O’Malley puts up Crab Cakes in bet with North Dakota governor

Gov. Martin O’Malley is throwing his support, and some crab cakes, behind the Towson Tigers football team who play in the FCS Championship game Saturday.

O’Malley has offered to send Faidley’s crab cakes  to Bismark for North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple should the North Dakota State University Bisons defeat the Tigers.

Gov. Martin O'Malley

Gov. Martin O’Malley

“There’s nothing more delicious than Maryland crab cakes, and the award-winning ones from Faidley’s are among the best. I would really hate to part with them, but I know I won’t have to, because the Towson Tigers are going to win on Saturday,” O’Malley said in a joint statement issued with the North Dakota governor. “Regardless of the outcome, this game is an excellent opportunity to highlight our great State and the universities in it. On behalf of our State, we wish the Towson Tigers, coach Rob Ambrose — and everyone associated with the NDSU Bison — the best of luck on Saturday. And Governor Dalrymple, we look forward to enjoying pasta for dinner soon.” Continue reading

Them’s fightin’ words to Mikulski

Never let it be said that Sen. Barbara Mikulski isn’t down for a good fight even if it’s just on Twitter about one of her state universities in the upcoming FCS championship game.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland [Photo: Maryland State Archives]

The senior U.S. senator from Maryland is known to pepper her press releases and social media with messages about how she is fighting for this or fighting against that.

Mikulski and Sen. Ben Cardin were called out Thursday afternoon by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The subject: How the Bison of North Dakota State University were going to throw the Towson University Tigers a beating in Frisco, Tx on SaturdayContinue reading

Lawmaker wants input on UMD football schedule

The state of Maryland already spends millions to build and operate stadiums and arenas for sports teams, and now a Prince George’s County delegate and former NFL quarterback wants the state to have a say in who some of the teams play.

Del. Jay Walker‘s “Maryland Football Act” would require, in technical terms, schools in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision to play Football Championship Subdivision schools once every four years. Before you go to Google to decipher the NCAA tiers, it means the University of Maryland would have to play both Towson University and Morgan State at least once every four years.

“It would ensure that Morgan and Towson don’t just play Maryland once in a lifetime,” Walker said. “It would help those schools tremendously.

The games could be played on either team’s home field, or at a neutral site, according to the language of the bill.

“When the NCAA allowed FBS schools to play a 12th game, it was so they could play smaller schools,” Walker said. “Rather than [James Madison University] or [the University of Richmond] coming up and getting their $600,000, the games should stay in the state.”

Maryland played Madison last season and squeaked out a 38-35 win in overtime.