Buck Showalter to Rex Ryan: Stick to football
BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter is a Ravens fan, and he likes to attend an occasional game. He was somewhat amused when he found out that New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was miffed that the Orioles and Ravens couldn’t resolve their scheduling conflict forcing the defending Super Bowl champions to open their season in Denver on Sept. 5.
In a pre-draft conference call, Ryan, who attended Orioles games when he was a Ravens assistant coach, and is an avid baseball fan, attacked his former hometown team for not moving their game against the Chicago White Sox.
“I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You’ve got 81 of them things at home and maybe you could’ve done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and 80 at home. I really don’t think people are going to care about that game. You have a chance to have the defending world champs open the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that’s unfortunate,” Ryan said on Wednesday.
“The defending champion, in my opinion, should always open at home. They’ve earned that right. To think that something couldn’t have been worked out, that’s disappointing. If baseball had a 16-game schedule, you might understand it. But when they have 162 games, I think you might just, out of common courtesy, say, ‘You know what maybe I’ll play this one on the road or whatever.’”
Showalter has some advice for Ryan.
“I think I’d be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and try to figure out a way to beat the Ravens, wouldn’t you?,” Showalter said.
“I’d think that would be a little bit more of a challenge. I try to stay out of things I don’t know about. Like I don’t know about the NFL schedule and the NFL challenges. So that would be my advice. I would stay in what is my area of supposed expertise.”