A question for general discussion. Being a geezer, perhaps my memory of how things were, are not the way things really were. So take this with a grain of salt. It seems to me when I was young, growing up in Ottawa, CFL football was immensely popular. All of the adults in my life watched it regularly and Grey Cup was like a national holiday in our neighbourhood and across the city. Perhaps because we did not have an NHL hockey team (back in the ancient 6 team NHL).
In Old Ottawa East, where I grew up, every New Year's Day, the neighbourhood held a "Frost Bowl" where Upper and Lower Ottawa East competed for a prize. It was a regular event but slowly faded out by the end of the 1960s. High school football was huge when I was in that cohort; again, it seems to me that it was bigger than hockey.
Fast forward to the present. Maybe it is where I live, but I am hard pressed these days, to find fellow football fans. It seems to me that football's popularity in Canada has waned considerably since my childhood and my high school days, being superseded by hockey and increasingly, soccer.
So my question is, what is everyone else's take on this? Is this just a case of another geezer with a selective memory? And if football really is on the wane, why? Why was it so popular years ago and why has it fallen out of favour, nationally?