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by Peter Moskos

February 8, 2010

The Baltimore Colts

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.


Anonymous said...

What did you think of the Audi ad where they arrested the police officer in his patrol car?

PCM said...

I don't like any car ad that tries to wrap the car industry as "green." Cars are not green.

But I did chuckle at that last bit.

Unknown said...

I guess being in Baltimore when the Ravens won the superbowl sort of effected your view.

I speak for the majority of Ravens fans when I say we hate the Colts and do not want them to do well.

This hatred has been reignited in recent years, going back to 2006 when the Ravens were 13-3 and the Colts beat them in Baltimore. It happened again this year in Indy in the playoffs and during the season.

Each time there is a matchup with the Colts, The Sun always runs a couple articles about the hatred.

PCM said...

Thanks, Alexander. That makes more sense.

And good to hear. I'm happy to continue hating the Colts. I'm just glad I'm not the only one!