June 30, 1995
Jan 18 -- The Calgary Stampeders sign Doug Flutie to a five-year contract.Jan 27 -- The Canadian Football League's board of governors approves expansion teams for Memphis, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.Feb 17 -- The San Antonio City Council approves an agreement to bring the CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners to San Antonio for the coming season.Feb 17 -- CFL commissioner Larry Smith brands as "totally preposterous" a report saying the league will fold within six weeks, then begin play under a new name to eliminate roster restrictions on Canadian teams.
July 13, 1994
I do not consider myself old-fashioned or a stickler for detail. I'm definitely not hung up on labels.But it seems to me -- and you tell me if I'm wrong -- that any team in the Canadian Football League should, by all rights, be based in Canada.Otherwise, what's the point? Isn't the french fry dependably French? Isn't cream cheese Philadelphian? There must be some agreed-upon, universal standards.I bring this up only because it has recently come to my attention that Baltimore has a team in the Canadian Football League.
February 17, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS - In a biographical fact sheet, Reggie Fowler - who earlier this week announced he had signed an agreement to buy the Minnesota Vikings - declared that he'd played in the Little League World Series, implied he'd earned a business administration degree from the University of Wyoming and said he played for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders. Apparently, none of those claims is accurate. Fowler, 46, announced Monday with Vikings owner Red McCombs that he had signed an agreement to buy the team.
December 17, 1994
In the final analysis, no name was better than a new name for Jim Speros.In the end, a one-year tradition outweighed the merits of a fresh start.Yell to your heart's delight, Baltimore. The appropriate cheer at yesterday's name-the-team news conference at Memorial Stadium was C-O-L-T-S.Saying he had lost the battle but won the war over the Colts name, Speros announced he has chosen Baltimore Football Club as the official -- and only -- designation for his Canadian Football League team."It would be very awkward to walk into the stadium and have fans chant one name and you have another," Speros said after putting to rest the team's eight-month identity crisis.
December 10, 1994
When the Canadian Football League concluded its two days of meetings in Baltimore yesterday, team owners were able to measure progress in small steps.The aim of the meetings was to solidify the rapidly changing structure of the league."This year is a year for stabilizing," said Bill Comrie, owner of the B.C. Lions.In addition to addressing the major problems, there were also these developments:* The league made no decision on future expansion, but did establish a Team Services division to assist new franchises.
July 21, 1994
The following editorial appeared July 7 in the Toronto Star.As the Toronto Argonauts prepare to open their season against the Baltimore No-Names, there is a lot of premature celebrating about the revival of the Canadian Football League.The CFL, constantly on the brink of extinction, is now said to have been saved by the decision to expand to the United States.But we are reminded of the surgeon who says, post-op, that the operation was a success; unfortunately, the patient died.The expansion to second-rate American cities such as Baltimore (and third-rate ones like Shreveport and Sacramento)