You are on an island with no memory…Would YOU move to Westminster?

December 03, 2011 | Peter Dilutis

I first had this hypothetical posed to me a few years ago by a famed Towson University philosopher.

“If you woke up on a deserted island and had no recollection of what everyone before you had done with their lives, what would make you WANT to get married?”

Seriously. Why would a 20 something year old guy want to spend the rest of his life only looking at one girl? Why limit yourself?

Without getting too much into the philosophical implications of that question, I’ll just say that some philosophers (who tend to use logic rather than their heart) theorize that most people make a subconscious decision to want to get married simply because they see everyone else doing it.

Your grandparents got married. Your parents are married. Why wouldn’t you get married?

It’s what we do. The majority of people in our society make the decision to get married early in their lives, and much of that has to do with tradition.

Okay. Enough of that. How does this relate to the Ravens leaving Westminster?

Please, let me explain…

Generations of Baltimore football fans have spent summer days traveling to McDaniel College in Westminster to take in a Colts or Ravens practice. As I heard Luke Jones say earlier in the week, many people almost look at it as a pilgrimage of sorts.

Employees slash football fans send in their requests every January to have those mid-summer weekdays off in order to make the trip out west.

Most people reading this have experienced at least one trip to McDaniel College. Why wouldn’t you have? You are football fans and the Ravens have given their fans a very unique and personal experience in Westminster, a tradition that was passed down from the Baltimore Colts.

Having said that, there is always a point in our lives when we have to move on. I don’t mean moving on just for the sake of moving on. Rather, moving on when it makes sense to move on.

It made sense for the Ravens to move on from Brian Billick. It made sense for Andy MacPhail to move on from the Orioles. It was time for Gary Williams to leave College Park and move on to another phase of his life.

I’m sure there are those of you out there that have moved on from a significant other at some point in time. It happens. It was time.

And as sad as it may be, and while there may have been emotions surrounding the decision to “move on,” sometime down the line, maybe you realized that it was the right thing to do. Maybe moving on DID make some sense, even if we didn’t think so at the time.

The Ravens deciding to move on from having training camp in Westminster doesn’t just make some sense. It makes all the sense in the world.

That doesn’t mean we can’t be sad. That doesn’t mean we won’t reminisce about how are dads and grandfathers took us to see the Colts and Ravens on that warm, sunny day way back when. Those memories will always be there, and nothing will ever take them away from Baltimore football fans everywhere.

2 Comments For This Post

  1. unitastoberry Says:

    I agree and I am an old schooler. Training camp is a joke when you have a bunch of millionares with personal trainers all off season.Its too many people now in Westminster. When I was kid and went to see the Colts there with my dad there were no ropes and you could talk with players. Its time to move on and just keep winning Steve.I know this may sound weird but sometimes I go up on that field and I just see the great ones who have practiced there since the 50s its like a field of dreams and I would like to see a plaque put there.

  2. Ryan Says:

    Sorry I don’t completely agree with your statement. Although I agree that it may have been time to move on from the McDanial/best western facilities. The disconnect it will create between fans has not been properly thought out by the applicable raven personnel. There is a reason that 30 other allow their fan base to attend and interact with players during training camp. The decision to move to better facilities is understandable but as the other teams that have moved to their own training facilities have done, they allow their fans to attend or made sure they had the ability to accommodate their fans. I really feel like this decision has completely left their fan base hanging…what is the only other organization that does this, the late Al Davis’ Raiders?? How I loathe having our raven organization even being mentioned in the same sentence as that organization. I feel the Ravens have always been an example of running their operations is a very classy manor but this decision just goes beyond what they had previously presented themselves as. I really hope they can find a way to involve the fans into training camp beyond the 3 events that’s have rumored to be held at the stadium which is really only 2 more than they normally hold anyhow. Training camp has always helped fans and potential fans interact and build/develope relationships with both the die hard fans as well young children in which will grow up and become those die-hard fans. I myself attended my first training camp when I was very young, just moved to CC from AA and although I was young, I had only known about the redskins. Being able to interact with players and being able to watch them really helped to develope my love for this team. Being able to provide these opportunities to the youth as well as seasoned fans is what has helped to make the Baltimore fan base as strong as it currently is. Obviously Baltimore doesn’t have a big national fan base so the team needs to make sure they keep that connection. I do understand, and applaud, the teams involvement in surrounding communities, but that is pretty much a required aspect of being a professional athlete in today’s world. In summary, I just basically think this decision was not completely thought out by this organization and I really hope they have a legitimate plan in place to make sure they can hold and continue to build relationships with their fans or potential fan base.

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