Hey guys, I've lurked on this board for several years, but finally posting now. I've always been a fan of alternative football leagues (Arena Football fan for 10+ years) and developed quite a fondness for the CFL over the years. I have a great respect for the Canadian game as well as Canadian culture and hope to Attend a Grey Cup in the near future. While I've watched the CFL for a number of years, I have only really followed closely the past 3 or 4 years as games have become accessible on NFL Network, ESPN 3, and looking forward to watching on NBC Sports this year.
For the most part I have picked up on the majority of rules and strategies of the CFL, and while I don't necessarily have a favorite team I've become quite a fan Calvillo and the Als. I just have a few questions I was hoping you fine folks could clear up for me.
- How does the game clock work exactly? I've seen games where the clock is at 0:00 and they will still run a play and other times where they will walk off the field with the clock running like in the NFL. Same thing with the 3 minute warning, I've noticed sometimes the refs will whistle at 3mins and other times a play will be run and clock not stopped until almost down to 2 mins.
- Kickoffs confuse me a bit too. If I recall correctly, I've seen teams get the ball automatically at the 35. I believe it was after a safety and/or field goal. Why/when does this happen?
- Giving up safeties. In what instances do teams decide to concede the 2pts as opposed to punting away? Also is punting out of bounds penalized, I could of sworn to see flags when a punt goes out of bounds.
Just as a P.S. I've watched quite a few games with my buddies that are hardcore NFL fans. I've yet to hear any of them say anything negative about the CFL. I think the same could be said about alot of American gridiron fans. If they just give a game or 2 a watch, I'm sure they'll fall for the Canadian game just as I have.