Seemingly without fail, every time the Ravens and Indianapolis Colts meet, the days leading up to the game are filled with articles about then-team owner Robert Irsay’s decision to move the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis in the middle of the night on March 29, 1984, and the resulting outcry from the Baltimore community.
John Harbaugh has been a part of that storyline, dutifully answering questions when the teams clashed in the 2008 season and then twice in the 2009 campaign, but the Ravens coach wasn’t in an entertaining mood when the subject was broached during his weekly media briefing Wednesday.
Asked whether there was anything lingering from the Colts-leaving-Baltimore storyline, Harbaugh replied, “I haven’t been here that long. You guys have been here the whole time, so that’s what you guys write about every year. So I don’t know.”
Asked whether the players have been talking about it, Harbaugh responded, “Nope. The Colts have been gone for how long?”
Harbaugh may have a point. More importantly, he has to get his players focused on beating an Indianapolis team eager to get its first win of the season.