One last time, O's took blame hit from NFL

One last time, O's took blame hit from NFL
September 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
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It’s not a matter of whether you like football more than baseball or vice versa. I have spent a big chunk of my Sunday engaging in the marvelously ADD experience that is the NFL Red Zone channel. But on this day when the NFL kicks into full gear, it’s instructive to take a look back at how the shorthand — and incorrect — version of why the Ravens played their opener in Denver and not Baltimore so permeated the media-sphere on Thursday.

Anyone paying attention knows it wasn’t as simple as “the Orioles wouldn’t move their game.” It wasn’t simply up to the O’s. For a good look at some back and forth on Twitter — including the NFL’s official position on the matter — check out this post at Baltimore Sports Report.

Just a couple of points to highlight:

*As I wrote back in March, the NFL’s mention of Rosh Hashanah as a reason not to move the game in Baltimore to Wednesday is, giving the league the benefit the doubt, somewhat forgetful of recent history.

*The number of fans who attended the Orioles-White Sox game vs. how many showed up for the kickoff concert at the Inner Harbor is pretty much as apples to oranges as you can get. No one is disputing the NFL’s popularity. It remains a phenomenon that is basically the only appointment television we have left. The NFL is a juggernaut that dominates the landscape.

But, geez, it doesn’t have to win everything, does it?