Fun Facts About the Canadian Football League

Unlike the open, rectangular field used in American football play, the Canadian football field is round, and encased entirely in glass and wire.

Because too many balls got caught in the overhead wires, the CFL did away with post-score kickoffs in 1947 in favor of a jump-ball.

Teams are selected by the local fan-base, in much the same way as Canadian parliamentary elections. The annual Grey Cup champion is also the result of a vote.

Many CFL standouts have gone on to big careers in the NFL, including Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, and Rocket Ishmael. In 1997, the CFL put an end to the possibility of any more defections with the introduction of a 54-week season.

All huddle conversations and nonverbals are required by Canadian law to be delivered in English and French.

Beloved Canadian comic actor John Candy was a co-owner of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts, and was the public face of the team, attending most home games and appearing in TV commercials. Candy inspired his castmates from SCTV to buy teams, too. During the 1982-83 season, all eight CFL teams were owned by an SCTV cast member, with the exception of the Edmonton Eskimos, owned jointly by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, because those guys did everything together. Keep reading