9. Inter-city drama

Part of being the defending Super Bowl champions is getting to kick off the regular season at home, in prime time, against a big opponent. The Ravens had secured a week one date with the Denver Broncos, a rematch of the epic playoff encounter in Denver from this past postseason. Yet, there was one small, orange problem. The birds across the street had a game that day, Sept. 5, at home, against the Chicago White Sox. And they would not move the time to accommodate their football friends. Despite some requests from the NFL's higher-ups, including a bullying attempt by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the Orioles declined to move their game, citing "enormous logistical differences" that would occur as a result. So the next time we see the boys in purple and black take the field at MT&T Bank Stadium, it will be Sept. 15 versus the Cleveland Browns. Let's hope, for Baltimore's sake, this is the last battle of the birds.

( Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports photo / February 1, 2013 )

Part of being the defending Super Bowl champions is getting to kick off the regular season at home, in prime time, against a big opponent. The Ravens had secured a week one date with the Denver Broncos, a rematch of the epic playoff encounter in Denver from this past postseason. Yet, there was one small, orange problem. The birds across the street had a game that day, Sept. 5, at home, against the Chicago White Sox. And they would not move the time to accommodate their football friends. Despite some requests from the NFL's higher-ups, including a bullying attempt by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the Orioles declined to move their game, citing "enormous logistical differences" that would occur as a result. So the next time we see the boys in purple and black take the field at MT&T Bank Stadium, it will be Sept. 15 versus the Cleveland Browns. Let's hope, for Baltimore's sake, this is the last battle of the birds.

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