ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Band That Wouldn't Die
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In late March of 1984, a moving company secretly packed up the Baltimore Colts’ belongings and its fleet of vans snuck off in the darkness of the early morning, leaving a city of deeply devoted fans in shock and disbelief. More than most NFL teams, the Colts were an integral part of the city, and fans struggled to cope with losing the team they loved.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Rain Man, The Natural), himself a long-standing Baltimore Colts’ fanatic, probes the changing relationship of sports to community and tells the story of the city’s loss through the eyes of the Baltimore Colt’s Marching Band. For the 12 years that the city was without an NFL team, the band continued to play, acting as musical ambassadors for the city, keeping football alive until the NFL returned.
Bonus features include Robert Irsay's controversial press conference, the Baltimore Colts fight song, interviews & director's statements
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I felt good for the city when they finally did get the Ravens and I have enjoyed giving them secondary support over the years (my primary devotion will always be with the Burgundy and Gold). However, as much as I knew about the horror story of the Mayflower vans stealing the Colts away in the dark of night, it is fascinating to see this tale, and its aftermath, told from an angle that was not highly publicized... that of the Baltimore Colts marching band. A band that was as much a part of NFL legend as the Redskins marching band, the Colts band used chicanery to keep their uniforms and instruments after the theft of the team. Then, they spent the next 12 years being a band without a team, keeping the dream alive of one day bring football back to Baltimore.
As much as the efforts of any politician, businessman or NFL executive, the Baltimore Colts marching band was responsible for the return of football to Charm City. It is touching to hear and see the stories of those band members and everything they went through out of their dedication to a sport and a city. This is definitely one of the top "30 for 30" documentaries.