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Canadian Football League Welcomes New Expansion Team

empire-sports-candian-football-league-cfl-expansion-team-greeniesCanadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon announced this week the location of the first CFL expansion team since 1993.

“The league governors have completed the process of examining the many proposals that were submitted,” Cohon stated on national sports network TSN.

“After much deliberation I am honoured to award the newest CFL franchise to the Charlottetown Greenies in Prince Edward Island.”

The new team was expected to move into the Eastern Division of the league to bring an even match of five teams to both the East and West but in a typical Canadian move, the league chose to put the Greenies in the Western Division.

The team nickname is in reference to the historic Anne of Green Gables fictitious character from the novel of the same name by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The story of Anne Shirley, published in 1908, was set in Prince Edward Island.

Cohon says there were two submissions from interests in Eastern Canada and while there was concern over the smaller overall demographics in the Atlantic Provinces, CFL governors were sold on the positive publicity the Charlottetown franchise could generate.

“Our last expansion was what I’d call a real football fail,” Cohon stated.

“I can’t for the life of me understand why the league ever considered the first expansion (back in 1993) into the States.”

Cohon was referring to a three-year process that started when the San Francisco Gold Miners became the first American franchise to join the clearly Canadian league. That expansion introduced a total of six American teams to the league with all of them folding after the ‘CFL Experiment’ was complete.

The Charlottetown franchise launched a ‘name the team’ contest with local elementary school students and the Greenies name was the overall winner following online voting.

“I would have been okay with the team being called the Annie’s,” one Charlottetown resident posted online.

“I’m just glad I’m not the team mascot. I mean, what is a greenie anyway?”

Canadian Football League Introduces Metric Football Field

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Football fans watching the Canadian Football League games starting in the 2015 season will see a few changes related to the field of play.

CFL officials are citing these changes as “improvements to the game,” and will start with a complete alteration to the size of the playing field – They will be introducing the world’s first and only metric football field. The customary 110-yard long field will change to 110-metres which is 120.2 yards. The 20-yard end zones increase to 21.8-yards (20-metres) and the field width will change from 65-yards to 71-yards (65-metres).

Other alterations coming to the CFL include a change in the color of the grass from green to magenta (hot pink), with the lines and markings on the field changing from white to brown. League officials claim the color changes will make the game easier to follow on live television and will not interfere with various forms of colorblindness.

“What a crock!” Stated a representative from the players union. “The changes have nothing to do with the fans. The league has been pissed off at players filing grievances during the off-season regarding the distance they run in an average game.”

CFL officials stick by their plan to make the game more fun for fans with vision problems, and explained it in a news release with the statement: “The Canadian Institute for the Blind has endorsed these enhancements and fully support the CFL in leading the way in addressing these issues.”

Former Toronto Argonaut running back Michael “Pinball” Clemons agrees with the CFL union, saying the white- on-green combination has always been the recognized standard in the world of football. “These horrible colors the league is trying to use do nothing more than ‘gay up’ the game. As for these distance changes, clearly the CFL does not want any more records set or broken.” Clemons currently holds a number of those records. “It is a sad day for football when you have to try to figure out where your 30-metre line seat is and why the players are on their fourth down with centimeters when they should be on fourth and inches.”

There has not been a statement made by the union representing the CFL officials, although Clemons speculates that “…The only blind ones on the field are the officials, and colors aren’t going to fix that.”