Just sitting here thinking about the new schedule after three weeks of Thursday through Sunday games. This lasts until Labour Day followed by a triple header the week after, except next week there are only three games.
I don’t really care whether this was done to placate US viewers or as a prelude to a merger of sorts as some have commented.
I think it is better and especially love a Thursday night game and it doesn’t require a 6-9 hour commitment on any given day to watch all the games.
I’m guessing that most of you out there generally approve as I haven’t seen much in the way of complaints about the schedule other than only three games next week and certainly far less than the complaints in the past about double and triple headers.
I’m interested to hear what other long time fans think.
It makes it more feasible to watch all the games, meaning I can clearly follow the journey of each individual team and it’s players. The ability to follow all the teams rather than just watching my own team makes the CFL pretty unique and really helps create a “soap-opera” that makes me want to tune in for the next installment.
Good move by the CFL to have the Sunday games.
It keeps the CFL in the news from Thursday night to Sunday night.
Labor Day it’s back to Friday/Saturdays, and that’s not pandering to US fans, it just makes sense that you don’t go head to head with another football league on Thursday nights and Sunday, especially when the CFL broadcaster is also broadcasting NFL games.
Makes sense too that the playoffs are now on Saturdays.
It’s not like they are on the field for 60 minutes, usually 30 minutes for the offense and 30 for the defense with a lot of standing around. These guys are in shape and no problem for them. Edmonton to Ottawa is a 3 hour flight hardly a travel day.
I wonder if the problem with short weeks is not the physical fatigue but the lack of time to prepare mentally for the upcoming opponent. A team has a different game plan for each opponent and they constantly change with new information.
Games on Sundays were always popular before the league decided to shift away from them so as not to go against TSN’s NFL broadcasts. The NFL has helped turn Sundays into football ritual. I think it makes sense for the CFL to take advantage of that.
Just to clarify my thougho, I don’t want the CFL on Sundays against the NFL. I enjoy watching both. But in the summer when Sundays are very slow for sports this makes perfect sense over double and triple headers.
That and healing bumps bruises and strains, with travel that’s 1 less day for that. You get 1 less practice day as well so only 2 practices.
In my books poor scheduling in a way, especially for a team who’s first bye is in Week 9.
This, absolutely this. I have to limit stimulation at times because getting too much causes problems. (you don’t want to know, trust me) One game a day is great as far as I’m concerned. When its two games I gotta take breaks and watch/do other things for parts of the game’s.