2019 is upon us. It is the gateway to a new CFL season. January is named for Janus a Roman god. He was the god of beginnings and ends and his name means “gate” or “door”.
As Janus closes the gate on one year and opens it to another it is always fun to look back as well as ahead.
As the door closed on an exciting 2018 season fans were already looking forwards. Whoever your team there is plenty of off-season action to come. Not to mention the product we will see on the field. As mentioned before the schedule is already out. So fans are busy gearing up and looking ahead.
For some the coming of a New Year is a time for reflection too. For the CFL it appears that this is no different. There have been a series of articles looking back at the ‘moments‘ of the year.
End of year awards
The holiday season is a great time for traditions. Over at CFl.ca they have their own annual traditions too. A particular favourite is CFL.ca’s writers and staff end of year awards.
For this the writers and staff name a variety of year-end mentions for eight categories: Newsmaker, Person, Story, Comeback, One-Game Performance, Game, Breakout Star and Canadian. The winners are listed below.
Johnny Manziel: Johnny Football has yet to take the CFL by storm on the field. Just because of this it doesn’t mean he isn’t big news. There can be little doubt that he generated more headlines in 2018 than any other player.
Bo Levi Mitchell: Most Outstanding Player, Grey Cup MVP and the 106th Grey Cup winner. Quite the one year CV. Backed up of course by his phenomenal winning record throughout his career in the league.
Travis Lulay: These awards nearly always come after someone fights back from injury. For Lulay this wasn’t a first set-back. He suffered another injury in 2017. This added to a host of set-backs. Yet there he was. When he had an opportunity, Lulay showed he can still play at this level.
Trevor Harris’ 6TD game: Could it really be any other? Harris’ led Ottawa to a 46-27 win in the Eastern Final over the Ti-Cats. He finished the game going 29-of-32 for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns. Not a bad days work to put your team into the Grey Cup!
Edmonton V Calgary Labour Day Re-match: Edmonton won 48-42 inthe highest-scoring game of 2018. Not one for the defensive purists as the teams racked up 1,052 yards. Bo Levi Mitchell and Mike Reilly combined for 888 passing yards and 10 total touchdowns. To cap it all the Stamps were still in it throwing a Hail Mary as time expired.
Break Out Star
Jeremiah Masoli: Given the keys to Hamilton’s O for a full season, Masoli produced. He had 5,209 yards and 28 touchdowns. He had 9.1 yards per passing attempt and 7.5 yards per rush. Both of which led all eligible quarterbacks. He also led a succesful team effort as the Ti-Cats’ led the CFL with 405.6 yards of offence per game.
As we move into 2019 it will be great to look forward now. Some great off season stories will surely come our way. Some great games will be here before we know it. I for one cannot wait.
Sitting in the UK writing about the CFL it would be great to see some global connections being made too. So why not go out there and find all the podcasts and writers covering the league you can? Really get a feel for it and the CFL community in 2019. You are bound to love it.
If you do want to get involved @DGTnTeacher on twitter is “looking for CFL fans from around the world who would be willing to do a Skype interview for part of the podcast” and questions to @CFLFamWorldwide
Why not start there and build your CFL Fandom network in 2019?
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