Wide receiver Torrey Smith interacts regularly with Ravens fans on Twitter, so he is well aware of their disappointment that the Ravens will not open up the 2013 season at home on Sept. 5.
But count Smith among the Ravens who don't particularly care that the team will begin the season on the road.
"Either way, we knew we were going to play eight [home] games," Smith said Saturday at his charity basketball game at Stafford High School. "To me, we’re going to have that Thursday game. If it’s away, you knock out one of those away games early and get some time to rest. You just have to look at the glass as half full. That’s the way I’m looking at it. It would have been nice to have it on the first day and have the banner drop, I guess, and start the season out the right way. That would be pretty cool, but at the end of the day it’s still a football game and when we do come home, we’re still going to watch the banner drop."
For the last decade, the defending Super Bowl champions have opened the season at home. However, the Ravens won't get that honor because they were unable to found compromise in a scheduling conflict with the Orioles on Thursday, Sept. 5, the night the NFL wants to play its regular-season opener.
The Orioles play the Chicago White Sox that night at Camden Yards, and because of the proximity of the two stadiums, the downtown area wouldn't be able to host a baseball and a football game at the same time. The two sides discussed moving the Orioles game up to the afternoon and having a baseball/football doubleheader but the logistics couldn't be worked out.
The Ravens agreed to go on the road for the Thursday game because that was preferable to them than a weekend day at home. Ravens coach John Harbaugh views the nine days before the Ravens' Week 2 game almost as an extra bye week.
"I just feel like we won, we know we won and it doesn’t matter when we do it," Smith said. "We know it’s going to happen that first home game."