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Re: Modell misses Hall of Fame vote again

Posted: 2/7/2013 11:55 AM

Re: Modell misses Hall of Fame vote again 


PETER:

I said this in the past...winning the SB is like an entire city getting laid....and Cleveland REALLY needs to get laid to get past the ex-girlfriend, so to speak.

AA:

Great line, but time more than a championship probably cooled the Ballmer hatred for the Irsays.  And I imagine a lot of locals slapped themselves when they saw Cleveland threaten legal action on taking the name and colors.  The Colt name and unis were sacred down there.  The Ravens still look like they came over from the XFL.

And a whole city getting laid can only go so far.  Take the Red Sox finally winning the WS.  Their fans went from being perennially whiny mopes about the Curse of the Bambino to obnoxious imitations of Yankee fans. 

I think the differences between Davis and Modell, besides those already pointed out, was that Davis had legit reasons for moving, and had the cajones to challenge his owner breathren in the process.  For better or for worse, it was an integral part of league history.

Modell moved for no good reason.  Oh, he said many things to make it sound like his hands were tied, and it's the same delusional crap of dictators testifying before the World Court on war crimes charges.  He bungled his way into debt, and then took the short end money from a city and state that effectively acted as the abused growing up into becoming abusers (ie. "hey, we've been phuqued over.  Now it's our turn!"). 

Modell weighed his options, and basically decided that leaving his son a legacy was more important than the city that gave him his fortune-- in spite of himself-- over three decades.

And I think NFL owners looked upon him as a John Gotti.  This thing of ours was making each of them all the richer.  Ya didn't have to do anything, and you could make money.  Just don't call undue attention to yourself and our thing.

And if you're gonna move your franchise, that's calling some attention to us.  So make sure you're doing it for the right reasons, reasons that are clear to the public at large.  Irsay may not have done it deftly, but Memorial Stadium was a shytehole (I know, I saw a few Colts and O's games there) with no future.  The Cardinals to Arizona?  Got it. 

But Modell's move was for no good reason and created a big dust up for the entire league and made it harder for owners to do it in the future, even if their reasons were far more legit.  On this note, Modell, was not good for the league, aka the owners. 

And how would they have broadcast the HOF game had 20+k fans started in after the opening kickoff with "Phuque Modell" chants for the next three hours?  Who needs all the blowback articles about "What was the NFL and HOF thinking when they enshrined this guy?"

PETER:

With Cleveland, you guys have hope, because whether or not Haslam and Banner are "those guys"...you knew that Lerner and whoever he hired was not...

AA:

The same could be said about switching out qb's.  That's just an easier process. 

Still, knowing one wasn't going to cut it doesn't make the new guy's odds any better.  Gotta pin hopes on more than that.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:48 PM

Re: Modell misses Hall of Fame vote again 



Aardvark wrote: PETER:

AA:

Great line, but time more than a championship probably cooled the Ballmer hatred for the Irsays.

PB58:

It's certainly a combination.  The first SB seemed to validate that Baltimore had come all the way back.  Sort of a big FU to Irsay and the NFL.

I think there would still be plenty of angst if the trophy case was still empty and Jimmy was sporting a couple of rings. 


And I imagine a lot of locals slapped themselves when they saw Cleveland threaten legal action on taking the name and colors.  The Colt name and unis were sacred down there.

PB58: I know you don't want to hear this...but Modell, like Irsay, owned the name and colors...sure, I am sure a local judge in Cleveland would have ruled that he had to give them up...but that would have been overturned on appeal.  They were his property..and the state just can't take it away...just as Baltimore and Maryland couldn't take the team or name or colors away from Irsay.

Modell saw that nobody in Baltimore wanted to root for the Baltimore Browns...sure, an ex-governor, Redskin season-ticket holder, to-this-day-has-never-been-seen-at-a-Ravens game held up a Browns mug at the press conference, but I think you'all read too much into that one instance.

Modell saw it as a battle not fighting...and hoped it would generate some goodwill with the public and the league by leaving them.

The Ravens still look like they came over from the XFL.

Ha. Ha.  Like I said, we wanted our own identity:  "It's not pretty...but it's Baltimore."

And a whole city getting laid can only go so far.  Take the Red Sox finally winning the WS.  Their fans went from being perennially whiny mopes about the Curse of the Bambino to obnoxious imitations of Yankee fans.

Try it first and talk to me in the morning.  Besides, the Yankees are (legitimately) arrogant, Red Sox fans are (annoyingly) arrogant...Baltimore fans still fancy themselves as the little brother to the big brother cities of the NorthEast and feel most comfortable constantly having that chip-on-their-shoulder underdog mentality...not saying we won't be obnoxious...but we don't do arrogance well...and I take extreme offense to being lumped into the Pink-Hat-Nation. 


PETER:

With Cleveland, you guys have hope, because whether or not Haslam and Banner are "those guys"...you knew that Lerner and whoever he hired was not...

AA:

The same could be said about switching out qb's.  That's just an easier process. 

Still, knowing one wasn't going to cut it doesn't make the new guy's odds any better.  Gotta pin hopes on more than that.

PB58:  You may be right...I was trying to be nice...

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Posted: 2/7/2013 3:24 PM

Re: Modell misses Hall of Fame vote again 


Peter, no way was I comparing Ballmer fans with Boston or New York.  They were unsually combative in the stands (at least at old Memorial Stadium, especially on opening days), but otherwise good folk.

And I agree on the litigation.  Cleveland basically told Art that he could give up the colors, or fight a protracted battle he didn't want and need, even if he'd win (and if nothing else, it put Cleveland politicians in a "we're fighting for our people" stance).  Even winners settle out of court if the cost/benefit doesn't work out.  And Art had enough problems with which to contend.

Anyway, knowing Art, he thought it was mighty white of himself to give it all back to the community.  Besides, the Baltimore Browns did sound a little too... urban. 

I do recall that Art approached Irsay with the idea of swapping names.  THAT went over like a lead balloon.
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