Behind Enemy Lines: 28 seasons after Colts left Baltimore, pain still lingers

Indianapolis Star

If ever a city was bracing itself to revel in a healthy dose of karma, it's Baltimore.

The city spurned by Colts owner Robert Irsay in March 1984 once again welcomes the Indianapolis version to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Ravens are 9-3 and battling the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans and New England Patriots for the AFC's No. 1 playoff seed.

The Colts? They're 0-12 for only the second time in the club's 59-year history and in jeopardy of joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the NFL's only 0-16 teams.

Don't think that has escaped the attention of Baltimore's old guard. It never will forget the Colts' late-night departure on that snowy March 28, or forgive the late Irsay, who felt he had no choice with the threat of "eminent domain" being implemented by the city and state.

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