GIMME A BREAK, OUR BALLS ARE BIGGER!
They like to call their town,
It was a great Grey Cup game between the Argo’s and the B.C. Lions. The Toronto Argonauts under coach Michael “Pinball” Clemons, the only black coach to ever win either a Grey Cup or the Super Bowl, were an awesome team, and even the most hard bitten fan or sports journalist gave Clemons and his team their due. Clemons has once again been nominated for ‘Coach of the Year’.
But now once again rumblings from the powers that be, the sports elite and well healed businessmen in
“Toronto Blue Jays president and chief executive officer Paul Godfrey, a long-time proponent of the NFL in Toronto, continues to believe in the city as a viable market. He said yesterday that the decision by team owners
Paul Godfrey, publisher and creator of the Sun Newspaper chain, owner of the Toronto Blue Jays, and dealmaker is talking about an NFL franchise for
I remember visiting friends in
Well wait a minute, without the
And despite their Professional American baseball and basketball teams, it’s only the
Canadians have been playing football longer than Americans. The Grey Cup is older than the Super Bowl, this was the 92nd Grey Cup Game in
“In 1909, Earl Grey, the Governor-General of
The very first Grey Cup in 1909 was played in “
JANET JACKSON AIN’T GOT NOTHING ON US
While Super Bowl 38 was ended up in controversy over the half time show with Janet Jackson’s nipple exposure on national TV, in Canada for the Grey Cup this year our half time show had the granddame of Canadian Feminism, June Callwood , former editor of the homemaker magazine Chatelaine, teach us how to kick a field goal.
It was part of Rick Mercers Monday Report (Week November 15 ,Video: This week's Celebrity Tip with June Callwood ) a comedy program on CBC, which broadcast the game. At the end of the field goal the 81 year grandmother turned to the camera and told us all that the difference between our game and the Americans is that our balls are bigger.
OUR BALLS ARE BIGGER.
Because our balls originated with the British sport of Rugby anywhere in
Our football fields are longer and wider than American fields.
We have three downs, sudden death football, unlike American football with four downs.
We pass, what is called the ‘Hail Mary’ pass in the NFL is called a regular passing game in the CFL
We play in winter at up to -20 below Celsius. In snow and Ice, not just the final game but most games from the end of October till the Grey Cup at the end of November, unlike the Americans who wince and prance around in the cold when they have to play the Patriots or Greenbay in January.
A Canadian holds the NFL, Highest Field Goal Percentage, Career (100 field goals) 87.88 Mike Vanderjagt,
DUMB AND DUMBER: CFL EXPANSION INTO THE
In 1987 a crisis engulfed the CFL. The longstanding
“Several other interviewees were convinced through personal knowledge or from what they heard, that Norm Kimball
and Jim Hole collected anywhere from $500,000 to the full $2 million when the Alouettes were terminated. There are hints that as early as March 1986, when Norm Kimball was appointed team COO, he and Bronfman struck a deal. Kimball would take over the franchise to try and revive it. In exchange, he would be compensated later. If he could not save the team, he was free to shut it down. According to ex-Edmonton Journal columnist
In 1995 the CFL worried about low support from fans, and the loss of money associated with small market teams, following the collapse of the Alouettes, the
Money was the crucial problem in the CFL’s nine team small market, players make substantially less in the CFL than the NFL. They make a tradesman’s salary compared to the superstar salaries in the NBA, NHL or the NBL. And that was part of the problem not only were the teams losing money but so were the players.
Larry Smith the commissioner who pushed expansion wanted to make the CFL competitive with the NFL, which was a sure fire formula for failure for the small community owned teams in
“The premise of expansion into the
Despite having US teams in Birmingham, Shreveport, Memphis, and Baltimore, despite having to play at 40 above instead of 40 below during a game in Las Vegas, despite having a shorter season than the NFL ,a CFL season runs from June to November, the money was made, expansion ended in 1996 a failure except for the Baltimore Stallions.
The irony was that the success of Baltimore brought them a new NFL team, which they had lost when the Colts were moved to Indiana, and that brought doom to both the CFL franchise in Baltimore and Smiths idea of expansion into the US as an alternative league. CFL expansion helped owners in the U.S. get back into the NFL, while doing little for the CFL
“On November 4, the day before the CFL playoffs got underway, word leaked that Art Modell, owner of the NFL Cleveland Browns, was moving his team to
For example, in its analysis of the new stadium being built for the NFL's
One gain the league made was that the
(For Doug, a die hard
NFL Game in
By David Naylor
with a report from Jeff Blair
Saturday, February 5, 2005 - Globe and Mail
National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue says the league is exploring the possibility of holding NFL regular-season games outside of the
While specifically mentioning
"We're giving consideration right now to see whether we, in the next year or two, can play a regular-season game outside of the United States to continue to develop the interest and be responsive to fans," he said Tagliabue made the comments yesterday during his annual address at the Super Bowl, saying that Mexico City was a candidate to play host to a regular-season game because its "time zones and travel would be compatible with what you want to do with the teams."
Based on that criteria,
NFL teams, unlike those in baseball, hockey or basketball, play only eight home games a season.
With the 2005 NFL schedule already out, the earliest date for the league to play a regular-season game outside
The National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball have played games outside of the
Toronto Blue Jays president and chief executive officer Paul Godfrey, a long-time proponent of the NFL in
In 1997, the only NFL exhibition game ever in
Tagliabue said the league is still interested in one day having a
"I said before and I still feel this way that I think it could very likely be that the next franchises in the NFL beyond the 32 are outside the