Bo Smolka has been an award-winning sports and travel writer for more than 20 years. He is in his seventh season covering the Baltimore Ravens, first for Comcast SportsNet from 2011-16 and now for Press Box. He had a perfect view of Lee Evans’ dropped pass in the end zone against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in 2011, and the next year was at the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the lights went out.
He has also written travel stories on subjects including Cooperstown, N.Y.; the Dominican Republic, Slovakia, Italy and the Appalachian Trail.
Here is a sampling of recent work covering the Ravens, as well as selected travel stories and essays.
- “Ray Lewis: What a Ride”
- “One last time, Ozzie Newsome leads Ravens draft room”
- “Eric Weddle relies on family, faith and football”
- “Rookie CB Marlon Humphrey already making impact for Ravens”
- “Ravens 2015 draft class needs to step up”
- “Can any current Ravens WRs step up to fill void?”
- “Playoff winners expose Ravens shortcomings”
- “Bisciotti: Draft whiffs have been factor in recent struggles”
- “Ravens decision on Mornhinweg came down to Flacco”
- “A Ravens Game on Christmas? Bah, humbug”
- “Bears fans can make like Urlacher with a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Chicago Tribune
- “The Boys of Winter” Dominican Winter League baseball, the Baltimore Sun
- “In Siena, sound of horses signals a wild, storied ride,” the Baltimore Sun
- “Home Field Advantage: Cooperstown and the baseball Hall of Fame are a winning team” the Baltimore Sun
- “Old World Roots: A traveler finds his heritage at a Big Fat Slovak Wedding,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer
- “Golden days: sleds, arcades and sodas,” the Baltimore Sun
- Appalachian Trail series
- “Leveling The Field,” Bucknell World
- “The college game, especially in March, rules over the NBA,” Annapolis Capital and Sunbury (Pa.) Daily Item
- “Tears of Grief, Tears of Joy,” The Baltimore Sun