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Reminder: today is Baseball Superiority Day

Sep 5, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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The NFL starts today. I’m sure most of you are happy about that. But as the sports/media zeitgeist goes football crazy, I’m going to remind myself that (a) the Orioles are playing a home game in Baltimore tonight; and (b) the Ravens are opening on the road. Why? Because the NFL was unable to bully and whine to get its own way and have the Orioles move their game.

You’ll recall the scheduling conflict from last March. The Orioles had their schedule in place first and the NFL and its surrogates, claiming Divine Right to have its Super Bowl champ open at home on Thursdays, publicly moaned and complained that the Orioles should make way for the more popular and successful NFL.

Really, that was the argument. Remember this gem? And this? And this? The entire public debate over it was couched in the Orioles “doing the right thing” and moving their previously scheduled game. Not because it made more logistical sense for anyone. Not because some treasured and long-standing tradition was in peril (the home game on Thursday night for the Super Bowl champ is a relatively new invention). But because, dammit, the NFL deserved to have that date for their use more than baseball did. Because it’s the NFL.

Well, poo, you lost, football people. And for my part I have no problem feeling petty and nyah-nyah-nyah about it all. And I sort of hope that the O’s-White Sox game tonight goes 18 sloppy innings before a 1/4 capacity crowd, just for the yuks.

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  1. yahmule - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Neither baseball or football is number one in Baltimore. They’re into capping each other.

  2. erikeaglesfan1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I love the fights on what sport is better against PED’s. NEWS FLASH ALL OF THE LEAGUES STINK AT IT. All the players have to do is use the new drug that cannot be tested for, and only the dumb players get caught. Remember, A Rod is not facing a 211 game ban because he tested positive, but because they found evidence he was using something the testing process couldn’t catch. Same for all of the players recently suspended except Braun. I firmly believe that most players in all sports use something, and are just better at not getting caught.

    • mikhelb - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      “A Rod is not facing a 211 game ban because he tested positive, but because they found evidence he was using something the testing process couldn’t catch.”

      Nope, to find evidence somebody is using you need physical evidence as in a positive test. They found what it looks like evidences that he maybe bought substances to maybe use them. MLB has somebody who SAYS he injected ARod, but evidence says he didn’t use (per the testing), the substances he SAID he injected ARod are detectable yet didn’t appear in his system.

      As much as i don’t like PED users, that’s the panorama =/

  3. erikeaglesfan1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    erikeaglesfan1 – Sep 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM
    Go to any playground in the city and you see more kids playing football than baseball, even in the middle of the summer. More of your pro athletes come from inner cities because they use sports to “get out” of the neighborhood and there are less other things for them to do that cost little or no money. Baseball is almost no-existent in these areas. This is evident by the declining numbers of African American kids playing at the MLB and minor league level. The sports of choice inside the inner cities are clearly football and basketball, with basketball only being an option for the tall and not overweight to go far in. In my neighborhood, there are lots of playgrounds with no trouble getting kids to play football from age 5 on up, but they struggle to get enough kids to play baseball after tee-ball. Anyone who thinks football is going away ignores the fact that it is very popular inside the inner cities who will keep pumping out players while ignoring the long term health

    Ben – Sep 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM
    That’s patently false. Youth participation in football is imploding because it turns out parents want their kids to have functioning brains.

    My statement is true in inner cities and poor areas of the country where sports are looked upon as an “out”. In the suburbs, or areas with more money, football may be declining, but not in the poor areas of the country that supplies the majority of your professional athletes.

    • mikhelb - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Well, also take into account that if you or any kid hits somebody with a football it doesn’t amount to a lot, while if you hit somebody with a batted ball you could get in trouble, also its way easier to control and delimit your playing zone while playing football in a playground, baseball needs a way way bigger zone.

  4. elmo - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Football sucks.

  5. sdsupersean - Sep 5, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    I think the biggest issue here was the lack of respect the O’s showed their very own community. Baltimore is full of O’s and Ravens fans. By not working to resolve this conflict, The city of Baltimore was denied their opportunity to celebrate the return of the greatest team in the most popular sport in the nation. Most of us sports fans rarely get to experience any of our teams being the best in the world, some of us never do, so it might be hard to keep things in perspective, but the only losers tonight are the fans that finance these teams. The teams themselves still make their millions and don’t give a crap.

    • voteforno6 - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I’m pretty sure this was hashed over several months ago when it first came up. The logistics of moving the game is much more involved than the Orioles agreeing to it – the White Sox, MLB, and the MLBPA would have to approve as well. The NFL needs to get over itself, and realize that it can’t just bully everyone to get its way, all for the sake of honoring a tradition that dates all the way back to 2004 or so.

      • Bob Loblaw - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        They could have moved it to a double header the next day and it would NOT have needed the approval of MLB, the White Sox or anybody else. And they were offered to be financially compensated for all monies lost for the missing day of revenue.

        They chose not to do that because they didn’t want to play a double-header. Even though it would have been preceded by an off day.

        And for all those talking about the NFL “bullying” tactics, the NFL is just as much of petty a-holes when it comes to moving games, so I am not saying, nor trying to imply that the NFL is any better.

        But I do know that when the NFL refuses to move it’s games, we don’t see Florio go onto PFT,com and post idiotic comments saying “nyah nyah nyah nyah” and being all petty when the NFL acts like idiots. Why? Well, maybe it’s a class thing. I’m not sure.

        Either way, it’s fun to lather up the sycophantic commenters here at HBT by saying something bad about MLB…even when you are saying something equally bad about the NFL too. Oh well.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        @bob again takes his mouth off the NFL’s d*ck long enough to call us sycophants….

        The Orioles could not unilaterally decide to have a double header, the White Sox would have to have agrees too. And (try to follow me here), double headers have the potential to put your bullpen out of what for the next 2-3 games. So why would the White Sox want to do that?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      The city of Baltimore was denied their opportunity to celebrate the return of the greatest team in the most popular sport in the nation.

      No, they weren’t. All the NFL had to do was play the game Wednesday night, and there wouldn’t have been a conflict. They choose not to, employing a strategy of Thursday night or bust. The MLB called them out on it as they had the schedule first.

      When one side offers to do it their way or the high way, it’s not up to the original occupant to move.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      If the game was held on Wednesday or Sunday night – problem solved. The NFL would not consider doing that – citing Rosh Hashana for Wednesday (despite playing on Rosh Hashana in 2012), and would not consider Sunday because they could not get an exclusive for TV networks.

      So if your concern is for the citizenry of Baltimore, then you must blame the NFL as well. They could have played in Baltimore this weekend. They decided they would only do it for an exclusive on Thursday

    • Sign Ahead - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      Don’t worry. I’m pretty sure that Ravens will return to Baltimore at some point this season.

  6. razorbyrd - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I hope the White Sox put up a 10 spot in the top of the first and 80% of the crowd leaves…

  7. colv - Sep 5, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Once an avid baseball fan. Players drug enhancements, ridiculous pay, long season and boring 3 hour plus games has made the NFL a favorite. Yes Goodall screwed the Ravens and yes the Os screwed them too. The Os have been irrelevant since the owner destroyed the Os-way 20 years ago. The Ravens have a great owner and win.

  8. janessa31888 - Sep 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    I forgot how smug and annoying football fans are.

    • Bob Loblaw - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      And baseball fans are model citizens. LOL. I just got accused of sucking the NFL’s dick by a baseball fan. Amazing.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        I said your mouth was on the NFL’s d*ck. Wether or not you were sucking is between you and the NFL

      • Bob Loblaw - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        Baseball fans…the model of class.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 6, 2013 at 8:54 AM

        Check the highlight reel son, the name calling started on your end first. Now you go for the high road. Poor baby 😦

        I am so sorry again that you lost on on Opening Night ratings blitz. But of course you don’t care.

        Whole thing is hilarious

      • Bob Loblaw - Sep 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Yeah, calling someone a “sycophant” is the same as calling them a cocksucker. Uh-huh. Stay classy.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

        Never said that

  9. mattvandy - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Wait Goodell’s request for good weather was denied? He must be mad. Him and Al Gore.

  10. nickdorner - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    It’s baseball. Nobody cares about this lame ass sport. Move 1 of your 81 games to a day game. Big deal

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      I like how the NFL opened its season to GOB Bluth’s theme song.

  11. yahmule - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Peyton Manning is awesome.

  12. mlbbal52 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Lol did a grown man write this?

  13. shadowcell - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I wonder if Ravens fans still wish that game had been played in Baltimore.

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