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About Michael O'Nair

The Media Watchdog has been lurking, observing the local and national sports media for quite some time. He’s connected, in it and clandestine. Like Batman is to Bruce Wayne, the Media Watchdog is to Michael O’Nair.

O’s That Have Had Their Jersey Numbers Retired

cal ripken posing next to his statue
The Baltimore Orioles are one of the most instantly recognizable teams in MLB. The franchise has won three World Series titles during their esteemed history, with their most recent win coming in 1983. The Orioles have also won the East Division title on nine occasions during their history, with the most recent coming in 2014. However, some players during the history of the franchise have played a greater role than others, and that has led to them having their jersey numbers retired after they have called time on their career. […]

Mullins Should be an All-Star Starter

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins has been one of the lone bright spots in a terrible season for the team. Mullins boasts what could be considered to be the best start of anyone in the MLB this season, hitting .459 with a .512 on-base percentage along with a .676 slugging percentage through April 11. What’s even more of a feat is the fact that the 26-year-old had very little help around him. Mullins didn’t have as good a month in the one to follow, with his form at the […]

MD Sports Betting – Next to Legalize?

On November 3, 2020, around 67% of Maryland voters said ‘Yes’ to the legalization of sports wagering. However, the bill had to pass in the Senate and House. In theory, sports wagering is legal in the state, but we still need to wait for some time before its final launch. Let’s take a closer look. What’s the Current Situation With Sports Betting in Maryland? Even though Maryland residents voted to legalize sports wagering, bettors will have to wait until the state legislature defines the tax rate and licensing regulations. Knowing […]

O’s Trade Iglesias to Angels for 2 Young Pitchers

Only a month after Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias called him a “perfect fit for the team”, José Iglesias was traded by the Orioles to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Barely a month before they picked up his $3.5 million option for 2021, he was traded for right-handed pitchers Jean Pinto and Garrett Stallings. Pinto, 19, pitched three games in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. Stallings, 23, was the Angels’ fifth-round pick in 2019 and has yet to pitch professionally. On this occasion, Elias […]

Mahomes’ Record Contract

Understanding The Revolutionary New Contract Of Patrick Mahomes An impeccable sportsman: Patrick Mahomes is known to everyone. A legend in the field, he has several noteworthy achievements to boast of. But now he is not only making history in the field but is also creating ripples in the world of sports by signing a historic contract. A contract like never before: All the glass ceilings of previous sporting events have been shattered by the recent contract extension of Super Bowl MVP with the Kansas City Chiefs to a tune of […]

O’s Pitcher Suggests to MLB, “Let’s Play it Safe!”

Alex Cobb pitching
On March 12, the Orioles had literally to turn around while already on the bus to go to Fort Myers for a spring training game, and go back to the Ed Smith Stadium complex. That was the moment Major League Baseball announced the season would be delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Orioles were planning to stay in Sarasota, but in a matter of hours that changed too and they were to be sent home. Minor league players fared no better, and this is something that could disrupt indiana […]

Once Upon a Time…When “Orioles” Meant Football Too

Kevin Gausman of the Orioles throws a football.
In the beginning was baseball. Did you know that the first American League of Professional Football in the United States was created by… the owners of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs? Yes, the National League. That was a long, long time ago. In 1894, to be precise. Eons before anyone could even dream that there would be anything like online football betting some day, there was already a clear business case for the move: baseball stadiums were empty during the winter, so additional activities were needed. There was […]

O’s & Mets to Play at Naval Academy on March 24

It’s show time! Get ready for the exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets  The date is March 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET, the venue is the campus of the Naval Academy, more precisely the Terwilliger Brothers Field. The Baltimore Orioles have announced they are going to play against the New York Mets in a Major League Baseball exhibition game. But, alas, tickets for the game will not be available to the public. Getting in will be a bit more difficult than getting a promo code for […]

Affordable Speed Sensor For Playing Baseball

In many countries around the world, baseball is a popular sport played by all ages and skill levels. As kids, they start playing T-ball, it’s a variation of baseball where instead of throwing the ball, it is placed on a Tee, so it’ll be easier to hit). T-ball is good for children aged 4 to 5. They then progress on to having the coach pitch the ball, then to player-pitch. Kids then start having their own tournaments like the little league, and as they grow up they’ll have the high […]

Baseball is Around the Bend

Ed Smith Stadium at night.
Just when we thought that Baltimore was going to be the proud new owner of a new Trophy (the Lombardi) the unthinkable happens, the Ravens collapse and lose to the Titans. It seemed like a sure thing … Lamar Jackson and Purple Reign looked unbeatable. But the sports gods can be fickle creatures. So, bring on the MLB season! When we check the MLB Picks at SBR, we see the Baltimore Orioles are super long-shots at +100,000 to win the World Series in 2020. Now, I must say, even though […]

A Look Back, A Look Ahead

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore
Looking back over the last decade, and how the Orioles can improve in the 20s What a long, strange trip the last 10 years have been for the Baltimore Orioles. They started badly, and they ended even worse; but in between, we saw a brief turnaround in Baltimore’s fortunes that many hoped would be a permanent renaissance. You won’t find the Fox bet sportsbook PA offering good odds on the Orioles making a strong comeback in 2020 either. However, the Birds are looking at the long game, and it’s entirely […]

The Beauty of Bench-Clearing Brawls

Jose Bautista and Rougned Odor fight.
For the most part, mass brawls are often a bit hard to watch and the sooner they come to an end the better. There is one exception though, and that is when they take place on the sports field, mainly because everyone knows there is only so much they can get away with if they care at all about not being banned for life from the sport they play. So you are at liberty to encourage the unfolding melee to step it up a notch and get stuck in, safe […]

Can a Poker Mindset Help the O’s Stay Focused?

Mancini’s second season saw him lose focus Photo credit: Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 Now, you may think that this sounds a bit odd and, truth be told, we completely understand why. How on earth can poker or anything related to cards help the Orioles remain focused? Well, the thing is that there are quite a few aspects of poker that could be just the ticket for keeping players in the right frame of mind leading up to a game. Studies by leading neuroscientists discovered that poker continuously builds new […]

What’s Driving the Huge Growth in the Betting Market?

Across the world, an increasing number of people are now placing bets on sporting events and other phenomena. Attracted by offers such as the Golden Nugget online promo code, more and more fans are flocking to online casinos and sportsbooks. From the US and Europe to Asia and beyond, one of the oldest pastimes in the world has been given a new lease of life and is surging forward – a surge largely driven by the ongoing rise and proliferation of digital technology. A brief history People have placed wagers […]

Orioles Season Winding Down

sunset view of oriole park at camden yards
We’re officially into September which means the MLB season is drawing to a close. There’s still plenty of ball left to play with baseball’s biggest prize still up for grabs. The World Series kicks off in October. Brandon Hyde will take his men to Boston at the end of the month where their campaign will finish against the Red Sox. It’s been a season of ups and downs for the Orioles. They’ve experienced the joy of huge wins and the despair of crushing defeats. The team has learned plenty of […]

Draft Spots on the Line When O’s Meet Royals

Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium.
Tonight, your Baltimore Orioles will begin a three-game set in Kansas City. On a grand scale, it may be the most important series the Orioles have left this season. In full-on rebuild mode, the 2019 Orioles are rubbing some fans the wrong way with their play of late. Ironically, it’s been a little too good. Despite Wednesday’s demolition at the hands of Max Scherzer and the Nationals, the O’s have won five of eight, including a recent three-game win streak against playoff-caliber teams Washington and Tampa Bay. They also took […]

Why Online Gambling Gains Popularity

  Like any trend, it starts off slow and quiet before it reaches the masses, and then it grows day by day until it’s too popular to be contained. Online gambling has grown to be such a lucrative business that everyone around the world knows about it now. Take a look below at why everyone loves it so much.   The money gained is too good to ignore It’s true that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, it’s just the way of life. But when it comes to online […]

2019 Orioles Now Shooting for 54.5 Wins

2019 Orioles
The writing was on the wall long ago. Every Orioles fan knew that 2019 was going to be a trying season as the club enters a long, arduous rebuild. But as the All-Star break comes and goes, Baltimore’s position in the standings is even bleaker than most expected. Before accentuating the positives, let’s recap the bad. At roughly the midway point of the year, the Orioles own a league-worst 27-62 record (.303 win percentage) and a -165 run differential. The updated win total projection for Baltimore has been set at […]

Strategies For Betting The O’s

The Baltimore Orioles may not be one of the surest bets in baseball right now, given that they are in one of the league’s toughest divisions and in a bit of a rebuilding phase. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t opportunities throughout the season to bet on the Orioles in positions that could be advantageous to a bettor. Utilizing these strategies to back the O’s in certain spots could help Orioles fans win their wagers on the team more frequently throughout the 2019 season. Betting against the public One […]

Davis Crossed the Boundaries of Baseball & the U.S.

Chris Davis holds his bat.
Nobody probably would have bet, not even on any of the games on the table of an online golden casino, on the fact that Chris Davis would make the headlines even outside the circle of baseball fans and even in Europe, but that’s what’s really going on. The Baltimore Orioles player has articles dedicated everywhere, although perhaps not for reasons of which he’d be proud. Every professional player would like to be remembered for the records he broke, but Chris, when he retires, will hope that everyone will have forgotten […]
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