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By Matt Vensel | May 26, 2011
We have countless awesome sports photos in the archives here at The Baltimore Sun , and I have decided to share one with you each week in a regular feature called "Throwback Thursday. " With Matt Stover set to retire Thursday afternoon, he was an obvious choice for this week's search. I was torn between this photo and one of a floppy-haired Stover looking like a crazed Tom Cruise as he ran off the field at M&T Bank Stadium. But this Kenneth K. Lam photo seemed like a better and more entertaining choice for a few reasons.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, who started a pair of games for the Ravens in 1999 and had a 12-year NFL career, will be featured on NBC's “The Biggest Loser,” a show in which people try to lose weight under the supervision of personal trainers. Mitchell currently weighs 366 pounds , but his NFL.com profile lists him at 240 pounds at the end of his playing career in 2001. He's currently listed as a bill collector, and according to the show's website, wants to get healthy for his family.
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By Lorraine Kee and Lorraine Kee,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 24, 1996
ST. LOUIS -- According to the NFL playbook, Tony Banks should be charting plays on the St. Louis Rams' sidelines this season. Call it Rookie Quarterback 101, or osmosis by observation.Instead, Banks is the Rams' starting quarterback. Call it on-the-job training."I think we probably would have not played a rookie as soon as we did," Rams offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jack Reilly said. "But, if the rookie is ready to play, then you make that adjustment. There is nothing cast in stone.
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By Matt Vensel | December 11, 2012
This feature appears every week on the Baltimore Sports Blitz. It's just like “What They're Saying About the Ravens,” but it includes blogger Matt Vensel saying something about what those people are saying. Got it? --- Jason Cole of Yahoo! says keeping Joe Flacco happy meant the Ravens had to get rid of Cam Cameron . “While there are some people who will debate the veracity of keeping Flacco happy, the truth is that it's a lot harder to find a good quarterback than an offensive coordinator,” he wrote.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1999
Tony Banks had it all in St. Louis. And then he had nothing.He had instant celebrity and unmistakable charisma as a starting rookie quarterback with the Rams. He had a big-time arm, fast feet, a quick mind and an undeniable swagger.He was the first quarterback taken in the 1996 NFL draft, a prodigy on the superhighway to fame and fortune. Or so it seemed. Two years later, his gilded carriage turned into a pumpkin and the highway dead-ended. His celebrity dissipated with each fumble. His charisma took a beating with each loss.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | July 23, 2000
For a fleeting moment, Ravens quarterback Tony Banks came unhinged. There he was, shuffling down an aisle at Best Buy the other day, when the image of St. Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner leaped up at him from one of the video racks. Kurt Warner, the NFL's MVP a year ago. The MVP of last season's Super Bowl. Successor to Banks' old job. Savior in St. Louis. Ouch. "I felt," Banks said later, "like throwing him across the room." Banks thought better of it, though, gently placing Warner's video game back among the rest.
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By AARON CHESTER | September 20, 2007
A reunited Genesis - Mike Rutherford (left), Phil Collins and Tony Banks - bring their '80s sound to the stage for their first tour in 15 years. Drummer Chester Thompson and guitarist Daryl Stuermer join the band for its "Turn It On Again" tour. Tickets are $60-$230. The Sunday show starts at 8 p.m. at Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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January 7, 2000
The Ravens' seven choices in the NFL draft on April 15-16: Rd. Position 1st No. 5 overall (Pick acquired in trade with Atlanta) 1st No. 14 or 15 overall (Position determined by coin flip with Green Bay) 2nd Own selection 3rd Own selection 4th No pick (Traded to Minn. for OL Everett Lindsay) 5th Pick acquired from San Diego for QB Jim Harbaugh 6th Own selection 6th Pick acquired from Minn. 7th No pick (Traded to St. Louis for QB Tony Banks) Editor's note: This list corrects errors that ran in previous editions.
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By Ken Murray | September 11, 2000
Best comeback: Tony Banks did what no Ravens quarterback had ever done. He directed a come-from-behind, game-winning drive in the final two minutes, and he did it against a top-flight opponent. Best performance, receiver: Jaguars' Jimmy Smith was unstoppable, catching 15 passes for 291 yards. Best performance, rookie: Wide-out Travis Taylor became the first Ravens rookie to score two touchdowns in a game. And the kid likes to block, too. Worst sight: Just watching Qadry Ismail's knee buckle severely during his first-quarter kickoff return was painful.
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September 1, 2000
0:Playoff appearances by the 4-year-old relocated franchise. 1: Ravens rookie starting in the season opener (receiver Travis Taylor). 2: Healthy arms that can be used by outside linebacker Peter Boulware, who played last season with a restrictive harness. 3: Players remaining with the Ravens who moved with the franchise from Cleveland (defensive end Rob Burnett, kicker Matt Stover and suspended defensive tackle Larry Webster). 4: Consecutive years that the Ravens have begun a year with a different starting quarterback (Vinny Testaverde, Jim Harbaugh, Scott Mitchell, Tony Banks)
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
Sept. 10, 2000: Down by 17 points, the Ravens storm back to defeat visiting Jacksonville, 39-36 - their first victory over the Jaguars in the team's five-year history. Tony Banks' 29-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe in the final minute gives Baltimore its second straight victory. Sept. 11, 1976 : Twelfth-ranked Maryland rolls over Richmond, 31-7, in its football opener - the first of 11 straight victories for the Cotton Bowl-bound Terps . Led by quarterback Mark Manges and tailback Steve Atkins, Maryland's offense gains 421 yards.
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By Matt Vensel | May 26, 2011
We have countless awesome sports photos in the archives here at The Baltimore Sun , and I have decided to share one with you each week in a regular feature called "Throwback Thursday. " With Matt Stover set to retire Thursday afternoon, he was an obvious choice for this week's search. I was torn between this photo and one of a floppy-haired Stover looking like a crazed Tom Cruise as he ran off the field at M&T Bank Stadium. But this Kenneth K. Lam photo seemed like a better and more entertaining choice for a few reasons.
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By AARON CHESTER | September 20, 2007
A reunited Genesis - Mike Rutherford (left), Phil Collins and Tony Banks - bring their '80s sound to the stage for their first tour in 15 years. Drummer Chester Thompson and guitarist Daryl Stuermer join the band for its "Turn It On Again" tour. Tickets are $60-$230. The Sunday show starts at 8 p.m. at Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2001
ASHBURN, Va. - This ought to be a great time for Tony Banks. He is newly married, has found inner peace and is the starting quarterback for the hottest team in the NFL, the Washington Redskins. And yet, even when his team is in the midst of a five-game win streak, his offensive linemen are giving him enough time to read a Harry Potter novel in the pocket and he is operating at nearly peak efficiency, it's hard to get Banks to smile, much less gloat. The quarterback has seen this movie before, in St. Louis and with the Ravens, where the early reviews were good, but the ending turned out thumbs down.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2001
Push comes to shove today when the Super Bowl-champion Ravens squeeze under the NFL's 2001 salary cap of $67.4 million. They will terminate a few contracts, bruise a few egos, and otherwise revise a financial bottom line that made them the league's second-highest spenders in 2000. By the 4 p.m. cap deadline, a handful of players will be looking at a change of address. Among the prominent suspects are quarterback Tony Banks, who won 11 games in two years before losing his starting job, right tackle Harry Swayne, a 14-year veteran with a bloated cap number, and reserve tackle Spencer Folau.
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By Paul McMullen and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2001
Jonathan Ogden was asked if he is troubled by the pressure that comes with being the point man in the Ravens' grunt and grind offense. He smiled and shook his head. Do you think Mount Ogden is the highest-paid player in the NFL because he looks majestic in purple? "I wouldn't have it any other way," Ogden said. "I feel that if the game is on me, we can win. " At 6 feet 8 and 340 pounds, Ogden is a large answer to a trivial question. He was the fourth player taken in the 1996 draft, and the first ever selected by the Ravens, as they sought a fresh start in Baltimore.
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By Gary Lambrecht | April 20, 1999
Backup quarterback Eric Zeier, traded by the Ravens to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, said he leaves the club with "no hard feelings.""There's always going to be a part of me that cares for the Ravens and the Modells and the opportunity they gave me," Zeier, who started seven games during his three-year tenure in Baltimore, said yesterday. "But I'm excited to be going to Tampa."Coach [Brian] Billick was very upfront and honest about what they were looking for [at quarterback]. If they could get Warren Moon or Tony Banks [as a backup]
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By Kevin Cowherd and Kevin Cowherd,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2000
Oh, we know your type, mister. You spent all day at the office yesterday yakking about the Ravens' thrilling last-minute win over Jacksonville this weekend, hopping from cubicle to cubicle with a steaming mug of Maxwell House to offer your own unique perspective on the big game. You went on and on about this Ravens team: about what a killer defense we have, about what a cool customer quarterback Tony Banks is and what great hands Shannon Sharpe has, about how Brian Billick is the logical successor to Vince Lombardi and how this is our year, you can feel it and blah, blah, blah.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | December 29, 2000
Ravens left guard Edwin Mulitalo will play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, even though he was still listed as 50-50 yesterday. After injuring his left shoulder during last Sunday's 34-20 win over the New York Jets, Mulitalo isn't deterred by a frigid forecast that might not be the best medicine to loosen up the joint. "Hey, we put ice on it anyway, don't we?" Mulitalo said. "We have to keep working on it, and with therapy, it will be all right. The shoulder is real sore, but you have to play this one. Nobody is going to sit out this one."
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November 5, 2000
Forget Banks, Dilfer; give Redman a chance Forget this year. The Ravens aren't going anywhere with Tony Banks or Trent Dilfer at quarterback. Neither could hit an 18-wheeler on a crossing pattern. Even if the Ravens somehow manage to luck into the playoffs because of a soft second-half schedule, it'll be one game and out. In the playoffs, the Ravens will be facing good defenses. Neither Banks nor Dilfer is capable of defeating a good defense. It's time for Chris Redman. Coach Brian Billick says he won't go with an inexperienced rookie.
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