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  1. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 Well-Known Member

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    Wow - if you think Arena football is like CFL, I just can't think of a response to that one - lol.

    As far as "stars" go, a Heisman trophy winner is the current Montreal Alouettes quarterback, as was Doug Flutie. Us CFL fans are stoked that smaller, mobile QB's who excel in U.S. college are too small for the NFL, 'cause they are exciting to watch. Our gain - NFL's loss.
    I guess that's why they won Heisman's.
     
  2. tvmaster2

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    yup, pretty much an accurate statement. And I'm not sure that American's wouldn't enjoy watching sports at a world-class level if the American TV networks would just let them.
    Case in point is Olympic coverage, especially the winter Olympics.
    Wow - does the U.S. coverage blow on that front.
    But basically, U.S. citizens have become so accustomed to ONLY being able to watch American media - that's what they're used to.
    And you're right about college ball as well - they're not ALL the best players, and many wind up in the CFL, but because it's customary to watch, people do. But college ball is great - like the CFL - not the best players, but a way better game, more fun, faster, unpredictable.
     
  3. fmowry

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    By "like" I mean "I couldn't care less about the lesser talent in either league".

    The NFL has bigger QBs who are faster and more mobile than Flutie ever was. And they can see over their OL.

    Again, the CFL is like minor league baseball. Nobody cares unless the players make it to the big leagues.

    Let's just agree that Orphan Black is the only thing Canada has ever put on TV that Americans care about.
     
  4. tvmaster2

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    oh yeah, I forgot about Joe Thiesman....
     
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    There's definitely been a few CFL stars that have become successful in the NFL. Thiesman, Warren Moon, a few kickers, and a few I'm probably not remembering.

    As for your other comments about watching "other" sports that Americans might be interested in. In small doses and in big events I agree. your Olympic example qualifies. The Olympics are a big deal. It promotes patriotism (or jingoism, depending on your POV). So people will watch Americans in sports that the other 3 years and 340 days they just couldn't care less about. Americans watch the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, US Open Tennis and the Masters, but won't even look at those sports the rest of the year. We love OUR sports AND big events. How many times have the networks tried to sell soccer, either NASL, MSL or even EPL? Still, it's a fringe sport (maybe becoming a bit more popular, but still well bellow the big 3 team sports). We are what we are and with SO many other things to do these days, it's hard to sell any sport to us. The NFL works because it's one day a week, for 3 hours (if you only watch YOUR team). The CFL will never catch on here in the US.
     
  6. tvmaster2

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    I don't imagine it will "catch on" here, but I'd much rather watch a current game of any kind than a 20 year old game on ESPN Classic, to which I imagine I'm in the minority.
    Couldn't care less if it's got less talented players, isn't "American" (although half the players are), has different rules or a longer field...I just find it a fun alternative to a lot of incredibly boring NFL games, which is more a fault of the television networks than it is of the sport itself.
    As far as BIG events go - that's how TV executives sell to us: IF YOU MISS THIS SHOW YOU'LL DIE!
    Isn't that how Bill Murray in Scrooged was selling Christmas? lol
    The most watched television show in the world barely makes a dent here - Top Gear.
    The most watched sport in the world, soccer, same thing (in addition to Formula 1).
    I never suggested that Americans were interested in what everyone else in the world is...I just thought I'd point out that the awesome CFL is now on NBCSNHD!
    :cool:
     
  7. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    To each his own I guess. I think it goes beyond the networks "selling" it to us though. If the networks "SOLD" us on the Grey Cup being a big event, maybe there will be an uptick for that game, but the rest of the season nobody would care. Some events are ingrained in our culture. The Indy 500 or the KY Derby were big before there was TV. But they are big events that's part of the culture, and they are American.

    Glad you like it and think it's more exciting. Enjoy.

    I'd rather watch the 20 year old rerun of the Super Bowl.
     
  8. Inundated

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    I miss the CFL. I was the news guy on one U.S. team's radio network and have actually seen a game at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

    I haven't checked lately, but I'm pretty sure ESPN3 runs CFL games, in addition to the games on NBCSN.
     
  9. getbak

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    Yes, ESPN2 had a few games too: http://cfl.ca/page/us-broadcast-schedule
     
  10. tvmaster2

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    thanks, didn't realize that!

    now...who's running the National Lacrosse League games? ;)
     
  11. Inundated

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    Yeah, I see that. "Had" indeed, since they had a very limited set that ended in September.

    It looks like NBCSN has a U.S. exclusive on the last playoff round and the Grey Cup, which won't be available via ESPN3.
     
  12. tvmaster2

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    Watching the Argos vs. Blue Bombers tonight - Live from Rogers Centre! Argos trying to lock-up first place
     
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    jsmeeker

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    Proof that Canadians really prefer the NFL


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    trainman

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    The NFL circa 1994-95, no less.
     
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    Proof that Canadians who smoke crack prefer the NFL.

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    jsmeeker

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    LMFAO!!


    Another drunken stupor?
     
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    He mis-remembered!!
     
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    tvmaster2

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    wow...the NFL must be very proud of who it's fans are.....lol
     
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