Schedule-gate 2013: We’re not all going to get everything we want

March 20, 2013 | Glenn Clark

“You play games on holidays all the time, including Rosh Hashanah. Just move the game to Wednesday.”  

I’ve talked myself into and out of writing about this about ten times in the last couple of days.

For some reason, a simple issue related to scheduling has turned into a referendum related to singular support of one of Baltimore’s two major professional sports teams. Once again, we’ve drawn a line in the sand and said “either you’re with the Orioles or you’re with the Ravens. No other way around it.”

It reminds me of how most people view social, economical and political issues in this country. You HAVE to support the beliefs of one side of the political spectrum or the other. There’s no room for discourse. Personally, I side sometimes with liberals (I am fully supportive of marriage equality) and other times with conservatives (Rand Paul had every right to know whether or not the President would be willing to kill American citizens on American soil).

Unfortunately, if I were to side with one political party or the other, I would find myself ostracized for not simply toeing the party line. This week has somehow because a week of talking points and finger pointing without any willingness to completely discuss all aspects of the issue and accept there may be a little bit more to be accomplished than playing a blame game.

We know the situation. Because the Ravens won the Super Bowl, the NFL intended to extend to them the recent tradition of opening the following season at home. Unfortunately for the Ravens, the Orioles are scheduled to host the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, making the game an impossibility because the Ravens share the downtown Camden Yards Sports Complex.

Somehow instead of working proactively to try to solve the problem, the two sides have instead reached excruciating levels to make sure the appropriate level of blame was placed in one direction or another.

The bad news for those who have supported the Ravens in this battle is that the people who point this out the holiday hypocrisy are absolutely right to do so. The NFL has claimed the Jewish holiday as the reason they don’t want to move the season opener back to Wednesday, as they did a year ago to not go head to head against President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Some fans have gone to an extremely ignorant level to make this point. I have stated that personally-I, Glenn Clark, would provide that no league play ANY games on any particular holiday. That’s a one man grandstand and as a caller reminded me this week, “that ship has already sailed.” The league plays on holidays.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it apparent at the league’s meetings in Phoenix he expected his team to be the opponent in the opener in Charm City. It has lead some to believe that this is simply the league kowtowing to Kraft because he’s Jewish. I’m not really going to even bother responding because the real answer isn’t particularly relevant.

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5 Comments For This Post

  1. PghSteve Says:

    Another thing – the NFL has known since January 20th that there was a 50% chance the Ravens could be hosting the opening game on September 5th. Did they wait almost 2 months to try to work this out? Seems to me that work on finding a compromise should have been started on the Monday morning of January 21st, and maybe it was. Do you know when the NFL started to work out a deal?

    (Edit from Glenn: It was roughly around then, yes. But the MLB schedule was already set even at that point.)

  2. Jason Manelli Says:

    The Ravens should just play the opener away on Thursday. It would be a fitting tribute to a team that did their best work ‘away’ in their playoff run. Hell, play the game in Denver if you want, and remind those pansies how Ravens Nation rolls. Sh*t happens. I’m a season ticket holder for the Ravens and have been since 1996 – the stadium will be rocking for the home opener and I’ll be there. Like you wrote Glenn, we’re not all going to get what we want and sh*t does happen. Whats more disturbing then us not opening at home, is that the Ravens are peeing on the O’s even though they are the ones asking for a big and difficult favor.

    (Edit from Glenn: In agreement with everything except the notion the Ravens are “peeing” on the Orioles. They’re negotiating…with a lot of cash. The Orioles would stand to benefit financially if they chose to help, but if they believe playing the game Thursday is better for their team, they don’t have to help either. There’s public perception that’s “peeing” on the Orioles…I’m trying to separate those things.)

  3. kevinb Says:

    glenn,i appreciate everything you and drew have to say.the precedent has already been set by the orioles about moving things around.if the ravens have to go on the road and we miss our big reward for winning the superbowl all the good will the orioles cultivated from last years success will be soiled. dont think we all havent forgotten about 15 years of pure i think the nfl is too big for its britches?absolutely.but as mel brooks said “its good to be the king”.the orioles have had 6 weeks to fix this.most of us think they are holding out for some sort of settlement. thats fine.we all know who we are dealing with in mr angelos.if the stadium authority needs to step in so be it.this is a football town and no matter whos fault it is the orioles and specifically mr angelos are gonna be pilloried.-keep up the good work.

  4. Justin Says:

    Glenn, simple solution to avoid this mishap in my opinion. If there are two professional teams that share a stadium/parking/etc, then make that an open date for the baseball team every year a home series falls on that date. There is enough shuffling done to the baseball schdules that this could have been avoided. However, the issue now is that no matter what, unless the Orioles give up a competetive edge and move the game to daytime, in which the white sox agree and the ravens can keep the home opener, the fans and the city of Baltimore are going to lose out on what could have been a great experience and showcase of the city. Orioles are not at fault here, MLB and the NFL, are at fault for failing to forsee the possibility of this occurance. There cant be that many citys that share facilites that this fix would affect. great article and kudos on the research.

  5. matt Says:

    drews on one side. nestor on the other. and you said it on page 1, youre in the middle.

    (Edit from Glenn: It’s not quite as much “in the middle” as it is that I want the Maryland Stadium Authority to get involved to make sure what’s done here is what’s best for the taxpayers of the state of Maryland considering the two buildings are publicly funded.)

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