LeBron Brings His Talent to Baltimore

Last night, Baltimoreans received a rare treat: NBA Basketball.  Well, it wasn’t quite an NBA game, but rather NBA players taking part in a charity pro-am game at Morgan State University.   The Melo League played the Goodman League before a capacity crowd of 4,500 at Edward P. Hurt Gymnasium.  The game featured NBA Stars LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Josh Selby, Jarrett Jack, Gary Neal and Baltimore’s own Carmelo Anthony.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at St. Frances Academy, but with more stars committing to play and the demand for tickets growing, organizers had to find a bigger venue fast. Kurk Lee, the former Towson State basketball standout, is the athletic director for the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center and organizer of the Melo League.  He put the word out that the charity pro-am was looking for a bigger home.  Morgan State answered the call.  Floyd Taliaferro, director of student activities at Morgan, said the event landed on his lap at noon on Monday.  After getting the OK from the school president, Taliaferro had the task of getting the entire campus community on board.

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Revvin’, Rockin’, and Rollin’: Around the Track and the Quake

One of the most memorable quotes from Forest Gump is when his mother tells him, “Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you are gonna get.”  What’dya know? Momma is always right!

After fulfilling the usual morning tasks- checking emails, voicemails, and making calls- we decided to check out the newest edifice that was installed for the Baltimore Grand Prix.  Yellow pedestrian bridges have been erected to allow people attending the three-day event to cross the streets during the race.  What turned out to be a small excursion quickly escalated to an entire tour of the 2.1 mile course.  However, the unexpected 45 minute power walk quickly translated into some great pictures of the view around the track.

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