Free Book Friday Nov 19: A CFL Primer

The Vince Lombardi Trophy (football on a stick), the Stanley Cup (perfect for drinking beer or champagne from), the World Series trophy (way too many pokey things to stab yourself on), the World Cup (a true world series), whatever the NBA gives out, The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy (I had to look that one up), but have you heard of the Grey Cup (no, not gray, that’s not a typo)?

If you have, then you fall under one or more of the categories:

  • You are Canadian
  • You know a Canadian
  • You are an American who didn’t get drafted by an NFL team because you are to small
  • You know an American who didn’t get drafted by an NFL team because he was to small

Yeah, that’s about it. If you don’t know what the Grey Cup is, if you have, then you fall under one or more of the categories

  • You are not Canadian
  • You are from Toronto

If you didn’t get that last joke, I hope you enjoy living in Toronto.

But I jest. The Grey Cup is awarded to the winner of the final play-off game in the Canadian Football League. Here are some facts:

  • The Canadian Football League (CFL) is a nine team league split into East/West divisions
  • The CFL once had two teams with eerily similar names Roughriders/Rough Riders (note the space)
  • Several teams have folded, returned, folded, rebranded, or relocated
  • The CFL briefly expanded into the US but failed miserably, much to the relief of CFL fans
  • We decided to take the Baltimore football team (out of spite) after they won the Grey Cup in 1995 and give it to Montreal whose teams had been one of the folder/returner/rebranders
  • Americans retaliated ten years later and took the Montreal Expos baseball team and installed it in Washington.
  • The Grey Cup is most enjoyable to watch when it is played outdoors in November in one of the prairie provinces

And there you go. Stay tuned tomorrow for a few more interesting tidbits.


he story behind Free Book Friday:

I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?

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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

Book Two the The View from Here trilogy is now available: The Second View

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One thought on “Free Book Friday Nov 19: A CFL Primer

  1. Pingback: Weekend Wrap-up Nov 19: CFL Fun Facts (well … facts) | Lines by Leon

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