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Wizards guard sides with Redskins over Ravens

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Wizards guard sides with Redskins over Ravens

Shelvin Mack really respects Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, but not enough to root for him over the Redskins.

Mack, a second-year guard for the NBA's Wizards, attended training camp Tuesday and marveled at the work ethic.

"It's great when you're able to see great teams in different sports. You can always take something away from it. It's great to see like Ray Lewis. He's (going to be) in the Hall of Fame and he's still out there practicing hard," Mack, a 6-foot-3 guard who was a 2011 second-round pick for the Wizards, told CSNBaltimore.com. "It's good to see the everyday grind of the process. It helps you out. It shows that you can continue to work.

"But I like the Redskins better. They're in D.C."

Mack, a native of Lexington, Ky., hasn't played football since middle school. He prefers physical style of play in basketball, and football, too.

"I like Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. I like defensive guys, especially for football," said Mack, who averaged 3.6 points per game in a backup role. "I don't like to be hit so I like the people that do the hitting. That's why I'm here watching and not playing and I decided to pick basketball."

The Wizards (20-46) finished strong in a lockout-shortened season in 2011-12, ending on a six-game winning streak and winners of eight of their last 10.

"We got better as the season went on. We finished on a great note," Mack said. "Last August I couldn't talk to the coaches (because of the lockout) so I'm taking advantage of that right now."

So who is Mack picking to win the Super Bowl? His favorite team, of course, the New York Jets.

"I like Rex Ryan. He's from Baltimore, so that counts a little bit," said Mack, who admits he has no connection to the area or the team and hasn't always been a fan. "I just like the coach."

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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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