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December, 4th 2013

Steelers' Tomlin Fined $100,000

Baltimore magazine

Ignorance of the sideline is no excuse.

The NFL announced today that they have fined Pittsburgh Steelers' coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 and will "consider modification or forfeiture of the team's draft choices"  following the end of the season—once the draft order has been settled.

The fine—and potentially other penalties—stem from the head coach's interference with Jacoby Jones at the end of his long, third-quarter kickoff return during the Ravens' 22-20 win Thanksgiving night.

Tomlin maintains his stepping onto the field— forcing Jones to cutback and ultimately get pulled down from behind—was unintentional.

Tomlin, by the way, is not the only coach to get hit with a heavy fine in recent years. Partriots' coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for the "Spygate" illegal videotaping of New York Jets' defensive signals in 2007. Former Jets' coach Sal Alosi was fined $100,000 for tripping a Miami Dolphins' player along the sidelines in 2010.

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December, 2nd 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

All the ingredients were there: It was Ravens vs. Steelers, in primetime, on Thanksgiving. You had to know that some brawling and maybe a couple controversies were bound to take place on the field. And this player, who's had an incredible past two weeks, was in the midst of it all.

Week 13 Stud: 
Jacoby Jones

The line:
The past two weeks, Jones has has eight receptions and one touchdown (should have been two!) for a total of 156 yards.

Studliest moment:
In the third quarter of Thursday night's game, Jones returned a kick for 73 yards, but not before Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reached his right foot briefly onto the field, causing Jones to veer a bit inside and get tackled by cornerback Cortez Allen. The Ravens ended up settling for a field goal instead of a potenital touchdown. Tomlin's obvious leg obstruction, which has morphed into a hilarious meme, is under review by...

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November, 25th 2013

Remembering Kennedy: Patterson Park Helicopter Landing Recalled

Baltimore magazine

"There was a big crowd and everybody was trying to get a glimpse of the President," photograher Tom Scilipoti recalls, describing the evening of Oct. 10, 1962, when John F. Kennedy landed, via helicopter, at Patterson Park. "It was a very big deal for East Baltimore."

Kennedy (as seen in Scilipoti's photo above) landed in the park's extension at Eastern and South Linwood Avenues, en route to a speech at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory in support of the state's Democratic Congressional candidates in the upcoming '62 elections, less than a month away.

"Now this isn't just merely coming up here and participating in parades and bands," Kennedy said in his remarks. "What we're talking about are those Members of the House and Senate who support those programs of minimum wage, and medical care for the aged, and urban renewal, and cleaning our rivers, and giving security to our older people, and educating our children, and giving jobs to our workers. That's the issue of this campaign, as it was in the campaign of 1960." Kennedy's entire speech can be found here.

Scilipoti, who had...

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November, 25th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

No one is going to confuse Geno Smith with Joe Namath. Not yet, anyway. Still, the Ravens put together their best defensive effort of the season Sunday, holding the Jets to a field goal and a measley 220 yards of offense. Smith and the Jets were just one of 12 on third-down conversions, in great part because of the Ravens' secondary play—particularly from this DB, who picked off two passes.

Week 11 Stud: 
Corey Graham

The line:
Two interceptions, one tackle, three passes defended.

Studliest moment:
In the third quarter, in Ravens' territory, Graham leapt high over Jets' tight end Jeff Cumberland for his first pick of the contest, which, in turn, set up Joe Flacco's game-breaking touchdown bomb to Jacoby Jones.

The clincher:
Late in the fourth quarter,...

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November, 22nd 2013

Will Trans Fat Ban Ruin Berger Cookies?

Baltimore magazine

Talk about tough news to swallow:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a measure earlier this month to ban artificial, artery-clogging trans fat—a move that if it goes into effect would likely force recipe changes for Baltimore's iconic Berger Cookies.

The FDA first required manufacturers to declare the amount of trans fat on "Nutrition Facts" labels in 2006 because of public health concerns, according to information on the FDA's website explaining the targeting of trans fat. An increased risk of heart disease, with plaque building up inside arteries has been linked to partially hydrogenated oils and trans fat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year."

Berger Cookie bakery owner Charles DeBaufre told the Capital News Service this week that the company has made been two attempts to make the cookies without trans fat and the results were discouraging—at best.

(A box of the old fudge favorites briefly floated around the...

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November, 20th 2013

How twins pranked the BBJ

Baltimore magazine

Today, the Baltimore Business Journal's editor-in-chief Joanna Sullivan reported that they got "duped" by one of the newspaper's "40 Under 40" winners, which debuted this week. Mike Brenner, who is the co-founder and CEO of tech incubator Betamore, had his identical twin brother Dan show up to the BBJ photo shoot and pose for him instead. He even offered up a clue in his write-up, describing himself as an "identical twin who still enjoys the occasional prank."

When we heard about the story, we immediately flipped back to our October issue, in which we named Mike Brenner a "40 Under 40" honoree. Did we get duped as well? "No that was really me at your photo shoot," Mike said with a laugh on the phone today. "Dan and I have done these kinds of pranks before and I just thought, 'Wouldn't it be funny?' I also feel like my brother deserves a lot of credit for the work he's done, so I wanted to shed some light on him. I thought it would be harmless."

Sullivan, however, disagreed...

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November, 19th 2013

Today in History: 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

Baltimore magazine

Little more than four months after the bloodiest battle of the Civil War at Gettysburg, with as many as 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured, or missing on each side, President Abraham Lincoln traveled to the small Adams County town for the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery.

Leaving Washington the day before the dedication, riding in a special Baltimore and Ohio Railroad car, Lincoln passed through Camden Station on Nov. 18. Escorted to the Northern Central Railroad’s Bolton Station by the Fifth New York Heavy Artillery, Lincoln—en route to Gettysburg via Hanover Junction, PA—delivered his iconic words the following day, Nov. 19, 1863

Lincoln also returned to Washington by the same route after his brief speech—considered one of the greatest in American history. Beginning with “Four score and seven years ago” to highlight the battle as the turning point in the war, and hopefully, the country’s history, Lincoln said that it was for the living to be “dedicated here to the...

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November, 18th 2013

Ravens Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Despite another heartbreaking loss, this week's "Ravens Stud of the Week" was an easy pick. In the midst of a frustrating season, this fan favorite finally returned to form. Let's hope it lasts and his performance against the league's second-worst running defense wasn't merely an aberration.

Week 12 Stud: 
Ray Rice

The line:
A touchdown, 131 yards rushing on 25 carries, and three catches for 17 yards. 

Studliest moment:
Rice's first carry of the game—a simple handoff and dart through a lane on the near sideline— went for 47 yards. By itself, that run would've topped his rushing totals in nearly every other game this season. The play set the tone for a much-needed big day on the ground.

The clincher:
Rice's ensuing short touchdown run looked easy because of the great blocking upfront, but he also showed patience, reading...

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November, 14th 2013

Ed Reed Joins Jets; Returns to M&T Bank Stadium (Again)

Baltimore magazine

For a guy who left Baltimore, Ed Reed manages to find his way back here fairly often.

The veteran safety, who was released by the Houston Texans this week, will return to M&T Bank Stadium with his new team, the New York Jets, next week, Nov. 24. In joining the Jets, Reed, 35, is reunited with former Raven defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.

Reed and the Texans lost, 30-9, to the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium earlier this year in Week 3.

With the Ravens struggling for a playoff spot, let's hope Reed plays well and doesn't get hurt, but goes back to New York with a similar result.

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November, 14th 2013

Hammerjacks Rebirth Near M&T Bank Stadium?

Baltimore magazine

Where have you gone, Axl Rose?

According to reports, developers are proposing a return of the iconic Baltimore hair metal club, Hammerjacks, near M&T Bank Stadium and envisioned as part of an entertainment zone around the new Horseshoe casino.

Earlier this summer, the Baltimore Business Journal reported that Kevin Butler, an Anne Arundel County businessman who bought the rights to the Hammerjacks name and trademark several years ago—Hammerjacks T-shirts can still be had online—was working with developers to reincarnate Hammerjacks in the football stadium's parking lot. Not far, actually, from the old Hammerjacks location at 1101 S. Howard St. And yes, Guns 'N Roses, like most, if not all, of the big name glam rock bands, did play Hammerjacks: Oct. 18, 1987, according to an online source.

The Business Monthly also wrote about the...

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