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Meet the CFL’s Montreal Concordes

The Story


Of the 37 professional football teams (NFL and CFL) in North America, the CFL's Montreal Concordes is the undeniably the worst in the fall of 1982. But as CBC reporter Tom Alderman discovers in this tongue-in-cheek report for The Journal, the team -- founded a day after the demise of the Montreal Alouettes earlier in the year -- is steadfast in their willingness to return to the field in their quest for a win. Despite their record, coach Joe Galat is optimistic. "We're swimming upstream," he says, "but when they give you lemons, you make lemonade."

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Sept. 6, 1982
Guest(s): Bob Geary, Fred Roberts, Joe Galat
Host(s): Mary Lou Finlay, Barbara Frum
Reporter: Tom Alderman
Duration: 9:27

Did You know?


• The Montreal Alouettes, under the ownership of Nelson Skalbania, went bankrupt in 1982 and were bought and rebranded by Charles Bronson. The Montreal Concordes, as the team became known, were later renamed the Alouettes in 1986, but only lasted until the start of the 1987 season.

• Montreal did not have a CFL team again until 1996, when the Baltimore Stallions, winners of the Grey Cup in 1995, were forced out of their city and moved to Montreal to become the new Alouettes.


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