Bob had Colts season tickets beginning in 1970, when Mike was five. The Ravens' first game this season was the first time father and son had been together in Memorial Stadium since the Colts left.
Father: I took Michael for 13 years. We'd stop off at this restaurant on Greenmount Avenue, have a pizza or a hoagy together, walk up to the game. It was just a wonderful time for both of us.
Son: We lived an hour away. We were on the road at seven o'clock for a one o'clock game. It was a ritual. We'd get up early, have egg sandwiches on the road, go to Little Italy or to Brooks Robinson's for lunch. We'd always be the first ones in the place.
Father: When [owner Bob] Irsay took the Colts away, I just dropped football. I could never be a Redskins fan. Mike was in California, so he'd go see the Colts in San Diego or at the L.A. Coliseum. I just dropped the Colts.
Son: When you lose something like that, you understand what you had. I've been away from home for 12 years. Every time I'd call, we'd talk about those days.
Father: Every father and son should go to a football game together. It's what America is all about. I don't know how to put it into words. It's just a special moment for father and son.
Son: This is so huge. We used to sit right up there [pointing to the upper deck]. We were here for Unitas's last game. People were singing [Bob and Mike say it together]. "Unitas we stand, divided we fall." We were here when Unitas and Namath both threw for about 400 yards in the same game.
Father: Every year my wife and I would drive to Topeka, Kansas, to visit relatives. One year I decided to drive through Indianapolis. My wife said, "Where in the hell are you going?" I said, "I'm just going to swing into the Hoosier Dome"—that's what they called it then. I went to the attendant there and said that I had to go down on the field. He said, "Why do you have to do that?" I said. "Because somewhere in my head, I don't really believe the Colts are here." He said to go ahead. So I went down the stairs onto the carpet, and I saw the word COLTS. And I saw the horseshoe. And then I came out of there like the world was lifted off of my shoulders. It was over. That was the closure I needed.
The Ravens are still winning, saving the heartbreak for the end. Mike says that in the old days he and his father couldn't even talk at games, the stadium would be so loud. Bob says, "I think the Baltimore fans are special fans. It will be the same. We just need time."
As Mike watches the game, he thinks about what it might be like when he's a father. "My wife and I don't have any kids yet," he says. "But I can't wait. I'll have my kid on my shoulders at the game when he's one month old. I want him to have the same thing I had."