Football is Back!

It is the game everyone has been talking about. The playoff rematch of one of the most exciting games in recent NFL history. Tonight is the NFL Kickoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. The Ravens are defending their Super Bowl championship, and the Broncos are looking for revenge for their heartbreaking, season-ending loss.

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Besides being a much anticipated game, this Ravens-Broncos rematch has also brought much controversy. Historically the Super Bowl Champions open the season at home, but the Ravens will be playing the Broncos in Denver because the Orioles have a game in Baltimore. There was a suggestion of changing it to a day game, but both the Orioles and their opponent the Chicago White Sox had night games on the road last night, which would have made a day game today extremely difficult. Baltimore Ravens fans are not happy. The NFL has tried to appease Ravens fans by having the Kickoff Celebration in Baltimore rather than in Denver, the actual host city of the game. This includes a full day of events culminating with fireworks, a water light show, and a free concert by Keith Urban. Meanwhile in Denver, Broncos fans have been annoyed that their stadium is adorned with a picture of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. This is the same quarterback who squashed the Broncos Super Bowl hopes in January with a last second, game-winning, hail mary pass in double overtime. The NFL mandated pictures of both quarterbacks, Manning and Flacco, are also lining the streets of downtown Denver. NFL vice president of corporate communications, Brian McCarthy, defends the banners saying, “think of this game as more of an opening ceremony, a celebration of the new season for the entire league.” But to Denver Broncos fans, this is a home game.

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Where do you stand on the controversy? Ravens fans, how upset are you that your Super Bowl Champions open up their season on the road? And does having the NFL Kickoff celebration make up for it? Broncos fans, how annoyed are you that this celebration is taking place in Baltimore and not in Denver? And how upset are you that there is a huge picture on your stadium of the guy who ended your season last year? Orioles fans, how annoyed are you that this NFL kickoff celebration with fireworks and a concert will be taking place just a few blocks away during the game? However you feel about it, all this controversy has already made this Ravens – Broncos rematch one of the most talked about games and kickoff is still hours away. May the best team win!

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September in Maryland

September starts off with 180 mph of excitement this Labor Day weekend in downtown Baltimore with the 3rd Annual Grand Prix of Baltimore August 30 through September 1. Catch all of the action as the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series snake through the heart of downtown Baltimore on a 12-turn course. The following weekend head down to Sandy Point State Park for the 46th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival September 7-8. Enjoy a weekend of  family entertainment, arts & crafts, and the best seafood that Maryland has to offer. On September 19-22, make the trip over the bridge to Ocean City for the 39th Annual Sunfest. Enjoy four fun-filled days of family fun, delicious food, arts and crafts, and musical entertainment at the Inlet at the end of the Boardwalk. The next weekend stroll through Mount Vernon Place for the Baltimore Book Festival on September 27-29. With more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, there are appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, and nonstop readings on multiple stages. Continuing weekends through October is the Maryland Renaissance Festival. This is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the United States. Relive the times of King Henry VIII through theatrical performances, pubs, food booths and over 130 craft shops. Continue to support your Baltimore Orioles in their last month of baseball. September’s home games include series against the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and Boston Red Sox. If football is more your game, then you are in luck because September is the start of the NFL season. The Baltimore Ravens have home games September 15 against rival Cleveland Browns and September 22 against the Houston Texans.

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Fall – is it the best season?

Sweatshirts, jeans, rustling leaves, pumpkins, football. What do these things remind you of? Fall – or autumn if you are more sophisticated. We have had Fall-like temperatures this past week, and it has put everyone in a fantastic mood! This leads me to the question, is Fall the best season?

Fall is the Best Season

If you love football, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. With September comes football, both college and NFL. And with football comes football parties. Friends gather together for football parties when their team is away and tailgate together at the stadium during home games. It is a great time of fellowship and fun. It is especially fun when your team is winning. Most folks who live at Burnam Woods, Chatham Gardens and Old Orchard Apartments are very happy because their Baltimore Ravens are in first place and will most likely remain there throughout the season.

Fall is for Football

If you love moderate temperatures, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. People are happier when the weather is nice. And the weather during Fall couldn’t be any nicer – high 60s and low 70s with low humidity and mostly sunny skies. It is cool enough outside to open the windows in your house and have that fresh air circulating. It is warm enough during the day for a tee shirt and jeans and just cool enough at night for a sweatshirt. It is perfect weather for outdoor activities such as the Charm City Music Festival this Saturday September 15th in Baltimore City and the Main Street Music Festival in Ellicott City September 29th.

Fall is for Festivals

If you love school, then Fall is definitely your favorite season. Some youth (and I was one of them) get really excited to go back to school. It is fun to get new school clothes and new school supplies. Being back at school seeing your friends every day  – lots of fun to be had. And I am sure parents, especially those who stay home with their kids, are especially happy when schools start again. I know Fall is their favorite season.

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So, is Fall the best season? What do you love about Fall?