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Milton Kent

Milton Kent hosted the weekly commentary Sports at Large from its creation in 2002 to its finale in July 2013. He has written about sports locally and nationally since 1988, covering the Baltimore Orioles, University of Maryland men's basketball, women's basketball and football, the Washington Wizards, the NBA, men's and women's college basketball and sports media for the Baltimore Sun and AOL Fanhouse.  He has covered the World Series, the American and National League Championship Series, the NFL playoffs, the NBA Finals and 17 NCAA men's and women's Final Fours. He currently teaches journalism at Morgan State University.

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Under normal circumstances, sports fans and teams from Baltimore don’t have to take a back seat to anyone around the country, least of all Bostonians. And we surely don’t need their advice.  But a column in a Boston newspaper last week offered counsel to the Orioles and their fans that made perfect sense.

Technically, the big gift giving day is Wednesday, but if you’re one of the thousands of college football players who will be playing in a bowl game, you’ll be receiving gifts well into the New Year.

  The city of Baltimore figures to wake up Tuesday morning in either a happy frame of mind or in the lousiest of moods, depending on the outcome of the Ravens game with Detroit Monday night.  But whether the Ravens’ playoff hopes are in critical condition or strengthened Tuesday, gridiron postseason fever around town will still be healthy.

The ballots for the Heisman Trophy are due into the Downtown Athletic Club in New York early this week and the 800 or so sports writers and broadcasters who do the voting will have a tough choice on their hands.

Let’s just say that as the Ravens return from their week off, coach John Harbaugh has his hands full on all fronts.

An injured all-star adds to the list of The Orioles' misfortunes - capping off a tough week. 

I have a confession to make: As a cultural observer, I love chutzpah.  I get a kick when someone has the unmitigated gall to point the finger at someone else for conduct that they wear like an albatross around their own neck.