A Brief History of the NFL

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Can you name the relocations, replacements and expansions that made the NFL what it is today?

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The Eastern Division contained the NY Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Boston Redskins, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Western Division was the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Cincinnati Reds and Portsmouth Spartans.
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1934- The Spartans are purchased by George Richards and become this Michigan team
1934- The Reds suspend play and are replaced for 3 games by this team
1937- The franchise in Boston keeps its name but moves to this city
1937- The West returns to 5 teams with the founding of this franchise in Ohio
1941- The Pittsburgh franchise, in honor of local industry, changes its name to this
1943- The war effort causes two PA clubs to merge, unofficially being called by this combined name
1944- A Boston franchise is formed with this most unlikely nickname
1944- Brooklyn is renamed, taking this name used by an AL baseball team and numerous colleges
1946- The Rams go west, relocating from Cleveland to this city
1949- The Boston franchise moves south to this city and becomes the Bulldogs
1950- Expansion! This team comes from the AAFC and wins the East six straight times
1950- This AAFC franchise becomes the NFL's second west coast team
1950- The 3rd team from the AAFC lasted only one year in this mid-Atlantic city
1952- The 2nd NY franchise is sold and moves to this southern city
1953- That club disbands and is replaced by a new Baltimore team using this nickname
1960- Expansion! The NFL returns to Texas with this club
1960- It's in the Cards; the club moves from Chicago to this city
1961- Go north! Expansion gives Green Bay a neighbor with this team
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1966- Go south! Expansion puts this team in the heart of Dixie
1967- The NFL goes to four divisions and adds this perennial loser (and recent Super Bowl champ)
1970- Peace comes to football as the NFL merges with this rival league
1971- The Pats move to Foxboro and change their name to this
1976- The league adds this club, which loses its first 26 games
1976- This team joins the NFC, moves to the AFC in '77 and back to the NFC in 2002
1982- Rovin' Raiders- the team moves south to this city
1984- Boltin' Colts- the team moves west from Baltimore to this city
1988- Migration time- the Cards fly again, this time to this south-western city
1994- Regional birds- the Cards change their name to this
1995- Expansion brings this team to Florida, the third within the Sunshine State
1995- The NFC West adds this definitively not so western club
1995- Rovin'Raiders: Part II- Al Davis heads back to this city
1995- Reverse direction! This team moves east and north in the NFC West
1996- Quoth the Ravens, nevermore- Art Modell sneaks out of Cleveland to this city
1997- Astro-done; the Oilers move and become this franchise
1999- The Cardiac Kids return- this club is reborn keeping its name, colors and history
2002- The league goes to 8 divisions, adding this club for a total of 32

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