That lesson? The art of spinning disappointing news to make it seem like that’s what you wanted all along. The Ravens aren’t going to open the 2013 season at home on a Thursday night, as has become the tradition in recent years, and that left some in Baltimore upset. Smith thinks they should be looking on the brighter side.
“Either way, we knew we were going to play eight [home] games,” Smith said, via the Baltimore Sun. “To me, we’re going to have that Thursday game. If it’s away, you knock out one of those away games early and get some time to rest. You just have to look at the glass as half full. That’s the way I’m looking at it. It would have been nice to have it on the first day and have the banner drop, I guess, and start the season out the right way. That would be pretty cool, but at the end of the day it’s still a football game and when we do come home, we’re still going to watch the banner drop.”
It doesn’t do much to solve the problems of anyone ticked off by the NFL’s failure to find a way for the Ravens to open at home, but Smith succeeds at making it sound like the Ravens actually got exactly what they were looking for all along. Work like that suggests Smith may rise above the intern level in politics whenever his playing days come to an end.