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9. Psychology 2012

10. The Sad Loss Of a Great Work of Art

11. Fall Forward

12. Oh, Where Is O in October

13. The Legend of 4th & 29

14. Family Beefs & Carefrontation

15. Dancing On The Edge of Chaos

17. The Last Ride of 52

18. FAST AS _ _ _ _!

19. Purple Revolution in New England

20. Sup-HarbBowl – Crescent City Crowning

21. Pa-Ray-ed

Prologue:

Here we go again, Baltimore!

May 14, 2013

When I wrote “Purple Reign: Diary Of A Raven Maniac” in March 2001, it was no less than a small civic miracle that the Baltimore Ravens even existed. Given what our community had been through trying to get back into the NFL after the departure of Bob Irsay and the Mayflower van exodus of the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis on that snowy night of March 28, 1984, just having an NFL team was a victory in itself. This is sometimes lost on the younger generation of fans in Baltimore and should never be forgotten.

The ensuing hostage situation involving civic money, stadiums, lawyers, lawsuits, a private-mostly-old-boys-club of NFL owners, and the expansion charade that Paul Tagliabue presided over in the late 1980s and early 1990s was as big a part of the story for anyone who loves Baltimore, loved the Colts, or was falling in love with the Ravens. As an aside, two decades later the choice of Jacksonville and Charlotte look fairly dubious as NFL hot spots despite the insistence of The Sun King that Baltimore was unworthy and should consider building a museum.

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