Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo recently made a splash across media platforms because of his support for legalized same-sex marriage though actually the splash had more to do with a Maryland legislators reaction to Ayanbadejos stance.
Another Raven, center Matt Birk, has now entered the debate with an opinion piece that was published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune this weekend. Birk, a former Viking, is a native Minnesotan.
Birk takes an opposite view from Ayanbadejo, but he does so in a reasoned, intelligent manner befitting a Harvard graduate.
Birk makes the point that issues of free speech arent what this debate is about. He writes: The conversation during the last few weeks on the subject of same-sex marriage appears to be drawing a false connection between supporting true American values like free speech and the institution of marriage, our most fundamental and important social institution.
Later in his article, Birks laments how the discussion can devolve into demonizing those who take his position regarding preserving the traditional definition of marriage.
People who are simply acknowledging the basic reality of marriage between one man and one woman are being labeled as bigots and homophobic. Aren't we past that as a society? Attempting to silence those who may disagree with you is always un-American, but especially when it is through name-calling, it has no place in respectful conversation.
You might not support Birks position on same-sex marriage, but its hard to argue against a call for civility in public discourse. And just imagine, it comes from a man who spends his Sundays doing a most uncivil thing slamming into 300-pound defensive linemen.
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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