The Montreal Alouettes were founded in 1946. The term Alouettes is an old French word meaning “kill the quarterback.”
The Alouettes won four Grey cups but folded in 1982. They were revived with combination of the Heimlich Maneuver and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
The current team actually came from the Baltimore Stallions, part of the Canadian Football League expansion to the US. When they returned to Canada they became the reborn Montreal Alouettes. This story was the basis of the Baltimore-based HBO drama “The Wire.”