First of all, the only times I've ever seen the Colts is in NY or Philly, and I've never worn a single item of Colts clothing to those games. That's called "asking for it". You WILL get verbally abused, and if you're not careful, worse. The content of what gets said may be different in Baltimore, but it's still irrelevant and not to be taken seriously. You are in "enemy territory" voluntarily, you deal with it. Than you go home and enjoy your team - without harboring a lifetime of resentment.
You know what no it's not asking for it. Wearing a visiting team jersey to another team stadium is NOT asking to be abused and does not make it right. If I were to pick up a bottle of beer on the street and throw it at someone that's call assault. Doing it in a stadium does not some how make it okay. Particular when they are upset about something that happened when I was two years old and I wasn't even living in the city when it happened
Still if it were just a single experience I would just chalk it up to couple of drunks at a football game. That happens every place. However, I am far from the only Colts fan that has had this experience when going to Baltimore to watch a game. Many people have shared stories of over the top abuse when going to a game in Baltimore for no other reason than choosing to support the Colts. I am NOT saying all Baltimore fans do this. However, there is a clear pattern of behavior here from many different people and that pattern of behavior is not okay.
Further more I went to the Colts Titans game this year and seated next to me was a Titans fan with his young daughter and while we had some friendly back and fourth it was just that friendly we laughed and even shook hands after words as did others around him. So no I don't subscribe to the theory that just because you choose to go to a road game you are some how asking for it.
Secondly, you can't possibly believe that those comments - in person, in the media, or on a forum - should be taken personally. Nobody in their right mind would think that YOU did something, your jersey is just a symbol. If I was in that position instead of getting angry I would just say some variation of "I'm sorry man, I can imagine how you feel. If that had happened to me I would have been devastated. But I'm not going to deny that I'm glad it happened - the Colts are tremendously important to me. Curse Bob Irsay all you want, but you and I actually have something in common". We love the Colts." Or more realistically you keep your head guiltily down, let the noise pass, and get on with your life. You don't get mad at the victim, have some empathy.
Think about what you just said. I shouldn't believe what someone says to me in person...
Here's a thought maybe the Baltimore fans shouldn't over react to try to actively ruin an experience for another fan who is just there to watch their team. If I was standing up and being a jerk okay then I would get it but I wasn't. Also this does not happen in every stadium. I have also been to a Colts Packers game in Green Bay and Colts Bengals game in Cincinnati. My dad has also been a Colts Texans in Houston. All three places I would have nothing but positive things to say about the fans who sat around us as would my dad who saw the Colts play Houston. That Houston game was the game where the Texans just drilled us down there with Peyton by the way and the fans were jacked that day but were still nice to Colts fans at least where my dad sat. Cheer for your team but there is no need to heckle other teams fans who are there for no reason other than to watch their team.
Also the point here is that the city of Baltimore is some how the only victim in this. If you look at the story of why the Colts left the city played a rolled in this as well. Again, like I said before you need to look at this like when a free agent leaves a team for another city. Odds are if the team he was playing for was treating him right most of the time he will not want to leave. Had Baltimore built them a stadium they wanted or not tried to take Bob Irsay's property odds are they might very well still be in Baltimore.
Also if the city of Baltimore wants to be mad then fine but be mad at Bob Irsay not the city of Indianapolis. All Indianapolis did was try to get a football team the only way they could because the league was not going to give them an expansion team. What were they supposed to do say no? All the fans did was support the new they got. Again this is the same logic that some tried to use to be mad at Andrew Luck because Peyton Manning was released. Andrew Luck himself had no part in the decision he just did the best he could for the team that drafted him. Indianapolis saw the Colts were available and were willing to support them. They did not make the decision for the Colts to leave Baltimore. Bob Irsay did. Also I think most Indianapolis fans see Baltimore fans as being a bit hypercritical that they will bash the city of Indianapolis for pretty much doing EXACTLY what they did to get the Ravens.
Indianapolis fans mostly HATE this topic. We don't go looking to bring it back up and it normally only comes up when we play the Ravens when the Baltimore fans tend to bring it back up. Again, did others and myself probably over react to this thread. As I have said before probably. With that said though I think the reason they did was because they had a feeling where this thread was going based on past experiences of dealing with Ravens fans.
Also I don't think people in Indianapolis hold a life long resentment towards the city of Baltimore over this. Frankly I think vast majority don't care but like anyone who has pride in their city if they think it is being unfairly attacked they are going to defend it. Personally outside of the Ravens game I have zero issue with the city of Baltimore. I would like to go and visit again. However lets not try to pretend that the city of Baltimore is just poor little victims in this who have never done anything. Yes they were the victims when they lost their team and I think most people in Indianapolis would feel sorry for them for that. However, when they start to open bash our home town and abuse our fans they stop being victims and it's the later that people in Indianapolis have a problem with.
Third - there is little comparison between the Colts move and the other teams that you mention. One could say that Irsay was a Chicago business man who wheeled and dealed his way into town, established himself as a miserable drunken jerk that paled in comparison to the previous owners, had some initial success, than did everything possible to drag the team to the pits of the league such that fans felt compelled to show their disapproval by not showing up at the stadium, and then used that as an excuse to take the team back to the vicinity of Chicago. Amazing coincidence that. And the last time I looked, the Browns still play in Cleveland, and the city was without a team for only three years. If the Colts had been reborn in Baltimore in 1987 I wouldn't be here to have this conversation, and I'd actually get to see them play at home occasionally. My only thought of Indy would be "thank you for taking the worst owner in professional sports off our hands". The other cities who lost teams were largely so oblivious to the franchise that there wasn't the same kind of passionate reaction. That's why they lost the teams in the first place. The fans in Baltimore have a unique response because it was a unique situation. And as someone who lived through it (albeit from three hours away) I FELT it and understand completely. The fact that Indy ignores the pre-Indy days isn't a sign of respect or compassion, it's just another slap in the face. Indy fans don't seem to value or respect the history, the VAST majority of them would prefer to pretend that it doesn't exist. I'd be 1,00 times happier if it was proudly embraced, but instead it's been ignored to the point it's in limbo - not really belonging to any franchise. It's hard not to draw the conclusion that Indy didn't just steal the franchise, they killed and buried it. Talk about rooting for the laundry. People like me are left just whistling in the wind, pretending that the Colts are the Colts, and the only thing that changed was the city. We are lying to ourselves. In fact the primary difference between Baltimore fans and myself is that I lacked the guts to cut the cord. I found it easier to pretend that everything was just fine. It was never fine. I don't resent you or any Indy fan for wanting a team, but I'd happily urinate on Irsay's grave if I had the opportunity. The next generation may not care, but anyone who lived through their team being ripped away in the middle of the night, and went TWELVE YEARS without a team, is going to harbor resentment for the rest of their lives. I suspect that it circumstances were reversed, so would you.
The city of LA has gone almost 20 years without a team. You don't hear them hating the Rams or Raiders nearly as much as you do Baltimore complain about the Colts leaving and Baltimore HAS a new team while LA does not. St. Louis went eight years between the Cardinals and Rams and don't hold anything near to this resentment towards the Cardinals. Most of these cities that get a new team tend to embrace the new team not hate the one that left. That's the point Baltimore would leave you believe they are the only major city to lose a team and some how that makes what they did different when they got the Ravens. It's not it's no different than what Indianapolis did to get the Colts. Here's the thing though, NEITHER city did anything wrong. They both wanted a team and saw the ONLY way they would get one is for one to move there so they made themselves as attractable as they could and when one showed interest in them what were they going to do? Say no? Of course not.
However the city of Baltimore can not have it both ways as they would like and act like what they did was okay while the city of Indianapolis is a monster because the Colts went there. It's either okay to do or wrong to do. It's not okay for one city to do but okay for another. That's like if your house gets robbed thinking you have the right to go down the street and rob someone else's house to replace your stuff. Now with that said what Indianapolis and Baltimore later did were not crimes so there were no wrongs here but that's the point just because someone feels wronged does not give them the right to turn around do it themselves and say well I was wronged so that makes it okay. That mentality just doesn't fly with me and that's what the city of Baltimore tries to use when it comes to this.
Also don't give me the whole because Browns left their colors and team name behind it some how makes it okay. The city of Baltimore would still be crying that they had to go 12 years without football even if the Colts had done that and how Indianapolis robbed them of 12 years of football. Also if you think the Browns there today are anywhere close to the Browns that would have been there had they never moved you are mistaken. The Browns today are stuck in year in and year out rebuilding mood while the Ravens are one of the best teams in the league year in and year out, and most of the key players to this were brought in by the personal put in place before the Browns left Cleveland.
You want to blame Bob Irsay for moving the team fine. You want to blame the league for not giving them a new team sooner then fine. You want to blame the government of Baltimore for not doing more to keep the team then fine. However, don't blame the city of Indianapolis for supporting a team and don't do it when Baltimore city turned around and did the exact samething because I got news for you even if Indianapolis hadn't been around the Colts would have still left Baltimore so that tells me the issue goes beyond just blaming Indianapolis.