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On the “New” CFL (or, What a Difference Two Games Makes)

What a difference two football games make. Some of the comments fans of the league were making about the “new CFL” were so over the top it was starting to become comedic.

These two fans have just missed out on two incredible games for a fantastic Friday night of football. I will say that most of the fans voicing their opinions and trashing the “new CFL” have been Roughriders fans. We all know if they were 4-0 instead of 0-4, they’d absolutely love what the new rules has done for the league.

The parity this season is amazing. It’s another two East Division wins over the West as the Ottawa RedBlacks eclipse their 2014 win total after a thrilling 29-26 overtime win over the defending Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders in front of their home fans at TD Place. Burris threw for nearly 400 yards and Chris Williams had his breakout game with 7 catches for 162 yards including an 84 yard race to the endzone. The Stamps did lose Jon Cornish partway through the game due to a broken thumb but I’m sure Ottawa will take any win they can get.

The second half of the Friday night double header had a lot to live up to and boy, did it deliver. The Toronto Argonauts dug themselves into a 21-point deficit before Trevor Harris came to life. No Ricky Ray. No problem. 340 yards passing for Harris while those new receivers in Toronto continued to flex their muscles. Kevin Elliott had 6 grabs for 81 yards and a touchdown while Tori Gurley continues to impress with 5 catches of his own for another 71 yards.

That’s another two games decided in the last three minutes of a game. A total of *twelve* games have now been decided by less than seven points this season and as penalty flags continue to drop, the fans are really noticing how awesome these games have been.

I’m just glad we have fifteen more weeks of this awesome CFL football…

– written by Travis Currah