From time to time there have been questions about where the team names came from. I remember a heated discussion in the old huddle particularly, regarding the Alouettes. Anyway, for those who are curious here is the real story.
Twin mountain peaks can be seen just north of the city of Vancouver and legend has it they look like lions. They are actually called the Lion Peaks.
The CFLâ€™s oldest team is also its winningest. When the Argonaut amateur football club was formed it was made up of a crew of oarsmen from the Argonaut Rowing Club.
In 1938 a team from Edmonton calling itself the Eskimos joined adopting the moniker as an alliterative reference to the cityâ€™s northernmost CFL location.
Prior to and after WWII the football team of the City of Hamilton was known as the Tigers, with the existing yellow and black colours established even pre-war time. After WWII, a new group in the city was formed and became known as the Hamilton Wildcats. The Tiger and Wildcat competition for fan participation was so great that both teams were unable to operate on a sound financial basis. The clubs decided to amalgamate and form one team.
There are two versions of where the name Roughriders came from. One states that Saskatchewan got the name from the histroy of the North West Mounted Police who were called the roughriders because they broke the wild horses used by the force. The other states there was a Canadian volunteer contingent that once fought with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War.
In 1946 the Alouettes joined the Canadian Football League. The name Alouette is symbolized by a fictional red bird made popular in a French-Canadian childrenâ€™s song.
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
This CFL team was the second franchise in pro sports to be named after world heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis. The first was the Cleveland Brown Bombers (later the Browns). Founded on June 30, 1930, Winnipeg became the first team west of Ontario to win the Grey Cup trophy. During a game one sportcaster referred to them as the Blue Bombers of the West and the name stuck.
During WWII Calgary had been entertained by several North Hill Blizzards and East End Stampeders games. In 1945, these teams combined to become the Calgary Stampeders.