1995 CFL season

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1995 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune 28 – October 29, 1995
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 4, 1995
North Champions Calgary Stampeders 1995-11-12
South Champions Baltimore Stallions 1995-11-12
83rd Grey Cup
DateNovember 19, 1995
Site Taylor Field, Regina
ChampionsBaltimore Stallions
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The 1995 Canadian Football League season was the 38th season of the CFL, and the 42nd in the modern era of Canadian football.

Contents

CFL news in 1995

Expansion, relocation, folding and realignment

Two more United States-based teams were admitted, the Birmingham Barracudas and the Memphis Mad Dogs. In the off-season the Sacramento Gold Miners moved to San Antonio to become the San Antonio Texans. The Texans would play their home games at the Alamodome, which is the only American stadium designed and built to accommodate a regulation Canadian football field. The Baltimore Football Club finally found themselves a new nickname and christened themselves the Stallions at the beginning of the second week of the season. In April 1995, the Las Vegas Posse, after a disastrous 1994 season, were slated to move to Jackson, Mississippi and were included in draft schedules for the league that year; [1] squabbles with the Posse's board of directors and an inability for potential new owners to come up with the funds to cover the team's operations prompted the CFL to suspend the team and disperse its roster instead.

With the admittance of the Barracudas and Mad Dogs, and in hopes of securing a television contract, [2] the CFL undertook a realignment. The longstanding alignment of East and West was discontinued. All five U.S.-based teams would play in the South Division, while all eight Canadian teams would compete in the North Division. Five teams from the North and three from the South would qualify for the playoffs. To make up for the disparity, the lowest-seeded North Division playoff team played in the South Division playoffs against the top South Division team. This was a precursor to the CFL's current crossover playoff rule that would be instituted in 1997 although unlike the current rule, in 1995 the fifth place North Division team automatically "crossed over" regardless of how its record compared to those of the South Division teams. This meant that Winnipeg, which finished in fifth place in the North at 7-11, made the playoffs instead while Memphis, which finished fourth place in the South Division with a record of 9-9, was nevertheless denied a place in the postseason.

Uniform changes

The Toronto Argonauts revealed an all-new logo and colour scheme. Their new colours were dark blue, slate green and metallic silver. The new logo design was based on the "Jason and the Argonauts" premise featuring a side profile of a helmeted warrior facing one side and holding up a round shield with an "A" on it.

The Birmingham Barracudas released the design of their logo and uniforms prior to the season. Their team colours were black, blue, teal and burnt orange.

The Memphis Mad Dogs unveiled their new team colours as forest green, burgundy, black and gold.

All three teams got new jerseys with an unusual template. The jerseys had the team's primary logo printed super large on the lower part of one side of the jersey while player numbers', which were much smaller in size, on the opposite side of the player's upper torso. Similar jerseys were being used by teams of the World League of American Football.

As the Sacramento Gold Miners became the San Antonio Texans, they changed their logo from a pick axe striking gold to a logo of a head of a cowboy with a black hat and a red bandana scarf imposed on a large star. They also added burgundy to teal, old gold and black as their team colours.

The Ottawa Rough Riders reverted their team colour of light navy to black. They kept the colours metallic gold and red. The logo that was unveiled last season was retained with black substituting over from light navy. Also after the 1995 season, in time for the 1996 (and what would be their last season) the Rough Riders also returned to using a black helmet from a metallic gold one and back to black jerseys as they had worn from at least 1976 to 1993 inclusive instead of the red ones they wore in 1994 and 1995.

Game ball supplier

The Wilson company, which has supplied the NFL with their game balls since 1940, began supplying the game balls to the CFL this season, and has done so since then. Prior to this, the league used the Spalding J5V ball as their game ball. [3]

The Grey Cup

The city of Regina played host to the Grey Cup game for the first time. In the game, viewers at home and at Taylor Field witnessed the Baltimore Stallions defeat the Calgary Stampeders, 37–20, becoming the first (and only) American team to win the Grey Cup.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points. Teams in bold qualified for the playoffs.

North Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Calgary Stampeders 18153063140430
Edmonton Eskimos 18135059935926
BC Lions 18108053547020
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18810042750916
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18711040465314
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18612042245112
Toronto Argonauts 1841403765198
Ottawa Rough Riders 1831503486856
South Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Baltimore Stallions 18153054136930
San Antonio Texans 18126063045724
Birmingham Barracudas 18108054851820
Memphis Mad Dogs 1899034636418
Shreveport Pirates 18513046551410

Grey Cup playoffs

The Baltimore Stallions were the 1995 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 37–20 at Regina's Taylor Field. The Stallions became the only American team to win the Grey Cup. The Stallions' Tracy Ham (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and the Stampeders' Dave Sapunjis (SB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 4 & 5: Division Semifinals November 11 & 12: Division Finals November 19: 83rd Grey Cup @ Taylor FieldRegina, SK
         
S3 Birmingham Barracudas 9
S2 San Antonio Texans 52
S2 San Antonio Texans 11
South
S1 Baltimore Stallions 21
N5 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21
S1 Baltimore Stallions 36
S1 Baltimore Stallions 37
N1 Calgary Stampeders 20
N3 BC Lions 15
N2 Edmonton Eskimos 26
N2 Edmonton Eskimos 4
North
N1 Calgary Stampeders 37
N4 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 13
N1 Calgary Stampeders 30

CFL Leaders

1995 CFL All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1995 Southern All-Stars

Offence

Defence

Special teams

1995 Northern All-Stars

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Defence

Special teams

1995 CFL Awards

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