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Rex Ryan thinks that the Orioles should’ve switched their September 5th game to a road game

Apr 19, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Rex Ryan

UPDATE: Buck Showalter has responded. Short version: “stay out of it.”

1:01PM: The matter has been settled for some time, and it doesn’t even involve the New York Jets, but Rex Ryan is still upset that the Baltimore Ravens can’t play their opening game at home due to a previously-scheduled Orioles home game. He decided to vent about it yesterday:

“Well who really cares, you’ve got 81 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. I really don’t think people are going to care about that game … You have a chance to have the defending world champs open up the season at home where they rightfully should. That’s unfortunate.”

Whatever. All I can think is that the Orioles stand a much better chance of playing actually relevant games in September than the Jets do, so this is all amusing.

  1. illcomm - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    this was news yesterday.

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      So is your trolling.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      so Rex would like for the O’s to cancel a game scheduled since last year that could have playoffs considerations all because the Ravens won the SB and the NFL would like to show case them on a Thursday night football.

      ok, why not.

      • scoocha - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Playoff considerations? So one good season means they’ll be perennial contenders. Stop it.

        @Craig – You’re just a dick. Orioles may have done very little in 30 years and you know it.

      • kyzslew77 - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        Awwwwwwww. Smallest violin for scoocha, Rex, and other NFL trolls. You can tell how insecure they are by how angry they are about this. Had Selig/the Orioles given in and agreed to reschedule, baseball fans would have been like “eh, whatever” and NFL fans would have been like YEEEEEEEEEEEEAHHHHHHHHHH THIS PROVES HOW AWESOME OUR SPORT IS EVERYONE PAY ATTENTION TO US! WE’RE AWESOME!

        I like the NFL just fine, but 95% of people who like it as their only sport are complete clods.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Should I know this whiner guy?

    • heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      If you have pretty feet and a Mark Sanchez jersey on, keep an eye out for him/

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        No chance on the Mark Sanchez jersey. We’re safe.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Psst, who’s Mark Sanchez?

      • heyblueyoustink - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        This time next year, probably just another fella looking for a job. But that’s a story for a different thread.

      • paperlions - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Mark Sanchez is a fashion model, I think…for sports apparel.

    • indaburg - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      That’s Lance Berkman, right? I mean I know he’s calling himself “Rex Ryan” but that IS Lance Berkman. If its not, then I have no ‘effin idea who this fat guy with the big mouth is.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        He looks Canadian.

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        He is neither erudite, handsome, nor sweet natured. If he looks Canadian to you then I suggest you stop hanging around with Les Québécois.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        He seemed blubbery.

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        You got a point, there.

  3. El Bravo - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Rex Ryan is a douchenozzle.

    • number42is1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      And the list grows……

      • El Bravo - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Who have I missed???

        1. Murray Chass – Chass, a mere blogger, will give up his undeserved HOF vote, but only after attempting to vote in Jack Morris. Whether or not Morris deserves it is beside the point. He’s sticking it to all other HOF eligible players as a consequence. Total Chasshole move, bro.
        2. BBWAA – The Baseball Writers Association of America is a conglomerate of douchenozzles, many of which no longer write about baseball, but yet still have more say on the subject than the biggest baseball fans out there. A total clusterdouche. As opposed to entering each voter as a DN individually, which would be unfair to the non-DNs within the group, the entire organization will be granted passage into douchenozzledom as a whole.
        3. Todd Helton – For getting a DUI while going out briefly to buy lottery tickets. Lottery tickets? Yes, lottery tickets.
        4. Mark Grace – DUI work release is too lenient
        5. Jeff Loria – Letter to Miami blaming everyone but himself…and sticking to his story.
        6. Drake Britton – Red Sox minor leaguer that got a DUI while driving 111 mph in a 45 and then showing the officer his debit card instead of his license.
        7. Nick Swisher – recording some video in Spring Training where he looks douchey. Good enough for me.
        8. Rob Dibble – for being Rob Dibble (see Nick Swisher criteria). Also was fired after just ten games as a high school coach.
        9. Hawk Harrelson – for knowing nothing about sabermetrics or the use of advanced analytics in baseball, but feels the need to spout his uninformed opinions anyway.
        10. Carlos Quentin – for getting plunked by Zack Greinke and then breaking his collarbone as “retaliation”, all the while knowing he leans into 2/3 of the pitches he sees and gets hit more than anyone in the MLB.
        11. Alex Rodriguez – For cheating, lying, getting caught, admitting it, cheating, lying, getting caught, lying, then attempting to buy the evidence to not get caught for real this time.
        12. Yovani Gallardo – DUI. 0.22 breathalyzer…’nuff said.
        13. Jonathan Papeldouche – for railing off about Obama takin’ our guns (aka not having any f’ing clue what he’s talking about).
        14. Rex Ryan – For whining about the Orioles not switching a home game to a road game so that the Ravens could open the season at home. Basically, for being Rex Ryan and making it into an HBT post is enough for me.

      • number42is1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        WOW! i see you have added quite a few since the last time… and now Swisher gets an excuse, albeit a crappy one but an excuse nontheless. Is there a reason that Luke Scott isn’t on the list?

      • El Bravo - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        15. Tom Garfinkel – Padres President and CEO who called Greinke “Rain Man”. Pretty insensitive comment, bro. Thanks to Alex K for reminding me about this one.

      • dowhatifeellike - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        I could have sworn Luke Scott was on the list for his comments about communists. Did he do something to redeem himself?

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Why couldn’t the Raven’s schedule it for another day? Of yeah, they just didn’t want to (also known as, TV wouldn’t let them).

    • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      They didn’t want to have the game on Wednesday because its Roshoshana (sic) even though they’ve played on that holiday before. Not to mention they always play on Thanksgivings, Christmas and Christmas eve. So they just decided to let the Orioles take the blame because the NFL thinks the world revolves around them.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I don’t know that I’ve ever seen someone (sic) themselves…

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        Had no idea how to spell it and wasn’t going to look it up so I decided to acknowledge a possible mistake.

      • cur68 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        I think, but am not sure, that the correct thing to do when in doubt of the spelling is to throw in a “sp?” instead of “sic”. Alternatively you can have a go with Then Mighty And Exalted Google : “rosh hashanah”: and have a pretty good chance of getting it right. Then, if you get it wrong, you can blame google.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Or, screw it up and then demand an edit function.

        *cough* OG *cough*

      • Kevin S. - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        And Thursday night is still Rosh Hashana.

    • number42is1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      Rosh Hashana

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        They play on Christmas day. Don’t tell me the NFL cares about Rush-a Home-a.

      • number42is1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        a) was explaining to the feller above the proper way to spell Rosh Hashana
        2)Rush-a Home-a can be considered offensive by some (not me)
        iii) 100% of those that celebrate Christmas can watch a Football game on that day but at least 50%- of those that celebrate Rosh Hashana cannot

  5. sdelmonte - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Rex Ryan and the Jets exist currently for the sole purpose of making Mets fans feel a little better about things. No matter how bad things seem, it’s more bleak and noisome for the Jets.

    • gammagammahey - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      You underestimate the crossover between Mets and Jets fans. It’s a bleak existence of late.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    I get so tired of all the football fans who think MLB should just roll over for the NFL. I like football as much as the next guy bit all the people who say the Orioles should be more flexible haven’t looked at any of the factors that make a change difficult.

    • bsqesq - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      The orioles should not just roll over for the NFL. they should roll over for the fans of baltimore.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        So what are the fans of Baltimore missing? They wont miss a homegame. They wont miss their team unveiling a championship banner. The only thing they may miss out on is the stupid Kid Rock concert that comes with opening the NFL season, you know, that awesome 5 year old tradition.

      • Panda Claus - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Hello again, NFL and its loyal group of foot-in-mouth followers (I’m talking to you Rex Ryan, Dick Ebersol and bsqesq).

        They choose to hide behind the idea of not wanting to play on Jewish holiday (they played on it before), whined about the Orioles for not rearranging their schedule (a move that would also require approval from the union and the White Sox) and all this when their own schedule was nearly a month from being released to the public.

        Or the NFL could’ve prevented this whole blowup by merely opening their season one day earlier on Wednesday. What they failed to tell you is the real reason that didn’t happen. Wednesday night ratings would be 10-15% lower than for Thursday, and they weren’t willing to give up that much cash.

        Rather than admit greed, it’s far easier to play the blame game. After all they have to protect the image of The Shield.

      • DJ MC - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        Are you a “fan of Baltimore”? Because I’d like to ask that you not speak for all of us.

    • hisgirlgotburrelled - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      Oh how pre-2003 super bowl champions were unhappy about not opening the next season at home on a Thursday night. Like the Baltimore Ravens who won in 2000 and opened 2001 on Sunday at 1pm.

      Anyone that says it’s about the fans, how can you not be OK with a Sunday game at home in week 1? I keep hearing about how cool it will be, and the party for the fans. As long as you get to open at home then what does it matter if there happened to be a game played on Thursday before that? It doesn’t. The NFL stupidly stuck to the super bowl champion playing week 1 on Thursday and now Baltimore plays on the road. Not only that, but they knew since February this would be an issue and waited a month to talk about it.

      I love football just as much as baseball, but this is so incredibly dumb… And Rex Ryan just topped the stupidy with ‘they have 81 home games, what’s wrong with giving one up?’ This guy has got to be one of the biggest turds in the history of the NFL (as far as non-criminals and such go).

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Im a Packer fan. They opened on Thursday the year after their Super Bowl win. Guess what, it didn’t make it any cooler that it was on Thursday. I would have mich preffered the game played Sunday or Monday night if I was looking to have the national game because I hate the fact that the NFL plays on Thursdays now.

      • bsqesq - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        Panda Clause, no need for insults just because we disagree. I’m not some blind NFL follower,
        I’m a Pittsburgh fan, including the Pirates, which by default probably makes me one of the most loyal baseball fans there is. (no other set of fans has had to suffer through such futility)

        When the Steelers won their recent Super Bowls, their Thursday night games were fantastic. The event that the NFL makes out of the game is fantastic and I do not think that it can be replicated later that weekend. And its not the concert that makes it exciting, its just the general buzz that the game brings to the city.

        For the Orioles to play their game that afternoon, I don’t believe would be that big of a deal. Would it suck some, sure. But, it is truly that difficult to play in the afternoon the day after a night game. Hockey players do it routinely, which is certainly more difficult. I realize that other entities have a say in moving the game, but hiding behind union rules fails to apply common sense.

        Now that does not mean the NFL is totally without blame. They probably could have and should have moved the game to Wednesday after the Orioles would not relent.

        If you don’t think its great for fans to have that game, ask Baltimore sports fans if they wanted the Ravens to play Thursday night or any other day after winning the super bowl. I’m sure the great majority would want the Thursday night game, regardless of what happened to the oriole game.

        Two last points, Rex Ryan is a tool. The orioles and sox will be out of contention when the game is played, making the non-moving of the game even more insulting to Baltimore fans.

        One question, which game will have better TV ratings in Baltimore that Thursday night, the orioles or the ravens? That alone should tell you what Baltimore fans want to happen.

  7. brazcubas - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Would he feel the same way about the Ravens rescheduling a previously scheduled game so as to not conflict with an Orioles playoff game?

    The guy should just stick to making Super Bowl predictions.

  8. Fruitland Generic Citizen - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Leave it to Rex Ryan to stick his foot in his mouth. Well, somebody’s foot, anyway.

  9. rockthered1286 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Go home Rex, you’re drunk.

  10. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Craig, I would be happier if we could not talk about that other sport here. This is a safe place.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Word. I am trying not to lose it today, so I am basically offline except for here — and I don’t want anyone to take that blankie…

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I don’t mean to play editor here, Craig. But don’t you think this post would have been a lot more fun if you incorporated some aspect of Rex’s…..errrr…..uhhhh……”foot” videos?

  12. shwoogy1 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    1. This is a non story. 2. Can someone explain to me how Rex Ryan is still a coach in the NFL?

  13. gnyj85 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hate all you want, he’s right though.

    The way you write this story makes it seem as though Rex is crazy for thinking this way. Not allowing your Football affiliate play their home opener after they just represented your city in the biggest way because you dont want to give up one of your 82 homes games is pretty ridiculous.

    • Fruitland Generic Citizen - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Wait … what?

      The Orioles schedule has been publicly available for months. It’s not like the NFL didn’t know the Orioles had a home game that day, or they didn’t know that Camden Yards and M&T share a parking lot, as they have for the past fifteen years.

      The NFL had a very simple solution, one they used THIS PAST SEASON – play the game on Wednesday night. That’s it. That’s all they had to do.

      They’ve played on Wednesday night. They’ve played on Rosh Hashanah. They played a full slate of games last year on Rosh Hashanah.

      If the NFL scheduling staff can’t manage to find an Orioles’ schedule and figure out that the O’s had a home game on that Thursday and didn’t on the night before, well, they’re stupid enough to deserve the problem they and they alone created.

      The Orioles own no part of this fiasco. This one’s all on Goodell.

      • gnyj85 - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        They shouldnt HAVE to. They won the Superbowl, they deserve to open up at home on the day they want. It is very easy to reschedule a baseball game, they do it 30 times throughout the season for rainouts, pretend it’s raining. They just represented Baltimore and generated more buzz than the orioles have ever done. Opening up at home the following season is the last piece to winning the chip. Orioles will be 15 games out of 1st by then, i say reschedule.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        All that buzz they generated and I still have no plans to visit Baltimore. Nothing against it of course, but buzz means nothing to outsiders.

      • bsqesq - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        If the Ravens just played the game at the same time as the Orioles and said that only fans going to the orioles games could use the parking lots, the parking lots would be barren. And you know that is the truth.

    • Steve A - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      I was going to tell this commenter to go back to Pro Football Talk, but then I realized the great assumption he made.

      Pro sports teams in the US are not civic organizations. They are for-profit big businesses. To claim that the Ravens “represented” Baltimore in any real way other than the address of their stadium is ridiculous. Yes, this is the same proud franchise that skipped out on Cleveland because apparently the civic pride was not high enough to pay for a new stadium.

      For this person to claim that the Orioles are at fault here is extremely laughable.

      • ryanrockzzz - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        How so? Your looking at it in the most cold, economic way there is. If that were the case, why would anyone in any city root for their team. There is a connection between city and team, and fans feel that their team “represents” that, even if it it’s not technically the case.

        Sounds like you have something against the Ravens. I’m and Eagles and Phillies fan, and they are a very well run organziation that has had a lot more success over the last 10 years then the O’s. I wish our football team could have this problem!

        That being said, it’s amazing that someone like Ryan could want any team to just play an extra road game. Especially when it could be very important late in the year.

        Call me naive about this question, ( I haven’t been following this story as close as some of you) but why can’t they just play on the same day? If you want to see the Ravens go see the Ravens or vice versa?

      • brewcrewfan54 - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        The reason they can’t play the same day is because the stadiums are right next to each other and share a parking lot. Even if the Orioles played at noon and their game was done by 4 it would be very difficult to keep automotive and pedestrian traffic from being in basic gridlock.

      • Steve A - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        First, I do believe what I said about teams not being civic organizations. That’s why I said it. However, I’m also using the opposite viewpoint to show that gnyj85’s comment was out there in regard to the duty the Orioles have to help out the Ravens. Yes, there are connections between cities and fans. In the end, though, those connections are used to make money for the teams. I take pride in cheering for my local teams. However, I also am aware that they owe nothing to me beyond the entertainment they provide me.

        I’m assuming they can’t play at the same time of day for security and crowd control reasons. The stadiums are very close to each other. To have that many people there for simultaneous events would stretch the resources of the Baltimore PD. That’s my guess. It could be possible to move the Orioles game to the afternoon, but I don’t see Peter Angelos agreeing to that. There are probably contracts in place regarding the use of the BPD and other services for Orioles and Ravens games; contracts which the Orioles were unwilling to break. Also, I heard the Orioles and the White Sox (I believe) both play night games outside of Baltimore the night before.

        The Tigers played a World Series game at night after a Lions 4 PM home game. Those stadiums are even closer than in Baltimore. However, they never play at home on the same Sunday during the MLB regular season.

        The only thing I have against the Ravens is that they were the last opponent Barry Sanders faced.

  14. spudchukar - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Does anybody either care, or listen to what this guy says anymore?

    • jimw42 - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      he’s like a car wreck you have to check out the carnage.

  15. thebadguyswon - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Rex wont need to worry about it a year from now when he’s unemployed.

  16. seanowns - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Equal opportunity fan here, but this was a silly move for baseball. If the NFL is spiteful, they can force a world series game to move from a prime spot. Just saying….

    • Bryz - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      A playoff game does not equal the very first game of the year that could have been scheduled a day earlier.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Not as silly as blaming Rosh Hashana for not moving the game to Wednesday.

      Or insisting that a 5 year old tradition is more important than some other sports 162 day schedule.

      Or that baseball fans would revolt should a World Series game be forced to play during (gasp) the day time.

      Other than that, you might have a point.

      • seanowns - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        True baseball fans might prefer a day game. Complete agreement. The MLB from a business perspective most certainly would not. Why bother taking that risk?

    • DJ MC - Apr 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      They could do that, sure. But just like they look bad for trying to force the Orioles into a poor situation instead of taking a completely logical and reasonable alternative, they would look even worse for trying to have a negative impact on a championship series.

      This exact situation is very unlikely to happen again, because the confluence of events that were involved are all relatively rare. The NFL is best-served just letting it go, especially if they want baseball’s help the next time there is a similar situation where a change could happen.

  17. Stephen Jay - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Rex hits the nail on the head with his first 4 words: “Well who really cares.” He should’ve stopped talking there.

  18. dowhatifeellike - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Rex is still mad that Baltimore chose Harbaugh over him. Second best decision the franchise ever made.

  19. yousuxxors - Apr 19, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I like football better than baseball but that is bullshit to think the mlb should move a game they made months in advanced. baseball plays almost everyday, it is kind of hard to move a game. they don’t have the flexibility the NFL does. why didn’t the NFL move it to Wednesday like they did for the giants the year before because of the conflict with the DNC. such dickheads.

  20. rcali - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Don’t worry everyone, we only have one more year where we are going to have to listen to his endless idiot babbling.

  21. dowhatifeellike - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I kinda want the game to get rained out on that day so I can witness everyone who is mad at the Orioles lose their collective shit.

  22. onbucky96 - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Shut up Rex, none of us outside New York/New Jersey care. Ravens could have played on Wednesday, league plays on Thanksgiving and Christmas. How about you predict a home Super Bowl you wind bag? Chris Jerrico sums you up well, ASSCLOWN!

  23. bat42boy - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Thanks to the Orioles! Maybe the Ravens should reschedule their game. Glad to see the almighty NFL lose this battle.

  24. Walk - Apr 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Who cares the nfl teams play 16 games or so just change one date, it is not like they have to play a series of games one after the other like baseball teams do. It is far easier for the football teams to change a date.

  25. snowbirdgothic - Apr 19, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Mazel tov, Rex.

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