Atlantic Schooners


Football fans remain loyal to Atlantic Schooners

The Atlantic Schooners -- announced as an expansion franchise for the 1984 season but soon cancelled because of money woes -- are still being represented by loyal fans 23 years later.

More than a dozen Schooners fans are in Toronto, hosting twice-daily socials in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the lead-up to Sunday’s championship game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Can't say I care too much for the name.

How about the Atlantic Dreamboats then?

'cuz they keep dreaming until a stadium is built for CFL capacity.

Good one :smiley:

Armada sounds tougher. Arms for short. I like Fleet too since it has two meanings.

Love, exciting and new,
Come aboard.
We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow,
it floats back to you.

The Dream Boat
soon will be making another run.
The Dream Boat promises something for everyone.
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.

Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.

It's Looooove!
Welcome aboard - It's Looooove!

You're loving?!? There's no loving in football!!

oh... wait... it's "there's no crying in baseball." My bad.

Continue loving the Ghost Ship from the Atlantic. Not bad, eh? Another name, and a name for the fans: The Skeleton Crew... what wit! O I should write for Wendy's commercials...

Brisco, Nice to hear from you. I recall sometime back , One of the stations was showing clips of the GC atmosphere and the Schooners were mentioned. You guys appear every year. I hope your dream comes true. Then the CFL can say it is a coast to coast league. Bring Ottawa back and put a team in Quebec City as well.

Little Girl: Wow. It's a schooner.
Willam Black: Ha ha ha ha. You dumb bastard. It's not a schooner, it's a Sailboat.
Little Boy: A schooner is a sailboat, stupid head!
Willam Black: You know what? There is no Easter Bunny! Over there, that's just a guy in a suit!

But I agree... not the best team name.

LMAO :lol: :lol:

I'm not one of them. I simply posted the link to the article I found.

Wasn't there a beer called Schooner Ale or something like that?

I'm pulling for them, whatever the name. They could call themselves the Sissies for all I care as long as they get a team. I'm glad Moncton was mentioned as it doesn't look as if it will ever happen in sad, defeatist, negative Halifax, where the media can't even stop whining long enough to let some people enjoy a Celine Dion concert.

Well, whadda ya know?

[i]Is Moncton beating us to the punch for CFL team?

The Daily News

Football-starved Haligonians in Toronto this past weekend were abuzz, but not because of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' Grey Cup victory. World Trade Centre boss Fred MacGillivray was spotted yakking with new Canadian Football League commissioner Mark Cohon, re-kindling speculation about a league franchise for Halifax.

Unfortunately, it was not Halifax making a pitch for a Canadian Football League franchise over the Grey Cup weekend, and once again it looks like we're being out-hustled by those sly foxes living to the north of us in Moncton.

MacGillivray was in Toronto for the football festivities, but wasn't making a pitch on Halifax's behalf for a professional franchise, at least not last weekend. He's done so in the past and the league has expressed an interest in coming East, naming Halifax as one of its preferred locations. This past weekend, however, Fred was there for pleasure, not business.

The city of Moncton on the other hand, sent an entire team of bureaucrats to Toronto, led by the New Brunswick town's equivalent of MacGillivray, Ian Fowler. Fowler's the brains behind a series of Moncton coups including the first Rolling Stones concert at Magnetic Hill.

Fowler wouldn't reveal much about his trip when I reached him this week. "Crazy rumours" he snorted when I asked him if Moncton was hitting on the commissioner to come East. He denied he was seeking a franchise for Moncton but offered a terse "no comment" to several other variations of my questions on Moncton's interest.

I accused him of being up to no good. "Not telling," was his coy response. A chuckle ended our conversation.

Curses, I said to myself. The *&#&^!! Monctonians are up to something.

Moncton Mayor Lorne Mitton was a little more forthcoming - politicians generally are - but he wouldn't reveal much. "I'm not aware of any specific discussions in regards to a CFL franchise," he answered with as much honesty as he could muster. His use of the word "specific" had my spidey senses tingling, so I pressed on. I told him, I knew his henchman was in Toronto, perhaps sniffing around about the possibility. "We had people there," he confessed. "They were instructed to come back to show us what might be required."

The jig was up. And once more it seems the mighty city of Halifax, claiming to be the regional centre, could be outdone by a relative hamlet by comparison. Moncton has a new convention centre in the works. It's also getting a 10,000 seat open-air stadium to host the world under-19 track and field championship in 2010, a stadium Fowler did tell me could be expanded. And now this, a covert effort to bring the Canadian Football League to Moncton.

There are plans on the drawing board in Winnipeg for a new football stadium. Toronto, already with more stadiums than Canada has provinces it seems, was recently given $67 million from the Harper government to build a new soccer stadium for the city's professional soccer team. Quebec City's recently been making noises about a pro football team.

Other cities are out there hustling while we're hurling insults at one another over a dissed diva's bruised ego or spending hour upon hour debating the licensing of cats.

We have no stadium and it seems, with the collapse of the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid, nobody is in any hurry to get one built.

Fred MacGillivray says the ball's in the city's court. "Until someone says they want to build a stadium, talk of a CFL franchise is a moot point," he told me.

I asked Mayor Peter Kelly if there's been any recent talk of a Halifax CFL team, especially in light of the league's growing popularity. "We'd need a bit of a building to go with that," he replied. He also reminded me there's talk of the need for an expanded Trade Centre, perhaps taking over the current Metro Centre and building a new arena. He says such a project would cost upwards of $200 million.

Would adding another $50 or $60 million for an open air stadium break the bank? Not likely, especially considering the city was prepared to spend $200 million as its share of the Commonwealth Games. While its not likely we could expect much help from the nearly bankrupt provincial government, the federal government's flush with cash these days. The Harperites have been dishing out millions across the country. With an election likely by spring, if not earlier, why not strike now?

Halifax needs a boost, but while Moncton seems to recognize the timing's good to chase down a dream, this city is stuck in neutral. Whether it's shellshock over the Commonwealth Games debacle or those embarrassing concert failures, our movers and shakers seem prepared to let another one slip by.

Rick Howe is the host of the radio talk show Hotline, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on AM920 CJCH and on the Internet at [/i]

Well Dumont, that is an interesting article, I had no idea that Moncton was building a stadium! While I still think Halifax is a more logical location, this puts Moncton into the mix.

Love the name.

The economics of the two plans differ quite a lot. I've lived in the Maritimes. Halifax has the bigger base population but would have to count on pulling some fans from Moncton (2 1/2 hrs.) to make it work. Moncton, much smaller, has to market itself as a Maritimes team and pull from Fredericton (90 min) St. John (90 minutes), AND Halifax.

Like a lot of Canada, there aren't a lot of other population centres between the cities to add to the totals a great deal.

Good article dumont, thats what the Halifax people were telling me last week at the Grey Cup. Moncton seems to be the front runner now on building a stadium.

I feel for the football fans in Halifax. Methinks Moncton is about to pull a major coup.

This is really a Tale of Two Cities. Moncton is going forward, being proactive, and appears organised and determined. Halifax, on the other hand, is in complete disarray. The Commonwealth Games debacle has caused irreparable damage to their football dreams.

As they say, you snooze you lose. Halifax's loss appears to Moncton's gain!

Right now, after seeing a successful Grey Cup in Toronto that few thought would happen, and then leading up to the 100th Grey Cup in 2012, it should be an exiting time for the CFL. The 100th will be a milestone that is very interesting.

Halifax was a embarrasement for Canada for what happened with the CG and them pulling out. It seems the city has some huge politics and problems there. But hopefully Moncton and/or Quebec City are interested in joining, that would be great!

When a couple of fans from the east coast (PEI and Moncton), my father and I talked about expansion with Mark Cohon, he seemed surprised (my impression) at the suggestion of Moncton being a CFL city.

I stronly object to any suggestion of a Professional football team in the Maritimes before we get one in Edmonton!

I had a brain storm a few weeks back about a name for our mythical maritime franchise: The North Atlantic Squadron.

Then a buddy of mine whacked my head when I mentioned it but stayed his hand when I shortened it to:
The Atlantic Squadron.

LOL :lol: