10 Reasons You Should Be Watching the CFL

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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching the CFL
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There are two kinds of people in this world: those who know about the hard-hitting, faced-paced game of the Canadian Football League and those who don’t. The CFL is a way of life for many Canadians, who flock to the stadium in the thousands to cheer on their hometown team.

Many people want to compare the game to its counterpart in the states, the National Football League, but the comparisons are futile. The comparisons may be in an attempt to understand how the games differ, or it may be to provide fodder to the CFL versus NFL debate, but either way there is some very good football north of the border that you should be watching.

The CFL was founded in 1958, and currently has eight teams aligned in two divisions across Canada. The league had a brief foray into the United States with expansion teams in Baltimore, Las Vegas, Memphis and Sacramento among others, but no American team has lasted longer than two years.

The premise of the game is the same as American football—to score points via touchdown or field goal. There are still four quarters, there is still a quarterback, running back and safety but there are a number of rule changes that make for a very exciting game.

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