Baltimore Doesn’t Deserve Goodell’s Lying Eyes

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To say the least there has been a ton of debate over the Ravens scheduling snafu for the NFL’s opening night and solutions to the dilemma have been offered up more regularly than Mark Sanchez turnovers.

The simplest solution is obvious. Just move the game to Wednesday night.

The NFL did it last year to step aside for the Democratic National Convention. Did it impact the game? Change each team’s preparedness? Was it any less exciting? Do you even remember?

Of course standing in the way of a Wednesday night game, if you believe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, is the Jewish Holiday Rosh Hashanah.

I’m calling BS!

The NFL has played on Rosh Hashanah before. Did they cancel last year’s Monday Night game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons during Rosh Hashanah?


Have they played games on Christmas Eve? Christmas Day?

Yes and yes, the later most recently in 2009.

Did MLB cancel their slate of games on Rosh Hashanah?

NBA on Christmas Day?

No and no!

Goodell is full of it!

Some believe that he’s simply trying to flex the NFL’s muscles and remind MLB that they are the ugly red-headed stepchild in major league sports, relatively speaking. But maybe it’s something else.

While most would argue, and with just cause, that the lifeblood of the NFL, the beacon of light that keeps it atop the pinnacle of sports in the USA, is the salary cap. But at the heart of the salary cap is a more powerful force that influences most if not all of the NFL’s decisions – GREED!

Goodell is saying no to Wednesday September 4, 2013 for Opening Night and he’s using Rosh Hashanah as his scapegoat. But let’s not forget that Rosh Hashanah doesn’t end until Friday evening September 6, 2013. So that argument doesn’t hold water if he moves the Ravens on the road to play on Thursday.

Could it be that Goodell wants to force the Ravens out of the picture for Opening Night?

Maybe he’d prefer the San Francisco 49ers open the season at home against the Green Bay Packers or the Seattle Seahawks instead. Might that game have more marketability and draw higher ratings and dollars, particularly with a Ravens roster that now has much lower star power with the departures of Messrs. Lewis, Boldin and Reed?

The Ravens are Super Bowl Champions. They deserve to start the season at home and that will be particularly important for them as they attempt to get their 2013 season off on a winning note. It will be much easier for a team with a ton of turnover on defense, to play in front of one of the league’s best 12th men.

They’ve earned it!

And they’ve also earned the privilege of playing on Opening Night.

And so too, have the fans!

Who knows when Baltimore will have the opportunity again to host such a gala event as defending World Champions?

Move the damn game to Wednesday Roger! You are always talking about the fans and how important they are.

Prove it!

Prove it to the great fans of Charm City that we’re worth it.

We’ll be waiting Mr. Commish!

But this writer won’t be holding his breath.

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16 Raves on “Baltimore Doesn’t Deserve Goodell’s Lying Eyes

    • Anonymous on said:

      Most likely last years opening Wednesday didn’t draw the viewers. And it’s all about the sponsors and viewership. He is lying when he uses Rosh Hosannah and is allowing a religion to be his scapegoat for greed.

  1. Frank: TailgatersCorporateJet on said:

    Last year, Rosh Hashanah was on SUNDAY SEP 16!! The NFL played a full slate (14 games) on that day! That was Week 2 of the schedule. I don’t get it either, we should be able to play on Wednesday.

    • Ravenwoman on said:

      This has more to do with NBC than anything else. NBC wants Thursday night and the reason why last year’s game was moved was because of the Democratic National Convention, which NBC along with the rest of the networks were covering and they didn’t want to disrespect President Obama. Apparently, Thursday night is the big TV night for ratings and that is the real reason why they won’t move it to Wednesday night. It has nothing to do with religion. You are right, Goodell is lying and now he can’t back out of it. Most likely, we the fans of Baltimore will suffer and the Ravens will play on the road in Denver.

  2. Miles on said:

    Robert Kraft is Jewish. He may be against the change of the date to 9/4. Much like Sandy Kofax not pitching game one of the 1966 World Series.

  3. Dave on said:

    Preach it Tony! Goodell is lying again indeed. I try not to be one of those people who cry bias for no reason but there is an obvious bias against the Ravens.

  4. Anonymous on said:

    You are 100% correct about this, TL! What’s worse is that it appears from all the rule changes virtually attempting to inhibit the kind of contact that has been the essence of football, this “clown” is presiding over the systematic demise of a once great game. The continuous “overexposure” of the game reminds me of a quote from a famous philosopher who said, “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make drunk with power”! Well, Roger Goodell and his merry band of followers are certainly drunk with power and the game that was built on blocking and tackling is being reduced to arena football at best and flag football at worst! How long the paying public continues to support the game remains to be seen……..

    • Douglas on said:

      The game has already taken hits because they no longer allow defense and promote only offense. This is so the point and booze drunken fans are happy.

  5. JerryB on said:

    Right on, TL! This is all about “power” and hypocrisy! Plus, the game as we’ve known it is being systematically dismantled in the name of “player safety” and the overexposure reminds me of a famous philosopher who once noted that, “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make drunk with power”! That certainly characterizes Roger Goodell and his merry band of “followers”! Just how long the paying public continues to support this once great game remains to be seen……

  6. BrianT on said:

    I believe the ONLY SuperBowl champion not to open the season the following year with a ‘primier game’ (Thursday night, Sunday Night or MNF) are the 2001 Ravens … I am pretty sure this is correct.

    • Anonymous on said:

      Correct. I was at the 2001 home opener on a Sunday against the Bears. I think the NFL started playing on Thursdays in 2006.

  7. Les on said:

    @BrianT: the NFL didn’t start this “tradition” of having the Super Bowl champ starting at home until 2004, when NBC won the contract to do so as a part of its Sunday Night package.

    Regardless of when it started, the Ravens have won the right to host the game on Thursday night. I put some of the blame for this on Robert Kraft, the Patriots owner, whose team is rumored to have to come to Baltimore for the opener. As has been aforementioned, he’s Jewish and may not want to travel to see the game during Rosh Hashanah. He’s probably trying to screw Baltimore for beating his team.

    There are so many options for this game. Just get it done where the Ravens get the opener at home!

  8. hank on said:

    He’s just ruined the NFL with this helmet rule along with owners because of law suites. You can kiss the NFL goodbye as the sport we once loved. It will be so watered down that it will be a sport on Sunday that nobody bothers watching beacuse its just an offensive display , much like the NBA. Arena powderpuff football with no defense at all. We wil all long for the days of guys like Mike Curtis and company… bye bye NFL!

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