It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States. No minor league farm organizations exist in American football and it is in college football where a players performance directly impacts his chances of playing professional football. The best collegiate players will declare for the professional draft after 3 to 4 years of collegiate competition. Those not selected can still attempt to land an NFL roster spot as a free agent. Even after the emergence of the professional National Football League, college football remained extremely popular throughout the U. S, in many cases, college stadiums employ bench-style seating, as opposed to individual seats with backs and arm rests. This allows them to more fans in a given amount of space than the typical professional stadium. College athletes, unlike players in the NFL, are not permitted by the NCAA to be paid salaries, colleges are only allowed to provide non-monetary compensation such as athletic scholarships that provide for tuition and books.
Modern North American football has its origins in various games, all known as football, by the 1840s, students at Rugby School were playing a game in which players were able to pick up the ball and run with it, a sport known as Rugby football. The game was taken to Canada by British soldiers stationed there and was soon being played at Canadian colleges, the first documented gridiron football match was a game played at University College, a college of the University of Toronto, November 9,1861. One of the participants in the game involving University of Toronto students was William Mulock, a football club was formed at the university soon afterward, although its rules of play at this stage are unclear. In 1864, at Trinity College, a college of the University of Toronto, F. Barlow Cumberland, modern Canadian football is widely regarded as having originated with a game played in Montreal, in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians. The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, early games appear to have had much in common with the traditional mob football played in England.
The games remained largely unorganized until the 19th century, when games of football began to be played on college campuses. Each school played its own variety of football, Princeton University students played a game called ballown as early as 1820. A Harvard tradition known as Bloody Monday began in 1827, which consisted of a mass ballgame between the freshman and sophomore classes, in 1860, both the town police and the college authorities agreed the Bloody Monday had to go. The Harvard students responded by going into mourning for a figure called Football Fightum. The authorities held firm and it was a dozen years before football was again played at Harvard. Dartmouth played its own version called Old division football, the rules of which were first published in 1871, all of these games, and others, shared certain commonalities
Ottawa Rough Riders
The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, founded in 1876. Formerly one of the oldest and longest lived professional sports teams in North America and their most dominant era was the 1960s and 1970s, a period in which they won five Grey Cups. The teams fortunes waned in the 1980s and 1990s and they ceased operations following the 1996 season. Five years later, a new CFL team known as the Ottawa Renegades was founded, the Ottawa Redblacks, who own the Rough Riders intellectual properties, joined the league in 2014. Founded,1876 Folded,1996 Formerly known as, Ottawa Football Club 1876 to 1897, the teams colours were cerise and navy blue. The club adopted the name Ottawa Rough Riders on Friday, September 9,1898 and changed its colours to red. Since then and black have been Ottawas traditional sporting colours, the team changed its nickname to Ottawa Senators from 1925 to 1930. The teams had historically belonged to leagues, which were not truly merged until the late 1950s.
When the CFL was formed they were allowed to keep their long-standing names, on four occasions, the two teams met in the Grey Cup. Ottawas first Canadian championship came in 1898, the Ottawa Football Club transferred from the Quebec Union to the Ontario League that season. In those days, Ottawa athletes played in sports and the Riders had athletes famous in other sports, such as Harvey Pulford. The Riders moved back to the Quebec Union, winning the 1903 Quebec championship, in 1905, Ottawa won the Quebec title, only to lose to the Toronto Varsity team 11–9 in the Canadian championship. The club absorbed the Ottawa St. Pats when the Riders helped found the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union in 1907, the Riders would win the IRFU championship in 1909 over the Hamilton Tigers, but lost in the Canadian final in Toronto to Toronto Varsity. During the decline of the Riders, another Ottawa team, Ottawa St. Brigids, was on an ascent, St. Brigids, which played in the Ottawa City league, and the Ontario league, was developing top talent.
In 1923, St. Brigids and the Riders merged, with St. Brigids manager Jim McCaffery becoming the manager of the Riders, McCaffery would be a member of the Riders executive for several decades. The team won the Grey Cup in 1925 and 1926, a time when they were known as the Ottawa Senators, in 1925, Ottawa defeated three-time defending champion Queens in the Eastern semi-final. Ottawa defeated Winnipeg 24–1 in the championship, held in Ottawa, the team was led by top players such as Eddie Emerson, Joe Tubman, Joe Miller, Jess Ketchum, Jack Pritchard, Harold Starr and Don Young. The Riders went back into a decline after the championships, another Ottawa team, the Ottawa Rangers, was developing talent and enjoying success, winning the Quebec title
A quarterback is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the team and line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is considered the leader of the offensive team. In modern American football, the quarterback is usually the leader of the offense, the quarterback touches the ball on almost every offensive play, and his successes and failures can have a significant impact on the fortunes of his team. Accordingly, the quarterback is among the most glorified and scrutinized positions in team sports, prior to each play, the quarterback will usually tell the rest of his team which play the team will run. After the team is lined up, the center will pass the ball back to the quarterback, usually on a running play, the quarterback will hand or pitch the ball backwards to a half back or full back. On a passing play, the quarterback is almost always the responsible for trying to throw the ball downfield to an eligible receiver downfield.
Depending on the scheme by his team, the quarterbacks role can vary. While quarterbacks in Canadian football need to be able to throw the ball often, in the NFL, quarterbacks are required to wear a uniform number between 1 and 19. In the CFL, the quarterback can wear any number from 0 to 49 and 70 to 99. Because of their numbering, quarterbacks are eligible receivers in the NCAA, NFHS, after a Super Bowl victory, the starting quarterback is the first player to be presented with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The starting quarterback of the victorious Super Bowl team is chosen for the Im going to Disney World. Campaign, whether they are the Super Bowl MVP or not, examples include Joe Montana, Trent Dilfer, Dilfer was chosen even though teammate Ray Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, due to the bad publicity from Lewis murder trial the prior year. In addition to their role, quarterbacks are occasionally used in other roles. Most teams utilize a backup quarterback as their holder on placekicks, in the Wildcat, a formation where a halfback lines up behind the center and the quarterback lines up out wide, the quarterback can be used as a receiving target or a blocker.
A more rare use for a quarterback is to punt the ball himself, Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway was known to perform quick kicks occasionally, typically when the Broncos were facing a third-and-long situation. As Roger Staubachs back-up, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White was the teams punter, ascending the starting role upon Staubachs retirement, White held his position as the teams punter for several seasons—a double duty he performed to All-American standard at Arizona State University. White had two touchdown receptions as a Dallas Cowboy, both from the halfback option, if quarterbacks are uncomfortable with the formation the defense is using, they may call an audible change to their play
American football positions
In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. The specific role that a player takes on the field is called his position, under the modern rules of American football, teams are allowed unlimited substitutions, that is, teams may change any number of players after any play. This has resulted in the development of three platoons of players, the offense, the defense, and the special teams, within those platoons, various specific positions exist depending on what each players main job is. In American football, the offense is the side in which the players have possession of the ball and it is their job to advance the ball towards the opponents end zone to score points. The backs and receivers are known as skill position players or as eligible receivers. Offensive linemen are not usually eligible to advance the ball past the line of scrimmage during a play, the organization of the offense is strictly mandated by the rules, there must be at least seven players on the line of scrimmage and no more than four players behind it.
The only players eligible to handle the ball during a play are the backs. The remaining players are considered ineligible, and may only block, within these strictures, creative coaches have developed a wide array of offensive formations to take advantage of different player skills and game situations. The following positions are standard in every game, though different teams will use different arrangements of them. The offensive line is responsible for blocking. The offensive line consists of, Center The center is the player who begins the play from scrimmage by snapping the ball to the quarterback. As the name suggests, the center usually plays in the middle of the offensive line, like all offensive linemen, the center has the responsibility to block defensive players. The center often has the responsibility to call out blocking assignments, offensive guard Two guards line up directly on either side of the center. Like all interior linemen, their function is to block on both running and passing plays, in such cases, the guard is referred to as a pulling guard.
Guards are typically shorter builds than tackles but taller than centers, offensive tackle Two tackles play outside of the guards. Their role is primarily to block on both running and passing plays, the area from one tackle to the other is an area of close line play in which blocks from behind, which are prohibited elsewhere on the field, are allowed. For a right-handed quarterback, the tackle is charged with protecting the quarterback from being hit from behind. Like a guard, the tackle may have to pull, on a running play, the six backs and receivers are those that line up outside or behind the offensive line
San Francisco Demons
The San Francisco Demons were a short-lived springtime American football team based in San Francisco, California. This team was part of the failed XFL begun by Vince McMahon of World Wrestling Entertainment and by NBC, originally they were to be based in San Jose but prior to the start of the season they were moved to San Francisco. They were in the Western Division with the Los Angeles Xtreme, Las Vegas Outlaws, the team played in Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco, despite having the smallest stadium in the league, they had the highest average attendance. The fans had a section nicknamed The Hellhole. The team was coached by Jim Skipper, former running backs coach for the NY Giants, in their only season of existence, the Demons went 5-5 to capture 2nd place in the regular season and qualified for post season play. In the first round, the Demons defeated the Orlando Rage, in the XFLs Million Dollar Game, which was the league championship game and last game in its history, the Demons were defeated by the Los Angeles Xtreme 38-6. NBC dropped the XFL after the first season due to ratings.
The Demons played their games in what was Pacific Bell Park. The most notable Demons players were Mike Pawlawski and Pat Barnes, both played quarterback for the Demons in 2001. Pawlawski and Barnes both played for the California Golden Bears, Pawlawski was signed by the Demons after playing Arena Football for the Albany Firebirds. Barnes had been invited to training camp by the Oakland Raiders, davis played with Dallas for two full seasons before being sidelined for the 1998 season and part of 1999 season with the Cowboys. 18 Pat Barnes QB college Barnes played two seasons in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy, Barnes led the Galaxy to a World Bowl championship in 1999 and saw a career highlight of 30 TD passes in his two years in NFL Europe. Barnes saw playing time in 1999 with the San Francisco 49ers, Barnes pre-season action with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns after the XFL folded. Barnes was the Demons second-string quarterback and saw spot duty through the season,99 Eric England DE college England played three seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals before embarking on a career in the CFL with the BC Lions in 1997-2000.
In 2000 England was part of the Grey Cup champion BC Lions 84 Brian Roche TE college Roche played nearly four season in the NFL
California State University, Long Beach
As of Fall 2014, the school had 2,283 total faculty, with 36.7 percent of those faculty on the tenure track. With 5,286 graduate students, the university one of the largest graduate student populations across the CSU. The university is located in the Los Altos neighborhood of Long Beach at the coastal tip of Los Angeles County. The university offers 82 different Bachelors degrees,65 types of Masters degrees, four Doctoral degrees. Long Beach State is one of the West Coasts top universities in terms of student body racial diversity and it is home to the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi. The university currently operates one of the lowest student fees in the country at $6,738 per year for full-time students having California residence. CSULB has been recognized as one of Americas Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review, the College was established in 1949 by California Governor Earl Warren, to serve the rapidly expanding post-World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties.
Since then, CSULB has grown to one of the states largest universities. The institution was first named as Los Angeles-Orange County State College, peter Victor Peterson was its first president. It offered 25 courses, taught by 13 faculty members, in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. In June 1950, the citizens of Long Beach voted overwhelmingly to purchase 322 acres as a permanent campus for the college, the purchase price was nearly $1,000,000. Student enrollment grew rapidly in new, permanent location. Carl W. McIntosh was named the second president in 1959. While McIntosh was president, the school grew tremendously, enrollment surged from about 10,000 to more than 30,000, and he rapidly expanded and revamped the curriculum. McIntosh tripled the number of faculty and constructed 30 new buildings, in 1964, LBSC changed its name to California State College at Long Beach. In 1967, the California state legislature revamped the state college system and it changed its name in 1968 to California State College, Long Beach, as part of these changes and began to be much more closely integrated into the California State College system.
In 1965, CSCLB hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held in the United States, six sculptors from abroad and two from the United States created many of the monumental sculptures present on the campus. The event received media attention from newspapers around the country, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art in America
2014 CFL season
The 2014 Canadian Football League season was the 61st season of modern Canadian professional football. It was the 57th season of the league, Vancouver hosted the 102nd Grey Cup on November 30. The league expanded to nine teams with the addition of the Ottawa Redblacks, as a result of the expansion, the schedule shifted to a 20-week regular season plus three weeks of playoffs, the season started on June 26,2014. The collective bargaining agreement between the CFL and the CFL Players Association expired on May 29,2014, with a new and more lucrative television contract with TSN beginning this season, revenue distribution was a major sticking point in CBA negotiations. Unlike other professional leagues in North America, the CFL salary cap is not tied to league revenues. The league had offered to raise the previous $4.4 million salary cap to $5 million, the CFLPA had indicated that it would not play the 2014 season under the terms of the expired agreement. After negotiations broke down on May 21, the CFLPA began preparations for a strike vote, had the players gone on strike, it would have been only the second work stoppage in CFL history and possibly the first to have caused the cancellation of regular season games.
The first CFL strike, in 1974, occurred during training camp and was settled before the season began. On June 7, the CFL and CFLPA announced that they had reached a tentative labour agreement, the agreement was ratified by the players on June 12. The new collective bargaining agreement will be in place until May 15,2019 or the first day training camp in 2019, whichever comes later. However, if the nine member clubs total aggregate revenues increase by more than $27 million in any year starting in 2016, both sides will renegotiate the salary cap. The salary cap for the 2014 season is set at $5 million per team, both figures will increase by $50,000 each year until 2018. The minimum salary per player increased by $5000 to $50,000, the game-day roster increased from 42 players to 44 players, with 46 players still being named to the active roster, meaning the reserve roster decreased from four to two players. The practice roster for teams increased from seven to ten players in the Summer, the nine-game injury list was replaced with a six-game injury list, while retaining the option of removing two players early from the list.
Clubs are permitted to keep players on the list past the six games, the league has removed the option-year clause on contracts for veteran players, making it possible for players to sign one-year contracts. Rookie players must still have option years on their contracts, the team was able to sign players starting on the day after the 101st Grey Cup on November 25,2013 and an expansion draft for the club was held on December 16,2013. The 2013 CFL Expansion Draft allowed the RedBlacks to select one import, after selecting four players in the 2013 CFL Draft, the RedBlacks fully participated in the 2014 CFL Draft, with the first picks in each of the drafts seven rounds. Their first regular game was in Winnipeg on July 3
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League and they play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium. The Blue Bombers were founded in 1930 as the Winnipeg Football Club, since that time, they have won the leagues Grey Cup championship 10 times, most recently in 1990. With 10 wins, they have the third-highest win total in the Grey Cup among active, though they are currently the team with the longest Grey Cup drought, no other CFL franchise has as many Grey Cup appearances as the Blue Bombers current 25. The Blue Bombers were the first team not located in Ontario or Quebec to win a championship. H Guild & J. On June 10,1930, they amalgamated with all the teams in the Manitoba Rugby Football Union to create the Winnipeg Winnipegs Rugby Football Club, adopting the colours green. The Winnipegs played their first game against St.
Johns Rugby Club on June 13,1930, in 1932, the Winnipegs and St. Johns merged into one team and adopted the colours blue and gold. Western teams had been to the Grey Cup game 10 times since 1909 and it was clear in those days that the East was much more powerful, outscoring their opponents 236–29 in these games. On December 7,1935, the Bombers got their first shot at winning the 23rd Grey Cup, the game was being held in Hamilton, with the home-town Tigers being their opponents. It was a day at Hamilton Amateur Athletic Association Grounds. Winnipeg was up 5–0 before many fans had reached their seats. Hamilton player Jack Craig let the opening kickoff bounce to the turf while a Winnipeg player promptly recovered the ball at the Hamilton 15-yard line, Winnipeg scored quickly on a Bob Fritz pass to Bud Marquardt to get the early lead. After scoring another touchdown on a Greg Kabat catch in the endzone and their lead was soon cut to three points in the second half after Hamilton scored a touchdown of their own, helped by a blocked kick that placed the ball on the Winnipeg 15-yard line.
Then, after a Hamilton rouge, Winnipegs RB/KR Fritz Hanson caught a punt, and after a few moves, Hamilton would force a safety to bring themselves within six points, but failed to crack the endzone, getting as far as the Winnipeg four-yard line. The final score was Winnipeg 18, Hamilton 12, with that, Winnipeg had become the first team from Western Canada to win a Grey Cup. In 1935, before a game against North Dakota State, Winnipeg Tribune sports writer Vince Leah decided to borrow from Grantland Rice. He called the team the Blue Bombers of Western football, up to that point, the team had been called the Winnipegs. From that day forward, the team has known as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Ottawa Renegades was the name of a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 2002, six years after the storied Ottawa Rough Riders folded. After four seasons, the Renegades franchise was suspended indefinitely by the due to financial instability. After two years in limbo, a new franchise was awarded to Jeff Hunt, best known as the owner of the Ottawa 67s, the new franchise was revived in 2014 as the Ottawa Redblacks. Hunt chose not to reuse the Renegades nickname or franchise history, the Ottawa Renegades returned Canadian Football League action to Canadas capital in 2002. Ottawa had been without a team since 1996, when the Ottawa Rough Riders folded, the logo chosen draws similarities to the logo used by the Rough Riders for much of their existence up until 1992. The Renegades played four seasons and never qualified for the playoffs, the teams only head coach was Joe Paopao. On November 7,2005, the Ottawa Renegades announced John Jenkins as head coach and General Manager for 2006, this did not occur because of the suspension of the teams operations.
The organization has become known for its fan following, an informal group called Renegade Nation. On March 3,2006, Lonie Glieberman resigned from day-to-day operations of the team, on March 22,2006, Bernie Glieberman decided to stop funding the Renegades. While the CFL previously took over operations of the Toronto Argonauts and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2003, on April 9,2006, the CFL started looking for a new owner. The players of the Ottawa Renegades were dispersed to the remaining 8 CFL teams in a dispersal draft, steelback Brewery president Frank DAngelo announced in April 2006 that he was exploring opportunities to revive the team. The announcement was not cleared with the Canadian Football League, who indicated that they had had only one informal conversation with DAngelo, in which no decision was made. On May 15,2007, the CFL announced that it had ended discussions with a led by William Palmer regarding the return of a CFL team to Ottawa for the 2008 season. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon stated everal parties have expressed interest regarding a franchise for Ottawa, however, in September 2007, the lower south side of Frank Clair Stadium was closed, due to cracks in the concrete structure.
Ottawa mayor Larry OBrien was quoted at the time that this was an opportunity to do a review of the usage, on March 25,2008, the league ended the teams indefinite limbo by awarding the franchise to Jeff Hunt, owner of the Ottawa 67s. The team began play in 2014, and did not retain the name Renegades because of its troubled history, as of the end of the 2016 CFL season, Kyries Hebert was the last active former Renegade player still on a CFL team roster. Former Renegades Korey Banks, Kerry Joseph, Yo Murphy, Marc Parenteau, dan Crowley was the teams first starting quarterback. Throughout 2002, backup quarterbacks, Chuck Clements and Oteman Sampson, however, in 2003, Kerry Joseph, would be the quarterback to ultimately succeed Crowley
2011 CIS football season
The 2011 CIS football season began on September 1,2011, with the Montreal Carabins hosting the McGill Redmen at CEPSUM Stadium. The season concluded on November 25 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver and this year,26 university teams in Canada played CIS football, the highest level of amateur Canadian football. Ranks in italics are not ranked in the top 10 poll. NR = Not Ranked, received no votes, the Vanier Cup is played between the champions of the Mitchell Bowl and the Uteck Bowl, the national semi-final games. In 2011, according to the schedule, the Atlantic conference Loney Bowl champions will meet the Ontario conferences Yates Cup champion for the Uteck Bowl. The winners of the Canada West conference Hardy Trophy will host the Dunsmore Cup Quebec championship team for the Mitchell Bowl
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Roughriders play in the West Division of the Canadian Football League, the Roughriders were founded in 1910 as the Regina Rugby Club. Although they were not the first team to play football in Western Canada, the Roughriders are the third-oldest professional gridiron football team in existence today, and one of the oldest professional sports teams still in existence in North America. The team changed their name to the Regina Roughriders from the Regina Rugby Club in 1924, the Roughriders have played their home games at Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field since 1936. The team draws fans from across Saskatchewan and Canada who are known as the Rider Nation. The Roughriders play in the smallest market in the CFL, and they have finished first in the Western Division seven times and have won the Western championship a record 28 times. They have played in the championship game 19 times and won four Grey Cups, the team has had 20 players inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
The Riders biggest rival is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, games between the two are sold out before the beginning of the season. The Roughriders Football Club and the city of Regina have hosted the Grey Cup three times, including a Roughrider win in the 101st Grey Cup, in July 2012, the Province of Saskatchewan announced that the Roughriders will have a new stadium completed in time for the 2017 season. They played most of their games at Park Hughes on 10th Avenue in Reginas north central section. The team was a member of the Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union as it was organized on September 22 of that year. Regina played their first game against the Moose Jaw Tigers on October 1,1910, the Regina Rugby Club changed their colours again in 1912 to red and black and began an era of western football dominance. For every season of play in the SRFU, Regina won the championship, exerting their prowess over teams from Moose Jaw, Saskatoon. Beginning in the 1912 season, Regina won seven straight WCRFU titles, in 1923, Regina returned to power as they won their eighth western championship over the Winnipeg Victorias and earned the right to compete in the national playoffs.
The club was given a bye and advanced straight to the Grey Cup finals for the first time, but were severely outmatched, losing 54–0 to Queens University at Varsity Stadium in Toronto. This was, and still is, the most lopsided defeat in Grey Cup history as the defending champion Queens won their third national championship at the expense of the Regina Rugby Club. Following their first Grey Cup loss, the changed their name to the Regina Roughriders in 1924 while retaining the colours of red. Ottawa had a called the Ottawa Rough Riders, but the spelling was different
The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Lions play their games at BC Place. The Lions played their first season in 1954, and have played every season since, as such, they are the oldest professional sports franchise in the city of Vancouver and in the province of British Columbia. They have appeared in the leagues Grey Cup championship game 10 times, winning six of those games, the Lions currently have the longest active playoff streak, and are tied for the second-longest in CFL history, having made the playoffs for 20 straight seasons. Braley was a member of the Canadian Senate, Rugby unions had been organized in all of the Prairie provinces by 1907 and the Western Canada Rugby Football Union had been formed in 1911. However, it would not be until 1926 that the British Columbia Rugby Football Union was formed, the Vancouver Meralomas were the most successful British Columbian team of the era.
They played in the Western Final in 1930 and again in 1934, the BCRFU stopped challenging for the Grey Cup following the formation of the Western Interprovincial Football Union. After the BCRFUs collapse in 1941, the Vancouver Grizzlies joined the WIFU and they played only one season, finishing 1-7, before the WIFU suspended operations for the duration of the Second World War. The Grizzlies did not return after the war, in 1951, a group led by Ken Stauffer and Tiny Radar were inspired by Vancouver Sun columnist Andy Lytles article to start a new football team in Vancouver that would play in the WIFU. The ownership group sent Radar and Orville Burke to represent them at the off-season WIFU meetings to initiate Vancouver’s bid for a team. The Burkes were told to return to the meetings the following year with a $25,000 good-faith bond if they could generate sufficient interest in the Vancouver area. The first meetings were held at the Arctic Club in November, the group in Vancouver, did not give up their efforts to have a franchise in the WIFU.
On January 22,1953, the first annual meeting of the club was held, in that meeting, Arthur E. Mercer was hired as the clubs first president. Later in the year, Bill Morgan, Bill Ralston and this time, they sold the idea of a fifth Western team, and Vancouver was granted a conditional franchise. They were required to provide a 15, 000-seat stadium, sell at least 6,500 season tickets, and guarantee travel expenses for the visiting teams. By Easter of 1953, Annis Stukus was lured away from the Toronto Argonauts to return to the West to become the first public relations manager, general manager, and head coach of the franchise. During the rest of 1953, a fan contest was held by all of the media to pick the teams new name. The nickname was chosen because it represented a landmark and legend of the area