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CFL vs NFL

John Turnbull

Posted on November 19, 2018 17:59

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A tale of two leagues.

This past weekend was the divisional finals in the Canadian Football League. The winners go on to play for the Grey Cup, the 106th time that this dented tin trophy will be presented. I've actually held it, and it looks a lot larger and more prestigious on TV. That, in a nutshell, is the difference between the CFL and the NFL; the Vince Lombardi Trophy presented at the Super Bowl is glitzy and sleek looking, the Grey Cup one would pass by in a pawn shop to grab a more serviceable wash basin.

Watching a CFL game is not much different than watching kids throwing the pigskin around in a field, while watching NFL is akin to a military chess game with really big pawns, rooks and kings (not a lot of bishops - unless you count the referees).

The difference in talent and athleticism between the two leagues is impossible not to notice, an obvious by-product of the salary difference. The CFL's average salary is $80,000 CDN per player with the highest paid player, Ricky Ray, making $400,000 CDN. The NFL... well to put it in perspective, Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons made $42 million US last year, enough to pay the salary of the entire CFL roster.

And yet, there's something endearing about the barnyard shenanigans of the CFL, a game that rewards you for missing field goals and where its officials all work real jobs during the week. The career CFLers play the game for the right reason - enjoyment. Not fame, not money, but to get to make a living by playing a game. You have to respect that.

But despite the bigger budget and superior talent of the NFL, that doesn't mean that the CFL is inferior in quality. It's just a different game. Many players have come from the CFL to be bonafide superstars in the NFL such as Doug Flutie, the legendary Warren Moon and more recently, Cameron Wake.

Conversely, many hyped NFL players have come up to the CFL and done very poorly. Take Johnny Manziel, who was lit up for 4 interceptions and lost 50-11 in his first start. He is not alone in being humbled by the Canadian game, just the most recent.

The bottom line is, both leagues provide us fans with entertaining football. One can enjoy both chess and checkers.

John Turnbull

Posted on November 19, 2018 17:59

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