When he was alive, Bubba Smith was a defensive end for the Baltimore Colts (and, later, a star of the Police Academy films). But in the final years of his life, he displayed a significant cognitive decline, becoming unable to do simple things like paying his own bills or going shopping.
Now that we have the Ravens, the Baltimore Colts’ sneaky middle-of-the-night departure from the city in 1984 hurts a little bit less. (Though I know some people who still get really worked up whenever anyone brings up the “Midnight Betrayal.”) Which is why it’s almost… fun to revisit the tale through the story of the crew of University of Maryland frat guys who helped smuggle the team out of town.
Just so you know, if you want to make a statue of me, I’d you prefer you wait until after I’ve died. But I have a feeling former Raven Ray Lewis doesn’t have any such qualms about being memorialized while he yet walks the earth.
Here’s what the Baltimore Sun‘s Jeff Zrebiec tweeted yesterday:
Also of note, Ravens are planning on unveiling Ray Lewis statue outside stadium before 2014 season. Will be in Unitas Plaza.
If being named Super Bowl MVP and being signed to six-year, $120-million contract wasn’t enough to fulfill of Raven Joe Flacco’s dreams, then being chosen to portray legendary Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas in a film ought to do it. But the casting of Flacco has ignited an embarrassing public spat between factions of the Unitas family.
Since fabled Dundalk-born burger chain Gino’s, founded by a couple Baltimore Colts in the late ’50s, was obliterated in the ’80s (with most locations converting to Roy Rogerses and others turning into KFCs or simply being shut down), the fast-food joint’s reputation had grown to legendary status. Spontaneous tributes to the chain’s signature “Gino Giant” (“a banquet on a bun”)*, as well as its advertising slogans and graphic design, spring up all over the Internet. And there are multiple Gino’s-themed Facebook groups. And apparently, over 120 “Gino’s alumni” held an informal reunion as late as 2002.