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Why is a politician talking to a linebacker?

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Why is a politician talking to a linebacker?

Ive read over the story where Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has heard from the politicians regarding his support of same-sex marriage, and it's got me puzzled.
Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, sent a letter to owner Steve Bisciotti complaining about the fact that the linebacker would make his thoughts public and asking the team to keep the player quiet on it.
The Ravens have backed their player, saying hes fine to talk about that. Theres this little thing called the 1st Amendment which gives us free speech.
So heres my questionwhy in the world is a politician getting mixed up in what a football player says anyway?
We all know politicians love to hear the sound of their own voices. They live for it. I once had lunch with a politician who was mad that I didnt quote him enough in the paper I was working at and wanted to meet me for lunch to talk.
He started talking the minute we sat down and never stopped for 35 minutes. What he didnt realize was I had a bad cold which had blocked the hearing in my right ear. I literally didnt hear a word he said, and he didnt let me get in a wordso I never could tell him I couldnt hear. To this day, the man doesnt know what happened.
Ayanbadejos viewpoints are controversial, absolutely. Theyre going to ruffle a few feathers, sure. But they are his, and hes got the right to say what he wants.
Del. Burns needs to worry about other stuff. Hes smart. He knows that letter will get him publicity. If I said something like what Ayanbadejo did in a newsletter at my kids school, I dont think the Delegate would be too upset.
But writing a letter to a Raven gets the Delegate publicity. Methinks that had something to do with this.

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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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