-- The Baltimore Blackbirds were one of the original teams signed up to play in the EIEIO Football League, but wisely jumped ship after the "Jamborflop".
-- They joined the AIFA (but weren't they only a "sorta" member of the league, not playing a full schedule? or do I have them mixed up with another team?)
-- Hired Chris Simpson as Head Coach
-- At the end of the season fired Simpson
-- A few days ago announced they were leaving the AIFA, and probably their venue, but don't know where they're going.
-- Today I see a press release that the AIFA has hired Chris Simpson as Head Coach of a yet to be named AIFA team, owned by M&M, to play in Baltimore.
So, what's the story? What's going on in Baltimore
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So, they're holding a name-the-team contest on the site.
The choices are Mariners or Steamers (think crabs). Mariners is leading by a landslide.
It looks like the Blackbirds were brought in as a way for M&M to make sure no one else gets the Baltimore market, and when they were no longer useful (though of course they have also had financial problems...like two-thirds of the AIFA), the league booted the team and started this one.
That's speculatory, but it certainly ties in with the facts that are out there.