It's great that the Cats are back over 500 and have turned things around.
I get out to some games each year and watch some on TV, but it's getting harder and harder to pay attention to a CFL game for me.
This is not a pro-NFL rant for 4 downs and no single points. I love the CFL brand of football, but I think that the run and shoot started yrs ago by the Argos has run it's course. Almost every play from scrimmage has so much motion with running starts, that the game has evolved to one that really doesn't look much like football.
Think back to the days of tight ends like Tony Gabriel, running backs like George Reed and QBs like the Lancaster. There is no more room for a 'Little General' that reads and picks apart defences, nor a power back that can average 3-4 yards a carry. The tight end is all but extinct. Those guys I mentioned (and others) could make sustained drives down the field like you see in the NFL, and do it within the CFL rules.
The new game has gunslinger QBs that try to hit a bunch of backs and receivers that make a running start at the line of scrimmage on most plays. Half the time they look offside. Usually 2 shots are followed by a punt, but enough 1st downs and big plays happen to rack up big scores. Ball control and drives mean nothing. For those of us that remember the NFL strike in '82, NBC (I think) broadcast CFL games during the walkout. I remember the broadcaster commenting that the game looked like a track meet and that was when the Argos where just starting this brand of Football. The comments were very prophetic. The game has become just that...a track meet.
Maybe some like this type of football, just like some like rule changes for higher scoring NHL hockey games. I may be a voice in the wilderness, it but I'm watching a lot more NFL these days and so are most of my kids' generation. The CFL needs to look at the rules and limit motion to bring back the game and football fans. Otherwise it will sadly become a sideline like Arena Football.
Go Cats Go