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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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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 16:32

Three-down renown: A 2019 CFL preview

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 Women’s World Cup football … although it is an international game.

The CFL’s season kicks off on June 13, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playing host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. All told, each team plays 18 games in 21 weeks; the whole thing wraps up with the 107th Grey Cup, to be played in November at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

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.

And if you’ve ever considered that you’d like to give the CFL a try, but can’t seem to find the games to watch, fear not: a new broadcast agreement means that ESPN and ESPN+ will be making every single league game of the season available on one platform or another. No more barriers to entry – just settle in and get your football fix.

Here’s a quick look ahead to the 2019 CFL season.

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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)

Published in Sports

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.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 10:09

Three-down renown - A CFL preview

Looking ahead to the Canadian Football League season.

Published in Sports
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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