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Lombardi's Way A Father and Son Reunited by the Ravens

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7+ Comments JWS says My dad bought us two season tickets when the Baltimore Colts came to town. We parked about a mile away off of Loch Raven BLVD and veteran's hospital. We never m
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I’ve always said that if for some reason things changed for me and I was no longer blessed with the ability to guide this website, the journey has been so rewarding and I’d leave knowing that I’m better because came along.

You see along the way as this piece of real estate on the information highway has evolved, I have had the good fortune of meeting some very kind, giving and wonderful people. Some may have only entered my world for a few fleeting moments but when they left, their influence resonated.

In many cases it still does.

I’m reminded of one of those moments as I reflect upon the 2013 season and seasons before.

shirts-iceup-300x250Several years ago, a visitor to our website, one who I had never met before or since, wrote to me to share a story about him and his Dad. The story captures what I’ve always tried to embrace and nurture here on 24×7 – Ravens related stories delivered with passion, heart and a sense of community while having fun.

This story touches all bases…

Just prior to the arrival of the Ravens from Cleveland this father and son had a falling out. It was one of those typical battles when foolish pride gets in the way, you dig in your heels because you fear the humility of being wrong and suddenly a correctible family problem morphs into a great divide and splits a family for years.

When the son learned of Art Modell’s move to Baltimore, regardless of the differences with his Pop, he knew they shared a common love for football. So as part of an effort to thaw the cold war, the son purchased two PSL’s – one for himself and one for his Dad.

Upon his receipt of two PSL’s and two 1996 season tickets, the son mailed a set to his Dad.

Months went by and not a word was spoken between the father and son…

On the day of the first Ravens home game, the son, alone, made his way to his seat. Beside him was an empty one, the one belonging to his Dad. The son waited, wondered and hoped that his Dad would arrive. But as the minutes clicked away and there was no sign of Dad, the son grew agitated and prepared for a life-long, unsolvable rift.

As he sat and fretted, cycling through the typical nerve induced body movements, the son looked up and saw what he thought was a familiar face. Filtering through the many fans while navigating the steep stairs of old Memorial Stadium’s upper deck was Dad.

Finally Dad took his seat.

After the predictable initial awkwardness, small talk soon evolved into reminiscing.

The cold war was over.

A bond that was broken was restored and a family was healed in part because a football team moved to Baltimore.

This column was originally posted on June 14, 2012.


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Tony is 24x7 Networks, LLC's founder (the parent of and His work has been featured on various sports websites and he is a regular guest on 105.7 The Fan and CBS Sports 1300. A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham. Follow Tony on Twitter @RussellStReport. More from Tony Lombardi

My dad bought us two season tickets when the Baltimore Colts came to town. We parked about a mile away off of Loch Raven BLVD and veteran's hospital. We never missed a game together and went to every one until he pass away in the early seventies.We also went to every blue and white scrimage. Father's day always brings back those days when we bonded together for our passion and true love, THE COLTS and NFL football. Happy fathers day TL and to all the dads today.


I've read this's just as poignant and touching as it was the first time. Thanks for the reminder that our relationship with our family trumps everything else!


Very poignant story, Tony! My Dad and I "bonded" over football, so I can truly appreciate this father & son experience!

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Pop, Thanks for your kind words. Happy Father's Day to you!

Pop Hicks
Pop Hicks

Super great article that should touch everyone's heart. We are recent fans of your website due to grandson, Kris Jones, and find that you are an fantastic writer. We feel that we've missed a lot of great articles. Thank you for such a special one.

John in Canton
John in Canton

I didn't think it was possible but now I love the Ravens even more. Congrats to this happy father and son!


TL, these stories are great and you have such a flare for telling them. Happy Father's Day to you!


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