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December 5, 2005
Good morning --Orange Bowl -- Can you reschedule the kickoff so Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno can make the early bird special? Question of the day Do you expect the Orioles to make any moves during the winter meetings? Not unless the room service is really bad at the hotel they're staying in. Tom Grey Towson As long as the seats are filled at Camden Yards, the Orioles have no real incentive to spend what is needed to improve. Angelos and company only care about the bottom line. If winning mattered, wouldn't they have done something over the last seven years?
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By Rich Scherr and For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
One week after failing to score a single point in its season opener, the Patterson football team entered Friday's I-95 Kickoff Classic at Morgan State looking for a fresh start. The Clippers quickly burried those bitter memories, scoring on the game's opening possession and going on to a 21-0 win over Baltimore City rival Poly. "[Starting strong] was very important," running back Anthony Partlow said. "We had to just come out here and execute our plays. We just had to do what we had to do to win this game today.
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Baltimore Sun staff | December 18, 2011
Thanks to the Tennessee Titans' 27-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts and the Oakland Raiders' 28-27 loss to the Detroit Lions, the Ravens are officially in the 2011-12 NFL playoffs. The Ravens, who will be making their fourth straight playoff appearance, will be joined in the postseason by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who also clinched a berth Sunday. If the Ravens beat the San Diego Chargers tonight and the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals the next two weeks, they will clinch the AFC's No. 1 overall seed.
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By Shaun Bennett, For The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
LAKEWOOD, Ohio - The pressure was on the Gilman football team before it even stepped onto the field for the season opener Sunday afternoon. Facing St. Edward (Ohio), one of the top-ranked teams in the country, in front of a nationally televised audience, the Greyhounds knew they'd be in for a test. And the Eagles lived up to the billing - starting strong, finishing stronger and breezing to a 38-7 victory. "I don't think we prepared for anything. We got walloped … absolutely hammered," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said.
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By Edward Lee | edward.lee@baltsun.com | November 27, 2009
If the reigning Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers have an Achilles' heel, it might be their poor kickoff coverage. The Steelers have allowed an NFL-high four kickoff-return touchdowns in five games this season, including in the past two contests. Pittsburgh's sudden vulnerability sounds enticing to a Ravens squad that ranks eighth in the NFL in average start on kickoffs (28.2-yard line). "We look to break a kick every week," said rookie Lardarius Webb , who returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 1. "It doesn't matter if they haven't had a kick broke on them ever or if they've had two or three.
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By Matt Vensel | September 9, 2011
This has nothing to do with the Ravens or the Steelers, so I apologize for that. But we found out Thursday night that touchdowns on kickoff returns are still indeed possible. It just takes a perfectly-timed barrel roll over a defender. Here is proof in the form of Randall Cobb's "Matrix"-like return in Green Bay's win over New Orleans.
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August 22, 2011
Yes, if you like touchbacks Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun No doubt the NFL had its heart in the right place when the owners decided to move the kickoff line up 5 yards and reduce the take-off distance for the kickoff coverage team. That should lead to fewer injuries on special teams, so who could possibly be against it? Well, er, me. The kickoff used to be one of the most exciting plays in football. Now, they might as well just place the ball at the 20-yard line and cut the game-day rosters to 40 players.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
DENVER -- There isn't a whole lot left to say about tonight's Ravens-Denver Broncos NFL season opener. For the past couple of weeks, we've talked about everything from the matchups to the motivations. We've even talked about stadium banners, the surest sign that there is a lot of attention on tonight's rematch of the AFC divisional playoff thriller in January, won in double overtime by the Ravens. As we get closer to kickoff, here are my final thoughts about the game: For all the talk about the thin mountain air, the temperature may turn out to be a significant factor as well.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Fresh off their first Top 25 ranking since 2010 , the No. 25 Terps will be on ESPN for the first time in two years when they visit No. 8 Florida State on Saturday. The game -- which features two 4-0 teams -- is scheduled for a noon kickoff. ESPN had invoked a six-day option on picking a time for that game and announced the kickoff time over the weekend. ESPN also held six-day options on Clemson-Syracuse and Georgia Tech-Miami. The Tigers and Orange will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN2 (depending on the market)
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By Jamison Hensley | December 19, 2009
Because of the expected heavy snowfall, the Ravens announced that Sunday's game time at M&T Bank Stadium will move to 4:15 p.m. Officials from Baltimore City cited safety reasons in recommending the time change to the team and the NFL, the Ravens said. "That gives the city more time to clear the streets and other passageways around the stadium," Ravens president Dick Cass said. "It also gives us more time to clear the stadium of snow." The Ravens have 700 workers at the stadium ready to help clear the snow before game time.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After an evening spent dodging and sprinting past potential Dallas Cowboys tacklers, Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson wasn't about to run and hide from what was blatantly obvious. Having seemingly lost ground in the wide receiver competition in recent weeks, Thompson needed a performance like this in the worst way.    “I'm in a tough competition right now, so everything counts, and it was big for me personally,” Thompson said following the Ravens' 37-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
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By Mary Johnson, For The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
For many people, summer officially arrives in Annapolis with the opening of Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre - which usually coincides with the U.S. Naval Academy's Commissioning Week. That tradition continued May 22, as the troupe debuted its 49th season under the stars with the Broadway musical "42nd Street. " Based on the groundbreaking 1933 movie-musical, the show reveals the difficulties of backstage life for hardworking dancers during the Depression. The movie featured young singer Dick Powell along with relatively unknown Ginger Rodgers and Ruby Keeler.
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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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The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
On Jacoby Jones' 73-yard kickoff return in the third quarter, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was seen standing close to the field of play on the sideline. As seen in SBNation's GIF below, Tomlin appeared to make Jones change direction on the play shortly before he was tackled by the Steelers' Cortez Allen. The Ravens' Justin Tucker converted a 38-yard field goal on the ensuing drive to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead. Did Tomlin help Allen make the tackle? You be the judge.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The Ravens announced this morning that about 200 tickets are available for Sunday's game after the New York Jets have returned some of their allotment. The Jets (5-5) come to M&T Bank Stadium led by former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and former Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, with his second team this season. The Ravens (4-6) need to win to keep any playoff hopes alive. The available tickets for the 1 p.m. game can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or by visiting www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets or www.ticketmaster.com .  
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2013
Former Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams first walked into Cole Field House 50 years ago. A high school senior at the time, Williams had been invited to College Park from his home in South Jersey by coach Bud Millikan to watch the 1963 NCAA tournament East Regional. "I had seen the Palestra in Philadelphia, which was 9,000 [capacity], but this was 14,000," Williams recalled this week. "I walked in from the street on the top level. It kind of took your breath away. " As much as Williams liked the school and its coach, he fell in love with what was then an 18-year-old building that was among the best and biggest college basketball venues in the country.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | January 27, 1995
The TV Repairman:The real meaty stuff of ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXX minus I will come at 5 p.m. Sunday when Brent "You are looking live at Joe Robbie Stadium" Musburger and Dick Vermeil move in for "Countdown to Kickoff," a program name dating back to the days of kinescope.The network says some of the first hour of its two-hour pot-boiler leading up to the 6:18 p.m. kickoff will be devoted to "late-breaking news." Reporters who have been to scads of these grid festivals insist they can not recall anything of any consequence happening in the stadiums just prior to kickoff, aside from maybe Thurman Thomas misplacing his helmet.
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July 24, 2006
NEXT QUESTION Who do you think will win a major golf tournament first - Sergio Garcia or Chris DiMarco? Selected responses to today's question will be printed tomorrow on The Kickoff page. Please e-mail your answer (about 25 words) to sports@baltsun.com by 3 p.m. today. Include your name, address and a daytime telephone number for verification purposes.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2013
Fresh off their first Top 25 ranking since 2010 , the No. 25 Terps will be on ESPN for the first time in two years when they visit No. 8 Florida State on Saturday. The game -- which features two 4-0 teams -- is scheduled for a noon kickoff. ESPN had invoked a six-day option on picking a time for that game and announced the kickoff time over the weekend. ESPN also held six-day options on Clemson-Syracuse and Georgia Tech-Miami. The Tigers and Orange will be broadcast on either ABC or ESPN2 (depending on the market)
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By Katherine Dunn and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
Football players at Douglass have a full-time academic coach this fall helping them not just to improve their grades, but to navigate the requirements for college admission. The 1st and Goal program is a pilot initiative designed by the Family League of Baltimore. Douglass received a grant from NFL Player Engagement to fund the program, which focuses on improving all aspects of student athletes' lives. Douglass athletic director Tina Queen said she hopes to expand the program next fall to include all sports, but because more student athletes play football than any other sport at the school, the 1st and Goal program is expected to have an immediate impact.
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