This was a posted comment from a Pittsburgh Steelers fan on the Pro Football Talk: ( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/09/dennis-pitta-remarkable-to-be-back-in-lineup/ )
It was in a section for The Baltimore Ravens about Dennis Pitta’s amazing recovery. Typical troll type behavior but I wanted to point some things out. While Six rings for championships (and now superbowls) is very impressive, there is one other place that is very close to duplicating the feat and may even do so this year. Who? Why Baltimore of course.
I know what you must be thinking. “How in the world do you figure that,” and you I would reply with a bit of NFL History. First lets take some things into consideration.
Pittsburgh has had a team in the NFL since 1933! It took them over 40 years to win their first superbowl in 1974. They won again in 1975, back to back championships which is a very impressive feat. They were in the playoffs again in ’76 and ’77, then won back to back championships in 1978 and 1979. Once again, rather amazing stuff there. After Terry Bradshaw though, the Steelers didn’t win another superbowl until 2005, and then again in 2008. Almost 35 years after their last one.
Why did I bring all this up? Well, to tell you about my original point about Baltimore. Baltimore’s first franchise, The BALTIMORE Colts came to be in 1953. They promptly won back to back championships in 1958 and 1959. They won another one in 1970. So there are three championships before The Steelers even won one of their own, and they had a 40 year head 20 year head start. Those championships belong to BALTIMORE, not Indianapolis. Indy merely took the team. Those championships were not won in Indy, nor were any of the players ever a part of that organization. Now, onto my second point. Baltimore lost their team in 1983 thanks to a horrible owner. There was that whole expansion fiasco. Despite the NFL turning its back on us, we still got a team here in 1996…and promptly won a Superbowl in 2000. We didn’t even have a team for 13 years and we won our 4th Superbowl before Pittsburgh won their 5th. Then in 2012, Baltimore got their 5th. While things look pretty dim by even this fan’s own opinion…we do have a chance to tie Pittsburgh for 6 rings this year if the comeback of Dennis Pitta is as big as some think it will be. It will also be the second time our city has won back to back championships, just like Pittsburgh has.
So rejoice Baltimore, remember your history and educate others. As small as we are as a city, we have had some amazing sports teams and athletes. Babe Ruth was born here, perhaps the best baseball player of all time. Sugar Ray Leonard is from here, one of the best boxers in his weight class of all time. The Baltimore Orioles who have won four World Series and was home to some very legendary players and perhaps one of the best ever to play SS in Cal Ripken Jr. The Baltimore Colts who also featured one of the greatest QB’s of all time, and the Baltimore Ravens who featured one of the best Middle Linebackers of all time. Let’s not also forget Micheal Phelps, the most decorated Olympian.