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Flanagan's Death Shrouded In Mystery

By Dave Hughes

The body of Orioles great Mike Flanagan, 59, was found Aug. 24 on the rural property he owned in Baltimore County.

Police were called to a home in the 15000 block of York Road in the Sparks area for a body was found on a pathway outside of Flanagan's home.

Police did not initially confirm Flanagan's identity, but several news media sources and the team did. There were reports the incident was a suicide.

For the past two years, Flanagan was a color analyst for Orioles games on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. He spent more than 30 years with the Orioles as a player, coach, front-office executive and broadcaster.

"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my friend Mike Flanagan earlier this evening," Orioles owner Peter Angelos said, in a statement. "In over a quarter century with the organization, Flanny became an integral part of the Orioles family, for his accomplishments both on and off the field.

"His loss will be felt deeply and profoundly by all of us with the ballclub and by Orioles fans everywhere who admired him."

The police investigation continues.


Comcast SportsNet announced that former NFL players Brad Jackson and Antonio Freeman would serve as analysts for the network's new Baltimore Ravens pregame and postgame shows, "Ravens Kickoff" and "Ravens Postgame Live," which will be hosted by veteran anchor Chris Miller and feature reporting from Brent Harris.

Comcast SportsNet will present the Ravens' official game-day programs throughout the 2011 NFL season as part of its newly-expanded partnership. "Ravens Postgame Live," a 90-minute postgame show, will air following all regular-season and playoff games.

"Ravens Kickoff" will air for a full hour before select games, beginning with the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 11.

Jackson spent four seasons as an NFL linebacker, including three for the Ravens, and helped Baltimore win Super Bowl XXXV.

Freeman, a native of Baltimore who played at Virginia Tech, spent nine seasons in the NFL as a receiver from 1995 to 2003, mostly with Green Bay. He helped the Packers to a championship in Super Bowl XXXI.


Army-Navy has one of college sports' most-storied and most-intense rivalries and Showtime will showcase the teams for a docudrama film titled "A Game Of Honor" that will air in December.

According to Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner, the project is already underway and will end after this year's Army-Navy game on Saturday, Dec. 10, at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C.

Camera crews are following members of the football team from classes to practice and chronicling all aspects of their lives while at Annapolis and West Point.


CBS Radio is hyping a change in the 1-3 p.m. show at Baltimore sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan.

Promos are running for the new "Bob And Rob Show" with Bob Haynie and Rob Long -- starting Aug. 22. Long, formerly with now-defunct Fox 1370, has been hosting the evening "Football Fix" for 105.7.


Down D.C. way, former Channel 5/WTTG sports reporter Lou Holder has been seen freelancing at Channel 4/WRC.

He has been doing a few sports reports at Redskins Training Camp and is also doing Capitals Games on NBC Washington Nonstop, we're told.

Posted Aug. 25, 2011