For night games in the West during the 1950s, a yellow football was used that had a black stripe around each end. The lighting in the stadiums was nowhere as bright as it is today, and a yellow ball was much easier for players, officials and fans to see.
The Edmonton Eskimos won it five years in a row (1978-1982), and also three years in a row (1954-1956). Other three-in-a-row winners were U of T (1909-1911), Queen's University (1922-24), and Toronto Argonauts (1945-47). Teams who won it two years running include Ottawa Senators (1925-26), Hamilton Tigers (1928-29), Toronto Argonauts (1937-38), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1958-59 and 1961-62), Ottawa Rough Riders (1968-69), Toronto Argonauts (1996-97), and Montreal Alouettes (2009-10). Since the question specified CFL teams, you might want to exclude all results before the formation of the combined league in 1958. Of current CFL teams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions have never won back-to-back championships.
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have won the cup 4 times, most recently in 2013. However, you might have been thinking of the Ottawa Rough Riders (spelled differently as you see). They won the Grey Cup 9 times.
The grey cup....
The youngest player I can recall ever to play in the Canadian Football League was Hank Ilesic. He was a 17 year old punter for the Edmonton Eskimos. His football career lasted more than 20 years, including a year in the NFL with San Diego. Copy and pase this website in your browser for more information on Hank Ilesic. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Ilesic
tom wright was the commissioner of the CFL
In "gridiron" football (i.e., the varieties played mainly in Canada and US), a team in possession of the football must advance the ball ten yards in order to retain possession of the ball. That team is allowed a certain number of attempts to do so. In football parlance, those attempts are called "downs." In the game as played in the US, a team is allowed four downs in which to advance the ball ten yards. In Canadian football, a team gets only three downs.
"Second down" means that the team has already made one attempt to advance the ball (and was able to advance it five yards). Now it is about to make the second attempt. "Second down and five yards to go" (which is usually shortened to "second and five") means that the team now must advance five more yards. If that team does gain an additional five or more yards, it is awarded another set of downs.
The game known as football in Canada and the US is said to have originated at Rugby, a school in England, when William Webb Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran the length of the field with it in 1823.
For the Grey Cup they played against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, which they won.
The first documented football game in North America was played at the University of Toronto on November 9, 1861. The game of football was introduced into the United States by a team from Montreal's McGill University when they played against Harvard on May 15, 1874. The game of football in the United States has its origins in that game. Two teams currently in the Canadian Football League, the Hamilton Tigers (1869) and the Toronto Argonauts (1873), were already in existence by that time. The Hamilton Tigers much later amalgamated with the Hamilton Wildcats to form the present-day Hamilton Tiger-Cats. By comparison, the oldest professional team in the US, the Arizona Cardinals, was not established until 1898.
On December 9, 1956, Trans-Canada Air Lines Flight 810 crashed, well in excess of cruising speed, head-on into Mount Slesse near Chilliwack, British Columbia, killing all 59 passengers and 3 crew members on board. It was, at the time, Canada's worst aircraft disaster.
Several passengers were returning from the Canadian all-star game, which had been played in Vancouver. On board were four members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders (Mel Beckett and Gordon Sturtridge, who played in the all-star game, and Mario DeMarco and Ray Syrnyk who were spectators) and one member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Cal Jones, who played in the game). The loss of the four players took the Saskatchewan Roughriders several years to overcome.
Technically, however, they were not "CFL" players, because the CFL was not founded until 1958.
The Toronto Argonauts have retired four jersey numbers:
22 Dick Shatto
31 Mike "Pinball" Clemons
55 Joe Krol
60 Danny Nykoluk
Douglas Richard "Doug" Flutie (born October 23rd, 1962) is a former football quarterback in Canada and America.
In fact, he is the first non-Canadian to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, on May 8th of 2007.
He was awarded the coveted Heisman Trophy as well as the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award in 1984 while playing for Boston College.
During a game against Miami on November 23rd, 1984, he threw a "Hail Mary" pass that resulted in a touchdown. Newly-dubbed a "Hail Flutie", it is considered to be one of the greatest moments in college football AND American sports history.
He and his wife, Laurie, established The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism in honor of their son Doug Jr., who has autism. Profits from the sales of the breakfast cereal "Flutie Flakes" benefit this organization.
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The number to George Chayka's jersey number was jean
Probably the Grey Cup Game that was played there, because they added a few thousand temporary seats just for the game.
Just checked it out.
Oct 14, 1995
at Saskatchewan 25
Nov 19, 1995
vs. Calgary 20
Grey Cup, Regina
I was at both games. The Oct. 14 game was unreal!!! It was so loud. It would be great if the Riders could get that size crowd every game!
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (officially the Winnipeg Football Club) was formed in 1930 as the Winnipeg Winnipegs. The name was certainly not original in the slightest, and was soon shortened to the Winnipeg Pegs. The Pegs adopted their present colours of blue and gold in 1932. They soon became a football powerhouse on the Canadian prairies. In 1935, the Winnipeg Pegs became the first team from western Canada to win the Grey Cup. The following summer, the Winnipeg Pegs were playing an exhibition game in North Dakota. Apparently they were trouncing their opposition that day. Joe Louis, then the reigning heavyweight boxing champion, was known by the nickname "the brown bomber" because he also thoroughly trounced most of his opponents. Legend has it that during the game a young sports reporter with the Winnipeg Tribune, Vince Leah, happened to remark, "these are the blue bombers of football," which was a takeoff on the nickname for Joe Louis. Since that day the Winnipeg Football Club has been known as the Blue Bombers.