NFL 2013 Off-Season Discussion

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  1. Use of Time

    Use of Time Commodore Commodore

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    The Giants and Cowboys played last year on Wednesday due to the political speeches. They can move the game to Wednesday. The holiday is a flimsy excuse. People will show up to watch the Patriots and Ravens.
     
  2. Yoda

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    I have to imagine that the number of people who won't attend a game on Thanksgiving or Christmas dwarfs the number of people that won't show on Rosh Hashanah... I mean really? Are there going to be empty seats in the home opener of the Super Bowl champs because Baltimore Jews aren't showing up? That just doesn't seem likely to me.
     
  3. Use of Time

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    That's pretty much my take and I'm also laughing at how much of an awesome "tradition" this game is considering they already broke tradition last year to move the game. All in all its not a big deal to me considering I will watch the Ravens game anyway. It would be nice to see baseball stand up for themselves to the big dick swinging NFL. The baseball season was set 6 to 7 months ago. It wouldn't be crazy to think that they could still be involved in meaningful baseball games in September. Meh.
     
  4. Ríu ríu chíu

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    Plus, Detroit manages to have games at Ford Field and Comerica Park simultaneously, and they have even less parking than Baltimore's stadia do.
     
  5. Yoda

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    Wait, isn't Detroit just one big abandoned parking lot at this point? :lol:
     
  6. Ríu ríu chíu

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    ^ The Tigers still draw decent crowds, don't know about the Lions.
     
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    It's not the parking lots, even though that is a huge issue. Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium share infrastructure, such as electricity and water. You can't run both stadiums at full power at the same time, the capacity to do so simply isn't there.
     
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    Thanksgiving isn't a religious holiday (in fact, for many people, their Thanksgiving tradition is football). Christmas is closer, but most people don't consider Christmas to be a day of religious worship either. Easter would be a better example if one wants to at least start with an appropriate analogy.

    Anyway, leaving aside issues of whether or not it's tradition, how about just understanding your customers? The city of Baltimore, without a doubt, wants the opportunity to defend their championship starting at home with the first game of the year. The Orioles either don't understand that or, more likely, simply don't care. I would argue that the majority of Orioles fans are Ravens fans who would want the game moved. I would also argue that quite a few Ravens fans are not Orioles fans partly because the owners keep doing shit like this.
     
  9. Ríu ríu chíu

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    I see. I wonder why this is the case in Baltimore but not Detroit. (I'm seriously not trying to be difficult, I actually am curious about this, now that it's been brought up.)
     
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    Comerica Park was always intended to be a neighbor to Ford Field. Ground didn't break on M&T Bank Stadium until 1996, and it was basically shoehorned in across the street from Camden.
     
  11. Yoda

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    I don't follow them, but looks like the NBA and NHL are only too happy to run games on Easter. This shit is just giving my crazy brother more fuel for his "teh jewish conspiracy ZOG machine controls all!!!1!" rants
     
  12. Alidar Jarok

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    Those sports have much smaller stadium capacity than the NFL. Even assuming they could get a full stadium for a basketball game on Easter, that would be a pretty sad showing for a Football game. It might even result in the game getting blacked out provided some sponsor doesn't buy the remaining tickets.
     
  13. Yoda

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    Is that really your argument? That basketball arenas hold 20k and thus the Ravens would only draw 20k because the other 50k are all busy observing Rosh Hashanah? That the NFL opener would be at any risk of being blacked out? Over a religious holiday that 90% of Americans wouldn't even know was occurring that day unless someone told them?

    I picked those examples because those are the major sports leagues that are in season on Easter.

    I'm not even saying that minority holidays should be given no consideration, but if Thursday doesn't work thanks to the logistics of having an MLB game next door, it's the obvious solution.
     
  14. Alidar Jarok

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    Actually, I was talking specifically about the historical example involving the Jets. Since the NFL doesn't play on Easter, it's not possible to comment on what they should do in that situation.
     
  15. Tiny Timby

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    The Ravens have announced they will open the season on the road.

    Peter Angelos, go eat a dick.
     
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    Better punishment would be something he's never had to do before. :evil:
     
  17. chrisspringob

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    Yeah, looks like the Ravens will play the Thursday night opener on the road, though we don't know who their opponent will be yet. Here's the full list of 2013 opponents for all teams btw:

    http://www.johnnyroadtrip.com/schedules/nflopponents.htm

    Baltimore's road opponents are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, and Denver.

    From that list, I'll go out on a limb and predict that the opener will be Baltimore @ Chicago. I just have a hunch that they won't give Baltimore a divisional road game for the opener. @Denver would also look like a possibility, but Denver already has so many games on its schedule that are likely candidates for primetime scheduling, based on reunion/rivalry storylines:

    Den@Ind
    Den@NE
    Den@NYG
    Wash@Den

    Can you tell me that we won't see at least three of those games in primetime (for what I think should be obvious reasons in each case)? I assume that some subset of those will be on the schedule for SNF, so for the Thursday night opener, I'll got with Balt@Chi for my prediction.
     
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    Bal@Den would be a rematch of last season's divisional round playoff game that went to double OT and could have gone either way, deciding the Super Bowl champion. Plenty of "story" there.
     
  19. chrisspringob

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    Yes, but there are several other playoff rematch storyline games that will probably make it to SNF during the season. Not as unique a storyline as, say, Peyton and Eli playing what'll probably be their last game against each other or Peyton returning to Indy or Shanahan returning to Denver. So many Denver games with storylines like that this season, and they can't put them all on NBC.
     
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    Well, Elvis Dumervil just now agreed to terms with Baltimore. Does that ramp up the storyline for ya?

    And the Shanahan thing is old hat, not very interesting story-wise.
     
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