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Domenic A. Vadala, Senior Editor

I’ve been in and around sports since I was a child as a player, coach, and a fan. I consistently led the league in technical fouls when I was a basketball coach, and one famous incident I was tossed out of a game for protecting a player from poor officiating. The Orioles beat the Oakland A’s 4-2 the first time my father took me to Memorial Stadium as a kid, and I was hooked for life. While the “old lady” was far from a thing of beauty, to that point I had never seen grass so green, tasted hot dogs so good, or smelled beer so cold! Since that day many years ago, each time I'm at a ballgame I pay a bit of homage to that eight year old boy sitting in Memorial Stadium with his father. See you at the yard!

Mike Franz, Co-Editor

I am a junior at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, IN. I am majoring in communications with a minor in sports management. Because I am a sports fanatic who does not have too much athletic ability, I became my school's first ever mascot. I am a Baltimore native and a lifelong Orioles fan!! Nothing compares to going to Camden Yards, seeing an Orioles win on a sunny Sunday afternoon, then going to Gino's on Joppa Road after for a Gino's Giant burger. I have Maryland Pride and Orioles Magic pulses through my veins. Let's Go O's!

Steve Katz, Staff Writer

I am a sportsaholic of longstanding. When I watch an Orioles game, one of the first things I do is to find out when the MASN rerun is on, and either tape it or watch the key points again. I can and will multitask, as illustrated when I watch a game while reading and commenting on Twitter and one or more blogs. Journalism major from the University of Maryland and writer/copy editor by trade. Blogger and substitute teacher.

Ryan Romano, Staff Writer

I decided to become an Orioles fan after Buck Showalter led the club to a strong 2010 finish, which means that, yes, I suffered through 2011, and no, I didn't jump on the bandwagon during/after the 2012 run. I'm generally interested in bringing an objective and logical (i.e. sabermetrically-inclined) eye to baseball analysis, which means I find myself frequently disagreeing with Baltimore's front office. Nevertheless, I'm a fan of the Orioles until the day I die; if they continue to play so many stressful games, that day might come sooner than expected.

Jacob Adams, Staff Writer

I graduated last spring with my MFA in creative writing from the University of Baltimore. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I now live in the heart of Baltimore, just a mile or so from Camden Yards. I am a born and raised Orioles fan and was actually born the day the O’s won the World Series (10/16/1983)

Scott Cahoon, Staff Writer

Scott Cahoon is a lifelong O's fan living in Washington, D.C. When not desperately scouring area sports bars for fellow Orioles fans, you can find him at the Yard or on his living room couch yelling at the television. Cahoon is a 2011 graduate of West Virginia University and holds a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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