Baltimore still defines the birth and death of Poe. When asked for his birth place Poe turned his back on Boston and said Baltimore not Richmond. It was here where he was his happiest and met his wife and here where things got rolling for him.
There is a movement in Philly to retrieve his body but they can have John Wilkes Booth. They already have Ben Franklin.
Merauder gets my alternate vote :)
"Baltimore Junkies" could have worked.
I think that Baltimore defines Poe because he was a guy who was obsessed with death. That was all that he would write about. It would seem natural that the place that he died would the most significant landmark in relation to him.
That being said, I would have liked to have something related to Fort McHenry and the Star Spangled Banner. Just to remind people of the symbolism of that day, and what it means for our country, and how it took place in the inner harbor. I was thinking recently that the "Red Glare" would be a good name for the team. Or maybe the "Rockets."
I think one of the best parts about the team being the Ravens as opposed to the other options is that the color scheme is totally unique. If they had gone with an homage to the Revolution, or to the maritime tradition, the military, or even the railroad we'd have wound up with another team that uses red white and blue (Bills and Pats), or blue and green (Seahawks), green and brown (great for camo but not great sports team colors IMO), etc. Black and purple are great and I think we wind up looking either classic (in the black and white or purple and white or all whites) or badass (in the all blacks or even the purple and black).
Something that let us use red would have been sweet, but at the same time, we wouldn't be able to wear "Ravens" (whatever the name would have been) and Orioles gear at the same time.
(Not proud of this post, but I think it's something that marketing probably thought about).
Don't forget, the Vikings are purple, and were purple before we were. But I agree that Red, White, and Blue would have been redundant with the Patriots. I don't see why they got to be the Patriotic team though. I would have thought that DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, or NY would have made more sense.
The Minutemen and Sons of Liberty were the original "patriots" of the 1770s. Sam Adams and Paul Revere. Anf Disney's mythical movie character Johnny Tremaine, "from Old Boston Towne, remember his name: he fought against the crown" (for the benefit of those of us old enough to remember the Johnny Tremaine movie, costumes and minuteman rifles at toy stores, and record album).
The Boston/New England Patriots used to have a great logo. Attachment 1601.
NE would be even more pissed at us now if we had beaten them as The Americans and so would Dallas as the so called America's Team. They would have said how dare Baltimore call themselves the Americans but with Ft McHenry and Annapolis actually being the capitol of the country once and with the Naval Academy there, and Baltimore was actually the 2d largest city in the country at one time, it would have been oh so appropriate.
I voted for Americans as the name and so did John Steadman.
All the alternative names SUCKED. Period.
Colts or just moving the Stallions name and logo into the NFL would have been fine but the league would never have allowed that despite Denver stealing our CFL logo. :ref:
Ravens = perfect!
The Baltimore Chessmasters.