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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 11:57

Checking in with the CFL: Midseason 2019

The NFL season is poised to kick off soon – in fact, the first games may well have been played by the time you read this – but our neighbors to the north have already seen their league’s season pass the halfway mark.

The CFL’s regular season runs 21 weeks to allow each team three bye weeks; this past weekend marked 12 of those weeks in the books; we’re a little over halfway home. Initially, this piece was going to run last week, following Week 11, but considering how much football we already had – the NFL preview, Rich Kimball’s UMaine Black Bears preview – we thought it worthwhile to wait a week before checking in on the CFL.

Even with that extra week in play, this still gives us an opportunity to take a look at how the CFL season is progressing before the NFL and college football settle in to dominate the rest of the 2019 pigskin conversation.

Here’s a check on the progress of the nine CFL squads; please note that due to the schedule’s placement of bye weeks, different teams have played different numbers of games thus far.

(x = playoff team as of Week 12’s completion)

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 13:27

Road to the Grey Cup 2018

We’re basically halfway through an NFL season that has had some great moments and more than a few not-so-great ones. While it has been fun, we’re still weeks away from games that have any sort of real implications with regards to the postseason.

However, in the league’s neighbor to the north, the playoffs are upon us.

The CFL postseason is set to begin, with six teams vying for the right to hoist aloft the Grey Cup. This year’s championship game – the 105th in the league’s history – is set to take place on Nov. 25 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

So who’s going to win?

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While the NFL season is poised to kick off soon – and you can learn more through The Maine Edge’s annual NFL preview cover story from yours truly; you had to pass it just to get here – the gridiron of the Great White North actually just passed the halfway point of its season.

This year, the CFL’s regular season runs 21 weeks to allow each team a third bye week; this past weekend marked 11 of those weeks in the books. As such, it seems like a good time to check in with how things are going, an opportunity to take a look at how that season is progressing before the NFL behemoth and college football settle in to dominate the rest of the 2018 pigskin conversation.

Here’s a check on the progress of the nine CFL squads; please note that due to the schedule’s two bye weeks, different teams have played different numbers of games thus far.

(x = playoff team as of Week 11’s completion)

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It’s June. The sports landscape is in flux. Baseball is in full flower, but both the NBA and NHL have just crowned their champions, bringing their respective seasons to a conclusion. And while the NFL is a year-round sport in many ways, we’re definitely in the league’s largest lull right now.

But all is not lost! There’s football being played! And not just World Cup football … although it is an international game.

The CFL’s season kicks off on June 14, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers playing host to the Edmonton Eskimos. All told, each team plays 18 games in 21 weeks (as of this season, each squad gets three byes backed into the schedule), all leading up to the 106th Grey Cup, to be played in November at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

The Canadian game has its quirks and differences from what we see on Sundays in this country, but it’s those quirks and differences that make it fun to watch. It’s a fast-paced, wide-open game that offers plenty of action and excitement.

Here’s a quick look ahead to the 2018 CFL season.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:14

Johnny (Canadian) Football

Johnny Football is getting back onto the football field. Well … a football field, anyway. Just not the one to which he’s grown accustomed.

It’s a bit bigger, for starters. And probably a bit colder.

Quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Heisman Trophy winner and former first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns whose off-the-field issues contributed to on-field struggles and ultimately led to him being out of the game entirely for two years, has signed a two-year contract with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

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While the NFL season is poised to kick off soon – keep an eye out for The Maine Edge’s annual NFL preview from yours truly next week – the gridiron of the Great White North actually just passed the halfway point of its season.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 14:28

Previewing the 104th Grey Cup

Calgary, Ottawa face off for CFL championship

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:26

Road to the Grey Cup 2016

Previewing the CFL playoffs

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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 12:28

Bon Match! A CFL experience in Montreal

MONTREAL I'm not sure just when I decided that my first in-person professional football game experience was going to be a CFL matchup.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:39

The Great White North gridiron

Some thoughts on the 2016 CFL season

It's the middle of June, and for NFL fans, that means an extended empty stretch with only the occasional OTA and trade rumor to tide us over, followed by a month of meaningless preseason games before real game action actually arrives.

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