The NFL’s scheduling problem isn’t the Orioles’ scheduling problem

March 18, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I understand the celebratory nature of opening on Thursday night.  It’s a rite of passage these days, mainly because the NFL just decided a decade or so ago it was going to be that way.  The fans, naturally, feel like they “deserve” to see the Ravens in the everyone-is-watching-us magnitude of opening night, but the truth of the matter is the game itself doesn’t change anything about the actual schedule.  It’s just a cosmetic appearance for the city and the organization.  Hell, the way the Ravens off-season is going, you all might only recognize seven players next season.

The excuse of the league not wanting to play the 2013 opener in Baltimore on Wednesday, September 4th because of Rosh Hashanah is a complete load of garbage.  The NFL played on the first night of Rosh Hashanah last season, remember, when San Francisco hosted a game in week two on Sunday evening.  With no disrespect intended at all to our Jewish friends, the NFL has played games on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, etc.  They’ve clearly never been concerned about Christians and the true meaning of Christmas.  Why, suddenly, are they ultra-concerned about the Jewish community and their religious holiday?  Answer:  They’re not at all concerned.  They just don’t want to play on Wednesday in Baltimore because it’s not as attractive as playing on Thursday.  That’s the answer, of course.  I’m a dummy and I can figure that one out.

Oh, one other thing:  The moving of the September 5th game would also have to be approved by the Chicago White Sox.  If they say “no” as a team, the game can’t be moved.  Blaming the Orioles in Baltimore might be the chic thing to do, but in reality the White Sox have just as much say.  Start flooding the Chicago sports talk stations in the morning with your complaints.  I’m sure they’ll care.  Or not.

What continues to strike me as odd is how the NFL just arbitrarily decided they were going to start playing their opening game on Thursday night and, somehow, everyone in baseball and around the country is just supposed to sign off on that as if it’s perfectly fine for the league to tell us how to watch football and schedule our lives.

The Orioles have a home game on Thursday night, September 5th against Chicago.

It’s been scheduled that way since October of 2012.

This is not the Orioles issue to solve.

And, by all means, the baseball team shouldn’t be criticized or ridiculed because they choose to stick with the schedule that was implemented last October and the one they’ve been planning for since spring training started a month ago.

The NFL needs to figure out how to make this “whole” and do so with the thought in mind that when the league poops, people walk in the bathroom and say, “Ooooh my, that doesn’t smell very good.”

Theirs stinks too.

Even if they act like it doesn’t, it does.

And blaming the Orioles – in this situation – stinks just as much.