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Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Boston based brewery trolls the Ravens with 'Is Joe Flacco Elite?' cans

Ever since hoisting the Lombardy trophy in Super Bowl XLVII and being named its MVP, many have brought up the question is, "Joe Flacco an elite QB?"

If you were to ask Ravens’ fans, their answer would simply be yes. To other football fans, though, the answer is still up for grabs. It’s been such a topic of discussion that it was even asked to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump who gave this response:

Behind the Steelers, the Patriots are at the top of the list of Ravens rivals. So, to poke some fun at the Ravens during the offseason, Tree House Brewing Co. (a Boston brewery) sent several of their cans to the Ravens training facility with “Is Joe Flacco Elite?” scanned on the bottom of them. The special cans the Ravens received are just a couple out of 12,000 printed.

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When it comes to hiring employees that are Pats fans, the Boston brewery takes it very seriously.

"We ask everyone if they are a Pats fan," co-owner of the brewery Dean Rohan said. "I know it's not legal, but you have to be a Pats fan to be here."

Andrew Pillsbury, who is a packaging line operator for the brewery, came up with the idea. When asked if he thinks Flacco is elite or not, he said, "We go back and forth. In the regular season, he doesn't look too elite. But sometimes he comes through there in the playoffs, and it gives us a little scare. But we got Tom Brady, so we're not really worried."

Will the Ravens respond and send the Pats a case of Natty Boh?

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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