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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2002
An hour after one of the final practices of training camp, with his teammates long gone and a crowd of nearly 100 people waiting specifically for him, Ravens quarterback Jeff Blake politely made his way over and gave the fans what they wanted. Blake signed autographs, took pictures and hobnobbed. He looked like a man rallying fan support for a team expected to struggle through a much-publicized rebuilding year. Instead, the opposite was occurring, as the fans, one in particular, were rallying for Blake.
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September 19, 2012
Muriel Frances Gerdom was born on Sept. 9, 1912 in Highlands, N.J. She moved to Havre de Grace in 1919. Her family was one of the first families to make the move from Sandy Hook Proving Ground in New Jersey to Aberdeen Proving Ground, where her father worked. She was the oldest of four children that Frank and Carrie Thompson had. Her siblings, Gertrude Daugherty and Leon Thompson, live in Wilmington, Del. Her brother, Francis Thompson, died in 2002. Gerdom was married in 1930, to Earnest Gerdom, who died in 1967.
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By Mike Preston | September 28, 1998
1 The Ravens used the pass to open up the run, springing new starting back Priest Holmes for 173 of the team's 181 rushing yards.2 The Ravens finally got their receivers involved in the offense, with wide-outs Jermaine Lewis and Michael Jackson combining for eight catches and 202 yards.3 The Ravens had five sacks, including two by defensive end Michael McCrary, and often pressured Bengals quarterbacks Neil O'Donnell and Jeff Blake.Pub Date: 9/28/98
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | November 11, 2008
The problem with low expectations is it's easy to lose all perspective. If I had told Ravens fans at the start of the season that their team would finish with a 9-7 record and be fighting for a playoff berth in the final week, they would have wanted to hug me. Now, if I'm prudent and cautious enough to suggest that same outcome, I'm the guy seen as a pessimistic hater. That's OK. I'd rather be wrong than be seen as a homer. And right now, I think the Ravens are most likely to go 3-4 over a brutal seven-game stretch and just miss the 10-win mark.
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By Jamison Hensley | December 30, 2002
Ravens rushing vs. Steelers run defense -- RAVENS -- Running back Jamal Lewis ran over the league's top-ranked rushing defense. He was nearly unstoppable, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. But he finished with only 86 yards rushing because the play-calling limited him to 14 carries. Lewis' only mistake was fumbling at the Steelers' 2-yard line, but the loose ball was recovered by fullback Alan Ricard in the end zone. Ravens passing vs. Steelers pass defense -- STEELERS -- In a three-point loss, quarterback Jeff Blake was intercepted twice in the end zone.
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January 5, 2003
Preston is right on about Ravens' offense I have on occasion taken issue with The Sun's Mike Preston regarding his columns. But when he writes about football, I pay attention. His column of Dec. 29 ["Ravens' offense needs new director"] was a fresh breeze from the stifling and offensive tripe Ravens coach Brian Billick has been propagating and, unfortunately, implementing since his arrival in Baltimore. Preston is to be given high praise for not only taking on Billick's woeful inadequacy as an offensive play-caller, but also backing up his claim with numbers (for instance: a Super Bowl team that goes five games without a touchdown; talk about luck)
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November 7, 1994
Cheers to the pastThe biggest cheers from Houston Oilers fans came at a halftime ceremony when retired guard Mike Munchak had his No. 63 retired. Owner Bud Adams presented him with a recliner to better enjoy his retirement. Munchak is the fourth Oilers player to have his number retired. The others are safety-punter Jim Norton (43), running back Earl Campbell (34) and defensive back Elvin Bethea (65). Munchak earned nine Pro Bowl appearances in his 12-year career.Art Monk updateArt Monk's 5-yard reception in the third period gave the New York Jets receiver at least one catch in 173 straight games.
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March 16, 2003
Playing in high school is privilege, not a right Regarding Mike Preston's column of March 4 ["Big Brother is a big bother in Carroll County high schools"], Preston should be aware of the following: Participation in school sports is a privilege, not a right or an entitlement. Perhaps those student-athletes who might forfeit years of practice and lose scholarship opportunities if suspended from their teams for using drugs or alcohol should consider that possibility before engaging in behavior they know is prohibited.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | December 3, 2002
Ravens coach Brian Billick tied up a couple of high-profile loose ends yesterday, naming Jeff Blake as his starting quarterback for the rest of the season and placing defensive end Michael McCrary on injured reserve. With the Ravens surprisingly still in the playoff hunt, Billick said Blake provides the best chance at winning now and will stick with the 11-year veteran for the final four games of the regular season. Going back to former starter Chris Redman was considered too risky since he has not played in six weeks and has yet to take a hit on his injured back.
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By MIKE PRESTON | October 29, 2002
CONGRATULATIONS, Brian Billick. After 3 1/2 years and seven quarterbacks, the Ravens' coach has finally found the proper way to handle a possible controversy at the position during the season. Whether he did it intentionally or not, that's debatable (he'll say he did because he is a genius). But Billick would have made Bill Clinton proud. In one breath, he said Chris Redman could be his starting quarterback in a couple of weeks. In another, he said it could be Jeff Blake. Brilliant. The old double-talking trick.
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By R. Kinsey Lowe and R. Kinsey Lowe,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 21, 2005
HOLLYWOOD - Jeff Blake, the vice chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, summed it up this way: "The summer did not work out the way we hoped." Although he was talking about his own studio, his statement applied to the rest of Hollywood as well. Summer's not officially over, but much of the industry has written off what is traditionally one of the busiest stretches of the year: Despite a decades-long upward trend, the season's attendance is off about 10 percent from last year, and is at its lowest level since 2000.
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By Bob Romantic and Bob Romantic,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 13, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. - Jeff Blake, who often made bets with Ravens defensive backs during practice when he played for Baltimore last year, made another yesterday. He lost - big. Blake threw three interceptions in the Cardinals' 26-18 loss to the Ravens - two to Chris McAlister, including a momentum-turning pick that went for an 83-yard touchdown return in the third quarter. "Me and Jeff had a nice talk," McAlister said. "I won't tell you what we talked about before the game. We had a bet going between he and I, but I won't even try to go collect on him right now."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
Although the Ravens have not ruled out signing a veteran quarterback after selecting Kyle Boller in the first round of the NFL draft, bringing in one any time soon is not in the team's plans. Ravens officials are content to enter next month's minicamp with Boller, starter Chris Redman and Anthony Wright as the top three at that position. Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Shane Matthews and Miami Dolphins backup Ray Lucas were released by their respective teams Monday, but it is unlikely the Ravens will entertain either player until June, if at all. Matthews, a nine-year veteran, was the Week 1 starter for the Washington Redskins last year but was benched twice during the season by coach Steve Spurrier.
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March 16, 2003
Playing in high school is privilege, not a right Regarding Mike Preston's column of March 4 ["Big Brother is a big bother in Carroll County high schools"], Preston should be aware of the following: Participation in school sports is a privilege, not a right or an entitlement. Perhaps those student-athletes who might forfeit years of practice and lose scholarship opportunities if suspended from their teams for using drugs or alcohol should consider that possibility before engaging in behavior they know is prohibited.
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By MIKE PRESTON | March 8, 2003
EVERY TIME Ravens coach Brian Billick goes on a peacekeeping mission, negotiations fall apart. He is no Kofi Annan. Last year at this time, Billick flew to Cleveland to meet with then quarterback Elvis Grbac. Soon afterward, Grbac retired. Last week, Billick flew to Florida to meet with Jeff Blake, and a few days later Blake was visiting the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers. Billick ain't no Henry Kissinger, either. The man must have a sour rap. "I went down there as a show of respect," said Billick.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2003
A day after their annual personnel meeting, the Ravens spoke boldly about a return to the playoffs and hinted at the return of Jeff Blake as their starting quarterback. Although Ravens officials sidestepped questions about their quarterback plans at yesterday's news conference, the most likely scenario being discussed at this point is bringing back Blake as the starter and keeping Chris Redman as the backup. "There are still a lot of variables, [but] I will say this: I have a great deal of confidence in Jeff Blake's ability to win for this club, as I do with a Chris Redman," Ravens coach Brian Billick said.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | November 11, 2008
The problem with low expectations is it's easy to lose all perspective. If I had told Ravens fans at the start of the season that their team would finish with a 9-7 record and be fighting for a playoff berth in the final week, they would have wanted to hug me. Now, if I'm prudent and cautious enough to suggest that same outcome, I'm the guy seen as a pessimistic hater. That's OK. I'd rather be wrong than be seen as a homer. And right now, I think the Ravens are most likely to go 3-4 over a brutal seven-game stretch and just miss the 10-win mark.
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September 19, 2012
Muriel Frances Gerdom was born on Sept. 9, 1912 in Highlands, N.J. She moved to Havre de Grace in 1919. Her family was one of the first families to make the move from Sandy Hook Proving Ground in New Jersey to Aberdeen Proving Ground, where her father worked. She was the oldest of four children that Frank and Carrie Thompson had. Her siblings, Gertrude Daugherty and Leon Thompson, live in Wilmington, Del. Her brother, Francis Thompson, died in 2002. Gerdom was married in 1930, to Earnest Gerdom, who died in 1967.
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January 5, 2003
Preston is right on about Ravens' offense I have on occasion taken issue with The Sun's Mike Preston regarding his columns. But when he writes about football, I pay attention. His column of Dec. 29 ["Ravens' offense needs new director"] was a fresh breeze from the stifling and offensive tripe Ravens coach Brian Billick has been propagating and, unfortunately, implementing since his arrival in Baltimore. Preston is to be given high praise for not only taking on Billick's woeful inadequacy as an offensive play-caller, but also backing up his claim with numbers (for instance: a Super Bowl team that goes five games without a touchdown; talk about luck)
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By Chuck Finder and Chuck Finder,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 2002
PITTSBURGH --Dewayne Washington was expecting a high pass from Jeff Blake -- and that's what he got. The Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback sought a jump ball, and he came down with it on the Ravens' final, fateful offensive play of 2002. "I felt like I had real good coverage on the guy," Washington said after the Steelers' 34-31 triumph yesterday, referring to the double coverage he and safety Lee Flowers displayed in front of 6-foot-3 rookie receiver Randy Hymes. "I was kind of surprised he threw it. I had to go as high as I could to get it, 'cause he likes to throw it up."
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