Despite winning the Super Bowl last season, the Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season on the road in Denver because a scheduling conflict with the Orioles that prevents them from using M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 5. Perhaps because the NFL feels bad about the Ravens being denied one of the perks of being the champs – or they’re just using their usual methods of promoting a marquee game – the league is placing an assortment of signs around Denver that depict both the Ravens and Broncos.
No idea whether this actually bothers any Denver fans, but it has rankled one Denver Post writer, who wrote a post with the dramatic headline “NFL dares to goad Denver fans with Ravens signs“. Oh no! Who is so foolish as to trifle with the members of Barrel Man Nation?
Get this. Because the NFL promotes both teams for its Annual Kickoff Game, the league is putting up signage of both the Ravens and Broncos around Sports Authority Field at Mile High and downtown Denver. So if you see large posters of not only Peyton Manning but Joe Flacco, blame the league. If Ravens signage creates a graffiti disturbance around downtown Denver, blame the league.
Who in Denver wants to drive to work in the morning and see a reminder of Joe Flacco? I know it’s a unique situation where the defending Super Bowl champ opens on the road. But no circumstance will change the fact Denver belongs to the Broncos.
Worry not, overreacting football writer. No one is trying to claim your town for another team. Though if the Ravens win again in Denver, an argument can be made for reach ownage in Mile High Stadium.