Best Anniversary Everyone Ignored

City Paper

The Canadian Football League expanded into Baltimore to fill the void left by the Colts, and the team played its first home game here in July 1994—20 years ago this year. It even won the Grey Cup—the CFL’s version of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Baltimore doesn’t give anywhere near enough credit to the Baltimore Stallions and its owner Jim Speros. That team kept the spirit of football alive for years, and more importantly, maintained Memorial Stadium. When the Ravens arrived the place was practically in move-in condition. The Stallions and Speros have more to do with the Ravens return than people like to remember. Baltimoreans seem to want to forget the CFL as if it was something that just happened to pass the time until the NFL’s inevitable return. But that return was far from certain.

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