Was doing a little research this weekend. 2009 marks the 135th anniversary of the McGill-Harvard game played in Boston in 1874 that basically gave rise to the adoption of the modern rules of the game used in both the US and Canada.
(As I understand it, a rugby game played after the football game inspired Harvard to adopt the "touchdown" as the major way to score points - see wikipedia link below)
What a great marketing opportunity for the CFL with the Grey Cup game in Montreal this year.
I'd love to see a re-match of that historic game... maybe as part of Grey Cup celebtrations which are in Montreal next year.
Seems a natural fit and a great way for the CFL to demonstrate to pro-NFL Canadians - particularly in eastern Canada - that Canada played an integral role in the development of this great sport.
Plus, I really think that CIS university ball is pretty close in calibre to NAIA ball in the US. Would be interesting to see just how close.
Would love to see the CFL do something with this. Thoughts?
From Wikidpedia: Harvard (after a dispute over the standarized rules being proposed by other American colleges)...agreed to play McGill University, from Montréal, in a two-game series. The McGill team traveled to Cambridge to meet Harvard in a game played under "Boston" rules, followed by a game of rugby. On May 14, 1874, the "Boston"-style game, was won easily by Harvard. The next day, the two teams played rugby to a scoreless tie, quite a feat considering that the Harvard team was unfamiliar with the game.