Maryland was the first state to adopt an official sport. Jousting became the official sport of Maryland in 1962 (Chapter 134, Acts of 1962; Code State Government Article, sec. 13-308).
Tournaments conducted in Maryland are "ring tournaments" which involve charging a horse at full-gallop through an 80-yard course toward suspended rings. Using a long, fine-tipped lance, the rider has 8 seconds to complete the course and "spear" the rings, scoring points accordingly. From three equally-spaced arches, rings are hung 6 feet 9 inches above the ground and range in diameter from one-quarter inch to nearly two inches depending upon the skill-level of the contestant.
The classes are Novice (2 inch rings), Amateur, Semi-Professional and Professional (the smallest rings at one quarter inch diameter). Age or sex have no relation to the class of an entrant. Men and women compete equally.
Today, jousting competitions are held from May through October in Maryland.
Equipment: A family sport, jousting skills frequently are passed from one generation to the next. For most of us, this is a spectator sport. To compete, you need a horse with a smooth gallop (and one who will go straight down the course while you concentrate on spearing the rings. And you also need a medieval name (such as the Knight of the Little Red Wagon or the Maid of Cove Farm) and a lance
There is no place known where you may purchase a jousting lance. All the lances used are homemade. They average anywhere between five and seven feet in length and weigh anywhere between one and fifteen pounds depending on the materials used and the rider’s choice.
The point of the lance is, on the average, two feet long and made of metal, aluminum, or stainless steel.
The stock is usually made of wood, and its length depends largely on how long and how heavy the point is the main concern in making your lance should be your balancing point. The lance is held at the balance point (see illustration).
A simple lance that is suitable for a beginner can be made using a rake or a shovel handle (purchased from your local hardware store) You will need a very long nail or spike for the point. Place the nail into the end of the handle head side first. Secure it in place using epoxy or liquid metal.Related to:
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M&T Bank Stadium
Home of the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens, M&T Bank Stadium was constructed in 1998 as a new home field for the Ravens. For two years prior to this stadium being built, the Ravens, an expansion team that was awarded to Baltimore in 1996, played in the 1950s-era Memorial Stadium that had been home to the Baltimore Colts before they infamously moved to Indianapolis in 1984. The aging Memorial Stadium was no longer suitable for National Football League games, and a new stadium therefore had to be built.
The new stadium is considered one of the finest stadiums in the National Football League for its fan amenities, ease of access, concessions, and other features. The stadium has a seating capacity of 71,008 on five levels. Although it originally had a natural grass surface, an artificial surface was installed in 2003.
M&T Bank Stadium was originally called Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards. But as is usual with American sports stadiums, corporations pay millions of dollars for the right to name a stadium. Its name was first changed to PSINet Stadium, but after PSINet filed for banckruptcy, its name reverted to Ravens Stadium at Camden Yards. However, the stadium received a new corporate name in 2003 when M&T Bank acquired the naming rights.
In addition to National Football League games, M&T Bank Stadium is the home field for the Johns Hopkins University men's lacrosse team. It has hosted the NCAA Men's Lacrosse championships in 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2011. The stadium is also used for state high school championship football games, concerts, festivals, and other large-scale events.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Home of major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was constructed between 1989 and 1992 to replace the antiquated Memorial Stadium where the Orioles previously played. It was the first of the "retro" ballparks that were constructed in the 1990s and early 2000s in 11 other cities across the country. These "retro" ballparks were built in the old-fashioned style of the ballparks of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and were located in intimate downtown settings.
The 45,971-seat ballpark was constructed on land that once served as a rail yard for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's Camden Station. The view from many of the seats is dominated by the historic and renovated Baltimore & Ohio Warehouse, as well as views of the Baltimore skyline.
In a courtyard just off the street in front of the ballpark is a bronze statue of Babe Ruth entitled Babe's Dream. (George Herman "Babe" Ruth, a Baltimore native, was probably the greatest ballplayer that ever lived. His first professional contract was with the Baltimore Orioles, but he spent most of his career with the New York Yankees). Other sculptures in the courtyard represent the retired jersey numbers of legendary Baltimore Orioles players.
This is my entry for the continuing saga of visiting every professional baseball stadium.
The Baltimore Orioles' home is at Camden Yards. I visited in June of 1999. It was one of, if not the very, first in the new ballparks that were designed to look old. This set the standard of what a park could be - not a big box or bowl but a stylish nod to the stadiums of the past that are unfortunately no longer with us.
1) Arrival & Departure
I give this a 3 (on a 1-5 scale where 5 is best, 1 is shameful). It's in a busy part of town but there seemed to be ample garages to choose from and prices were fairly reasonable.
I was doing Baltimore in a quick day trip from D.C., so, in attempting to fit in as much as I could, I didn't eat lunch at the park. I'm sorry I missed it but this is Baltimore and there are a lot of restaurants to choose from. As such, no score.
I found the stadium to be very comfortable. The seats were nice, the space between the rows was good, the stands weren't too steep, and the game was easy to see. I give it a 5.
Well, this is a mixed bag. It was fun being there and getting to see the place - I really like how The Yards were designed. On the other hand, I had a bad experience with some other people who were there. And on the OTHER hand, there was a strong police presence so when my problem arose, they were right there to help, for which I was *extremely* grateful. So, I guess I'll even this out by giving it a 3.
Overall, that would be an average score of 3. I would normally say I'd go back and give it another shot but I've sworn to never return to Baltimore so I don't think I'll get the chance. Luckily, I was able to see Ripken play there before he retired so that was great.Related to:
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Gotta go fishin' for crabs here!
Well I'm sure you have heard of Maryland Crabs, well if you haven't you NEED to try them, very well known around this area for being tasty and juicy! These waters are full of many types of seafood but it's the crabs you really want. Find water, then head for a marina and look for a local restaurant.Related to:
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Aberdeen Iron Birds
The Aberdeen Iron Birds are one of the farm teams for the Baltimore Orioles. This team was moved from upstate New York and renamed to reflect Cal Ripken and Aberdeen. The nickname Iron Birds has everything to do with local hero and owner Cal Ripken, Jr. The iron pays tribute to his record breaking playing streak, the bird refers to the "birds" which locals call the Baltimore Orioles for short. The mascot is a fighter plane with the number 8 (Cal Ripken, Jr.'s number on his Orioles uniform).
Equipment: A catcher's mit to easily catch errant balls that make the stands.
The Baltimore Orioles, despite having a good team, have gone for year on year without going to the playoffs or the World Series despite recently retired Cal Ripken's 3000+ game attendance record. The stadium at Camden Yards, with its unique Baltimore charm almost rates as a must see activity.
Equipment: a catcher's mit for errant fly balls that make the stands
The Baltimore Ravens are a fair to middling NFL football team. They usually have an average winning record and in January, 2001, at the end of the 2000 season, the Ravens beat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. They were originally the Cleveland Browns who unceremoniously packed up over a stadium and financial dispute at the end of the 1995 to play from 1996 forward in Baltimore who, ironically, were victims of a sudden NFL team departure- when the Colts moved to Indianapolis. The Cleveland Browns were reconstituted in 1999 and play twice each season against the Ravens.
Maryland Crab Facts
Recreational Crab Regulations
For Coastal Bays of Maryland’s Atlantic Ocean and their Tributaries
Crab Season: April 1 to December 31
License: No license required.
Daily Time Restriction: None
Minimum Size (measured from tip to tip of spikes):
- Hard Crab - 5 inches
- Soft Crab - 4 inches
- Peeler Crab - 3 1/2 inches
Daily Catch Limit:
One (1) bushel hard crabs per person, but not more than two (2) bushels if two (2) or more persons are on a boat.
Equipment: Recreational Gear Limits:
From docks & shorelines: No more than 10 traps/rings or combination thereof per person
From boats: No more than 25 traps/rings or combination thereof per boat (regardles of number of people on the boat) Not more than 1000 feet of baited trotline per person, if more than one person on a boat not more than 2000 feet of baited trotline per boat
The use of Crab Pots is RESTRICTED to two pots per private waterfront property/parcel A collapsible crab trap or crab net ring which is not attached to a pier, wharf, or boat shall be marked with a buoy bearing the name of the owner.
NOTE: This information was copied from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources web site. Please check it for updates before you go crabbing.
The Washington Redskins are the capitol city's National Football League Franchise. They used to play in Washington, DC proper at Robert F. Kennedy stadium, but now they play at a stadium in suburban Landover, Maryland. The Washington Redskins are in the National Football Conference's Eastern Division against the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.
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