Re: Irsay Still Sucks!
The tricky thing for us old Colts fans is that, well we were fans of the Colts. So in a very real way we can't move on any more than you will move on from, say the 2000 Ravens. (And I dont move on from the 2000 Ravens either.) It's not that we look at the Colts as some ideal; it's just our history. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom yelling at the TV set for Unitas to watch out for Willie Davis moving in on him. To me when I think of the major rivals of our team the Ravens I always think of the old rivalry we had with the despised Green Bay Packers. NO FUCKING WAY WAS THAT FIELD GOAL KICK IN 65 GOOD. As Ogden Nash wrote:
Originally Posted by RavenScallywag
Is there a Baltimore fan alive
who's forgotten Tom Matte in '65?
The Colts by crippling injuries vexed,
Unitas first and Cuozzo next--
What would become of the pass attack?
Then Matte stepped in at quarterback.
He beat the Rams in a great display,
He did - and he damn near beat Green Bay.
Ask him today to plunge or block,
Tom's the man who can roll or rock.
In Tokyo, they say karate
In Baltimore, they call it Matte
Note that Nash said "Baltimore fan". To me the old Colts are just the earlier Ravens. And Matte in 65 is the stuff of legend.
The lucky city of Baltimore
Is famed for its medicos galore
It's simply teeming with fine physicians
With surgeons, oculists, and obstetricians
All dedicated men in white,
All at your service day or night.
Except-here's the fly in the ointment-
When with the Colts they have an appointment.
And the vast memorial Stadium rocks
With the cheers of fifty thousand docs
They've caught the disease fate holds in store,
For the population of Baltimore-
A disease more virulent than rabies,
Felling men and women and even babies.
The cynic becomes a true believer,
When caught in the grip of that old Colt fever.
Those lines about the Colts describe the Ravens too.
Forget the Colts? That would be like forgetting the Ravens. Ain't gonna happen.