Posted April 18, 2013

Rex Ryan blasts Orioles for scheduling conflict with Ravens

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Jets coach Rex Ryan ripped the Baltimore Orioles for not moving their game to accomodate the Ravens. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

Jets coach Rex Ryan ripped the Baltimore Orioles for not moving their game to accomodate the Ravens. (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan ripped into the Baltimore Orioles while discussing a scheduling conflict involving the team that prevents the Baltimore Ravens from opening the season at home as Super Bowl champions.

The NFL announced last month that because Major League Baseball and the Orioles wouldn’t budge from a previously scheduled game, the Ravens will not get to open the season at home, something that has become tradition for Super Bowl champions. The Orioles already have a game scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 5, against the Chicago White Sox.

The fact that the Orioles refused to move their game infuriated Ryan, the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator.

“Well who really cares, you’ve got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home,” Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. “I really don’t think people are going to care about that game.”

“You have a chance to have the defending world champs open up the season at home where they rightfully should. That’s unfortunate,” he added.

Ryan’s comments came on a conference call discussing the Jets’ 2013 schedule. The Ravens, meanwhile, will kick off next season with a game in Denver against the Broncos on Sept. 5.


9 comments
JackBarker
JackBarker

That's what SI calls blasting the Orioles?

Ted13
Ted13

Why can't the Orioles just pretend the game will be rained out, in advance?

MEGGABILL!
MEGGABILL!

The Orioles schedule has been publicly available for months. It’s not like the NFL didn’t know the Orioles had a home game that day, or they didn’t know that Camden Yards and M&T share a parking lot, as they have for the past fifteen years.

The NFL had a very simple solution, one they used THIS PAST SEASON – play the game on Wednesday night. That’s it. That’s all they had to do.

They’ve played on Wednesday night. They’ve played on Rosh Hashanah. They played a full slate of games last year on Rosh Hashanah.

If the NFL scheduling staff can’t manage to find an Orioles’ schedule and figure out that the O’s had a home game on that Thursday and didn’t on the night before, well, they’re stupid enough to deserve the problem they and they alone created.

The Orioles own no part of this fiasco. This one’s all on Goodell.

 

JimCasey
JimCasey

You need to update your links occasionally. The beer price story is 10 months old, and recession ghost town story is two years old.

Tom Grilli
Tom Grilli

Steve Johnson has it right. In Boston, they've played a Bruins game in the afternoon and a Celtics game at night and that's in the same arena where they have to convert the playing surface.

SteveJohnson
SteveJohnson

Ryan needs to shut up, this has nothing to do with him as he will never be a "World Champion" at anything. The 2 stadiums do share parking, but I see no problem in one of them playing a day game and the other at night....

Kristian
Kristian

From what I read, the Orioles tried to work with the White Sox and MLB to see if they could get the game changed and it just wasn't possible.  And honestly, what more could they do?  They scheduled first, it's their game.  If someone wants your spot, they can ask but you're not really under any obligation to give it up.

 

And Rex, you only continue to show your absolute stupidity with comments like this.  Maybe the average fan doesn't take the time to think things through or think about all the logistics that would have to take place (or the money involved) but you should know better.  Are you going to give the Orioles the money that they would lose by not having a home game?  I mean, come on bro, do the right thing.

Millerband
Millerband

Both stadiums share the same parking lot.

JoeyWeinberg
JoeyWeinberg

The Orioles and Ravens don't even play in the same stadium. So why can't the Ravens open up at home??