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Mike Burke - Sports

Mike Burke - Sports
  • Mike Burke Another bat could help solve a lot of problems

    To provide perspective on how much Buck Showalter has transformed the culture of the Baltimore Orioles in such a short period of time, if closer Jim Johnson had blown three straight saves to put his total at nine for the season two years ago this August day, your average sports fan in Baltimore would have told you, “Now that Boldin and Flacco have a year together, I look for big things.

    August 15, 2013 1 Photo

  • Do the words ‘get out’ mean anything to Mr. Rodriguez?

    Playing on a television screen near you, the sitcom “Alex: A Bronx Tail” has been delighting baseball executives nationwide, provided, of course, you are not a baseball executive for the New York Yankees.

    July 27, 2013

  • Dirty rotten scoundrels

    So many things I don’t understand.
    For instance, I don’t understand how you can always find a van, truck or SUV parked in front of signs that say, “FOR CARS ONLY - NO VANS, TRUCKS OR SUVS.” Why bother to put up the signs if we’re not going to enforce what they say?

    July 24, 2013

  • What is the 41 percent solution?

    It’s the All-Star break. Well, it is tomorrow, which, given the kind of baseball season it’s been, should be the most exciting time of the summer. Some of us, however, choose to take the glass is 59 percent empty approach and lament the passing of the season the way Felix Unger lamented his divorce to Frances or to Gloria, depending on which Felix you go with — Jack Lemmon’s or Tony Randall’s.
    So, with 41 percent of the season still ahead of us, what have we learned so far?

    July 14, 2013

  • MIKE-BURKE.jpg Work fast, throw strikes, change speeds, or see Norfolk

    Odd, when you follow a baseball team with a winning record, the games are harder to enjoy than when your team was canal water. Kind of like Maryland basketball when the most enjoyable part of the game is halftime, or afterwards if the Terps have won.

    July 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • MIKE-BURKE.jpg Not a matter of how he did it, but that he did it

    Through nothing other than extreme good fortune, I sat next to Bernie Wynder along press row seemingly every year at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament.

    June 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Coach Amanda Moreland Frankfort’s Moreland named W.Va. Girls Track Coach of Year

    The West Virginia Coaches Association named Frankfort High School head track and field coach Amanda Moreland the West Virginia Girls Track Coach of the Year last Saturday night during the North-South All-Star Football game banquet.

    June 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Astros draft former ACM star Astros draft former ACM star

    Former Allegany College of Maryland slugger Jon Kemmer was selected by the Houston Astros with the first pick of the 21st round of the annual Major League Baseball amateur draft on June 8.

    June 19, 2013 2 Photos

  • MIKE-BURKE.jpg Together, we can eliminate the fake score

    As I sat in front of the lonely reflection of my computer screen formatting five youth softball games for publication, I marveled at what great hitters we are producing here in the area.

    June 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Mort the Sport Mort the Sport

    To think I did all that
    And may I say, not in a shy way
    Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way
    —  As performed
    by Frank Sinatra

    June 1, 2013 2 Photos