Whether or not a Super Bowl ring is in the cards for Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, the popular card game Bourre is.
That's pronounced Boo-Ray, a game played by many NFL players during down time. Pollard has released via mobile application with former Texans teammate Ryan Moats. It's avaliable for 1.99 and can be downloaded only at Apple App Store, Game Center or bourreapp.com.
Pollard is inviting Ravens fans and Twitter followers to participate. He started playing the game Tuesday before practice with teammates Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, Dennis Pitta and Curtis Painter.
"This is my fist project like this. Coming in my rookie year in Kansas City (2006), just seeing guys play it around the league it's one of those things you really don't think about, like I did until six years later, to create a safer way to play the game and to be able to incorporate fans," said Pollard, who played the game at Purdue for candy. "You see so many people playing Solitary or Hearts in the airport waiting for their plane. For me, it was an opportunity I could jump on and I took advantage of it."
Moats is the developer. He contracted a coder and Pollard helped devise the appearance of the game and tweaked some of the rules. Bourre is a game that usually doesn't end until the players (a maximum of five) quit. This app has a finish line contingent on how much "play" money is won.
Each player gets five cards. They can trade as many as five back in to the dealer. Whatever suit that's used to start, each player must try to beat it with a higher card of that suit. Spades are the "trump" cards, meaning they can override any suit.
"I've already played with a couple fans. They've taken my (play) money," said Pollard, who maintains Lewis is the loudest and biggest locker room braggart. He hasn't done his pregame dance routine for it yet. "It's really an honest, fun game."
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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