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Friday, March 22, 2013

Are the Baltimore Ravens fans getting hosed this year?


Are the Baltimore Ravens fans getting hosed this year?

Short answer is yes, and not because they had to get rid of a majority of starters, but because of Major League Baseball. The Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play a game on September 5th at 7:05 PM against the visiting Chicago White Sox, and the Baltimore Ravens were going to have their home opener and Super Bowl celebration that same night. But instead of the Orioles coming to terms with the fact that they aren’t even close to as important as the Ravens they instead decide not to budge on their game and force the Ravens to play the season opener on the road.




This is something that hasn’t happened in about a decade. It has been a tradition in the NFL for the Super Bowl champions to host the season opener at their home field so the fans can celebrate along with them. Imagine being a Ravens season ticket holder. You wait years and years for them to win the Super Bowl again and then find out that the “celebration game” will be an away game! That’s horrendous! If I were a Raven fan (which I am not, kind of the opposite really) I would be beyond mad at the Baltimore Orioles for not even budging a few hours in order for the Ravens to have their season opener and celebration at their home field. But let’s not go crazy yet, there is an explanation.

The logistics behind the reasoning explain why The Orioles didn’t move up their game to around 1PM. The Orioles have an away game the night before in Cleveland, so they will travel home afterwards. Moving the September 5th game to an earlier start would make it so The Orioles players couldn’t rest as much as they may need in order to perform. It makes sense. Also the MLB had already scheduled the Orioles game, and anybody who runs a MLB Baseball team would tell you, moving games around is difficult. So they say moving the game just couldn’t be done. Also the Ravens couldn’t move the game to Wednesday night because the start of Rosh Hashanah, and that Sunday would also conflict with an afternoon Orioles game.

So why not just have both games as scheduled in Baltimore? Well that would be terrible news for Baltimore and their residents. The Ravens M&T Bank Stadium shares a parking lot with Camden Yards, so the logistics of parking and traffic wouldn’t work if both teams decided to play. It would cause lots of problems for the city around rush hour and that would be a very ugly situation for all involved. So having both games wouldn’t have worked either. So they will play their first game away, which is really a shame and is very unfortunate for Ravens fans. The first game will most likely be against Pittsburg or Denver, on Thursday September 5th.

My Opinion:

Let’s be honest here, The Orioles aren’t that important to the city of Baltimore, and the Ravens are, in fact the Ravens are probably more important to Baltimore than the Orioles ever were. MLB is easily trumped by the power house that is the NFL. And for the Orioles to not move the game and use the excuse that they have to travel and could be in the playoff hunt in September is just pathetic. Yes, The Orioles might be in the playoff hunt at that time, but I was at a Red Sox VS Orioles game last season around that time in Baltimore and the stadium was empty. It was the same situation, they were in the playoff hunt and it was an important series, and the stadium was only about half full. In fact it was so empty that we moved from our $20 day of game seats, to right next to the Red Sox bullpen after the 1st inning. The fans just aren’t that interested, probably because Orioles owner Peter Angelos could care less about the fans. The truth is The Orioles organization just doesn’t want to admit that the Ravens are the new sheriffs in town. They weren’t happy when the Ravens first moved into Baltimore, and they aren’t happy now. Sorry Baltimore fans, you got hosed!

Joe Anderson
@footballjoe247

9 comments:

  1. Why not have the Ravens open at home on Wednesday? The Orioles are out of town. The Giants were supposed to open Thursday in 2012 but they moved the game to Wednesday so as not to interfere with the Prsident's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention?

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    1. as stated in the article Wednesday is the start of Rosh Hashanah

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    2. actually the rosh hashananh starts on thursday and it also lasts multiple days... Thursday is in the rosh hashanah holiday.. its the jewish new year... we play sports all the time during thanksgiving, new years , and hell even christmas.. what the jewish holiday is more important than the catholic/christian ones? Apparently so ..there are other sporting events being played during this holiday.. its not a MLB or even a religious issue its all on the NFL and their GREED.. thursday is a better viewing ratings night than wendsday... its all about the mighty dollar...

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    3. no, it starts at sundown on 9/4, which is that Wednesday and lasts until Friday the 6th

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  2. Why not a double header on Friday? Or since the season hasn't even started and they are both East Coast teams, how hard would it be to play an off-day early in the season or extend one of their other series? There are solutions to this; Angelos is just a Class-A jackass that wants to have his way as the writer states above.

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  3. CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG................

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  4. articles such as this is whats wrong with sport .. there is so much not being mentioned that makes it IMPOSSIBLE to move the Os game... Its not ton the Os its all the NFL ... im not a die hard baseball fan either but a realist... as much as i hate Angelos as an owner this isnt his fault... heres what i wrote a comment or 2 ago... this is what it is all about ....

    Goodell uses the jewish holiday as his reasoning for moving the game...

    actually the rosh hashananh starts on thursday and it also lasts multiple days... Thursday is in the rosh hashanah holiday.. its the jewish new year... we play sports all the time during thanksgiving, new years , and hell even christmas.. what the jewish holiday is more important than the catholic/christian ones? Apparently so ..there are other sporting events being played during this holiday.. its not a MLB or even a religious issue its all on the NFL and their GREED.. thursday is a better viewing ratings night than wendsday... its all about the mighty dollar...

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    1. how can you say you're a realist, and then just give your opinion with no facts? did you talk to Goodell? you know Angelos personally i assume, and spoke with him about it?
      You may be a realist but everything you just said was opinion, and Wednesday IS the start of the holiday.

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  5. What a joke! Neither season has even started yet. The Orioles just announced their season a couple weeks ago. After the Ravens won the Superbowl. Like said, Pete is a grade a a$$. Sucking every penny he can out of Oriole fans and has gave crap back. All Camden Yards is any more is a tourist trap. If the orioles had to play a mile away from the inner harbor they wouldn't pull 10,000 a game. There has never been a Ravens game that was not sold out. Also goes to show how stupid the front office of the Orioles really is. If they moved their game to the afternoon I bet they would draw another 10,000 people for the game from Ravens fans that would want to make a day of tail gating, going to a Oriole game in the afternoon, little more tail gating and then to a Ravens game. City could have made it some sort of sports holiday at the harbor .... this is just stupid on the orioles and the city's side. NFL don't need them but the city could have used the money and with all the press and national attention that come with the first game of the NFL season I'm sure some of it would have spilled over on the orioles for free and they just pissed it away.

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