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As summer formally draws to an end, a number of compelling match-ups loom in this third week of college football.  In the Southeastern Conference, the 18th-ranked Auburn Tigers face a difficult challenge on the road against the 13th-ranked Louisiana State University Tigers in Baton Rouge.  It is a game that AUMom and Dave Carter will be […]

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This weekend, my Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0) take on the visiting UTEP Miners (0-1) in what should be an easy win for the Pirates of the Prairie.  The rivalry dates back to 1930, but the Miners haven’t won a game in the series since the Eisenhower Administration. In some other games of interest, Mike […]

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Are You Ready for Some Canadian Football?

 

CFLlogoOnce again, football season is finally here. No, not the NCAA or the NFL, whose seasons do not begin until late August and early September, but rather the Canadian Football League, the first game of the 2015 season being a showdown tonight between the Ottawa RedBlacks and the Montréal Alouettes on ESPN2 at 6:30pm CDT. As for how I became interested in Canadian football, here is the story…

It was July of 2012 and I had just returned to Lubbock after having spent nearly two months in the United Kingdom doing historical research. The beginning of the NCAA and NFL football seasons was still several weeks away, but I noticed that there were a number of Canadian football games showing on ESPN3, so I decided to check them out. Almost instantly, I was hooked.

In contrast with American football, Canadian football uses a field that is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide, with each team fielding 12 players. As each team has only three downs (as opposed to the American four) to advance the ball, Canadian football features more passing, scoring, and more frequent lead changes. It is quite an interesting and exciting game in its own right. As for the scheduling, most games are played on Friday night and Saturday, with some Sunday games and certain special exceptions such as the first game of the season and games played on Canadian Thanksgiving in October. The playoffs conclude in late November with the Canadian Football League championship game, known as the Grey Cup.