I'm not a football fan. Baseball is my game. But I enjoyed watching the game last night and rooting for the Saints (and my wife won $140 in the betting pool--of which I made off with $50 since I paid for her squares).
I was rooting for the Saints because if I don't have a personal stake: 1) I root for the better city, 2) I just like rooting for New Orleans in general, and 3) the Colts left Baltimore! And they didn't just leave but they snuck out of town in the middle of a night during a snow storm! At least that's how I remember it. I was only 12 and had no personal stake. I had never been to Baltimore. Still, it didn't seem fair.
What surprises me about Baltimore's relations with the Colts is how, at least in 2000, so many people seemed to wish them well. By comparison, I think you'd have a damn tough time finding any kind words in Brooklyn about the Dodgers. Is Baltimore more forgiving or did I just not understand the dynamics?
I suppose it helped that the Ravens won the Super Bowl that year (probably the only three hours in history there were no calls for service). But still, is it true that Baltimore does not hate the Colts? And if not, why not? Maybe it can be summed up in just two words: Johnny Unitas.