Hi Guys! I'm doing a small research about the 1961 game between the Montréal Alouettes and the Chicago Bears. Does anyone of you know by any chance a fan that had the chance to attend the game in Montréal? That was 50 years ago, but I'd be curious to chat with them about what was the experience like in the stands. I'm also in process of contacting players involved at the times, but most of them unfortunately passed away.
I know the CFL and NFL had a few other games, with another one being in 1962. If you happen to know anyone that attended one of those crossover leagues game elsewhere than Montréal, I'd be interested to get in touch too! Feel free to PM me, or write down here your name. Can also mail me if you prefer, just PM me your email.
Well I am both proud and old to say I attended the game as a wee lad.
I vaguely remember the Als holding their own in the 1st half played under CFL rules, the brawl that broke out, and the Deidrich interception for a TD.
But my most vivid memory is this. Fans in those days were allowed along the sidelines during pre-game warmups. And I remember Als DE Ed Meadows who was out with an injury, but knew some of the Bears from having played there, jokingly tell a couple of them "We`re going to kick your ass." He might have invented trash talk.
Meadows is an interesting case study on his own - blackballed by the NFL for a cheap shot on Bobby Layne, later ended his life shooting himself.
I believe it expanded just beyond "Da Bears" eventually and became "Da Bulls! Da Bears" in the Chicago Superfans sketches. Chris Farley always a great laugh pretending to choke or have a heart attack on the ridiculous amount of food he was "pretending" to eat in those sketchs! :)George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) often made guest appearances in those sketches too.
I liked the Molson Canadian ad below the story." Now in brown bottles to protect against the light" . Think it would have been the stubbie era so prior to 1961 Canadian would have been in clear stubbies? Never seen one of those.
Might have to move this to off topic to continue that discussion