It allows people to "fit in" to talk only NFL and NCAA and I get that. It's easy for them. Most people don't want to think about what the CFL means in terms of it's history and symbolism here in Canada and it's roots, takes too much work. Again, I get that. What's weird is that some of these guys who adore NCAA and put down the CFL well some of the guys they were adoring in NCAA are now playing in the CFL. Go figure those sorts out. :?
Fortunately though there are lots of people who do "get" what the CFL is and Canadian football and especially the Grey Cup. Those people, us, are very neat in my books, simply the best.
And many of these NFL supporters do in fact snub their nose at CFL ball claiming it's inferiority status and projection as a second tier league
Well I love the CFL but in terms of it compared with the NFL in just about every way from a quantity point of view and some quality, it is inferior IMHO and is 2nd tier. But really I don't care. It's not that inferior or that 2nd tierish when you combine it with the fact it is ours, Canada's league, that we control and with the history behind the league and especially the game of Canadian football and the Grey Cup. It works for me even as an inferior and 2nd tier league, using these words as others like to concentrate on. Why people can't enjoy both is beyond me if you love football and understand football in Canada. The CFL never has made the claim it's a "major" league and doesn't promote the league as such, which is the right thing. Again I tend to dissociate myself from people who don't get the Grey Cup, Canadian football and the Grey Cup at all. I feel I'm superior enjoying both games and leagues on both sides of the border.
As well, we have a treasure in CIS football and the Vanier Cup even though it is not Division I level talent compared with the US. Again lots of people don't understand that who simply concentrate on pure talent without putting the talent in a holistic systems aspect of Canada and what Canada is about.
I think I should do some t-shirts up saying "CFL Football - Inferior and 2nd Tier and I Love It!"