Why an NFL Team Secretly Moved Cities Overnight

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  • Half as Interesting
    Half as Interesting4 muaj më parë

    As you know, HAI's content development division normally creates topics for us to talk about by travelling back in time to alter history in a way that leads to something reasonably interesting happening that we can talk about. For example, for this one we had team members befriending each future member of the Maryland state legislature when they were young and slowly deploying techniques of psychological influence to convince them that using eminent domain to seize a football team was alright. Turns out this is more cost-effective than just browsing Wikipedia until we find something, but this week our time machine is in the shop for annual maintenance so we need your help finding topics that have actually happened in the original timeline (to reiterate: we can't do any suggestions that involve altering the past until mid next week.) So, suggest your topic here, and if we use it, we'll reward you with one whole, complete, HAI t-shirt, shipped directly to you: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUdlvw6YgU44J8AnM2U_ZvRMyvh_CUM51LYSqF5nYJB9d1-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • The legend

    The legend

    4 ditë më parë

    I love this comment

  • Cross Blood

    Cross Blood

    Muaj më parë

    I’m offended by how called our flag “The way having a seizure feels” 😠

  • GreyDemon


    3 muaj më parë

    @sunburnt penguin They have his soul. That is enough for Baltimore to own Poe.

  • jroweboy


    3 muaj më parë

    Woah! My topic suggestion was actually used?! I wrote in about this back in June, and I'm pretty excited to see it ended up as a video even though I didn't get an email about a t-shirt or anything. I suppose its possible mine got missed/passed over back then and someone else suggested it too, but I can still take a little pride knowing I suggested this haha.

  • Gus Driving In Australia

    Gus Driving In Australia

    4 muaj më parë

    Due to Covid19 restrictions in Melbourne Australia 🇦🇺 the National Rugby League team, the Melbourne Storm, moved all home games this current season to Sunshine Coast in Queensland nearly 2,000 km away.

  • Brendan Adams
    Brendan Adams46 minuta më parë

    Maryland football is just so strange. Our original team jumps ship, so we move the browns in and rename them and force Cleveland to start the Browns 2.0 And that’s not even mentioning that for a tiny ass state we have 2 pro football teams, that despite being only like 30 minutes away don’t even play in the same division or conference. But for some reason Baltimore has to play 2 teams from Ohio which is like 400 miles away. They really need to remake these divisions.

  • Drew Walbeck
    Drew Walbeck4 orë më parë

    I like how you guys do exactly what you say you do. I see the thumbnail, I click and watch the video and it turns out it is, and I quote, Half as Interesting as I thought it would be.

  • pooterdog2549
    pooterdog25495 orë më parë

    Lol play stupid games win stupid prizes. I assume that shit head mayor isn't in power anymore but I would have made Baltimore pay some im sorry money for trying that bs to a team

  • BHammer
    BHammer6 orë më parë

    The Baltimore Browns

  • unlimitedpubes
    unlimitedpubes11 orë më parë

    This is so uncomfortably passive aggressive and petty. Dope.

  • TheEagleNut
    TheEagleNut15 orë më parë

    The Maryland flag is more interesting than any other state flag and you're just jealous

  • Yea Right
    Yea Right19 orë më parë

    Irsay was absolutely doing mad Coke & prescription pills while that was going down

  • Karl Alden
    Karl Alden19 orë më parë

    These jokes are dogshit.

  • wuphat
    wuphat22 orë më parë

    Legislature. Not legislator.

  • Brian Nrewer
    Brian NrewerDitë më parë

    So the rams didnt do it first then?? I remember sometime early 80s they did it also. I.e leaving middle of the night

  • Blazed Gaming KR
    Blazed Gaming KRDitë më parë

    *been in a coma for a week* Can't wait to watch my favorite team, The Baltimore Colts......

  • LilTone 97
    LilTone 97Ditë më parë

    Isn’t it *A NFL

  • Imholdenonarope
    Imholdenonarope2 ditë më parë

    So wait, does that mean someone thought it a good idea to reboot the browns?

  • HylianJayAppears
    HylianJayAppears2 ditë më parë

    I thought this was gonna be about when the Seattle Seahawks nearly moved to Anaheim...

  • Erik Anthes
    Erik Anthes2 ditë më parë

    Learn how to pronounce Legislature before you talk shit about the Constitution.

  • Big John
    Big John2 ditë më parë

    This was interesting... I was 4 when the Colts left so of course I don't remember it. However I do remember growing up without a local football team until I was 16 when the Ravens came. NFL commissioner hated us and would not give us a team, that's why we had to buy/steal one. I can see why maybe they hated us because we tried to use the state Government to control something they should not be able to control.

  • Robert Andrews
    Robert Andrews3 ditë më parë

    The only joke I like is about cars turning left 800x. My parents and grandparents like nascar but I always would say something similar like "wow look at that car going around in a circle" so yeah.

  • Evan Siwierka
    Evan Siwierka3 ditë më parë

    The Browns didn't "abandon" Cleveland, Art Modell was a prick and took our football team because he didn't get a brand new tax payer funded stadium.

  • Jason Payne
    Jason Payne3 ditë më parë

    My old man was from Baltimore and I vividly remember the day he heard the news. I don’t think Mayflower Moving Line ever came back to Baltimore either. Thank God the Ravens came there...Baltimore is as blue collar of a town as they come and NEEDED an NFL team.

  • Dan K
    Dan K5 ditë më parë

    Saw the title and knew it’s about Baltimore

  • Jay Turpy
    Jay Turpy6 ditë më parë

    there’s a common thread of teams running away in the middle of the night & the city of baltimore.

  • Xiao Laoshu
    Xiao Laoshu7 ditë më parë

    Interesting story, awful presentation. Jokes were old in 2002.

  • Daniel Swanson
    Daniel Swanson7 ditë më parë

    Actually fun fact Baltimore had the Baltimore Stallions in the short lived CFL American expansion and is the only American team to win the Grey Cup in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1995 against the Calgary Stampeders. Only reason they moved to Montreal to become the new incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes was because of the original Browns moving to Baltimore to become the Ravens and the owner of the Stallion's didn't want to compete against the NFL for fans.

  • Michael Nebbia
    Michael Nebbia7 ditë më parë

    You know, someone in the Maryland legislature probably should've warned the governor of Irsay's plan.

  • djm
    djm7 ditë më parë

    Taxpayer dollars should *never* be spent on pro sports stadiums.

  • Super Mario Dinosaurs
    Super Mario Dinosaurs7 ditë më parë

    Short story: this was a bad move for Baltimore and the team that did this was the Colts but the Baltimore ravens came when the browns relocated

  • Bill T
    Bill T8 ditë më parë

    I was there when the Mayflower Express happened. How come you didn't specifically mention Mayflower? Legal reasons? Supposedly, Mayflower lost a lot of business in Maryland after that. Also, neat side note: the Baltimore Colts had a marching band then. (One of the few NFL teams that did.) Somehow, someone in the band got advanced warning of the move, and they were able to "steal" the uniforms. Every band member owned their own instrument, but the uni's were provided by the Colts. So while the Colts football team left for Indy, the Colts Marching Band stayed in Bawlimer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore%27s_Marching_Ravens#Background

  • Clego Studios
    Clego Studios10 ditë më parë

    its ounded like he was saying cult the whole time lol

  • Miles Story
    Miles Story10 ditë më parë

    I can confirm that Maryland's flag is a seizure

  • Edie Sophia Love
    Edie Sophia Love10 ditë më parë

    fun fact: when i read the title i thought it said that an NFL team had physically moved an entire city over night, yes i am a dumbass

  • Bobbo 655
    Bobbo 65512 ditë më parë

    People were mad when Baltimore left and it took so long for a team to return because the owner of the redskins tried any possible way he could to stop a team from coming to Baltimore, so moral of the story, redskins owner was a bitch

  • bzacon
    bzacon13 ditë më parë

    Please invite thumbs down girl to weigh in on more videos.

  • Logan Caron
    Logan Caron16 ditë më parë

    So if the Ravens moved to Indy and became the Colts, and the Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens, who moved to Cleveland and became the Browns?

  • Matthew Estrada
    Matthew Estrada17 ditë më parë

    Elway made a great decision

  • The Disney Dude
    The Disney Dude19 ditë më parë

    Not so secret now

  • Ed Gall
    Ed Gall21 ditë më parë

    The owner was a douchbag

  • MVM GZ
    MVM GZ23 ditë më parë

    Not gonna lie. Football is so boring. 🤮

  • DHVF
    DHVF23 ditë më parë

    And Baltimore responding by stealing Cleveland’s team.

  • Lorenzo Gonzalez
    Lorenzo Gonzalez23 ditë më parë

    Your jokes stop we from watching hella videos... please stop.

  • Tim Carter
    Tim Carter25 ditë më parë

    Most of the state flags are just boring state seals. Maryland's is one of the best flags.

  • Emil Sinclair
    Emil Sinclair25 ditë më parë

    Yeah I don't even know the rules of this game but it was an interesting story

  • Bawi Cz
    Bawi Cz27 ditë më parë

    hey! why u bully indianapolis??

  • Claire Magnuson
    Claire Magnuson28 ditë më parë

    Indianapolis is actually pretty cool

  • T.C. Thompson
    T.C. ThompsonMuaj më parë

    Wait this doesn't make it seem like it was all Irsay's fault? Blasphemous!!

  • Jo Smit
    Jo SmitMuaj më parë

    I love my Indianapolis Colts lmao. #ForTheShoe!!!

  • Some Dood
    Some DoodMuaj më parë

    Buddy, we're HERE for the jokes.

  • Troy Street
    Troy StreetMuaj më parë

    Balto so much better than snow dogs that movie is first snow dogs second

  • Zach Satterfied
    Zach SatterfiedMuaj më parë

    I just love the logic of the legislature saying they can't build a better stadium but turned around and tried to seize them as property of Maryland so they can't move. I think my favorite part is judging from the comments Baltimore fans still blamed the team like the legislature couldn't have gotten them a better stadium and they would've stayed.

  • Rishi Nixon
    Rishi NixonMuaj më parë

    our flag is fine, what are you talking about?

  • Ly Tran
    Ly TranMuaj më parë

    My guess: The Bills moved from Buffalo to Buffalo

  • isetthem
    isetthemMuaj më parë

    Listen to Ryan Sickler .

  • TryHard FinessedYou
    TryHard FinessedYouMuaj më parë

    Damn the facts got memory holed on this. I never heard anything about the denial or legislature being whack

  • cash storeone
    cash storeoneMuaj më parë

    I was living in Washington D.C. when that happened. That got a lot of people upset. Baltimore however is poorly run, dirty, and not safe, so I understand why they moved. I would not walk downtown.

  • JDoc Studios
    JDoc StudiosMuaj më parë

    Hey I’m from Indy hahaha

  • Cale Galloway
    Cale GallowayMuaj më parë

    Who ever as the voice over to this video. Your stupid

  • Patrick Vroman
    Patrick VromanMuaj më parë

    1:33 Ah yes, the one legislator that Maryland has.

  • 86BMB
    86BMBMuaj më parë

    Best flag in the country my friend

  • Gr3nadgr3gory
    Gr3nadgr3goryMuaj më parë

    Is it because nobody likes Cleveland?

  • Mountain Mamma
    Mountain MammaMuaj më parë

    Coastal elitist douche. You're the people we gon gert when she comes

  • Shane Duffy
    Shane DuffyMuaj më parë

    They turn left 1000 times, not 500. Do the math you wook

  • Joseph Pelletier
    Joseph PelletierMuaj më parë

    @0:20... I can't even be annoyed with you about that anymore. You're acutely aware of it and just do it anyway. I get annoyed but come back anyway. I hate you

  • Michael Roark
    Michael RoarkMuaj më parë

    My cousin tells the story of getting a call in the afternoon saying to have his moving van at Memorial Stadium at midnight and to tell *no one*.

  • Chris W.
    Chris W.Muaj më parë

    Actually the jokes didn't ruin this. It was very good. The 30 for 30 sure doesn't say anything about Maryland wanting to take his team away. They made Irsay look like just some evil rich drunk who moved his team to thumb his nose at his own fans. I wonder if people would have known this at the time how they would have reacted.

  • El Tercero
    El TerceroMuaj më parë

    @2:08 I feel offended for every sports enthusiast out there. And I dont even care about football (I Live in the SEC region.).... that much.

  • Kevin Fields
    Kevin FieldsMuaj më parë

    The Colts moving to Indianapolis in the middle of the night was the best birthday present a 7 year-old football-loving boy like myself could have asked for. Instantly became a Colts fan for life, through many bad years, several great years, and through some more muddled MEH years.

  • charles hicks
    charles hicksMuaj më parë

    Not sure what you meant from the hank green reference but he is a wayyyyyyy better youtube Host

  • Ben Steinberg
    Ben SteinbergMuaj më parë

    Jon Bois needs to make a video on this

  • Saikat Raj
    Saikat RajMuaj më parë

    Why there is "an" before NFL ?

  • Darrion Mickles
    Darrion MicklesMuaj më parë

    This should be a movie

  • Wayne Thomson
    Wayne Thomson2 muaj më parë

    Dude..? Your videos have great info and mostly good video to back them up, but PLEASE!? ENOUGH of the corny quotes and vomit inducing pics that you include! Where's my fast forward button please..?

  • darrin webber
    darrin webber2 muaj më parë

    Just saying... It wasn't a secret. Irsay had threatened to leave. And did. It was also on tv... showing the trucks being loaded...all that stuff. I watched as it happened.

  • Matthew Bittenbender
    Matthew Bittenbender2 muaj më parë

    Man I love a good Ocean’s 11 burn! Gonna use that one.

  • Lui
    Lui2 muaj më parë

    Don’t diss Maryland’s flag bruh

  • Clare Stagg
    Clare Stagg2 muaj më parë

    This was super interesting, but quick note: “legislator” refers to a single lawmaker. The legislative body of the state of Maryland, which is what you are referring to here, it’s the “legislature”

  • Whimsy
    Whimsy2 muaj më parë

    Football 17779

  • DanielJR Peters
    DanielJR Peters2 muaj më parë

    Very smart. Love it.

  • branned
    branned2 muaj më parë

    NFL is a joke.

  • Cl1nical Depression9
    Cl1nical Depression92 muaj më parë

    I know who this team is. The Baltimore Colts

  • g robert
    g robert2 muaj më parë

    Your attempt at humor is childish, meaning a child could write these "jokes"

  • Jolly Blond Giant
    Jolly Blond Giant2 muaj më parë

    Commenters: HAI/Wendover is always making videos about airplanes Me: Yeah, kinda like the NFL channel is always making videos about football (HAI makes a video about football) Me: Why not? It's that kind of year!

  • Timothy Chen
    Timothy Chen2 muaj më parë

    Maryland state flag is the best flag in the states 🤷‍♂️

  • NightSociety
    NightSociety2 muaj më parë

    How come the Colts were not being seized when they played first home game at Ravens?

  • Joe D
    Joe D2 muaj më parë

    Ahhhhhh, I didn't know the eminent domain part, just thought Irsay was a puss.

  • James Cyr
    James Cyr2 muaj më parë

    1:09 thems fighting words!

  • sjwilson1079
    sjwilson10792 muaj më parë

    The Baltimore colts, lol

  • Alcochaser
    Alcochaser2 muaj më parë

    Not just ANY moving company. Hudnut called a buddy who owned an Indianapolis moving company named Mayflower. There was serious concern that if a local Baltimore company was used, the whole caper would have gotten leaked to the press. Mayflower brought in all Indianapolis people to pack the team up and smuggle them out of Maryland (which is small and not hard to do)

  • Admiral Kool
    Admiral Kool2 muaj më parë

    The Cardinals left St. Louis for Arizona. Because they were an old football team, just like elderly people go there... lol

  • Legathar
    Legathar2 muaj më parë

    this is some Football 17776 shit

  • Mittens FastPaw
    Mittens FastPaw2 muaj më parë

    Wel.. let us be honest here. Stadiums are just awful taxpayer money sinks that never pay off and the owners can literally afford themselves. So good on him for always stamping no on that shit.

  • Golf Nut
    Golf Nut2 muaj më parë

    "A great event where cars turn left 800 times..." Love it!!!

  • David Last Name
    David Last Name2 muaj më parë

    Wait wait, if the only thing that stopped Baltimore from seizing the colts was they just physically weren't IN Baltimore, doesn't this mean the next time the colts play the ravens in Baltimore the mayor can just seize the colts? Right? Lol, Can that actually happen? Please? Please, someone figure out a way to make this happen!! Lmao, omg I would pay so much money to watch this unfold on live tv. Get the police involved, everyone gets arrested, lawsuits are filled but the city refuses to budge, meanwhile the mayor leans back in his chair smoking a giant cigar and evily laughing, declaring "in time, all debts get repaid....."

  • lobecosc
    lobecosc2 muaj më parë

    I kinda knew this but its good to know the full details. Great job. Go Ravens.

  • Bijan Izadi
    Bijan Izadi2 muaj më parë

    Excuse me, you disrespected the Maryland flag

  • daimahou
    daimahou3 muaj më parë

    01:04 "and all the seats were located in a state whose flag looks the way having a seizure feels." Come back after you have seen the other flags...

  • Steve Burke
    Steve Burke3 muaj më parë

    I knew this was the Colts when I saw the title. I was a senior in HS in 1984, and I lived (and still live) about 3 miles from the Hoosier Dome (now demolished). Also not mentioned in the video, Baltimore sued (let me see if I remember all parties) The NFL. The Colts, Indiana, Indianapolis, Mayor Hudnut, and my little brother...ok maybe I got one of these wrong. If I remember correctly, they also tried the eminent domain argument from across state lines. Also not mentioned by name, the moving company was Mayflower.

  • Blackleo18
    Blackleo183 muaj më parë

    Mayor back in the day: no we won't use funds to fix our crappy stadium Our simple Mayor some years ago: you know how downtown is small and barely has room for the vehicles that have to drive there? Let's have f1 come here and race there.

  • Freddy Chale
    Freddy Chale3 muaj më parë

    *EPIC Adventure! Well worth a movie.*

  • orionstarman
    orionstarman3 muaj më parë

    You kind of glossed over how it was Robert Irsay's intent to move the team from the day he bought it. Baltimore fans got screwed. The NFL didn't want a team in Baltimore. The owner of the Washington Redskins thought that Baltimore should support his team and did everything he could to keep football out of Baltimore. Baltimore had the best deal for an expansion team back in 1993 by far but the NFL didn't give them a team. It was at this point that the powers that be in Baltimore made the decision to get a team by any means possible. Now you know the rest of the story.

  • No Chatter
    No Chatter3 muaj më parë

    lol. Good video

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