Art Modell's NFL franchise has metamorphosed from the Cleveland
Browns into the Baltimore Ravens, named in tribute to the poem
by one of Baltimore's favorite sons, Edgar Allan Poe. It's
likely the first franchise to honor lines of verse, and it made
us think of the Dawg Pound's poor, forgotten souls and how one
of them might lament Cleveland's fate.
Once upon a Sunday dreary, while I rooted, flush and beery,
In the Dawg Pound for the curious Cleveland Browns of yore--
While I shouted, madly waving, there came the words of someone
A man who said we weren't worth saving, razing us to save his
'Twas the voice of that heartless maven who took the Browns to
And said to Cleveland, "Nevermore."