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The Grey Cup: Canada’s Superbowl

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, I guess Canada’s Superbowl would be the Stanly Cup Finals, but some get pretty excited about the championship match in the Canadian Football League.

I’ll be watching the game today which is between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Montreal Alouettes, and I’ll be rooting for Saskatchewan.

I may have time for a science related post.  Depends how many beers I have.

What are the differences between the CFL and the NFL? A couple of the main differences are:

  1. The CFL field is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide, as opposed to 100 yards by 53 yards for the NFL.
  2. In the CFL you get only 3 downs to go 10 yards.
  3. The play clock in the CFL is 20 seconds instead of 40 seconds like in the NFL.
  4. Because of the bigger field, CFL teams have 12 players on the field instead of 11.

There are plenty of other differences  as well, but those are the main ones. What it adds up to is a much faster paced, more wide open game of football. As opposed to the NFL, which is usually tighter and more strategic.

Most CFL games tend to be close, and because of the 3 down possession and 20 second play clock, the game is not over half way through the 4th quarter. Anything can happen.

Go Riders!