Throughout much of the country, people are focused on fax machines as future college football players declare their intentions where they will play next season. National Signing Day has become a huge event, with round the clock television coverage and months of hype and online attention. At CSN, we have running blogs of players committing to the Terps, Hokies and Cavaliers.
Still, as much fun as signing day has become, in the Washington area college football is not as dominant as other areas of the country. With so much focus on the Redskins in this area, it seems the opening of NFL Free Agency ranks as the more important date in and around the Beltway.
But the days of Redskins One flying around the country to woo the biggest name free agents are over. GM Scot McCloughan has made clear his team won't be a big player in free agency, rather focusing on building through the draft. Still, the 'Skins will inevitably be part of free agency, and the first day of NFL free agency takes over Twitter and the online landscape.
So let's not debate what's bigger - let's debate what is more fun. NFL free agency offers what college doesn't: Odds are a big-time free agent will be expected to transform a team right away. Signing day, even for the best players, requires a freshman playing right away, which happens infrequently, especially outside of skill positions. If you need instant gratification, Signing Day probably isn't your thing.
But, if you like high drama, crazy outfits and picking hats out of bags? Signing Day is for you. 17 and 18-year-old men making tough decisions that drive adults crazy just has an aura of chaos to it, only amplified by the television cameras and endless online hype.
Signing Day or NFL Free Agency? Let us know what you prefer in the comments.
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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