When will hur­ri­cane sea­son end?

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BIG SPORTS DAY! Hey, wasn’t that a great sports day for Ori­oles and Ravens fans on Sun­day? The only bad part was I had to switch from game to game on the TV as both played at the same time. Joe Flacco’s back did not seem to bother him, thank good­ness, and the Ori­oles fi­nally came through to get out of Yan­kee Sta­dium with­out be­ing swept.

I would love to see a Ravens game live but will have to take ‘em on TV. We had sea­son tick­ets for those Bal­ti­more Colts back years ago and it was al­ways a great time to tail­gate in the parking lot of Memo­rial Sta­dium with other lo­cal fans be­fore the games, but those days are gone for­ever.

I’m still not quite sure why the NFL wants to play one game a year in Lon­don, but I read where there is a large group of Ravens fans going over for the game when the Ravens play there. Those fans must be well­heeled to make this jour­ney.


IL­LUS­TRATED In the last is­sue of “Sports Il­lus­trated” (or maybe a lit­tle ear­lier), I see where they car­ried an NFL pre­view and am sorry to see they pre­dicted that Tom Brady and those New England Pa­tri­ots were going to win the Su­per Bowl again. Their pre­view was that the Pa­tri­ots would bet the Packers, 31-27, on Feb. 4, 2018, Su­per Bowl Sun­day. Let us hope that pre­dic­tion is not right!

But they do give a good re­port on the Ravens in the pre­view — ex­cept say­ing Flacco must be more con­sis­tent. He had too many in­com­plete passes and in­ex­cus­able in­ter­cep­tions last year. But as all sports writ­ers have said, the Ravens prob­a­bly have the best run de­fense in the league and it goes on to praise that old-timer, Ter­rell Suggs, who is a fu­ture Hall of Famer.

••• PUMP­KIN TIME That’s enough sports for this week’s col­umn How about a fall item?

Read in “Out­look by the Bay” mag­a­zine that the largest pump­kin ever grown weighed in at over 1,800 pounds! How would you ever pick it up? The mag­a­zine noted that it was grown in Min­nesota.

The “Out­look by the Bay” is a free pub­li­ca­tion that you can pick up monthly, or ever y-other month, in the Li­brary or in Ed­wards, or maybe other places in town. It has some fine stories about the Eastern Shore and our Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.{

••• HUR­RI­CANE SEA­SON Are we still in the hur­ri­cane sea­son? One faith­ful reader of the col­umn left a note in the Li­brary for me last week say­ing that Hur­ri­cane Hazel came bar­rel­ing up the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay in 1954.

I had men­tioned it in an ear­lier col­umn say­ing as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter I was in the mid­dle of it help­ing di­rect traf­fic in town dur­ing the worst of the storm and then came home to write an ar­ti­cle about it in the RecordOb­server that won an award from the Na­tional Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

Wow, 63 years ago; I hope we can get through this year’s hur­ri­cane sea­son with­out an­other Hazel; but as this is be­ing writ­ten I see in the pa­pers and on TV we have a cou­ple more storms brew­ing in the Atlantic that could hit the U.S. I hope we don’t have to read all about them as we did on Irma that dev­as­tated the whole of Florida.

••• GOOD HIS­TORY LES­SON That was an­other fine ar­ti­cle in the lo­cal pa­pers last week about the 100th an­niver­sary of the time when the fed­eral govern­ment wanted to turn Kent Is­land into a weapons prov­ing grounds and the folks down there took it upon them­selves to go to Wash­ing­ton and pe­ti­tion against such a pro­posal. As we all know, those folks were suc­cess­ful and that prov­ing ground is now in Aberdeen.

Here again my mind may be play­ing tricks, but it seems to me that when I was ed­i­tor of the RecordOb­server years ago, the govern­ment came up with an­other pro­posal about putting an­other such weapons prov­ing ground on Kent Is­land.

Is that just a fig­ment of my imag­i­na­tion?

Any­way, that was a great his­tor­i­cal les­son for our county by Brent Lewis in the 100-years-ago story of the fight against the govern­ment won by the folks on Kent Is­land.

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