Reporting Mark Zinno
Founder and publisher Stan “The Fan” Charles joined Zinno on Last Call to recap a bittersweet weekend for Baltimore football fans and talk some Orioles baseball as well. Charles was in Canton, Ohio for Jonathan Ogden’s enshrinement into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Charles said that it was Ogden’s intelligence that impressed him the most. Ogden spent a great part of his speech just thanking people and the fans in Baltimore.
While Ogden was the first ever Raven to be put in Canton, the first ever Baltimore Colt put in the Hall of Fame was Art Donovan, who passed away at the age of 89 this past Sunday. Charles spoke of getting to know Donovan while he was writing a story about the 50th anniversary of the 1958 NFL Championship Game. Donovan was just a fun loving, normal guy who liked a lot of the simple things, like Schlitz beer, said Charles.
Finally, the conversation turned to the Orioles who are in desperate need of more intensity as of late. Charles said, the team isn’t playing with the hunger that it was earlier in the season. It seemed to have left the team. “They desperately need one of those streaks where they win 15 out of 20,” said Charles. The Birds are on a west coast trip then come back to Baltimore for series against Colorado, Tampa Bay and Oakland.
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