As an American I find a few of the rules in the CFL a bit unusual, and I was wondering why they came about. Here’s what I mean:
When there is a punt, the receiving team cannot block for the player receiving the ball, but on a kick-off the receiving team can block for the player receiving the ball. Why is that, and what difference would it make if blocking was allowed by the receiving team on each play?
Why is the defense required to play one yard off the ball on every play from scrimage? By doing this it would seem to me on 3rd and 1 the offense would make a first down every time. In the NFL, the defense can play as close to the ball as they want, and yes they do get penalized for lining up offsides, but they do stop running backs from making the first down.
Why is a single point awarded when a team tries a field goal and misses it, and the ball is not run out of the end zone by the other team? This appears to me to be rewarding a team for failure. I understand it on a kick-off or a punt, but not on a missed field goal.
This is not a rule, but something I don’t understand. Why were two teams in the CFL given the same nickname (Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Rough Riders), which I know is not the case anymore, but I’ve never seen that in any other sport, professional or amateur.
Thank you for clearing up these questions I have.