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1981 Montreal Alouettes season
Head Coach Joe Scannella
Jim Eddy (Interim)
Home Field Olympic Stadium
Results
Record 3–13–0
Place 3rd, East
Playoff Finish Lost Eastern Semi-Final
Uniform
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1980 1982

The 1981 Montreal Alouettes finished the season in 3rd place in the East Division with a 3–13–0 record. They appeared in the East Semi-Final, where they lost to the Ottawa Rough Riders 20-16. After the season the Alouettes folded after owner Nelson Skalbania lost $2 million, and the CFL revoked the franchise from him with the team now heavily in debt.

OffseasonEdit

The Alouettes were purchased by Nelson Skalbania.[1] Skalbania proceeded by signing four NFL stars. His biggest acquisition was Los Angeles Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo (who appeared in Super Bowl XIV) to a $300,000.00 contract.[2] The other NFL stars included Wide Receiver James Scott, Kick Return specialist, Billy White Shoes Johnson, and Running Back David Overstreet.[2]

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Venue Score Result Attendance Record
A June 7 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Olympic Stadium 27–21 Loss 21,742 0–1
B June 11 Ottawa Rough Riders Lansdowne Park 18–17 Loss 16,139 0–2
C June 21 Ottawa Rough Riders Olympic Stadium 21–17 Win 21,249 1–2
D July 27 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium 38–24 Win 16,604 2–2

Regular seasonEdit

Despite the high profile talent, the Alouettes finished the season with only 3 wins.[3] Skalbania lost two million dollars and the CFL revoked his ownership.[2]

StandingsEdit

East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 16 11 4 1 414 335 23
Ottawa Rough Riders 16 5 11 0 306 446 10
Montreal Alouettes 16 3 13 0 267 518 6
Toronto Argonauts 16 2 14 0 241 506 4

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Venue Score Result Attendance Record
1 July 4 BC Lions Empire Stadium 48–8 Loss 26,627 0–1
2 July 10 Toronto Argonauts Olympic Stadium 23–22 Win 35,281 1–1
3 July 17 Ottawa Rough Riders Lansdowne Park 33–31 Loss 24,872 1–2
4 July 26 Edmonton Eskimos Olympic Stadium 33–17 Loss 45,835 1–3
5 Aug 2 Saskatchewan Roughriders Olympic Stadium 43–23 Loss 33,205 1–4
6 Aug 8 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Winnipeg Stadium 58–2 Loss 32,936 1–5
7 Bye
8 Aug 23 BC Lions Olympic Stadium 29–14 Loss 28,932 1–6
9 Aug 29 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Ivor Wynne Stadium 16–11 Loss 27,180 1–7
10 Sept 6 Saskatchewan Roughriders Taylor Field 35–26 Loss 28,526 1–8
11 Sept 12 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Olympic Stadium 26–10 Loss 27,270 1–9
12 Bye
13 Sept 26 Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium 62–11 Loss 48,470 1–10
14 Oct 4 Calgary Stampeders Olympic Stadium 22–16 Win 22,222 2–10
15 Oct 10 Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium 29–3 Loss 28,896 2–11
16 Oct 17 Toronto Argonauts Exhibition Stadium 20–14 Loss 31,038 2–12
17 Oct 24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Olympic Stadium 33–13 Loss 20,487 2–13
18 Nov 1 Ottawa Rough Riders Olympic Stadium 39–15 Win 20,867 3–13
[4]

PostseasonEdit

Game Date Opponent Venue Score Result Attendance
East Semi-Final Nov 8 Ottawa Rough Riders Lansdowne Park 16–20 Loss 17,754
[4]

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.71, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.72, Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  3. Weird Facts about Canadian Football, p.72 Overtime Books, First Printing 2009, ISBN 978-1-897277-26-3
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.profootballarchives.com/1981cflmtl.html

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