4.13.2004

Sorry for the lack of content

I've been busy with awful, stupid work, and also working on starting up a new blog project.

I have a meeting on Thursday morning with my project's uber-boss, who is apparently unhappy with our progress. I'm sure I'll be in a great mood after that. This place always puts me in such great spirits! Now, how can I get them to fire me?

4.09.2004

Oh, here we go

You know I like baseball, but paying for the stadium with all public funds is not the best idea. Especially knowing what went down in Milwaukee with Miller Park, where the attendance has dropped to half capacity and the team remains uncompetitive, despite promising that a new park would lead to better teams.

And knowing that D.C. could probably better use the funds for, like, hospitals, schools, fixing the roads, adding light rail, etc. and so on... yeah. Fully-funded public stadium bad.

Mayor Tony: please do not bargain with Bud Selig and Major League Baseball. You want no part of that.

4.07.2004

It's on, like a plate of neck bones

Two gentlemen, one from New York City and one from D.C., have decided to take a trip down Trash Talk Blvd. Their respective cities face off in the squared circle at NYC-DC.

I'm a NYC fan. Don't know if I could live there, but my honeymoon there was perfect, and I'm excited to be going up there in a couple weekends for a wedding. (Strand visit and Mets tickets already lined up.)

(Link via the Oc.)

I got nothin'

Absolutely nothing is going on in my life. I blame work. Also, I'm boring.

I need to go be social Friday night. Maybe go out for dinner someplace unsuburban, then go someplace where I can get a drink and relax, without having to dress up. Where should I go?

4.05.2004

There is no escape

When you take miserable, crowded BWI airport, and add a security breach that requires the evacuation of one of the terminals, it's a recipe for hilarity.

Meanwhile, a potentially dangerous Molotov backpack was defused at Union Station.

Baseball is like Eamon

MLB's all like, "____ you Washington, I don't want you back." (And then Washington rebuts like Frankee and is all, "Your game was wack" anyway. Ahem, end hip-hop interlude...)

I'm a huge fan of the game. I've got three composition books at home full of homemade box scores dating back to 1991, when I would go to Great Falls (Mont.) Dodgers games in the summer while visiting my dad. When I moved to Atlanta, I became something of a regular at Braves games, even working for their fan magazine as a writer and assistant editor for a time.

And yeah, you can argue that baseball is too slow or boring to be interesting. But one of the reasons I like it so much is because of its leisurely pace, which is perfect for summer. There may be no better feeling than sitting in a stadium on a warm June night, watching a game unfolding while working through a big bag of peanuts and a soda. For me, nothing is more simultaneously relaxing and engaging than watching baseball. It's a celebration of everything summer should be: warmth, relaxation, camaraderie.

Since those three things are banned in Washington, we don't have a baseball team. (Granted, not for lack of trying.) But as far as the majors go, my interest is starting to wane a bit, primarily because the playing field is so uneven. The NFL works so well because each franchise has relatively the same financial resources to work with, due to revenue sharing and a salary cap. Not so in baseball, where individual teams are responsible for raising their own revenues. This, of course, skews things a bit. Here's last year's payroll chart:

NEW YORK YANKEES $ 152,749,814
NEW YORK METS $ 117,176,429
ATLANTA BRAVES $ 106,243,667
LOS ANGELES DODGERS $ 105,872,620
TEXAS RANGERS $ 103,491,667
[...]
CLEVELAND INDIANS $ 48,584,834
SAN DIEGO PADRES $ 47,928,000
MILWAUKEE BREWERS $ 40,627,000
KANSAS CITY ROYALS $ 40,518,000
TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS $ 19,630,000

The Yankees pay out almost 10 times what Tampa Bay does, because their various revenues are so much higher. Naturally, they're in the playoffs every year and can sign the best free agents, like Alex Rodriguez. For the teams at the bottom of the charts, if they do manage to put a good team together, they can bet that their good players will be signed by the rich teams later on as free agents.

It's an inherently unfair competitive structure, which come to think of it, suits Washington quite well. But the lack of balance makes the regular season predictable, and it's less and less fun to watch, with really no way to fix it. Maybe we shouldn't want any part of that.

On the other hand, minor league baseball manages to retain the fun, the balanced competition, and the affordable ticket pricing that have historically been a part of baseball. So, I would really like to know why Washington doesn't even have a minor league team. Surely a Triple-A team could make its home comfortably in RFK stadium, once the home of the Senators. Surely a few of the millions of people who live around D.C. would be starved enough for baseball that they'd be willing to drop a few bucks to check out tomorrow's stars. Surely some folks would be willing to ditch work for a day game once in a while. Surely some families would welcome the summer diversion... right? I can't imagine why AAA baseball wouldn't be viable here. Not that I have the venture capital to find out, but somebody's got to make some calls about this.

In the meantime, I'm not really satisfied with my options. Frederick, Md. is about an hour away; they have a single-A team. Bowie has, I think, a double-A team to the south (not sure how long it takes to get there). They're both affiliated with the Orioles, who are just not really a convenient option for me to check out on a regular basis, now that I work in MFing Reston (that's my new pet name for it).

For example, Boston is playing Baltimore on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Let's say I had a hankering to go. If I wanted to pick up my wife in Arlington, and then go up around the Beltway, to I-95 and into Baltimore in time for the start of the game, I would need to leave work 20 minutes ago. That's not really going to work for me.

Oh well. Another year sans baseball.

P.S... go Yellow Jackets.

See also "Hubris, destroyed by"

WASA is asking for a 5 percent rate increase. That lead ain't gonna pay for itself!

I'm back

But out of the loop, as usual. I have no idea what's going on in this town right now. But I do know you should be reading John Gorenfeld's blog about Sun Moon, who looks quite smashing in this modest ceremonial garb:

3.31.2004

Sweet home

I'm going to be in Chicago this weekend for a wedding. Be back Monday.

Last time I went to Chicago, I almost stayed because it was so much more awesomer than Washington.

Um, so if you never hear from me again... I stayed.

Isn't there an audience?

Air America Radio, the liberal talk radio network, is not being carried in Washington. But you can pick up the streaming audio feed from its Portland affiliate.

It's a shame this isn't being broadcast here. A liberal radio network finally gets set up, gets some sardonic and funny people to host, and apparently there's not even enough bandwidth on the AM dial in Washington to carry them. I'm pretty sure the demand is there; at least, I really wanted to listen to the debut episode of the hilariously named "The O'Franken Factor," primarily because, if I want to listen to syndicated political discussion on D.C. radio, these are my choices:

Laura Ingraham
G. Gordon Liddy
Glenn Beck
Michael "You should get AIDS and die" Savage
Jim Bohannon
Michael Graham
Rush Limbaugh
Sean Hannity

So, yeah. The ones I recognize are all conservative. A lot. (What's worse: listening to Michael Savage, or listening to "Here Without You" by Three Doors Down for the umpteen zillionth fucking time? Tough call.)

You would think there might be an audience for a liberal talker here in politics central, but apparently it's not enough to overcome the bandwidth problem, for now.

Speed tax

The speeding cameras near Galludet University in Northeast D.C. are officially in play. In the first 48 hours of enforcement, 788 drivers were caught speeding, bringing in a total of $23,000 in impossible-to-fight fines. More cameras are coming.

Glad I'm not trying to date in D.C.

Funny post at Frolic referencing a Post story on bland lawyers getting hooked up with each other.

I'd really like to here more from people who have tried dating in Washington, since I have no perspective on the subject.

Like nothing else

Hummer

I saw a Hummer driver filling his tank the other night in Fairfax as I pulled up to the pump next to him. He continued to fill his tank as I filled mine. And as I paid for mine. And as I drove off. I noticed he was up over $50 by then.

Really... is this kind of vehicle really necessary in an urban or suburban area? Or, for that matter, anywhere you can drive on roads (for example, the entire country)? How many times in your life are you really going to need a vehicle that does this:

Hummer goes swimming

I love the outdoors and everything, but I never once have wished I could drive through a stream in my car. (Ah, streams; they're nature's axle grease remover.)

I really can't think of any civilian applications for this vehicle, unless the Hummer has the ability to have Meeno Peluce drive it back in time and hook up with the Lewis and Clark expedition, to make their lives a little easier, maybe get poor Sacajawea off her feet.

As it is, without the time travel ability, the H2 weighs over four tons, gets 10 miles-per-gallon city and 12 highway, and holds a whopping 32 gallons of pure, precious gasoline.

In a completely unrelated story, everybody's in a panic today over rising gas prices due to OPEC cutting production.

(NOTE: To learn more about Lewis and Clark, take a voyage down to your local library. It's all in books!)

3.30.2004

Puritans rock!

I had heard that Fairfax County had nixed a showing of the film musical 1776 in a middle school class due to sexual innuendo, but I didn't realize until now exactly how ridiculous that is. Here's the scandalous verbal exchange in question:

Jefferson is balking at staying in Philadelphia to write the declaration and protests to Adams: "I've not seen my wife in six months."

Adams responds, "You write 10 times better than any man in Congress, including me. For a man of only 33 years, you possess a happy talent for composition and a remarkable felicity of expression. Now, will you be a patriot . . . or a lover?"

Jefferson, clearly preferring the latter, says he "burns" for his wife, at home in Virginia.
That's it?

That's it.

If Jefferson had said: "Now if you'll excuse me, I find the need for a booty call to be self-evident!" Then, maybe I could understand. Or if Jefferson had said, "Mr. Adams, I must get me some slave love! Do not deny me hot chocolate! I must go jism into a black lady!" That, I could see why there's a problem.

But this? This seems kinda tame.

Don't let the door hit your Fatherly ass on the way out of the country

John Gorenfeld reports that Rev. Sun Moon, owner of your Washington Times, is leaving the country. He had this to say in his latest speech:

The reality is, if America doesn't follow heavenly ideals, it will perish. Homo marriage abuses blood lineage. Step-parents enjoy each other but no lineage, cannot give True Love. America will perish.
It's a pretty good indicator of how Washington works, that this fanatical cult leader can spew hate speech like this, and still garner active support from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, due to his astounding wealth and the fact that he's willing to publish an ultra-conservative daily paper here.

Don't get me wrong. If I was a billionaire, I'd probably publish a newspaper and give away tens of thousands to influence lawmakers too. But I'm pretty sure I'm not half as insane as Moon, and I'm certainly don't have plans to crown myself the new Messiah anytime soon. (Although that sounds more and more attractive every day.)

P.S. Sunny, can't you take Jen Waters with you? Reading her columns is like having teeth pulled.

P.P.S. (I'm kausfiles all of a sudden): John Gorenfeld's blog is one of my new favorite reads; he's really on top of Moon's sketchy activities.

P.P.P.S. More commentary here.

3.29.2004

CONFORM

Independent forms of personal expression shall be discouraged.

In D.C. Area, It's the Day Of the Cicada

The frighteningly named "Brood X" is coming to town... with a vengeance. Because my crappy apartment doesn't already have enough bugs.

Sounds even worse than the usual summer tsetse flies.

Happy bloggiversary

Wow, I've been blogging for a whole stupid year.

I'm still not over the time Slate linked to D.C. Blows instead of me.

INS1PID: Personalized Virginia license plates I have hated (part 11 in a series)

Today's special: Self-reflexivity (i.e. "Look what I'm driving!")
On a Mazda RXZ: RXZILR8
On a blue car: CAR BLUE
On a red car: REDDD
On another Mazda: ZOOM ZMM (i.e. Mazda's advertising slogan)
On a black Ford Expedition: BLKEXPO

3.26.2004

Agenda for today

Ahh, 72 degrees. Let's go with:

  • Ditch work early (sayonara, Reston MFers)
  • Have lunch in Georgetown with my lovely wife, preferably outside
  • Bike down Mt. Vernon Trail, ogle Georgetown co-eds
  • Hit local bar; imbibe; root for Xavier, Georgia Tech
  • 3.25.2004

    That's Our Bush

    Bush put on a slide show, calling it the "White House Election-Year Album" at the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association 60th annual dinner, showing himself and his staff in some decidedly unflattering poses.

    There was Bush looking under furniture in a fruitless, frustrating search. "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere," he said.
    Oh, ha ha! Good one!

    Zing!

    Hm? Too soon?

    Got Item!

    Nintendo has put out a bookmark promoting its Gamecube party game, Mario Party 5. It reads:

    "Taxes? Yawn. Foreign policy? Bigger Yawn. Forget politics and join the party with Mario Party 5. Over 60 mini-games make the party all fun and no politics. . . . Mario Party. Luigi for Vice President.
    Oh, I am so on board with that! Of course, a Takoma Park Elementary parent who discovered the bookmark in possession of her daughter insists on being a party pooper (second item down):

    Bethany Karn, whose daughter Sonya, 7, is a second-grader at the school, was not amused. "Aside from the annoyance of having still more advertising thrown at my children -- this time in the guise of an educational bookmark -- I found the message a little shocking," she told us. "But then again, I'm probably just one of the 'old people' who still think politics is important."
    Shocking? Really? (Um, can seven-year-olds vote now?)

    This is the absolute right message to be sending our children. Politics is crap (and, honestly, seems to consist mostly of seven-year-olds screaming at each other). Video games are awesome. Especially Mario Party. I mean, look at this:



    Adorable! I'm switching my affiliation, post haste! Forthwith!

    3.24.2004

    D.C.'s Anti-Poverty Agency Is Under Federal Scrutiny

    They steal from the poor, and give to themselves...

    Among the issues raised were UPO's impending purchase of a $200,000 pleasure fishing boat; questions about a $500,000 contract paid to a Medicaid consultant; a trip to Hawaii in December by board and staff members; and $14,000 a month in cellular telephone charges by staff members.
    OK, go stand in the corner with the United Way guys.

    I have GOT to start a cult

    Lots of attention being paid lately to Rev. Sun Moon, or as I call him, "Mr. Crazy Pants," the cult leader-slash-owner of the Washington Times. Jokes about holy handkerchiefs notwithstanding, I still can't believe that members of Congress actively support this whackjob, who earlier this year plugged his role as Messiah by stating:

    There will be a purge on God's orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows. Gays will be eliminated, the 3 Israels [Christianity, Judaism, Islam] will unite. If not then they will be burned. We do not know what kind of world God will bring but this is what happens. It will be greater than the communist purge but at God's orders.
    My previous rant on the subject is here.

    Uh-oh, somebody's been a-Googling!

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. You may recall a young man named "Oba Opesanmi", who had this to say during the, ahem, "student gathering" following Maryland's ACC title win:

    "I've never been to a riot before, and I wanted to get in on the action," said Oba Opesanmi, a freshman wearing only gym shorts and socks who had just posed triumphantly in front of the line of stern-faced police officers. "We killed Duke."
    And then I said:

    Somebody ship this kid off to Haiti. Please.
    The implication being that, with all the political unrest and whatnot going on in Haiti, I'd like him to see him dropped in the middle of some of the real ultraviolence, rather than this fake-ass student riot, so that maybe he's not actively wishing for it.

    Apparently, Mr. Oba used a high-tech Yahoo search to uncover all the web commentary about his quote in the paper. He posted this using the comment feature, although somehow not in the thread containing his quote. So while I don't know where the actual comment is in the blog, it is showing up in my little Haloscan master control program. His rebuttal as follows:

    just wanted to let u know, that if u were any more ignorant, that the "riot" as u call it was merely just a friendly gathering of several students. no one was harmed, no one was arrested and no one got into trouble. plus, the newspaper misquoted me; i had on a t-shirt, shorts AND sneakers (suprised?) oh and one more thing: im not from haiti. do your homework! ignorant bigot.
    All I can say is, OMG... WTF... LOL. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Maryland class of 2007.

    Again, I don't know where to begin. The fact that this was merely a "friendly gathering" of students, despite the fact that police were suited up in riot gear? The idea that somehow the newspaper misquoted which clothes he was wearing? The fact that he thinks I think he's from Haiti?

    Also, is it really that hard to type out all three letters in "you"? I'm sure he used the extra 1.7 seconds he saved doing that on something useful, like studying.

    (Note to Oba: that's called "sarcasm.")

    I feel justified

    In a survey of cities by AOL Travel and Travel and Leisure called "America's Favorite Cities", Washington was ranked 25th by both visitors and residents in the People category.

    That's 25th out of 25.



    Ugly, unfriendly, and lacking style! BOO-YAH! It's the unpleasantness trifecta!

    You can click the image for more info and other categories. Washington also finished last in the Romance category, but did finish first in Sightseeing because of all those monuments.

    The thing is, though, that monuments just kind of sit there. They don't really serve any other function, or do anything for us. The Washington Monument is just a big phallic hunk of mismatched marble. Giant Abe Lincoln is never going to jump out of his chair and start fighting invading UFOs. (Unless the Robo-Lincolnization Act of 2016 makes it through Congress, as per my plans.)

    3.22.2004

    Carpal tunnel syndrome, here I come!

    My mouse hand is starting to hurt. Turns out that working on a conference room table all day is not all that ergonomic.

    Whee, I have arthritis at age 28.

    Why I got out of journalism: a not-really-on-topic rant

    What would it have been like if I had pursued becoming a journalist?

    I wonder about that sometimes, in these days of annoying bosses and boring technical work. I worked on the newspaper in college for four years, as a reporter/editor for most of that and a designer the rest of the time. I thought about making a career out of that, as hard as that would be; in the newspaper business, you really have to pay your dues in smaller towns for years, making very little money, before making any career headway. Plus, the more reporting I did, the more I realized that I was less and less interested in digging up stories and interviewing people, which you kinda have to do to be a good reporter. (Of course, I still write mostly in AP style, which is almost a subconscious decision at this point.)

    But that wasn't the only reason. I could tell, about seven or eight years ago, that media in general was becoming more and more consolidated. New deregulation allowed companies to own multiple radio and TV stations in one market, and the advent of the Internet and 24-hour news on cable was starting to cut into newspapers' subscription rates, causing many two-newspaper towns to become one-newspaper towns, and resulting in a few companies snapping up ownership of more and more papers.

    And consolidation of the news media, in my opinion, is very bad for the public. Journalism works best when there's competition. Just like any other business, if one company is putting out a better product, you would expect that product to prevail in the marketplace. When there's only one company putting out a product, that company has no motivation to improve the product or ensure that it's as good as it can be. If the product is crappy, but people need it anyway, they have nowhere else to go.

    This is especially dangerous with news media, which is at its best when its providing a public service to people through factual reporting of the news. Last week, USA Today revealed that one of its star reporters has been making up stories for the past 10 years. Now, I can stop reading USA Today (not like I ever really did, except for its great football coverage). If their reporters are going to print falsehoods, there's no reason for me or anyone else to trust them. But even if a lot of people stop buying the paper, market forces are not going to drive McLean-based owner Gannett out of the journalism business, or even out of profitability. Look at the company's holdings: 101 daily newspapers in the USA; 17 daily papers in the UK; 22 TV stations covering 17.8 percent of the country. Gannet can repeatedly print fabricated stories like this:

    The evidence strongly contradicted Kelley?s published accounts that he spent a night with Egyptian terrorists in 1997; met a vigilante Jewish settler named Avi Shapiro in 2001; watched a Pakistani student unfold a picture of the Sears Tower and say, "This one is mine," in 2001; visited a suspected terrorist crossing point on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border in 2002; interviewed the daughter of an Iraqi general in 2003; or went on a high-speed hunt for Osama bin Laden in 2003.
    ...and get away with it, because they're rich, beeyotch. Same goes for the New York Times Company and its famous plagiarizer, U. of Maryland alum Jayson Blair: 19 newspapers, eight TV stations, two radio stations, 40 web sites, and annual revenues of $3.2 billion. They're not going anywhere, no matter how many questionable reporting decisions they make.

    This other big problem is that these big media congolomerates tend to depend on profit above all else, which means redundant news people are fired when their empolyers are acquired. When Clear Channel can buy seemingly every radio station in town, it doesn't have to employ a news staff at all (or any?) of them. The result is that the public gets screwed. When authorities need a radio station to alert us to a disaster over the airwaves, Clear Channel is not necessarily going to be on call.

    So that's one of the big reasons I got out. I'm thankful for blogs; the good ones have replaced some of the public service that Big Media no longer provides, taking over the "watchdog" role in a lot of cases. Too bad the media corportations still have a much bigger audience.

    I drove all niiiiiiiight

    A Virginia company has submitted a proposal to develop "HOT" lanes, in which drivers can buy their way out of heavy traffic at a rate of about 15 cents a mile. No word on whether the remaining free roads will now be known as "Hispanic" lanes.

    Meanwhile, my money goes to Richmond and doesn't come back, as transportation funding gets axed again. "If two lanes is good enough fer Roanoke, dag nabbit, it's good enough fer you!"

    Lead information fair today

    I hope they have rides.

    3.19.2004

    This is why I hate politics

    Watch this video from Dennis Miller Live. Whenever I talk about politics, I always feel like the guy being interviewed.

    3.18.2004

    Red Line Mania

    When Pierre L'Enfant foolishly designed exploding manholes into D.C., he apparently also slipped in a spontaneously combustive Metro electrical rail cable box. Thus, single tracking and no-tracking on the Red Line for a while, and a lot of people chose to walk the rest of the way.

    3.17.2004

    Police Break Up D.C.'s Largest PCP Ring

    The story doesn't say it, but I'm almost positive Cleopatra Jones had something to do with this.

    3.16.2004

    D.C. Lead Issue Was Debated for Months

    Yeah, the regional EPA office knew about lead in the water back in November 2002. They swear they sent an e-mail. (If the D.C. Department of Health got it, they didn't do anything to address the problem or alert the public.) The closest you'll get to an apology is:

    "We were dealing with it as a compliance issue," acknowledged Jonathan Capacasa, director of water quality for EPA Region III. "In hindsight, we missed some opportunities . . . to engage earlier."

    [...]

    "In fairness, the best minds were trying to make the best decisions at the time," Capacasa said. "We're all working feverishly now to solve the problem and correct it."
    Yeah, the buck stops sort of nowhere. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people have been drinking lead for the past several years. And not because it goes down smooth and easy.

    Hey, here's an idea for the people at EPA, WASA, and D.C. Department of Health: DO YOUR MOTHERFUCKING JOBS. EPA: your job is ensuring our environment is not killing us. DOH: your job is protecting people's health. WASA: your job is making sure the water is not lethal and/or making us retarded. SO COULD YOU GUYS PLEASE MAYBE START DOING THAT? Thanks, that would be great.

    Lazy-ass fuckers.

    3.15.2004

    Lead Zeppelin

    As you might expect, D.C. has tackled the lead-in-the-water problem with top-notch leadership in a time of crisis, good communication with residents to educate them about the dangers, and a well-coordinated effort to solve the problem.

    Ha ha, Ides of March Fools!

    Trashiest. Fans. Ever.

    Apparently, Maryland beat Duke yesterday to win the ACC basketball title. And, as we all know, the only appropriate celebration of Maryland's athletic accomplishments is to booze up and riot. Congratulations, Maryland, on likening yourselves to West Virginia.

    Actually, it wasn't that bad compared to the past. Just some bonfires lit, and street signs torn down, and people jumping on cars. But hearing these trashy Maryland fans attempt to justify their actions to the press is still the best part. Twenty years from now, I want these kids to Google themselves, find these quotes, and say, "My God. I was stupid back then."

    "I've never been to a riot before, and I wanted to get in on the action," said Oba Opesanmi, a freshman wearing only gym shorts and socks who had just posed triumphantly in front of the line of stern-faced police officers. "We killed Duke."
    Somebody ship this kid off to Haiti. Please.

    "My parents went through this kind of thing with protests of Vietnam," said Jason Zarro, a sophomore computer science major. "Even though this is not of the same magnitude, it will be part of my history."
    I have so many issues with this statement, I don't know where to begin. What bothers me more? Is it the fact that this douche thinks that protesting Vietnam is akin to boozy college kids celebrating a basketball win? Is it that he thinks that following the alpha-male herd mentality of destruction is one of the most important moments in his life? Is it that his generation has its own pointless Asian war-slash-quagmire that he could be protesting, instead of ripping up town in the name of a basketball win?

    Kids, this is for your own good: you're both uber-retarded.

    Here are some more classic quotes:

    "We were just following people," said Lydia Morrison, a freshman general business and management major. "I'm just embarrassed for the SWAT team because nobody paid any attention to them."

    [...]

    "I was like, 'Wow, that's a van. I gotta jump on it,'" said sophomore journalism major Clyde Ireland.

    [...]

    Margarita Morales, an accountant in the university's Office of the Comptroller, snapped photos of her 8-year-old son, Ricardo, in front of the phalanx of riot police armed with nightsticks and pellet guns.

    "We are always with Maryland. We love the Terrapin team," she said. "When we won the championship [in 2002] we came down to the street. I'm used to it because I'm from Colombia, and that's how we celebrate the games."

    [...]

    The crowd booed Prince George's County firefighters and yelled "Assholes!" as the firefighters extinguished one of the two major bonfires in the middle of Route 1.

    [...]

    Kyle Klapac, 17, a city resident who said he goes to an area private school and lives on Harvard Road, ran to Route 1 with several friends after the game.

    "It's fun. We're joining the crowd," he said.

    Klapac's friend, Lisa McAllister, 16, a junior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, said she was in the city during the 2002 championship riots.

    "There were more fires last time," she said.

    McAllister and Klapac said city damage didn't seem to be much of a problem.

    "I don't care," McAllister said. "It can be fixed."

    "We don't pay for it," Klapac said.
    Ah, fantastic. I believe the children are our future.

    P.S. Go Yellow Jackets.