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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2013
Justin Tucker's proposal to his longtime girlfriend Amanda Bass had it all: a stunning view of the Inner Harbor, a performance by famous musicians and a runway flanked by scores of flickering candles. Add in shiny good looks of the Ravens kicker and the soon-to-be Mrs. Tucker, and the photos captured by team photographer Shawn Hubbard look like they could be stills from a season finale of The Bachelor. The couple was finishing dinner at Wit and Wisdom at the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East on Nov. 1 when Tucker slipped away, saying he needed to visit the restroom, according to The Caw blog on Ravens.com.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' win over the Carolina Panthers and other topics about the team. Sure, Steve Smith was the star of Sunday's win over his former team. But I really liked what I saw from Justin Forsett. Last week it was Lorenzo Taliaferro. How long can the Ravens keep up this running back-by-committee approach? -- Eddie R. The Ravens should keep the running back by committee going for the rest of the season. It is working and they do not have a feature back on the roster.
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By Mike Preston | August 27, 2012
The Ravens cut kicker Billy Cundiff on Sunday, and some are creating more conspiracy theories about this than the JFK assassination. Believe me, there is nothing more behind Cundiff being waived than rookie Justin Tucker out kicking him in training camp practices. Forget about the preseason games. They meant something, but not a lot. If you had a brain and attended practices on a daily basis, it was a clear-cut decision. The Ravens made a smart move by bringing Tucker in to challenge Cundiff for the job, and it was Cundiff's to lose.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Steve Smith started the healing process immediately after he left the Carolina Panthers' facility and returned to his Charlotte home. Even though he anticipated his release by the only NFL organization that he had ever known, he was still angry and bitter. When Smith sat down with his family, the emotions poured out. They discussed everything - his college career at Utah, getting drafted by the Panthers, the 13 prolific seasons he played with them, and then of course, the difficult parting of ways.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Justin Tucker hasn't yet set foot on the field in Cleveland, but he already has a reason to celebrate this weekend. Tucker, the Ravens' second-year kicker, announced on social media that he and longtime girlfriend Amanda Bass were engaged. "She said YES!!" Tucker tweeted Friday night, linking to a photo on Instagram that showed the 23-year-old Texas graduate and his fiancee with the Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore in the background. Bass tweeted that the couple had been together for five years.
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By Matt Vensel | October 11, 2012
Rookie kicker Justin Tucker has impressed the Ravens in a lot of ways so far, the least of which was with his vocal cords when the Texas native serenaded his teammates with his renditions of hit Italian opera classics. “The guys appreciate his talent, that's where it starts,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. “The guy sings Italian opera in front of our players.  So, if you're an Italian opera person, that's probably pretty normal.  For a lot of our guys, that seems a little different in the football culture.
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October 1, 2013
Joe Flacco is selling chicken wings for McDonald's , and Haloti Ngata has peddled food for Royal Farms. But neither of them sang opera or freestyle rapped on their commercials. Leave that to Justin Tucker, the Ravens kicker who is now endorsing Dr Pepper on a video advertisement that's starting to make its rounds online. Check it out above.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
The NFL will experiment with a potential rule change involving extra points in the first two weeks of the preseason. The ball will be moved from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making an extra point the equivalent of a 33-yard field goal. Ravens Pro Bowl kicker Justin Tucker said he's interested to see how the change works out but made it clear that he's not a fan of adding to the length of extra points. “I don't think it's really going to change anything that we do aside from just practicing, just the visual of seeing an extra point from a little further back,” Tucker said.
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By Matt Vensel | December 5, 2013
Early in the season, before sweater weather arrived, fans could head to the restrooms when it was time for Ravens kicker Justin Tucker to kickoff. Heck, opposing kick returners probably could have joined them. In the first six games of the season, the second-year kicker boomed touchbacks on 25 of his 32 kickoffs, meaning the kick coverage team, which was only needed to make about one tackle a game, could have lined up in lawn chairs. Tucker had four games with at least five touchbacks, including the season opener in Denver, when warm temperatures and thin air allowed him to kick touchbacks on all six of his kickoffs.
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Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
This time, the late game heartbreak belonged to the New England Patriots and wide left turned into just right. Rookie kicker Justin Tucker barely kept a 27-yard field goal inside the right upright as time expired to give the Ravens a frantic 31-30 comeback victory Sunday night in front of an announced 71,269 at M&T Bank Stadium. “What would be a better story than the one you saw?,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.  Trailing by nine points with seven minutes, 29 seconds to play, Joe Flacco threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith with 4:01 left, and the Ravens' fifth-year quarterback then led another drive in the final two minutes to set up Tucker for the game winner.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
For the fourth time in three seasons, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Tucker converted all three of his field-goal attempts in the Ravens' 23-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and his 32-yarder as time expired provided the decisive points in the road win. The kick was Tucker's seventh career game-winner. He also made field goals from 38 yards and 21 yards in the game. For the season, Tucker is 8-for-9 with his only miss coming from 55 yards in the Ravens' season-opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their initial thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the 2014 NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: This one came at a huge cost. Dennis Pitta may be done for the season with a hip injury. Terrell Suggs (groin) and Chris Canty (knee) both left the game early. Left tackle Eugene Monroe and cornerback Jimmy Smith both hobbled out of the locker room. It's fair to question what the Ravens will be able to get from cornerback Lardarius Webb after watching him play today.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The Ravens last season were demolished in Denver, bumbled through their afternoon in Buffalo, and caved in close losses at Cleveland, Chicago and Cincinnati. A team that had relished going on the road and winning in coach John Harbaugh's first five seasons became a mistake-prone, defensively challenged shell of itself whenever it ventured away from M&T Bank Stadium in 2013. The current Ravens are a far different team, players have said repeatedly in recent weeks. They can prove that and distance themselves from recent road woes by going to Cleveland and beating the rejuvenated Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
John Harbaugh walked toward the back of the bench to exhort the fans, wagged four fingers in the air to signal the start of the final quarter and welcomed big defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to the sideline with a flying chest bump that left the Ravens' head coach falling backward.   Despite one of the most trying weeks in franchise history, Harbaugh told general manager Ozzie Newsome on Wednesday that he sensed his team was ready to play well and was he ever prophetic. The Ravens broke the trend of close games against their biggest rival by dominating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 26-6, in front of an announced 71,181 at M&T Bank Stadium and a prime-time television audience.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their instant analysis of the Ravens' 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2 at M&T Bank Stadium. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: It wasn't pretty or exciting, but it was certainly effective. The Ravens' 26-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers is probably a snapshot of how the Ravens should play going forward. Stick with the running game. Limit the tough throws that Joe Flacco has to make down the field. Force turnovers on the defensive end. The Ravens made very little mistakes in their domination of the Steelers, and that's a real credit to John Harbaugh and his coaching staff.
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September 8, 2014
As I was reading The Sun's recent editorial, "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Sept. 5), I almost choked on my coffee. I've read some very pro-Ravens articles in the editorial section over the years and a few not so complimentary editorials on the Orioles - even over the past three seasons when the team has returned to the winning franchise many of us have known most of our lives - but the comments and poor writing today in this article made me question why...
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Mike Preston | September 19, 2013
Maybe if it was a veteran kicker and he missed two field goals in the previous game, the concern wouldn't be so great. But when it is Justin Tucker and it is only game No. 2 of his second season, there is a lot of interest. Tucker was spectacular as an undrafted rookie last season. Not only did he unseat veteran Billy Cundiff as the starter, but he converted 30 of 33 field goal attempts and his 90.9 percent success was the second-best by a rookie kicker in NFL history. Tucker was Mr. Automatic but then came last Sunday.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
The Hampden ice cream shop that gave us the Ray Rice Krispy Treat, the " Crunch Davis," (a tribute flavor to Orioles slugger Chris Davis), and "The Heisenberg," a farewell flavor in honor of " Breaking Bad ," is back at it. The Charmery's latest limited-edition tribute flavor, which debuts on Wednesday, is the Legatron. It pays tribute to Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and his admirable performance in Monday night's game against the Detroit Lions. Tucker's six field goals in the game, including the franchise record-setting 61-yard game winner, accounted for all his team's points in the 18-16 win. Tucker's heroics earned him not only some major fan love but also a new nickname, Legatron, a mocking play on "Megatron," the nickname of the Lions' heralded wide receiver Calvin Johnson, whom Tucker outshone on Monday night.
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Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
As much as the Ravens wanted to forget about the 2013 season, the memories - or should we say nightmares? - came rushing back. There was the slow start on offense, a few head-scratching miscues by quarterback Joe Flacco and a total abandonment of a punchless running game. Then, when it appeared that an 80-yard Flacco touchdown pass to Steve Smith would make all of that not matter, their defense reverted back to last year's form with a critical letdown at the worst possible time. Sound familiar?
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September 4, 2014
Edgar Allan Poe once wrote that those who dream during the day "are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. " So it seems entirely fitting that Baltimore can spend the first Purple Friday - or dare we say, Orange-Purple Friday - of September daydreaming of a Ravens-Orioles championship season. Technically, the Ravens can't win a championship in 2014, as that feat was accomplished by some team out of Seattle last winter (coincidentally, a fellow member of the bird family)
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