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Torrey Smith doesn’t mind opening on the road

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Smith scores a touchdown on the Denver Broncos during the first quarter in their NFL AFC Divisional playoff football game in Denver Reuters

Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is interning on Capitol Hill this offseason and it seems he’s learned at least one lesson from the politicians buzzing around him.

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.

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27 Responses to “Torrey Smith doesn’t mind opening on the road”
  1. selbyrj82 says: Mar 27, 2013 9:23 AM

    I like this guy, a lot. Its refreshing to see a guy from the Ravens who’s not a loud mouthed attention seeker; a guy who isn’t just talking because he likes the sound of his own voice. Some of his current as well as former teammates could learn something from him.

  2. vincentbojackson says: Mar 27, 2013 9:32 AM

    Smith is right, gotta look at it as the glass is half-full.

    Even though the current Ravens roster is half-empty.

  3. therealpittbull says: Mar 27, 2013 9:40 AM

    Torrey, unless your name is Brady or Manning, you simply don’t have a choice. Go catch a ball.

  4. southpaw2k says: Mar 27, 2013 9:54 AM

    I have to assume the NFL will give the Ravens the Sunday night game at home in week 2 to make up for the schedule issue for the season opener on Sept 5. That way, the Super Bowl banner gets raised in front of the home crowd in a nationally televised game.

  5. spitsfire says: Mar 27, 2013 9:59 AM

    Being a MD fan I was pumped when the Ravens drafted this kid. It has been all upside ever since.

    Torrey Smith’s life has been a great story thus far.

  6. blacknole08 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:02 AM

    He’s right and that’s a great way of looking at it.

    Not a Ravens fan but it’s only fair that their first home game be a night game to drop the banner in style.

  7. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 27, 2013 10:06 AM

    I am not too upset about not having that game at home. Traffic would be a mess getting down there early for parking on a workday.

  8. cacaw420 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:09 AM

    This sounds like good old fashioned optimism to me, not political rhetoric. But good job casting Torrey Smith in a negative light after these positive comments he made. Keep up the good work.

  9. gibbstastic says: Mar 27, 2013 10:13 AM

    I really don’t get why they couldn’t have played at home on sunday or monday night. Monst likely Sunday because of the double header they’ve been doing Monday nights the past few years.

    Any number of other teams could’ve played Thursday.
    Seattle at San Fran?
    Denver at New England?
    Chicago at green Bay?

    Personally, that Sea/SF game would be nice to see after the NFC West in the dump for so long.

  10. guitarkevin says: Mar 27, 2013 10:19 AM

    The Ravens are a confident team from the owner all the way down to the fans. We don’t need to play at home to win. Just give us a field and we’re good.

    Go RAVENS!

  11. ravenator says: Mar 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    Ravens will be fine opening on the road or at home. Either way, their opponent will be dismantled.

  12. ricebowl2 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    “I really don’t get why they couldn’t have played at home on sunday or monday night.”

    Because there are still Oriole’s games on those days so they’d be facing the same issue they did with the Thursday night game. The Sunday game is a 1:35 start but it would still be way to congested to work it out. Especially if the Oriole’s game gets rain delayed or goes extra innings.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    This kid has potential. That means he’ll be cut/traded as soon as he deserves to be paid.

    Or he’ll leave because he’s tired of getting lit up on the lolipops over the middle.

  14. 4ever19 says: Mar 27, 2013 10:55 AM

    Don’t know why they can’t open on a Wednesday at home. What is the rationale behind that?

  15. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 27, 2013 11:03 AM

    The Ravens won’t dismantle Charlie Batch will they? Haha

  16. ravenator says: Mar 27, 2013 11:17 AM

    Have you ever seen someone so proud of an 8-8 record, missing the playoffs and getting Tebowd into irrelevancy. Crowning moment of their year was when ravens played down to Batch. Have fun with that memory, I’ll remember the echoes bouncing off the super dome.

  17. lombardiwinners2013 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:28 AM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 27, 2013 11:03 AM
    The Ravens won’t dismantle Charlie Batch will they? Haha

    ______________________

    Congrats on that regular season Super Bowl victory. Did you used to make fun of the Ravens for that? Well, you can’t now because we currently possess the most current Lombardi. Funny how our qb never got credit when we had the best defense. How convenient! Oh yea, we were playing with HALF OF OUR TEAM hahaha. What a joke these Steelers and their fans are. Enjoy your nose-dive. Cowhers team is all but gone, and you won’t be relevent for a long time.

  18. ratbirdking says: Mar 27, 2013 11:30 AM

    Its no different than when we won our first SB and 9/11 happened, thus canceling the first week of football. Ravens just open on the road after they win.

  19. cliverush says: Mar 27, 2013 11:31 AM

    Smith has a great outlook on the situation. He knows there will be a relief of pressure off the team when they play the opener away. The team has received it’s just rewards and laurels for winning the championship in the past year. Getting to another SB is the priority for this team.

  20. footballfan01 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:40 AM

    Too bad you can’t say the same about the crybaby Ravens’ fans.

  21. j4man1 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:48 AM

    It wouldn’t matter if he did mind, would it?

  22. steelforce43 says: Mar 27, 2013 11:54 AM

    Like this guy to bad the rest of your team is trash. Stick a knife in this “dream team.” LMAO.

  23. pleasefirecam says: Mar 27, 2013 12:41 PM

    Canty, Spears, Dumervil and now Huff….great job Oz!

  24. theguru73 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:29 PM

    The only thing I see getting “dismantled” is the Ravens Roster.

    ravenator says: Mar 27, 2013 10:25 AM

    Ravens will be fine opening on the road or at
    home. Either way, their opponent will be
    dismantled.

  25. scoobies05 says: Mar 27, 2013 1:49 PM

    poor nofool..clinging on to charlie batch’s regular season win over the ravens like its a lifeboat on the titanic. oh well…maybe he can fire up the ole vcr and watch tapes of the 70’s steelers super bowl wins

  26. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 27, 2013 4:24 PM

    scoobies05 | Mar 27, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT
    poor nofool..clinging on to charlie batch’s regular season win over the ravens like its a lifeboat on the titanic. oh well…maybe he can fire up the ole vcr and watch tapes of the 70′s steelers super bowl wins

    So let me see that would be eight recordings altogether. Yes I watch the two we lost and the SIX we won. Still much more than the barking terriers called the ravens. Look at look at me bark the little raven terriers. I hang on to my life boat you go nibble on your kibble little terrier.

  27. randallflagg52 says: Mar 28, 2013 8:35 PM

    Oh, lookie here little man syndrome nofool is back at it again. This guy is an even worse troll than logicalvoice and bigbenownsthenfl, because I think nofool actually believes the drivel spewing from his mouth.

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