Last Saturday, I had intended to go up to the Hamilton Road Games Group as I often do on Saturdays. Instead, at Andy's invitation, I joined Andy, his son Steven, his wife Barb, and our friend Martin and attended a Canadian Football League game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Eskimos. I've been to National Football League games in the US, but not for quite a while. This was the first time I'd seen a CFL game.
The game is rather different when compared to American football. The field is longer and wider. The offensive team has three downs to go 10 yards and get a "first down." There are twelve players on each side as opposed to eleven in US football and up to three men can be "in motion" during a play. (That means that three men can be moving behind their own line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped.) Scoring is slightly different; there are different penalties for play against the rules, and the game is much faster since there is a 20 second clock, meaning a play has to go off within 20 seconds of that clock starting,
Sad to say, the Ti-Cats lost and had their quarterback injured. I believe I heard that he'll be out for the rest of the season. Many of the fan spoke of their belief that the Edmonton team was "gunning" for some of the Ti-Cats, hoping to cause injuries.
|Steven, Andy, myself, and Martin... dressed for the weather.|
I was raining steadily when we arrived but it soon cleared up although it remained windy.
Rain ponchos cost $1.00 at the Dollar Store; a good investment.
|Andy has season tickets and he allowed me to use one of them. That's what's hanging around my neck.|
We sat up pretty high in the stands and had a good view of the developing plays,
|Barb, Steven, our friend Ralph, and Martin actually sat on the other side of the stadium.|
I felt guilty for a brief moment, then I got over it.
Such is life.
I'm not a great football fan; I prefer baseball or hockey. That having been said, I'd go again if the situation presented itself.