Thursday, March 29, 2007

IT WAS 23 YEARS AGO TODAY


Twenty three years ago, Baltimore Colts fans began hemorrhaging and for some the bleeding has yet to stop. Bob Irsay, never a lucid man whose life was soaked in alcohol did the unthinkable and ripped a huge part of Baltimore’s heritage when he uprooted the Colts and took them to Indianapolis courtesy of Mayflower Vans. (Watch it here: Colts)

You’ve heard the story many times. Perhaps you are tired of hearing about it and if that is in fact your opinion, you are certainly entitled to it but such short-sightedness rapes future generations of Baltimore sports fans of their heritage. It rapes you of yours. It should matter to you.

Fans outside of Baltimore don’t understand our angst and many believe we only have ourselves to blame for Irsay taking the Colts to Indy. Attendance was wretched but that had everything to do with the way Irsay and his henchman Joe Thomas completely disregarded the city’s emotional attachment to its aging gridiron heroes and sent them out of town like a commodity broker trading pork bellies.

I remember my days as a marketing intern with the Colts during their final years here. My colleagues and I would go out to area malls and camp out in one of those kiosks soliciting opinions about the team from shoppers. We inquired about the support of the team or lack thereof and almost unanimously, Bob Irsay was the object of their disdain.

Baltimore played the eminent domain card. It obviously failed. Maybe our city didn’t whine enough to the NFL like Cleveland did. Hindsight being what it is, we should have fought harder for our name and colors and heritage.

We can fight for our heritage. The name and colors unfortunately are a lost cause. Help us fight the fight here at ColtsHeritage.com.

Twenty three years…that was a long time ago despite the fresh wounds that suggest that it wasn’t….

1 comments :

Harryos29 said...

Tony
I share your pain/grief about this 23rd anniversary. I read something recenlty with quotes from Ernie Acorsi about how one DRAFT pick, John Elway, and the subsequent trade for Hermann and Hinton changed Baltimore History, and it also changed NFL History. But we cannot live in the past, and must be thankful for the Football that we do have in Baltimore:
"I bleed Purple now, not Blue anymore"
Harry O'
Sykesville