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Sports Beat
 February 8, 2007

Sports Beat by Bill McCaffrey

It was all it was advertised on hype by the media who were rewarded for their efforts with the best of parties, food, booze and free souvenirs by the NFL.† I heard Hugh Hefner‚§Ās ‚§¶Playboy‚§? party was the best party even tho I understand a few special parties were like Roman orgies in South Beach but the suck up media were not allowed to them unless you count Larry ‚§¶I never saw a woman I didn‚§Āt want‚§? King a media member, hey Midge Russell what do you say? † I was glad to see the Colts win.† I think Peyton Manning proved in this one he‚§Ās a definite Hall of Famer.† His leadership is a big plus for the Colts and he is really a great person. † Also we have to salute the man who blended the Colts offense and defense into this Super Bowl winner and that‚§Ās Tony Dungy.† He is a great man, a great coach, and a great Christian.† He was a great player and has come on to be an even greater coach. † Its going to be hard to repeat but I think the combo of coach and quarterback will make the Colts the team to beat in the 2007 season. † Why would the Redskins want Mark Brunell back?† Even at a re-structured contract he‚§Ās not worth it.

Maryland has signed up the following football recruits:
Devonte Campbell, Forestville
Ian Davison, St. Stephens/SA
Derek Drummond, McDonough
Carl Russell, HD Woodson
Torrey Smith, Stafford
Taylor Watson, Gwynn Park

Chopticon‚§Ās Patrick Morgan is headed to Yale, Westlake‚§Ās A.J. Gross is going to VMI, Lackey‚§Ās Jarard Cribbs is slated for Lehigh, Northern‚§Ās Chris Franklin is going to Towson, Virginia Tech has inked Gwynn Park‚§Ās Courtney Price, Douglass‚§Ās Zack Stewart is headed to Syracuse. † Oh yes, least we forget don‚§Āt look for the Baltimore Ravens to have another season like this past one and look for Airless, Raghead, and Matt Stover to not come back at least not with the Ravens (and I hope they take Anita (Harpo) Marx with them because her Stick if growing old).

No. 4 Terps Bounce Back With 71-39 Rout of BC
Maryland snaps two-game skid to improve to 22-3.

#4/4 Maryland 71, Boston College 39
February 4, 2007
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* The Terrapins snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory. It improves their record to 22-3 (6-3).
* Maryland won in large part to their second-half defense. The Eagles shot just .143 from the floor on the half and was held without a field goal for more than eight minutes. After a field goal at the 13:08 mark by Mickel Picco, they did not hit another shot from the floor until Kaydia Kentish knocked one down at the 4:54 mark, a span of 8:14.
* The 39 points given up by Maryland is the fewest the Terps have given up in an ACC game since January 28, 1994, when they defeated Florida State 81-39.
* Boston College 's 39 points marks a season low for the Eagles.
* Every Terp got on the floor during the game, and every one of them scored. It is the first time that has happened since a 92-57 victory over UNC Greensboro on December 29.
* Shay Doron and Laura Harper both reached the 500 career rebound plateau during the game. Doron pulled down four boards and now sits at 503 overall. Harper grabbed six rebounds to get to exactly 500 in her career.
* The Terps were perfect from the free throw line, shooting 7-for-7. Kristi Toliver was 2-for-2, improving her season percentage to .884 (46-52). She currently has the second best percentage for a season in the program's history. Last year, she set the record by shooting .891 (57-64).
* Toliver also moved up the single-season record list for three-point field goals. Her 2-for-3 game gives her 53 treys on the season, moving her into sixth place overall and just 16 behind the record holder, Tiffany Brown, who hit 69 during the 1999-2000 season.
* For the 24th time in the Terps' 25 games, at least three Terps hit double figures. Marissa Coleman and Harper each had 11 to join Doron's 15.
* For just the second time this season, Crystal Langhorne failed to register at least 10 points. She finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds.

Looking for a big win to regain some of its swagger. Boston College wound up being just what the defending national champions needed.

Shay Doron scored 15 points to lead Maryland 's 71-39 rout of the Eagles, and Marissa Coleman and Laura Harper added 11 points apiece as every player on the squad scored. Maryland (22-3, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost back-to-back games to North Carolina and Georgia Tech, and lost two weeks ago to Duke, to drop from atop the national rankings. "None of us likes losing. It's not a feeling we liked having," said Coleman, who also had nine rebounds and five assists. "People say you learn a lot more from losing than winning and we certainly learned from those three losses." Mickel Picco scored 13 points for Boston College (11-12, 1-8), which shot 14 percent from the floor in the second half, making 5 of 35 shots, and just 23.4 percent for the game. The point total and shooting percentage were the worst of the season for the Eagles. Sarah Marshall added eight points, six in the game's first 6 minutes, for BC. The 39 points allowed by Maryland are the fewest the Terps have given up in a conference game since Jan. 28, 1994, when they defeated Florida State, 83-39. "I think we're slowly getting our swagger back," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "We did a great job getting our teammates open, being unselfish and looking to attack more. I thought we were more aggressive on our press. Those are all things you need to do well to play better and get that swagger back. "I really liked the way we approached the game today. I think we improved and in the big picture, that's what we are striving for." Harper said the team was a little rattled by its two losses, but not down. "The losses gave us a sense of urgency," Harper said. "We already have a target on our back because were the national champions, but losing gave us a sense of urgency. We needed to go out and start having fun again." The Eagles trailed 36-23 at halftime, but made just two of their first 26 shots in the second half and went more than 8 minutes without scoring a field goal during a 31-9 Maryland run that made the score 67-32 with 8 minutes to play. "We made a greater commitment to a quick start in the second half," Frese said. "We wanted to improve our focus and communication and I thought that happened." The Terps trailed just once in the game, 10-9, after Kaydia Kentish's layup at 12:32 ended a 6-0 run for the Eagles. Maryland countered with a 19-4 run to take a 28-14 lead with 4:54 left in the half. Doron scored eight straight points during the run. "I've tried to be a leader to this team for a couple years now," Doron said. "I had some good looks and got some great passes and I took those opportunities. I wasn't being any more aggressive than I normally am." Kathrin Ress broke the Eagles' drought with a basket and Picco added a 3-pointer to pull the Eagles back to within 28-19. Maryland opened the second half with a 20-7 run and opened up a 56-30 lead with 10:01 to play. The Terps extended the run with an 11-2 stretch for its biggest lead of the game. Maryland held a 55-36 rebounding advantage. Jade Perry led the team with 10.

Coleman, Langhorne Make Wooden Award Cut
Terps are among the top 20 candidates

Maryland's Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman were named to the Midseason Wooden All-American team and are among the top 20 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award, presented to the nation's top women's basketball player. The list is based on individual player performances and team records through the first half of the season. Junior Crystal Langhorne and sophomore Marissa Coleman (Cheltenham, Md./St. John's College [D.C.]) have helped the Terrapins to a top five national ranking for most of the season and are ranked sixth this week in the Associated Press poll, boasting a 22-3 record. Her second-straight year on the midseason list, Langhorne leads the nation in field goal percentage for the second-straight year (.729) and leads the team in points (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Coleman is second on the team with 12.6 ppg and 6.8 rpg. She is the first player in school history to post a triple-double on Dec. 2 against UC Santa Barbara. Both have also been named the ACC Player of the Week once this year. Langhorne is the 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year and was an AP All-American and a first team All-ACC honoree in 2005. Coleman was voted the 2005 conference Rookie of the Year, while also earning second-team all-conference nods. In March, the John R. Wooden Award Committee will cut the list down to an official voting ballot consisting of approximately 15 players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Over 200 voters, comprised of sports media members and women's college basketball experts across the nation, will then cast their votes for the five-member All-American team and Wooden Award honor as the most outstanding female collegiate basketball player in the nation. The 2007 Award ceremony, which will include the presentation of the Men's and Women's Wooden Award, the Wooden Award All-American Teams, and the Legends of Coaching Award to recipient Gene Keady of Purdue University , will be held at The Los Angeles Athletic Club on April 7, 2007. The top five male and female finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from The Los Angeles Athletic Club for their university's general scholarship fund.

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February 19th 2007

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JOHNNY BOS ROAST-TRIBUTE-BENEFIT ON FEB. 15 AT HURLEY'S SALOON IN MANHATTAN
GREAT JEWISH RING WARRIOR BRUCE 'MOUSE' STRAUSS TOPS BOSFEST

Many people consider him one of the greatest Jewish warriors since Moshe Dayan. His name is Bruce 'The Mouse' Strauss, he is one of the chosen people and now the legendary former boxer has been chosen to be the main event at Bosfest, 2007, the roast/tribute/benefit being held for another ring legend, Johnny Bos. † Bosfest 2007 will finally take place on Thursday, February 15, at Hurley's Saloon on West 48th Street , between Broadway and Eighth Avenue . The starting time is 7:00 PM sharp and there will be cocktails, food and prizes galore and boxing industry types and fans turn out for this night for the longtime New York booker/matchmaker/agent. As a bonus, the night is also Bos' 55th birthday. † Co-chairmen of the Bosfest are Lou DiBella, Jay Wartski and Alan Wartski. † 'It's a great honor for me to come in from my home in Omaha to pay tribute to the Bosman," Strauss said. √Ę‚í¨Ň≥I was on the David Letterman show but this is bigger, more important. Without guys like Bos, who is an Old School fistic genius, there would be no boxing. Take it from me because I fought on every continent except Antartica.√Ę‚í¨ † √Ę‚í¨Ň≥I always say if you can√Ę‚í¨‚ďĘt get Benny Leonard, then Mouse Strauss is the next best thing when it comes to Hebrew ring heros,√Ę‚í¨ Bos said. √Ę‚í¨Ň≥I really appreciate Mouse and everyone else who is going to bat for me.√Ę‚í¨ † √Ę‚í¨Ň≥The Mouse√Ę‚í¨ went from being a New Jersey high school wrestler to a boxing vagabond whose motto was √Ę‚í¨Ň≥Have gloves, will travel.√Ę‚í¨ He compiled a 77-53-5 record with a stunning 55 KOs in a 13-year career which began in 1976 and ended in 1989. He fought some big names including numerous world champions and top contenders among them Howard Stern, Pete Susens, Vampire Johnson, Malcolm √Ę‚í¨Ň≥Flash√Ę‚í¨ Gordon and Marlon Starling. † Strauss took his ring road show to Canada , Cameroon and Germany and, win, lose or draw, always tried his best while also providing fans with plenty of laughs. One of his favorite tricks was asking round card girls for their phone numbers as h e sat on his stool between rounds. † Bosfest 2007 individual tickets cost $250. All those who bought individual or table seats for the postponed Bosfest last November, don√Ę‚í¨‚ďĘt worry. Your tickets will be honored on Feb. 15 at Hurley√Ę‚í¨‚ďĘs in midtown. † Anyone wishing to buy tickets or a table may contact Michael Marley at mlcmarley@aol.com or by phone at 917-853-4484. Checks must be made out to √Ę‚í¨Ň≥Johnny Bos Roast.√Ę‚í¨

BSU BULLDOGS WIN FOURTH IN A ROW
Bulldogs Edge Fayetteville State 72-64

Playing before a national television audience, the Bowie State Bulldogs won their fourth game in a row, edging Fayetteville State 72-64.† With the victory, Bowie State sweeps the regular season series against the Broncos and improves the Bulldogs record to 13-5 and 9-5 in the CIAA. † Fayetteville State began the game strong, taking a 7-2 advantage in the first 2:43.† The Fayetteville State lead swelled to 18-6 by the 14:10 mark of the opening half.† Following two Bowie State timeouts, the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to close to within one at 20-19 with 10:45 remaining in the first half.† A Jason Ingram lay-up gave Bowie State the lead at 21-20 and the Bulldogs took a 37-36 advantage into the locker room at halftime.† Bowie State knocked down 16-of-30 first half field goals (53.3 percent) and Fayetteville State shot almost as well, hitting 14-of-48 from the field (50.0 percent).† † Bowie State could never really buck the Broncos in the second half.† However, Fayetteville State could get no closer than three points seven times in the final 20 minutes of action.† Almost half of Bowie State ‚§Ās total points came from within the paint. The Bulldogs outscored the Broncos 34-26 in the paint and forced 18 FSU turnovers. † Senior Tyronne Beale paced Bowie State with a game-high 17 points and Ingram along with senior Gil Goodrich added 16 and 13 points respectively.† The trio of Beale, Ingram and junior Orlando Wright led Bowie State with six rebounds each.† † Zeke Mays was Fayetteville State ‚§Ās top scorer with 16 points and tied for a team-high seven rebounds.† Jamel Austin and Andy Gebru added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Broncos.

FAYETTEVILLE STATE SWEEPS SEASON SERIES OVER BOWIE STATE
Bowie State‚§Ās Allyson Swailes Adds Name to Record Book

Fayetteville State ‚§Ās second half full-court press and 22 Bowie State second half turnovers helped the Lady Broncos beat the Lady Bulldogs 101-89.† It wasn‚§Āt all bad for Bowie State as junior Allyson Swailes scored her 1,000 career point in the loss.† The win gives FSU a season sweep over BSU and improves the Lady Broncos to 14-7 overall and 10-4 in the CIAA. † Bowie State opened a 21-10 lead in the games first 8:32 before Fayetteville State cut the deficit to 29-27 by the 7:32 mark of the first half.† The Lady Bulldogs held a seven point advantage (42-35) with just over two minutes left in the first half and led 44-41 at the break.† First half field goal shooting was not very pretty.† Fayetteville State shot 35.9 percent from the floor (14-of-39) and Bowie State shot slightly better at 39.5 percent, hitting 15-of-38 from the field.† Bowie State sophomore Markeya Watson was a beast on the glass in the first 20 minutes, leading both teams with 12 rebounds at the half. † Fayetteville State took its first lead of the game at 45-44 on an Antoinette Smith (7 points) lay-up 54 seconds into the second half.† The lead changed hands five times over the next 6:09 until FSU‚§Ās Jacobia Lucas put the Lady Falcons in front to stay at 54-53 with 12:57 remaining in the game.† Fayetteville State went on a 17-5 run to extend their lead to 67-58.† Bowie State narrowed the gap to four points (67-63) by the 7:55 mark but that‚§Ās a close as the Lady Bulldogs would get.† Fayetteville State ‚§Ās Chelsea Jeter knocked down two free throws with 4:51 left to play, giving the Lady Broncos their largest lead of the afternoon at 86-73. † Bowie State (12-7 overall and 8-5 in the CIAA) turned the ball over 36 times, equaling a season-high which ironically also occurred against Fayetteville State (1/11/07).† Of those turnovers, Fayetteville State converted them into 46 points, all of which were in the paint. † Bowie State was led by Watson‚§Ās career highs of 24 points and 22 rebounds.† Swailes recorded her 11th double-double of the season (23 points and 15 rebounds) and sophomore Tracy Cole added 18 points.† Tyrah Lusby also scored in double figures for the BSU Lady Bulldogs, chipping in 13 points off the bench.† Fayetteville State was paced by Lucas and Jamara McMillan with 17 points each.

BOWIE STATE NIPS VIRGINIA UNION IN OVERTIME
Lady Bulldogs Come Back To Win 74-70

Bowie State University ‚§Ās Lady Bulldogs erased a 10-point deficit and went on to capture a thrilling 74-70 overtime victory over Virginia Union University ‚§Ās Lady Panthers.† The win improves Bowie State to 13-7 overall, 9-5 in the CIAA and 3-3 in the Eastern Division.† † Field goal shooting was colder than the internal temperature of Virginia Union‚§Ās Barco-Stevens Hall for Bowie State ‚§Ās Lady Bulldogs in the first half of play.† Bowie State shot 29.6 percent from the floor, making just eight-of 27.† The Lady Panthers did a little better, hitting 12-of-31 from the field which included three-of-seven from behind the 3-point line.† The turnover bug was also a liable in the first half for Bowie State with the visitors committing 10 miscues.

Virginia Union went on a 10-0 run to close out the first half and led 32-22 at the break.† Bowie State sophomore Markeya Watson led both teams in first half scoring and rebounding, accounting for 10 points and 11 rebounds.† Denae Kennedy had the hot hand for Virginia Union in the first 20 minutes leading the Lady Panthers with 10 points.† Kennedy knocked down three-of-five from the field which included two-of-two from behind the arc. † The Lady Panthers extended their lead to 41-27 by the 16:49 mark of the second half and maintained a double-digit lead (52-42) until the 9:10 mark.† However, three key jumpers by BSU‚§Ās Watson and a 3-pointer by senior Genet Moore, helped the Lady Bulldogs pull to within two points (56-54) with 3:54 left in regulation.† A pair of free throws by Bowie State sophomore Sherika Thomas tied the game at 56-56 with 1:53 remaining.† Keisha Futrell‚§Ās free throw shifted the advantage back to Virginia Union but it was short lived.† Junior Krystle Earle knocked down a jumper with 59 seconds left in regulation, putting BSU in front by one.† Virginia Union‚§Ās Futrell scored a layup with 31 ticks on the clock, making the score 60-58 Lady Panthers.† Bowie State junior Allyson Swailes sent the game into overtime with two free throws, tying the game at 60 with four seconds remaining in regulation. † The overtime period was pretty much all Bowie State .† BSU‚§Ā Moore (11 points) opened the extra period with a deep three ball, but Virginia Union‚§Ās Shawanda Geter responded with a layup.† Swailes put Bowie State up by three (65-62) but a free throw and field goal by Virginia Union‚§Ās Andrea Colbert knotted the game at 65 with 2:36 left in overtime.† The game would be tied once more at 67 before Bowie State took the lead for good when Swailes made one of two free throws.†† † Virginia Union was paced by Colbert with 19 points and Denae Kennedy added another 17 points.† Kennedy also tied for a team-high nine rebounds for the Lady Panthers.† Virginia Union (7-11, 4-9, 2-3 in the East) will host Virginia State ‚§≥ Saturday (2/10) at 5:30 p.m. in Virginia Commonwealth University ‚§Ās Siegel Center . † Bowie State was led for the second game in a row by Watson with 21 points and 13 rebounds.† Swailes contributed a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds), her 12th of the year. † The Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State will hit the road for two games with their first stop at Saint Augustine‚§Ās College ‚§≥ Thursday (2/8) followed by a Saturday (2/10) contest at Shaw University.† Both game times are set for 5:30 p.m.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ON BIG TRAIN BASEBALL & SOFTBALL CAMPS

Register on-line at www.bigtrain.org by March 1 to get a 10% Early Bird Discount on the Summer 2007 Big Train Baseball and Softball Camps. Big Train baseball camps for ages 5-13 offered the weeks of June 18 to July 30. Advanced Development baseball camps for ages 9-12 on Cabin John Field # 2 offered weeks of June 18, June 25, and July 23. Softball camps for ages 8-13 offered weeks of June 25 and July 16. Softball camp for High School girls offered week of June 25. Before and after-care available every week. Big Train 2007 Family Season Passes half-price for families of campers.†Manager Sal Colangelo has done a great job with the camp these last two years, and 2007 promises to be the best Big Train summer camp ever. Your kids will be coached by the Big Train stars they watch at night.†Dr. Maura Ryan, head coach at Paint Branch High School , will again run our softball camps.
http://www.bigtrain.org/published/kids/camp.html

DENISE GORHAM HONORED AS MSABC WOMAN OF THE YEAR

The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches (MSABC) will honor Denise Gorham of BCC Baseball as their Woman of the Year at a banquet at Camden Yards on Saturday February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Five others from Montgomery County will be honored: Matt Sweeney (Amateur Player of the Year -- Magruder), Dan Rascher (College Coach of the Year -- MC Germantown), Jason Gasaway (District 2 Coach of the Year -- Quince Orchard),†Drew Johnson (District 10 Coach of the Year -- Landon), and James Peters (Media -- Gazette).†For reservations, contact Coach Norton (Mt St Joe‚§Ās) dave@admin.msjnet.edu†410.646.6222.†For information, log onto†http://www.mdsabc.org/preban.htm.† † 2007 Big Train pitcher Keith Hessler (Springbrook/Coastal Carolina) has been named to the MSABC Preseason High School All-State Team.

ROBIN ROBERTS TO APPEAR AT BABE'S BIRTHDAY BASH FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9
Friday, February 9, 5:30p.m. Sports Legends Museum

Join Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts along with other former Orioles and local sports stars at Sports Legends on Friday, February 9th, as we kick off the 2007 baseball season by celebrating the 112th birthday of the sport's greatest star, Babe Ruth! Ticket price includes admission to Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, unlimited food and beer, free parking at Camden Yards, and a free tour of Geppi's Entertainment Museum . For the first time ever, members of the Babe Ruth Museum will be invited to take an exclusive "white-glove" tour of the Sports Legends archives (memberships will be available for purchase on site). A silent auction will feature a collection of unique memorabilia, including replica jerseys of the 1966 World Championship Baltimore Orioles, worn and autographed by the players during the reunion gala held in October 2006. Baltimore Raven Edwin Mulitalo will be present to receive the first annual Babe Ruth Community Service Award, in honor of his work with Big Ed's Band Foundation, which provides instruments and musical support to Baltimore-area schools. Scheduled to Appear:†Robin Roberts,†Edwin Mulitalo,†Ken Singleton,†Joe Orsulak,†Scott McGregor,†Dave Johnson,†Dick Hall,†"Wild" Bill Hagy†...and more! Birthday Bash ticket holders will also be invited to attend a special ceremony at the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum on Tuesday, February 6th at 5:30 p.m., in honor of the 112th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth at 216 Emory Street. Tickets to Babe's Birthday Bash are $40 for Museum members, $45 for non-members, $50 at-the-door on February 9th, and $40 each when†10 or more tickets are purchased together. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 410-727-1539, ext. 3013.† http://www.baberuthmuseum.com/

ROCKVILLE EXPRESS DINNER & AUCTION SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11

On Sunday, February 11, 2007, from 6 to 10 p.m., the†Glenview Mansion in Rockville will again be the setting as the Rockville Express of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate baseball league holds it's annual Cocktail Dinner and Auction. Tickets are available to the public for a $100 donation, which includes all food and beverages. Members of the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates will be in attendance. Donated auction items available for purchase by attendees include: East and West Coast vacations, tickets to major sporting events, memorabilia, as well as numerous youth lessons donated by local college and professional coaches. Contact postmaster@hollywoodres.com for tickets! http://www.rockvilleexpress.org/

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE BIG TRAIN
Please log onto www.bigtrain.org or call 301/983-1006.
Or email us at faninfo@bigtrain.org.

2007 BIG TRAIN PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE http://www.bigtrain.org/published/2006/schedule_2007.html

BIG TRAIN 2007 SEASON SPONSORS
Thanks to these organizations for their generous support of Big Train baseball for the 2007 season: Chevy Chase Bank, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Grossberg CPAs, Ledo Pizza, Miller & Long Co., Ourisman Automotive, and Sandy Spring Builders.

CAL RIPKEN, SR. COLLEGIATE BASEBALL LEAGUE
2007 will be the third season of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. The Herndon Braves will join the league in 2007, bringing the total to seven teams: Bethesda Big Train, College Park Maryland Bombers, Herndon Braves, Maryland Redbirds, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, and Youse's Maryland Orioles. The teams play a 42-game regular season that will start on Friday, June 8 with the Maryland Orioles visiting the Big Train at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda . Playoffs will begin July 31. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League has a license agreement with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the use of the name Cal Ripken, Sr. and is not affiliated with nor sponsored by the Foundation or Ripken Baseball. For information, please log onto www.ripkensrcollegebaseball.org.

CRSL FINAL 2006 REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
Bethesda Big Train †28-12 .700 --
Rockville Express 25-15 .625 3
Youse's Orioles 23-17 .575 5
College Park Bombers ††20-20 .500 8
SS-T Thunderbolts †14-26 .350 14
Maryland Redbirds ††10-30 .250 18|

The Montgomery Cup sponsored by The Gazette: Bethesda (11-5),† Rockville (10-6),† Silver Spring-Takoma (3-13).

WE GET LETTERS

Bill, I have a serious prayer request†this morning.† My oldest son Bob, who lives in Palm Coast with his son Robert who will be 14 on the 18th of this month and my youngest son David, is working seven days a week trying to earn enough money for the family to move into a rented apartment or house temporarily.† Their home is being foreclosed†but my extreme concern at this time is for my son's physical, emotional and spiritual health.† He cannot eat, sleep or go to the bathroom because of an intestinal blockage.† Supposedly tests have been made at a clinic in St. Augustine and the results are due on the 12th of this month. He has already lost nearly 40 lbs. and he has a slim build to begin with. Could be ilieatis which my mother had at a time in her life and President Eisenhower also which brought attention to this disorder.† Surgery is necessary to correct it but I am sure my son is wondering how that can happen if he has to work every day to deal with their housing situation. I will put in a call this morning to Pastor Jim Raley of Calvary Christian Church in Ormond where they have been attending, although probably not in several weeks. Concerns are also for my cherished grandson Robert because he is being affected by his dad's condition and situation I am sure.† Bob should not be even driving Robert around and I am sure my Robert is being affected emotionally from all of this stress on the family.† He loves his father very much, of course. Thanks to all for your prayers and I will†send out the praise report, hopefully soon. In His Divine Grace and Mercy, Dale† † Dale, My prayers are with you. Bill † Bill, Jeanette Bode and Jayne Mansfield?† She was adorable and extremely talented and did have a great†body.†I remember my dancing friend Jeanette as looking more like Rachel Ward (Thorn Birds, Against All Odds) or Marge Champion who danced in "Showboat." More of a "natural" gal in every way but I do notice a mother/daughter resemblance with†the departed Jayne and her daughter with Mickey Hargitay, the Hungarian body builder.† She is Mariska Hargitay of tv fame who just had a baby†girl I think. Also I loaned Jeanette one of my dancing costumes for one of our talent shows, think she had forgot and left hers at home,†and I think we would have been about 15 at the time and I know I was not built like Jayne Mansfield, ha ha ha. Those Baltimore hangout remembrances were great.† Was the city market on that list? And the amazing polished steps of the rowhouses? How about some DC sites from your readers, perhaps by community.† i.e. Petworth:† the Petworth Pharmacy soda fountain (cherry, chocolate flavored cokes) Bowling Alley, Petworth library, etc. Scates Furniture? Whatever happened to Dorothy Belle Scates the star of Roosevelt HS Gilbert and Sullivan operetta production "H.M.S. Pinafore"? I think Iva Lea Shaffer Volkmer†may have†lots of Petworth site memories. Your #1 fan in Daytona Beach , Dale † Dale, Jeanette was a beautiful woman as was Audrey Nicoloudis. Bill † Hey Jim P, I thought I saw a "1" in front of the 3 and we were talking about the Orioles for 13 years... Our local teams, outside of the Ravens, continue to struggle. Jim B † Ed I saw your subject line and thought you were talking about the Caps. Things were going well with Hayes starting and Vasquez coming off the bench.† I don't know why Gary made that change. † Ekene and DJ have been disappointing and they can't hit the ocean from the beach at high-tide when it comes to making free throws.† I even made 80% when I played in the CYO league!† And Mike Jones has not gotten any better in 4 years.† I'm glad I sold my Duke and UNC tickets for a 1k profit when I did weeks ago! †Well, at least we have women's field hockey and lacrosse to look forward to! Jimmy "The Saint" Perrus Fear The Turtle! Go Terps! † Bill, Pitiful loss to UVA tonight pretty much seals the deal that it will be 3 years in a row†that the Terps do not make the tournament. Something has got to change down in College Park . †Ed † Folks, Gary is just getting old. Bill

To: The Friends of Emile Griffith in the Boxing Community
Emile Griffith. Luis Rodrigo and Jose† "Tony" Rosario, the president of the Virgin Islands† Amateur Boxing† Federation† have asked me to write to you for support. Tony has been working with the government in V. I and private sponsors to have Emile Griffith and his adopted son, Luis move down to St. Thomas in their own home. Tony has personally paid for numerous all expense trips for Emile and Luis to St Thomas over the last several years. He asked me to have a few established people in the boxing community to write letters of support†† . Here are a few Key Facts †1. Emile lives in a studio apt. with 2 other people. He does not even have†a chair and table to sit down to and eat a meal 2. People in the V. I. are under the impression that Emile made a large sum of money from the documentary†film Ring of Fire. This is not true and the amount of money Emile received was already spent before the release of the film 3. The NYC†area is not the ideal place for Emile to live. Emile suffers from Dementia and has wandered off on a few occasions . He could easily become a missing person in the Big Apple 4. Emile has a heart of gold and is a pleasure to be around.† He enjoys spending time†helping the youth and volunteers his time†in†boxing gyms in New York . He is a very sociable person and is always happy to sign autographs for his fans. 5. Emile does not like cold weather. He would like to live his golden years in a warm climate and go back to the Island that he was born in and always proud of If you care for Emile as a person, please†write a letter of support so we can make Emile's dream become a reality.† Please†email all letters to Boxingkid @aol.com Thank you, †David† Selwyn † Bill, THOUGHT YOU MAY WANT TO USE IN ONE OF YOU ARTICLES. I WAS AN USHER AT THE BALL PARK DURING THE 40'S. I SAW WORKED MANY OF THEIR GAMES AND MADE GOOD TIPS FOR LETTING THE FANS MOVE INTO BETTER SEATS.† Jim Nixon Click on the link below‚§Üshould take you to an good article about the 1943 Grays. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp? ymd=20070205&content_id=1794657&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb Phillip Nixon Bill, A singer of our generation "Frankie Laine" passed away today at age 93::: Mule Train, That's my Desire, etc etc>> www.frankielaine.com †Another passing of a old time singer"" I know he was part of all our lives with all his hit songs:: God Bless Emmett

SPORTS NOTES

The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held on Saturday, Feb.10 at 9AM at Barnes & Noble, 4600 Montgomery Road ( Longate Shopping Center ) Ellicott City , MD. † Our speaker will be Fred Glueckstein who will discuss his book "The '27 Yankees."† Everyone is invited. † Jake"TheSnake"Smith's Baltimore Professional Boxing PresentsPunches @ Pikesville March 10th Tickets go on sale today Feb.5th, this is going to be a show you don't won't to miss so get your†tickets now!!!!†† Call 410-375-9175†or go to BALTIMOREBOXING.COM. † Our deepest sympathy goes to the families of the following: Admiral Howard ‚§¶Shack‚§? Moore (Western HS and Naval Academy graduate) Wallace A. Robinson (Theodore Roosevelt HS and Bullis Prep) Beverly VanTrump Farrell (GWU graduate) Mildred Garland Finlon (Central HS, Wilson Tech College and Columbia U) she also worked in the Calvert County School system Zacharia Coipuran (O‚§ĀConnell HS and Catholic U. grad) Mary Lawler Peter (Sacred Heart (DC)) Estelle Frankel Druskin (Central HS and Poteet Business School ) Frank Prentiss (Anacostia HS and former Charles County School bus driver) John ‚§¶The Squid‚§? Squitero (Former bartender in DC at Poor Roberts and the Silver Fox, friend of Blaze Starr) E. Taylor Chewning, Jr. ( St. Albans ) Mary Peterson Schwenker (BCC HS and C&P worker) George May (W&L HS grad) Dr. John P. Blevins (my former dentist in DC who was born in Centreville , MD ) Frank Paul Lozupone (BCC and University grad) † I was sorry to see Bobby Ross had resigned as Army football coach and even sadder when I learned new Army coach Stan Brock canned Bobby Ross‚§Ās son from the staff.† Ross played sports in high school in Richmond , Virginia with former Maryland House of Delegate Paul Muldowney. † Congratulations to Annapolis High School basketball coach John Brady on his 622nd victory, making him the all-time winningest coach in the Baltimore area.† DeMatha‚§Ās Morgan Wootten is the State‚§Ās all-time winningest high school coach with 1,274 victories. † Bill Lewitts Cecil Community College won their 12th straight Wednesday whipping Catonsville 87-55.† The defending National Champion is now 22-2. † Duke‚§Ās loss to North Carolina was their third consecutive the first time the Blue Devils have lost three straight since 1995-96. † You know some Division one, one AA and D-3 schools are missing out when the men‚§Ās basketball jobs open up by not picking up Bill Lewitt, John Wiley or John Mappas. † Oxon Hill grad Cara Hill continues to light it up for the Villa Julie women‚§Ās basketball team. † Cecil College‚§Ās Ashley Loper followed up her 42 point outburst with a 36 point performance in Cecil‚§Ās women‚§Ā s win over Baltimore City College.† She leads the State Juco women with a 21 point average. † Catonsville‚§Ās Corin Henry was Player of the Week on January 10th in the NJCAA Men‚§Ās Division II and Jay Malcolm (MC-Germantown) was Player of the Week in NJCAA Men‚§Ās Division III on January 17th. † Richard Keller does a great job for the Maryland JUCO stats and information weekly news. † Don‚§Āt forget Keystones Boxing big pro boxing card on February 17th at Suitland High School . † Ballroom Boxing returns to Michaels 8th Avenue on March 8th. † The University of Maryland Boxing Club Presents‚§Üthe NAACP Nominated Award Winning Play ‚§≥ Ali: The Man, The Myth, The Legend, free on February 23rd and on February 24th it‚§Ās the Rumble in Ritchie ‚§≥ College Boxing featuring the nation‚§Ās top college boxers at the University of Maryland , College Park .† $5.00 with Student ID, $10.00 General Admission.† Information at www.terpsboxing.com † Joe Mona is still hoping Governor Martin O‚§ĀMalley will push his Governor‚§Ās Football Cup for the Redskins Playing the Ravens or Maryland playing Navy. † How do you like the Baltimore Orioles new selective ticket pricing ‚§≥ high for the Red Sox, Yankees, Tigers, Angels and National League teams regular for all others (why not let fans in free when Tampa, Texas and Reds are in town?)

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