The team chose Cincinnati as its home when the team bus ran out of gas there and they could not afford to continue to its preferred city, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Football is technically the Bengals players’ part-time job, as all of them are required by their contracts to devote most of their professional time and energy to children’s puppetry.
Founder Paul Brown, a noted bad speller, named the team after his favorite 80s all-women rock group, the Bangles.
Paul Brown Stadium contains the last retailer to sell cans of Coca Cola that require a coat hanger to open.
Although many teams have obtained taxpayer funding for their stadiums by threatening to leave their home cities, the Bengals are the only team in the NFL to date that have obtained funding by threatening to play more games in Cincinnati if the city would not help support a new stadium.
The team was originally formed by members of the Illinois Audubon Society who needed to work out some bird-related stress.
Since 2015, players have received implanted chips behind their right ears, which allow them to listen to Robin Williams’ Live at the Met album whenever they cross their eyes.
The Bears’ official team flower is the chrysanthemum.
The Bears play at Soldier Field, named after Sade’s Soldier of Love, which was George Halas’ favorite song.
Halas is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his achievements with the Bears, including defeating the Washington Redskins in the 1940 championship game 73-0, which he accomplished by convincing the entire Redskins team that football scoring worked like golf, with the lowest score winning. Although the trick worked, 14 Bears players were sent to the hospital following the game after Washington players beat them with their golf clubs in frustration.
Original Ravens owner Art Modell named the team after Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “That’s So Raven.”
Modell chose the team’s primary color, purple, after his two favorite musicians, Sheb Wooley and Prince (in that order).
Before every home game between 1996 and 1998, the team went to IHOP for the All You Can Eat Pancake Buffet. Their record in those games was 2-22, with the only wins coming against two flag football teams accidentally placed on the schedule.
The Ravens operate a small Scientology chapel under Section 103 of M&T Bank Stadium. It sells red vines.
Current owner, Steve Bisciotti, asks fans to remove their shoes when they attend games and to not to speak too loudly because the baby is sleeping.
The team started as the Chicago Cardinals before moving to Boston and changing their name to the Pops and experimenting with a more popular orchestral style of football.
Before establishing themselves in Arizona, the Cardinals played in St. Louis, where they were largely known for having the cotton candy in the NFL.
In response to a dare from Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Belichick once read a dirty limerick about the Cardinals at a Super Bowl press conference.
An unknown prankster hung a disco ball over the 50-yard line at the beginning of the 1976 season. It was removed when someone noticed it during the 3rd home game.
Since 2007, season ticket holders are invited each July to bury their recently deceased dogs and cats in the team’s pet cemetery under the visiting team’s bench. In 2013, Larry Fitzgerald caused a minor incident by burying his beloved hamster there.