The Baltimore Ravens is a team with a very unusual, if not controversial, beginning. In the early ’90’s then-owner of the Cleveland Browns, Art Modell, had become frustrated with the city of Cleveland’s unwillingness to help with funding a new stadium. He made the decision to relocate the franchise. When this news was made public, the fans in Cleveland began legal action to block the move. They quickly learned, however, that there was no legal action that could halt the move. They continued protesting and appealing to the courts and the league.
Finally, a deal was reached. There would be no Baltimore Browns. Modell could certainly relocate the team he owned; but the name, team colors, and records would remain with Cleveland along with a promise of a new team in the near future. Baltimore would be treated as an expansion team. It is the first time in NFL history that an entire team moved, and was considered an expansion.
Baltimore fans had been desperate for a team to call their own again since the controversial midnight move of the Colts years before. A new name for the team was quickly decided upon. Due to Edgar Allen Poe having once lived in Baltimore and being buried there, the team was named the Ravens. The team played a couple of years in Memorial Stadium but in 1998 Modell got the stadium he had wanted for so long as the Ravens moved into M&T Bank Stadium next door to the city’s baseball franchise.
Although the team drafted two future Halls of Famers Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, and won their opener, they would end the season a dreadful 4-12. The next two seasons saw a slight improvement, but still below .500. This would prompt the firing of the head coach and Brian Billick would be hired to replace him. In 1999, the Ravens would finish at .500 for the first time.
Things would see a drastic change in 2000. The team would make the playoffs for the first time via the wild card. First time in the playoffs and in only their fourth year in existence, the Ravens brought a Super Bowl trophy home to Baltimore. And it would be far from the last time they would see championships in some form.
In their relatively short time in Baltimore, playoffs have become the norm for the Ravens. With 14 playoff appearances, six division championships, two conference championships, and two Super Bowl victories, fans can go into every season with high expectations, and the team rarely lets them down.
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