Grey Cup turns 100, but not the same as a C-Cup, Justin Bieber at half-time

Tomorrow is the 100th Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League. Unlike the Super Bowl we don’t use Roman numerals to indicate how many times the Cup has been played for – “Grey Cup C” just doesn’t work. Maybe “C-Cup in Grey” would be better as we lads are always fond of a good c-cup, but that’s a different story.

The great thing about the CFL is that unlike the NFL the players are not all millionaires and are in many cases guys from your own community. I imagine almost everyone in Canada knows someone who either played or is playing in the league. It’s much smaller than the NFL in most regards (i.e. revenues and attendance), but bigger in a few.

C-Cup in Grey

The field is wider and a bit longer and the ball itself is larger; the emphasis is on offense since you only have three downs to get those ten yards for a new series of downs (which leads detractors of the Canadian game to call it Run,Pass,Punt) and kicking (it is called football). There is no fair catch, if the ball is kicked to you, you actually have to catch it and run with it. There were times when newly drafted US college players forgot about the no fair catch and found out the hard way!

So if you have a chance take a few moments tomorrow to check out football Canadian style. Don’t compare it too much to the NFL; just enjoy it as a variation on a theme. If the game doesn’t entertain you, you always have Justin Bieber at half-time!

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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