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.