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One man’s solution to the Baltimore scheduling conflict: total capitulation by the weak and feeble baseball people!

Mar 19, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, speaks at a news conference announcing the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration between GE and the NFL, in New York

There are those who speak truth to power. Then there are those who cover the powerful and revel in that power as if it is some extension of their own power. Man, those folks are truly pathetic:

When it comes to being a sheriff – or, at least, playing one on TV – Roger Goodell has few peers in professional sports … And with all due (dis)respect to the displaced national pastime, it’s time for the Sheriff of Park Avenue to walk all over Selig, his MLB counterpart.

That’s Yahoo!’s football writer Michael Silver, whose argument for solving the Orioles/Ravens scheduling conflict mentioned earlier today is basically thus:

  • The NFL is strong and popular.
  • Major League Baseball is weak an unpopular.
  • The powerful and popular NFL should do whatever the hell it wants to and ignore the puny MLB.
  • When it does so, no courtesy should be extended MLB. Rather, Roger Goodell should flex his popular and powerful muscles.

I’m not even exaggerating. Check this out:

Does Selig seriously think he’s going to win this battle against the NFL, a league which dwarfs his in popularity and which has conspicuously refrained from flaunting its superiority? … The NFL could easily bully baseball, but for the most part, that doesn’t happen.

He ultimately tells Bud Selig that he should “take some money from Uncle Roger’s slush fund” move the game and come watch the Ravens game himself because that’s what God and Nature intended. And that the NFL should make no accommodations to baseball because, well, why should it?

Know what? In this instance I imagine something like that actually will happen. I bet the O’s-White Sox game gets moved and money is exchanged. But that’s sort of beside the point.

Because at the moment I’m mostly amazed at how many jollies this apparently professional journalist is getting by being on the same side of an issue as the Great and Mighty Roger Goodell, and I’m wondering how being enthralled with that power translates to his critical analysis of whatever else the NFL chooses to do.

  1. phipfwe76 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I do love both sports…. but stand strong Orioles! (and White Sox)

  2. cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Tried reading the linked article. Gave up. So much bullshit. So little interest in trying to shift it. What a fool.

  3. Ben - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    We may be weak, but at least we’re not concussed and brain-damaged!
    (said in my best Woody Allen voice)

    • dluxxx - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Yeah, what he said!

      – Said in my best Justin Morneau and Denard Span voice.

      • Ben - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        Those are exceptions, not the rule. And Morneau’s concussions were exacerbated by his multiple concussions as a young hockey player.

  4. Bob Timmermann - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    I’m afraid that Michael Silver is on the next plane to Columbus to eliminate Craig and anyone else who dissents with him. He will meet a guy at the airport who will give him a briefcase that contains a revolver and a silencer and directions to Craig’s house.

    I think Jim Tressell got hired to be the go-between.

  5. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    which has conspicuously refrained from flaunting its superiority? … The NFL could easily bully baseball, but for the most part, that doesn’t happen.

    You mean just like how Roger Goodell bullied the players for Bountygate, only to get it overturned and the suspensions rescinded even though they agreed with him? How’d the bullying work out for you then?

    • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      For being all mighty powerful, Goodell sure as hell is unpopular among the players and fans….and not dislike or annoyance….but genuine contempt.

      • jm91rs - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        He’s professional sports’ version of a dictator, but that’s one damn powerful and successful enterprise he’s running. Until someone stops him he’ll do whatever he pleases.

        Didn’t he screw baseball this year by scheduling football games during the baseball playoffs or something? People will watch football over baseball. Maybe not the people that comment on here, but we’re far outnumbered by football fans. That said, I wouldn’t move the game for anything if I were the O’s. The baseball schedule was out long before the football schedule.

      • paperlions - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        I don’t know that I would put that on Goodell. He doesn’t make the schedule, and NFL games are scheduled LONG before baseball playoff games are (because you don’t know how long a baseball series will go)…..but yeah, if I was Angelos, I’d tell the NFL to suck eggs.

  6. gerryb323 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    I get the reasons on both sides and in my heart want baseball to stand strong.

    But if the only reasoning behind not moving the baseball game up is that there is a night game the night before (for both teams) why not move all three games up? Or move the baseball game to a day/night DH on Saturday?

    If the only reason to not have football on Wednesday is Rosh Hashanah, that’s just silly because the NFL played on Rosh Hashanah LAST YEAR.

    Part of me feels (and I’m a secondary Patriots fan) that the Pats are doing this to ruffle the Ravens’ (and for that matter the Orioles’) feathers.

    This is just a bunch of grandstanding.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      “Part of me feels (and I’m a secondary Patriots fan) that the Pats are doing this to ruffle the Ravens’ (and for that matter the Orioles’) feathers.”

      All of me feels this way. It sounds like exactly something Bill Belicheck and the Patriots would do. And I don’t mean that in a derogatory way at all. Belicheck is the master of f—ing with people. It’s pretty amusing to watch him work.

      • tadthebad - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Confused. What part does Belichick play in scheduling the game?

        I get your sentiment, Craig, and the delivery sucked, but what about Silver’s piece is untrue? If the NFL opener goes up against an Orioles game, the Orioles will suffer in the draw and it will not be close. The public will overwhelmingly back the NFL. Short of Obama, can’t recall the NFL accommodating any other entity wrt scheduling.

        FWIW, I remember Silver being very critical of the NFL during the most recent lockout.

      • gerryb323 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        I think it’s more Kraft than Beli, but Bill might have played a role in having Kraft refuse to play on Rosh Hashanah…

    • jwbiii - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Rosh Hashanah starts on Wednesday evening and runs until Friday evening, so Thursday wouldn’t be acceptable, either.

    • madhatternalice - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      The Orioles fly in on the red-eye the night before from Cleveland. They don’t want to play a day game after that flight, and they can’t be blamed for that.

      The MLB schedule has been out since September, and the Ravens are just now seeing this as an issue. That’s fine: it couldn’t have been predicted before the Super Bowl. But really, trying to push an MLB game out solely because the city can’t support “two big events,” well, that’s just silly.

      • mybrunoblog - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        “The Orioles fly in on the red eye the night before from cleveland”

        Think about this. Let’s imagine the Wednesday night game starts at 7:05 and ends at 10:05. Shower, dress, quick media and on a waiting plane. Flight time from Cleveland to Baltimore is one hour and six minutes. Remember, MLB teams get right on the charted plane. No security, no pat down just a bus that literally drive you up to the waiting plane. They arrive in Baltimore around say 12:30 am. Go home to sleep by 1:00 or 2:00am the latest. Is is really that tough to ask the players to be back at the ballpark at around 9:30 or 10:00am that morning for at 12:35 game?

      • madhatternalice - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        It’s not tough to ask at all. There’s just no reason for The O’s to do it, and every reason not to.

        Also: it’s one football game. Correct me if I’m wrong, but did they already have a giant mother-humpin’ parade downtown?

        I can’t wait for Roger to step in. This is going to be fantastic.

  7. benihanagt - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Isn’t this, as you put it “apparently professional journalist” one of your colleagues now that Yahoo and NBCSports are partners?

    • zzalapski - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      So? If NBCSports partnered with the NY Daily News, do you think Craig would go any easier on Lupica and his ilk?

  8. philsieg - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I despise football and assholes like Michael Silver and his macho attitude are just two of the many reasons why.

  9. clevelandschronic2 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Baseball is too slow and boring. NFL is the top dog just take the money and move the damn baseball game. This is more abt the baltimore sports fans being able to watch both games and celebrating a championship than it is the nfl just trying to bully mlb.

    • 18thstreet - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Baltimore fans can use their DVR.

    • nightman13 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Why don’t you and your ADHD go chase squirrels? I am a far bigger football fan than I am a baseball fan, but the phony undeserved machismo that football fans carry around disgusts me.

      • heyblueyoustink - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        What’s wrong with chasing squirrels? My dogs demand an answer.

      • sportsdrenched - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        Glad I’m not the only one that thinks that. You draw your machismo from what sport you WATCH? Huh?

    • Dberg - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:13 PM

      “Baseball is too slow and boring.”

      OK, I know I’m mostly preaching to the choir here, but I’ve never understood this argument, especially in comparison to football. A typical football game:

      5 seconds of action, followed by 30 seconds of everybody standing around. Repeat a couple times, followed by 5 minutes of commercials. Wash, rinse, repeat from beginning.

      Hard to call that an “action-packed” sport.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Didn’t you have a parade to celebrate the championship…when they won the championship?

    • bj2745 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      Um, no, it’s about the stadiums sharing parking lots and the fact that, without moving the Orioles’ game, the Ravens can’t play the season opener at home.

      FWIW, there’s no good reason for MLB to not accommodate the NFL here, if only on the matter of good business sense. Peter Angelos is already a “controversial” figure here, and if the Ravens are forced to open the series on the road they’ll almost certainly lose season ticket buyers in the long run, and be lucky to put more than 7,500 people in Oriole Park that night. Heck, if anything the NFL is being generous to the Orioles by agreeing to pretend the O’s gate would be HURT by moving the game to an afternoon start time.

      • bigharold - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        “…there’s no good reason for MLB to not accommodate the NFL here,..”

        Actually I think there are several. First and foremost the O’s already had the game scheduled. Secondly, if this season is anything like last season the O’s will be in a playoff hunt by then. Why would the O’s, or the White Sox who might well be in the playoff hunt too, risk turning in a flat performance for no good reason? Both teams will be getting in late as it is so risking losing ground or injuring a player makes absolutely NO sense. Finally, Goodell is coming across as a bit of a jerk. Now, perhaps that has more to do with the media than his actual statements but I haven’t heard him try to set the record straight. In fact I’d go as far as say a lot of the chest thumping moronic statements about the NFL’s dominance over MLB is coming from writers and jackasses that post on blogs. Nevertheless, statements like this idiocy; “Does Selig seriously think he’s going to win this battle against the NFL,…”, isn’t going to get the NFL what it wants in fact it’s more than likely to harden MLB position so that if they do relent it will just cost more. And, MLB has already won. Their game starts two hours earlier so unless the Raven’s want to start at 5 PM the O’s fans will be there first.

        The reasonable thing to do is move the Raven’s game to Wednesday. Of course why should anybody expect Goodell to start acting reasonably at this point? In fact there is no good reason not to.

    • gt929 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:06 PM

      Too slow and boring, but only to those who don’t really understand its subtleties and nuances. Soccer and hockey are boring to me, but I readily admit I only understand the basics.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      The most exciting part about football is definitely the twelve times per game when they do a review of the previous play. God, it thrills me every time. And only takes them like five minutes to confirm that, yes, the guy did fumble, we all saw it as it happened. FOOTBALL IZ TEH BEST SPORTZ

  10. joshfrancis50 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Your paraphrasing sounds like Drago’s trainers whispering into his ear about how the Americans are weak.

  11. amhendrick - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    When you did your list last month, was Baltimore a baseball or a football city? If the Orioles were in a pennant race, how many fans would go to the Raven’s game instead?

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      This is why the Orioles should stand strong. We have the perfect opportunity to test our theories on what sport reigns supreme in every city. Make it happen for the commenters at HBT, Orioles!

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      The HBT list said Football. I said Baseball. The follow up article linking to another writer said Baseball, but by the slightest of margins.

      In all honestly, a good argument could be made either way. My argument really boiles down to Football right now, but if the Orioles weren’t coming off a 15 year losing streak, and if they could have one or two more seasons like last year, Baseball will easily win out in this town. Even with a Super Bowl champion Ravens team.

  12. historiophiliac - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    There’s only one solution here: HBPiD.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Y’know, that can’t be the answer to everything. For Goodell, he should have to stand around 20 yards away from Jake Cutler with one of those tires hanging directly in front of his ‘danger zone’ while Cutler fires away.

      • gerryb323 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        I can’t imagine that Cutler trying to hit a target is going to instill much fear in good ole Rog…

      • unclemosesgreen - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        Even though this is dangerously close to breaking the fourth wall, I’m going to just offer a football opinion, and it is this: When he’s not running for his life, Cutler is accurate and throws hard.

    • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Its a sad commentary on the state of things when I find myself agreeing with such a blow to a man’s comfort and dignity. Nevertheless, this dude’s article is such pathetic crap that he deserves a shot to the sack.

  13. bmfc1 - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    A day-night DH on either Friday or Saturday seems to be the solution. The players get a day off and the Orioles get compensation from the all-mighty NFL.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      Or MLB can hold fast and force the NFL to come up with a non-BS reason for why they can’t play on Wednesday.

      • mybrunoblog - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Let’s face it. We both know MLB will cave in. $ talks and all else walks.

  14. sdemp - Mar 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Roger Goodell is a piece of shit. . . Enough said.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I wish I could give this more than one thumbs up.

  15. wmg8383 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    So much FAIL in one column for Silver, the mind reels.
    My favorite line: “…surrounded by owners who revere him for his authoritative stewardship of their multi-billion dollar operation.” That’s both laugh and cringe-inducing. While Silver certainly isn’t the only League lapdog in the media, he might be the most naive if he thinks Goodell is anything other than a well-paid puppet for their monetary interests.

  16. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    The Orioles game has been scheduled for months. The Ravens game has just been scheduled so the NFL created their own conflict. They should change their schedule. I love football but their areogance sickens me.

  17. sgtr0c - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Someone should ask what the City of Baltimore wants to happen since they would be providing the police and emergency service stuff…

    • bj2745 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      Who is this someone, and why does he even need to ask?

  18. DelawarePhilliesFan - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    “….and I’m wondering how being enthralled with that power translates to his critical analysis of whatever else the NFL chooses to do”

    And Craig drops the hammer! Nice!

  19. thebadguyswon - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I do not get the NFL vs MLB thing at all. 90% of MLB fans like the NFL and vice versa.

    Yet, you always hear from this vocal minority how the other sport sucks, etc.

    Get a life people.

  20. chill1184 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Seriously F these arrogant NFL writers. I hope the Orioles and White Sox stand strong against Commarde Goodell

  21. jm91rs - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Maybe if Bud can work something out where Football will back off a bit on scheduling during baseball post season games if he gives in here and moves the game? Goodell will get what he wants because more people want football, but maybe Bud can get something good out of it for his game.

  22. gunpowderjones - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    The O’s play a series in Chicago earlier in the year. Would it mess up travel schedules too much if you just swapped locations for the two series?

  23. ravensfan8780 - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I’m a huge O’s and Ravens fans I’d love to see both an O’s games and Ravens game on the same day. The NFL hasn’t been convenient for any other league so why should the MLB budge for them. I remember when there was no Sunday Night Football during the week of the World Series now they still show SNF to go head to head with the World Series. Cuban got pissed with the NFL when they scheduled a Dallas home playoff game on the same day as a Mavs home game.

    I get that NFL is top gun right now, but no one stays number one forever and when NFL isn’t number one it could get rough for them with how they’ve treated other pro leagues.

  24. spudchukar - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    I believe “Goodell” is the pronunciation of “Go to Hell”, in cockney British speak.

  25. aindik - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    The Orioles should move the game to 12:30, and the Ravens should pay retail price for 10,000 tickets to the Orioles game and give them away to the first 10,000 Ravens season ticket holders who ask (one Orioles seat per Ravens seat). They can go to both games that day. That could be a pretty great day for Baltimore sports fans, and the teams look like they’re working together to please the fans rather than fighting with each other. The Ravens buying tickets is a better solution optically than just a naked cash payment.

    People dismissing the idea that people might want to watch the Orioles have already forgotten the 2012 season.

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