They still aren’t old enough to buy a drink, but they were old enough on the day they were born to give Cleveland fits. That’s former Browns owner Art Modell revealing what he’d call his new team after he dragged it from Lake Erie into the open arms of Baltimore a month earlier.
After a series of focus groups to pick finalists, the team partnered with The Baltimore Sun and conducted a 24-hour telephone poll – remember, the Internet was a newborn at the time, too — to determine what it would be called. Ravens, Americans, Marauders, Mustangs and Railers (Raiders misspelled?) were the choices given to the callers who participated on March 28, 1996.
The top three vote-getters went like this: Ravens, 22,463; Americans, 5,635; Maurauders, 5,650. And a day later Modell put Cleveland in the rear-view mirror for good by announcing the name that would be given to two Super Bowl winners while Cleveland still awaits its first.