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Recollections brighten 'Greatest Game' documentary

There are 33 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Dec 12, 2008, titled Recollections brighten 'Greatest Game' documentary. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

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.

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Brian

Silver Spring, MD

#21 Dec 12, 2008
The fans of Indianapolis have no class at all. After Baltimore lured the Browns not a single Baltimore NFL fan wanted Cleveland's name and colors as evidenced by the numerous press coverage of the time. However, after Irsay moved the Colts the people of Indianapolis relished in stealing Baltimore NFL heritage as evidenced by the press coverage. After the Browns moved to Baltimore nobody from Indianapolis even tried to bury the hatchet and return Baltimore's name and colors. Irsay requested $50 million dollars to return Baltimore's NFL heritage. Big difference in class between Baltimore and Indianapolis.
bob m

San Lorenzo, CA

#22 Dec 12, 2008
i am and always will be a unitas
fan and his opinion mattered in
that he stayed true to baltimore..

unitas told indy to take his name
off their record book, he played
for baltimore..

unitas acknowledged the ravens
as the successors of the colts not
indianapolis..

for you younger fans, unitas
was the greatest qb and football
player in nfl history period. he
was a quiet leader who commanded
respect from his players and the league..

for the 58 and 59 and 70 baltimore
colts championships, thanks johnny
and for our beloved baltimore colts
that honored our state and city
and the old stadium on 33rd st.

time will not dim the glory of their
deeds.....
Glenn

United States

#23 Dec 12, 2008
Johnny was truly one of a kind. He would throw a 45 yard winning touch down with no time left. Orr would make an impossible catch to win the game. What would John always do. Put his head down and trot to the side lines. When Willy Richardson dropped a couple of easy catches from John, He stopped throwing to him for 2 or 3 games. Richardson went to the press. John finally gave in. Huff and the others used to beat his skinny ass up. They are 15 yard penalties now. Did John get mad? No. Aikman had a lot of John's toughness.
PKB4

Washington, DC

#24 Dec 12, 2008
I wouldn't be born for 9 more years after that game, but I ran around as a toddler in a Colts jersey. I knew who Johnny U, Ameche, Lenny Moore and Gino Marchetti were even though I never saw them play live. They are part of the history of the town I was born in and loved. Not were a part, ARE a part of the history. There is at least one poster here who doesn't get it and it's telling that they were born before Irsay took the franchise away. Wherever the franchise plays, the team in that documentary never played a single down of football in Indianapolis. The team that won that game was Baltimore's team and far from "getting over the nonsense" I'm always going to be proud of that and remind people of that anytime they make the mistake of conflating the Indianapolis team with the Baltimore team.
Baltimore not Indy

Alexandria, VA

#25 Dec 13, 2008
Amen to most of these postings. ESPN should have included current Ravens players in this special instead of Indy Colts. They have no connection to that game. The Baltimore Colts and Indianapolis Colts are two separate entities and should be treated as such. Indy people probably could care less about the team's history in Baltimore, its not their history. What's next, a special on one of the Browns-Broncos AFC championships from the late 80s with players from the Ravens? Give me a break!
Get Real

Indianapolis, IN

#26 Dec 13, 2008
The NFL is a business. A for profit business - for the benefit of its owners. NFL owners move their teams for money. Owners did it years before Bob Irsay moved his team from Baltimore to Indianapolis and they certainly have done it many times since. Neither Baltimore nor Indianapolis OWN anything about an NFL team. Believe whatever delusion you like about owning the Colts – even in 1958. Baltimore didn’t own them then, Indianapolis does not own them now. Don’t like the facts, buy your own franchise or become a stockholder of the Packers. Then you can say you OWN something.

“Orioles, Colts, Bullets ”

Since: Apr 08

Brewster, NY

#27 Dec 13, 2008
Get Real wrote:
The NFL is a business. A for profit business - for the benefit of its owners. NFL owners move their teams for money. Owners did it years before Bob Irsay moved his team from Baltimore to Indianapolis and they certainly have done it many times since. Neither Baltimore nor Indianapolis OWN anything about an NFL team. Believe whatever delusion you like about owning the Colts – even in 1958. Baltimore didn’t own them then, Indianapolis does not own them now. Don’t like the facts, buy your own franchise or become a stockholder of the Packers. Then you can say you OWN something.
I've been a COLTS FAN since 1971. From Johnny Unitas and Bert Jones to Gary Hogeboom, Jim Harbaugh, and Peyton Manning. It was a GREAT SHOW, baby! They had current INDIANAPOLIS COLTS players and coaches.... NO RAVENS PLAYERS. Even the former Baltimore Colts players, such as Raymond Berry, recognized The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS as a continuation of The Baltimore Colts franchise....... which is PRECISELY what it is. ONE team. One Franchise. ONE set of records. TONY DUNGY said that there is a definite bond between this current Indianapolis Colts team, and the 1958 Baltimore Colts team.
C-O-L-T-S, COLTS!
John

Silver Spring, MD

#28 Dec 13, 2008
Indy fans are most the classless in the NFL. When the Colts left, Indy fans relished in our misery and openly flaunted it. Not once did any press report from Indy showcase the people understood what the fans from Baltimore felt. After Baltimore lured the Browns not a single Baltimore fan wanted the Browns heritage and regardless of the official NFL agreement Baltimore fans and the Maryland Stadium Authority refused to accept Cleveland's name and colors. Why didn't any Indy fans or Indy sportswriters publicly encourage Irsay to return Baltimore's NFL history after the Browns move? Not a single press report from the Indy Star from 1995-1996 states that any Indy fans or sportwriters thought that the classy thing to do is for Irsay to return Baltimore's NFL heritage. Therefore, Indy fans truly are the most classless and heartless of any fans in the entire country.
rolotamasi

Oakland, MD

#29 Dec 14, 2008
hey 19 to 82..........good post.

here is my contribution to the way things were with our beloved Baltimore Colts. Quite often on Sunday, about 10 am or so before home games, Bert Reichicar would drive up our street off Belair Road. He'd park and to the giddy glee of all the kids in the neighboor hood, he'd punt the numberous footballs handed to him higher & longer than we kids could imagine. Thanks Bert wherever you are and thanks to each & every player, coach, all fans of the Baltimore Colts. You all gave us such joy, and the best of memories. Merriest Christmas wishes for Love, Light & Light to one & all of you, here - or in the great end zone in the fields beyond.
ol ballplayer

Chesapeake Beach, MD

#30 Dec 14, 2008
Get Real wrote:
The NFL is a business. A for profit business - for the benefit of its owners. NFL owners move their teams for money. Owners did it years before Bob Irsay moved his team from Baltimore to Indianapolis and they certainly have done it many times since. Neither Baltimore nor Indianapolis OWN anything about an NFL team. Believe whatever delusion you like about owning the Colts – even in 1958. Baltimore didn’t own them then, Indianapolis does not own them now. Don’t like the facts, buy your own franchise or become a stockholder of the Packers. Then you can say you OWN something.
You are right.... but that's what is WRONG. Yes, the NFL cares about the owners first, their property (teams) second and the fans third; taking the fans for granted. The NFL is the corporation and it strikes the deal with ESPN so the show will reflect the desires of the NFL and its owners.... not the fans. I'm 55 and born and bred in Baltimore. I know that the 58 Colts represented Baltimore. They didn't represent Rosenbloom. I don't care what the teams name were, the "greatest game" was a contest between 2 teams representing 2 cities not 2 owners. As a fan I was heart-broken in 1983 when the our team left for Indy. I remember the classless reactions of Indy's mayor and its citizens. Nothing that the NFL, ESPN, or the owners do will take away my memories. The documentary plays on those memories but no one in Indy has those memories, they reside in Baltimore along with the vast majority of those 58 Colts. The players came from places all over the country but where did they choose to live...in the place where the memories live. Irsay and Indy can steal the name and its hardware but they can't steal the memories. ESPN should follow up with a documentary of the NFL's reaction to Irsay's antics and the right and wrong way to move a team. Finally, when will the NFL exert its influence (control) over the media and put Art Modell in the HOF.

Since: Dec 08

Latrobe, PA

#31 Dec 14, 2008
Orioles Fan From New York wrote:
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I've been a COLTS FAN since 1971. From Johnny Unitas and Bert Jones to Gary Hogeboom, Jim Harbaugh, and Peyton Manning. It was a GREAT SHOW, baby! They had current INDIANAPOLIS COLTS players and coaches.... NO RAVENS PLAYERS. Even the former Baltimore Colts players, such as Raymond Berry, recognized The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS as a continuation of The Baltimore Colts franchise....... which is PRECISELY what it is. ONE team. One Franchise. ONE set of records. TONY DUNGY said that there is a definite bond between this current Indianapolis Colts team, and the 1958 Baltimore Colts team.
C-O-L-T-S, COLTS!
If I were a BALTIMORE Colt fan, that (ESPN Broadcast) would have made me sick. As a Johnny U fan and admirer, it did...I puked!
Old Colts fan

Houston, TX

#32 Dec 16, 2008
As a person born on the Eastern Shore who grew up in another state watching the 70's Colts (Bert Jones, Lydell Mitchell, Roger Carr, etc.) and only learned of the glory years from my father and brother, I never understood how the city let the Colts get away. I've even read stories from Baltimore media at the time about how attendance was down by the early 80's. How did the Colts fans let this happen? And what the heck was wrong with the politicians there who couldn't find a way to keep the team? Granted, Irsay is scum, but how did this go so wrong back then?
Football Fan Jaq

Laguna Niguel, CA

#33 Dec 16, 2008
How come other players of that "Great Game" are not talked about. How can we see who the other players were?

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