The battle of Baltimore has been fought and won, and not by the Ravens.
Traditionally the first Thursday in September is a time of great celebration for the defending Super Bowl champions, as they host the season-opener showcase extravaganza in primetime. But there was a hurdle for the Ravens to host that magical night this fall because the Orioles also have a home game on Sept. 5, and the two teams share a parking lot for their respective stadiums. Although there was talk of having the O’s move their game to a matinee start at 1 p.m. (the Orioles were willing to compromise), it was eventually determined that hosting both that game and the pageantry of the NFL’s season opener in one day wasn’t logistically possible.
Either that, or Bud Selig is exacting his modicum of revenge after years of Monday night Jaguars-Panthers games crushing playoff baseball.
Here’s the statement from Ravens president Dick Cass:
“After thorough discussions among the Orioles, the NFL and the Ravens, it became clear that holding both an Orioles’ game and the Ravens’ regular season opener on the same day would create logistical situations that would cause serious issues for the city of Baltimore, and fans for both teams. The Ravens greatly appreciate the willingness of the Orioles to adjust the start of their game in an effort to make this sports spectacular happen. But, in the end, anticipated problems with parking, rush-hour traffic, plus crowd and car congestion around Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, will keep the doubleheader from taking place.”
So what now? Well, we sort of don’t know.
What we do know is that a game involving the Ravens will take place on Thursday, Sept. 5 as planned, and that fan activities will mostly likely be held somewhere in Baltimore (hooray?). We just aren’t sure where the game will be played yet.
That’s obviously because the schedule hasn’t been announced, which usually happens in mid April. The league will surely want the best matchup possible, meaning the Ravens may have to roll into a hostile environment like Pittsburgh to begin the defense of their championship.
Sometimes life gives you lemons, and somethings it puts lemons in a pitching machine and hurls them at you repeatedly.