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By Ken Rosenthal | April 27, 2000
There must be a mistake. Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa might consider eating out, but he wouldn't consider holding out, would he? Not according to one of his agents, Terry Lavenstein, who engaged in lawyer-speak yesterday when asked to describe the stunt that Siragusa is about to pull. "I don't categorize it as a holdout," Lavenstein said. "Traditionally, when we think of the term 'holdout,' we think of a guy holding out of training camp. "He's failing to attend minicamp, and his reason for failing to come to minicamp is that he's in a contract dispute with the Baltimore Ravens.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com | September 6, 2009
Candles in a man cave? Tony Siragusa is having none of it. "What's up with the candles?" the former Ravens defensive tackle booms in mock (but not totally mock) indignation. "Where are the design girls? Yoo-hoo, design girls? You got candles in my man cave. I don't like them." The crew filming an episode of the DIY Network's "Man Caves," in Baltimore to create a personal space for Charm City Cakes owner Duff Goldman, laughs a little nervously, and there's a flurry of activity as those responsible for the offending candles - both women, of course - are ferreted out. Designers Hilary Reuben and Becca Citrone stand their ground, however, and the candles stay.
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By Mike Preston | November 16, 2000
THE RAVENS are no longer just holding opposing running backs to less than 100 yards rushing, but also forcing them to quit. Cincinnati's Corey Dillon waved off then-coach Bruce Coslet about going back into the game Sept. 24. Nearly a month later, Tennessee's Eddie George lasted one rush against the Ravens before injuring his knee, but mysteriously healed quickly enough to rush for 71 yards against the Washington Redskins a week later. On Sunday, George lasted almost two quarters before Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis blasted him on a screen pass, and he was virtually not heard from again.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 6, 2009
The Ravens' defense didn't just force five turnovers in a 27-9 playoff win over the Miami Dolphins. This ball-hawking group is also forcing the issue of where does it rank among the other great Ravens defenses. The 2000 defense will go down as perhaps the best in NFL history because it set records and carried a team to a Super Bowl. The 2008 defense isn't yet in that class, but it has separated itself with the ability to create turnovers and convert them into touchdowns. So, where does this defense stand at this point?
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By Jamison Hensley | December 15, 2001
An apparent joke by Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has caused a stir in Pittsburgh. When asked about the numerous Steelers fans that make their way into PSINet Stadium, Siragusa said on Wednesday, "My suggestion is if you see someone with black and gold on, follow them in the bathroom and take care of business yourself. There's no cameras in the bathroom." The comment was used by Pittsburgh newspapers and radio stations, and Siragusa has come under heavy criticism in a city where he played his college career.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2000
The Ravens have given Tony Siragusa a deadline of Monday to end his three-week holdout, but the agent for the veteran defensive tackle says he won't report until he receives a contract extension. Sources said yesterday the Ravens will withdraw their standing offer of $2 million this season if Siragusa doesn't participate in Monday morning's practice at Western Maryland College. Neither the Ravens nor Terry Lavenstein, one of Siragusa's agents, would confirm the deadline, however. Yesterday, Ravens coach Brian Billick acknowledged he had a telephone conversation with Siragusa on Thursday seeking to end the stalemate.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1997
The Ravens and free-agent defensive tackle Tony Siragusa have nearly reached agreement on a four-year contract, according to a source close to the negotiations.Gus Sunseri, Siragusa's agent, and the Ravens spent part of yesterday pursuing a deal believed to be worth about $6 million. It also reportedly includes a $1.7 million signing bonus."It is by no means a done deal yet, but we're close," team owner Art Modell said. "We should have some definitive conclusion by tomorrow [today]."Sunseri did not return phone calls yesterday.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
Ravens starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa is listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Cleveland Browns, but there is a strong possibility he will not play because of a recurring knee problem.Siragusa had been expected to practice yesterday, but missed his second consecutive workout after his left knee tightened up.He was sent for an MRI, but team officials did not reveal the results. Team doctor Claude T. Moorman also did not return phone calls yesterday.Ravens coach Brian Billick said a decision on Siragusa will be made at game time tomorrow, but the Ravens decided to activate second-year reserve defensive tackle Martin Chase yesterday for the first time this season.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 21, 2000
Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa said last night he will end his four-week holdout and report to the Ravens' training facility at Owings Mills today. "I'm coming in tomorrow," Siragusa said last night after arriving in Baltimore from his home in Kenilworth, N.J. Siragusa missed all of training camp and the first three preseason games this summer in a contract dispute. The 11th-year veteran wanted a contract extension and a $1 million raise on his 2000 salary of $1.5 million. He refused to say whether he got the extension - or the raise - but indicated his teammates played a role in his decision to report.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1997
Ravens starting defensive tackle Tony Siragusa is expected to have surgery on his right hand this morning and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Oilers at Memorial Stadium.Team doctor Claude T. Moorman met with Siragusa last night at the team's Owings Mills complex to take a look at studies of Siragusa's right middle finger that has a spiral fracture. The Ravens had been hoping for some type of cast for the finger.But Moorman ruled that out last night."We had the fracture in a splint since Sunday, but since then it has moved and it is an unstable fracture," Moorman said last night.
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By JAMISON HENSLEY and JAMISON HENSLEY,SUN REPORTER | February 28, 2006
Three days before the start of free agency, the Ravens' big target just happens to be their biggest player. Maake Kemoeatu, a burly 6-foot-5, 350-pound nose tackle, is considered the Ravens' priority based on their need and the market. If they lose Kemoeatu, it's assumed there isn't anyone on the Ravens' roster or in free agency who can adequately replace him. Agent Ken Vierra said yesterday the Ravens have been "aggressive" in trying to re-sign Kemoeatu before free agency begins Friday but indicated the first-year starter is basically forced to test the market.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2005
Moments before the snap, when he puts his hands down in the dirt, slides one leg slightly behind the other and assumes the most basic football stance, Ravens defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu knows he has it relatively easy. That is, at least from a mental standpoint. While others around him, specifically the center or guard with whom Kemoeatu will soon wrestle and the running back whom he wants to stop cold, may have a thousand things running through their respective minds, Kemoeatu has just one thought.
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By Mike Preston | January 20, 2005
THE TIMING IS perfect. On a team that had chemistry problems last season, especially on defense, the Ravens have hired line coach Rex Ryan as defensive coordinator. Ryan is probably the assistant coach most respected by the players. Can he make some of the problems go away? Probably. And if he doesn't, look for any potential troublemakers to start disappearing during the next year or two. Ryan has a great knowledge of the game, which is why he has been such a hot commodity the past couple of years.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2003
Ravens rookies need to be on alert. Besides dealing with the normal training camp hazing from current players, rookies can expect a fair share of verbal abuse from one of the most outspoken Ravens of all time. Defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, who retired from football at the end of the 2001 season after five years with the Ravens, will join the team's preseason television crew as an analyst. Siragusa will work with play-by-play announcer Dick Stockton and Daryl Johnston for all four preseason games, the first of which is Aug. 9 at M&T Bank Stadium against the Buffalo Bills.
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By Kevin Cowherd | January 13, 2003
OH, WHAT A weekend it was: escalating nuclear tensions with North Korea, a looming war with Iraq, more grim news about the economy. Yet overshadowing them all, of course, was the big-screen debut of Tony Siragusa. Yes, the popular ex-Raven now appears in a theater near you in The 25th Hour, the new Spike Lee film that stars Edward Norton as a drug dealer with 24 hours left before he goes off to the slammer to do serious time. Siragusa plays Kostya Novotny, a hulking Ukrainian leg-breaker who helps Norton's character, Monty Brogan, collect his drug money.
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By Brent Jones | July 26, 2002
Jeff Blake Since Brian Billick became the Ravens' coach, questions about who should be his quarterback have come up every year. With Blake, 31, in the fold, more questions are to be expected. What the former Pro Bowl player gives the team is a viable option. If starter Chris Redman falters and Blake performs well, Billick would have to decide whether to stick with Red man, touted as the team's quarterback of the future, or try to salvage the sea son by switching to Blake, who signed a one-year contract.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | April 25, 1997
The Goose has landed in Baltimore, and he touched down by wearing jeans and a T-shirt, proclaiming his love for the local seafood and Italian cuisine, and promising that the Ravens would be more formidable with his wide presence in the trenches.The Ravens completed a two-week transformation of their defense yesterday by signing tackle Tony Siragusa to a four-year, $6.1 million contract. The deal includes a reported $1.7 million signing bonus, and it could earn Siragusa about $2.9 million in the first two years.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | December 6, 1997
Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa may have to re-do a recent 60-second Pizza Hut radio commercial because of a reference to Orioles owner Peter Angelos, which some might find offensive, but certainly not Siragusa.Siragusa was still laughing about it yesterday.In the advertisement, Siragusa talks about the recent nine-sack game the Ravens had against the Philadelphia Eagles, after which fans were allowed to take $9 off the cost of a pizza, $1 for each sack.In the ad, Siragusa said: "When the Ravens got nine sacks against the Eagles, I thought Pizza Hut would drop this promotion quicker than Angelos dropped Davey Johnson."
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By Mike Preston | January 21, 2002
Quarterback F Elvis Grbac was rattled early and lost his poise. He had a quarterback rating of 26.1. He threw three interceptions and easily could have thrown four more, including two that were dropped and could have been returned for easy touchdowns. Against tough defenses, he doesn't step up. Offensive line F The Ravens allowed only three sacks, but Grbac took more pounding than an old Muhammad Ali punching bag. Right tackle Kipp Vickers can play numerous positions, but he is nothing more than a stopgap measure at any of them.
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By Brent Jones and Paul McMullen and Brent Jones and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2002
PITTSBURGH - Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa ended his career downtrodden, a mood directly related to the outcome of his final game. The Steelers beat the Ravens, 27-10, in an AFC divisional playoff game at Heinz Field yesterday, and in the process sent one of the NFL's most recognizable players - who's normally anything but down - into retirement. Siragusa said that the finality had not hit him yet, expressing more disappointment in how the Ravens played. "You do something your whole life and it comes to an end. It's tough, especially going out like this," Siragusa said.
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