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Old 07-03-11, 06:33 PM
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2011 CFL Season

Seeing that this is week one of the regular season for the new season, I thought that I'd start a thread for those of us that want to discuss the Canadian Football League, as I can't find a thread on it yet.

Out of the first 3 games, there have been 2 upsets, and the Als were lucky to hold on for their win.

Montreal 30 BC 26
Winnipeg 24 Hamilton 16
Toronto 23 Calgary 21

Edmonton vs Saskatchewan
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Some nasty hail at the start of this Esks/Riders game but it's cleared up nicely now.

I guess Fantuz is no longer under contract with the Riders since his deal with the Chicago Bears.

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Had no idea about Fantuz. Great for him but a huge loss for Saskatchewan...
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Damn, there goes BC's chance for a perfect season.
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Old 07-04-11, 07:38 AM
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Make that 3 out of the 4 games being upsets.
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Old 07-04-11, 08:06 AM
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United States Broadcast Information

NFL NETWORK BROADCAST SCHEDULE - JULY.
Saturday, July 9 - 4:00 PM ET - Montreal @ Saskatchewan.
Saturday, July 9 - 7:00 PM ET - Hamilton @ Edmonton.
Saturday, July 16 - 4:00 PM ET - Saskatchewan @ Hamilton.
Saturday, July 16 - 7:00 PM ET - British Columbia @ Edmonton.
Saturday, July 23 - 7:00 PM ET - Edmonton @ Calgary.
Sunday, July 24 - 7:00 PM ET - Saskatchewan @ Montreal.
Thursday, July 28 - 8:00 PM ET - British Columbia @ Winnipeg.
Saturday, July 30 - 9:30 PM ET - Calgary @ Saskatchewan.

The entire 2011 Canadian Football League schedule will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
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Probably the biggest hit of this week:

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Yeah, that was a good one. Well not so much if your Buck Pierce
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Any talk of CFL expansion,especially Ottawa? Will they ever try expanding in the US,again? Those already built MLS soccer stadiums would make nice venues for possible new CFL teams.
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Originally Posted by dvd-4-life View Post
Any talk of CFL expansion,especially Ottawa? Will they ever try expanding in the US,again? Those already built MLS soccer stadiums would make nice venues for possible new CFL teams.
Ottawa are back starting next season.
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Ottawa are back starting next season.
3rd time's a charm, I guess... Or is it more than 3 already?

I think a Maritime team would work. As for another US expansion, I sure hope not. A parallel league that follows the CFL structure might work, but keep the CFL the CFL.
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Al's over Riders 39-25. AC with 5 TD passes, is now tied with Damon Allen with 394 all-time record.
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Rough start to the season for the Cats
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I haven't been able to watch the CFL regularly since the early 80's. I love watching CFL games, but they haven't been shown with any consistency in the U.S. in forever (at least not when I've looked for games during the summer - there don't seem to be many broadcast live).

From the looks of things above the games are shown on the NFL Network onSaturdays, so I'll have to remember that.
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OK, help me out here.

I'm watching a replay of the Montreal/Saskatchewan game on EPSN3.com and I'm seeing guys in motion who are way offside before the snap of the ball. I know that in the CFL you can be in motion towards the line of scrimmage prior to the snap, but can you cross the line of scrimmage itself before the snap? There were a couple plays where receivers were 5 yards downfield before the ball was snapped. Is that legal or just bad officiating?
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OK, help me out here.

I'm watching a replay of the Montreal/Saskatchewan game on EPSN3.com and I'm seeing guys in motion who are way offside before the snap of the ball. I know that in the CFL you can be in motion towards the line of scrimmage prior to the snap, but can you cross the line of scrimmage itself before the snap? There were a couple plays where receivers were 5 yards downfield before the ball was snapped. Is that legal or just bad officiating?
I think they changed the rule to where the back foot of the receiver has to be level when the ball is snapped but I know that's often/always abused. Maybe they just gave up calling it?
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Yeah, I've seen this kind of offsides called a few times but it's not uncommon for the refs to be rather lenient on the WR motion rule. It seemed to happened a lot in the Al's vs Riders game, especially on the Al's side. Maybe AC doing the Peyton Manning thing with pre-snaps reads and constantly changing plays on the fly had the refs confused.
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Thanks, guys.

I've always enjoyed the CFL, but actually following the league here has been difficult at best since ESPN got major sports league contracts back in the mid 80's.

Here's another CFL question for you - Do most of the players in the CFL come from Canadian college teams, or do they come from the U.S.? What is the state of college football in Canada, and do they basically follow CFL rules up there?
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HOW DOES THE IMPORT PLAYER RULE WORK?

"The roster size for a CFL team is 46 active players with 42 available for game day rosters. Three of the 42 are quarterbacks and can be either imports or non-imports with no restrictions. Of the remaining 39 players, no more than 19 may be imports. Therefore the maximum amount of imports allowed on game day rosters is 22. Training camp rosters are set at 68 plus all non-counters (i.e. draft picks and two additional players not selected in the current draft year)."

So essentially, it's split about 50/50 between Canadian and US players (imports).

And yes, college football in Canada follows CFL rules.
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Damn, there goes BC's chance for a perfect one-loss season.

But even at 0-2 they'd be in the playoffs due to tiebreakers.
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BTW, CFL tiebreakers are weird:

1 - HTH wins (BC-SASK have not played, so N/A)
2 - HTH winning percentage (N/A)
3 - HTH Point Differential (=PF-PA) (N/A)
4 - HTH Point Quotient (=PF/PA) (N/A)
5 - Division winning percentage (SASK has not played a division game yet, so N/A)
6 - Division Point Differential (N/A)
7 - Division Point Quotient (N/A)
8 - Point Differential All Games (BC -6, SASK -28)
9 - Point Quotient All Games (does not apply, but if it did BC 0.906, SASK 0.654)
10 - Coin toss

Source: http://www.cfl.ca/uploads/assets/CFL..._Book_2011.pdf
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I knew Buck Pierce was injury prone, but not this bad.

From canoe.ca:

"Pierce’s departure from Thursday’s contest marked the 17th time in his last 43 appearances that he’s left a game due to injury. "
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Well someone had to get their 1st win today and thankfully it was the Ti-Cats
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Saskatchewan looks better than their record. Well, they did last week, anyway. Today... not so much.

I'm pretty impressed with Edmonton - the Eskimos looked really sharp today. Of course, so did Hamilton as they dominated the RoughRiders.

I just think that the CFL just needs to get up to 12 teams. 3 Divisions with 4 teams each. Of course, the CFL has had a problem keeping more than 8 teams afloat, but if they can a 12 team league would certainly be a lot better.

Now that I know where the CFL games can be found I'll be able to keep up with the league a little more than I have for, oh, 28 or so years!
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Poor Riders are coming to Montreal next week.
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