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"Deep into that darkness peering,

long I stood there, wondering, fearing,
doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal
ever dared to dream before -"
    From "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe
Well, they liked it when Poe wrote it about 1840
but writing, in Century 21, should have zing and be sporty
Besides, most guys would feel about half-a-foot tall,
reciting a poem at a game of football.

Right? WRONG

The Cleveland Browns had some pretty bad seasons
in the 1990's; those were some of the reasons
the Brown's distraught owner, Art Modell
(May his soul, say the Browns fans, be consigned to
somewhere distinctly unpleasant)
packed his toothbrush and team
and got up enough steam
to move to Baltimore, MD
whose team, the Colts, had just recently
been stolen by
And the NFL said “It comes down to this:
We'll approve your action of changing towns
but Cleveland still owns the name of The Browns."

Art said “I'll change Brown to some color  I  like.
The Baltimore Lavenders? Nah - just not the right psych.
But black's  a strong color. And Raven's its synonym
(or simile or metaphor or is that a homonym?)"

“Raven?” said the QB, “uh, say, didja know
that Baltimore's the home town of Edgar A. Poe?
And Poe wrote The Raven, my favorite poem.
Just call us the Baltimore Ravens. We'll show `em!”