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A full plate for local sports fans

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If you are suffering from post-NFL letdown and are depressed until the start of spring training and March Madness, there are a number of unique events going in the area for fans that have nothing to do with games.

Tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 9 p.m., Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore will host “An Evening With Cal and Eddie,” which will include a “fireside chat” with Orioles Hall of Famers Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray. This is a heavy hitter event, at $500 a ticket.

Tomorrow (Thursday), former Washington Redskin great Gary Clark will host a reunion party for the Redskins team that won Super Bowl XXVI, starting at 8 p.m. at Velocity Five restaurant in Falls Church, Va. Other Redskins from that championship team will be on hand.

Friday, back in in Baltimore, the Babe Ruth Museum will celebrate the 114th birthday on the Bambino at “Babe’s Birthday Bash” at Sports Legends Museum from 5 to 9 p.m. Oriole third baseman Melvin Mora will be honored with the 2009 Babe Ruth Community Service Award, and other local sports figures scheduled to attend include Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen, former Orioles Joe Orsulak and Larry Sheets, and former Baltimore Colts Rick Volk and Toni Linhart.

On Saturday night, one of the most unique boxing events in the area will take place when the second Annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic will take place at the Westin Washington City Center Hotel. Amateur boxers from Northern Ireland will face Washington area fighters in a charity program to raise money for at-risk youths from participating boxing gyms. The program starts at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.belfastbeltwayboxingclassic.org.

Plus, for the next five days, you have the Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center, which will feature appearances by Redskin Hall of Famer Darrell Green and quarterback Jason Campbell, among other athletes.

For what is a lean time of year for sports fans, that’s a pretty full plate.

Radio

I will be on The Sports Reporters on ESPN 980 AM on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m.

To learn more about Thom Loverro, go to www.thomloverro.com

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