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By Bill Messenger | October 31, 1993
When I was a kid, nothing except opening Christmas presents held more excitement for me than the Highlandtown Halloween Parade. An endless procession marched, crept or slithered up Eastern Avenue from what was then called City Hospitals to what is still called Patterson Park. There, on a high wooden platform, four masked men passed judgment on the weird gathering below, handing out 10-dollar bills to the kids wearing the most unusual costumes.If those costume parades held a few thrills for me, they held much more for Tony Jacobs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The focus of Monday's Yankees home opener was on shortstop Derek Jeter , who played in his final Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium. The 39-year-old Jeter received a standing ovation in his first at bat and a rousing reception from the home crowd during pregame introductions. He also received praise from Showalter, who was Jeter's first big league manager when Jeter debuted with the Yankees in 1995. "He's somebody who baseball should be proud of," Showalter said.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2004
Kyle Boller and Todd Heap share the same dreams, and like one afternoon last week, the same mind. Relaxing in their hotel room between practices, the most inseparable pair at Ravens training camp came across old highlights of the Denver Broncos on television and quietly took notice of another quarterback-tight end combination. They watched intently what John Elway and Shannon Sharpe were saying on the sideline, what their reactions were on certain plays and what their expressions were when they won a couple of Super Bowls.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | November 10, 2013
Boys will be boys. Strip away the extraneous verbiage and that is what much of the defense of Richie Incognito boils down to. Mr. Incognito, a Miami Dolphins lineman, was booted from the team a few days ago -- perhaps permanently -- for abusive conduct, racist language and bullying behavior toward fellow lineman Jonathan Martin. Mr. Incognito's teammates are firmly on his side. "I don't feel like any hazing or anything like that was going on," Mike Wallace told my colleague, Greg Cote of The Miami Herald.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 11, 2003
Back when he was at Mountain View High School in Mesa, Ariz., Ravens tight end Todd Heap played a game at Sun Devil Stadium for the state football championship. Heap estimated about 25,000 people attended that game, which may be more than attend tomorrow's Arizona Cardinals game against the Ravens. As of Wednesday, 23,506 tickets had been sold. "We probably at least had that many," Heap said. Heap is returning to his home state as a Pro Bowl player, and will play his first game on his college campus of Arizona State since he was the Ravens' first-round pick in the 2001 draft.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,ken.murray@baltsun.com | December 8, 2008
It was the play-acting in Todd Heap that brought out the playmaker last night, when the Ravens showed once more their resourcefulness to get the job done no matter the circumstances. Heap temporarily disappeared from the Redskins' radar on a big fourth-and-one play in the third quarter, only to surface along the left sideline for a 24-yard gain that led to a 32-yard field goal by Matt Stover. The play calls for Heap to fall at the line of scrimmage while play-action takes the defense to the right.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2004
Todd Heap stood at a podium and answered questions about Kyle Boller's stellar game and what that might do for the quarterback's confidence. Could it be, though, that the Ravens tight end, who had a memorable game of his own with two touchdown catches, received a boost as well? "I don't think I needed [it]," Heap said. "I'm comfortable with myself. I know what I can do." What Heap did in the Ravens' 37-14 win over the New York Giants yesterday was look remarkably similar to the Pro Bowl tight end upon which his team has relied heavily the past two years.
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By BRENT JONES and BRENT JONES,SUN REPORTER | December 20, 2005
Ravens tight end Todd Heap became the franchise's leader in receiving yards, surpassing Qadry Ismail in the third quarter of last night's win over the Green Bay Packers with his trademark flair and style. Heap beat Packers safety Mark Roman down the sideline for a 27-yard touchdown, putting the Ravens up 31-3 and punching what could be a ticket to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl at the end of the season. It was the second touchdown catch of the night for Heap, who fought off an early jam from Roman to beat him by a step.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2003
Over the past three seasons, Todd Heap has delivered some of the most picturesque leaping catches in Ravens history. Yesterday, the Pro Bowl tight end was the portrait of frustration. The struggles of the NFL's worst passing game have struck a painful chord with the normally low-key Heap. A passing attack that has underachieved as well as underused Heap has caused several sleepless nights for the three-year veteran. "I just think with the talent we have and the players we have, there's really no reason why we should be in last place in the league in passing," Heap said.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN STAFF | June 15, 2005
As if he were going up for another acrobatic catch, Todd Heap leapt over the competition again yesterday. The two-time Pro Bowl player agreed to a six-year contract extension with the Ravens that makes him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, according to coach Brian Billick. This landmark deal keeps Heap from becoming a free agent at the end of the season and locks him up through the 2011 season. "You put your money where your mouth is." Billick said. "You can talk the rhetoric, but when it comes time for a player's situation to be addressed, you step up and make him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
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Mike Preston | August 12, 2013
The last time the Ravens visited the "trash heap" for a receiver, they traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for Lee Evans in 2011. And now, they've brought in tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Brandon Stokley. We're all familiar with Evans. He played in only nine games and had four catches for 74 yards that season. He failed to secure the late game-winning touchdown pass in the end zone against the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, and eventually replaced the human "Water Buffalo" - quarterback Scott Mitchell - as the biggest name one-year failure in the history of the Ravens.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly first met Orioles manager Buck Showalter 22 years ago as 20-year-old minor leaguer. They were teammates for the Yankees' Double-A team in Nashville. Tonight, they will manage against each other for the first time in the opener of this weekend's interleague series at Camden Yards. Mattingly said he noticed Showalter's ability to gauge talent once Showalter became a coach and eventually managed Mattingly with the Yankees from 1993-95. “You really see it as a manager,” Mattingly said.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
The general rule of thumb in the NFL is that it takes about three years for a wide receiver to develop into an everyday contributor. The same could apply to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Pitta has begun to assert himself as the franchise's tight end of the future. He is tied with wide receiver Torrey Smith for the team lead in touchdown receptions (seven), ranks second in catches (57), and is third in receiving yards (613). With two more regular-season contests remaining, Pitta needs just one more score to break a tie with Todd Heap for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in a single season.
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2012
Over the past few weeks, the dinner conversation sometimes got a little overheated at Jack and Will D'Angelo's Reisterstown home. With Jack playing for Calvert Hall's football team and younger brother Will playing for Loyola's, there wasn't much to agree upon when talk turned to the Turkey Bowl coming up at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday morning. For the 93rd time, Calvert Hall and Loyola will meet on Thanksgiving Day, but this will be the first time that Jack, a senior starting lineman, and Will, a sophomore reserve receiver, square off. Athletes since they were little, both brothers have strong competitive streaks and, of course, that comes out in everything from pick-up basketball games in the driveway to video games in the basement to conversations about the Turkey Bowl at the dinner table.
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By Bob Allen | September 1, 2012
John Tokar, owner of Vintage Restorations Limited, in Union Bridge, started tinkering with British cars in 1969 when he was a teen in Bayonne, N.J., and his uncle sold him a 1959 Hillman Minx for $50. "It needed a clutch, so I got involved in working on it and I never stopped," the 61-year-old New Jersey native recalled, pointing to a framed photo of his office wall of himself and that '59 Hillman. "That car was what got me started, then I went to Triumphs, and now my specialty is MGs, which is mostly what I do these days," he said, pointing to another photo, this one of himself a few years later, a college student standing next to a vintage Triumph Spitfire.
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By Dave Gilmore | August 7, 2012
Shane Butcher is auctioning off "the American Dream," or at least a video game enthusiast version of it. Via one of the most unique eBay listings one can come across, Butcher is selling his chain of three video game stores, called R.U. Game?, his two homes, cars and almost all earthly possessions. The retail chain of the three Florida stores, which deal in new and used games and accessories, is the centerpiece of the listing, which has an asking price of $3.5 million, along with an immediate $10k good faith deposit required of the winning bidder.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | October 23, 2003
When they were teammates, tight end Shannon Sharpe didn't hesitate to remind Todd Heap of his status. "He use to call me rook," said Heap, who was a rookie in Sharpe's last season with the Ravens in 2001. "Now, maybe he'll call me Pro Bowler." Sharpe will reunite for the second straight season with his one-time protege Heap when the Ravens play host to the Broncos on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Heap made his first Pro Bowl last season after leading the Ravens with 69 receptions for 836 yards.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 10, 2002
After reviewing Todd Heap's first game as the Ravens' No. 1 tight end, coach Brian Billick compared his importance to the team to that of running back Jamal Lewis. "[Heap] is a guy that we have to stay involved in the offense, as does Jamal," Billick said. "Jamal has to have more than 19 carries, and Todd needs to have at minimum five catches a game." Heap hit his minimum in Sunday's 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers, but he netted just 20 yards. Despite the low yardage total, Billick raved about Heap's performance.
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Thomas F. Schaller | July 10, 2012
Supposedly, an estimated 10 percent of Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower. Not surprisingly, former President George W. Bush - son of a president, grandson of a U.S. senator, first offspring produced by the marriage of the blueblooded Bush and Walker families - is a Mayflower descendant. President Barack Obama's roots go almost that deep: He is a descendant of Thomas Blossom, who arrived in Plymouth Colony less than a decade after the Mayflower landed. America's two most recent presidents are distant cousins.
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By Dave Gilmore | March 12, 2012
News Roundup •••• Developers "borrowing" concepts from other mobile games (i.e. straight-up copying) is becoming all too common a practice. On an unrelated note, you should all hit the App Store and check out my new game, "Plants vs. Angry Zombie Birds. " [ New York Times ] •••• Gamers are petitioning "Mass Effect 3" developers BioWare to create a new, better ending for the smash hit game. People, the game just came out on Tuesday, and we lost an hour this weekend because of daylight savings.
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