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Michael Olesker On 50th Anniversary Of Colts' Loss To Jets In Super Bowl III

January 11, 2019
Just in case you're not sufficiently depressed about the Ravens' playoff loss Jan. 6, here's another piece of Baltimore football history to lament -- this weekend, Jan. 12, is precisely 50 years since Super Bowl III.

Just imagine the legions of TV football analysts waiting to remind the whole country of that ignominious moment.

Do we need a recount of the embarrassment felt by every Baltimorean -- already preconditioned to feel inferior any time runty Bawlmer was compared with mighty New Yawk -- when our powerhouse Baltimore Colts were knocked down by the upstart New York Jets in front of the whole disbelieving world?

Do we need a reminder that this was the same year that our powerful Orioles would be upset by the previously awful New York Mets in the World Series? Do we need a reminder that in that same year our Baltimore Bullets – the fabulous Bullets of Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson -- lost in the NBA playoffs to the New York Knicks?

It still hurts, doesn't it?

Of course, it's only been 50 years.

Fifty years since the Jets’ Joe Namath blithely "guaranteed" the Jets would win. Fifty years since the Colts, entering the game at 13-and-1, seemed to sleep-walk through the entire contest. Fifty years since they entered the game as 17-point favorites and yet lost, 16 to 7.

For more from Olesker, read the full article at Jmore .  

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