Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 4/19/13

Thanks to a scheduling conflict, the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens will unconventionally open their season on the road against the Broncos.

That, apparently, grinds the gears of Jets coach Rex Ryan, who ripped the Baltimore Orioles and Major League baseball during a conference call Thursday night.

"I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares?" Ryan said, via USA Today. "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."

The Orioles have a home game scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 5 -- the NFL season opener -- and were unwilling to move their schedule to accommodate their counterparts.

"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.' "

Ryan spent four years with the Ravens before joining Gang Green in 2009. Admittedly, his passion on this subject simply stems from loyalty.

"It's my love of this game, of the National Football League," Ryan said. "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."

It's good to know that what should have been a Jets-oriented schedule discussion devolved into a mudslinging match aimed at Bud Selig and Co.

Never change, Rex.

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