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Despite expansion, Maryland is still the lacrosse state

Maryland MLAX

By: Corey Johns

What used to be almost exclusively a Maryland and New England-based sport, lacrosse is rapidly growing at the college level. Denver is the defending national champions and is joined by another Colorado team, Air Force, in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Big Ten now sponsors lacrosse as a varsity sport with expansions out west to Ohio State and Michigan. Detroit has a lacrosse team, Jacksonville has lacrosse now. The Milwaukee-based Marquette too, which is in the NCAA Tournament in just their fourth season of existence.

But even despite the growth of the sport and the introduction to ‘bigger school’ with bigger budgets, Maryland is still the star state when it comes to the sport.

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Ravens fill needs in draft

Ronnie Stanley

By: Corey Johns

Let me first preface this by saying I’m not super high on the Ravens draft that national media seems to be calling one of the best in the league. Ozzie Newsome did not take any gambles. In the past, he was the draft guru because he would pick out these guys who maybe were a little too small (Ray Lewis) or couldn’t tackle well (Ed Reed) or were too slow (Todd Heap) or weren’t strong enough (Jarrett Johnson) and built two Super Bowl teams. But this was a safe draft that probably won’t have too many busts, but it’s hard to imagine anybody outside of the No. 6 overall pick Ronnie Stanley becoming a Pro Bowler.

That being said, the Ravens draft addressed most of the team’s needs that needed to be addressed and certainly, the Ravens should be much better next year for it.

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The O’s know how to have fun, and that is what will help them win

Adam Jones

By: Corey Johns

Baseball can be a long and boring at times. It can drag on. It can be too serious with old, crusty baseball guys talking about tradition and unwritten rules and the standards of excellence and professionalism. If you ask a baseball purist, flipping a bat after hitting a home run is a mortal sin worse than intentionally throwing a 90-mile per hour fastball at the head of an opposing batter.

But when Adam Jones ran out on opening day to throw some sort of pastry in the face of Matt Wieters after his game-winning RBI hit, the Orioles once again showed that they are not going to abide by baseball’s traditionalist rules.

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March is so much better when the Terps are great

Terps basketball

By: Corey Johns

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years since Maryland, the winners of the 2002 National Championship and participant in both the 2001 and 2002 Final Fours, has been to the Sweet 16. Maryland was a dominant force in college basketball in the 1990s and early 2000s, and always stayed relevant even during their darker years in the later 2000s and early 2010’s. But this now is a group that can beat any team on any given night if the play together.

Maryland does not have a pro basketball team to cheer for, with fans gravitating to the Washington Wizards for the most part, but there is no mistakes that the Terps are our team and when they are rolling, the basketball fans have something to rally around.

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Sara Tarbert and the true meaning of amateur athletics

Sara TarbertPerhaps you don’t follow NCAA Division III women’s basketball. It is not very likely you do, it’s definitely one of those things that you either had to play somewhere and just stuck with it or you have to know somebody who plays to check out what is going on; unless you’re a student of course, and even then. So in case you don’t follow it, here is the fill in: Stevenson has built a powerhouse.

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