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Friday Bird Droppings

Not a whole lot going on in the world of the Orioles outside of Tsuyoshi Wada's press conference (if you haven't already, check out Eat More Esskay's live blog). Of course, tomorrow marks the beginning of bowl season with a trio of craptacular contests that would make even the most ardent college football aficionado hurl.

Steve Melewski: Expanding their presence in Venezuela could be big for Orioles The volume of discussion on the front end means we will inevitably be disappointed, right?

Jim Williams: Nationals may be in line for bigger TV deal | Washington Examiner Interesting story to follow, especially with all the questions of potential money issues.

Rock star Jason Isbell is a big Braves fan | Atlanta Braves There is clearly no Orioles content here, but Jason Isbell used to play guitar/sing/write in the Drive By Truckers and I like the Drive By Truckers.

On this day in 2003, the O's inked Miguel Tejada to a 6 year $72 million deal, the largest in club history. In 2008, marking a slight philosophical shift, the Orioles signed Cesar Izturis.

Today is the birthday of Mike Flanagan, Bill "Nuclear Dish" Ripken and Chris Britton.