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One of my more embarrassing moments since starting Ravens24x7.com back in 2003 took place in April of 2005. But to fully comprehend the mess I created I must start with something that took place in April, 2004.

Just before the NFL was set to release its 2004 schedule I received a call from a friend who had a friend with a friend who worked in the league offices in New York. The friend thrice removed was willing to share the Ravens schedule.

“Do you want it?”, I was asked rhetorically (I think).

“Of course I do!”

The schedule was faxed to me, back in the day when fax machines were used a bit more and worked better than the one used by Elvis Dumervil’s former agent.

I took the sheet off the fax as though I had just received the Dead Sea scrolls, loaded the schedule on to our site and off it went…

It didn’t take long for word to get out and someone called into WNST to let them know we had the schedule.

The site’s traffic reached an all-time high. It was a good day.

Fast-forward to April 2005 and I receive the same call who had the same friend with his 3 degrees of separation.

The golden fax arrived and I proudly put the schedule to an audience that was 400% bigger thanks in part to the fax from 2004.

But this fax was different. The 2005 fax didn’t have the “facts”.

Every single game including the bye week was wrong. I didn’t think that was even mathematically possible.

Making matters worse I had to be told by the Ravens that it was wrong. Having established a bit of a schedule reputation from the previous season, site visitors took our newly published schedule as gospel.

The Ravens switchboard received calls from angry suite holders who were promised early schedule details, details that they would use to plan their season of suite usage and allocate tickets to their key customers.

My “Schedule-Gate” created unnecessary drama for the team and forced me into an early retirement from the schedule business.

But that said, it’s ok to guess and I’m guessing that since the Orioles are on the road on September 7 and September 28 and at home September 14 and September 21 that the Ravens first four games, barring a Thursday or Monday night game, will be home-road-road-home.

With that in mind, please vote on who you think the Ravens will open against.

You have a little over 24 hours.

Oh, and let’s keep this to ourselves…

Who do you think the Ravens will play if they host on Opening Day September 7?
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10 comments
nun ya
nun ya

Carolina home 1pm

Cheryl
Cheryl

If they didnt look for the word "Official" then its on them!!

John
John

Tony, Please give us a link to the article after you found out all the games were wrong!! I would love to see the crow eating fest that happened!!

AH
AH

Buzz about Panthers @ Ravens SNF opener since we got hosed on home opener last year

cheri
cheri

Tony I recall you sharing this story a few times with us already.It's really all good you went by a reliable source who gave you correction information the last time so you ran with it.Most people in your situation would do that esp. when that source was right the first time. I chose the Bengals as the team we will open against we always seem to open with a team in our division.I just pray to GOD that we don't close on the road at Cincy again this is getting old.Meanwhile the Steelers always ends up with the Browns.I know we pretty much play the same teams but it would be nice for once that we end up with the so call easier game.I predict the first 4 games being.............. WEEK 1 Cincy at Balt. week 2 at Houton week 3 at Pitt week 4 SD at Balt

TRUTH
TRUTH

Gotta think the League is going to make up for last year by giving us either a cupcake opponent to open with or a home prime time game. Jags or Browns for the soft opening. Bengals for a Monday Night divisional game. That being said, I voted the Titans.... @ home 1:00pm

Rob
Rob

You told this story back when Kubiak gate was going on.

jws
jws

It's amazing how much we can leran from our mistakes TL.as far as the schedule,I would rather close at home with with a tough divsion team like the Bengals than open with one. you are likely right on a home gameto start with but the Falcons seeems like a good choice and if it is divsion team Cleveland. should also be 3 -4 prome time games including Pittsburgh on Sunday night, Bengals on Monday night and Titians on Thursday night.

Dre
Dre

I hope it's the Bengals, we owe them one

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

John it never made it over...formatting issues. I wish I had kept it along with many other goofy little things we published.

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