In November 1995, Art Modell announced that he was moving the Cleveland Browns franchise to Baltimore, giving the city a team for the first time since the Colts bolted for Indianapolis. The Ravens were officially established on February 9, 1996, which was 24 years ago.
That simple fact about the team's history seems to have escaped the Ravens social media team, who have started promoting the team's 25th season by claiming the move happened on March 29, 1996.
March 29, 1996 is, in fact, not 25 years ago. Sorry to disappoint you.
"But this is when the move from Cleveland was made official!" Wrong again. Modell announced on November 6, 1995 that he was going to relocate the Browns to Baltimore. Unless you think the illicit tarmac agreement between Modell and Baltimore brass that took place in secret was in late March, we're not sure what we're dealing with here.
Hopefully the Ravens realize this gaffe before they keep promoting this on social media. How did no one catch this?
Baltimore is a weird franchise. They've built a sustainable winner that has them favored to win championships at some point in the new few years, but they appear to have trouble with basic counting.