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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Good morning and welcome to The Sun's daily online trends column. Every morning we'll try to understand the deranged hive mind that is the Internet and figure out what people are interested in. Formerly an internal memo for just Sun staffers, we've decided to share. So without further ado ... How does it feel to get "Batch Slapped" Baltimore? The Baltimore Ravens are reeling after a heart-breaking loss to the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Steelers' unlikely savior, backup quarterback Charlie Batch ,   is getting much-deserved attention on Google and Twitter this morning.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2012
Good morning and welcome to The Sun's daily online trends column. Every morning we'll try to understand the deranged hive mind that is the Internet and figure out what people are interested in. Formerly an internal memo for just Sun staffers, we've decided to share. So without further ado ... How does it feel to get "Batch Slapped" Baltimore? The Baltimore Ravens are reeling after a heart-breaking loss to the hated Pittsburgh Steelers. And the Steelers' unlikely savior, backup quarterback Charlie Batch ,   is getting much-deserved attention on Google and Twitter this morning.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
It wasn't simply the disgust of watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, their most hated rival, come to their stadium and revive their season while temporarily delaying the Ravens' bid to clinch a playoff spot. That surely hurt but it was the manner in which it happened and what it means going forward that left the Ravens quietly trudging out of their locker room Sunday night, some shell-shocked and searching for answers, others proclaiming that they had just beaten themselves. In a season where the Ravens have consistently found ways to win, regardless of how much they struggled and how bleak things looked, they discovered a deflating way to lose.
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December 2, 2012
How our columnists, reporters and editors viewed the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Ravens: Peter Schmuck, columnist: Let the record show that a banged-up team with a third-string quarterback found a way to keep themselves alive in the playoff hunt and the Ravens found a number of ways to lose for the first time in forever at M&T Bank Stadium. They'll remember this one when they board their first charter flight during the playoffs. Kevin Cowherd, columnist: The Ravens said all week their game against the Steelers would be the usual alley fight, even with Ben Roethlisberger on the sidelines and Charlie Batch under center for Pittsburgh.
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December 28, 2007
CHARLIE BATCH STEELERS QB HT: 6-2 WT: 216 YEAR: 10 vs. ED REED RAVENS S HT: 5-11 WT: 200 YEAR: 6 Don't be fooled by Pittsburgh backup quarterback Charlie Batch. He can play and play well. He has good arm strength and pocket awareness. Like starter Ben Roethlisberger, he can make plays on the run. The last time the Ravens faced Roethlisberger, he beat them with the long ball. With starting cornerbacks Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle out, Batch will go deep also. Reed is the only major weapon left on the back end of the defense.
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September 10, 2000
Time: 4:15 p.m., chs. 45, 5. Line: Redskins by 6. Vs. spread: Redskins 0-1; Lions 1-0. Series: Redskins lead 24-9. Last meeting: Redskins won, 27-13, on Jan. 8 in NFC wild-card game. Outlook: The Redskins didn't look like a championship team last week, although DE Bruce Smith, one of their big-name, big-salaried additions, looked like the Bruce Smith of 1990. What's most impressive are the offensive tackles, rookie Chris Samuels and second-year man Jon Jansen. This might get interesting with QB Charlie Batch returning for the Lions.
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December 5, 1999
Washington (7-4) at Detroit (7-4)Time: 1 p.m., Ch. 5.Line: Lions by 3.Vs. spread: Redskins 5-6; Lions 6-5.Last week: Redskins beat Eagles, 20-17, in OT. Lions beat Bears, 21-17.Series: Redskins lead 24-8.Last meeting: Redskins won, 30-7, on Nov. 9, 1997, at Washington.Outlook: History certainly would favor Washington, which has defeated Detroit 18 consecutive times, including twice in the playoffs. The Redskins' streak of 16 regular-season wins is the third longest in NFL history, just four shy of the record.
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April 30, 2007
On the Ravens' selection of Troy Smith They took a flyer, not a bad move with a late fifth-round pick. I don't know if he'll ever be anything, but at this point, I can't criticize the move. Who cares if he starts as long as he is No. 2. Time to cut ties with [Kyle] Boller. He may be OK as a backup, but no way this guy will ever be good enough to replace [Steve] McNair when he retires. He's too ... short! He reminds me of Charlie Batch. Why they would waste their time on a munchkin is beyond me.
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December 2, 2012
How our columnists, reporters and editors viewed the Steelers' 23-20 win over the Ravens: Peter Schmuck, columnist: Let the record show that a banged-up team with a third-string quarterback found a way to keep themselves alive in the playoff hunt and the Ravens found a number of ways to lose for the first time in forever at M&T Bank Stadium. They'll remember this one when they board their first charter flight during the playoffs. Kevin Cowherd, columnist: The Ravens said all week their game against the Steelers would be the usual alley fight, even with Ben Roethlisberger on the sidelines and Charlie Batch under center for Pittsburgh.
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By Mike Preston | November 30, 2012
I don't see how the Pittsburgh Steelers can beat the Ravens without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In fact, I think one of head coach Mike Tomlin's biggest mistakes in the last couple of seasons has been holding on to Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich as backup quarterbacks. Basically, because of his style of play, you can assume Roethlisberger will miss a couple of games every season because of injuries. So, instead of having two ancient statues as backups, why not have a more mobile quarterback?
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2012
It wasn't simply the disgust of watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, their most hated rival, come to their stadium and revive their season while temporarily delaying the Ravens' bid to clinch a playoff spot. That surely hurt but it was the manner in which it happened and what it means going forward that left the Ravens quietly trudging out of their locker room Sunday night, some shell-shocked and searching for answers, others proclaiming that they had just beaten themselves. In a season where the Ravens have consistently found ways to win, regardless of how much they struggled and how bleak things looked, they discovered a deflating way to lose.
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Mike Preston | December 2, 2012
The Ravens were fortunate that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't play Sunday because the score might have been worse. Much worse. In the past couple of weeks, the Ravens had the football gods smiling down on them, but Sunday they were beaten by a quarterback older than Moses. Some say Charlie Batch was playing in the NFL when there were no facemasks on helmets. There is speculation he has filed for Medicare and Social Security. But Batch, 37, outperformed his much younger and sometimes more talented counterpart Joe Flacco as Pittsburgh upset the Ravens, 23-20, before 71,442 at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Edward Lee | November 30, 2012
When two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dislocated some ribs and sprained his right throwing shoulder in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 12, the offense was forced to turn to a pair of venerable veterans in Byron Leftwich and then Charlie Batch. Another option could have been Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round pick by the Steelers in 2008 who spent four seasons with the team. Pittsburgh could have signed Dixon from the Ravens' practice squad, but no such overture was extended.
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By Mike Preston | November 30, 2012
I don't see how the Pittsburgh Steelers can beat the Ravens without quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. In fact, I think one of head coach Mike Tomlin's biggest mistakes in the last couple of seasons has been holding on to Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich as backup quarterbacks. Basically, because of his style of play, you can assume Roethlisberger will miss a couple of games every season because of injuries. So, instead of having two ancient statues as backups, why not have a more mobile quarterback?
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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 14, 2012
As the Ravens prepare for Sunday's AFC North showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, they don't know if they'll face one of their biggest tormentors or a well-traveled veteran who hasn't started a game since 2009. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed Tuesday that starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, suffered a Sternoclavicular sprain of his right shoulder in Monday night's 16-13 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, and his status is “questionable” for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
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January 14, 2011
Here's a selection of national media predictions for Saturday's Ravens-Steelers matchup: • CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco picks the Ravens to edge the Steelers by a field goal . This will be a survival test as much as a football game. The last time they played in the playoffs -- in the 2008 AFC Championship Game -- it was a brutally nasty game. This will be the same. The Steelers were first in the NFL in points allowed per game and the Ravens were third. That will put a premium on offensive possessions.
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October 30, 1998
BaseballDodgers: Named Jim Tracy bench coach, Phil Favia major-league scout and Jim Benedict minor-league pitching coordinator.Mariners: Signed IF Davide Dallospedale, P Jose Klepaski and IF Brendan Kingman to minor-league contracts.Rockies: Acquired OF Kevin Burford from Padres to complete earlier trade for OF John Vander Wal. Purchased contract of P Roberto Ramirez from Padres.Twins: Agreed to terms with P Hector Carrasco on one-year, $800,000 contract. Signed IF Jon Shave to one-year contract.
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By Edward Lee | November 30, 2012
When two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dislocated some ribs and sprained his right throwing shoulder in the Pittsburgh Steelers' 16-13 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 12, the offense was forced to turn to a pair of venerable veterans in Byron Leftwich and then Charlie Batch. Another option could have been Dennis Dixon, a fifth-round pick by the Steelers in 2008 who spent four seasons with the team. Pittsburgh could have signed Dixon from the Ravens' practice squad, but no such overture was extended.
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By Ron Cook and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 3, 2010
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin had no trouble working up a good case of anger Sunday. "Hacked off," he described himself. Of course, he was. He had just watched his defense blow a four-point lead in the final 68 seconds, saw his offense waste two scoring opportunities after turnovers, watched kicker Jeff Reed miss two field-goal attempts that he normally drills, saw too many of his guys show a disappointing lack of poise and intelligence by taking bad penalties...
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2010
The Ravens caught a big break by missing out on playing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger , who is serving the final game of his four-game suspension. But beating his replacement, Charlie Batch , hasn't been as easy as some would think. Since joining the Steelers in 2002, Batch is 4-1 as their fill-in starter. He is coming off a win at Tampa Bay, where he completed 12 of 17 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. "He's a guy who has won a lot of games, started a lot of games and has so much success," coach John Harbaugh said.
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