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  1. PatsDeb

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    Denver Broncos fan petitions NFL to remove Joe Flacco banner from Mile High | Audibles - SI.com

    I would be P.O.'d too if I was a Denver fan. Can you imagine if they were opening the season at Foxboro and hung this banner on Gillette? WTF? I remember the flack when the schedule was coming out that the Baltimore Orioles refused to move a baseball game scheduled for next Thursday evening as the reason the Ravens had to open on the road. Well, the Orioles are out of it (the World Series race), and so apparently is the NFL (their minds). Discuss.
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    Yeah but unfortunately, there's a super important, fun, and ultra exciting baseball game being played in Maryland that day.

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    Not words you see lumped together very often
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    Agree with everything except that the Orioles are out of the World Series race. They are right in the Wild Card Race, 2.5 games out, and within sight of the AL East division race, 5.5 games out.
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    I don't recall but is it a logistics reason (ie parking) that they can't have the game in BAL? If not, the NFL should have said eff you to MLB and had the game at the same time. I'm sure it would be Camden yards that's closer to empty than M & T Bank stadium, if its still called that.
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    It's BS, but LMAO, it's fun to imagine all the infuriated Broncos fans.
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    Parking and transportation. The stadiums are very close to one another. I hate both teams, but screw the Ravens. I don't blame the Orioles. It was a perfect example of the almighty NFL believing that every other entity in the world should be unquestionably subservient to them. Elitist bastards...
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    That's just one more reason to have your own field and not share one, I would be very mad if the patriots still played at Fenway and they could not raise a banner because the red sox have a game. Just because it's the ravens I really don't care where they raise the banner as long as its not at gillette.
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    They have separate stadiums.
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    Your right got my city's messed up they said it was because of traffic.
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    As I said at the time, they couldn't reschedule the baseball game until Noon or 1:00 pm?
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    The Orioles look petty for not being more flexible. Despite the experiences we've had locally with all four sports over the past dozen years, championships just don't come around all that often. The community should be allowed to celebrate.
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    It's Baltimore...home to millions of Baltimorons...SSDD
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    MLB has some rule about playing early 1:00 pm games the day after a night game in a different city the previous night.

    The O's are in Cleveland the night before, and the White Sox are in NY. I think Selig might have been able to make an exception, but apparently the league and the White Sox were about as interested in moving the game as the O's apparently were (which is to say, not at all).

    The most likely solution would have been to cancel the game that day and cram in a double header that weekend, but then I think the teams were whining about messing up their starting rotation down the stretch.

    Frankly, I liked Rex Ryan's suggestion the best, which is the O's fall on the sword and agree to play an extra away game at Chicago in June. But perhaps the White Sox division opponents (and others) might have griped about that miniscule extra advantage given to the White Sox in getting 82 home games.

    It was a debacle, from beginning to end. But not as much of a debacle as the NFL inanely putting 40 ft. Flacco banners on Sports Authority Field in Denver.
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    The city of Denver's mood swings revolve around the Bronco's ... it's all they have ... this is funny.

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    Crass maneuver by the NFL. If that abomination was hanging on Gillette I'd find a way to sabotage it. A few paint-filled balloons might do the trick.
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    yeah...heh...and, uh...what do you think would happen if they put a banner of the Omissioner?...now THAT is almost too terrible to ponder
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    I can't imagine any reason for such a thing. It would smack of fascism.
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    Or, the Ravens could have played at noon or 1:00 pm...
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    Personally I would just moved the opener to SNF or MNF.

    If a compromise with MLB couldn't be reached this seemed to make more sense than the Ravens playing on the road.
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    Maybe they even could have played on Friday or Saturday night, but that may have cut into the NFL's precious ratings....
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    The NFL wants its major-network prime-time $$$. It can't be a MNF game because ESPN is a cable station. Sunday night would seem to make more sense than making it an away game, but that would end the league's Thursday night league kickoff gala "tradition." The NFL and MLB are acting like two spoiled bratty kids digging in their heels. I can't blame MLB for not wanting to kowtow, although rescheduling would've cast it as a good neighbor to the community.

    The saving grace of this particular game is that one of these teams will lose. And I hope it's Denver. Imagine being a Broncos fan leaving that stadium after a heartbreaking loss with a giant Flacco smiling over your shoulder. :singing:

    It would have pit the NFL against high school and college football, which the NFL avoids doing as a matter of policy.
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    Isn't that a small price to pay to have a home game versus the World Champs instead of an away game?
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    The decision to have it as a home game was made long before the Ravens won the SB. It just so happens they get it in week 1 now.
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    It's pretty funny that the NFL is trying to hype the Ravens in Denver, it actually brings a smile to my face. They could have let any 2 teams open the season and then let Baltimore open at home over the weekend but somehow they thought this made more sense. Couldn't have happened to a better team; quite an honor celebrating your championship a couple of time zones away from home.
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    Look, I really sorta hate New England, it's an overpriced crapland with some nice areas and some of the dumpiest cities east of Gary Indiana. But I was born there, grew up there, bought my first house there, had my first mmmmf experience there.

    Point is like ******' hell I'm gonna want the opposing team's unibrowed oaf of a QB immortalized in a giant carnivale banner that blots out the sun.

    I say again: Like ******* hell.

    Gimme a road game over that **** any day.
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    This. If that happened in my town's stadium I think I'd simply revert to my old vandalistic ways. No need for a petition
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    First of all, I don't blame the Orioles one bit for not rescheduling. Why should they bend over backwards and lose money? Is the NFL going to cover all those missed sales?

    Second of all, it's not the team's fault as much as it is the players. Both the Orioles and their opponents on that day, Chicago, are flying in from out of town. You can't schedule a 1:00 game on a day where each team was out of town the previous night.

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