In the middle of a March night in 1984, the Colts packed 12 Mayflower trucks with all the team’s belongings and left Baltimore for Indianapolis.
The relocation didn’t just devastate Baltimoreans — it left a few other cities disappointed, too. Prior to the move, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, and Phoenix were all courted as the potential next home of the Colts.
If the relationship had not entirely soured, what do people think would have happened in 2014 and into 2015 and 2016? It’s not a simple what if to consider. The team saw significant roster turnover after the 2014 season. There was some talk of players being a bit worn out by Harbaugh, although it’s not fully clear beyond Alex Boone who that might have entailed.
I suppose one problem with the counter is the fact that Harbaugh is wired in a way that is going to grate on some people. If he didn’t grate on people the way he did, who knows if he would have been as successful as he was with the 49ers.
Harbaugh would have been a better coach than Jim Tomsula, but Trent Baalke hamstrung the roster with many of his personnel decisions the past three years. Of course, a better relationship between Harbaugh and Baalke maybe leads to better communication on draft picks, but just based on how things went in the front office from 2014 to 2016, it does not seem like it would have been too surprising to see the 49ers take a step back from their Super Bowl contending ways. I don’t think they bottom out like they did, but they would have still faced a host of roster questions.
I also don’t know if Gano fetched that ball, but it looks like they have a backup ball on the side there, though I’m not positive on that. It could be a different kind of ball. If you booted the ball too far in elementary, you had to hoof it all the way out there to get it yourself, at least as far as I remember.
Either way: Gano’s kids just got owned, and this should be a lesson to all of you: do not play kickball with an NFL kicker.
Apparently, the jury agreed, because they awarded Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and another $7.5 million in punitive damages, finding the Rams organization 100 percent liable for the incident. Not long after Bush’s injury, the Rams covered the exposed concrete with rubber.
I’m very happy with the verdict, Bush said after the victory, via the Post-Dispatch. The people spoke and decided very fairly.
Originally, Bush had also sued the public agencies that technically own and operate the stadium, but they were dismissed from the suit after they successfully argued that the Rams organization had control of operations at the stadium on game days.