Nobody requested me, however the way in which the Orioles are enjoying thus far — giving up runs early in video games, coming again within the center to late innings — means, for night time video games at the least, you possibly can watch each “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune” earlier than flipping to MASN in time for the great things.
A reader requested me to “pressure the Orioles to televise their games on broadcast television [because they] don’t have cable and can’t watch them. MLB has made baseball a pay to play game.” Well, yeah and duh. Why would the Orioles, who attempt to maximize income each approach attainable — have you ever seen the beer costs this season? — enable video games on free TV once more after they personal MASN? Sorry, however I’ve extra essential pleas to make to the Orioles, like signing Adley Rutschman to a long-term deal.
One extra baseball merchandise: As a lot as the following fan, I like enjoyable dugout celebrations of dwelling runs and clutch hits. But the Orioles’ “sprinkler” is just not one in every of them.
Nobody requested me in regards to the Lamar Jackson deal, and that’s positive as a result of the entire thing gave me a headache. But right here’s the way it seems to be: The Ravens all the time needed him to remain in Baltimore, and so they ended up getting him with out matching that ridiculous Deshaun Watson deal in Cleveland. Fans who had grown grumpy about Jackson over the last a number of months will perk up once more, particularly if he performs a full season and takes the Ravens previous a wild card sport. If he doesn’t, the crew’s possession and administration will look as if they simply made a foul guess (just like the Orioles with Chris Davis), head coach John Harbaugh will go away the constructing, the Ravens will draft a brand new quarterback and life will mosey on.
Nobody requested me, as a result of I’m not a psychologist, but it surely appears to me that every one this cash may have one in every of two results on 26-year-old Lamar Jackson: It may encourage him to be an excellent higher quarterback and take Baltimore to the Super Bowl. Or, it may mess along with his wiring, plaguing him with emotions of unworthiness, forcing him right into a bottomless psychological hell of profoundly detrimental ideas and dangerous choices as he tries to show he deserves all that moola. It may go both approach. (OK, I have to admit: That final half — about cracking underneath strain — I used to be projecting my very own emotional profile onto Jackson. It’s why I by no means needed to make the massive bucks.)
Nobody requested me, however for those who run a restaurant and get a awful on-line evaluate from a patron, your response — for those who resolve to offer one — ought to be neither defensive nor snarky. It ought to go one thing like this: “Sorry. Please come back. We promise to get it right next time.”
Speaking of meals: I’ve found the key to actually nice roasted potatoes: Rendered duck fats. I do know, except you personal geese you’re prepared to render, it’s costly. But you don’t want that a lot. A few tablespoons, tossed over peeled and parboiled potatoes earlier than roasting, will do. Way higher than vegetable oil, higher than butter.
Nobody requested me, however right here’s a streaming suggestion: “Patriot,” a two-season collection on Amazon Prime that I solely just lately watched after a tip from a neighbor. It’s a couple of troubled intelligence officer, a black ops man, who endures a number of ordeals with a little bit assist from his family and friends. It’s a comedy, it’s a drama, and it virtually qualifies as a musical.
Nobody requested me, however the U.S. Census Bureau must give you a greater measure of the nation’s poverty price than the one they’ve been utilizing because the mid-Nineteen Sixties. It’s not life like. This yr, as an illustration, solely households of 4 that earn $30,000 or much less might be deemed formally poor. Are they kidding? The method that ends with that quantity can not presumably be sufficient, and, consequently, we get an unrealistic image of true monetary hardship, which begins properly above $30,000.
The authorities ought to think about the extra complete measurement that United Way developed over the past 10 years. It’s known as “ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” It takes into consideration all of the bills confronted by households — housing, baby care, meals, taxes, and many others. — after which measures the hole between the precise price of residing and what individuals are in a position to earn. United Way of Central Maryland simply launched its newest report on ALICE households, these unable to fulfill bills, and located that whereas 10% of the state’s households met the Federal Poverty Level threshold, 38% of our neighbors (practically 900,000 households) can not afford the fundamentals of their communities.
Nobody requested me, however Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Democrat representing Maryland’s eighth District, is a profile in braveness and decency. In the midst of chemotherapy remedies, Raskin confirmed his prowess as a constitutional scholar by brilliantly dismantling the weird assertions of Republican colleagues that the 2nd Amendment provides Americans the correct to armed rebel towards the federal government. “Indeed,” Raskin wrote in an announcement issued to the media on the twenty eighth anniversary of the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing, “in a half-dozen places, the Constitution treats ‘insurrection’ and ‘rebellion’ not as protected rights but as serious crimes against our government and people.” The congressman simply accomplished his remedies for lymphoma and, in a heartfelt letter, thanked Marylanders and others for his or her concern and encouragement and “beautiful gifts of bandanas, homemade scarves and sweaters, Capitol Police baseball caps, hospital scrubs, wool hats, chocolate chip cookies, mandel bread, pea soup, vegan matzo ball soup and gorgeous paintings, poems and letters that I will treasure forever.”