It’s a question worth asking this weekend to Baltimore sports fans. What does the Colts return to Baltimore this Sunday mean to you?
I’m sure that the answer depends on who you ask.
Pose the question to anyone over the age of Forty Five and they’ll tell you of the heartbreak of seeing the blue and white being spirited away under the cover of darkness. Their voices will begin to rise in a mixture of anger and sadness at the mere mention of curse words like “IRSAY” and “MAYFLOWER”. And at some point there will be a Johnny Unitas story thrown into the conversation.
If you were to ask those fans that are in their Twenties or younger the same question they might not even know that the team was here. It did happen 27 years ago – didn’t it? I was even born yet! This weekend is about getting another step closer to the playoffs and a chance to beat the tar out of a Peyton-less team.
But then there are those “middle children”, a group I like to call – The Lost Generation. Those Baltimore fans that are in their Thirties and Forties and have a mixture of memories and oral history to guide their esponse in this debate. These are my people and since I’m asking the question, this is how I would answer.
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