Articles posted in October 2008

CFL Scheduling: Part 2 - Creating Excitement

Published on October 24, 2008

Creating a schedule every year in the CFL can be a challenge. Besides the technical difficulties with bye weeks, season length, stadium availability and the needs of the television networks, the other part of schedule making is the matchups and the events. Keeping the schedule fresh and non-repetitive every year while maintaining the traditions demanded by the fans is a challenge in a small league. Traditions have won out in the past and there has been no sustained attempt to create excitement throughout the season.

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Crossover Blues

Published on October 19, 2008

The CFL has consistently had an issue with the perception of competitiveness in the past 25 plus years.  The argument is often made that two four-team divisions should not lend itself to one division dominating the other like the West division has in the CFL.  The crossover rule being enacted for only West division teams is evidence of this.  While there is a some truth to this, it is not the complete story.

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Ottawa Conditional Franchisees Unveil Stadium Plan

Published on October 18, 2008

The Ottawa conditional CFL franchise group announced new details Friday regarding their Lansdowne Park revitalization plan.  The group, headed by Jeff Hunt and backed by local developers Roger Greenberg, William Shenkman and John Ruddy, publicly unveiled their plans for Lansdowne Live!, a $120 million sports and entertainment development for the Lansdowne Park area of Ottawa.

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CFL Neo-cons

Published on October 6, 2008

Terry Jones penned an article today on the conservative nature of CFL coaches and the elimination of razzle-dazzle from every team’s repertoire.  Actually more of a rant, Jones goes from the lack of big play attempts on second-and-ones to the option play to a list of plays (commentator knowledge of these plays is another article) missing from the CFL for the past 15 years.  I like Terry Jones and have been a big fan of his ever since I picked up his book Canadian Pro Football ‘83 with Condredge Holloway on the cover.  He is an entertaining, humorous writer who often does make good points about these larger issues.  He has the experience and memories to realize these differences over the years.  He is right about the conservative coaches but does not speak to what lead to this rise of new conservatism in the CFL.

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