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Brutally sarcastic Steve Smith not losing sleep over rookies who don't like his style

Brutally sarcastic Steve Smith not losing sleep over rookies who don't like his style

This is how Steve Smith Sr. feels about rookie defensive backs who don’t like his combative style.

“I can really give a flying f…,” said Smith, during a Wednesday conference call with Bengals reporters, via ESPN.com.

Sounds like Smith won’t be changing his trash-talking ways at age 37, in what is expected to be his final NFL season. The veteran wide receiver has often said he doesn’t play football to make friends with opponents. He plays to win.

After the Ravens’ 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, rookie cornerback Anthony Brown said he “lost all respect” for Smith due to his trash-talking. Earlier in the season, Jaguars rookie defensive back Jalen Ramsey had a similar reaction after trash talking with Smith much of the game. Ramsey and Smith even took their beef to social media after the game.

Smith has 1,005 career catches, 14,448 receiving yards, and eight 1,000-yard seasons, doing it his way. Smith passed the 1,000-catch mark Sunday, and thought Ramsey and Brown needed to be reminded of his credentials.

“These young guys, these new millennium guys, they don’t really get it,” Smith said on the conference call. “I’ve had two rookies that unfortunately, they have lost all respect for me, so it’s really been keeping me up at night. It’s tragic. I’ve been losing sleep. With all the lack of sleep, I know we lost, but I was almost unable to send my cleats and gloves all the way to Canton because of the lack of sleep thing.”

Good to know that Smith’s play will not be affected by sleep deprivation.  

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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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