There is damning with faith praise, and then there is damning while you praise another. Former Bengal Jonathan Joseph, who signed with the Texans last year as a free agent, recently lauded the atmosphere with the Houston club while at the same time deriding his former employers in Cincinnati.
Heres what Joseph told HeraldOnline.com in South Carolina (via Pro Football Talk): The first thing about Houston is its an organization run from a different perspective. In Cincy, the team lives off money it earns from football. Houstons owner has other business interests, and he controls the money. Numerous things that go on such as the way Houston interacts with my family; were treated in a first-class way. They helped us when my wife lost our baby daughter in a miscarriage.
But they help with anything you ask of them because they are a very caring organization with positive attitudes about its players. In Cincy, were told how much Gatorade we could take home. In Houston, we get what we request. You get soap and deodorant at your request. You dont have a roommate on road trips.
At first blush, your reaction might be that athletes being paid millions can afford their own Gatorade, soap, deodorant and single hotel rooms. True enough.
However, though its easy to spend Mike Browns money and we dont know if the Bengals profit margins are so tight that they need to count the towels in the locker room, such small things obviously can loom large in the minds of some players as an indicator of an organizations certain kind of attitude toward its employees. Might that not be worth the relatively small investment of not counting bottles of Gatorade?
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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