I live in Edmonton and the Eskimos, who have excellent support (over 22,000 season ticket holders year after year), only had a couple hundred people show up at the airport when we won the Cup in BC last year. There weren't many people at the victory rally either, but I blame that on the idiots in City Hall who planned it and hosted it at a FOOD COURT, if you can believe it.
It doesn't mean the CFL is "minor league", it just proves that Canada only FULLY supports one thing - NHL hockey. We don't support our university or college hockey teams or even our junior or semi-pro hockey teams like we should. Even most of the American college hockey teams get MUCH better support than our teams.
The fact is that NHL Hockey is King in Edmonton too. Doesn't matter how much the Oilers suck, they will always be more popular than the Eskimos. The NHL is King in EVERY Canadian city, that's not going to change. That doesn't mean the CFL isn't a great league and something we should be proud of, especially considering it's the ONLY league that is based solely in Canada. It's about two things - population and economics. If the NHL only had eight Canadian teams and no teams in all the big-money American cities like New York and Detroit, it would not be nearly as big of an economic power either - NHL players would not be making $8 million a year. So those idiots who love to cut down the CFL for the size or whatever need to look in the mirror - it's nothing more than a reflection of our country, a low populated and insecure nation living next to the world's greatest super power.
The other thing is that when a team wins the Stanley Cup it's MUCH more of a rollar coaster ride for fans. Even people in cities that don't give a hoot about hockey (southern USA) can't help but eventually get on the bandwagon because it drags out for so long - four rounds, up to seven games per round - that's a lot of hockey.
It's just best to try to ignore all the trash-talking idiots who literally "get off" on making fun of the CFL and feel like "big boys" - they should just do us all a favour and move to the US where they'll be "small potatos".
CFL fans have to stop worrying about everything. The league isn't perfect (then again, the NHL wasn't perfect for the last decade either), but it's got a lot of potential to continue to grow and it's a key part of Canadian culture and history.