Dec. 28, 2003: The Ravens (10-6) win their first division title, turning back the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-10 in overtime. Jamal Lewis rushes for 114 yards and a touchdown to become the fifth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Dec. 26, 1999: "I can humbly say that I feel like I'm pretty good," Matt Stover says after kicking five field goals in the host Ravens' 22-0 victory over Cincinnati Bengals. Stover has hit 17 in a row, including four of 44 yards or more.
Dec. 23, 1982: Maryland basketball fans spill onto the court at Cole Field House after the Terps' 80-79 double-overtime victory over previously undefeated UCLA. It's the first win over the Bruins in four tries for coach Lefty Driesell's team, now 5-2. Ben Coleman, a 6-foot-9 junior, scores 27, hitting 11 of 12 field-goal attempts, and grabs a game-high 12 rebounds.
Dec. 25, 1972: Clippers general manager Terry Reardon fires himself as coach of the slumping hockey team and names Jim Morrison, the club's veteran defenseman, to replace him. Baltimore's two-time defending American Hockey League Western Division champions have a 5-19-7 record.
Dec. 25, 1968: An announced Christmas crowd of 5,261 at the Civic Center sees the first-place Bullets win their club-record ninth straight game, 118-112 over the Seattle SuperSonics. Earl Monroe scores 25 and Ed Manning, a reserve forward, adds 16.
Dec. 28, 1963: Wilt Chamberlain's basket at the buzzer gives San Francisco a 106-104 victory over the host Bullets. The game ends in a melee as the Warriors' Guy Rodgers knocks the bridge from Kevin Loughery's mouth, and San Francisco's Al Attles chases a fan into the stands, only to be tackled by referee Norm Drucker.
Dec. 27, 1959: The Colts explode for 24 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the visiting New York Giants, 31-16, and repeat as NFL champions. Though sacked six times, Johnny Unitas passes for two touchdowns and runs for one, and Baltimore's defense stops a key Giants drive on fourth-and-inches.
Dec. 28, 1958: "This will be something to tell our children about," punter Ray Brown says in the Colts' jubilant locker room at Yankee Stadium after the 23-17 sudden-death victory over the Giants for the NFL championship. Alan "The Horse" Ameche scores the game-winner, and Raymond Berry's 12 receptions set a title-game record.
Dec. 26, 1914: Near-zero temperatures draw more than 7,000 skaters to the frozen pool at Patterson Park, where city workers string electric lights so folks can skate at night.
Dec. 25, 1946: Norm Bulaich (rhymes with goulash), the Colts' No. 1 draft pick in 1970 who rushed for 198 yards against the New York Jets in 1971, a single-game franchise record that stood for 29 years.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun