The best thing that possibly came out last week’s perfect game imperfection? The illustration by umpire Jim Joyce of the power of owning up to a mistake.
Perhaps inspired by Joyce’s decision not to blame his horribly bad call on cataracts or parallax, the Baltimore Ravens have acknowledged responsibility for the events that resulted in the removal of the final week of their Organized Team Activities.
“The NFL informed us of the situation, and the action they’ve taken is appropriate,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said in comments released by the team. “We made a mistake, and it won’t happen again. We’ll complete our organized team activity days this week and then turn our focus to the start of training camp.”
Added coach John Harbaugh: “When you make a mistake, you step up. We’re accountable. As Ozzie said, it won’t happen again.”
Well done, Ravens. Of course, it would have been better to not violate the rules, but we’ll take ownership of the situation as a consolation prize — especially when it would have been very easy to play the “everybody else does it” card.