Christmas came early for football fans Thursday as the NFL released its 2013 schedule. But leave it to Rex Ryan to play Scrooge.
The New York Jets coach wasn’t pleased to see his former employers, the Baltimore Ravens, opening the season in Denver instead of at home as has become tradition for the Super Bowl champions.
The Baltimore Orioles are scheduled to play at home on the night of the Thursday NFL opener. Since they share parking lots with the Ravens, having both games in Baltimore at the same time wouldn’t be feasible.
“Well, who really cares, you’ve got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home,” Ryan told the New York Daily News. “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. That’s unfortunate.
“Certainly, if baseball only had a 16-game schedule, you might understand it. But when they have 162 games, you might just (have the) common courtesy and say, ‘You know what, maybe I’ll play this one on the road’ or whatever.”
Here’s an idea, Rex. How about you worry about coaching your underachieving football team and let the Ravens and Orioles work things out among themselves.
■ STUPID SUIT — We’ve seen our share of frivolous lawsuits. But this one might be the topper.
A Peoria, Ill., man is looking to take Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose to court, claiming Rose’s failure to return to the floor this season caused him to have mental breakdowns and emotional distress.
Hiphop365.com said Matthew Thompson is seeking an unspecified amount from Rose, who tore the ACL in his left knee during last year’s NBA playoffs and has yet to return. Thompson claims by refusing to play, Rose displayed negligent behavior.
Hopefully, this never sees the inside of a courtroom. After all, killers and child molesters are waiting to have their day in court.
■ ANTI-ESPN — Just because you don’t like Skip Bayless or Stephen A. Smith doesn’t mean you can threaten to kill them.
Evan Chaggaris apparently didn’t get the memo. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the onetime sports talk radio host has pleaded guilty to mailing many threatening letters to ESPN for the second time. In 2011 and 2012, he sent dozens of threats to management and sportscasters in Bristol, Conn., where ESPN is headquartered. Chaggaris, 42, waived his right to indictment with the guilty plea Wednesday, according to David B. Fein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
In 2006, Chaggaris was sentenced to five years’ probation for sending tens of threatening calls and letters to ESPN. That included a specific threat to an ESPN employee that he would “squash his bald head like a grape” and another that said, “I’ll move up to Bristol or surrounding areas (and) hunt him down like an animal.”
Chaggaris faces up to five years in prison and will be sentenced in July for his latest threats toward ESPN.
Maybe Bayless and Smith can debate whether the sentence should be lighter or stronger on “First Take.”
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