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What has Ricky Williams gotten into?

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What has Ricky Williams gotten into?

Lets note a few things as the clock ticks down toward training camp:

We recently passed along the story of retired Raven Ricky Williams and mentioned his involvement with something called Access Consciousness. The Austin Chronicle (tip from Pro Football Talk) has far more on this organization, movement or whatever you want to call it.

Actually, it may be you want to call it a cult.

Through Williams foundation, children are becoming part of Access Consciousness, whose leader, as the article states, says he can heal the wounded with his bare hands, teach others how to read minds and even speak with molecules outside of their own bodies, among other things.

So this was what Williams meant when he said he wakes up each day to decide what fun thing he will do?

At baltimoreravens.com, you can watch one of the staffers a young man about half the size of an offensive lineman as he goes through the conditioning test Ravens linemen must pass before they can start training camp. We wont spoil it for you and tell you how it comes out, other than there is a lot of heavy breathing.

The Bengals, who sold the lowest percentage of their seats last season, have said they wont apply the NFLs new lower threshold for local television blackouts.

As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Bengals owner Mike Brown said: Were going to stick with the old rule. What we want to see are sold-out houses, and we want the stadium full with 65,000-plus people. We dont want to get to just 85 percent or 55,000.

If you think back when they passed the sales tax to finance the stadiums, they did it so people could come downtown to the stadiums and watch games. They didnt do it so people could sit at home and watch games on television. They could have done that without a new stadium.

Pro Football Talk said: Browns decision was likely influenced by the fact that hed have to pay 16 more cents per ticket to the visiting team for any seat sold above the lower threshold.

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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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