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Art Modell dies at 87
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Posted on 09/06/2012 4:45:59 AM PDT by Perdogg

BALTIMORE -- Former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell has died. He was 87.

The team said Modell died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he had been admitted Wednesday. A cause of death was not given.

Modell was among the most important figures in the NFL as owner of the Cleveland Browns, which became the Ravens after he took the team to Baltimore in 1996 in a move that tarnished his reputation as one of the league's most innovative and influential owners

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1 posted on 09/06/2012 4:46:00 AM PDT by Perdogg
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2 posted on 09/06/2012 4:48:42 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Lifelong Browns fan here. Art did do many charitable and good things for Cleveland, but his legacy will forever be stained by the move to Baltimore in 1995. The Browns came back to Cleveland as an expansion team in 1999, but it has never been the same (at least for me).


3 posted on 09/06/2012 4:52:12 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: Perdogg

I know his name is mud in Cleveland, but I’m grateful to him for bringing the NFL back to Baltimore (and Cleveland got another Browns teams so it’s all a wash). One of the last of the original NFL owners, along with the Maras and the Rooneys and the Browns (Cincinnati). RIP Art Modell.


4 posted on 09/06/2012 4:52:35 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: IndyTiger

It’s never been the same for me after Irsay moved the Colts and Baltimore had to go out and ‘steal’ another team. But, I have grown to love the Ravens over time. It’s like a second marriage I guess.....


5 posted on 09/06/2012 4:54:57 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Perdogg

Lifelong Baltimore football fan here and I thank Art for bringing football back to us. He did wonderful things for the communities in both Baltimore and Cleveland, and was a pioneer in making the NFL America’s most popular sport. He will be missed Baltimore and deserves to be in the NFL Hall of Fame. The Clevelanders can say what they want and they are entitled to that opinion just as we were to Bob Irsay but be he will be forever loved and appreciated in Baltimore.


6 posted on 09/06/2012 4:59:51 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Rummyfan
"(and Cleveland got another Browns teams so it’s all a wash)."

Ahh No and Hell no.

Cleveland was a strong football tradition and an awesome football program then Art stole the team now we have a cheap imitation football team.

Art is scum along with Irsay!

7 posted on 09/06/2012 5:02:35 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Perdogg

RIP.


8 posted on 09/06/2012 5:04:16 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: IndyTiger

When Art Modell fled Cleveland, wasn’t it in the middle of the night?.......Browns fans had the sympathy of those of us in Pittsburgh. It’s never been the same, the rivalry between the two teams and the two cities.


9 posted on 09/06/2012 5:13:07 AM PDT by swpa_mom
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To: Mad Dawgg

“Art is scum along with Irsay”.

The man just died and you are calling him scum?! Keeping it classy, I see.


10 posted on 09/06/2012 5:13:47 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Mad Dawgg
I lived near Erie, PA all my life ( 2 years in NC now) so I was surrounded by Browns, Bills, Eagles,and of course STEELERS fans.

I get the feeling most of the REAL Browns fans are having a party and really could give a crap about Art!

I miss the real Browns, at least I had a chance of losing when I bet my Steelers against my brothers Browns.

I have a Bernie Kosar signed football as a reminder of one of my many wins.

11 posted on 09/06/2012 5:21:48 AM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: swpa_mom
It wasn't really the middle of the night, that was when Irsay moved the Colts. But it came as a shock nonetheless.

espncleveland.com has a good article on his passing for anyone interested.

12 posted on 09/06/2012 5:23:51 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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“Cleveland was a strong football tradition and an awesome football program then Art stole the team now we have a cheap imitation football team.”

Don’t go sounding like a democrat. Art owned the team and out of the kindness of his heart left you the team name and all the records. Ask a Baltimore fan how tough it is to go to the hall of fame and see John Unitas listed as an Indianapolis Colt.


13 posted on 09/06/2012 6:00:00 AM PDT by Towsoncrs
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To: IndyTiger

When the Colts left town one of the local banks had a commercial for their ATMs. The scene was one of their ATMs late at night. The announcer said, “When you need money for an unexpected move, ...” Then a moving band pulls up at the ATM, and three guys in Colts uniforms jump out and take money out of the ATM, jump back in the moving van and leave in a hurry. It was hilarious. I have no use for Irsay.


14 posted on 09/06/2012 6:03:43 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, Democrats believe every day is April 15th.)
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In Cleveland they are saying what I said at Harry Cohn's funeral, "Give the public... what they want--"

That is why I carry this gun... and these great knockers.

You got all three... right, Ann!

15 posted on 09/06/2012 6:15:09 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Mad Dawgg
The only Browns game I ever went to was back about the time the fans were really starting to hate him. I remember someone with a big helium balloon on a long string that they kept flying right in front of his box for most of a game. It said "Jump Art, jump!"

Even though the Rams beat the shit out of the Browns, that balloon almost made the day enjoyable.

16 posted on 09/06/2012 6:25:05 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Johnny_cash
I have a Bernie Kosar signed football as a reminder of one of my many wins.

I loved the Kosar - Ernest Byner - Webster Slaughter - Eric Metcalf Browns!

17 posted on 09/06/2012 6:39:09 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Towsoncrs
Ask a Baltimore fan how tough it is to go to the hall of fame and see John Unitas listed as an Indianapolis Colt.

It's tough!


18 posted on 09/06/2012 6:41:50 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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19 posted on 09/06/2012 6:43:25 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Perdogg

The Art Modell story I’ll remember most is the one where he single handedly kept Monday Night Football from going to Fox in the late 1980’s because he was too cheap to get cable, and Channel 19 did not come in well at his house.

“I don’t want my team’s games on that crappy station with the fuzzy signal”. And as head of the NFL Television Committee he made that happen.


20 posted on 09/06/2012 6:47:52 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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