Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Globe and Mail: The NFL in Toronto: Be very afraid, Canada

I have an editorial in today's Globe and Mail about the NFL's move into Canada. The Buffalo Bills are going to play a pre-season and regular season game in Toronto this year, and the editorial talks about the implications for the CFL.

For those of you not familiar with the paper, the Toronto-based Globe & Mail is Canada's paper of record; the New York Times of northern North America.

The editorial starts:

Back in 1982, I was a 57-day fan of the Canadian Football League. It was a strike season for the National Football League and I became enchanted with the Canadian game — the wide-open style and the players who had real jobs in the off-season.

This was like the NFL 50 years before — it was played by real people, and it appealed to my democratic spirit, possibly because it almost looked like I could be playing out there. But when the NFL players went back to work and the CFL coverage in the United States ended, sports coverage took me in different directions and the CFL faded from my sports-infused brain...

To read the rest of the piece, click here.


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