End Zones and Border Wars

End Zones and Border Wars

The Era of American Expansion in the CFL

Book - 2013
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End Zones and Border Wars is the story of the CFL's ill-fated periodof expansion into the United States during the early to mid-1990s. It was a time filled with intriguing characters, from JohnCandy to Nick Mileti to Pepper Rodgers, the coach who loved everythingabout the Canadian game except the rules and the teams. Witha cast of investors who are hopeful but unfamiliar with the game,bizarre stories emerge, from the Las Vegas Posse practising in theparking lot of the Riviera to the Shreveport Pirates camping outabove a barn full of circus animals.The CFL's attempts to push the Canadian game into expandedterritory brought both heartbreak and victory, with the 1994 GreyCup victory of the BC Lions coming alongside the quick decline ofevery American club under low sales and resistance to new rules.The CFL survived these turbulent times to the harsh realization thatit is a game for Canada alone, breaking through to a promising newera for the venerable institution.
Publisher: Madeira Park, British Columbia :, Harbour Publishing,, 2013, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781550176148
Branch Call Number: 796. 33564 WIL
Characteristics: 208 pages, xvi pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Aug 15, 2016

End Zones and Border Wars provides a thorough examination at what went terribly wrong when the CFL decided to expand into the United States from 1993-1995. From Birmingham to Sacramento, it was doomed for failure from day one, with the only exception being Baltimore, which benefited greatly from the fact that the city despised the NFL. Reading through the book, there were so many great stories, like how the Shreveport Pirates were forced to sleep in a barn with circus animals during the pre-season to a strange press conference in Orlando that never happened. Hopefully, the owners of the new NHL franchise in Las Vegas read the chapter about the disastrous Posse and what not to do when operating out of Sin City. But interestingly, I had no idea how poorly run the CFL was in the early 90s. So while its fans tend to look down on this era, ironically, if it wasn't for the infusion of cash that the American teams provided with expansion fees, the entire league may not have lived to see the 21st century.

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eastvanbookfan
Mar 10, 2014

As a BC Lions fan, I was pleasantly surprised at how much there was about the Lions considering the topic IS Amercian expansion of the CFL. That is not meant as a criticism of the book, instead I feel the author did a good job of explaining lots of the history, mainly of the American teams/cities/owners but also some about the existing CFL. This book DID NOT teach me much that was new but that is only because I'm a die hard CFL fan. Instead, it stimulated and added to my memories of that time in CFL history. I also like the summary of where the CFL has headed Post-USA expansion.............

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