May 2nd, the first time the teams got together in 2016. Waiting until the 8th inning of the last meeting of the season was laughably gutless.

And, naturally, the next time the Rangers came to bat, Prince Fielder got plunked because, well, you know, “We can’t let your guy punch our guy in the face without getting some revenge on you, too.”

Too much testosterone floating around (insert joke here)

It’s amazing that there are still people out there who watch that stuff and think it’s all an important part of the game, as if me, you and your neighbor will stop watching baseball if these guys don’t take up for one another.

Every time I see a baseball fight take place because someone violated one of their stupid unwritten rules, it makes me like the sport less and less.

And I’m an Orioles season ticket plan holder who actually gives the club money for the privilege of watching them play games at Camden Yards.

I swear, though, I’d most certainly give a second thought to buying tickets next season if the Orioles suddenly became infected with that disease the Rangers have.

And no, I’m not talking about “choking in the playoffs” disease.

I'm talking about that ailment that comes with getting your feelings hurt so much that you have to start a friggin’ riot just to remind everyone that you didn’t like the way a guy tossed his bat SEVEN months ago.

What a bunch of Neanderthals they have in that Rangers dugout, starting with their manager and going right on down through the bullpen coach. I don't even know his name, honestly, but I bet he was high-fiving in the locker room afterwards, rejoicing at the fact that Jose Bautista "got what was coming to him".

I now officially root for two teams in Major League Baseball.

The Orioles -- and whatever team is playing the Texas Rangers that day.

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thank you for the well wishes


I'd be remiss this morning if I didn't take just a minute to thank all of you for your e-mails, messages here, Twitter mentions, etc. in response to yesterday's news that I'll be joining the Rouse and Company morning show two days a week for an 8:35 am segment (Tuesday and Thursday) that focuses on sports, music and anything else going on in my little world.

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Pat (left), Steve and Tracy (center) and Maynard (right) -- the gang of Rouse and Company, on Q1370 AM, Mon-Fri, 6am-9am

I realize it's not a daily gig or anything like that, but I hope you all enjoy it.

I'll continue to stress that I'm open to doing more down the road if this turns out to be a good fit for all parties involved. For now, though, I'd prefer to start off this way and see if I like doing it and, obviously, the host of the show has to see if he likes me doing it.

If you're in your car or near a computer this morning at 8:35 am, I'll be stopping in studio with Rouse and Company to make the formal announcement with Steve and the gang. And then, starting next Tuesday, you'll hear me twice a week at that same time -- 8:35 am.

You can stream the Rouse and Company show live via the WQLL website at: www.q1370.com


our bus trip to see the ravens and new york jets is now on sale!


You know it's almost football season if we're planning road trips to see the Ravens!

We'll be heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, October 23rd to see the Ravens take on the New York Jets and you can be part of the fun. Get your purple-wearing friends together and join us for a whopper of one-day road trip that includes all the goodies and amenities that make a #DMD trip the best one you'll find in town.

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"Hey, you're going to New York with Drew's Morning Dish on October 23rd? That makes me really happy!!!

We have secured game tickets in both the upper level and lower level at MetLife Stadium.

Our luxury motor coach will leave Baltimore at 6:30 am and should arrive at the stadium by 9:30 or so.

We'll serve a light breakfast on the bus, with plenty of Royal Farms coffee to get everyone started on the right note. There will be beer, soda and water available on the bus as well, and once we arrive at MetLife Stadium, we'll feast on some delicious Palmisano's subs and other tailgate favorites.

Tickets in the stadium are in groups of four, six and eight, so you'll be grouped with other Ravens fans who are on our bus trip. If you have a large group of friends, family members or co-workers who are going, we'll sit you all together!

There are two price levels for this trip: $215 gets you an upper level ticket plus all of the trip benefits and offerings listed above, while $275 gets you a lower level ticket and everything else as well.

We'll have the official "pay tab" up on the site later on today. In the meantime, though, you can reserve your seat(s) on the bus trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


and...we're heading to see notre dame football on sept. 24


Is seeing a football game at Notre Dame on your "bucket list"?

If so, you're going to be able to draw a line through that one on September 24, 2016, when #DMD heads to South Bend, Indiana to see Notre Dame take on Duke.

#DMD's first-ever trip to Notre Dame is brought to you by our friends at Kelly Payroll.

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Never been to the mecca of college football? Join #DMD for a trip to Notre Dame on September 24 as the Fighting Irish battle Duke.

We'll leave on the first flight Saturday morning, arriving in South Bend by 10:00 am or so. We'll participate in all of the pre-game revelry, enjoy some ice cold refreshments and tailgate food, then head to the stadium for the 3:30 pm kick-off.

After the game, the group can remain in South Bend for a few hours and enjoy the post-game festivities before we head to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

Our return flight to Baltimore on Sunday morning will arrive in plenty of time for you to watch the Ravens play at Jacksonville at 1 pm.

Trip details will be up soon at #DMD, but you can reserve your seat(s) on the trip by e-mailing me: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

Please note: We're only taking 24 people on this trip and 10 of those seats have already been reserved by #DMD corporate partners, so only 14 remain available.

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tiger dunks three in the water, return still up in the air


It would hardly rank as an "official swing" or anything like that, but Tiger Woods tried to hit a shot over the pond that borders the 10th hole at Congressional Country Club on Monday and he failed.

Playing from the ladies tee, essentially, Woods hit a sand wedge from 102 yards that plopped into the water a good 15 yards short of his target.

Oh, and then in true Tin-Cup-fashion, Woods hit another ball into the water. And then a third shot hit the bank in front of the green and trickled back into the pond as well.

Yes, they were three lazy shots on a Monday morning without the aid of any sort of formal warm-up session.

But being the competitor he is, you can bet the last thing Tiger wanted to do in front of 100 or so media members was dunk three easy shots in the water.

Folks on the scene said Woods grimaced after the first two shots, but that could have been because he was sore or because he couldn't hit a standard wedge shot 105 yards. Both are painful.

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Tiger Woods said on Monday he's still not sure when he'll return to action on the PGA Tour.

These days, it's big news when Woods shows up anywhere with a golf club in his hand, so Monday's development at Congressional -- where Tiger was promoting his tournament that comes to the DC area later this summer -- was about as juicy of a tidbit as you're going to get from the 14-time major champion.

Woods reiterated that he plans on playing again but still isn't sure when that will be.

Although he's registered for next month's U.S. Open at Oakmont, that was merely a formality more than anything. The application was due by April 27 and everyone, yes, even a 3-time winner of the event, has to file their application by that date or they're unable to play.

Tiger hasn't played in a golf tournament since last August. Since then, he's undergone a pair of surgical procedures on his back and just started hitting "full shots" about six weeks ago.

Meanwhile, TV ratings are down, crowds have dwindled and a PGA Tour without Tiger Woods seems to have far less spark than it would if the great one could at least tee it up and give it a go.

None of that is unexpected, though. As I've said here on many occasions, Woods is a "needle mover" when it comes to TV numbers and getting people to buy tickets to watch him play.

Jason Day is on one helluva roll and he's a GREAT golfer enjoying one of the best runs of the last decade. But Woods is Babe Ruth and Day is Ryan Flaherty when it comes to comparing their status as impact players on the PGA Tour.

And all you need to do is watch a weekend of golf to see that none of the current group of players could have ever held a candle to Woods when he was in his prime.

No one has the power Woods once had, none of them even come close to displaying the short game wizardry he owned, and putting under the gun with the tournament on the line was a trait Woods possessed that no one will ever likely duplicate.

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springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", just visit the top of the page here at #DMD and click on the "Bruce" tab. Payment information is there for you.

Any other questions about the trip/concert? You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com

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May 16
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i made it back to the radio before tiger woods made it back to golf


A few weeks ago during the segment I published here at #DMD called "Hard Questions", I entertained the idea of ever going back on the radio by saying, simply, "It would have to be the perfect situation in order for me to do it."

I might have found that situation.

Over the last two or three decades, Baltimore radio has only had a handful of what I -- and most people around town -- would consider "icons". The late Ron Smith was an icon, as was recently-retired 98 Rock personality Sarah Fleischer. Laurie DeYoung of WPOC has reached icon status in town.

Starting tomorrow, it will be my privilege to hang around one of the other icons in Baltimore radio over the last three decades, as I'll be joining Steve Rouse and his crew of morning radio personalities that make up "Rouse and Company" on 1370 AM, WQLL. Their new show actually begins today, Monday, May 16 at 6 am and runs Monday through Friday, 6 am to 9 am.

If you're a Steve Rouse fan from the past, be sure and give his new show a listen on either 1370 AM or 99.9 FM. And if you aren't familiar with Steve Rouse's work, you'll definitely want to tune in to the new show.

Rouse was the longtime award-winning DJ in town who owned the morning ratings fight when he was at WQSR back in the 1990's and well into the 2000's. He's an icon is this market, plain and simple.

Starting off, I'll be stopping by the Rouse and Company studio twice a week -- Tuesday and Thursday -- at 8:35 am for a sit-in segment with Steve and the gang. We'll talk sports, naturally, and possibly even sprinkle in a few of my other interests; rock and roll music, golf and anything else that's topical on the days I visit 1370 am.

For those that don't remember, 1370 AM was, at one time, trying their hand at all sports about five years ago. The station is owned by the same family that owns and operates WCBM and the 1370 AM signal is strong and impressive. The good news? You'll be able to hear the show in various spots all over Maryland.

The first question some of you will have, of course, is this: "Why only two days a week?"

Easy answer: Because, for now, that's the way I'd like it, and I think Steve prefers it that way, too, so he -- along with co-host Tracy Hart and others -- can see how I best fit in with the show.

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The Rouse and Company gang at 1370 AM. Producer Pat on the left, Steve and Tracy in the middle, and longtime Rouse and Company sidekick Maynard on the right.

The show's general format is music sprinkled in with lots of talk, listener calls, fun, frolic and host interaction. But Steve and Tracy feel there's also room for a little sports, particularly focusing on the local teams, and that's where my area of expertise (insert joke here) comes in, hopefully.

I like the idea of being a piano mover instead of the piano player. If I can add a little something to the show, I'm happy. I'm honored that Steve and Tracy are willing to include me.

Two days a week right now is perfect for me. It might lead to a more involved role down the road, it might not.

When Steve and I first met to discuss this, I was very open with him on the whole thought of not really knowing exactly what I want to do, radio wise. I'm excited to get this new segment with him started, for sure, and if it leads to more in the future, we'll cross that bridge at that time. If it doesn't, that's fine, too.

But, yes, I'm now "back on the radio".

Who would have thought I would have appeared back on the air before Tiger Woods made it back to the PGA Tour?

The other element of my (limited) return to radio is that it still allows me to do the things I want to do at home in the mornings. I still get to see my wife and two children when they wake up, still get to make them breakfast, still get to prepare them for school, etc.

I didn't enjoy those moments in my old radio job because I was out the door every morning at 5:15 am.

Now, I like being involved with them at 7:00 am when they wake up.

With the new Rouse and Company in-studio segment, I still get to do that, and yet, work with Steve, Tracy and the gang at 1370 AM two days a week.

Yes, I'm excited. I tried my best not to use that word much here this morning because I'd wind up sounding like Tim Tebow did when he signed with the Jets.

I'm excited to be working with Steve Rouse and Tracy Hart.

I'm excited to be back on the radio, even in a limited role.

I'm excited to be doing so in a format where I can talk about sports AND music, two of my biggest loves.

And I'm excited to let more people around town know about Drew's Morning Dish.

Oh, and here's one other piece of housekeeping, just to get it all started the right way: I'll be in studio with Rouse and Company tomorrow, May 17, to officially announce my return with the new Rouse and Company segment, but I won't start the Tuesday-Thursday schedule until NEXT week.

And if you want to know why I didn't use the word "excited" earlier, it's because I'd wind up sounding like the guy below.

Let the record reflect, though, that I'm thoroughly excited about this opportuntity with Rouse and Company. I look forward to talking with you tomorrow at 8:35 am.


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towson stuns defending champ denver, will meet loyola for final four spot


With as crazy as this college lacrosse season has been, I should have known to pick more upsets. And quite a few of those came from Maryland based teams, so I'm glad I was wrong on those predictions. Good news is...there will be at least one local team and as many as three Maryland-based teams in the Final Four. Let's take a look at the results from this past Saturday and Sunday:

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Three goals from Matt Rambo helped Maryland beat Quinnipiac on Saturday.

#1 Maryland - 13 Quinnipiac 6 - As expected, the Terps jumped out to an early lead and cruised the rest of the way to take down the Bobcats and get into the 2nd round. Maryland continues to have the most balanced and selfless offense in the game as 7 of the 13 goals were assisted. The Terps had 7 different scorers with Matt Rambo, Henry West and Brian Cole each getting 3 goals. They also welcomed back face-off specialist Austin Henningsen who won 14 of 17 face-offs.

Towson 10 - #2 Denver 9 - In one of the biggest upsets of the tournament, Towson used their usual formula of stifling defense and patient offense to take down the now former defending NCAA Champion Pioneers. The Tiger defense was outstanding pressuring Denver into 14 turnovers. Goalie Tyler White, who continues to play big in big games, made 13 saves and Tiger defender Mike Lowe had an especially big game holding Teewarton candidate Conor Cannizzaro to just 2 goals. Spencer Parks, who has become one of the Tiger's biggest producers lately, led Towson's offense with 4 goals and 2 assists.

#3 Notre Dame 15 - Air Force 7 - The Fighting Irish picked apart one of the best defenses in the country in a big way as Mikey Wynne (St. Pauls) led Notre Dame with 5 goals and 1 assists. The Irish had 7 different scorers in handing Air Force its worse loss of the season.

Navy 13 - #4 Yale 10 - In the other big upset of the weekend, Navy's offense comes alive after talking their last 3 games off against one of the top defenses in the country, no less. Looks like the Bulldogs didn't get the memo about shutting off Midshipmen stars Casey Rees and Patrick Keena as Rees ended up with 4 goals and Keena had 2 goals and 4 assists. John Connors also had a solid game in cage with 12 saves.

#5 Brown 17 - Johns Hopkins 9 - This felt like a bad match-up for the Blue Jays and it was. The Blue Jays played a strong first 1st quarter and looked to be playing with the Bears only down 0-2 and effectively defending probable Teewarton winner Dylan Molloy. But the Bears started to slowly creep away in the 2nd quarter 6-2 halftime lead. Then the fireworks in the 3rd quarter with Brown getting 8 goals and opening up a 14-3 lead before cruising the rest of the way as Brown's crazy up-tempo style on both sides of the ball took its toll on the Blue Jays. Brown also did the job defensively, shutting out Ryan Brown and holding Shack Stanwick to only 2 assists. Holden Cattoni and Cody Radziewicz led the Blue Jay offense with 2 goals a piece.

North Carolina 10 - #6 Marquette 9 - A dog fight as expected and tied mid-way through the 3rd quarter . Then North Carolina went on a 3 goal run and fought off a couple of late game charges by the Golden Eagles to make it to the quarterfinals and end Marquett's Cinderella run. Michael Tagliaferri led the Tar Heels with 3 goals and an assist and Calvert Hall's Stephen Kelly won the face-off battle, taking 12 of 21.

#7 Loyola 16 - Duke 11 - I figured the Greyhounds to play better in this game, but not this good. The Greyhounds came out strong in the 1st quarter and kept on rolling. Jacob Stover provider better results in the cage (saving 16 of 11) than the first game and Zach Herreweyers was firing lasers with 6 goals. But this game was a national coming out party for Pat Spencer, who with 3 goals and 5 assists, showed he's one of the game's premier QBs as a freshman.

The Greyhounds defense did very well as the only big number produced by star Myles Jones, was 6 turnovers, most of which were caused by Loyola poles. Frankly, Jones was a step slow all game and the Greyhounds made him pay. Loyola's defensive strategy was to keep Duke's stars in check this time, which they did holding Deemer Class and Justin Guterding to just 3 goals and 2 assists combined while holding Myles Jones to only 3 assists. A statement win for the Greyhounds who could be Philly bound if they can keep it up.

#8 Syracuse 11 - Albany 9 - In one of the more exciting games of the weekend, Syracuse brakes the curse of even-numbered seeds to make it to the quarter finals. The Great Danes came out on fire in the 1st half going up 6-2. But the Orange woke up to tie the game in the 3rd quarter and eventually take the lead on the 4th. After losing all 5 face-offs in the 1st quarter, Syracuse's Ben Williams won 12 of 19 the rest of the way and the Orange got goals from 8 different scorers.

Quarter Final Match-Ups next weekend:

#1 Maryland vs #8 Syracuse

#5 Brown vs Navy

#3 Notre Dame vs North Carolina

#7 Loyola vs Towson

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o'day coughs up 5-4 lead, birds lose 6-5


Thankfully, there won't be many of those outings from Darren O'Day in 2016.

We'll call what happened on Sunday afternoon a fluke and just move on from there.

J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera tagged the otherwise-trusty O'Day for back-to-back home runs with two outs in the top of the 8th inning on Sunday and the Tigers -- somehow -- held on to beat the O's, 6-5, and avoid a 4-game sweep at Camden Yards.

Martinez was nearly the third out of the inning just moments before his home run tied things up, but first base umpire Mark Wegner ruled that Martinez didn't go around on his check-swing attempt and the Detroit right fielder earned a reprieve.

You almost knew what was coming next.

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A so-so start from Kevin Gausman on Sunday kept the Tigers in the game long enough for the visitors to steal one late from the Orioles, 6-5.

Much like when someone drops a foul ball that should have been caught, trouble always comes calling after the umpire or other circumstances rob a team of an out that was supposed to be made.

And that's what happened with Martinez, as he banged a pitch out of the park to tie the game at 5-5.

On the very next pitch to Cabrera, he belted one out, too, and the 5-4 lead was now a 6-5 deficit.

Even more surprising than that? Detroit's beleaguered bullpen somehow held on for two innings and got six outs without giving up a run.

The loss snapped a 7-game Baltimore winning streak.

Kevin Gausman got the start for the Orioles and was "off" from the first batter of the game, when Ian Kinsler drilled a ball down the left field line for a double. He would eventually score in that first inning to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, but the Birds clicked for three runs in their half of the inning to assume an early 3-1 advantage.

Gausman couldn't hold the lead, though, and was gone after five innings, allowing ten hits and four earned runs along the way.

Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop were the only O's with two hits on the day.

Manny Machado hit his 11th home run of the season in the 5th inning to put the Birds back on top, 5-4, and things stayed that way until O'Day entered the game in 8th inning.

The check-swing fiasco prior to the game-tying J.D. Martinez homer was just "one of those baseball things". Some umpires call that a strike, some don't. It wasn't so outrageously bad (and I was at the game, so didn't see the replay until I got home) that I'd call it "the worst call ever" or anything like that. It COULD have been a strike, sure. It also could have NOT been a strike.

This time around, it wasn't a strike.

And given the chance to do make something good out of it, Martinez did just that.

So, too, did Miguel Cabrera.

You just knew it was going to happen.


it's definite, now: jason day is the best golfer on the planet


If you weren't convinced that Jason Day was the #1 player in the world just because the rankings say he is, the wire-to-wire win at The Players Championship should cement things for you.

Day is better than all of them right now, including McIlroy, Spieth, Fowler, Bubba, etc.

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With his 3rd win this season already, Jason Day is now on top of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.

Throw a name out there and Day's better than that guy.

Yesterday's win at TPC Sawgrass marked his 7th title in the last 10 months.

Some really, really good players never won 7 PGA tournaments in their entire career. Lou Graham and Jeff Sluman both won major titles and yet, both only won six times EVER.

Current PGA players like Stewart Cink and Bill Haas both have six wins in their respective tenures on TOUR.

Jason Day has won seven times in the last ten freakin' months!

Day has now won three times in ten starts this season and is first in FedEx Cup points as well. He'll be the heavy favorite next month when the U.S. Open is played at Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh.

Kevin Chappell finished at 11-under par and in solo second on Sunday, four shots behind Day's 15-under par winning score. Matt Kuchar, Colt Knost, Justin Thomas and Ken Duke were five back at 10-under par.

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springsteen coming to nationals park on sept. 1


I'm a huge fan of the Fall season around these parts, so the Labor Day weekend never bothered me much, but I know there are some who look at it with a twinge of sadness as it sort of marks the proverbial end of summer.

This year, Labor Day weekend will be quite memorable.

That is, if you're a fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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Join #DMD on September 1st and see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nationals Park!

Springsteen recently announced a series of late summer dates and his tour will touch down in Washington D.C. on Thursday, September 1st at Nationals Park. Yes, the Boss is coming back to the area!

And Drew's Morning Dish will be there!

We have a great event planned for the September 1st show and we'd love for you and your friends to be part of it. We've put together another one of our awesome bus packages for the Nationals Park show, which includes tickets to the concert, food, drinks, trivia and a whole night of great fun. We'll take you down to DC and back to Baltimore in a luxury motor coach with Springsteen music blaring the whole down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

#DMD has tickets in three areas of the stadium; upper level, club level and lower level. All seats are together, so bring a few friends along and enjoy the show with them!

Package prices for the three seating levels are:

$200 for upper level

$275 for club level

$295 for lower level

All packages include the bus ride, ticket, dinner on the way down to DC, beer, wine and soda, plus a "to go" sandwich/snack upon arrival at the stadium.

If you've never seen Springsteen live, this is an awesome venue for your first-ever Bruce show! If you're like me and you've seen him at Nationals Park before, you know that already. It's truly a great place to see a concert.

This will be my 25th time seeing Bruce Springsteen since 1978. It's a milestone of sorts, so I plan to celebrate it with a few special twists on the 1st of September and hope you're there to enjoy it all with me.

I can promise you this: If you attend the show with us, you'll get your money's worth and a lot more. We have some fun stuff in store for everyone.

I did have a "soft opening" yesterday for #DMD clients and those people who previously attended Springsteen shows with us and they gobbled up a good number of the available packages we have to offer. There are still seats in all three levels available, though.

If you're interested in purchasing one or more spots on our "Bruce Bus", you must send me an e-mail today to reserve your seat(s). Once I receive that e-mail, I'll confirm everything with you and you'll be all set.

You can reach me at: drew@drewsmorningdish.com


#dmd is heading to the u.s. open in pittsburgh on june 18


If you're looking for a great Father's Day gift -- and if that special Dad in your life is a golfer -- #DMD has just what you need.

How about a one-day trip to see the U.S. Open, live, at Oakmont CC in Pittsburgh on Saturday, June 18!!

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You'll get to see Oakmont CC in all of its glory, including the famed 3rd hole "Church Pew" bunkers, if you head to Pittsburgh with #DMD on Saturday, June 18.

#DMD has secured tickets to Saturday's round, along with a luxury motor coach, food, drinks and a great U.S. Open trivia contest with a $100 cash prize!

Our bus will leave the Towson area at 5:00 am on the 18th, arriving in Pittsburgh at 10:00 am. The first groups on Saturday will tee off shortly after 10 and the leaders don't start playing until 2:30 pm.

We'll spend all day at historic Oakmont CC and return to Baltimore on Saturday night.

The per-person cost is $275, which includes an all-day grounds ticket for the U.S. Open, plus round-trip motor coach transportation (tolls and parking alone would cost you $60) and breakfast and lunch on the bus, plus beer, soda and water throughout the trip up to Pittsburgh.

It's a great opportunity to see the course live and in-person on Saturday, then watch the final round on Sunday from the comfort of your living room!

You can use the "U.S. Open" tab at the top of #DMD to order your seats on the trip.


#dmd announces youth sports benefit fund, courtesy of jerry's toyota-scion


Somewhere in Baltimore County right now, there's a youth athletic organization in need.

Whether it's for youth field or facility repairs, lighting, a special once-in-a-lifetime trip for a team, or some other cause that requires financial support -- somewhere, there's a need.

And our friends at Jerry's Toyota-Scion have pledged their support, through a 2-month campaign designed to reward a local youth athletic organization with funding for their special project.

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This type of activity is precisely what #DMD has aspired to become since this venture was launched on August 25, 2014.

With the help of our Jerry's Toyota-Scion, we can finally start to make that footprint in the local community and truly help an organization that has great plans, but simply lacks the resources to get it done.

When I started #DMD almost two years ago, the central theme behind it all was "People helping People".

It's time to put that plan into action.

If you're involved in a local youth athletic organization that has a special project you're undertaking sometime in the remainder of 2016, #DMD wants to hear about it. We'll accept your "story" as an application for funding until July 1, 2016. A team of local sports enthusiasts will form a panel and consider all applications until the winner is announced on Friday, July 15, 2016. Funding will be available within 30 days of that announcement.

What sorts of projects or activities will #DMD and Jerry's Toyota-Scion consider? Anything and everything. Your organization might need $1,000 for scoreboard repairs at the baseball park you currently call home. Maybe you need $2,000 to build a sturdy, top-of-the-line concession stand so you can raise even more money in future years.

Perhaps there's a trip to Canton, Ohio for a youth football tournament and a visit to the Hall of Fame and $1,000 would go a long way in getting the team there.

If your youth organization has a financial need, the Jerry's Toyota-Scion Youth Benefit Fund might be that helping hand you're seeking.

The only real qualifier in this? Your youth organization must be in Baltimore County due to the marketing responsibilities each dealer agrees to within the Toyota family.

How do you submit your application? That's easy. On a PDF file which displays your team or organization's logo or letterhead, e-mail a "letter of application" with your requested funding and CLEARLY spell out your location, along with the financial need, how many people will likely benefit from the proposed activity, and what sort of impact this activity will have on your organization or team as a whole.

You can e-mail the letter (via PDF file) to Drew Forrester (drew@drewsmorningdish.com), at which point you will receive a confirmation reply that lets you know your organization's application has been received and is being considered.

It's that simple.

Youth athletic organizations have mastered the art of fund-raising, with car washes, bake sales, golf outings and much more. We encourage all of you to continue those efforts as you endeavor to enhance not only the activities you provide, but the programs and special events you offer for the young boys and girls in our area.

This is simply another piece of the puzzle, and while it's not possible to give assistance to every organization that applies, we promise to choose someone who will greatly benefit from the funding in 2016.

A special thank you goes out to Jerry's Toyota-Scion for their support of this project. They're eager to help out a local youth athletic organization in need.

Get your letter of application in today!


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O's SCOREBOARD
Sunday, October 1st
Orioles
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Rays
6
WP: B. Bell (5-7)

LP: K. Gausman (11-12)

HR: Casali (1)

RECORD/PLACE: 75-87, 5th place

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Astros blank Yankees in Game 7, 4-0, earn World Series trip vs. Dodgers that starts Tuesday in L.A.

College football: Maryland trounced at #5 Wisconsin, 38-13; Towson falls to 0-4 in CAA play with 40-17 loss at New Hampshire.

PGA Tour: Justin Thomas beats Marc Leishman on first playoff hole to win CJ Cup in Korea.

NHL: Caps offense continues to sputter in 4-1 home loss to Florida.