With the NFL schedule now out, there has been much buzz over the fact that the Baltimore Orioles would not move their schedule to accommodate the Ravens opening their season at home as reigning NFL Champs. One such NFL coach, Rex Ryan, had some choice words for the Orioles.
Ryan—who left the Ravens for the Jets in 2009—stated, “You’ve got 81 (games) 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.” He then said, “I really don’t think people are going to care about that game.”
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter fired back with, “Doesn’t he have a draft coming up? Me? I try to stay out of things I don’t know about. I would stay in what is my area of supposed expertise.”
I agree with Showalter. His team already had their schedule lined up for that date, so why should they move? I am proud of the Ravens and everything they accomplished, but I don’t see the big deal in waiting another week for their home opener.
As for Rex, he’s pretty much wrong in every regard, and he needs to put his focus on his own team, a team that went 6-10 last season and missed the playoffs for the second straight season after going 8-8 in 2011. As for the O’s, they are currently in third place in the AL East, a year after making the playoffs and pushing the New York Yankees to the brink.
Why Ryan is at all interested in Baltimore is beyond me, considering he left for the greener pastures of New York. Unfortunately for him, the only thing greener is their logo.
As far as teams are concerned, the Orioles have three World Series Championships under their belt with their most recent coming in 1983. The Jets only have one title, which came in 1968.
Needless to say, it’s been a while.
Rex just traded his best player, Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving them with, let me see here…no good players.
The Jets last year had two players make the Pro Bowl—Antonio Cromartie and LaRon Landry—while the Orioles had three players—Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Jim Johnson—make the All Star team last year.
I completely stand behind the Orioles and their decision to stick to their schedule. As much as I respect the Ravens for what they did last year, I know they respect the Orioles for their pursuit of another World Series ring, and what some coach from New York says means very little if anything at all.
by Andy Mindzak