Recollections brighten 'Greatest Game' documentary

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In a current country song, Jamey Johnson sings the refrain, "You should have seen it in color," referring to a grandfather's vivid memories of times past captured in black-and-white photographs. Full Story
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Frank Raines

Olney, MD

#1 Dec 12, 2008
It is still a travesty that Indianapolisis associated with that game. Robert Irsay divorced himself from Baltimore and should have lost all rights to Baltimore's history. The Colts did not win that game, the boys who represented Baltimore did. There are no ties to Indianapolis other than the name of the Colts, and an Irsay family that stole the hearts of Baltimore by stealing their football team. I love the idea of the show, but we didn't need anyone associated with the Indianapolis Colts involved in it. It is simply sacrilegious to any true Baltimore Colt fan!
Bond Brady

United States

#2 Dec 12, 2008
ESPN is intentionally trying to distort history. For Frager to commend ESPN on this documentary is disgusting. Baltimore Ravens should have been included in the documentary and not people associated with Indianapolis. Where is the Official 50th Anniversary Celebration going to be held? In Baltimore at M&T Bank on the 50th Anniversary. What franchise and city honored Johnny Unitas when he died? Baltimore. What franchise has members of the 1958 Championship team in their Ring of Honor? Baltimore. In what city did many of the Baltimore players that played in that game make their home after retiring? Baltimore. Therefore, Baltimore players should have been featured in the documentary.
John McKechnie

United States

#3 Dec 12, 2008
This is an unbelievably insulting attempt to ignore or rewrite history. Indianapolis has nothing to do with the Baltimore Colts, and it is nothing short of a travesty the way that the NFL and now ESPN continues this farce. It would have been easy, and furthermore just, to involve the Ravens. This is about Baltimore (and New York) football.

I was looking forward to watching the show, until I found out that they introduced the Indiana presence. That was our championship, our time. The continuing attempt to whitewash history and superimpose Indianapolis onto our legacy makes the loss of the Colts even more acute. They took our team, but they can't take our memories.
Jim Brennan

United States

#4 Dec 12, 2008
I was fortunate to have a Dad that was a dedicated, season ticket holding, Colts fan. Our family made a trip to New York for the week between Christmas and New Years. A surprise for my brother and I were the tickets my Dad had for the game. We attended the game with a large group of Baltimore fans in the mezzanine and I vividly remember walking the field after the game with the Colts band marching the length of the field,following the Sudden Death win. The field was a chopped up mess resembling a sandlot game played by kids on a nieghborhood field. As we left the stadium for the subway, the crush of fans was overwhelming and I can remember my Dad hoisting me on his shoulders as we navigated the streets and subway. I celebrated my eighth birthday the next day but my lifetime memory was the day before.
Jon

Owings Mills, MD

#5 Dec 12, 2008
Really a shame that ESPN would include Indy in any of this. And I was looking forward to this until reading this. Now I'll DVR and fast forward past any Indy stuff. Shameful
mike- nottingham

Baltimore, MD

#6 Dec 12, 2008
Bad enough for it to be announced by that fat blow hard Berman but unbearable to have Indianapolis mentioned at all.
rolotamasi

Mchenry, MD

#7 Dec 12, 2008
suffice it to say, so much time has past since the Mayflower exodus took away our beloved Baltimore Colts. That coupled with those of us who still remain have grown aged & weary and would prefer stop beating the dead horse that stopped a lot of our collective fanatic hearts from beating when Indiana Irsay stole our Hosses - like a time release pill the young professionals, promoters & profiteers take effect.

They for the most are heartless & since they have no connection with what happened 50 years ago, they can not correctly understand, comprehend or appreciate what the facts of the matter truly are.

We got hijacked, succker punched, kicked in the balls, spat upon and yet we still have to endure the falsehood of modern-day professional reconstruction of huge part of our life experience.

Barry Levinson, if not in a movie - at least in a documentary - please tell the truth and set the record straight about the Theft of the Colts from Baltimore.

Like the above posters have properly stated, Indianapolis has nothing to do with anything with the 1958 game & I agree it is another smack in our faces for Indiana colts to be featured in any way whatsoever, particularly to the exclusion of the Baltimore Ravens, in any recollection of that game.
old19fan

Washington, DC

#8 Dec 12, 2008
Too bad Johnny U isn't still around for this as his absence has to be felt most of all, which is why I will kind of find this sad to watch
John F Kestler

Baltimore, MD

#9 Dec 12, 2008
Will "fatso" Artie Donovan once more tell Frank Gifford to shut up about the ball spotting incident? GODIhope so!
PGD

Cockeysville, MD

#10 Dec 12, 2008
Saw the trailer on ESPN this a.m. and it made me sick to my stomach to see Tony Dungy and other current Indy people associated with this game. I still find it an insult that Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison will break "Colts" records by Johnny U., Raymond Berry, etc. They have zero connection to those great teams. Ugh.
g dubbs

Washington, DC

#11 Dec 12, 2008
look the colts are gone..... ESPN.com wont let you post anything nasty about them not pairing Lenny Moore with Todd Heap or Artie Donovan with Ray Lewis.

Lets stop all this Colts non sense, theyve been gone since the last Orioles world series win.

Im going to be 25 in May and the Colts left before I was born......This is Ravenstown now. Whether Unitas and the rest of the Colts are in the Ring of Honor doesnt matter. Hell, the Colts dont even respect those teams, if they did, why is Marvin Harrison wearing 88?

Let it go, we'll meet them again in the playoffs this year.....in their new house....and it will be the last game Peyton ever plays. We'll give him the Theisman treatment......

Look, ESPN doesnt care, NFL doesnt care, even a stand up guy like Tony Dungy- doesnt care....

Stop living in the past Baltimore....get your pimp hats and your bright orange construction gloves....and give OUR team, THE RAVENS, some love
Marty Goldscher

AOL

#12 Dec 12, 2008
What a game! Every time I think of it I fill up. Not just because of the magnificent win but what the Colts meant to most of us in Baltimore in the fifties. They represented a different time,a time when our values and thought process were so much different than they are today. Those guys were part of our life, a part of our being. That feeling doesn't exist today in any sport in any town and I doubt it ever will. May sound corny but that's how it really was. Every Monday morning, after each game, until Wednesday, all we talked about was last Sunday's game. Starting on Thursday all we spoke about was the upcoming game. It was magical. I didn't go to the 58' game. I had just been discharged from the service on the 18th of that month and finances were a bit tight. I, instead, watched it on TV. I have since moved to Florida but I haven't forgotten my heros. The license plate on my car reads 19 TO 82. Need I say more?
bhster

Prince Frederick, MD

#13 Dec 12, 2008
Obviously, there's still a lot of emotional attachment to the Baltimore Colts. I grew up attending Baltimore Colt games from the time I was 8 yrs old and it laid the foundation for what has become a special love for the game. There are some here who are very angry...STILL...about the Colts leaving Baltimore. Well, not much you can do about it. And not much you can do about ESPN including Indy figureheads/players in this show. But don't forget...there will be some younger viewers who will learn for the first time that the Colts' franchise was in Baltimore when this game and many other "great" games were played. When the Ravens started playing here, it did allow me to move on and support my new team. I suggest to those of you who still have all this built up animosity do the same and express support for the Baltimore Ravens now. That would be fantastic.
Jay

Rochester, NY

#14 Dec 12, 2008
So, when ESPN does some type of special documentary on Jim Brown, current Ravens players will be interviewed?

An NFL team is about the city it represents, not the logo on the side of helmet
Tim

Baltimore, MD

#15 Dec 12, 2008
It was the BALTIMORE Colts who won the game, and that won't ever change.

Berman? Indy? So what? I'll still watch it.

Hey Ray Frager - did you get HDTV yet?
AGspoilsport

Halethorpe, MD

#16 Dec 12, 2008
The October issue of the Atlantic magazine ( I'm not sure of the month, check in your library, it has McCain on the cover) featured an article about the game that had Andy Reid view game tapes of the game and then comment on it from a modern coach's point of view.

It makes great reading for anyone who likes to make comparisons between players of that era and the modern era. For example Reid talks about how the game was so much faster then with the QB calling his own plays. It's a great read for any Baltimore Colts fan and should be read before viewing the re-broadcast.
ROSIE

Edgewood, MD

#17 Dec 12, 2008
Marty Goldscher wrote:
What a game! Every time I think of it I fill up. Not just because of the magnificent win but what the Colts meant to most of us in Baltimore in the fifties. They represented a different time,a time when our values and thought process were so much different than they are today. Those guys were part of our life, a part of our being. That feeling doesn't exist today in any sport in any town and I doubt it ever will. May sound corny but that's how it really was. Every Monday morning, after each game, until Wednesday, all we talked about was last Sunday's game. Starting on Thursday all we spoke about was the upcoming game. It was magical. I didn't go to the 58' game. I had just been discharged from the service on the 18th of that month and finances were a bit tight. I, instead, watched it on TV. I have since moved to Florida but I haven't forgotten my heros. The license plate on my car reads 19 TO 82. Need I say more?
You are right on,it was a magical time.every one I knew, talked about the game all week. the players where like family and were assesable to every one.It wasnt unussual to see some players drinking beer at sweeneys on 33rd street,after the game.The 58 game was great, but Johnny U was a marvel to watch. he was always cool as a cucumber, brave and fearless. he didnt look like superman,but you felt that he could pull the game out, no matter what the score was. some players said that in the locker room,with no clothes on ,his legs looked like a pair of pliers.John and raymond berry pattented the sideline pass, and also the two minute drill.If you werent there to see the 58 colts,you missed something. I was lucky enough to see them.I loved them, and they could never be replaced by the indy team.The Baltimore Colts will always be a part of me. I will never foreget them, thanks for the memorys.
Steve

United States

#18 Dec 12, 2008
I was lucky enough to have parents who took me to this game and the 59 championship game. Of course we had been season ticket holders since 56. It was the game that put pro football in the homes of millions of Americans for years to come. The pinheads in Indy can only dream of being a part of this historic game or it's history.
Bob

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Dec 12, 2008
go colts!
Ben

Nottingham, MD

#20 Dec 12, 2008
Yep, go straight to hell

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