Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The day U2 saved the team called "The Skylarks"

They are running away with their division thanks to a head coach who once spearheaded the offense of the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS.
LES ALOUETTES DE MONTRÉAL boast a 9-4 record in the East Division of the CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE and can look forward to their city hosting this year's 96th GREY CUP.
Former San Francisco offensive coordinator Marc Trestman is the coach.
The team's story hasn't always been so flush with success, but Les Alouettes received some indirect help from an unexpected source.
When a November 1997 concert by Irish rockers U2 conflicted with a home playoff game gainst the B.C. LIONS, Les Alouettes took the only route available and reluctantly returned to 20,202-seat Molson Stadium, on the campus of McGill University.
Montréal had played at the venue from 1954 to 1967, but conventional wisdom said a professional football team could survive in what amounted to a college field.
Once again, conventional wisdom was wide of the mark.
Interest in the team soared as tickets were sold out for the playoff game.
Montréal beat B.C., 45-35 (but fell to the eventual Grey Cup champion TORONTO ARGONAUTS and quarterback Doug Flutie in the next round).
The experience was enough for Les Alouettes to decide to permanently relocate to Molson Stadium in 1998.
Montréal has sold out every game at Molson since 1999, ensuring the financial health of Les Alouettes.
Before Sunday games, the stadium sound system blares U2's "SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY" as a sign of gratitude for the scheduling conflict that pointed the way to success.


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