The people who work in collegiate and professional sports often live a non-stop lifestyleespecially the coaches. Its not like a 9-5 job because they work tons of hours together and the bonds they form are very strong and last for years. Sometimes they last forever.
Thats why the death of Eagles coach Andy Reids son, Garrett, touched Ravens coach John Harbaugh. He worked under Andy Reid in Philadelphia for several seasons before getting hired as the Ravens head coach before the 2008 season.
Harbaugh said, when talking to the media on Monday, that he sent Reid a text message with his thoughts on Sunday morning.
I texted Andy as soon as I heard about itat about 10 a.m., Harbaugh said. I just told him how sorry I was and told him that his beautiful son is in Gods hands now.
Harbaugh said both he and his wife learned a lot about raising children from Reid and his wife, Tammy. His daughter, Alison, was born in Philadelphia, and Harbaugh remembers the way Reid talked with him about being a dad.
Andy was one of the first ones to talk to me about being a good parent, besides my dad and mom, Harbaugh said. I remember the first thing Alison did when Andy held her, she grabbed his mustache and just grabbed it as hard as she could.
This news hit so many people in the NFL hard, those who knew Andy Reid and his son. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday morning that many big-name people had appeared at the funeral. Commissioner Roger Goodell, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Browns president (and former Green Bay and Seattle coach) Mike Holmgren, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, Ron Jaworski, and so many others.
Football coaches probably work longer than anyone. Day and night. Night and day. It never ends. Thats why their bonds are unbreakable and unshakable. They'll be there for their friends in bad times, like Harbaugh tried to be for Reid in the last few days.
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.
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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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