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I didn't see any CFL threads, and I'm stoked that the bombers have gone through the preseason without a loss (or win for that matter, but I won't split hairs).

Anybody following CFL?
 

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You've been more loyal than me. I hadn't watched more than highlights until last year because I couldn't witness the thrashing anymore. They've had a lot of bad years, so here's hoping that they're ready to play this season.
 

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Long time Argonauts fan here. We'll see if our new Head Coach and GM can bring back the glory...we're 2-0 in the preseason but it's THE PRESEASON.
 

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I find the pre season doesn't mean a whole lot in making predictions--although it helps.
It's more for the teams to make decisions--but the first 2 or 3 games are also like that & you will sometimes see teams making overhauls after that--and sometimes that works.
That said I am looking forward to the season getting underway for real.
 

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I want there to be an Atlantic team so bad. Not only for the sake of having a 10th team, but because Maritime parents whose kids end up on teams from St. FX, St. Mary's, Acadia, and Mount Alison (all historically sources of CFL players) deserve to be able to see their kids play for a pro team in their home region. There is a special thrill when you see a hometown boy do something special on a hometown team (or one close enough).

Just where such a team should be is the question. For two seasons a few years back, the CFL had a regular season game in Moncton, to gauge interest. They haven't done it the last few years, so I don't know if that reflects disinterest on the part of the public or on the part of the CFL management. Because it is a reasonable distance from Fredericton, Saint John, Charlottetown, and Halifax-Dartmouth, Moncton seems the logical spot. Clearly the Halifax-Dartmouth area is the largest single market. But it starts to be far enough away to be a deterrent for much of the NB population (although easily driveable as a day-trip from Moncton). Moncton is also more or less non-partisan, as far as university teams go (when's the last time you heard about a CFL player coming from U d'M?). I think the overarching question is whether either unicipality could afford a suitable stadium, and whether the transportation costs (EVERY game would involve an air trip) would be a back-breaker for an Atlantic franchise.

As for what the pre-season might have indicated, we've seen some interesting players, but most teams only dressed the folks they wanted to try out, and not their first-string people, so regular-season games will have a somewhat different roster. Still, I'm pretty stoked for this season.
 

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Big fan here. Friday Night Football is the best thing TSN ever did. I already have my PVR set to record the season opener tomorrow, Friday's game, and of course for my Argos taking on that team from down the QEW on Sunday.
 

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Should be a good one. I'd be willing to bet that the bombers go undefeated through week one...

They have a bye-week.
 

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Big fan here. Friday Night Football is the best thing TSN ever did. I already have my PVR set to record the season opener tomorrow, Friday's game, and of course for my Argos taking on that team from down the QEW on Sunday.
Finally, something we can agree on!

Whenever someone tries to sell me on how much better NFL is, I direct them to this video. You simply cannot get this sort of thrill fromNFL ball, because the rules and field size preclude it.
 

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Finally, something we can agree on!

Whenever someone tries to sell me on how much better NFL is, I direct them to this video. You simply cannot get this sort of thrill fromNFL ball, because the rules and field size preclude it.
I remember that game.

As for Atlantic Canada--it would be cool to see a team there, but where to locate it?
Costs of travel?
Appropriate facility/stadium?

Those all need to be answered first--and who owns it?
 

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As for Atlantic Canada--it would be cool to see a team there, but where to locate it?
Costs of travel?
Appropriate facility/stadium?

Those all need to be answered first--and who owns it?
Biggest single market is Halifax/Dartmouth, but the point roughly equidistant to all major markets within a day-trip distance is Moncton. around, or less than, a 2hr drive from Fredericton, Saint John, Charlottetown, and Halifax/Dartmouth. Individually, nothing special, but collectively you're starting to push a million, and that doesn't include the smaller municipalities like Truro, Sussex, Amherst, etc. If Saskatchewan can support a team, then so can the Atlantic provinces.

The stumbling block seems to be that while the Riders and Bombers can hop on a bus for the Banjo Bowl, and the Ti-Cats and Argos can take their own cars to games in the other city, any Atlantic team would always have to fly. Of course the same can be said for the BC Lions. But then they have a much larger local market.

And not that it is the least important factor, there would need to be a stadium built. Given that the CFL season includes only 10 home games, economic justification for a stadium would be found in the ability to have enough other events there to make it worth building. That would seem to be the bigger stumbling block. You get the odd big name music acts out there once in a while, but not really often enough. There's no soccer or baseball team that would draw crowds, either.

Potential owners? McCains or Irvings.
 

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Halifax would have to build a stadium way on the outskirts of town.

We're busy trying to get a pop up stadium built for a pro soccer team for a 2018 startup league.

We also can't get more than 25 fans to show up for a pro basketball team either.
 

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I am SOOOO confused. I'm watching the Montreal-Saskatchewan game and....wait, Durant is the Als' QB? Ernest Jackson and Duron Carter play for the Riders? What is this, some kind of spouse-swapping hippie commune?
 

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I am SOOOO confused. I'm watching the Montreal-Saskatchewan game and....wait, Durant is the Als' QB? Ernest Jackson and Duron Carter play for the Riders? What is this, some kind of spouse-swapping hippie commune?
I guess you weren't following the late season news & off season news...
Basically the Riders made some sweeping changes after their season last year was a bust-- And Durant got hurt for most of it--again.
 

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I saw the highlights yesterday morning. Jt looked like Durant had a pretty good game at any rate. I don't know why he made a point of staring down the SK bench after the game though.
 

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I saw the highlights yesterday morning. Jt looked like Durant had a pretty good game at any rate. I don't know why he made a point of staring down the SK bench after the game though.
Payback I guess.
 

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Heh-heh, fair enough, I guess I always rhink of those trades as executive choices, and the players are still buddies. Then, again, I guess there could have been some trash talk regardless
 
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