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  • #31
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    In 1961, Arthur B. Modell purchased the Browns for a then-unheard-of price of $4 million. From the start, he was recognized as one of the NFL's more progressive leaders. But Modell stunned the pro football world in 1995 when he announced that he would transfer his Cleveland franchise to Baltimore to begin play in 1996.

    Determined to keep the team in Cleveland, Browns fans and Cleveland city officials orchestrated an unprecedented grass-roots campaign to block the move. The NFL quickly responded and, working with city officials, developed a unique solution that not only provided for a new state-of-the-art stadium, but guaranteed the return of pro football to Cleveland by no later than 1999. Additionally, Art Modell agreed to relinquish the Browns name, colors and team history to the new owner of the suspended franchise.

    (now for Baltimore)

    After a 12-season absence, pro football returned to Baltimore, Md. in 1996 in the form of the new Baltimore Ravens. "This is a new beginning and a new era for us," Ravens owner Art Modell told fans at the team naming ceremony.

    With fans playing an integral role, the selection of the nickname "Ravens" was inspired by the poetry of former Baltimore resident, Edgar Allan Poe. From a list of more than 100 possible nicknames presented by NFL Properties, club executives narrowed the list to 17. Focus groups of 200 people from the Baltimore area trimmed the list to six. A telephone survey of 1,000 fans shortened the list to Ravens, Marauders and Americans. Fans were then invited to participate in a phone-in poll conducted by the Baltimore Sun. Of 33,288 voters, nearly two-thirds (21,108) picked Ravens.

    "Ravens gives us a strong nickname that is not common to teams at any level, and it gives one that means something historically to this community," Modell stressed.

    Although the team does indeed bring "a new era" of pro football to Baltimore, many of the on-the-field "growing pains" a new team typically endures may be escaped by the Ravens. A veteran team that had already played as a unit, the Ravens hired head coach Ted Marchibroda. The popular veteran coach was head coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1975 to 1979. In his first year at the Colts' helm, Marchibroda took a club that had posted a 2-12 mark in 1974 and engineered the then greatest seasonal turnaround in NFL history by producing a 10-4 record in 1975. The turnaround was the first time in league annals that a team moved from last to first in one season.

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    Now, are you finished talking crap?
    Last edited by Charlie Brown; 03-15-2011, 07:10 AM.
    The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

    The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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    • #32
      Originally posted by BroncoFanBoy View Post
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv...995/95nfl4.htm They did move to Baltimore, but a "new" Cleveland Browns team began play again a couple years later and got credited for all their history as the "old" Cleveland Browns"
      No, not "old" nor "new"

      Simply the Browns. Nothing "old" or "new" about it. The Browns are the Browns. If you want to pull the "old" or "new" crap. Then the "old" Browns wore white helmets and played in the AAFC and the "new" Browns played in the NFL. But, guess what? They are the same thing. So, nothing "new" or "old" about it.
      The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

      The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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      • #33
        I remember the Browns did try to do an update to their jerseys with this orange alternative jersey a few years back

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        • #34
          Originally posted by dsmith275 View Post
          I remember the Browns did try to do an update to their jerseys with this orange alternative jersey a few years back

          Yes, and the fans hated it. The team discontinued it. They will never wear that again, nor the horrible brown pants.
          The Browns are gone; I'm not a fan of the Impostors

          The real Browns are in Baltimore, see?

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          • #35
            The Cleveland Browns do have the best uniforms in the NFL. They still suck but at least they lose in style.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Charlie Brown View Post
              Yes, and the fans hated it. The team discontinued it. They will never wear that again, nor the horrible brown pants.
              I hear you only one team looks good in orange


              All in good fun hope you know that Charlie!
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