The other side of that coin is that you (and me) never got to see Johnny Unitas play. Also, Unitas and lots of the other Colts were actually part of the average-Joe Baltimore community. My dad lived in Aberdeen and Unitas had a house there too. My dad would see Unitas mowing his own grass. Later on my dad got a job as a bus boy at some restaurant and many members of the Colts were "regulars." I don't remember the name of the restaurant, I'll have to ask him, but other posters might already know which restaurant I'm talking about. They might've had the same experience. Remember, nobody would be so damn bitter if the Colts didn't have an equally positive impact on their life, and in many cases their childhood. Not many 80 year old posters on message boards.
Not to say that there aren't Ravens in the community today. But it was just different back then.
Also they got to listen to absurdly brilliant music and watch similarly spectacular movies. I discovered this new album earlier this week from 1967, "It's a beautiful day" by "It's a beautiful Day." My goodness, the most amazing album I've ever heard in my life. This band is outrageously talented and dynamic, even as talented as Roxy Music, Pink Floyd, Velvet Underground, David Bowie, King Crimson, etc. Notice a pattern in my list? All the music listed is what poor ol' Colts fans got to see live at concerts, music that echoed the time that America was living through. Now the music and movies have sharply declined. There's no compariso. But there ARE good bands and actors today, don't get me wrong. MGMT is a superb band, and there are tons of spectacular actors like Tom Hanks, Bryan Cranston, and Joaquin Phoenix.
(One odd thing though is that the TV shows today are every bit as good as in the past. Breaking Bad, Curb your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, The Wonder Years, Freaks and Geeks, etc)
I'm willing to give this all up in exchange for not hating anyone named Irsay with a burning passion so holy that Jesus himself is impressed, and not having lived through the fiasco with the Browns coming here. As far as I'm concerned, the Ravens have always been here =)