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82+ Comments Simon says "You are a freaking phony and please, don’t hand me this Rosh Hashanah BS. Not to disrespect the Jewish Community but games have been played on Rosh Hashanah be
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If you go on Facebook and browse the photo galleries of anyone between the ages of 18-25, chances are you will find people with an inexplicable urge to flash the bird at the photographer.

Today that would be me if Roger Goodell were the photographer.

And THAT would NOT be inexplicable!

Hey Baltimore fans, let’s just call Schedule-Gate what it is – a royal screwing courtesy the NFL! You are being asked to bend over and take it with a smile!

Charm City, you are supposed to enjoy the limelight of the NFL’s opening game of the season. You are supposed to be exulted. The city should be cloaked in all things purple. This is Baltimore’s chance to stand upon a stage and beam with civic pride because WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS…OF THE WORLD!!!

Instead you are now being told that despite your accomplishments, your emotional investment and the investment of your hard earned dollars right on through the Super Bowl and beyond on expensive things such as tickets, airfare, hotels, parking, concessions, memorabilia, licensed gear, etc., etc., that YOU don’t matter. They just don’t give a rat’s ass!

The NFL is essentially wearing their greedy grins, laughing at your devotion and mocking you Baltimore!

Taking the league’s opening night to a city other than that of the champion is like crowning the 3rd runner-up in the Miss America Pageant; it’s like adorning the 4th place finisher in The Preakness with the bed of black-eyed Susans; it’s on par with forcing the winner of the Daytona 500 to watch another driver take the victory lap; it’s akin to giving the Green Jacket at The Masters to the golfer who finished 2 strokes behind the winner.

This is a rip off of epic proportions!

How degrading is it for this disingenuous commissioner to stand up at his cushy little podium and say he and the league have done their best for the fans of Baltimore. The same pretentious prick who insults your intelligence by twisting your outcries against paying full price for preseason games and then uses that as his justification to expand the regular season schedule to 18 games.

The only thing the league and this commissioner care about is money. MON-EY!

Every action, every behavior, even the feigned community centricity has one thing, one goal in mind – more Benjamins!

The solution to this Thursday night dilemma has been staring the NFL’s head honchos in the face the moment the scheduling snafu was discovered. Move the damn game to Wednesday. They did it last year to step aside for the Democratic National Convention.

So why won’t they do it again?

Simple answer – MONEY!

The ratings apparently aren’t as good on Wednesday nights and what do weaker ratings spell – LESS MONEY.

So do us a solid Goodell. Don’t tell us you tried. You didn’t!

Don’t tell us you care. You don’t.

You are a freaking phony and please, don’t hand me this Rosh Hashanah BS. Not to disrespect the Jewish Community but games have been played on Rosh Hashanah before and they will be played again during this Holiday particularly if it means more profit for the league.

And for those of you who want to blame Mr. Angelos for this mess, forget about it! This isn’t on the Orioles or MLB. This one is on the empty suit who “earns” about a million per month.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, I love the guy but come on paisan! If the league is going to stiff us and then make us go on the road, then just give up the opening game. Just give it up altogether!

Give us a Sunday home game a 1 o’clock and we’ll have our own little celebration. We should NOT open on the road. It’s like getting married again and then honeymooning with your ex.

Do something – ANYTHING other than this.

And let’s be real here, we all know where this is headed.

The Ravens will open on the road in Denver. The AFC’s third runner-up will be the showcased team. We’ll hear about how the Ravens have lost so much star-power. No Ray Lewis or Ed Reed or Anquan Boldin. And then it will get worse.

PEYTON!

PEYTON!

PEYTON!

It will a Peyton Manning love fest. He’ll be rested and we’ll hear repeatedly about how great Peyton is and how he and his brand new little toy named Wes Welker are developing a rapport until we’ll all just want to hurl.

In the end it will be a Denver celebration.

Not yours Baltimore!

That newly constructed defense without the benefit of Baltimore’s great 12th man and without a regular season game under their collective belt will be torn to shreds like Lindsay Lohan tears through an 8-ball. Manning will have a field day.

Can you see it?

Play the damn game at home and to hell with the National TV audience.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go take a few pictures and mail them to Roger Goodell.

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81 comments
spy
spy

Tony for NFL commisioner...........

Simon
Simon

A columnist basis his thoughts on facts. He does the proper research, and cross checks for accuracy. There are far too many holes in your piece. He doesn't just rant on hyperbole. He doesn't scream fire in the back of a movie theater.

Simon
Simon

Its not the Raven Way to bitch and complain Tony!. Man up and roll with the punches

Murph1019
Murph1019

Roger Goodell's email address is roger.goodell@nfl.com. The phone # to his NFL office is 212.450.2027. Fill up his inbox. Won't change anything, but will show how passionate Ravens fans are.

Sean
Sean

Tony - I am glad that you mentioned the Ravens could have had a Sunday game, but apparently turned it down. I don't think enough has been made of that. That one is on Harbaugh and the Biscuit. Why have we not heard them scream about this? Simple, it is not important to them. They would rather have a few extra days off than give Ravens fans a day of celebration. The Ravens are a very well run organization, but they are far less fan friendly than when the Modell's owned the team. Don't forget, it was the Biscuit & Harbaugh who closed training camp to the public. The fans are just a revenue stream to them. Nothing more.

Pissed Fan
Pissed Fan

Greed on both sides NFL and MLB. Your right. It's all about the money in their pockets. The only part of the fans, either side cares about, is their wallets.

Iran
Iran

This so called tradition didnt start until 2004. The game will not be played on Rosh Hashanah. Do some research, look at the history of the NfL playing on religious holidays. Just go back to last Christmas Eve, the NFL pulled games for that day. When Christmas has been on Sunday they have moved the gmes to Saturday. With the exception of keeping the Sunday night game in which they were contractually obligated with NBC. And yes we have played on Rosh Hashanah before. Reason being early in the season the NFL can not move games to Saturday to interfere with college football. And of course the NFL will do what's best for its pockets. What business doesn't. And no we can't play Sunday at 1 because the Os play. We could have opened Sunday night but Harrbaugh was adamant about playing on Thutsday. As Bisciotti mentioned lets get the chip off our shoulder Baltimore. We did win the Super Bowl. Embrace.

Darb
Darb

Right on Tony. Everybody needs to e-mail the commissioner and tell him what they think about this. It's bullcrap on the NFL should be ashamed.

Tony
Tony

You the man

True
True

What's Goodell's number? I'll send a picture of where the sun don't shine.

Brian
Brian

Way off base here Tony. This so called tradition only started in 2004. Rosh Hashana is out. The NFL goes out of its way to not schedule games during major religious holidays if it can help it. Just check the history. Last year was a perfect example. There was no Monday night game on Christmas Eve. Google is your friend. Do some research. In response to the NFL only caring about making money, I'm pretty sure you don't do this website for free. We can't play on Sunday at 1because the Orioles already have a game. The Ravens could have played on Sunday night but they declined that opportunity. Harbaugh was adamant about his preference for Thursday. He wants the second bye. There should have been some type of resolution. It would have been great for the city to to have BOTH games on Thursday. That would have been one of the greatest days in Baltimore sports history. this was a game of chicken between the NFL and MLB and the NFL los

charlie
charlie

all is about the television/cable money on thurs as apposed to wed. this is NOT about anyone's religious beliefs. i saw through that puppet goodell, as many did, from the beginning-he will go down as the worst commish to run the nfl ever but let's not forget what's really going on in the world of prof football. the cap has SOMEHOW(must not be making any money these days) become stagnate this year and next, the players are taking HUGE cuts in their salaries and a majority of the owners just agreed on the helmet rule. anyone who thinks that rog is some kind of rogue manager running around without the blessing of the owners need only to look at the $20 million-that's right $20 MILLION-bonus the bosses just bestowed on prince roger.

Ravcolt
Ravcolt

It's a new year, with new players (in fact a lot of 'em). Forget last year. We had our celebration, and perhaps the greatest showing of fanship ever seen. Let the NFL do what they will and we'll go out and whip some more butt. I think its kinda cool that Baltimore is the one city the NFL treats differently. It gives us a type of warped identity. We're used to it. Just look at our heritage. Wear it with a badge of honor. And laugh at the Goodell's of the world.

Rick S
Rick S

Goodell sucks. Thank you Tony.

OriAl
OriAl

THE DECISION TO NOT MOVE THE GAME WAS NOT ONLY ON THE ORIOLES! Get it through your heads, people - the White Sox didn't want to move it to 1:00, or to a doubleheader (they expect to be in a pennant race in September, as do the Orioles.) The Orioles offered to move it to 4:05 to create a sports doubleheader. From the Ravens' statement: "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," Ravens presdient Dick Cass said. "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."

Silver Raven
Silver Raven

Like it or not, the NFL is a business and the league makes more money by having the game on Thursday. But Angelos' refusal to move the O's game to noon or to have a day-night double header on Saturday flys in the face of business, since many more people would be at the O's game or watching on TV. No one will be there or watching when the game is against the Ravens game. So, his decision must be one of total stubborness, arrogance, etc., and overall one where he could care less what is best for his supposed hometown. And why after 54 years I am now no longer an O's fan.

Kevin in Warrenton VA
Kevin in Warrenton VA

Tony, I dislike Roger Goodell as much as you, but I dissagree here. The O's play every day with the exception of 2 days in September. There is really no day that would not conflict here for the O's. Secondly the O's are playing the White sox, a historically low attendance series. I call on all of Baltimore to boycott the September 4th Orioles game irregardless if the Ravens are playing there or not. The Ravens are World Champions. This a chance (again I know) for Baltimore to celebrate. the same Baltimore that will celebrate the O's. The same Baltimore that will fill the O's stadium on september 4 if they simply move their game to the afternoon (because as manny Raven fans as can fit will also attend the O's game). This is an opportunity for the O's to sell-out the stadiium for a non-division game.

CK
CK

Half the teams in the NFL start on the road. Get over yourself.

jane cruz
jane cruz

This is not right.....fix it the way it should be....ravens have won the right for opening game ..do the right thing

Matt
Matt

Tony you made a lot of good points but giving up the thursday night game (even if it is away) to have a home game on sunday would be a horrible move. Why would you want our team to willingly give up 3 extra days of rest before game 2? The same game 2 we have lost three years running. There is no reason we cannot play at home on thursday night but playing away on thursday and then home the next weekend is much better for the team than a sunday home game.

TDTOM
TDTOM

Another thing : if the game can not be played on Rosh Hashanah, all the Jewish players on the Ravens and whomever can take the day off without losing pay. Fair enough ?

TDTOM
TDTOM

Too simple: present your O's ticket or Ravens ticket to the light rail or shuttle buses parked at different lots around the city and get free transportation plus a Tee-shirt with the O's and Raven's color, emblem on it celebrating opening day or just 'Baltimore, the city of Champions" O's haven't won in a while but they were champs at one time. That would of probably taken the traffic to the level of a normal Raven's game. Then start the celebrating at M&T around 2:00 with hospitality tents with pit beef, hot dogs, beer, soda,etc..a coupon for a free dog or soda if you take the public transportation and giveaways to fans that used the light rail. NFL could of supplied the music and some of the stuff they set -up for fan zones. If they plan on having the olympics here in a few years they would encounter the same kind of traffic except people might actually be going into Camden yards for something that day other than seeing the White Soxs. It would of been a great PR day for the O's , the Ravens, city of Baltimore and good stories for the network and press, plus the aerial shots of Camden Yards with a ball game and M&T from the air would of been beautiful. Everybody could of had a win-win, but unfortunately nobody has any forward thinking and just a child's mentality when it comes to working things out. What's mine is mine and you can KMA.

Mike
Mike

Rosh hashanah runs weds - fri. So, that's not a valid excuse anyway.

kunadias
kunadias

DAMN RIGHT TONY!......& our 1st home game i want to hear a LOUD "F*ck you roger" chant lets make it happen,if any fan base were to do make it happen its ours, this is all that little bitch roger's fault....tony write a damn article about how all of baltimore should let roger hear it from ALL of M&T BANK !

Karen
Karen

I remember going to a game on Christmas . . . sooooo . . . . whats the problem with playing on a Jewish holiday?????? This is nonsense.

DPM
DPM

Here's my problem with fanboy taking to the blogosphere: You fail to realize that the problem was in your hometown, and it wasn't the Ravens, politicians or your ever-increasing criminal activity. No, it's the other black birds of BWI pro sports: those irrelevant Baltimore Orioles. The "O's" could have easily moved this game to 1pm, maybe even noon. Go ask them why didn't. Fanboy's offended by the thought coverage swirling around this game would focus on Peyton. Um, it would be Peyton-centric even if the game was in your backyard, booger boy. Nice try. This decision was less about NFL "greed" as much as it was the "O's" envy of the champion Ravens. Pissing and moaning on a fanboy site is not the way to handle this... It just makes you sound petulant.

ray ray go bye bye
ray ray go bye bye

Karma, you made a deal with the devil to win a super bowl, you won, must now pay the price

Laura S
Laura S

Why can't the Ravens play on Sunday night? What's the difference between a Thursday night game and a Sunday night game, except for the "honor" of opening the season? At least the fans would get their home game and the NFL can't say they're losing a dime.

Debbie Fore
Debbie Fore

Great writing Tony! NFLis screwing Baltimore again. No big surprise there. Hope our guys use this "fuel" to fire them up .

Bruce Munyan
Bruce Munyan

The NFL and Roger Goodell never wanted Baltimore to get another team after the Colts were stolen away in the middle of the night in 1984, and they screw Baltimore and the Ravens every chance they get, Roger Goodell has openly shown his dislike for Baltimore and Art Modell since Modell brought the Ravens to Baltimore, just look at the fact that he has prevented Art Modell from being placed into the Hall of Fame, this latest slight of Baltimore and the Ravens could have been easily fixed, but Goodell will have none of that, The owners should rectify this but won't because Goodell is their boy and they do not want to make him angry, Roger Goodell is a piece of garbage who has ruined the game of football since he has taken over as commissioner !! What do the Ravens and the city of Baltimore need to do to be respected by the NFL and its commissoner ?

Ravcolt
Ravcolt

This is the least concerning aspect of the Goodell regime. The quality of the on-the-field product (game, not players) has deteriorated due to incessant rule changes that no person on earth could interpret, game stoppages due to commercials, reply after red flag after replay, players that are flagged for hitting hard, Thursday Night Football (the dumbest idea ever), a Sunday Night schedule that changes whenever a network feels like it, and teams being forced to play home games in Europe. It's almost like a bad B movie. I for one am not going to lose any sleep over a league I don't respect in the first place. Who cares what Goodell thinks? Until the owners wake up and see their game has become a caricature (and nothing leasts forever folks) it's going to get worse. What people think about the Ravens is irrelevant to me. Just tell me when the game is and I'll be watching, or attempting to.

Ravenwoman
Ravenwoman

This decision is all about NBC and the difference in ratings between Wednesday night and Thursday night. Nothing more. I am not going to blame "religion" or "religious holidays" on this one, except to say that the Commissioner lied and used the Jewish holiday as an acceptable excuse. Read Drew Forester's article on the WNST website (after you read everything on this website) and you will see that is the real issue. Ratings and money are everything to the NFL, NBC and sponsors. By the way, the NFL doesn't give a hoot about religion. Baltimore fans have had to alter their "religious" holidays by attending games on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, etc., etc. One last point. I am not interested in any Downtown Party to celebrate the Ravens playing on the road. That is nothing but a crumb thrown our way. Besides, if the Oriole game is playing and downtown parking and crowds are the issue, than why would you throw a party the same time the Orioles are playing? Stupid!!

ravens fan in the south
ravens fan in the south

The Orioles do have a hectic (20 days straight) schedule that is coming into September. I'm a serious Ravens fan, but I get the scheduling issue. I do believe the Ravens get little respect, from the nfl and national media and that is uncalled for. The Ravens are a class organization and are constantly in the playoffs. They deserve their day in the sun and thereshould be a way to make that happen (by being creative and flexible to bs traditional Thursday night game). Orioles and many other teams are playing on Wednesday night (Rosh Hashanah), so why, all of a sudden, is it such a big deal for the inaugural night of the 2013 nfl season? Give the Ravens, and their fans, their just due...

Lionel Mandrake
Lionel Mandrake

Tony, Sunday at 1 p.m. is not possible for the same reason Thursday is not possible, the O's have a home game at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. For whatever reason, the O's scheduled 2013 assuming we would play week 1's game on the road. Maybe this is predecided, but in any event, Wednesday night (or earlier) is the only possible solution.

Jim Roark
Jim Roark

Finally! This is the first I've read that sees it the same as I do. The NFL never wanted this game in Baltimore. They wanted it in the "beautiful" Mile High City all along. And I have been telling people that. Let the NFL's Manning Welker lovefest begin. I do like Steve as an owner, but in this case I wish he would grow a set and tell Goodell to take his "open on the road" idea and stick it up his Rocky Mountain ass. Let the Ravens play at home on Sunday at 1pm and celebrate our championship with the people that matter...the fans!

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

It's "bases" but since we're so keen on facts why worry about spelling? And those holes are?

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

You are right, it's not the "Raven Way" to "bitch and complain" publicly. You're naive if you think they didn't do so privately. So I took it upon myself to do it publicly for them. Kind of defeats the purpose to "bitch and complain" in private if your are a columnist, don't you think?

Joe McKay
Joe McKay

Phone # is legitimate. Just left a message. Thanks for the information.

Sean
Sean

I am glad that someone is mentioning the fact that the Ravens could have had a Sunday night game. That could have been one great day of celebration in Baltimore. The Ravens declined that; they would rather get a few extra days off than give the fans their celebration. Look, the Ravens are a well run organization, but like all other professional sports teams, they don't care squat about you as a fan. If they did, guys like the Biscuit and Byrnes would be making a big deal about this. Don't ever confuse a great organization with one that cares about the fans.

Sean
Sean

I am glad that someone is mentioning the fact that the Ravens could have had a Sunday night game. That could have been one great of celebration in Baltimore. The Ravens declined that; they would rather get a few extra days off that give the fans their celebration. Look, the Ravens are a well run organization, but like all other professional sports teams, they don't care squat about you as a fan. If they did, guys like the Biscuit and Byrnes would be making a big deal about this. Don't ever confuse a great organization with one that cares about the fans.

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Matt, I don't think that rest is as import that early in the season. And you know that if it's going to be a road game it's going to be against the Broncos or perhaps even worse, The Steelers. Although that said (and it won't happen) what if they had a Ravens celebration in front of the Steelers' fans?

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Nice try DPM. Please do us all a favor and go from anonymity to stealth. I'm sure you'd look a lot better and clearly a lot smarter.

jimi
jimi

I agree 100%....decline the oppurtunity to open the season if it isnt played right here in baltimore....I truelly believe this story isnt over!!!!!!

Simon
Simon

"You are a freaking phony and please, don’t hand me this Rosh Hashanah BS. Not to disrespect the Jewish Community but games have been played on Rosh Hashanah before and they will be played again during this Holiday particularly if it means more profit for the league." You know this for a fact because you were in the meeting? As a business owner its ok with you to eliminate a section of your fan base for ONE game. Yes games have been played on Rosh Hashanah, with the emphasis on "games". The NFL doesn't have the option of moving an entire slate of games to a Saturday early during the college season. There haven't been any Thursday games on Christmas or Christmas Eve. Do your homework!!!

Simon
Simon

Not sure whoever called you a columnist?

Brian
Brian

This so called tradition didnt start until 2004. The game will not be played on Rosh Hashanah. Do some research, look at the history of the NfL playing on religious holidays. Just go back to last Christmas Eve, the NFL pulled games for that day. When Christmas has been on Sunday they have moved the gmes to Saturday. With the exception of keeping the Sunday night game in which they were contractually obligated with NBC. And yes we have played on Rosh Hashanah before. Reason being early in the season the NFL can not move games to Saturday to interfere with college football. And of course the NFL will do what's best for its pockets. What business doesn't. And no we can't play Sunday at 1 because the Os play. We could have opened Sunday night but Harrbaugh was adamant about playing on Thutsday. As Bisciotti mentioned lets get the chip off our shoulder Baltimore. We did win the Super Bowl. Embrace.

DPM
DPM

That's all you've got, fanboy? Stop being a stooge for your city and start gaining some perspective... this is not the NFL's problem. It's your terrible baseball team's fault this came to fruition. Get your head out of your ass, and stop whining. It's unbecoming of a championship fan base. And if you have a problem with Goodell and the league, stop buying the merch/ tix/NFL Sunday Ticket/etc. It's that simple. Hit them in the wallet... Have a nice weekend!

Kathy
Kathy

DPM you are an uninformed idiot

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