Jeez, now I'm glad we didn't prevail over Jacksonville at the time. Baltimore Rhinos? Yeccchh!
I could see being called the Baltimore Murderers if we were the Marauders after the Ray Atlanta incident. Ravens was the best available option for sure!
How about let's look at all the name possibilities, outside of Stars, CFLs, Colts, and Stallions, which were woulda/coulda been due to their owners flirting with Baltimore but either getting better deals or NFL pressure to not relocate here:
- Redskins (a one or two year deal while their new stadium was to be built)
- Buccaneers (Angelos came within a whisker in the Culverhouse estate sale)
The Baltimore Ballers.
I'm pretty sure Marauders is a reference to the B-26 Marauder that was built at the Glen L Martin company plant in Middle River. That was the bomber that was famous for the glass bubble for the nose gunner. They were also famous for crashing at a horrific rate on take off before a senate committee hauled in the company and made them lengthen the wingspan. The Bombers name is basically a reference to the same plane.
Anyone remember the Baltimore Hustlers/Claws of the defunct ABA?
Hustlers would have been a cool name.
Cobras was a cool name Glazer wanted to use. He still tried to come back here after getting the Bucs. When the guv was going to pull the stadium money off the table he was the second guy to jump at it but Moag didn't want him. He said the buck stops here not Baltimore after getting the team. Moag remembered that and wouldn't even take calls from him. He wanted Art.
We almost got the Cardinals and t-shirts were printed saying Baltimore Cardinals but Bidwell would have been as bad as Irsay. He left St Louis for an even worse college stadium in Phoenix. Then like Glazer, he was the third owner who wanted to come here and Moag wouldn't take any calls from him. So both guys that dissed Bmore tried to jump at the stadium money when we threatened to pull it out. Sauerbrey would have pulled it out had she beaten Glendenning. She didn't care about a football team and one of the main reasons she lost to him.
Mike Brown flirted his Bengals here too and we might have gotten those silly hats and the cheapest guy in town.
We also had Baltimore Rams t-shirts when they flirted with us. They almost came here until St Louis went ahead and built them a dome. They were the first team that said you will be hearing from us immediately after the expansion teams were awarded.
Local 7-11s had Baltimore Rams coffee mugs made-lol.
That reminds me that Bidwell was so far along in his quest to move the Cardinals from St. Louis to Baltimore that one Christmas I received a pair of red sweat pants with the rubbery-black letter, BALTIMORE CARDINALS, down the leg. I refused to wear them.
Funny to think the Orioles are a bird-named team that was stolen from St. Louis -- the Browns -- and we nearly also stole their bird-named Cardinals (whom they had stolen from Chicago). And then we end up stealing instead a team named the Browns from Cleveland. Two stolen teams, both formerly named The Browns.
Of course, before there was the Cleveland Browns, there was the Cleveland Rams. A team stolen from Cleveland... by St. Louis. (Technically the Cleveland Rams were never in the NFL. They were in the AFL and when they joined the NFL the league moved them to St. Louis to replace a team named the St. Louis Gunners. And you thought Baltimore Bullets was bad).
They were like a 1-2 jab a boxer uses in the ring to stun his opponent to keep him off balance as the British ships were bigger and had more armor but we used speed. The Contitution and Constellation had great success vs them and helped preserve our country.
Baltimore was in the middle of things back then and in WW2 with the bomber.
Here's a pic of the B-26 Marauder bomber with it's D-D Invasion stripes - a pretty good plane
built a Glenn L. Martin.
The Cleveland Rams replaced the St. Louis Gunners as a team in the NFL, but they didn't move to St. Louis. They did, however, move to Los Angeles sometime in the late 40s and became the Los Angeles Rams. Bob Irsay bought the LA Rams in 1972, then traded his franchise to Carroll Rosenbloom for the Baltimore Colts franchise. Eventually the Rams moved (in 1995) to St. Louis to fill the void left by Bidwell moving the Cardinals to Arizona.
And how come none of those other franchise owners get the crap heaped on them that Modell did for moving the Browns to Baltimore? It's not as if it was unheard of to move an NFL franchise.
You also reminded me that the connections between St. Louis (Rams, Browns, Cardinals), LA (Rams, Colts), Cleveland (Rams, Browns) and Baltimore (Colts, Browns, Browns, Cardinals) in the way teams moved is a little freaky.
Great point about the other others.
Here's the history of the Constellation built here. It was also used by Stephen DeCatur vs and captured ships going after the pirates in our war vs Tripolli, Libya and their Barbary pirates. It captured an Algerian ship.
Early ships of these types were also called Marauders. It was so successful that a second ship was built in Norfolk, Virginia.
The early Marauder battleships.
Ravens has worked out pretty well for us.
I would have been fine with Bombers though... I mean, New York has the Jets, it's not like it's a big stretch there. Not a fan of being called the Crabs. Rhinos would have been okay but the colors would likely have been awful. Blues would have been awful too.
This will make you sick - especially the last paragraph.