The season never ends at Sports Legends

Remember kiddies, the great Johnny Unitas played for the Colts when they were Baltimore team.

Remember kiddies, the great Johnny Unitas played for the Colts when they were a Baltimore team.

Ravens! Dark wings take to flight
Dive in and show them your might
For Baltimore and Maryland
You will fly on to victory!

— Ravens fight song

The super Bowl ring given to the Ravens in 2013.

The Super Bowl ring given to the Ravens in 2013.

Ravens' Super Bowl victories are remembered on banners in the lobby of Sports Legends.

Ravens’ Super Bowl victories are remembered on banners in the lobby of Sports Legends.

Like it or not, (not!) another Baltimore Ravens season has come to an end. Our nails are bitten to the quick; our blood pressure has risen to dangerous levels; we have eaten too many nachos and emptied too many Dixie cups. We love Justin Tucker more than ever and still don’t think much of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And no one was ready to see the season end. No, not yet.

The Ravens brought the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore twice — so far.

The Ravens brought the Lombardi Trophy to Baltimore twice — so far.

If you need another moment of Ravens revelry, head past M&T Bank Stadium to Sports Legends Museum. There among the Orioles history, mementoes of the Baltimore Blast, college sports teams and other local sports is a whole section devoted to Baltimore’s passion for football.

It starts, of course, when the Colts were in town — and wore green uniforms. The 1950s were a time of tailgating, cheerleaders in boots and heavy sweaters and, of

Art Modell is a Hall-of-Famer to Baltimore football fans.

Art Modell is a Hall-of-Famer to Baltimore football fans.

course, the marching band — the NFL’s oldest. Johnny Unitas has his own shrine, including the phone where he agreed to become a Baltimore Colt to his jersey and cleats.

Jonathan Ogden became a Raven before the team even had a logo. So his cap simply read Baltimore Ravens.

Jonathan Ogden became a Raven before the team even had a logo. So his cap simply read Baltimore Ravens.

Then, pass by the remembrances of that sad snowy night when the moving vans ended the Colts tradition in Baltimore and enter into the glory of the Baltimore Ravens. Art Modell has his own Hall of Fame plaque on the wall here — and all the greats are remembered from Jonathan Ogden to Ray Lewis to the fans.

It’s one way to keep the Raven spirit alive and well until training for next season begins.

© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman

But the fans show up for every game. No matter what.

The fans show up for every game. No matter what.

Ray Lewis retired after the Super Bowl in 2013.

Ray Lewis retired after the Super Bowl in 2013.

Ray Rice, No. 27

Ray Rice is still No. 27.


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