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Forsett working to help combat Flint water crisis

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Forsett working to help combat Flint water crisis

Ravens running back Justin Forsett is doing tangible work to help alleviate the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

Forsett launched a company in 2009, ShowerPill, which produces antibacterial body wipes. So Forsett partnered with his company, the United Way, and close to 20 NFL players to have $100,000 worth of body wipes and water delivered to Flint.

It has become a hands-on project for Forsett, who will be in Flint on Tuesday. His college roommate, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, is planning to join Forsett, as is Forsett’s former Ravens teammate, 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Forsett wants to hear from people in Flint so he can learn what else can be done. Meanwhile, the mother of Saints running back Mark Ingram, a Flint native, is overseeing the delivery of wipes and water to families.

When Forsett heard about Flint’s plight on the news, he was moved to do something.

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"I started hearing about the color of the water, how people were bathing with bottled water and wet wipes, kids with lead in their bodies,” Forsett wrote on this personal blog at sportsblog.com

“We are not trying to put just a Band-Aid on the situation, but are looking to make a real impact and hopefully work on long-term solutions. One thing I learned from interacting with those involved with the Baltimore riots is that people just want to be heard. When we spoke to the kids there, so many of them said they felt like they didn’t have a voice and that nobody cared about them.

“Whether it’s in Flint or Baltimore or wherever, we are blessed with this opportunity for a little bit of time. It’s up to us to use it in the right way so we can have a positive effect on the world around us.”

Forsett would love to be playing in Super Bowl 50, but views the work he’s doing in Flint as extremely important.

“Truth is, 30 years from now, we probably won’t remember (much) of what happens this coming Super Bowl weekend (other than maybe the winner),” Forsett wrote. “But the things that last are relationships and the impact you make on people’s lives. So while we are having fun and celebrating Super Bowl weekend, it’s important to remember the responsibility that comes along with the blessing of playing in the NFL.”

It’s not hard to figure out why Forsett is one of the most respected people in the Ravens’ organization.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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