Baltimore was not awarded an expansion team, passed up in favor of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jacksonville, Florida. The Bombers proposal was believed to be near the bottom of the list of contenders, and league commissioner Paul Tagliabue opposed any expansion to Baltimore, saying “some towns are football towns and some towns are museum towns. I guess Baltimore is a ...
History of the Bombers
The Baltimore Bombers are a storied franchise in the National Football League. The team has been around since 1950, when they were founded as part of the American Football Conference (AFC). The Bombers have had some impressive accomplishments and memorable moments throughout their history.
In 1953, they won their first division title and earned a spot in Super Bowl I against Green Bay Packers. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as they lost 35-10 to Vince Lombardi’s legendary squad. However, this did not deter them from continuing to compete at an elite level throughout the decade, with appearances in three more championship games.
The 1970s saw even more success for Baltimore with six playoff appearances, including two trips back-to-back to Super Bowl VII & VIII, where unfortunately, both times fell short of victory by narrow margins each time losing 16–13 and 27–17, respectively against Miami Dolphins & Minnesota Vikings teams which featured Hall Of Fame quarterbacks Bob Griese & Fran Tarkenton respectively. In addition, the 1980 season saw another division title but ultimately ended up being one of only two years without postseason play during that decade.
As we move forward into the modern era, the 1990s brought about new heights yet again, making four consecutive playoffs appearance between 1996 -1999, culminating in an AFC Championship game loss after defeating Tennessee Titans on a “Music City Miracle” kick return touchdown by Lorenzo Neal before falling 23 –16 at Mile High Stadium versus John Elway led Denver Broncos who went on win second consecutive Super Bowl XXXII. To date, this is still the last conference championship game appearance made by the team now known as the Ravens, who moved from Cleveland Browns after the 1995 season due relocation agreement between league owners following a legal battle over ownership rights involving Art Modell, who owned both franchises before moving taking place.
Overall there is no denying the illustrious history behind the name ‘Baltimore Bombers’, having competed every year since its inception except the 1982 NFL Strike shortened campaign while building a legacy filled with great players such as Raymond Berry, Johnny Unitas or Lenny Moore, all enshrined in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame located Canton Ohio along other former members organization like Jonathan Ogden or Ray Lewis among others whose contributions will never forget despite franchise moving away Charm City long ago.
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Bombers - The Baltimore Bombers is a nickname associated with Baltimore for many years. The origin of this nickname dates back to 1933, when an NFL team from the city was established and named after a famous bomber plane, the B-17 Flying Fortress. Since then, it has become synonymous with football in Baltimore and is still used today by fans when referring to their beloved Ravens or Orioles teams.
The name itself was inspired by one of America’s most iconic planes during World War II, which also had a unique history. The B-17 Flying Fortress first took flight in 1935 and quickly gained notoriety due to its use in strategic bombing missions throughout Europe during WWII. This plane became so popular that it earned nicknames such as “the Queen of Heaven” or “the Angelic Avenger." It also inspired numerous other aircraft designs, including Boeing's 707 airliner series, which is still widely used today!
In recognition of this historic aircraft and its role in helping win WWII, the owners decided to name their new NFL franchise after it – thus giving birth to what we now know as The Baltimore Bombers! Even though they only lasted four seasons before disbanding due to financial difficulties at the end of the 1937 season, they left behind a legacy that lives on through current-day sports fans who proudly wear their colors whenever cheering on either side at M&T Bank Stadium (home stadium shared between both franchises).
So next time you hear someone talking about "the bombers" while watching your favorite team play - remember where those words came from! A tribute not just any old thing but rather something special - honoring all those brave men & women who fought hard so we could enjoy our freedom here today... Go Bombers!!
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