Category Archives: Sports

Sports-related items of historical signifigance

Ravens find a haven…in Baltimore

The Baltimore Raven are one of the newer teams in the NFL.  They got their start in 1996 when Art Modell decided he would like to move his Cleveland Browns to Baltimore.  This caused some controversy but ultimately Cleveland would … Continue reading

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The Seahawks catch a franchise in Seattle

In 1974 a professional football franchise was awarded to Lloyd Nordstrom (of the retail chain).  Originally, the team name was going to be the Seattle Kings however like many fledgling teams the ownership held a naming contest amongst Seattle natives … Continue reading

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Falcons come home to roost…in Georgia

Joining the NFL in 1965 the Atlanta Falcons became the 15th NFL team.  At the time there were many people that were vying for an Atlanta-based football franchise but in the end it was awarded to Rankin Smith.  For the … Continue reading

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The 49ers prospect for a football team

California is known for being one of the main destinations for gold prospectors in 1849.  That year saw many a bearded man rush to the hills and streams of California in search of gold-colored riches.  It was on this legacy … Continue reading

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Houston…we have a football team

As the newest member of the 32 team NFL, the Houston Texans don’t have the kind of storied past that some teams do but they’ve done well just the same.  The Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Titans which left … Continue reading

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Harry and the Jets

It wasn’t until 1959 that Harry Wismer was granted a franchise for a professional football team in New York.  One the driving forces was to compete with the NY Giants so to that end Harry named the fledgling team the … Continue reading

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The buckin’ Broncos come out of the gate!

Joining the AFL in 1960 the Denver Broncos became an official pro football team when Bob Howsam was granted the franchise.  The team’s name was contrived through a naming contest via the people of Denver in 1960.  For most of … Continue reading

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The Bengals begin

As with a lot of teams in the NFL, the Cincinnati Bengals began in the AFL.  It was 1966 when the Bengals got their start.  Interestingly, it was former Brown’s head coach, Paul Brown, that vied for and received the … Continue reading

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The Cleveland Browns get their start

Arthur McBride owned a taxi cab company but his real interest was in football.   In 1944 he was able to secure a pro football team franchise in Cleveland through the AAFC.  Additionally, he was able to talk the then successful … Continue reading

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The Buffalo Teds? No, the Buffalo Bills!

In the early 1900’s there were several attempts to start a pro football team in the Buffalo area.  There were the Buffalo Niagaras,  the Buffalo All-Americans, the Buffalo Indians and the Buffalo Bisons.  In the 1950’s there was a team … Continue reading

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