Charm City Beatdown?

| May 23, 2012 | 1 Comments

Since 2001, New Boston has been the dominate sports city in America with the Patriots and Red Sox claiming five titles combined and the Celtics and Bruins claiming one each. However, this week Maryland has a chance to represent and lay the proverbial smack down on Beantown.

The Orioles went to Boston earlier this year and left with a sweep and are currently hosting the Sox for three games this week with a chance to take another series from them. The Orioles have a chance to send Red Sox nation back to Beantown just in time to watch the Men’s Lacrosse Final Four, which features top-seeded Loyola as well as the Maryland Terrapins.

Ever since Red Sox fans started invading Camden Yards in 2006, Baltimore has started to have a disdain for them that almost rivals their disdain for the New York Yankees. So, beating Boston, especially in Boston, is always sweet.  While it is certain that there is no fan in Boston that will be rooting for the Orioles, they are likely indifferent when it comes to who wins lacrosse but Charm City will be rooting hard for either the Greyhounds or Terps to leave their mark in Boston like the O’s did earlier this year.

While some people will say “it’s only lacrosse, nobody cares” or “it’s only two series,” referring to the Orioles possible second series win over the Red Sox, I feel differently. Baltimore has sat back for the last decade and let obnoxious Boston fans act like it was their birth right to win championships and last year we were forced to watch a more talented, better Ravens team lose a heart breaking AFC title game in Foxboro. So I beg to differ, anytime Baltimore beats Boston, or a local team reaches the top of the mountain in their sport, it is cause for celebration.

Regardless of the past decade, this week the Orioles will still be in ahead of the Red Sox in the standings (and likely still in first in the division) and the Greyhounds could be the best lacrosse team in the nation on Monday – winning on the same field that the Ravens lost on five months ago.

For a week Baltimore will be the kings of their sports at the expense of Boston and their fans.

To take a spin on Neil Armstrong’s famous line, “that’s one small step for Baltimore sports, one Giant leap for Baltimore sports.”

It could be a great sports week in Charm City.

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I have spent my entire 30 years living in Maryland and I love everything about this city. Despite the bad reputation the city has, Baltimore will always be a special place to me and I love living here. There is nothing better then Sunday afternoons at M&T Bank Stadium and summer nights at Camden Yards when the Yard is packed. You can find me all over the city so don't hesitate to share your opinion of me good or bad. Who knows, if you see me out maybe I will buy you a Natty Boh. Lets go Ravens and Lets go O's!!! Follow me on Twitter at @MRomanell.
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