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#1 BSLChrisStoner



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 01:27 PM

Our original introduction thread, started with the inception of this board in December 2011.

Things change, people change. All of you are more than a SN.

Reintroduce yourself to the board, with as much or as little detail as you would like to provide.

(Please avoid the inside jokes etc... while this is partly for our current active members, it is also for inactive members, lurkers, etc.)

EDIT: 1/11/17

I have experience in the Trade Credit (Atradius Trade Credit Insurance), Financial services (T.Rowe Price), and Commercial Real Estate Information (CoStar Group) industries.

In 2015 I provided contracted Marketing (Strategy, Social Media, Public Relations) support to Brothers Services Company.


In the Fall of 2016 I provided contracted Event Management to SmartCEO.


In November 2016 I became Manager, Marketing & Business Development for McDonell Consulting Group.

Baltimore Sports and Life (BSL) was founded in January, 2009. BSL is a 5x Baltimore Sun Mobbies Award winner, previously being named Baltimore's best blog. I serve as the Managing Editor for a large group of contributors.

I have appeared as a guest on 14 different shows on 7 different stations (WBAL 1090, 105.7 The Fan, CBS 1300, WOYK 1350, Q1370, WKAV 1400, and WNST 1570), and have been interviewed by The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Business Journal, and & Inside PressBox (TV).

We have interviewed guests from outlets such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, FOX Sports, Baseball Prospectus, Athlon, Sporting News, MLB Network, Brooks Baseball, Baseball Info Solutions, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Sports on Earth, Grantland, NFL Network, Football Outsiders, ProFootballFocus, etc. etc.

We've built up a consistent and solid audience over the last few years. (Contact me for details.) Currently there are 5.3k+ Facebook likes, with 2k+ Twitter followers.

In July, 2015 we founded Baltimore Metro Business Development - a networking group currently comprised of 275 +/- Executives from throughout the region. This is group is now housed under McDonell Consulting.


The greatest accomplishment I'll ever have, is having married my wife Laura in October 2005. We live in Pikesville. I grew up in Catonsville. 

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 01:59 PM

I'm Pedro.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 03:35 PM

I'm glenn__davis.


I was supposed to just be glenn davis.  And then glenn_davis.  But I botched the log-in process the first few times on OH because I put a personal e-mail account, which for some reason wasn't allowed.  But since I had attempted those names it wouldn't let me use them.  So I ended up being glenn__davis, which I decided to just keep on the transition here.


Real name is Dan.  Married with 3 kids, all of whom are in elementary school this year.  So that will be fun.  Between school, sports and church activities, I don't have time for much else.  Or as my father said once when my wife wanted me to do a home improvement project, "You don't have time to wipe your butt, let alone put wainscoting in the bathroom."


Live in Manchester in Carroll County, just a few miles short of the PA border.  Lived in Carroll County my whole life.  Born and raised in Westminster.  Love it here.


By profession I'm a project manager of a group at an electronics test lab.  Worked there for about 10 years.  Can't say the work really thrills me, but I must admit they've treated me really well thus far and I appreciate that.  College degree is in physics.


Favorite sports team is the Orioles.  Then a long gap to MD football/basketball.  Then, I guess I still sorta follow the Vikings a little bit.


Despite being part of OH/BSL for over 10 years now, I don't think I've ever met anyone here in person.  I'd like to change that, but the aforementioned busy schedule has kept me from attending any of the get-togethers.  I'm fairly certain I say ChaosLex at Ocean City once but didn't realize it until afterwards.


Anyway, that's me.  

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 03:48 PM

I'm Ricker. I started posting about sports on the Internet in 2005. (Can't believe it's been that long) And I was immediately drawn to the community aspect of sports message boards. I've only actively participated on 3 or 4, but for a few years now this has exclusively been my internet home. I've mostly been level headed, but have had some prolonged stretches of being a douche too. Apologies for that. Life wasn't great at that particular point in time.


Anyway, I'm a 31 year old Learning & Development Specialist at a Financial Institution. It's great because it's not just facilitation, it's Instructional Design, LMS Management, Consulting, Gap Analysis, Project Management, etc. Busy but not particularly mundane or predictable in anyway, which to me is incredibly gratifying. Anyway, born and raised in MD, mostly Carroll County and am a South Carroll graduate and studied at Carroll Community College. But I currently live and work in Montgomery County. Different world over here, but I've adapted. And it's opened my eyes and changed my perspective on several social and economic issues facing our country. So it's been a valuable experience, but I yearn for the country again. Just so peaceful and serene. (I sound really old, wow)


I've met several of you in person. Lots of good people here in similar stages in life and almost all of which are DIE HARD O's fans. As am I. They are my top seed. I commented a few weeks ago I'd give up both Ravens SB's for an O's WS in my lifetime, preferably while I'm not yet in depends. I am also a die hard Ravens fan, but the O's are my first true love and we've been through a ton of shit together. The Terps for BBall and Football, and Auburn for Football, and the Caps and Wizards round out my sports interests.


I comment in a lot of threads. I know very little. I like socializing with fellow O's fans.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 04:18 PM

I'm Zack. I've been contributing for BSL since late October of 2012, when I reached out to Chris after hearing he was looking for Terps analysts. Before that, I was writing articles for a small (now defunct) ACC sports-related site called ACC Sports Nation.


This past May, I graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. degree in Government and Politics. I was a transfer student, transferring from the Community College of Baltimore County in January of 2014 after receiving my A.A. degree in Political Science. UMD was actually the only college I applied to transfer to, it's been my dream school for as long as I can remember.


I've been a huge Terps fan my entire life. My Dad raised me a Terps fan (as well as an Orioles and Ravens fan). He didn't go to UMD, but since UMBC doesn't have many quality athletic programs, he rooted for Maryland. I still remember staying up to watch the 2002 National Championship game. It was one of my very first sports memories. For whatever reason, I gravitated strongly towards Terps football, which is what I focus my efforts on here at BSL. I obviously love Terps basketball, but after seeing my first Maryland football game at Byrd Stadium in 2008 (saw the Terps shutout #19 Wake Forest 26-0), I was hooked.


Obviously, athletics had a huge impact on my transfer to Maryland, and I got very involved in the student aspect of athletics once I arrived on campus. In my senior year, I was named the President of The Pride, which is the largest student organization at UMD. The organization's mission is to improve students' experiences at athletic events through events, giveaways, tailgates, etc. It was a huge opportunity for me, and the organization saw exponential growth while I was leading it. We were named the #2 Student Section in the Nation by the National Collegiate Student Section Association, and our men's basketball student section won the Big Ten Network's Home Court Challenge. I led a group of 50 students on a road trip to Columbus, OH to see the football team play Ohio State, and organized watch parties on campus for hundreds of students to watch the men's basketball team play North Carolina, Indiana, and Kansas. One of my favorite memories was camping outside the doors of the XFINITY Center before the Georgetown game last year. Skipped all of my classes that day just to spend the day outside the arena. Got front and center seating, and was on the court behind Scott Van Pelt as he broadcasted SportsCenter live from the floor. Now that I've graduated, I won't get to every single Maryland game, but I'll be at as many as possible.


As I mentioned above, I'm also a big Orioles and Ravens fan. I'm young enough that I didn't see a winning season from the Orioles until 2012, and suffered through those long losing seasons. I get my love of the Orioles from my Dad, and from my Grandmother, who has been a die-hard Orioles fan since they moved to Baltimore in 1954. Her stories of the great teams of old were what kept me going during those losing years. My love of the Ravens also came from my Dad, who still owns a 1996 Vinny Testaverde jersey. So. Freaking. Cool.


I'm also a musician who comes from a family of musicians, and I've been playing percussion and drums for the past 10 years. I currently perform with the Columbia Concert Band, a community symphonic band with about 100 members. We perform free concerts in the Columbia, MD area and are currently preparing for our fall concert schedule.


I'm currently searching for a job in Washington, D.C. Most of my leads have been with various defense contractors, and I'm hoping to have something more concrete to say about my job status in a week or two (fingers crossed). My goal is to work in the political arena, the specifics of which are undetermined. Political Office, Lobbyist, Staffer, etc. are all in the cards. Eventually, I'd like to be working on policy to improve the lives of veterans attempting to re-integrate into society, and to improve our country's treatment of mental health (these obviously overlap a lot).


So that's me. You'll mostly find me in the Maryland sections of the board, but I occasionally venture into the Orioles/Ravens sections. I'm a huge college football fan, so I'll be very active in that thread for the next few months.


Go Terps, Go Orioles, Go Ravens!

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:07 PM

My name is Russ. I live in Essex and I really hate it here. I'll be moving as soon as I get my sister back on her feet after marrying a complete shithead. I have a 4 year old son named Camden who I call Camo. He's a beast.

I went to AACC and UMBC and majored in Math. Complete waste of time. I sell Nissans and Kias now and will be switching to finance here in a month or two. It's a fun job and I work with some really good people.

I love the shit out of MLB and the O's in particular. I enjoy the statistical and the historical aspects mostly. But baseball is like a soap opera. It comes on 5-6 days a week and I want to watch every episode. One baseball game taken out of context is boring. But when you take yesterday, the past week, the past month, the current season, last season and the past 140 years into account, it's an amazing story every night. It's a game that favors the diehards with an appreciation of the history of their team, their players and the sport.

My favorite baseball conversation I ever had was on a sales call for some home remodeling company. There was a 90 year old man who lived in Crofton and he brought up that he was an old Brooklyn Dodgers fan. I knew their 50s lineup by heart except for third base. He filled in the gaps and told me all about Ebbets Field. I was there for 4 hours. It's harder these days to find people who love baseball like this guy did. Seth is like that. And there are some other guys like that here. Makes it a cool place.
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Posted 25 August 2016 - 06:58 PM

Hello all, I'm Chris. Grew up in Lutherville, currently living in Canton.  I have lived in the Baltimore area all of my life, aside from 4 years in Cincinnati when I attended Xavier University (class of 2014), majoring in marketing. Very proud of being an alum of X and it is an absolutely great school and was a great experience. The two sides of my family may be well-known in the Baltimore area as my mom's side owns and operates Sabatino's Restaurant in Little Italy while my dad's side owns and operates Van Dyke & Bacon Shoes.


Throughout college and since graduating, I've worked in sports. I interned with Ripken Baseball for 3 summers. During my senior year at X, I worked in the Athletic Communications department as an intern and wrote preview and game recaps for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer and other sports. I was lucky enough to sit courtside for every men's home game during my senior year. After graduating, I spent a few months at the University of Maryland working as a Sales and Marketing Assistant in the Corporate Sponsorships department (technically a third-party of the university). My current job is working as a client liaison for a professional baseball agency, where I've been for a little over a year and a half.


I am a huge Musketeers, Orioles and Ravens fan. That's about it for me, as I don't passionately follow any college football, hockey or pro hoops team. A few months ago, Stoner asked me to start writing for BSL about seemingly random topics which have included or will include Game of Thrones, college conference realignment and college basketball with a focus on the Big East.

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Posted 25 August 2016 - 10:54 PM

I'm Antoine.


I'm a pretty awesome guy. I live in Glyndon, with my wife and kid (andsomefreeloadinginlawsthatwon'tleavebecausetheycan'tafforditBUTANYWAY).


I grew up in Pikesville, went to McDonogh, went to UNC-CH, getting degrees in Accounting and Actuarial Sciences. Worked as an auditor for a while, and am now working for a Prominent Asset Manager, consolidating the financial statements and figuring out other key statistics for the company. Not glamorous, but a pretty decent usage of my skills that pay the bills. Math is and will always be my life. I do a lot of numbers-related activities on the side to keep my brain fresh, and the statistical element is the reason I got into baseball in the first place.


Big Orioles, Ravens, and Tar Heels (hey, I pay their salaries!) fan, but the Orioles especially. I've said, several times, that I would give every Ravens/Heels championship I've seen just to see the Orioles win one. And I still mean it. My grandfather used to watch Orioles/Braves (TBS)/Mets (WWOR)/Cubs (WGN) games all of the time, just to take me through the history and go through the numbers with me, knowing that the numbers would get me into the sport. It worked! My wife hates baseball. HATES it. Except when the Orioles win and score 5 or more runs.


A couple of other notes:


1) As you've known now, I'm really, really, really into the WWE. I was casually into it in college, "grew out of it" for about 7 years, then got way back into it once CM Punk became prominent. I watch all of the stuff now. If I had the time at all, I'd write about it, but really, I barely have time to live as it is. I've had long, long discussions about it. It's a little sad, but everybody needs their turn-your-brain-off action.


2) I know a few of you here, and met a lot of you personally (I've probably talked to Seth more than anyone else combined, twice over). This group, for as little or as much as I post, is important to me. Even the so-called jerks are nice in person! :-P


3) Avoiding all political slant, guys, I'm black, and it's been a really hard friggin' year for me from...just...everything going on. Identity crises abound. This group has been a pretty welcome escape from that, so thanks.

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 05:50 PM

My name is Mike. I'm 31, Sagittarius, Enjoy long walks on the beach.... 


I'd probably define myself as good at a lot of things, great at nothing. I was a B, C student my whole life, except for that F in trigonometry and the all A's in every gym class ever (typical sports nut). I was a good "coastie", not a great one. I'm a good guy, could be better though. I was good in broadcasting school, but not good enough to translate that into a career. I've taken my sweet time getting my associates degree. I'm one class away, and when I get it, it'll will have taken me 10 years. Hasn't been a primary goal of mine, more of a "might as well utilize my G.I. Bill" thing. Never hurts to learn something new though. Retaining all that knowledge is a different story.


Been a firefighter going on six years, but thats soon likely to change (I might be sharing a long story here one day). Firefighting, writing, golfing, playing sports, cooking, card playing, gambling (except Bingo. I'm the worst Bingo player on the planet), playing the guitar, being a husband. I'm pretty good at those things. Not great though. Still trying to find that one thing I'm awesome at. Maybe it'll be being a dad one day. That'll be worth the wait. I don't want to be a shitty dad. 


I'm a hard worker. But your supposed to be. So that doesn't count. Like the Chris Rock joke. "I take care of my kids". "You're supposed to...". "I aint never been to jail." "Whatchu want, a cookie?". I'm the generic guy in the job interview that can't come up with anything clever in the "tell me about yourself" portion. "I'm a hard worker. Easy to get along with....". Yeah. Me, and a billion other people.


I'm married. I give my wife hell but I love her to pieces. I'm sure the feeling is mutual. Lol. Planning on kids in a couple years. We're settled in Parkville and love it. I just love everything Maryland has to offer. Mountains or beach. All four seasons exist here. You can do almost any hobby here. So much good food. So much diversity. This tiny little state has so much to offer. But we like to travel too. 


I cover the Ravens here for BSL, and have been since October 2012. Once Chris brought me on board, the Ravens went on to win the championship. Coincidence? I think...yeah. Love the Ravens, but the rest of the NFL is becoming real tough to watch though.


I write about the Ravens, I love the Ravens. But the Orioles were my first love. Baseball is awesome. I played baseball my whole young life. Softball now. Would love to get into one of those old man wood bat baseball leagues when my time comes.


I'm the guy in a circle of friends who often busts out the movie quotes. Or tries to fit a Seinfeld reference in whenever possible. 


So, thats me. Jack of all trades, master of none.

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Posted 22 February 2017 - 03:27 PM

My name is Chris. I'm 26-years-old from Washington, D.C. 


I'm the Co-Editor of the's Baltimore sports site, The Baltimore Wire. We cover and deliver the latest Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Maryland Terrapins, and Washington Wizards news, scores, schedule, rumors, and much more. 


Despite being suffocated by Nationals fans in DC, I've always stayed loyal to the Baltimore Orioles since I was five years old. On the football side of things, I'm a diehard Washington Redskins fan. For basketball, I'm a HUGE Maryland basketball fan (#StayMelo) and Washington Wizards fan. 


You can find me on @chrishchurch


To get an idea of my writing, here's one of my recent articles on the Baltimore Orioles: 

3 Available Starting Pitchers Orioles Should Consider


Look forward to interacting with everyone in the forums! 



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Posted 03 March 2017 - 11:10 AM

Hello everyone, Tim Keogh here. I live in Woodbine, MD and LOVE The Orioles, Ravens, Caps and Wizards. I love to talk sports so you will likely see Tim Keogh1 quite a bit!

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Posted 03 March 2017 - 08:44 PM

Chris, I am a Catonsville native too
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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:23 AM

Pouring one out for the Tim Keogh era...



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Posted 11 April 2017 - 10:25 AM

Pouring one out for the Tim Keogh era...





There is baseball, and occasionally there are other things of note

"Now OPS sucks.  Got it."

"Making his own olive brine is peak Mackus."

"I'm too hungover to watch a loss." - McNulty


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:21 AM

Hey everyone. Most of you probably know me from the OH as socalbirdfan. Strong likelihood that I may be moving in the near future so I thought I would go with the board suggestion as my name for a board handle.

I have been an ardent supporter of the Orioles since 1970 when I watched them win the series. My love for the team is probably quite a bit different than most. I've never actually been to Baltimore which may end this year. My brother and I have been talking about going to take in a series at OPACY for a few years now and it may finally happen.

Anyway, my Dad was born in Rochester, New York and moved to California when he was in HS. Naturally he continued following the players from his hometown team, the Red Wings, up to the Orioles all the way past the time when me and my brothers were born. I've never been a Dodgers fan until very recently and even that has been on the periphery. Being an Orioles fan in California has been an interesting experience to say the least with yearly trips to Anaheim to see them play the Angels and now indoctrinating my daughters as fans. It's all been worth it to see them finally turn it around as of late.

I was an All City High School player and played against the likes of Brett Saberhagen and former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, who was a very good SS. Later, I went on to play three years of college ball and garnered All Conference honors in the OF. I was offered a roster spot to sign with the Tigers rookie league team after my junior year in college (they had given all their bonus money to D1 guys and I was D2) but I had family considerations. After college I went on to do some scouting and coaching as recently as last:: year.

Update: 4/2017

So, we did move to ATX (Austin TX) but more north. Love it here, bought a house and we've been pleasantly surprised at all that is offered in TX. Central Texas is probably not how most people perceive it is here, lots of vegetation and water. I got into the craft beer craze here, there are micro breweries everywhere.

My brother and I did make it to Camden Yards in 2014 and saw the team take two of three from Texas to move into first place. Great trip all around. Great food, met some nice people and watched baseball at a beautiful venue. We're planning a return soon.
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 01:50 PM

Hey everyone - 


My name is Paul. I am 33 years old and originally from Gaithersburg but came to Baltimore in 2002 for college (Loyola) and have lived in in the city ever since. I've posted on and off at Orioles Hangout since 2008.


I've been a diehard fan of baseball in general and the Orioles specifically my entire life. I've lived a few different places in the city but always within a couple of miles of Camden Yards. I get to an embarrassingly large number of games each summer, peaking in 2012. We went to 80 games that season and missed only a handful of regular season home games (which we made up with a few Nationals games, the two home post season games, and the Wild Card game in Texas). The 2012 wild card game is probably my favorite experience as a fan of any team.


Aside from baseball, I am a big college basketball fan. I watch and follow football, the NBA, and hockey as well but not to the same extent as baseball and college basketball. My family on my mom's side is from Morgantown, West Virginia (and my parents met in Grad School at WVU) so I've always been a Mountaineers basketball, baseball, and football fan. Technically I am a fan of the Washington football team because growing up in the 80's/early 90's, they were the local team. I'm one of those people who believe that once you pick a team, you stick with them through thick and thin.


I played a little bit of everything - expect football and ice hockey - as a kid. Baseball wise I was a little league flame out but have gotten my baseball playing fix ever since by playing fast pitch Wiffle Ball. My crowning athletic achievement is being part of the 3rd place team at the 2003 Fast Plastic National Wiffle Ball Championships held in Austin, Texas. In high school I ran cross country and I still love long distance running. Its hard to get out as much as I would like these days but am usually good for at least one 8 mile-ish run per week. There are few things I enjoy more than the tranquility and sense of accomplishment I get from a long run.


Look forward to contributing to the discussion around here!



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