When it comes to football, the Canadian Football League is usually an afterthought in the minds of most football fans. Unless, you actually live in Canada, you probably have to be either very bored or have a vested interested in the league to actually sit down and watch the game.
The CFL might have just given fans a reason to start paying attention to our neighbors to the north.
Deadspin shared a ridiculous video of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats pulling off a play that hasn’t seen the light of day in American football since the early 20th Century in a Monday game against the Toronto Argonauts. The play? A perfectly executed onside punt that swung in favor of the punting team.
Yes, you heard me correctly. An onside punt. What exactly is an onside punt? Well, a team is punting (duh) and a few players line up “onside” meaning they line up behind the punter, who is usually ten-thirteen yards behind the line of scrimmage. If this happens, the punting team is allowed to recover the ball and advance it down the field.
Apparently, first-year American player A.J. Jefferson wasn’t aware of this rule, as I’m sure most players aren’t. This allowed Brandon Stewart to pick up the ball and race twenty-two yards into the endzone.
Kudos to the Ticats to taking advantage of the Argos’ blunder. I would have expected more from the sixteen-time Grey Cup Champions though. This was the beginning of a long day for the Argos who went on to lose the game 34-18 to fall to 3-2, while the Ticats moved up to 3-2.
Come on Roger Goodell. Please do something right, make football fun again, and re-implement this rule into the NFL.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports