That's actually a good point. I never saw the Rough Riders do well, but I guess knowing they've had periods of success is enough to give them a bit of a pass.
Because measured head to head, it's not as though I got more enjoyment or pride out of the Rough Riders. When I began to follow the Rough riders, they were in the middle of stripping away their own identity, no less, with constant logo and colour changes. Yet I retain a certain fondness for them that I can't say I feel for the Renegades.
Just there is so misunderstanding, for the Americans ( CFL Steve and others ) please do not take offence at what I stated.
With the exception of Baltimore , it was a bomb.
Should never have a league with 2 sets of rules. The US teams were not subject to the quota because of US labor laws.
BTW, anyone remember the guy in 94 Vegas who tried to sing O'Canada ?
Came across more like O'Christmas Tree.
It is on youtube for those who forget or never seen it before. ( O'Canada in Las Vegas )
Curious your disdain for the Gold Miners.
As I remember it they were one of if not the only US team that was in it for all the right reasons. Great owner that was willing and able to spend dough, a terrific QB in David Archer that I remember seeing in the stands at a Grey Cup in Calgary watching with the rest of us. He even did colour on the broadcasts eventually. A bunch of other solid players that ended up getting spread throughout the league when the league shut down the experiment. If I recall they even sent a video to their season ticket purchasers explaining the rule differences. Colour scheme and name that made sense for the area. I still have a cap in terrific shape I wear on occasion.
Sure Speros in Baltimore gets credit for the most successful but I still see him as an opportunist rather than a guy that totally believed in the product.
And as for Birmingham wasn't the famous quote from their coach (owner?) " now if we can just change the size of field, number of men and go to four downs we would be playing real football." I did like their jerseys though and am still trying to locate one.
I have Sacramento, Baltimore, Memphis, Shreveport and Vegas gear but no Birmingham or San Antonio.
Hahaha, that's ridiculous. I don't think he'd ever heard the song, before. He probably thought he was going to the USA anthem, and had to wing it at the last minute. Someone gave him the words and the sheet music, or something.