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By BILL ORDINE | February 23, 2008
The NFL's vehement objection to wagering on its games is well known. And in practice, the league has demonstrated a serious antipathy for gambling in general. For instance, you don't see advertising for casinos - even ones that don't have sports wagering - in NFL stadiums the way you do at baseball parks. But when it comes to something as significant as draft position, the league uses one of the most rudimentary gambling practices - the coin flip. Yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons won a coin flip to draft third overall, beating out the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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By Mike Preston | December 9, 2009
T he Ravens might earn a playoff berth by default, or because there are no more good teams left. Seriously, look at the teams battling for the sixth and final AFC spot: the Jacksonville Jaguars at 7-5 and the Ravens, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, all at 6-6. Do we really have to watch them play anymore? Can't we just flip a coin and get this over with? It's a nasty field that displays inept and downright embarrassing play at times. The Steelers and Ravens used to have intimidating defenses, but neither team has one good shutdown cornerback and both have injured Pro Bowl safeties.
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By EDWARD LEE | September 8, 2008
Baltimore native and Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony brought the gold medal he won as part of the victorious U.S. men's basketball team to M&T Bank Stadium. He said taking part in yesterday's game festivities ranked higher than appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "It's a big deal to be at the Ravens' first game," said Anthony, who wore a No. 15 Ravens jersey and took part in the coin flip. "I never thought I would be here for the coin toss. ... You can't ask for nothing better than that."
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston , mike.preston@baltsun.com | December 9, 2009
The Ravens might earn a playoff berth by default, or because there are no more good teams left. Seriously, look at the teams battling for the sixth and final AFC spot: the Jacksonville Jaguars at 7-5 and the Ravens, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, all at 6-6. Do we really have to watch them play anymore? Can't we just flip a coin and get this over with? It's a nasty field that displays inept and downright embarrassing play at times. The Steelers and Ravens used to have intimidating defenses, but neither team has one good shutdown cornerback and both have injured Pro Bowl safeties.
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By Jamison Hensley | January 1, 2003
The Ravens were informed by league officials that they will pick either 10th or 11th in April's NFL draft. A coin flip - which usually takes place in March - will determine whether the Ravens or the Seattle Seahawks select 10th. The Ravens are one of five teams that finished with a 7-9 mark. Their strength of schedule (opposing teams had a .506 winning percentage) was identical to that of the Seahawks, so the coin flip will serve as the tiebreaker. There is a history with the Ravens and the 10th pick.
NEWS
April 3, 1992
A long-shot letter asking Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his tickets to Monday's Opening Day game at the new Camden Yards stadium paid off for a 10-year-old Annapolis boy."I feel like I've won the lottery," Ben Harrington said as he clutched a folder containing two coveted Orioles tickets at a news conference with the governor yesterday.Ben wrote a letter to the governor last Friday after he heard that Mr. Schaefer was feeling blue and might not go to Opening Day. Mr. Schaefer decided to attend, but he got such a kick out of Ben's letter that he managed to procure a couple of extra tickets for the youngster.
NEWS
April 3, 1992
A long-shot letter asking Gov. William Donald Schaefer for his tickets to Monday's Opening Day game at the new Camden Yards stadium paid off for a 10-year-old Annapolis boy."I feel like I've won the lottery," Ben Harrington said as he clutched a folder containing two coveted Oriole tickets at a news conference with the governor yesterday.Ben wrote a letter to the governor last Friday after he heard that Mr. Schaefer was feeling blue and might not go to Opening Day. Mr. Schaefer decided to attend, but he got such a kick out of Ben's letter that he managed to procure a couple of extra tickets for the youngster.
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December 7, 2007
I saw something yesterday on Deadspin.com, the popular sports blog, that touched a nerve. One of the writers there was opining about the NFL sudden-death overtime system and argued that he preferred the college version, in which teams get equal opportunities to score. Well, NFL OT always has been a pet peeve of mine, too, and I agree it needs to be revamped. However, I'm not fond of the college version, either, where teams blast away starting from just outside the opposing red zone. Too much like Arena Football.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2000
Last night's lottery draw without seedings for the state open tournaments was apparently the last by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association . The MPSSAA has recommended that the top four teams by overall records, not including holiday tournament games, will be seeded in all sports, excluding football, with the remainder of the teams in each 16-team region bracket seeded by the blind draw. The change would go into effect next fall. In football, there is not enough playoff time to include all teams, so qualifying by playoff points will continue.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1999
This one was over before it began. Mount Hebron won seven of the 13 matches by forfeit en route to a 52-12 victory over Howard yesterday.And to make the victory complete, Mount Hebron heavyweight Karl Gryczynski handed Howard's Joey Tortella his first loss of the season in a 3-2 double-overtime decision.Tortella (4-1), who intends to play football in college and is trying to keep his weight up, normally wrestles at 189 pounds.Tortella weighed in at 191 and surprised a lot of people by taking on the 257-pound Gryczynski, who was second in the county last season.
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By FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES | March 23, 2009
Goosen prevails in PGA Transitions GOLF Retief Goosen took an important step toward rejoining the elite in golf yesterday by closing with a 1-under-par 70 in Palm Harbor, Fla., for a one-shot victory in the Transitions Championship, his first PGA Tour win in nearly four years. Goosen had a two-shot lead with three holes to play on the demanding Copperhead Course at Innisbrook when, just like everyone else, he struggled to hang on. The two-time U.S. Open champion, 40, from South Africa barely made it. His 5-foot putt for par on the final hole curled in the side of the cup, giving him a one-stroke victory over Charles Howell III (68)
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By EDWARD LEE | September 8, 2008
Baltimore native and Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony brought the gold medal he won as part of the victorious U.S. men's basketball team to M&T Bank Stadium. He said taking part in yesterday's game festivities ranked higher than appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show. "It's a big deal to be at the Ravens' first game," said Anthony, who wore a No. 15 Ravens jersey and took part in the coin flip. "I never thought I would be here for the coin toss. ... You can't ask for nothing better than that."
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By BILL ORDINE | February 23, 2008
The NFL's vehement objection to wagering on its games is well known. And in practice, the league has demonstrated a serious antipathy for gambling in general. For instance, you don't see advertising for casinos - even ones that don't have sports wagering - in NFL stadiums the way you do at baseball parks. But when it comes to something as significant as draft position, the league uses one of the most rudimentary gambling practices - the coin flip. Yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons won a coin flip to draft third overall, beating out the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs.
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December 7, 2007
I saw something yesterday on Deadspin.com, the popular sports blog, that touched a nerve. One of the writers there was opining about the NFL sudden-death overtime system and argued that he preferred the college version, in which teams get equal opportunities to score. Well, NFL OT always has been a pet peeve of mine, too, and I agree it needs to be revamped. However, I'm not fond of the college version, either, where teams blast away starting from just outside the opposing red zone. Too much like Arena Football.
BUSINESS
By HUMBERTO CRUZ and HUMBERTO CRUZ,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | January 1, 2006
I've never been one for market predictions, and I stand firm that personal-finance journalists have no business making them. Nobody can say for sure whether stocks are going up or down next year or where interest rates are headed. Still, many of my colleagues persist in this useless exercise, even if their results are no better than flipping a coin. But after 15 years of writing this column, I do have a high degree of confidence that a number of things will happen in 2006. These are my predictions - I prefer to call them expectations - for the New Year: Energy stocks, real estate and emerging markets all soared at various times in 2005.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2004
The Old Mill girls soccer team turned an unconventional coin toss yesterday morning into a well-earned Anne Arundel County championship last night. With an early second-half goal from freshman Jennifer Miller - an easy tap-in following a shot from senior Lauren Carrier - and a tireless collective effort, the Patriots upset No. 7 and previously unbeaten South River, 1-0, at Chesapeake High. The Patriots, who won their only other county championship game appearance in 1995, improved to 11-4 overall, while South River fell to 10-1-4.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer | January 11, 1995
Howard had three reasons to be happy after a 26-26 tie yesterday that featured three technical falls, two pins, one major decision, one overtime decision and three one-point decisions.The tie was against defending county champion Hammond (5-3-1 overall, 1-1-1 league).The Lions (3-2-1, 3-0-1) rallied from a 26-16 deficit with two matches remaining.And the Lions tied despite the fact that Chris Poling, ranked fifth in the state, was upset by Hammond's Hansel Henry at 152 pounds."The 152 match was the key to why we didn't win," Howard co-coach Dan Ricker said.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 3, 1991
CHICAGO -- "And now playing point guard for the Chicago Bulls . . . Magic Johnson."No, it's not as crazy as it sounds. But for a wrong call on a coin flip in the 1979 NBA draft, Johnson might be performing for the Bulls in the 1991 championships, and who knows where Michael Jordan would be walking on air?Rod Thorn, now the NBA chief of operations, was Bulls general manager in 1979, when the teams with the two worst records engaged in a coin flip to determine who got the first draft choice.
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By Bo Smolka and Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 12, 2003
For much of the first half of yesterday's 28-21 loss to North Carolina A&T, Morgan State resembled the bad news Bears of old, as a series of miscues - beginning with the coin flip - led to a quick 20-0 deficit. But for about 15 minutes midway through the contest, Morgan looked more like the revived program that upset nationally ranked Bethune-Cookman last week. In the end, though, the Bears (2-4, 1-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) couldn't overcome six turnovers in the loss to the improved Aggies (5-1, 2-0)
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2003
History dictates that, despite a healthy dose of supporters, it may not yet be time to pass the top two proposals to be voted on at the annual NFL owners meeting that runs today through Wednesday in Phoenix. Owners of the 32 NFL teams are expected to vote on a proposal submitted jointly by the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots to expand the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, essentially creating a third wild card in each conference. If that plan were to pass, only the top seed in each conference would receive a first-round bye. Team owners also are expected to vote on a proposal submitted by the Chiefs to alter the overtime format, allowing each team to have at least one possession before the game becomes sudden death.
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