I strongly dislike the angry Oriole bird logo, but that was essentially the expression on my face when I got the text reading: “The Orioles say they explored compromise with Ravens, but are not changing Sept. 5 game vs White Sox. Ravens likely to open on road.”
The Orioles have one good season in a dozen years of trying and think they can pull this crap? It’s b.s. (which, when you think about it, is pretty much all we’ve been able to expect from this organization over the last decade).
They got to the playoffs. Huge, considering they’ve barely been worth mentioning past the All-Star break recently, but the Ravens won the freakin Super Bowl. For the second time since the O’s have done much of anything.
It was fun having two really good teams in Baltimore, and it was fun to see players from the Ravens and Orioles supporting each other during their playoff runs, wearing the other team’s caps, etc., etc. but this is infuriating and I hope the rest of Baltimore sports fans are equally pissed off about it — and make their feelings known. The Super Bowl-winning Ravens are most likely opening the season away because the Orioles and MLB won’t play nice — and Baltimore fans are the ones that lose.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti offered to reimburse the O’s for lost revenue for moving the game, but honestly, how many people who are fans of both teams are going to go to the game if the Ravens opener is on a tv somewhere? The O’s would probably be better off compromising and not playing a game in direct competition with a Ravens game, even if it’s away.
Why are the Orioles being so stubborn on this? Because they can.*
This is why Baltimore can’t have nice things. Or two winning teams.
Happy Friday, Ravens Fans!
*This isn’t ALL the O’s fault. MLB and the players’ association and the White Sox would also have to buy in, but let’s be for real. If the rest of the world wants Baltimore fans to stop acting like they’re getting a bum deal, they have to stop getting a bum deal. Period. The end.
Monday mornings are not super cool and fabulous, so here’s a feel-good story to cheer y’all up.
Two Blue Dice is a project started by a pretty regular guy, Samuel Annable. He works for the Peoria Chiefs, a Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, and he wants to send a terminally ill kid to the Super Bowl.
But he’s not doing it the old-fashioned way.
Annable read the story “One Red Paperclip,” in which a man makes a string of trades that ultimately lead to him getting a house. A house for a paperclip. Not bad.
Annable’s project was inspired by two blue dice (hence the name of his blog and Twitter account). The Peoria Journal Star ran a really great piece a few weeks ago, in which Annable explained the significance of the dice:
“I got to thinking about how dice represent chance, risk,” Annable said. “And I thought about how these really sick children deal with odds, face risk every time they go through surgeries or treatments.”
The story has been tweeted and shared, and Annable has done a few radio interviews as the movement gains momentum on social media.
I tweeted the link to the article back when it was posted, but I wanted to share the full story with you because A) it’s always nice and inspiring to know there are people doing good things in this crazy world and B) I wanted to do my part to spread the word. The more people who see it, the greater the potential for valuable trades, and the closer one deserving kid gets to the Super Bowl.
I know, I know, you guys want to go to the Super Bowl, too. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you, but in the meantime, do a good deed and pass this on, okay?
If you have something to trade, you can email Annable [firstname.lastname@example.org] or hit him up on Twitter: @TwoBlueDice. His blog, Two Blue Dice, is also set up to receive donations if you’d like to help the cause.
Champion: Noun; A person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, esp. in sports.
All the talk will be about “Elite” Eli, Coughlin the Coach, even Mario Manningham’s magnificent grab, & deservedly so, but take a moment to consider Mark Herzlich & his journey.
He beat cancer, after being told to forget football & maybe even walking ever again. He went undrafted. When the NFL returned from it’s lockout, he chose to sign with the Giants, making the squad out of training camp. While he may have been inactive tonight, as his teammates won the Lombardi trophy, there is no doubt that his life’s story can be defined by just one word tonight.
I couldn’t find a photo of Mark Herzlich to post immediately after the game, so here it is. This guy right here is the reason I’m happy the Giants won. I have been SUCH a fan for years and I am so incredibly happy for him. He deserves this more than anyone.