A CFL Perspective

CFL really IS football!

7/14/11 in CFL   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

The CFL is underway up here in Canada, and just as NFL fans in the States wear their team colors loud ‘n proud, so do Canadian fans. 

I’m a Calgary Stampeders’s fan and have been for years, much the same as I am a Flames’ fan in the NHL.  Nope, I don’t live in Calgary.  I visited my cousin there a number of years ago, and we were lucky enough to attend both an NHL and a CFL game.   I was hooked.

Now, don’t get me wrong, this wasn’t the first time I had attended either.  I’d attended both NHL and CFL games in Vancouver, but I’d never been able to cheer for the Vancouver teams.   One short visit in Calgary made me a fan for life.

So what is it about the CFL that makes me a fan?  Well, in one simple word – FOOTBALL!

I know most Americans would scoff at this, considering CFL football to be less than nothing, but it’s what I grew up with, and what I’ve grown to love.  Yes, I am, of course, an NFL fan as well.  I was just a CFL fan first. 

The season is started at the beginning of the summer and ends before Christmas, in the last week of November, with the Grey Cup.  It’s the Canadian version of the Super Bowl, and the parties, food, celebrations and alcohol consumption are on par with a Super Bowl Sunday. 

There are differences between the two games, most noticeably the size of the field and the number of downs.   An NFL Field is 100 yards long and a CFL field is 110 yards.  An NFL End zone is 10 yards deep, while the CFL is 20 yards deep.  NFL has 4 downs and the CFL has only 3.

However, whatever the differences, it is still football!

See, for me, football is football, be it the NFL, CFL, local high school or a game of touch with friends.  No, I’m not much of a fan of College football, but I think that is honestly because I don’t know the teams or the players and have no vested interest in cheering.  Do I watch the games? Hell, yeah! Football is football! But I watch it simply for enjoyment of the game, not because I’m a huge fan of any particular team.

I guess for me, it’s like it is for the average American looking at me cheering about the CFL.  They just can’t understand what I see that’s so enthralling.

The CFL has two divisions, the West and the East.  There are only 8 teams.  As I’ve said,  the Calgary Stampeders are my favourite team.  Right now they are second in the West, having split the two games they’ve played, winning and losing one each. Unfortunately, three teams in the two divisions have won 2 games.  Three teams are also at 0-2. 

The teams all play again this weekend, starting Thursday with Calgary challenging Winnipeg.  Winnipeg is one of those teams that has already won 2 games, so Calgary will be looking to change their luck just a little. 

At least the BC Lions are one of the teams currently in the basement.

If you get a chance, check out a game! You just might be pleasantly surprised.

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8/1/11   |   pigskinfan   |   44 respect

it's all in the name, my friend

7/30/11   |   torontolui   |   112 respect

aaaaaaaarrrgooooooossssssss

7/27/11   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

pigskinfan wrote:
let's also not forget the fact that the goalpost is on the goal line and not at the back line of the end zone.  i really like that feature of the game, as well as all the others listed here, and i wish the NFL and NCAA would put the goalposts back where they belong.  i won't say that i like the canadian game more than what happens south of the border, but you can count me as an American that really enjoys the CFL!

 Then I can also count you as a person who just enjoys football 

7/27/11   |   pigskinfan   |   44 respect

let's also not forget the fact that the goalpost is on the goal line and not at the back line of the end zone.  i really like that feature of the game, as well as all the others listed here, and i wish the NFL and NCAA would put the goalposts back where they belong.  i won't say that i like the canadian game more than what happens south of the border, but you can count me as an American that really enjoys the CFL!

7/15/11   |   Debi_L   |   11853 respect

Canadianhick wrote:
I love the CFL, the last 3 minutes of a game is great and can be so unpredictable at times. One thing I don't like about these league is the number of teams they. With that being said,  I'm happy the CFL is expanding down the road in 2013 with Ottawa getting another team, but a odd number of teams in a league is horrible. I would be really happy if the CFL added one more team down the road in Atlantic Canada.

 I agree, the last three minutes of the game are as a game should be played!! Down to the wire!  I'm in agreement, somewhat,  with having more teams, but if Ottawa adds a team, that's another one for the East, meaning we have to find a team for the West.  My suggestion would be a team in Manitoba.  I also agree that the Maritimes should have a team, but if we start expanding too much, we seem to lose something.  I'd still love to see my hometown of Kamloops BC get a team, something I heard rumblings of a couple of years ago when I was home for a visit, but I haven't heard anything recently.

7/14/11   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

(Edited by Canadianhick)

I love the CFL, the last 3 minutes of a game is great and can be so unpredictable at times. One thing I don't like about these league is the number of teams they. With that being said,  I'm happy the CFL is expanding down the road in 2013 with Ottawa getting another team, but a odd number of teams in a league is horrible. I would be really happy if the CFL added one more team down the road in Atlantic Canada.

7/14/11   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Not a huge fan of American football...  But I like the tweaks to the rules you find in the CFL.  I like the larger field and three downs.  Makes for a better game, IMHO.

7/14/11   |   Bmeister   |   5 respect

Totally agree.  The biggest difference I see is in the way time is kept.  Not sure how long the play clock is, but I love the fact that if a team is on defense and behind in the last two minutes the offense cannot fall down to end the game.  Up north, there are likely to be multiple changes of possession yet.  Keep suspense alive!