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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer Staff writers Jon Morgan, David Michael Ettlin and Michael A. Fletcher contributed to this article | December 2, 1993
For the second time in 24 hours, Baltimore lost a pro football team yesterday. This time, though, hardly anyone noticed.Contrary to a news release that announced the awarding of a Canadian Football League team to Baltimore, Virginia businessman Jim Speros said the deal has not yet been finalized.Before he can put a team in Memorial Stadium to play next season, Speros needs a lease agreement with the city and approval from the CFL board of governors."We retract the statement," he said. "One of my people got overzealous."
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2011
Former Baltimore Stallion coach Don Matthews, one of the winningest coaches in the history of the Canadian Football League, has been elected to the CFL Hall of Fame, the league announced Friday. Matthews won 231 games and 5 Grey Cups during his 22-year career, as well as five more as an assistant coach. In 1995, he guided the Stallions to the Grey Cup during the league's brief expansion into the United States, which marked the only time a team outside of Canada won the league championship.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 5, 1994
Don Matthews arrived in Baltimore yesterday to finalize negotiations on a contract to coach the city's prospective Canadian Football League team next summer.At least three members of his former staff with the Saskatchewan Roughriders figure to join him later this month if Baltimore is awarded a CFL expansion franchise.Although Matthews declined to comment on his Baltimore staff, it is expected that defensive coordinator Bob Price, special teams coach Daryl Edralin and offensive line coach Steve Buratto will come with him.Jim Speros, a Virginia businessman and lead investor in the bid to bring a CFL team here, expects to get a lease to play in Memorial Stadium on Feb. 15. Until then, he's making final preparations.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | January 7, 1996
There's a chill in the air as nightfall descends upon an apparently dormant Memorial Stadium.The stadium is not completely vacant, however. Nestled in an office behind the ticket windows, a group of about 20 people is diligently making phone calls.They are calls for help.S.O.S.Save Our Stallions.The group, a band of volunteers known as the Special Teamers, has been soliciting Stallions fans to commit to the Save Our Stallions season-ticket drive before tomorrow's deadline in an effort to keep the Grey Cup champions in Baltimore.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | December 7, 1994
Another chapter in the ongoing saga of putting a name on the Baltimore football team is at hand. If Jim Speros, owner, tampers with what he has -- CFLs -- he'll be making a blunder of monumental proportions . . . worse than fumbling at the goal line. In this case, the gold line.Speros used to be a college linebacker and, should he surrender to the minority requests in bringing about a name change, the suspicion will linger he hasn't recovered from the impact of making head-on tackles his defensive position required.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 26, 1994
ATLANTA -- Jim Speros may put a Canadian Football League team in Baltimore next summer, but it isn't likely to carry the preferred name of Colts.Because he is uncertain whether he could withstand a legal challenge from NFL Properties on using the name of Baltimore's departed NFL team, Speros said he is considering other possibilities, including the Silver Colts, the Fighting Colts or the Knights.But the first choice of Colts seems no longer to be an option. "Anything we sell with the Colts name would belong to them," Speros said of NFL Properties, the merchandising arm of the league.
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By Bill Tanton | July 5, 1994
How was your Fourth?Did you have a family cookout?Catch the Orioles game and the fireworks at the harbor?Were you out on the Bay on one of those wall-to-wall pleasure boats?Were you Downy Ayshun?Ah, the delights of a Fourth of July holiday!Let me tell you about one Baltimorean and the delights he enjoyed yesterday.First, he went to the Towson Center at Towson State University and, on a day when most of us we wearing shorts and as little else as the law allows, he put on a football uniform.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | January 8, 1994
Spurned by the NFL after an agonizing expansion process, Baltimore football fans apparently are ready to throw their support behind a CFL team in Memorial Stadium.James L. Speros, a Potomac native trying to bring a CFL expansion team to Baltimore, said yesterday that he has received approximately 4,500 requests for season tickets since opening phone lines for reservations late Wednesday."These people smell the pigskin," Speros said during a news conference at adowntown hotel. "They want football."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | January 7, 1995
Count Jim Speros among the nonbelievers when it comes to Peter Angelos' pursuit of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Speros, owner of Baltimore's Canadian Football League franchise, says he considers Angelos' bid to bring the Bucs to Baltimore more a distraction than a threat to his team."
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By JOHN STEADMAN | November 29, 1994
Never again will Baltimore be afforded a chance to fulfill what has never been done before . . . a prideful act of ringing historical achievement.In all of professional sports, there has been the remindful refrain that a first-year team has never gone all the way. Just too much to ask.Baltimore came the closest but a once-in-a-franchise opportunity escaped it when the CFLs lost on the final play of the Canadian Football League championship game. It's gone . . . over and done.When a challenger gets this close, it has to find a way to win, or so the oft-quoted truism goes.
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By Ken Murray | March 1, 1995
The Baltimore Football Club yesterday announced the signing of two free-agent defensive backs, free safety Jaime Mendez of Kansas State and strong safety Jason Bryant of Morehouse College.The 6-foot, 200-pound Mendez was a consensus first-team All-American his senior season in 1993. He set a school record with 15 career interceptions. Bryant, 6-2 and 210, is the all-time interception leader at Morehouse with 25. He will try to make the Canadian Football League team as a linebacker.In other developments:* Chad Bolen begins work today as director of corporate promotions.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | January 19, 1995
Bob Price, defensive coordinator for Baltimore's Canadian Football League team, has interviewed for the head coaching job of the Toronto Argonauts.Jim Popp, Baltimore's director of player personnel, has interviewed for a similar front-office position with Memphis' expansion team.Call it the cost of success.Price's defensive unit was a critical factor in reaching the Grey Cup last season. It finished third in the league against the rush, third in fewest touchdowns allowed and fourth in yards given up.Last week, Price joined the list of candidates interviewed by Toronto general manager Bob O'Billovich, who gave up his coaching post after the season.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | January 7, 1995
Count Jim Speros among the nonbelievers when it comes to Peter Angelos' pursuit of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Speros, owner of Baltimore's Canadian Football League franchise, says he considers Angelos' bid to bring the Bucs to Baltimore more a distraction than a threat to his team."
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By Asssociated Press | January 6, 1995
TORONTO -- Former star quarterback Kenny Stabler and singer Jimmy Buffett are part of a group hoping to run a CFL franchise in Birmingham, Ala., next season.The group is in the process of buying and relocating the Las Vegas Posse, and is being advised by Jim Speros, owner of the CFL team in Baltimore."This is very exciting for our league," Speros told the Toronto Globe and Mail. "Adding well-known people like Kenny Stabler and Jimmy Buffett is exactly what our league needs to do."Stabler played at the University of Alabama before going on to star with the Raiders in the NFL. Buffett has a home in Birmingham.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | December 7, 1994
Another chapter in the ongoing saga of putting a name on the Baltimore football team is at hand. If Jim Speros, owner, tampers with what he has -- CFLs -- he'll be making a blunder of monumental proportions . . . worse than fumbling at the goal line. In this case, the gold line.Speros used to be a college linebacker and, should he surrender to the minority requests in bringing about a name change, the suspicion will linger he hasn't recovered from the impact of making head-on tackles his defensive position required.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | December 2, 1994
Down to three choices, Jim Speros said yesterday that he will select a name for Baltimore's Canadian Football League team once he has received NFL approval.The finalists in a name-the-team poll in The Sun are CFLs, Stallions and a third, unnamed write-in vote.Speros, owner of the team, would not disclose the third choice until his attorneys had registered for trademark rights. But he said it was not Pride, Steeds, Hosses, or C's.Speros said he expects to choose the winner no later than Dec. 16. Yesterday, he submitted CFLs and Stallions to the NFL for its approval.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | November 3, 1993
If all else fails in Baltimore's bid to gain an NFL franchise, there is always the Canadian Football League.And if the Baltimore Bombers don't fly, you could see the Baltimore Fire, outfitted in royal blue jerseys, fire-engine red trim and flames on its helmets.The Fire is one of the names Jim Speros is considering for a CFL expansion franchise he wants to bring to Memorial Stadium next season. The Blaze, Blitz, Barons, Force and Stallions are others.A CFL team here is contingent on Baltimore's effort to replace theColts, who left in 1984.
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By BILL TANTON | August 23, 1994
Forty-one thousand people!Actually, 41,155 -- attending a Canadian Football League game in August in Baltimore!And with the game being shown live on Channel 2 for free!That's what they had at Memorial Stadium for the CFLs' 31-24 loss to Toronto last Saturday night.And this was no fluke, no one-shot thing."I can't see Baltimore embracing this CFL team," Steve Baker, a local basketball coach, was telling me yesterday.I couldn't see it either -- until I did see it with my own eyes, twice in person at the stadium, and last week on TV.The CFLs are averaging some 34,000 for home games.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | November 29, 1994
Never again will Baltimore be afforded a chance to fulfill what has never been done before . . . a prideful act of ringing historical achievement.In all of professional sports, there has been the remindful refrain that a first-year team has never gone all the way. Just too much to ask.Baltimore came the closest but a once-in-a-franchise opportunity escaped it when the CFLs lost on the final play of the Canadian Football League championship game. It's gone . . . over and done.When a challenger gets this close, it has to find a way to win, or so the oft-quoted truism goes.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | October 20, 1994
He was beaten in Indianapolis, hammered in Chicago, rejected in Baltimore.But even if Jim Speros lost courtroom battles in each of those legal settings over use of the Colts name, the owner of Baltimore's Canadian Football League team still might give the fans what they want most.That's the right to call the team the Colts -- no matter what the courts or the NFL's lawyers say."One option we have is Baltimore with no name," Speros said yesterday. "Just Baltimore and the horse logo."That's what the fans want.
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