Sport: Sneak Play

The Colts steal away

In the dark of night, strikingly like a thief, the Baltimore Colts loaded up the horseshoe helmets last week and quietly moved to Indianapolis. Robert Irsay, 61, a Skokie, Ill., contractor who acquired the 31-year-old team in 1972, had been the most eligible carpetbagger in the National Football League since franchise free agency was tested in court by the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders three years ago. Romanced by Phoenix, Jacksonville, Memphis and New York, Irsay finally succumbed to a domed stadium, an inexpensive practice facility and a cheap loan.

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