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Buddha Bus
03-22-2013, 04:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens will open 2013 season on road
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: March 22, 2013 at 03:24 p.m.

A league source told the Baltimore Ravens official website early in the week that opening the 2013 NFL season on the road is the "least desirable" option in the team's Sept. 5 scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles.

That undesirable option is now reality.

The Ravens announced Friday that they will open the 2013 season on the road in a Thursday night game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had raised the possibility of a Baltimore double-header for that day. While the Orioles were willing to compromise on their game time, the NFL and the Ravens ultimately decided that logistical issues would be a nightmare under the double-header scenario.

"After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens," Ravens president Dick Cass explained in a statement, "it became clear that holding both an Orioles' game and the Ravens' regular-season opener on the same day would create logistical situations [that] would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams."


(Read More:) http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152953/article/baltimore-ravens-will-open-2013-season-on-road

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Too funny! :rofl:

The Rat fans are going to start jumping off the Bay Bridge like lemmings very soon. I can't remember a worse off-season for a Super Bowl winner in recent memory than what they are enduring right now. They went from being on top of the world to bitter, angry, and depressed silver-lining chasers in a matter of weeks.

Enjoy watching your team get their depleted and undermanned asses handed to them in New England week one Baltimore! :wave:

harrison'samonster
03-22-2013, 04:09 PM
unless they can somehow get the replacement refs back for one game.

Buddha Bus
03-22-2013, 04:12 PM
unless they can somehow get the replacement refs back for one game.

Now if Joe Flacco would just get accused of sexual assault..... :scratchchin:

harrison'samonster
03-22-2013, 04:14 PM
Now if Joe Flacco would just get accused of sexual assault..... :scratchchin:

:rofl: no any women who aren't turned away by a uni-brow fu manchu face?

Buddha Bus
03-22-2013, 04:16 PM
:rofl: no any women who aren't turned away by a uni-brow fu manchu face?

That's where the assault part comes in. :wink02:


I heard his right hand even got a restraining order against him. :heh:

SteelCurtain5643
03-22-2013, 04:39 PM
LULZ, the orioles are more important than the super bowl champs :rofl:

Buddha Bus
03-22-2013, 04:57 PM
LULZ, the orioles are more important than the super bowl champs :rofl:



And the idiot fans are lambasting the O's for not bowing down and kissing the rings of the Ravens. It's a collective bargaining issue. The O's and White Sox, who are scheduled to play the first game of a series that same night after each team plays the prior evening out of town, can't play an afternoon game the next day because it violates the agreement. Plus, why in hell would the White Sox agree to do that anyway? They have no stake in giving a shit about what the Rats want and they would have to agree with it. The O's are being unfairly chastised by the Baltimore fanbase for this.

I think more blame should fall on Roger Goodell for trying to throw his weight around as the commissioner of the most popular sports league in America by trying to force MLB to bow down to the NFL and rearrange their schedule instead of just moving the Ravens game to Wednesday. His claim is that the NFL doesn't want to infringe on Rosh Hashanah which falls on that day, but it's bullshit because the NFL has played on Rosh Hashanah before.

The rumor is that the NFL wants the Patriots to be the Ravens' opponent that night, but Robert Kraft (being a Jew) doesn't want to do it on Rosh Hashanah so Goodell is catering to him. I might even take the conspiracy theory approach and say that it's Goodell's way of manipulating the whole situation to do his buddy Kraft a solid and make it so he has no choice but to force Baltimore to go to New England since he already came out and said they wouldn't move it to Wednesday..... but that would be crazy talk. :popcorn:

NSMaster56
03-22-2013, 06:22 PM
Silly Ravens.

They should have just had Ray-Ray and his 'friends' "pay a visit" to Peter Angelos and 'fix' the situation.

:doh:

GMU Steeler
03-22-2013, 06:24 PM
O's picked a great time to have their first playoff team since 1997 and heh I say that sincerely being an Orioles fan. Honestly, they should have just moved it to Wednesday and had the Ravens play the Broncos. I totally believe the Kraft being behind the crap theory. Goodell needs to stop being a Kraft lackey and tell him that it's not all about you and your team. Besides compared to the Broncos-Ravens game, the Pats-Ravens game was anti-climatic, Ravens beat the Patriots easily, Broncos-Ravens was an epic.

RavenManiac
03-22-2013, 09:14 PM
O's picked a great time to have their first playoff team since 1997 and heh I say that sincerely being an Orioles fan. Honestly, they should have just moved it to Wednesday and had the Ravens play the Broncos. I totally believe the Kraft being behind the crap theory. Goodell needs to stop being a Kraft lackey and tell him that it's not all about you and your team. Besides compared to the Broncos-Ravens game, the Pats-Ravens game was anti-climatic, Ravens beat the Patriots easily, Broncos-Ravens was an epic.

I agree they should have probably moved it to Wednesday, but if so, it couldn't have been against the Broncos, as the Broncos are an away game. If it was moved to Wednesday and couldn't be the Pats, the next best option probably would have been you guys, in terms of ratings. Or maybe Houston. Or possibly the Packers, though inter-Conference openers aren't the norm.

As it stands it will likely be on Thursday AT Denver (best guess at the moment).

SteelCurtain5643
03-22-2013, 11:16 PM
From what I read it could be in Miami as well, it would be a sure sellout for the Dolphins, as well as Ellerbe playing against his former team

BleedPurple
03-23-2013, 12:25 AM
Baltimore Ravens will open 2013 season on road
By Chris Wesseling
Around the League Writer
Published: March 22, 2013 at 03:24 p.m.

A league source told the Baltimore Ravens official website early in the week that opening the 2013 NFL season on the road is the "least desirable" option in the team's Sept. 5 scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles.

That undesirable option is now reality.

The Ravens announced Friday that they will open the 2013 season on the road in a Thursday night game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had raised the possibility of a Baltimore double-header for that day. While the Orioles were willing to compromise on their game time, the NFL and the Ravens ultimately decided that logistical issues would be a nightmare under the double-header scenario.

"After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens," Ravens president Dick Cass explained in a statement, "it became clear that holding both an Orioles' game and the Ravens' regular-season opener on the same day would create logistical situations [that] would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams."


(Read More:) http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152953/article/baltimore-ravens-will-open-2013-season-on-road

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Too funny! :rofl:

The Rat fans are going to start jumping off the Bay Bridge like lemmings very soon. I can't remember a worse off-season for a Super Bowl winner in recent memory than what they are enduring right now. They went from being on top of the world to bitter, angry, and depressed silver-lining chasers in a matter of weeks.

Enjoy watching your team get their depleted and undermanned asses handed to them in New England week one Baltimore! :wave:

New England is a home game on this year's schedule . . .

Maybe we will take on the real class of the AFC, picture it:

The World Champion Baltimore Ravens. . . versus the 8-8 Playoff Bubble Boys, the 3rd Place AFCN Cellar Dwelling Steelers!!!!!!

Now there's a silver lining.

GMU Steeler
03-23-2013, 12:26 AM
I agree they should have probably moved it to Wednesday, but if so, it couldn't have been against the Broncos, as the Broncos are an away game. If it was moved to Wednesday and couldn't be the Pats, the next best option probably would have been you guys, in terms of ratings. Or maybe Houston. Or possibly the Packers, though inter-Conference openers aren't the norm.

As it stands it will likely be on Thursday AT Denver (best guess at the moment).

Ah I wasn't aware that your Broncos game had to be a road game. Houston actually would be good. I really wanted you guys to play them in the AFC championship so I wouldn't have to deal with a Ravens-Patriots AFC championship.........again. Plus I really wanted to see Round 2 of that game after Houston pounded you guys- not trash talking or saying the result would have been the same but it appealed to me more since you guys have and I hate admitting it as a Steelers fan shown that you know how to handle the Pats.

Buddha Bus
03-23-2013, 06:57 AM
New England is a home game on this year's schedule . . .

Maybe we will take on the real class of the AFC, picture it:

The World Champion Baltimore Ravens. . . versus the 8-8 Playoff Bubble Boys, the 3rd Place AFCN Cellar Dwelling Steelers!!!!!!

Now there's a silver lining.

3rd place is NOT the cellar! :flap:

Thank god for the Browns! :facepalm:

Fortunately for us, the Ravens will be taking over that spot this year with their all-new JV team... possibly even dead last. Welcome to your Super Bowl hangover Baltimore. :thumbsup:

PhantomJB93
03-23-2013, 10:49 AM
Yeah it will be Thursday night at Denver, if there's some reason Denver can't host though they will probably play us in Pittsburgh, which would be awesome if we could kick their asses to open their season on the road. :tt04:

jtbsteeler
03-23-2013, 12:28 PM
I think the odds are against it. Can you picture it though? What a way to kick off the Steelers season.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bal-ravens-and-orioles-cant-compromise-and-ravens-will-open-on-road-20130322,0,1216021.story?track=rss

kent
03-23-2013, 12:33 PM
Highly unlikely but I would love it. A chance to knock off the defending champs and take an early lead in the division. It would be a good measuring stick for us and I also think Baltimore would be most vulnerable at that time since all their new pieces are just starting to play together.

SteelCurtain5643
03-23-2013, 02:35 PM
New England is a home game on this year's schedule . . .

Maybe we will take on the real class of the AFC, picture it:

The World Champion Baltimore Ravens. . . versus the 8-8 Playoff Bubble Boys, the 3rd Place AFCN Cellar Dwelling Steelers!!!!!!

Now there's a silver lining.

Yeah ok, and we'll kick your asses all over Heinz field. We'll even play Gradkowski so he can school you like Batch did

sluggermatt15
03-24-2013, 10:24 AM
I agree they should have probably moved it to Wednesday, but if so, it couldn't have been against the Broncos, as the Broncos are an away game. If it was moved to Wednesday and couldn't be the Pats, the next best option probably would have been you guys, in terms of ratings. Or maybe Houston. Or possibly the Packers, though inter-Conference openers aren't the norm.

As it stands it will likely be on Thursday AT Denver (best guess at the moment).

I don't think the team would play it on Wednesday because it is Rosh Hashanah holiday. I can't believe the O's won't let the Ravens play on the traditional Thursday night. Wow. What makes them think they own the town? :rofl:

CrickRat23
03-25-2013, 02:46 PM
I cant blame the O's for not wanting to change their game time. Their game was scheduled first. It does suck for the Ravens though ( but who really gives a damn ) that they cant open up the season in primetime at home.

JonM229
03-25-2013, 04:53 PM
I'm hoping for rain that night

sluggermatt15
03-25-2013, 09:03 PM
I cant blame the O's for not wanting to change their game time. Their game was scheduled first. It does suck for the Ravens though ( but who really gives a damn ) that they cant open up the season in primetime at home.

I think each Baltimore franchise should be supportive of the other. This is what I understand they demonstrate, from my colleagues who are Baltimore sports fans. It's a big deal for the Ravens and the NFL to play the Opening Night Game on Thursday before the NFL season starts. Think of all the pregame festivities, how much great it does for the city, fans, media coverage, etc. IMO the O's should work with the Ravens on making this work out instead of not acting like they aren't willing to work things out.

JonM229
03-25-2013, 09:30 PM
You're OK, sluggermatt

The_Joker
03-25-2013, 10:49 PM
Bullshit. The champions, now matter how stupid and shitty they are, should start on the road.

Bullshit.

kan_t
03-26-2013, 02:58 AM
I think each Baltimore franchise should be supportive of the other. This is what I understand they demonstrate, from my colleagues who are Baltimore sports fans. It's a big deal for the Ravens and the NFL to play the Opening Night Game on Thursday before the NFL season starts. Think of all the pregame festivities, how much great it does for the city, fans, media coverage, etc. IMO the O's should work with the Ravens on making this work out instead of not acting like they aren't willing to work things out.
I'm sure they did. It doesn't mean that they could work it out. It involves more than the O's when they tried to come with a solution. The White Sox will definitely have a say. And all the pregame festivities and media coverage could be the same if they play the game on Wednesday. The reason of not playing on Wednesday is nonsense, considered that they just did it last year.

mikegrimey
03-26-2013, 08:33 AM
Pretty crummy for the Ravens, hate them religiously or no, they won the super bowl and should get the festivities and hoopla that comes with it.


Looking at their away games I'm pretty sure at Denver is a lock...only other compelling one would be against us, but that playoff game in Denver last year was ridiculous, that's the sure fire seller for opening night.

sluggermatt15
03-27-2013, 09:41 PM
You're OK, sluggermatt

It's part of being the SB Champ. I think if the Orioles won the World Series and say, had a big game and/or series scheduled that would conflict with a Ravens game, I would bet the Ravens and the NFL would do everything they could to accommodate the O's. I think it's a sign of respect when two franchises from the same city help each other out in times like this. I remember on a few occasions the Pittsburgh franchises helped the other out in terms of scheduling. I remember the Pirates were willing to move up the time of their games from night to afternoon to accommodate a Penguins playoff game, and/or a Steelers preseason game. (Can't think of the exact year off the top of my head, but I remember it has been done)

To me it's just a shame that this conflict is greater than that. Why can't the O's play a doubleheader on that Friday?

Pretty crummy for the Ravens, hate them religiously or no, they won the super bowl and should get the festivities and hoopla that comes with it.


Looking at their away games I'm pretty sure at Denver is a lock...only other compelling one would be against us, but that playoff game in Denver last year was ridiculous, that's the sure fire seller for opening night.

Personally I would like to see any team that wins the Super Bowl be able to enjoy all the media, festivities, events for their fans, etc. before the season starts, all culminating with the Opening Night game. It's part of the championship experience. I think it's going to be very unfortunate for the Ravens if they open on the road. They will lose out on the tradition the NFL has had in place for about 10 years now. Hate Baltimore or not, it's not fair to them, IMO.

CrickRat23
03-27-2013, 10:33 PM
They should just play Wednesday night. I hear that it is some type of holiday, but havent they played on Christmas before.

Yes they have. So what is the difference.

kan_t
03-28-2013, 02:30 AM
Personally I would like to see any team that wins the Super Bowl be able to enjoy all the media, festivities, events for their fans, etc. before the season starts, all culminating with the Opening Night game. It's part of the championship experience. I think it's going to be very unfortunate for the Ravens if they open on the road. They will lose out on the tradition the NFL has had in place for about 10 years now. Hate Baltimore or not, it's not fair to them, IMO.
They could have those experience if they decide to play on Wednesday. They chose not to. So I say it's fair to them.

Buddha Bus
03-28-2013, 04:25 AM
They could have those experience if they decide to play on Wednesday. They chose not to. So I say it's fair to them.

Or Sunday too. :noidea:

mikegrimey
03-28-2013, 04:37 AM
It's part of being the SB Champ. I think if the Orioles won the World Series and say, had a big game and/or series scheduled that would conflict with a Ravens game, I would bet the Ravens and the NFL would do everything they could to accommodate the O's. I think it's a sign of respect when two franchises from the same city help each other out in times like this. I remember on a few occasions the Pittsburgh franchises helped the other out in terms of scheduling. I remember the Pirates were willing to move up the time of their games from night to afternoon to accommodate a Penguins playoff game, and/or a Steelers preseason game. (Can't think of the exact year off the top of my head, but I remember it has been done)

To me it's just a shame that this conflict is greater than that. Why can't the O's play a doubleheader on that Friday?



Personally I would like to see any team that wins the Super Bowl be able to enjoy all the media, festivities, events for their fans, etc. before the season starts, all culminating with the Opening Night game. It's part of the championship experience. I think it's going to be very unfortunate for the Ravens if they open on the road. They will lose out on the tradition the NFL has had in place for about 10 years now. Hate Baltimore or not, it's not fair to them, IMO.

Completely agree, sucks for their fan base who would have gone to the game too

JonM229
03-28-2013, 07:03 AM
Or Sunday too. :noidea:

I know. I've missed so many games because of chur....hahaha, sorry I couldn't finish that with a straight face.

sluggermatt15
03-28-2013, 09:17 PM
They could have those experience if they decide to play on Wednesday. They chose not to. So I say it's fair to them.

If this is the case and the Ravens do end up opening on the road, it's going to be a shame. IMO they really haven't fully investigated the options. Wednesday is certainly an option. The game last year between the NY Giants and Cowboys was on Wednesday night because the President was speaking on Thursday. I agree it would not make a big deal by moving it to Wednesday.

Also, why not Tuesday? I know that's early in the week, but it would alleviate all the issues that Wed and Thur present. I would suggest Monday and/or the Sunday before, but that is college football opening weekend.