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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | February 7, 1994
Jim Speros moved another piece into place for his prospective Canadian Football League team in Baltimore yesterday, when he signed veteran coach Don Matthews to a three-year contract with options for three more years.Matthews will be formally introduced today in a news conference."I don't think I could find a better coach," said Speros, a Virginia businessman who is trying to bring a CFL expansion team to Memorial Stadium for the 1994 season."I had a lot of guys who wanted the job. Matthews was a step above everybody I interviewed."
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By KEN MURRAY | February 5, 1995
In a league built on second chances, wide receiver Shannon Culver will write his unique chapter this spring when he reports for his second Canadian Football League training camp in Baltimore.The first chapter ended last Sept. 12 when he stalked off the practice field after an argument with coach Don Matthews. Told he would have to fight for his place on the active roster, Culver opted for the door. He was suspended and ultimately cut.Now, he's coming back. That curious turn of events was precipitated by a visit last month to Matthews' office at Memorial Stadium.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1994
Baltimore CFL rookies Matt and Malcolm Goodwin are fraternal, not identical, twins. But their sibling bonds have made them almost as inseparable as Siamese twins."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 22, 1994
Jim Speros stood on the sideline at Winnipeg Stadium on Sunday and took two for the team.Snowballs, that is.One in the head.It was the price the exuberant first-year owner of the Baltimore CFLs was willing to pay to be near the action."
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1994
Baltimore CFLs coach Don Matthews has dubbed the day dTC before each game "Hat Day," and yesterday's session at Memorial Stadium included some creative attire.Offensive lineman Shahriar Pourdanesh has been the most outrageous. Two weeks ago, he wore a jock strap on his head. Last week, it was a red bra. And yesterday, in what could be termed a more conservative look, he wore a miniature Florida Marlins baseball cap, attached to a long string, which tied under his chin."I've already got next week's planned out," he said, "but it's got to be a surprise.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- There is no mistaking a feeling of resentment in Canada toward Baltimore's highly successful first-year CFL team.A week ago, the Toronto Argonauts openly accused Baltimore coach Don Matthews of falsifying his injury list.This week, Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach/general manager Cal Murphy has referred to Baltimore as "God's gift to the CFL."And when Matthews declined hotel reservations made by the Blue Bombers, a Winnipeg official complained about it on radio. (Matthews opted not to return to the same hotel that housed the CFLs when they lost here in July.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1994
The Baltimore CFLs and The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys are creating the CFL Scholarship Foundation to assist middle school students in the inner city.On Sept. 19, the nonprofit organization will launch a series of pep rallies to introduce players from the CFLs and attorneys from the ABWA as academic coaches for 25 middle schools in Baltimore.Entitled "Coaches for Learning/Playing for Life," the project was conceived by Maureen O'Sullivan-Matthews, wife of Baltimore coach Don Matthews, and Lisa A. Gladden, president of the ABWA.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 15, 1994
Baltimore CFLs coach Don Matthews won't stand pat. Not with a 4-2 record, not with NFL reinforcements on the way, not with the Toronto Argonauts waiting in the wings."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1994
Tracy Ham talked about the rust he had to lose. Jearld Baylis talked about the inconsistency he didn't like. John Congemi talked about mistakes that can be corrected.Opening night in Shreveport wasn't all flash and -- for the CFL Colts. There were parts of Baltimore's 33-18 exhibition victory over the Pirates Friday that didn't go down easily when coach Don Matthews made a closer inspection yesterday:* There was the loss of rush end Ken Benson to a broken fibula. Sandwiched on a punt return, Benson will have surgery today and be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.
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By KEN MURRAY | February 5, 1995
In a league built on second chances, wide receiver Shannon Culver will write his unique chapter this spring when he reports for his second Canadian Football League training camp in Baltimore.The first chapter ended last Sept. 12 when he stalked off the practice field after an argument with coach Don Matthews. Told he would have to fight for his place on the active roster, Culver opted for the door. He was suspended and ultimately cut.Now, he's coming back. That curious turn of events was precipitated by a visit last month to Matthews' office at Memorial Stadium.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 20, 1994
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- There is no mistaking a feeling of resentment in Canada toward Baltimore's highly successful first-year CFL team.A week ago, the Toronto Argonauts openly accused Baltimore coach Don Matthews of falsifying his injury list.This week, Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach/general manager Cal Murphy has referred to Baltimore as "God's gift to the CFL."And when Matthews declined hotel reservations made by the Blue Bombers, a Winnipeg official complained about it on radio. (Matthews opted not to return to the same hotel that housed the CFLs when they lost here in July.
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By JOHM EISENBERG | November 12, 1994
If this were boxing or college football instead of the Canadian Football League playoffs, the Baltimore CFLs would have spent this week firing insults, boasts and other forms of verbal trash at today's opponents, the Toronto Argonauts.Instead, the sound of silence has prevailed.That silence is the measure of the play ers' respect for (and fear of) coach Don Matthews, and does much to explain the CFLs' unusual success in their expansion season.The story begins two weeks ago with the Argonauts' upset of defending league champion Edmonton, after which a couple of Argos players spoke unflatteringly about the CFLs.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 2, 1994
People spot him in a restaurant and make the immediate connection. They know who, they just don't know how." 'Aren't you the kicker for the CFL team?' " they ask. " 'Donald Ig-way-beeee something or other . . . .' "" 'Donald,' " he tells them. " 'Call me Donald.' "For the record, it's Igwebuike. Pronounced Ig-way-BEE-kay. Or Iggy for short.He's the guy who got cut seven weeks ago, then came back two weeks later to reclaim his job and his popularity.With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the late 1980s, Donald Igwebuike was a fan favorite.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 25, 1994
The Baltimore CFLs and The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys are creating the CFL Scholarship Foundation to assist middle school students in the inner city.On Sept. 19, the nonprofit organization will launch a series of pep rallies to introduce players from the CFLs and attorneys from the ABWA as academic coaches for 25 middle schools in Baltimore.Entitled "Coaches for Learning/Playing for Life," the project was conceived by Maureen O'Sullivan-Matthews, wife of Baltimore coach Don Matthews, and Lisa A. Gladden, president of the ABWA.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | August 15, 1994
Baltimore CFLs coach Don Matthews won't stand pat. Not with a 4-2 record, not with NFL reinforcements on the way, not with the Toronto Argonauts waiting in the wings."
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer | July 23, 1994
Baltimore CFLs coach Don Matthews has dubbed the day dTC before each game "Hat Day," and yesterday's session at Memorial Stadium included some creative attire.Offensive lineman Shahriar Pourdanesh has been the most outrageous. Two weeks ago, he wore a jock strap on his head. Last week, it was a red bra. And yesterday, in what could be termed a more conservative look, he wore a miniature Florida Marlins baseball cap, attached to a long string, which tied under his chin."I've already got next week's planned out," he said, "but it's got to be a surprise.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | November 22, 1994
Jim Speros stood on the sideline at Winnipeg Stadium on Sunday and took two for the team.Snowballs, that is.One in the head.It was the price the exuberant first-year owner of the Baltimore CFLs was willing to pay to be near the action."
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By JOHM EISENBERG | November 12, 1994
If this were boxing or college football instead of the Canadian Football League playoffs, the Baltimore CFLs would have spent this week firing insults, boasts and other forms of verbal trash at today's opponents, the Toronto Argonauts.Instead, the sound of silence has prevailed.That silence is the measure of the play ers' respect for (and fear of) coach Don Matthews, and does much to explain the CFLs' unusual success in their expansion season.The story begins two weeks ago with the Argonauts' upset of defending league champion Edmonton, after which a couple of Argos players spoke unflatteringly about the CFLs.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1994
Baltimore CFL rookies Matt and Malcolm Goodwin are fraternal, not identical, twins. But their sibling bonds have made them almost as inseparable as Siamese twins."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | June 26, 1994
Tracy Ham talked about the rust he had to lose. Jearld Baylis talked about the inconsistency he didn't like. John Congemi talked about mistakes that can be corrected.Opening night in Shreveport wasn't all flash and -- for the CFL Colts. There were parts of Baltimore's 33-18 exhibition victory over the Pirates Friday that didn't go down easily when coach Don Matthews made a closer inspection yesterday:* There was the loss of rush end Ken Benson to a broken fibula. Sandwiched on a punt return, Benson will have surgery today and be sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.
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