FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It's safe to assume the television in the Ryan household will not be watching the Orioles host the White Sox on Thursday night.
Almost five months ago, when the NFL announced that the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens would be opening their season on the road due to a scheduling conflict with the Orioles, Jets coach Rex Ryan ripped the Orioles for not agreeing to move their game against the AL Central bottom-feeders.
Thursday, Ryan's anger turned to humor when he was asked if he'll watch the Orioles play.
"I don't want to get beat up by Buck Showalter," Ryan said with a laugh. "When I was heavier, I think I could've got him down. That's somebody else's team."
Ryan, who served as an assistant in Baltimore for 10 seasons, was not pleased that the Ravens have to open their season Thursday in Denver, instead of at home, as is custom for the reigning champs. The Ravens had to move since the two teams share a parking lot, as their stadiums are close by, and the Orioles wouldn't accommodate the Ravens needing the garage that night.
"I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You’ve got 81 of those things at home," Ryan said in April. "Maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and only 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 up the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that’s unfortunate."
The Orioles entered Thursday's game four games out of the second wild card in the American League, and in fourth place in the AL East. While it's not a game of huge significance, it is a pivotal one if the Orioles want to make the playoffs.