The best thing that I've noticed about everything heading into this week's Ravens-Colts playoff game is that there hasn't been much talk about the past.
Ray Frager talked about this in his blog earlier in the week, saying it's time to stop bringing up how the Colts snuck out of town in 1984. What's done is done, and that was a long time ago. What football fans should be talking about this week is this week's game, not what happened 29 years ago.
The Ray Lewis retirement announcement will probably ensure that events of the past won't get much mention in the final days leading up to the game. That became such a big national story on Wednesday and will be on everyone's minds heading right up to the kickoff on Sunday at 1 p.m.
There's always going to be some anger towards the Colts for how the left town. That's to be understood. I remember the first time they came back to Baltimore to play because there were a number of very angry fans right in front of my press box seat who spent a long time yelling and screaming at Colts owner Jim Irsay.
He was seated in the press box right behind me, but never blinked, even though this one small group of fans kept going for much of the second half. But they forgot that Jim Irsay didn't move the Colts. His father, Bob Irsay, was the one who did.
Most of the talk this week has been about if the Ravens can get back on their feet and play football the way they did for the first 11 games when they went 9-2. Or if they'll play like they did during their late three-game losing streak that left many in the football world doubting them. Or if they can stop Andrew Luck, the rookie quarterback who sure looks like something special.
This is what should be talked about in a week like this. Not what happened so long ago.