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Volume 26 No. 227
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Franchise Notes

In DC, John Feinstein writes with the Orioles in "free fall for much of this century and the Ravens consistent winners," Baltimore's color is "purple, through and through." As fans "fill M&T Bank Stadium" to see the 8-2 Ravens, there is "no doubt which uniform has taken over" as the most popular among the city's football fans: Lamar Jackson's No. 8. The second-year QB is not "just the pride of Baltimore; he's the most electric player in the game" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/18).

AT THE DROP OF A HAT: In St. Louis, Derrick Goold noted the Cardinals "officially have a new look to their STL logo," and it is the "most significant, standardized change" in recent memory. The "S" has been balanced, while the "edges of every letter have been softened." Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III: "The logo had all these hard edges, and only in some places. We wanted to soften all of it, make it more consistent." Hats with the new logo went on sale at MLB.com last week (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/16).

GLASS HALF EMPTY: In St. Paul, John Shipley wrote the Wild's Xcel Energy Center is a "less important place than it has been" this season. Heading into the weekend, the Wild had "sold out two of six home games this season, ending a streak of 230 straight." After a "remarkably bad season on and off the ice, it's clear that a fan base impatient to hoist a Stanley Cup has slipped quickly into apathy." The official attendance for Thursday night's game against the Coyotes was 17,079, about a thousand below capacity, but the arena was "not much more than half full" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 11/15).