Could a CFL all star team play in the NFL?
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07-11-2012, 02:35 AM
Disparity By Design
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I wonder how competitive a CFL team would be against a good SEC/Big 12 team or a college all-star team.. one would suspect that the pros would have the edge especially as they are former DI alumni.. but I'm not sure how they would stack up.
Seriously? CFL teams are comprised of lots of college stars, including stars at these top college programs. Chris Leak couldn't hang in the CFL, and he was a National Champion in College. Freaking Heisman winner Eric Couch did not last even ONE season in the CFL. Don't kid yourself any CFL team would slaughter a college team, playing any rules. A college all-star team (all D1 colleges combined) is a different story, lots of talent would be on there, considering there's 111 or whatever teams.
There is plenty of quality NFL QB's that would not last in the CFL. You need to have a strong arm QB, size is less important, you HAVE to be at least a little mobile, etc. And players that play 2-4 years in the NFL almost always flop at the CFL level, they are too ingrained into the NFL mindset. There is a reason the CFL almost exclusively targets college players and NFL rejects (well the good teams), since they are more open to change, and are more suited to the CFL game. Guys like former 3rd overall pick Akili Smith lasted 4 years and 17 starts in the NFL, then couldn't even survive ONE season as the backup in CGY, released mid-season. Guys like Pacman Jones who wanted to come to the CFL could not even get a CONTRACT, then got back into the NFL.
The CFL-AHL comparaison is very poor. The AHL is development league where young guys go to develop. The CFL is a competitive league trying to get the best team's possible every year. A much much better comparaison is CFL-KHL. They play different rules, they are looking for smaller, more athletic type players, but obviously the best players are in the better/pay better league. I really really think that the talent level, style, import rules, etc make it a the perfect example. It's a "minor league" but it's not exactly "minor league".
Nothing wrong with enjoying both leagues. What I don't get is why canadian fans of the NFL are constantly so threatened by the CFL that they have to make fun/put down the CFL at every opportunity. Why does it matter? I enjoy the CFL game much more, but I like the NFL as well. I recognize that the best players are in NFL, but CFL has lots of talented athletes and is a more fun game to watch, IMO. You like the NFL more, go ahead enjoy it, why go out of your way to try to make me feel bad, it won't bother me, it's you that have the obsession with trying to put down CFL, why do you care?
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