The schedule is here! The schedule is here!
February is like an offseason paradise for CFL fans especially after the barren wasteland that is January. This year, we had an extensive free agent list to be sorted out, and we all knew the release of the CFL schedule would shortly follow. I’ve even been rocking my Rider green a little more often while my co-worker Scott has been sporting his Stampeders gear. The trash talk has been in mid-season form, but he’s now in Jamaica and I’m here fighting a demon cold – so screw Scott!
Let’s take a closer look at the 2016 CFL schedule.
• Thursday Night Football is here to stay. The attendance issues in Vancouver have pushed the league to try the Thursday experiment in Edmonton twice this summer; let’s see how that one works out. Edmonton should have July 8th circled on their calendar: That’s when Chris Jones returns to Commonwealth for the first time.
• The Riders will make it into Week 2 without a loss! Of course, they don’t play Week 1. This is the final season at Mosaic Stadium and the final regular season game in Mosaic Stadium history will happen October 29th against Wally Buono and the BC Lions. We can only hope for something as memorable as their September 2008 battle when Buono took his Lions to centre field after Rider fans pelted the Lions with beer.
• The Argos have two Wednesday games. I thought things would get better for them at BMO Field. Either way, we don’t have to wait long to see Chad Owens face his old team, as the Argos host Hamilton to open the season on June 23rd.
• It looks like the Battle of Alberta will go first on Labour Day Monday rather than the Battle of Southern Ontario. Is this to give the Argos an extra three hours of rest since they play the Wednesday before?
• The Eskimos have no home games in October.
• Saskatchewan and Winnipeg don’t play before Labour Day and the Banjo Bowl is on a Saturday this year. Talk about a party in the Peg!
• There’s a tripleheader on November 5th to close the season. I’ve already set the date with my couch.
• Four of Ottawa’s first five games are on the road. Ouch.
• That Ottawa and Hamilton home-and-home late in the year should be awesome. Let’s hope Zach Collaros is healthy this time…
• Chris Jones back in Edmonton, Chad Owens back in Toronto, Andrew Harris back in BC, and Weston Dressler/John Chick back in Saskatchewan. Who gets cheered and who gets booed?
Is it June yet?
– written by Travis Currah