National Meatball Day—yes, there is one of those, too—seemed like the perfect time to visit the Fells Point restaurant that celebrates the round mounds all year long. And, apparently, we weren’t the only ones who thought so. On a spring evening, a pair of out-of-towners glanced at the sidewalk A-frame sign—featuring a chalk-drawn bowl of the namesake comfort food—and decided to give it a try.
Meanwhile, at a table in the spacious main dining and barroom, a group of middle-aged women merrily finished their meals. “You gotta live that meatball life,” said one, sounding particularly pleased. Soon Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman arrived with his wife, Cindy. They saddled up to two stools at a 14-seat marble island table and ordered to go.
At 8 Ball, there is something for everyone. And just to be clear: These aren’t your grandmother’s meatballs. These modern, golf-ball-size takes are better, and will leave your mouth watering until you return. The setup is deceptively simple. There are five main “balls” (get comfortable with the word here; it’s even on the bathroom doors —“Balls” for the men’s room; “No Balls” . . . you get the drift) that comprise the mix-and-match offerings, along with six sauces, including mushroom gravy and tomato.
I love interviews and interview shows. In 2015, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into long-form video production. Working with our then US Lacrosse video manager, Josh Rottman, and ESPN analyst and reporter Paul Carcaterra, I produced the “Overtime,” interview series for Lacrosse Magazine. Parts of this piece, with two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson, aired on ESPN television.
The October 2015 edition of Lacrosse Magazine. Led the brainstorming, planning, production and collaboration with our guest editor Casey Powell, one of the best lacrosse players of all-time, in our first issue of this concept.
For Baltimore magazine’s weekly “Friday Replay,” sports column, I took a look at the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony coming home to West Baltimore, and four other things that happened in Baltimore sports. Read more at Baltimoremagazine.net.
This is certainly not the big money world of college football. The 834 fans at Homewood Field who watched Johns Hopkins’ 52-20 rout of Western New England on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division-III playoffs attest to that.
So does the two hours and 34 minutes of real time it took for the nation’s sixth-ranked Division-III team to handle business against a top-20 opponent. There were no television timeouts or pre-packaged, in-game entertainment, unless you count what happened on the field. By the end of the first quarter, the Blue Jays led by two touchdowns and were on their way to a 38-0 halftime lead.
Sure, he wanted something like it to unfold. A coach distributes equipment to 23 players. A two-hour practice. Players like him at historically-black Hampton University have the chance to learn and love the game the way he first did at St. Thomas More, an all-boys’ boarding school in Oakdale, Conn.
But Crawford could not have expected the president of Hampton, Dr. William Harvey, a business mogul whose office is decorated with framed pictures of him with U.S. presidents and other dignitaries, to send a letter last fall to the student body saying the university would add a varsity lacrosse program — or for it to actually happen just one year later. He never fathomed Under Armour gear, practice under the lights on Hampton’s new turf field or 6:45 a.m. workouts.
Or for him not to be there.
No, this wasn’t supposed to be the story. But as Hampton’s team motto says, “It’s real.”
“I’m wondering what is up in the air!” Harford County councilman Jim McMahan, an Army veteran and former local radio host, said a month into a military project that sent a 250-foot blimp-like figure into the sky above Aberdeen Proving Ground. Weather permitting, it has hovered there at 10,000 feet for the last eight months.
People asking the same question have nearly gotten into car accidents on I-895 while staring at the sky. Or they’ve snapped pictures from passing aircraft, Camden Yards, or their back porch. In the modern judge of a topic’s newsworthiness, a pair of social media parody accounts, @BmoreBlimp and @AberdeenBlimp, also sprouted, though it’s technically not a blimp, but something three-times larger called an aerostat.