Media notebook: Colts band featured

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: October 9, 2009
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The second installment of ESPN’s exemplary "30 for 30” film series looks at "The Band That Wouldn’t Die,” the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Despite the Colts sneaking out of Baltimore in the middle of the night for Indianapolis in March 1984, the band stayed together in hopes of helping Baltimore land another NFL team. The band performed at various venues, including the Preakness and halftime for the Cleveland Browns. Noted filmmaker Barry Levinson, a longtime Colts fan, produced the documentary.

After the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens for the 1997 season, the Colts band was transformed into the Marching Ravens.

SHORT TAKES

→OU fans can watch Sooner quarterback recruit Blake Bell at 7 tonight on ESPNU when Bell’s Wichita (Kan.) Bishop Carroll Catholic team hosts Wichita Kapaun Mt. Carmel

→Announcer assignments: Ron Franklin and Ed Cunningham, OU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KOCO-5; Joel Meyers, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox (sideline), OSU at Texas A&M, 11 a.m. Saturday, FSN.

→NFL ratings are at their highest in 20 years. Through the first four weeks, games are drawing their best average viewership since 1989 at 17.4 million, up 14 percent from the same point in 2008.

→New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, a former Heritage Hall star, is a regular guest at 3 p.m. Monday on Jim Traber’s show on the Sports Animal radio network.


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