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Ravens forced to cancel Friday open practice against 49ers

Posted on 02 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Due to rules of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL Players Association and the NFL, the Baltimore Ravens’ Friday (Aug. 8) joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium has been cancelled.

The CBA limits the number of consecutive days a team can practice or take part in football activities during training camp. The decision to call off Friday’s event stems from the 49ers’ practice/travel schedule leading up to Thursday’s first preseason game (Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.).

The Ravens will still hold a free and open practice at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Monday (Aug. 4) at 7 p.m. The practice will have interactive fan events, including post-practice player autograph signings for children, fun-filled activities designed specifically for younger fans, giveaways and cheerleader/mascot meet-and-greets. It will also feature a youth football clinic on the field prior to practice.

“We’re very disappointed for fans who were planning to attend Friday’s practice against the 49ers,” Ravens team president Dick Cass stated. “We hope some of them will be able to come to the practice at Navy on Monday.”

(Note: The previously-scheduled Ravens-49ers stadium practice would have been a walk-through-type session due to the game being played on Thursday night. Additionally, due to the Orioles’ game at Camden Yards on Friday evening, there also wouldn’t have been player autograph signings following practice.)

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How are the Ravens and Orioles different?  You’ll see today at 10:00 am

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How are the Ravens and Orioles different? You’ll see today at 10:00 am

Posted on 08 January 2014 by Drew Forrester

Of all the days that separate the two professional sports teams in Baltimore, today is the one that stands out the most.

No games get played.

No one wins.  No one loses.

No players signed.  No money spent.

Today is the day that tells you everything you need to know about the Ravens — and at the same time, reminds you of what you already knew about the Orioles.

Some might also consider that today shows why one of the teams is a perennial winner and the other isn’t.

This morning at 10:00 am, the football team will hold its annual “State of the Ravens” press conference at their facility in Owings Mills.  They don’t do this occasionally.  They don’t do it only after a successful season.  Since Steve Bisciotti assumed full control of the team, they’ve hosted this event every year a week or two after the season concludes.

It’s called, in a word, “accountability”.

The Ravens ooze it.

The Orioles need a transfusion of it.

The only person who faces the media regularly for the Orioles is Buck Showalter, and that’s typically only in pre-game or post-game form.  Buck hasn’t had any sort of pre-season en-masse sitdown with the Baltimore media since he took the job and, likewise, hasn’t had a post-season presser for the media in town to pepper him with questions about the season.  That said, I bet you anything you want that Showalter would gladly sit down with the media if presented the option of doing so without the natural interference provided by the stuffed suits at OPACY.

Dan Duquette hasn’t had a press conference – other than when he was hired – in…well…ummm…forever.

Hilarious, right?

Repeat this to yourself at least once to completely absorb the amazing lack of responsibility on behalf of Orioles management: Dan Duquette is entering his third season with the Orioles and he’s never, once, faced the Baltimore press corps for a “bring it on” press conference where we’re all allowed to ask questions about the way the baseball franchise is run.

Go ahead, read that again.  Unreal.  Right?

This, of course, is in direct contrast to the Ravens, who will welcome any and all media members into their house today and allow questions to be thrown at Bisciotti, Team President Dick Cass, General Manager Ozzie Newsome and Head Coach John Harbaugh.

None of the questions will be dodged, unless some goof in the room says something like, “Yeah, this is for Ozzie.  Are you guys interested in trading for Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars?  He’s really good you know.”  Ozzie, of course, can’t answer any question about a player currently under contract with another team.  But he’ll answer any other REAL questions thrown his way today.

There’s no list of “off-limits-topics” distributed beforehand.  And, unlike the Orioles, who specialize in not allowing their critics to question them, the Ravens don’t “hand-pick” who is allowed in the room and who asks questions and who doesn’t.

The Orioles are so afraid of their critics they take away their press credentials and display a picture of the suspect at the main entrance behind home plate the same way the FBI posts pictures of their Most Wanted List in post offices.

The Ravens say, “Come on in, everyone, and ask whatever you want.”

The Orioles say, “You — you, right there.  You can come in.  You, though, you can’t come in.”

Accountability.  It’s what fuels today’s “State of the Ravens” gathering.

As long time Ravens P.R. Vice President Kevin Byrne said to me once, “We like this sort of review.  We appreciate the questions and the challenges.  We constantly evaluate ourselves.  We’re not worried about having people ask us why we do what we do.”

After the press conference, all four of the men will routinely hang around for some “off-the-record” discussions in the event you wanted to press an issue that was touched upon during the “open” portion of the event.

Yes, it’s true.  Steve Bisciotti simply stands in the corner and you ask him whatever you want.  One year, I asked him, simply, “How much money did the team make this past season?”  And, he stood right there and answered it.

Can you imagine asking Peter Angelos that question?

Wait — can you imagine Peter making himself AVAILABLE, first of all?  Then, what if that question got posed to him?  You can only imagine the result.

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Ravens receive environmental recognition for stadium

Posted on 19 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RAVENS AND MARYLAND STADIUM AUTHORITY RECOGNIZED

The Baltimore Ravens, in partnership with the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA), have earned a LEED-certified “Gold” designation for M&T Bank Stadium from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). (LEED is Leadership inEnergy and Environmental Design. LEED strives to deliver energy- and water-efficient, healthy, environmentally-friendly, cost-saving buildings, homes and communities.)

M&T Bank Stadium becomes the first existing outdoor professional sports facility in the United States – including all NFL and Major League Baseball stadiums – to receive USGBC’s Gold rating. A LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building.

“I’m pleased to celebrate the LEED-certified Gold designation with our World Champions,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Working together, we’re meeting some of the most ambitious energy reduction goals in the nation, fostering innovation and job creation that will lead to a better, more sustainable future for our children.”

“In conjunction with and support from the Maryland Stadium Authority, the Ravens wanted to step forward as a leader in the stadium industry by pushing the envelope with efficiency and sustainability,” Ravens president Dick Cass said. “Our staff, headed by Roy Sommerhof [Ravens vice president of stadium operations], used creative strategies that produced significant energy and maintenance efficiencies and cost savings.

“One of the highlights of this effort was the cooperation we received from the MSA staff, its workers, our partners and our vendors while implementing these green and sustainability programs,” Cass added.

Some of the major sustainability projects at M&T Bank Stadium highlighted by LEED include:

  • ·       43% water reduction with the installation of over 400 waterless urinals
  • ·       27% above the national average in energy efficiency
  • ·       Offset 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions
  • ·       Electricity at the stadium has been reduced from 15,952,984 kilowatt hours in 2005 to 10,881,579 in 2012, a savings of 5,071,405 kilowatt hours. (That savings can heat about 440 homes for a year.)
  • ·       71% of regularly occupied spaces have access to outdoor views

“One of the benefits of these efforts and this recognition is that the Ravens and the MSA set a standard for existing stadiums, allowing us to help educate the public about the importance of retrofitting existing structures to help the environment,” Sommerhof explained.

Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John Morton III noted: “Achieving LEED status does more than showcase our commitment to the environment. This standard of excellence enhances the value of our stadium. For many sports and entertainment entities, sustainability is a key factor in selecting venues. This designation improves our chances to attract these events.”

“We congratulate the Maryland Stadium Authority and the Baltimore Ravens on the significant accomplishment of becoming the first LEED Gold certified football stadium in the country,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president/CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “Under Governor O’Malley’s leadership, the state of Maryland has and continues to be a leader in sustainable building, with this certification being an impressive example. The Maryland Stadium Authority and Ravens are pushing forward an important mission toward healthier, energy-saving stadiums that we hope to see replicated throughout the world.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell offered his thoughts on the Ravens’ involvement: “The Ravens attempt to set a standard in everything they do, both on and off the field. Working hard to stay green and sustainable at M&T Bank Stadium is another example of the Ravens doing the right thing in their community at a consistently high level.”

Among the efforts at M&T Bank Stadium that helped earn the Gold recognition from LEED are:

1.        The stadium recycles 31% of its regular waste and is working to increase this percentage.

2.        The stadium saves over 3 million gallons of water per year with waterless urinals and water-efficient restroom fixtures throughout the building.

3.        All purchases for M&T Bank Stadium follow the Sustainable Purchasing Policy to include recycled, renewable and Energy Star-labeled products for the building.

4.        The stadium implements a “Green Cleaning” program that improves air quality and reduces waste with green cleaning products and materials.

5.        Both the Ravens and Maryland Stadium Authority encourage the use of public and alternative transportation to stadium events. 10% of Ravens fans use the MTA Light Rail service to travel to and from games. Another 2% use buses through the “Ravens Ride” program.

6.        38% of M&T Bank Stadium staff use alternative transportation to work, contributing to the stadium’s carbon footprint reduction of 123,070 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

7.        The stadium’s efficient irrigation system and adaptive vegetation reduces 30% of its potable water for outside irrigation.

8.        Environmentally friendly operations and maintenance programs are used in all pest, landscape and hardscape management programs for the stadium.

Along with the LEED designation, the USGBC presents a plaque saluting this honor. The plaque will be placed prominently at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Ravens reiterate new NFL bag policy for M&T Bank Stadium

Posted on 13 August 2013 by WNST Staff

RAVENS ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY & IMPROVE STADIUM ACCESS FOR FANS

 

(Illustrations and a FAQ sheet regarding the NFL’s stadium bag policy are attached.)

 

To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens reiterated Tuesday an NFL policy that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into the stadium.

 

The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure that will enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain access in all stadiums. It was discussed with all clubs at the May league meeting and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games.

 

The Ravens strongly encourage fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:

 

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com), or

 

  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc-type bag or similar).

 

  • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

 

  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose.

 

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

 

For additional information, go to www.NFL.com/allclear

 

“Our focus is safety at our games, and this new policy helps that,” Ravens president Dick Cass said. “Plus, with the use of clear bags, entering our stadium will be faster and more convenient.”

 

Ravens fans will continue to be able to enjoy their tailgate activities in the parking lots and to do so with greater safety and the knowledge that their entry into the stadium will be smoother and faster.

 

In recent years the Ravens have enhanced their already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat-downs, bag checks and metal detectors.

 

“Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective.  We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment.”

 

This public safety measure is being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while the TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags.

 

Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter NFL stadiums through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect at all stadiums.

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Ravens unveil stadium upgrades

Posted on 06 August 2013 by WNST Staff

RAVENS UNVEIL STADIUM UPGRADES

The Baltimore Ravens unveiled Tuesday the first installment of a two-year, $35 million investment that enhances the fan experience at M&T Bank Stadium with improvements to video boards, concession stands and all concourses.

The first phase of improvements, which began in March, includes extensive upgrades to the stadium’s lower concourse and video boards. The second phase of work, which will target the upper concourse, is scheduled to begin next spring and will be completed in time for the 2014 NFL season.

“We are striving to make the fan experience at Ravens’ home games and other stadium events the best it can be,” Ravens team president Dick Cass stated. “Our priority is keeping M&T Bank Stadium as the best place for fans to be on game day.”

“There is natural wear and tear that comes with every season, and these improvements will certainly benefit our fans and our business,” Ravens vice president of stadium operations Roy Sommerhof said.

 

VIDEO BOARDS

Two LED high-definition video boards, measuring more than 8 feet high and 30 feet wide, were installed at the concourse entrances of gates A and D. (Approximately 60 percent of fans enter gate A for all stadium events.) These new high-definition boards, which have split-screen capabilities, will display a variety of content, ranging from in-game action, highlights, NFL scores, stats, welcome messaging and entertainment video.

Another dramatic improvement was the addition of four new LED boards – measuring 18 feet high and 18 feet wide – with one each placed on the sides of the two giant RavensVision HD video boards in the stadium’s inner bowl. Additionally, four new LED ribbon boards were installed to connect fully around the entire middle seating bowl. The east/west board measures 2.5 feet high and 96 feet wide, while the north and south boards are each 3.5 feet high and over 650 feet long.

“With these boards, we will focus on football features that enrich the game-day experience,” Ravens vice president of broadcasting Larry Rosen stated. “Transitioning some of our static signage to LED technology allows us to expand content and provide the entertainment and football information – including scores and fantasy-team statistics – that our fans crave.”

 

CONCOURSE DESIGN

The lower concourses were re-designed with a “Ravenized” theme that has been influenced by the brick and steel look of the M&T Bank Stadium exterior and other buildings on the Camden Yards complex. These features include support columns wrapped in brick, purple accent lighting and enhanced directional signage throughout each concourse.

“We’ve brought the Camden Yards exterior to our stadium’s interior,” Sommerhof said.

 

CONCESSION STANDS

All 16 lower concourse concession stands were completely renovated to improve the speed of service and freshness and quality of food. Stands were not only redesigned, but new cooking equipment was installed to allow for much of the food to be prepared directly in front of fans. Additionally, 34 points of sale were added to speed up the checkout process, allowing fans to return to their seats faster.

The addition of digital menu boards also makes it easier for fans to order food and beverage items, while upgraded condiment counters will provide a wider array of self-serve toppings.

“We’re confident the upgrades we’ve made to the concession stands will further enhance the overall game-day experience at M&T Bank Stadium,” said Joe Arena, general manager, ARAMARK at M&T Bank Stadium. “The renovations allow us to offer top-quality food and service, as well as better showcase the menu variety.”

Several new items have been added to the menu for the upcoming season, including a Gino’s Burgers & Chicken location at stand 109. Additionally, ARAMARK’s culinary team created several new signature items exclusively for M&T Bank Stadium for the 2013 season:

 

New! Chef Inspired Sandwiches

  • ·       Old Bay Shredded Chicken Sandwich (Stands 101 and 130) – Beer Braised Pulled Chicken, Sweet Corn Mayo and Tomatoes
  • ·       BBQ Brisket Sandwich (Stands 101 and 123) – Shaved 12-hour Smoked Brisket, Caramelized Ketchup Braised Sweet Onions and Aged Cheddar Cheese

 

New! Signature Burgers (Stands 129, 152)

  • ·       Italian Burger with Grilled Genoa Salami, Provolone Cheese, Marinara Sauce, Peppers & Onions
  • ·       BBQ Burger with Crispy Onion Straws, BBQ Sauce and Cheddar Cheese

 

New! Signature Hot Dogs (Stands 103, 115, 124, 142)

  • ·       Junkyard Dog with Buffalo Sauce, Bleu Cheese Dressing and a Spicy Celery relish
  • ·       Reuben Dog with Sauerkraut, Shredded Swiss Cheese and Thousand Island Dressing
  • ·       Backyard Dog with Skillet Beans, Chopped Bacon, BBQ Sauce and Crispy Onion Straws

 

Club level patrons will find new items such as Chicken & Waffles, Frito Pie, Double Pork Sandwich and Artisan Flat Bread Pizza.

Renovations to upper concourse concession stands will be made prior to the 2014 NFL season.

 

SPECIALTY AREAS

Specialty areas, such as the lower concourse’s Bacardi Zone and Talon Pub, experienced renovations and design upgrades. Two popular destinations for meeting friends prior to and during games, Talon Pub was enlarged and has been reconfigured so it opens to the concourse, while the Bacardi Zone was renovated for ease of access.

 

RETAIL UPDATES

All four retail stores inside the stadium were remodeled, slightly increasing the size of each and providing a wider variety of merchandise for fans.

 

“We’ve also added more point of sale opportunities in each store,” Sommerhof added. “These upgrades will improve connectivity and speed up service for fans who purchase merchandise with credit cards or debit cards.”

 

ARTWORK & SUITE ENHANCEMENTS

Local artwork featuring Baltimore and the Ravens was added throughout the stadium’s concourses and interior locations. Beginning in 2014, stadium suites also will undergo upgrades.

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Ravens’ SB ring to include elements from season, franchise history

Posted on 15 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Ravens Select Jostens to Create the Team’s Super Bowl XLVII Championship Ring
Minneapolis, MN – May 14, 2013The Baltimore Ravens today announced that Jostens has been selected to create the team’s Super Bowl XLVII Championship Ring, which will capture the story of the Ravens exciting World Championship victory. Ravens’ players and leadership have been collaborating with Jostens master jewelers to design and produce custom Championship Rings for players and members of the Ravens organization. The design of the ring celebrates the 2012 season, while also paying tribute to the rich tradition of one of footballs’ most successful franchises.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Jostens on the creation of our Super Bowl XLVII Championship Rings,” commented Ravens President, Dick Cass. “We have created a beautiful ring that I believe everyone in the organization will be proud to wear, and we look forward to presenting them and seeing our team’s reactions.”

The one-of-a-kind ring recognizes the Ravens remarkable 2012 season and marks the 2nd time that the Ravens have brought the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore. Elements from the season and the franchise’s history will be incorporated into the ring’s final design, truly symbolizing the success of the team and the Ravens organization.

“Jostens is honored to have the opportunity to work with the Baltimore Ravens again to design and produce their Super Bowl Championship Ring,” said Chris Poitras, Director, Sports Sales and Marketing, Jostens. “Working closely with the Ravens players and team leadership, Jostens is creating a stunning ring that blends the team’s achievement with the Ravens’ championship history and tradition.”

The Ravens are also excited to announce that they are working closely with the Master Jewelers at Jostens to create a collection of jewelry and items especially for Raven Fans. The limited edition collection will debut to fans the evening of the Ravens’ Ring Ceremony and be inspired by the Super Bowl XLVII Championship Ring. The Baltimore Ravens and Jostens are excited to partner to extend this opportunity to celebrate the championship season and thrilling victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

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Ravens announce partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on 09 April 2013 by WNST Staff

For Immediate Release

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND BALTIMORE RAVENS PARTNER TO BUILD THREE NEW ROWHOMES

 

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the Baltimore Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF) have joined together to build houses and further improve the community surrounding the M&T Bank Stadium area.

 

In a combined effort, the construction of three brand new rowhomes will take place in Baltimore’s Washington Village neighborhood, affectionately known as “Pigtown,” which is located on the west side of Russell Street near M&T Bank Stadium. Pigtown is an area in need of help, with approximately one-third of its residents living below the poverty line and with nearly one in eight homes abandoned or in need of significant repair.

 

Habitat has already rehabbed 20 homes near the project site, with the next phase involving the transformation of a vacant lot at 1200 Ward Street into 18 new rowhomes. The RACTF will fund three of these homes, which are scheduled to be completed by this Fall.

 

“This neighborhood, which surrounds the M&T Bank Stadium area, is important to both Habitat for Humanity and the Ravens,” team president Dick Cass stated. “We are honored to be a part of this building project and hope that our involvement will lead to joint future endeavors. We are delighted to partner with Habitat for Humanity on this venture.”

 

“Our Habitat Chesapeake board and staff are incredibly excited about partnering with the World Champion Baltimore Ravens,” Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake CEO Mike Posko added. “Our focus and efforts for this project are to continue the revitalization of a neighborhood within the shadows of M&T Bank Stadium.”

 

In addition to funding, the Ravens’ staff, players and coaches, as well as key Ravens business partners, will take part in two separate on-site building days on Friday, May 17 and Thursday, June 6.

 

In order to be considered for Habitat for Humanity housing, applicants must go through a rigorous eligibility process and meet the following criteria: the ability to pay a monthly mortgage; a need for decent housing; and a willingness to partner in the form of “sweat equity,” in which applicants become actively involved in the building process through volunteer hours.

 

Among the recipients of these new homes, deserving and qualified homeowners may include existing members of the Pigtown community, veterans and current members of the military and stadium workers from M&T Bank Stadium.

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About Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake:

As a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake works in partnership with families in need of housing to build simple, decent and affordable homes.

 

Since 1982, this non-profit organization, with the help of citizens that volunteer, has completed more than 295 homes and has housed more than 900 family members, half of which are children.

 

Houses are sold to qualified homebuyers at no profit through no-interest mortgage loans and homebuyers must first meet the requirements of Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake’s program.

 

Homebuyers work alongside thousands of volunteers to complete homes in several Baltimore City and county communities as well as communities in Anne Arundel County and Howard County and throughout the surrounding Chesapeake Bay area.

 

Please visit http://habitatchesapeake.org/ for more information.

 

About RACTF:

The Baltimore Ravens All Community Team Foundation (RACTF) is committed to improving, encouraging and enabling the healthy development of youth in the Baltimore area, as well as other parts of the state of Maryland. The foundation focuses on programs that help youth, and in some cases their families, with various needs, including housing, hunger, education, athletics and mentoring.

 

Please visit www.BaltimoreRavens.com/community for more information.

 

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Ravens have plans for ring, statue in works

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Ravens have plans for ring, statue in works

Posted on 07 February 2013 by Luke Jones

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The statue of Johnny Unitas will receive some company outside M&T Bank Stadium sooner rather than later.

At the Ravens’ season-review press conference on Tuesday, owner Steve Bisciotti was asked whether the organization had plans to erect a statue of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis, who played his final game in winning Super Bowl XLVII after 17 years in Baltimore. The owner confirmed it’s simply a matter of when — not if — it will happen.

“We have to work that out [as far as] where and how long it takes, but yes,” Bisciotti said. “I think he set himself apart in Baltimore sports history, and we will certainly look into it. I would not be surprised if there’s one there in the next year or two.”

Lewis will become eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

The Ravens have also begun working on designs for their Super Bowl championship ring, but Bisciotti confirmed what they will be made from after polling his players prior to the downtown parade on Tuesday.

“They wanted white gold instead of gold,” Bisciotti said. “We talked in the locker room while we were preparing for the parade. That was the only question I asked. I said we were going to start working on the designs. We have no idea what the design is going to be.”

Based on the history of NFL championship rings in recent years, you can expect the jewelry to be gaudy and flashy in celebration of the Ravens’ second world championship in their 17-year history.

“Steve assured me that he is going to design a ring that I will never wear,” said team president Dick Cass as he laughed.

 

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Ravens won’t repeat 2001 plan of mortgaging future for repeat bid

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Ravens won’t repeat 2001 plan of mortgaging future for repeat bid

Posted on 07 February 2013 by WNST Audio

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An Open Letter to Bisciotti, Cass and the Ravens

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An Open Letter to Bisciotti, Cass and the Ravens

Posted on 06 August 2012 by Drew Forrester

Dear Steve, Dick and the rest of the Ravens organization:

Please consider this as a follow-up note to something I wrote about last December when you all announced that training camp was being relocated from Westminster to Owings Mills for 2012.

You guys took a lot of grief from the fans – and some media members – for that decision, although I can proudly say I was one of the folks who implored everyone to exercise some patience and wait and see how the Ravens handled everything before making a full judgement.

I predicted, quite quickly after your decision was announced, that the Ravens would go above and beyond the call-of-duty to make sure  the fans were “taken care of”.  I suggested that fans simply wait and see what plans were made for the summer of 2012 and that my guess was they wouldn’t be disappointed.  I just happen to have a copy of that piece I wrote, in fact.  You can read it HERE. 

As you can see, my prediction was right.

Once again, you all came through.

I was out at Owings Mills last week to witness first-hand how the 250 fans who were “invited guests” were treated.  I watched them interact with the players afterwards and I saw the smiling faces of both parties.  I even took a picture for a family of four from Annapolis out in front of The Castle.  I asked them how their day went and 11-year old Amanda said, “Joe Flacco said ‘I like your braces!’ to me!!”.

That Flacco, what a touch, huh?  By the way…if I haven’t told you this, I will now.  That kid is a helluva quarterback and a terrific representative of your franchise.  I’d go on to tell you to pay him and keep him here long-term, but I know you’re already trying to do that.

Anyway, back to training camp.

I was impressed with what I saw at Owings Mills, but the real litmus test for those promises you made would come on Saturday at the first of the three open practices.

Let me first say this:  I completely understand how much of a pain in the ass it is to move camp to the big stadium for one day.  Most fans (and even some media members) don’t really see how difficult that was to manufacture on Saturday, but I do.

As is usually the case with the Ravens, you all pulled it off like a road win in Cleveland.  With ease.

The practice moved along smoothly and the fans were always aware of the drill that was taking place on the field.  No one was bored.  If watching practice can be considered exciting – and to the 20,000 who were there, it was – then Saturday’s event delivered the goods for everyone.

I watched all of the players make their way around the bowl of the stadium and sign autographs.  I’m sure everyone who wanted one didn’t succeed because of the sheer volume of people, but I’ll tell you what I didn’t see.  I didn’t see one player sign for 25 people and then casually stroll down the steps and off the field.  And I stood there and watched, trust me.  Every guy signed hundreds of autographs.  And then some.

So, congratulations on following through on your promise to keep the fans involved as best as you possibly can.

You won’t get many of these letters, because folks are always quick to bash you but slow to say “Well Done!”.

I’m here to say “Well Done!”

Best wishes for a successful 2012.

DF

P.S. I won’t be this nice to you guys if you lose to the Steelers this season.

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