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Rex Ryan chides Orioles for not deferring to Ravens

Rex Ryan was on a conference call with New York-area reporters on Thursday, ostensibly to discuss the Jets' just-released 2013 schedule.

Ryan seemed more preoccupied, however, with the fact that the Baltimore Ravens will open their title defense on the road against the Denver Broncos.

The Ravens were forced to begin their season away from Charm City because Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles have a home date on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Ravens and Orioles share a parking lot, and the Orioles apparently were unwilling to shake up their schedule for the good of a fellow civic institution.

This didn't sit well with Ryan, who spent four years on the Ravens' coaching staff before joining the Jets in 2009.

"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 said, according to 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."

We're sure many in the Ravens organization agree with Ryan's sentiment, even if they won't share it. A Ravens-Orioles turf war would make a great storyline for Season 6 of "The Wire."

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