Call us homers if you want, but here are eight reasons why wed choose the CFL over the NFL game.
1 We try harder
It's more difficult to get a first down in Canadian football when you only have three downs to do it and not four. It also means the ball changes hands more often, and you can't predict the winner when there are still five minutes remaining in the game. The fact that the clock stops after each play inside the three-minute mark keeps the excitement up, too. Yes, those 180 seconds may feel long, but they allow miracles, in the form of comebacks, to happen.
2 Are we there yet?
CFL players have 20 seconds to begin play once the referee gives the signal. You could have a nap while you wait (45 seconds!) after the referee's signal for the Americans to snap the ball.
3 Wider, faster, better
With a larger field (110-by-65 yards vs 100-by-53.3 yards), speed makes a big difference in the CFL. Quarterbacks are smaller and more mobile and get to the outside faster, and CFL defenders are quicker and more agile than their American counterparts. That's why Doug Flutie likes us and we like him.
4 It's called football for a reason
How you kick the damn thing matters. There's nothing sweeter than a gorgeous long spiral punt that sends the receiver back into the end zone, from which he'd better escape or the kicking team gets a point. Forget the fair catch. That's for NFL wimps.
5 State of the unions
Get injured in the CFL and your contract is insured. Get injured in the NFL and you're out on the street.
6 Canadian content
Okay, it's true that Lenny Kravitz plays halftime this year. But the league continues to operate with the equivalent of TV's Canadian Content rules, requiring each team to include 17 Canadians so the country's best players - at least those not snapped up by the NFL - get a chance to play pro ball.
7 Jailbirds 'r' them
The NFL has way more convicted criminals than the CFL, and most of the time they get an easy ride back into the league. Then again, the CFL didn't let a pot conviction keep the Argos from hiring Ricky Williams.
8 Gloriously offensive
Compare the Grey Cup with the Super Bowl and notice how the Grey Cup is rarely a defensive bore. The Super Bowl, on the other hand, can easily deteriorate into a 9-6 snoozer. Plus, the Grey Cup's never had Up With People on the halftime show.