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Maryland’s most populated city is the fifth largest city on the Northeast Corridor. An inferiority complex about its place in the world between Washington D.C. and New York is prevalent. Home to Ravens, Peter Angelos, his apologists and the Orioles. Former and true home of the Colts football team.

This Sunday – 4 NFL games and a winter storm for a 235 mile stretch of I-95

This Sunday, at 1 p.m. in an approximately 235 miles span of Interstate 95, there are four NFL games taking place, each located within 2 miles of the East Coast’s main highway:

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins, Fex Field, Landover, Md.
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.
Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pa.
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.


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There is also a winter storm warning, in particular the D.C. region. From Capital Weather Gang – Winter storm watch issued for much of D.C. area Sunday into Monday:

The onset of precipitation across the area is most likely between mid-morning and noon with the precipitation probably starting as snow but changing to sleet and or freezing rain by late afternoon (in most spots)…

…Snow is likely for the commute to FedEx field (and for the Ravens game in Baltimore) with the snow changing to sleet and freezing rain during the game. Sleet or freezing rain is likely for the drive home.

The storm will also hit Philadelphia and the New York area, though seemingly not as hard around game time. Accuweather says:

While a large amount of snow is not expected, the city could receive its first inch or two of snow of the season, joining some of the northern and western suburbs from Friday night’s storm.

Warmer air is forecast to move in during the storm Sunday evening through Monday, causing a changeover to a wintry mix, then rain from the coast to inland areas.

In short, travel on the I-95 corridor could be pretty tough on Sunday, though most major Northeast Corridor traffic bypasses Philadelphia via the New Jersey Turnpike. On the other hand, MetLife Stadium is directly adjacent to the Turnpike. FedEx Field can be bypassed by using the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (unless you are a truck) and the opposite side of the Capital Beltway. M&T Bank Stadium is right near the terminus of the B/W Parkway, but the Harbor Tunnel Thruway provides a bypass too.

There is also a New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns game in Foxborough, but the forecast there is sunny and 34°.

I don’t know how much these games impact I-95 in general (an interesting question), but whatever that is could be magnified this Sunday.

Yes, I’m aware I-95 isn’t technically continuous between Pennsylvania and New Jersey

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Sailing out of Baltimore’s Cruise Maryland terminal

Cruise Maryland, Port of Baltimore
BALTIMORE — In July, my whole family took a cruise aboard the Carnival Pride. A big selling point for this particular cruise was that it was out of the Port of Baltimore, only an hour away from over half the extended family.

We were pleased with the service at Cruise Maryland as the terminal is called. We drove into the lot and had our luggage put away by helpful staff. We then parked — $15 a day and walked into the Cruise Maryland terminal. We arrived a few hours before departure and were quickly processed for our international trip. It probably took less than 30 minutes for two adults and one child. Then we boarded our ship and were off.

Returning home, we found the disembarking went smoothly, though there was a wait of a few hours to empty the large ship. Once our deck was announced we were able to efficiently leave the ship and find our luggage after passing through customs. Our luggage was wheeled out to the car and we were off.

Parking is $15 a day. If you have a way of getting dropped off, go for it.

Pride of Baltimore model

Overall, I was happy with the process. The cruise terminal was well run. However, Carnival is pulling out of Baltimore: Port officials looking to replace PrideThe Sun

Carnival Cruise Lines announced (in June) the Pride’s weekly cruises from Baltimore to the Bahamas and Caribbean will end in November 2014, when the 2,124-passenger ship will transfer to Tampa, Fla. Officials of the Miami-based company said pending federal requirements to reduce air pollution on all ships in coastal waters prompted their decision.

“It was unexpected, but it wasn’t a shock to us,” said James White, executive director of the Maryland Port Administration. “I’m not taking this lightly. This hurts. This is going to be tough for us.”

White said he believes Carnival will return by late spring 2015 and that parent Carnival Corp. will have resolved its issues by then with the Environmental Protection Agency over how to curb pollution from its fleet of ships. Currently, the Pride is scheduled to cruise from Tampa through March 2015, Carnival announced.

But, White said, the cruise business is too valuable to Baltimore’s economy to count on Carnival’s return.

“We’re talking to a lot of cruise lines,” he said. “You’ve got to get a hook in the water. … Although we’re very married to Carnival Cruise Line, we’re going to work as hard as we can to get somebody to fill that slot.”

I hope that something can be worked out. I don’t anticipate being a regular cruiser, but I certainly liked having an option nearby.

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R.I.P. Art Donovan

One of my favorite characters of the NFL, Art Donovan died Sunday at age 89. I have enjoyed Donovan’s storytelling since I can remember, mostly through NFL Films, but also his book “Fatso” which I used to own before lending it to someone who didn’t give it back. I later learned he had been a regular on David Letterman’s shows which got him the book deal. As for his autobiography, he “never read it.” I also remember seeing footage of him in tears when his Baltimore Colts left for Indianapolis in 1984.

Here’s a clip of him on Letterman from 1988:

Donovan, a son of the Bronx, was a Marine, serving in World War II. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He also stole a case of spam and to avoid being sent to the brig, he was forced to eat all 30 pounds of it, which he did in 9 days. When his time had come, he wanted to go under a tree at his country club eat too many kosher hot dogs and drink a case of Schlitz and then explode. Based on the obituary in The Sun, that didn’t see to happen. Make sure you read that obituary too, it is a great one. Check out the NFL.com obit too, it has a great video tribute (which isn’t embeddable).

Oddly enough, DC Sports Bog has a story about the time the Washington Redskins honored him: When the Redskins honored Art Donovan

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Marc Fisher’s really condescending Travel article about Baltimore

Baltimore skyline from Russell Street
MARC FISHER: In Baltimore, finding more than just true gritThe Post
My favorite former Metro columnist wrote an amusing column about the next city up the Northeast Corridor/Interstate95 from D.C. – Baltimore!

But I never got into the true-grit romance of Baltimore. Those black billboards that Martin O’Malley put up around town when he was mayor, urging his dispirited constituents simply to “BELIEVE,” struck me as more pathetic than stirring. I loved HBO’s “The Wire,” especially the episodes written by Washington novelist George Pelecanos, but its depiction of Baltimore didn’t exactly make me pine for the place, let alone want to pop up for a weekend getaway.

So when the Travel editors suggested that I check in on our neighbor to the northeast, I admit to a certain grumpiness, informed by decades of hearing Randy Newman’s pained wail (“Oh, Baltimore, man, it’s hard just to live”) in the back of my mind and by a pesky allergy to all things John Waters. (I enjoy a great beehive hairdo as much as the next guy, but camp, ultimately, is as empty as Baltimore’s rubble-strewn vacant lots.)

Fisher is provincial about Washington and his native New York. Does he mention being one of the Yankees fans who takes over Camden Yards? Of course he does.* He’s not just trolling “Charm City,” he’s trolling snobbish Washingtonians and New Yorkers i.e. himself.

I don’t spend a lot of time in Baltimore — mostly I drive through, but I’ve made three trips in the last three years, including the Maryland Zoo and the B&O Railroad Museum. I’ll probably be back this spring and maybe next winter we’ll take my son to the aquarium. I think I’d be up for a trip to the top of the Bromo Seltzer Tower too. Just not Oriole Park.

The CityPaper has a good roundup of Baltimore reactions to Fisher’s piece.

*I used to be among them, but I refuse to give Peter Angelos ANY of my money — can’t reward the bad behavior towards D.C.

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Places I went in 2012

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Ashburn, Va.
Bluemont, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Leesburg, Va.
Mount Vernon, Va.
McLean, Va.
Purcellville, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Washington, D.C.
Burnham, Pa.
Claysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Baltimore, Md.
Dickinson, Md.
Rockville, Md.
Welden, N.C.
Wilson, N.C.
Avalon, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Tuckahoe, N.J.
Conway, S.C.
Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.
Pawley’s Island, S.C.

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Places I went in 2011

Every year, I go places and list them. The primary criteria are 1.) Having a sit-down meal 2.) spending the night in that location.

Alexandria, Va.
Arlington, Va.
Burke, Va.
Fairfax, Va.
Falls Church, Va.
Franconia, Va.
McLean, Va.
Reston, Va.
Vienna, Va.
Annapolis, Md.
Baltimore, Md.
Columbia, Md.
Crownsville, Md.
Ellicot City, Md.
Poolesville, Md.
Avalon, N.J.
Ocean City, N.J.
Stone Harbor, N.J.
Wildwood Crest, N.J.
Woodstown, N.J.
Belleville, Pa.
Burnham, Pa.
Harrisburg, Pa.
Hershey, Pa.
Hummelstown, Pa.
Lewistown, Pa.
Mercersburg, Pa.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Reedsville, Pa.
Springfield, Pa.
State College, Pa.
University Park, Pa.
Washington, D.C.

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RIP William Donald Schaefer

Pouring a Natty Boh on the stoop for Willie Don

William Donald Schafer
, the colorful former governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore died yesterday.

Living in an adjoining state, I could enjoy Schaefer for his antics without being embarrassed by them. Now, granted someone else near Northern Virginia had a tendency to get more attention, but Schaefer had his moments.

From a non-Marylander’s perspective, he built a lot of things that brought me into the city of Baltimore now and again. The National Aquarium and the Inner Harbor come to mind. He also got stadia built for baseball (too bad the tenant proved to be so awful and anti-DC) and football after Bob Irsay stole the Baltimore Colts away in the dark of night. Schaefer also championed making US 50 a four-lane highway all the to Ocean City which I go to about every 8 years.

OBITUARIES

William Donald Schaefer, governor and mayor, diesThe Sun
William Donald Schaefer dies at 89; Maryland governor, Baltimore mayor had trademark styleThe Post
William Donald Schaefer, former governor, dies at 89The Capital, Annapolis

The Sun editorialized Schaefer this morning, but The Post did not. Also, neither the Orioles or Ravens put up a statement on the Web sites about their biggest political benefactor this morning. Poor form, birdies.

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Natty Boh will be available on draft in Baltimore

National Bohemian beer to be served on draft againThe Sun
National Bohemian Beer which is better known for its one-eyed Mr. Boh mascot than taste will be available on draft in Baltimore starting in October. Billed as “from the land of pleasant living” it was the indigenous brew of Baltimore and sponsor of both the Washington Senators (Mickey Mantle‘s 1953 tape measure home run clipped Griffith Stadium’s Mr. Boh sign) and Baltimore Orioles. In fact, I think the O’s and Natty Boh were both owned by the same people before the brewery was sold, closed, etc.

I drank a bottle of Boh at some Fells Point bar back in 2003 or so. The beer was rather unremarkable, but if it were the hometown beer, I wouldn’t be averse to ordering it. It is better than say, Pittsburgh’s Iron City. If I ever go to a Ravens game, I’d order a Natty Boh out of principle. I’ll never go to an Orioles game.

I wouldn’t be surprised if a few places around D.C. put it on draft as well. I’d even be okay with it being served in Nationals Park due to the brand’s history with D.C. baseball, though I would not order it.

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