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10:17 am on Monday, February 4, 2013
1958 Colts Giants labeled The Greatest Game Ever Played. Still stands.
12:02 pm on Monday, February 4, 2013
Why not say, EACH in their own time WERE THE GEATEST? Just be grateful we are periodically blessed with athletes who can take their team to the absolute height of the competitions and prevail. Enjoy the glow of victory.
4:13 pm on Monday, February 4, 2013
2000 Ravens, hands down.
That photo of Johnny U. was taken at the St. Charles Seminary, in Catonsville. I remember driving by and seeing them practice and it was like no big deal. I only stopped in and watched them once. Weird. Had I known how important the Colts were to Baltimore (and me), I would have pitched a tent up there.
8:48 am on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I was nine years old when the Colts won that game and still remember it! I lived just blocks away from Memorial Stadium, home of the Colts. My father was friends with many of them. They worked regular jobs to make ends meet. They were our neighbors. Today Professional Sports is big money and players are Super Stars who would never live anywhere near me. I will always remember that win and the sad night that the Mayflower vans took my Colts away to a place who will never see them as just regular folks who live in their neighboorhood! Do I love the Ravens, you bet I do! But, Will anyone remember this win in 50 plus years? I doubt that they will!
11:14 am on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Johnny Unitas was a great quarterback. He and many of the colts were friends of my fanily as I hosted an annual horseshoe pitching contest in Wesminster at my home for 12 years .Johnny Unitas won the colts horseshoe trophy each and every years. He was never defeted. Johnny Unitas was also a great Humanitarian. He would sighn autographs untiil his arm and hand wouuld hurt. He was notin the selling business like they are today , He omce told me, when fans stop asking for autographs, Its time to hang up your cleats. I am proud to say, I attended the 1958, 1959, 1969, 1971 championship games,The Baltimore Colts proved they were the best. The Ravens has a long way to go. The Baltrimore Colts made their mark in Westminster. The Ravens are still trying to do the same. As TheColts cheerleaders used to say "GIMM ME A C"
10:42 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013
Wow Romeo. What happened that you couldn't make the 1964 game? :-)
11:33 am on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
As great as the old Colts were, if they could play the current Ravens, Johnny U would spend most of the game on his back, and even Gino M couldn't stop Ray Rice for long.
4:33 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
If Unitas were to play today with the current rules, he would mop up the NFL and all of its so call quarter backs.
12:06 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I don't think many Colt fans would agree with you Chuck. I'm glad the Ravens took the Super Bowl; but I think that these guys have a long way to go to rank with Unitas and Marchetti.
12:38 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Oooh, this could get as bad as an election thread...
Today's players can accomplish some rather amazing feats, thanks in part to targeted training and technology, but players like John Unitas, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Art Donovan, Raymond Berry (I could go on and on) paved the way for them. Peyton Manning wears # 18 as a tribute to trying to be as good as the Colt that wore # 19. Records are made to be broken, and they will, but those guys gave the younger ones the goals to conquer.
I love the Ravens as my home team, but the hoseshoe on the helmet still stirs me up a little.
Now, what we need is some more Lombardi trophies - Go Ravens!
7:44 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Chuck, I dont know what you are smoking , all I can tell you is Gino # 89 Marchetti is listed as one of the greatest defenseive ends in the last 50 years . You can not compare the Colts with the Ravens , Today the Ravens plat a 16 game schedule ,When the Colts played they had to win their division in 12 games and yes hold a part time job. you said that Gino would have had a hard time stopping Rice, Well I will tell you thats true because in Ginos day, Rice would not have made the Colts band squad because they had hard hitting runners like Alam The Horse Amece, Tom Matte , Gerry Hill, and a hell of a lots of other good running backs. No today, these primadonnas, could not carry the old colts jock straps Chuck.
10:56 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013
Romeo, I'm pretty sure I have heard Matte say many times that the athletes of today are a much different breed than they were back in his day. That being said, I agree you can make the argument that Unitas would have had amazing numbers playing under today's offense-friendly rules and pass-first play calling. But, I'm not sure a quarterback that lumbered slower than the biggest defensive linemen of today would have been given a legitimate shot in today's NFL. Remember, he barely got an opportunity back then.
10:24 pm on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
All quarterbacks are compared to Unitas. Unitas is compared to no one!
12:24 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
How true that is.
It is hard to try and compare - different eras entirely. But I know that if you saw one of the Colts on the street he didn't have a security detail (nobody needed one back then) and you could stop, shake their hand, and have a quick word with them.
It's probably more painful because the Colts were taken away from us...
11:00 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013
Hal, you forgot to mention that almost all of them owned restaurants or liquor stores! :-)
8:54 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
LOL You left off the Baltimore Stallions, the only American CFL team that won the Grey Cup. O.J. Brigance played for them.
9:10 am on Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I was going to mention OJ Brigance, because I wasn't sure you did when the front page cut off the last part of your comment. He's one of the very few players with both a Grey Cup and a Super Bowl ring (two now, assuming he gets one of this year's batch) on his resume, and the only one I know of to do it in the same city.
10:49 pm on Monday, February 11, 2013
Steve, don't forget the Maryland Stars, who won a USFL title the year before they were to move to Baltimore. (Then the danged league up and folded.) Carl Peterson, later a GM of the Kansas City Chiefs, was the GM of that team, which actually started in Philly, I think. The Colts also won an All-American Conference title back in the late 40s or early 50s when we were not in the NFL. I'm pretty sure Baltimore has won titles in more professional football leagues than any other city.
10:26 am on Friday, March 15, 2013
Ed, I was at the 1954 game where the colts lost to Cleceland Browns and I belive the colts lost by a big score. I also attended every game when the colts were in the American football League. I met many times when Y. A. Tittle , Dick Barweigan, Sam Vacanti and many other old colts played or Baltimore. When the Colts came back in 1953 from Dallas, I stayed with them with all their loses . I Weny to every game from the time my dear friend Unitas 1856 joined the Colts. until Robert Irsay skipped towm with his team. I aslo very seldom missed any home games or away games. I keep in touch with Johnny C. Unitas Jr. , Raymond Berry. Art Donovan, Dr. Sam Havrilak, Fred Miller, Andy Nelson, Tom Matte. I believe as the experts said that the 1658 game which I also attended, was the greatest game ever played. All I can remember is Unitas to Berry. Last The Baltimore Colts ,with the ownership of Carroll Rosenbloom was the greatest team ever. The Colts were the peoples team . The raven,ate for the Ravens and the millioniares . Joe Flacco could not even today Carry John Constatine Unitas Jock Strap.
12:17 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013
by the way can any one tell me why Joe Flacco. MVP in the super Bowl, 5 years as the guarterback starter for the Ravena, who has been in every playoff games , never made all pro in the NFL
10:01 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013
Romeo, you have told me stories about your friendship with the old Colts for years, starting back when you were on the rec and parks board. Obviously there's a huge difference between then and now. Back then, they all had to work off season jobs to make ends meet. The NFL and pro sports in general are very different now. Not better or worse -- different. Comparing eras makes for good bar conversation, but there is no correct answer, only opinions. By the way, as for you question about Flacco, that's because he doesn't put up gaudy regular season numbers like Brees and Brady and Manning. To his credit, he wins when it counts most and he got really lucky with the timing of his SB run.
11:56 am on Sunday, March 17, 2013
Ed, Once again I will answer about the Baltimore Colts. I was fortunate enough also to travel with the team and that I will never forget. Caroll Rosenbloom (CR) as we called him was a great ownner. The Colts used to have open arms to everyone who came in contact with them. I remember once when some race relations was a minor subject in the locker room, The president of the Baltimore Colts Don Kellett on television before the press. when he was asked about the color of some of the ball players., Mr. Kelett said that he was not worried about the color of some players skin but he was interested in only the color of the pigskin. Why the Colts were outgoing and loved their fans, it was not about money, It was for the love of the game. I was told by many of the players, that they would have played the game for nothing. I am sorry that you Ed and many other did not know the reall colts . I am sure you would have felt the same way as I do. Gimme a C.
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