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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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Ravens' Terrell Suggs simply refuses to mention Patriots' Tom Brady by name

Ravens' Terrell Suggs simply refuses to mention Patriots' Tom Brady by name

OWINGS MILLS – Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs will go to great lengths not to mention Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by name.

It has been that way for years. Suggs may grudgingly praise Brady if asked. Suggs may say, “You know who I mean,” or “The quarterback from New England.”

But Suggs uttering the name Tom Brady is not happening. Check out this exchange between Suggs and reporters following Wednesday’s practice.

Question: Is it fair to say you really don’t want to talk about Tom Brady?

Suggs: “I’m like Marshawn Lynch, y’all know why I’m here. It’s a big game this week. We get to play on Monday night. We’re playing a good team. They’re ahead of their division. We’re ahead of ours. So we have another big game. It’s going to be fun.”

Question: You don’t want to say his name, do you?

Suggs smiled. Then he replied, “I mean, it’s going to be fun. We’re going to have fun. It’s going to be an interesting game and we accept the challenge.”

Suggs accepted the challenge of not saying “Tom Brady” years ago. That’s just part of the edginess of the Ravens-Patriots rivalry, which both teams are looking forward to renewing Monday night.

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Rivalry and respect between John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick

Rivalry and respect between John Harbaugh and Bill Belichick

The intensity of the Ravens-Patriots rivalry, which will continue Monday night in New England, makes it difficult for Bill Belichick and John Harbaugh to have a close relationship. Even though Belichick called Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti in 2008 and recommended that Harbaugh become the Ravens’ head coach.

Harbaugh appreciated Belichick’s endorsement. But for the last nine seasons, the competition and controversies in their coaching rivalry have kept them at a distance. 

“Both teams are going to do everything they can to compete as hard as they can Monday night,” Belichick said during a conference call with Baltimore reporters. “That’s what it is, and that’s what we all signed up for.

“It’s like when Coach (Nick) Saban was at Miami. I mean, Nick and I – Nick is one of my closest friends in coaching and one of my closest friends out of coaching, and nobody has more respect for Nick Saban than I do, and his family…but when we were playing them twice a year in Miami, it’s hard because it’s competitive.”

Asked about his relationship with Belichick, Harbaugh said there was mutual respect.

“I feel like we have a good relationship,” Harbaugh said. “We’re probably not socializing that much, but I don’t know how many coaches really do.

“I have a ton of respect for him, and I really like him as a person. I think he’s a great coach – greatest coach of this generation. He’s earned that title. And I study him. I’ve always studied him.”

And this week, Harbaugh is studying how to beat Belichick’s team.

“All of that (respect and admiration) goes out the window when you compete against one another,” Harbaugh said. “It’s like anything else, you want to win. I’m sure he feels the same way.”

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