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By Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
Johnny Holliday, longtime radio voice of the Maryland Terps and current Washington Nationals broadcaster, recalls with fondness his very first conversation with Art Modell.  In 1962, Holliday was a disc jockey spinning records from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cleveland radio station WHK. One day he learned that the Browns' public address announcer had passed away. Thinking he might audition for the job, Holliday called the Browns' main switchboard and asked to speak to Modell, the team's owner.
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September 11, 2014
That the NFL and the Ravens waited for an elevator video to shame them into action regarding Ray Rice's conduct speaks volumes about greed in name of pro football ( "Ravens release Ray Rice after new video surfaces," Sept. 8). The only aspect missing in this ludicrous drama is the voice Art Modell sanctimoniously extolling Mr. Rice's character. However, this is a nation of second-chances, and one fully expects that another NFL team, desperate for a running back, will pick-up Mr. Rice - but only after he's done community service, attended mandatory domestic violence counseling and appeared on Dr. Phil, Oprah and Ellen's shows.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opened up his annual Super Bowl news conference with a tribute to former Ravens owner Art Modell and NFL Films creative force Steve Sabol, both of whom passed away since last year's Super Bowl. “There are two important people who are not here, but very much on our minds," Goodell said. "Art Modell, the legendary former owner of the Ravens, who passed away in September. Art's spirit is certainly here this week, and his name will be on the Ravens jersey on Sunday, as it has all season.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A Cleveland Browns fan who uploaded a video of himself apparently urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell 's grave last month has been charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery, Baltimore County police said. Paul S. Serbu, 61, of the first block of Meadowcrest Dr. in Franklin, Ohio, was issued a criminal summons last month ordering him to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $500 fine. He was identified by police Tuesday.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
Joe Flacco seemed pretty relaxed during his hour before the assembled media, but he got serious in a hurry when a Baltimore reporter asked him whether Art Modell should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The reason [the NFL] is as popular as it is today and guys are making the money is a lot because of what he's done and the vision that he had," Flacco said. “That's my thing. He should be in it, but if he's not in it, what's that say about the Hall of Fame?” Modell is one of 17 finalists for induction this year.
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February 13, 2013
Contrary to Barry Levinson's assertion that former Ravens owner Art Modell made Baltimore's Super Bowl victory possible, Modell was the reason we didn't get an expansion team (" Art Modell 's great gift," Feb. 7). According to former Sun s portswriter John Steadman, Mr. Modell was such a poor business man that he was close to losing the then Cleveland Browns and took our deal to bail himself out. He moved his money-losing team here and wound up selling it for about $800 million.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Former Ravens owner Art Modell  has been hospitalized at Johns Hopkins Hospital  and remains there this morning, confirmed Kevin Byrne, the Ravens' senior vice president of public and community relations. There is no word about his current condition though Modell, 87, has been of fading health. Modell, who retains one percent ownership of the Ravens, bought the Cleveland Browns for $4 million in 1961 and moved them here three decades later, a decision that left him beloved in Baltimore but reviled in Cleveland.
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Kevin Cowherd | September 6, 2012
A couple of years ago, a few days before Art Modell turned 85, the Ravens surprised him with a beautiful cake at lunch in the cafeteria of the Castle in Owings Mills. You haven't lived until you've heard Ozzie Newsome and John Harbaugh and dozens of big, tough football players and coaches and Ravens staffers sing "Happy Birthday. " It wasn't Pavarotti, it wasn't "America's Got Talent," but it was from the heart, all right.  Modell, the Ravens' owner emeritus at the time, was in a terrific mood.
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Mike Preston | September 7, 2012
All the strong qualities that Art Modell brought to the Baltimore Ravens have surfaced. Modell, 87, died Thursday morning of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital , and if the Ravens weren't practicing Friday, it would have been hard to tell that they have a game Monday against the Cincinnati Bengals. It's a somber but celebratory mood over at The Castle. It's sad because a giant of a man is gone, but also a time to share Modell stories. Almost everybody has one. It's one of the main reasons the Modell family and the Ravens agreed to hold a silent viewing and memorial at M & T Bank Stadium on Saturday.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave, a spokeswoman said. “There is a statute on the books that regulates disorderly or indecent conduct in a cemetery,” county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email Wednesday. “They have to look at the video to see if the behavior depicted fits the statute. … Also, Pikesville officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Also,  Pikesville  officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Armacost said the incident would be a misdemeanor crime if pursued.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Baltimore County authorities will charge a man they believe urinated through a catheter onto former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell 's grave. The man will be charged with indecent or disorderly conduct in a cemetery, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $500 fine, the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Per Baltimore County police policy, the man will not be publicly identified until his charge is upheld by a court commissioner.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2014
Baltimore County police believe they have identified the man who videotaped himself urinating on former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell's grave, and prosecutors are reviewing the case with charges possible early next week. Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said Saturday that his office got the police report late Thursday and prosecutors will examine it after the weekend. "We will take a look and see if any laws were violated," Shellenberger said. A man with the username "BrownsFan4Life" posted a video of the incident on YouTube last week.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 24, 2014
Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell's grave, a spokeswoman said. “There is a statute on the books that regulates disorderly or indecent conduct in a cemetery,” county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said in an email Wednesday. “They have to look at the video to see if the behavior depicted fits the statute. … Also, Pikesville officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Also,  Pikesville  officers are reaching out to the cemetery to see if they wish to pursue the matter, if indeed a crime did occur.” Armacost said the incident would be a misdemeanor crime if pursued.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Brian Hoyer grew up rooting for the Cleveland Browns as a young boy, wearing a Bernie Kosar jersey while sitting in the upper deck of old Municipal Stadium with his father. Now Hoyer is the Browns' starting quarterback with starter Brandon Weeden ruled out for the second game in a row because of a sprained right thumb suffered during a loss two weeks ago to the Ravens. These are heady times for Hoyer, a Cleveland St. Ignatius graduate preparing for his second NFL start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
A day before his official Hall of Fame induction, Jonathan Ogden had already had the opportunity to meet Earl Campbell , pose for a picture with Joe Greene and Joe Namath and exchange battle stories with fellow offensive linemen Jackie Slater , Art Shell and Russ Grimm . “I'm having a lot of fun,” said Ogden, who will be officially presented with his gold jacket in a ceremony tonight. “It's busy. I'm doing a lot of talking, which I haven't done in a while.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Jonathan Ogden didn't have to think hard to decide who would introduce him next weekend at his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “Ozzie,” the former Ravens left tackle said Friday, referring to the team's longtime general manager, Ozzie Newsome. “I chose Ozzie because he brought me into Baltimore. I respect him, and we worked well together. … It just made sense to me.” The two mens' legacies are deeply intertwined. Newsome, himself a Hall of Fame player, was still wet behind the ears as an executive when he ran the Ravens' first draft in 1996.
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By Barry Levinson | February 6, 2013
There is joy in Charm City. The Baltimore Ravens are the champions of the football world. Tuesday, upon the Ravens' return from the Super Bowl in New Orleans, hundreds of thousands of fans lined the streets of Baltimore and filled the football stadium. The city was euphoric and the fan base ecstatic. For the second time in this new century, Baltimore's Ravens are the best team in football. And yet, if not for one man, none of this would have been possible. If not for one man, there would be no Ravens football team.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Art Modell did not just play a major role in the sports life of Baltimore. He and his wife Pat were among the region's most generous donors to the city's cultural institutions, including the Lyric Opera House , Walters Art Museum , Baltimore Museum of Art and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. "When Art brought his team to our great city, he brought back to Baltimore the energy and excitement that we had lost years before," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
July 19, 2000: As the Ravens prepare for training camp in Westminster, owner Art Modell predicts the first postseason berth for the fifth-year team. "I think we are a playoff team this year," Modell says. "Once you're in the playoffs, you never know what can happen. " July 20, 1997: Cal Ripken Jr. is tossed from a game for the third time in his career after arguing a called third strike in the second inning of the Orioles' 10-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | June 26, 2013
Brian Billick had been an NFL head coach for all of one season when he learned that his star player, Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis , was arrested following a post 2000 Super Bowl altercation in Atlanta that left two men dead. Lewis was initially charged with two counts of murder but when no concrete evidence emerged linking him to the deaths, the linebacker pled guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in exchange for his testimony against two men - Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting - who were with him the night of the incident.
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