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Highlights From 10 Years Of PressBox

Orioles' Spring Training In Sarasota Offers A Warm Welcome

Bill Ordine takes a look at the deal that sealed a sunny spring training future for the Orioles and Sarasota, Fla.

Resurgin' Turgeon: Maryland Basketball On The Rebound

With three years of mediocrity behind him and a fresh roster of players, has Mark Turgeon finally turned the corner with his new-look Terps?

Holliday Cheer: Johnny Holliday Reflects On Successful Career

Radio and TV broadcaster Johnny Holliday reflects on a successful career and what still matters most to him today.

Rob Long: Welcome To The Show

Michael Anft profiles Rob Long's unlikely journey from talk show caller to talk show host.

Love And Inspiration: Chanda And O.J. Brigance Share Their Story

Former Raven O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda have allowed their enduring love affair to turn his battle with ALS into their higher calling.

Maryland Heads Into Uncertain Big Ten Future

After some initial skepticism, Maryland loyalists are embracing the athletic program's move from the ACC to the Big Ten.

Move To Bullpen Revitalizes Zach Britton's Orioles Career

Zach Britton entered the 2014 season as a pitcher on the bubble, but he has adjusted well to his new role and could be on his way to a breakout year.

The Stanwick Way

The eight Stanwick siblings share a strong work ethic and have been standouts on Baltimore lacrosse fields for more than two decades.

The Ravens' Supporting Cast

A group of young players can fortify the Ravens as they regroup after an 8-8 season, and the 2014 roster could have even more youth than the 2013 one.

Maryland Gaming's Eureka Moment

Bill Ordine examines the past, present and future of Maryland's ever-burgeoning gaming industry.

The Best And Worst Offseason Moves Of The Orioles' History

PressBox takes a look at the best and worst winter moves the Orioles have ever made, including the 2008 trade that brought Adam Jones to Baltimore.

High Hopes For Pat Skerry And Towson Men's Basketball

Entering his third season at Towson in a new arena, men's basketball coach Pat Skerry has his team lined up for a run at a conference championship.

The Orioles' Synchronized Defense

The Orioles' improved individual and collective glove work has helped them become playoff contenders.

Loyola's Charley Toomey: That Special Coach

Loyola's Charley Toomey: That Special Coach

PressBox Salutes The 2012 Super Bowl Champion Ravens

PressBox Salutes The 2012 Super Bowl Champion Ravens

Orioles Taking A Gamble With Offseason Inactivity

The Baltimore Orioles' biggest moves during the offseason didn't involve acquisitions, but rather subtractions from the starting lineup.

Forget Moves To Make Moves; Orioles Approve Current Roster

The Orioles might have battled the Yankees on the field through the 2012 postseason, but the Birds are not going to wage financial wars with them.

Dean Of Defense

For the Ravens to be true playoff contenders, Dean Pees' evolving defense will need to step up.

Mark Turgeon: Making His Mark At Maryland

As Mark Turgeon begins his second season coaching the Terps, can he use his authentic style to bring back high expectations?

Winnings: The Financial Impact Of Football

Michael Anft examines how the Baltimore Ravens' success on and off the field affects the local business community

Turning Up The Roar For Towson Football

Towson athletic director Mike Waddell and coach Rob Ambrose have teamed up to put teeth into the Tigers' football program.

Dylan Bundy: Progress In The Work

Dylan Bundy's prodigious talent is almost freaky, but it's a family-instilled work ethic that has the Orioles prospect poised for greatness.

Jimmy Smith Challenges His Issues With Answers

When it comes to examining Jimmy Smith's young Ravens career, Joe Platania turns to the format popularized by the old TV staple "Issues And Answers."

Showalter Terms J.J. Hardy A Champ To Build Around

J.J. Hardy has become a cornerstone for the Orioles, performing at the level of former team greats and earning the praise of manager Buck Showalter.

Adam Jones Is A 10

Center fielder Adam Jones is a 10, and neither the Orioles nor the city of Baltimore can afford to lose him.

A Tree Grew In College Park

Navy women's coach Cindy Timchal planted coaching seedlings at College Park that have grown across the lacrosse landscape.

Loyola's Jimmy Patsos: Crazy, Like a Greyhound

Can Jimmy Patsos use his high-octane personality to fuel others' passion about Loyola men's basketball?

The Sport of Socializing

PressBox looks at how and why Baltimoreans use sports to form their own sense of community.

Inaugural Grand Prix Exceeds Expectations

Baltimore Grand Prix president Jay Davidson said he was ecstatic about the event in terms of crowd enjoyment and positive responses from the drivers.

Camden Yards: Still A Field Of Dreams 20 Seasons Later?

Twenty seasons after it opened, Oriole Park at Camden Yards remains one of the most beloved stadiums in all of sports.

Led To Slaughter: What NFL Players Need To Know

For PressBox's July 2011 cover story, Michael Anft looked at everything the average NFL player should know about his future ... but doesn't.

Kevin Plank: Betting on His Dream

Under Armour founder Kevin Plank dreams of owning a "hometown horse" that captures the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown at Pimlico.

A Friendship Forged: Dave Pietramala and Bill Belichick

PressBox looks at how Dave Pietramala and Bill Belichick, two of the best coaches in their businesses, met and now benefit from one another.

Consistency Is Elusive For Powerful Mark Reynolds

The Orioles are crossing their fingers and hoping the notoriously streaky Mark Reynolds makes real leaps forward during the coming months.

Festivus Maximus Revisitus

Former players, media members, and fans share their memories of the Ravens' 2000 Super Bowl.

The Liar's Club

PressBox offers an anecdotal account of why NFL coaches feel self-justified in their duplicity.

Players See Bright Trip Ahead With Showalter Behind Wheel

Ask just about anyone associated with the Orioles whether Buck Showalter's arrival was the key to a 34-24 finish and they will tell you there's no other possible explanation.

The Theory Of Evolution

From Jim Parker to Michael Oher, Joe Platania looks at the rise of Baltimore's offensive tackles.

Mr. Dobbs: Navy QB Ricky Dobbs Dreams Big

Despite fading Heisman hopes, Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs has the stuff to be special in whichever option he chooses.

Foul Balls

A study in why fans go through hell or high water to catch a baseball.

Sports Talk With Governor Martin O'Malley

PressBox sits down with Gov. Martin O'Malley to talk about the state of sports in Maryland, the horse racing industry, slots legislation and more.

Don Zimmerman: Lacrosse Engineer

A lax lifer, Don Zimmerman is now constructing proud teams at UMBC.

Terrapins' Speedy Smith Has Potential Unlimited

Maryland receiver Torrey Smith is no Darrius Heyward-Bey. In fact, he may actually be better.

Chief Scout Jordan Sees Bright Future

Young talents like Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Nolan Reimold, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman have given Orioles fans hope after a decade of losing.

Game Face

Rookie coordinator Greg Mattison and underrated workhorse Haloti Ngata lead a tough Ravens defense.

Bring Back The Hill

Jim Henneman's hill-raising remedy to level the playing field for pitchers and hitters.

The Phelps Effect

Keith Mills looks at how Michael Phelps' success has further attracted the next wave of swimmers to North Baltimore.

The Measure Of A Manager

Two years in, Orioles manager Dave Trembley gets high marks. But, is he the man for the long haul?

As The Turtle Turns

With an NCAA bid for Gary Williams' squad unlikely and the future a few watts short of bright, is it time for Maryland to make plans without him?


A fire still blazes in the belly of Baltimore Ravens star and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis.

Cash In: Vote Approves Slot Machines

Slot machines are here at last, but who will strike it rich?

Learning Curve

Rookie Joe Flacco is struggling but maturing with the new-look Ravens.

O.J.'S Amazing Grace

Dignity marks former Raven O.J. Brigance's war against Lou Gehrig's Disease.

As The Ravens' World Turns

A young coach, a rookie QB and an aging defense may make for a soap opera season for the Baltimore Ravens.

New Man, Old Plan

The new commander of the Navy football program Ken Niumatalolo is ready to make his mark on the college gridiron landscape.

Running Down a Dream

Against all odds, undrafted Baltimore Ravens rookie linebacker Jameel McClain is trying to make the team.

Memory Lane

Hall of Famer Al Kaline reunites with some old Baltimore baseball buddies.

The Men Behind The Man

As camp begins, an experienced staff is ready to help Baltimore Ravens' first-time head coach John Harbaugh.

Andy MacPhail: One Year Later

Stan 'The Fan' talks with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about his first year in Baltimore and the future of the Birds.

Raven For Life

Jonathan Ogden says goodbye to football, but not Baltimore.

The Baseball Dentist

Charles Fine gets to hang out with baseball players who have become his patients and, sometimes, his friends. Then he gets to rip their teeth out.

Loewen: Orioles' Catch-22

The Orioles want to take a conservative approach to left-hander Adam Loewen's comeback, but the situation isn't that simple.

Ravens' QB Battle Is Team-Builder

While a battle for the starting QB spot will trigger competition among the Ravens, head coach John Harbaugh hopes it can build team chemistry.

Shotgun Wedding

If Joe Flacco doesn't pan out, he will flame out as the latest Ravens quarterback to come in with high hopes and leave with nothing to show for it.

The Lax King

How Robert Carpenter and Inside Lacrosse changed the game in 10 short years.

New Sheriff In Town

John Harbaugh's reign as Baltimore Ravens head coach will definitely be different.

Sizing Up

PressBox examines how Baltimore's effort to build a new indoor arena is shaking out.

Fire and Ice

Joe Platania compares the on- and off-field personas of Baltimore Ravens legends and future Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Jonathan Ogden.

Carroll Rosenbloom: Man of Mystery

"He did a hell of a lot for a lot of guys," Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti said recently of former Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom.

Can 18 Be Greater Than 19?

Joe Platania compares Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning and asks, who's the best?

Foul Play

History of point shaving calls into question integrity of today's games.

Ed Reed: The Ravens' Bird of Prey

Joe Platania profiles Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.

Toeing The Line

It's not overstatement to say that the Super Bowl hopes of an entire team -- and an entire city rest on Jonathan Ogden's big toe.

Kyle Boller: Lightning Rod

No other Raven has proven to be the source of so much passionate debate as Kyle Boller.

O's Fans Relish Ripken Celebration

The Hall of Fame couldn’t ask for a more perfect pairing than Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, who together represent baseball at its best.

Baltimore Ravens: In The Wings

Brian Billick still calls the Ravens' shots, but Rex Ryan and Rick Neuheisel play highly visible supporting roles.

Cal Ripken: From Aberdeen To Cooperstown

Cal Ripken Jr. takes his place with baseball's immortals in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.

Bedard and Guthrie: A Dynamic Duo

Orioles pitchers Erik Bedard and Jeremy Guthrie are as different as night and day ... except for their success on the mound.

Remembering Eckman

Loud, profane and always colorful, Charley Eckman was a Baltimore original.

A Father's Pride

Ken Denlinger looks at Melvin Mora's role off the field, as the Orioles third baseman dotes on his fabulous family.

Is Bowling Still Cool?

Bowling has undergone dramatic transformations over the past two decades, and what is happening in Baltimore mirrors the industry in general.

Brooks At 70

PressBox publisher Stan Charles talks with legendary Oriole Brooks Robinson about growing old, the state of baseball today and more.

Nick Markakis, The Next Great Oriole?

At 24, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis seems poised to become a star for the Orioles for many seasons to come.

Baltimore Hardwood History

Keith Mills looks back at Baltimore's best high school basketball players of the past 30 years.

Ripken Ranks High on Baltimore's All-Time List

After Cal Ripken's nearly unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Michael Gibbons looks at where Ripken ranks among Baltimore's Top 10 athletes of all time.

Forty Octobers Later

Michael Olesker looks back at the 1966 World Champion Baltimore Orioles.

The Ring Master

At the Age of 87, Mack Lewis is still punching as the most revered figure in Baltimore boxing.

The Last Laugh: Q&A with Peter Angelos

PressBox publisher Stan "the Fan" Charles sits down with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

Cal's Field of Dreams

For Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Bill, the Ripken Baseball complex in Aberdeen offers the opportunity for a hands-on teaching and learning experience.

Baltimore's Diamond Mine

Jim Henneman looks at the tradition of excellence of Youse's Maryland Orioles, now under the leadership of Dean Albany.

Flocking to Westminster

The annual pilgrimage to training camp is a much-anticipated rite of summer for many Ravens fans.

Billick In Focus

Stan 'The Fan' Charles talks with Brian Billick about the Ravens' organization and how the veteran coach has had to change the way he operates.

Winning, Patriotism & Pageantry

With a focus on patriotism, improvements to the athletic facilities and an uptick in the won-lost record, Navy football is proving to be an easy sell.

U.S. Soccer's Uphill Climb Continues

After an early exit by an over-hyped American team, it hardly seems the time to predict that the U.S. is on the verge of becoming a soccer power.

Stover Still Kickin' It After All These Years

Matt Stover is the longest tenured active NFL player with one franchise.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Twenty years have passed since that sad morning when Len Bias -- Maryland's own chiseled superhero in high tops -- died from a cocaine overdose.

Reason To Believe

Fearless rookie Chris Ray solves the late-inning puzzle for the Orioles.

The Great Bid Foiled

PressBox takes a look back at Spectacular Bid's quest for the Triple Crown.

Punter Koch Has Tools To Compete

Selected by the Ravens in the sixth round of the draft, Nebraska punter Sam Koch says: "My chances to make the roster are as good as anyone else's."

The Field General

PressBox Publisher Stan Charles sat down with Governor Bob Ehrlich to discuss the Preakness, slots and the state of sports in Maryland.

Orioles Insider: For Bedard, The Time Is Now

What will it take for Erik Bedard to solidify himself at baseball's highest level? Jim Henneman looks at what's next for the Orioles lefthander.

Mel Kiper On the Clock: Baltimore's NFL Guru Goes To Work

How Baltimore's Mel Kiper became king of the NFL Draft.

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