1996 CFL season

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1996 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune 23 – November 3, 1996
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 10, 1996
East Champions Toronto Argonauts 1996-11-17
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos 1996-11-17
84th Grey Cup
DateNovember 24, 1996
Site Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton
ChampionsToronto Argonauts
  1995 CFL seasons 1997  

The 1996 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 43rd season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 39th Canadian Football League season.

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Canadian football Canadian sport in which opposing teams of twelve players attempt to score by advancing a ball by running, passing and kicking

Canadian football is a sport played in Canada in which two teams of 12 players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (101 m) long and 65 yards (59 m) wide attempting to advance a pointed oval-shaped ball into the opposing team's scoring area.

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CFL News in 1996

At the CFL's Board of Governors Meetings in February 1996, it was decided to end the league's four-year American experiment.

The Shreveport Pirates had already disbanded; the league folded the Memphis Mad Dogs and rejected a sale and relocation plan that would have allowed the Birmingham Barracudas to move to Shreveport and survive, forcing that team's closure as well. The Grey Cup champion Baltimore Stallions had opted to move elsewhere rather than face the daunting prospect of competing with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. When it was apparent the CFL was refocusing on Canada, Stallions owner Jim Speros gave up the Stallions franchise and moved his organisation to Montreal as the third incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes. Up until this time, the city of Montreal had been without Canadian football for nine seasons. Speros revived the Als' traditional colour scheme of blue, white, and red. Their logo was an angry bird running with a football; it was their helmet logo until 2019. Unwilling to continue as the lone American team in the league, the San Antonio Texans voluntarily folded.

Shreveport Pirates former Canadian Football League team

The Shreveport Pirates were a Canadian Football League team, playing at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, United States, in 1994 and 1995. Despite a relatively strong fan base, they were one of the least successful of the CFL's American franchises on and off the field.

Memphis Mad Dogs

The Memphis Mad Dogs were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. The Mad Dogs were part of a failed attempt to expand the CFL into the United States. They played at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Birmingham Barracudas

The Birmingham Barracudas were a Canadian football team that played the 1995 season in the Canadian Football League. The Barracudas were part of a failed attempt to expand the CFL into the United States.

A dispersal draft was held for the players on four of the five American teams—all except the Stallions. However, all of the Stallions players were released from their contracts. Alouettes general manager Jim Popp, who followed the Stallions organisation to Montreal, managed to re-sign many of them; he was limited to half of the Alouettes roster, since the Stallions as an American team were not subject to the league's requirement that half of a team's roster comprise Canadian citizens, and the Alouettes would be subject to that rule. To stock the roster with Canadians, a special expansion draft, in which only the Canadian citizens on each other team's roster were subject, was held to stock the Alouettes' roster.

Jim Popp American gridiron football player, coach, and executive

James Popp is the general manager of the Toronto Argonauts football club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He had previously coached and served as GM of the Montreal Alouettes.

With the removal of the American teams, the CFL reverted to its traditional "East-West" alignment. The revived Alouettes were placed in the East Division and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were placed back into the West Division, after 10 seasons.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at IG Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

The BC Lions and the Calgary Stampeders underwent ownership changes.

BC Lions Canadian football team based in Vancouver

The BC Lions are a professional Canadian football team competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Lions play their home games at BC Place.

Calgary Stampeders Canadian football team

The Calgary Stampeders are a professional Canadian football team based in Calgary, Alberta, competing in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Stampeders play their home games at McMahon Stadium and are the third-oldest active franchise in the CFL. The Stampeders were officially founded in 1945, although there were clubs operating in Calgary as early as 1909.

Regular season standings

Final regular season standings

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
TeamGPWLPFPAPts
Calgary Stampeders 1813560837526
Edmonton Eskimos 1811745935422
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 189942149518
Saskatchewan Roughriders 1851336049810
BC Lions 1851341048310
East Division
TeamGPWLPFPAPts
Toronto Argonauts 1815355635930
Montreal Alouettes 1812653646724
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1881042657616
Ottawa Rough Riders 183153525246
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Calgary and Toronto both have first round byes.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Toronto Argonauts are the 1996 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Edmonton Eskimos 43–37, at Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Argonauts' Doug Flutie (QB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Mike Vanderjagt (K) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

 November 9 & 10: Division Semifinals  November 16 & 17: Division Finals  November 24: 84th Grey Cup @ Ivor Wynne StadiumHamilton, ON
              
 East  E2 Montreal Alouettes 7 
 E3 Hamilton Tiger-Cats 11  E1 Toronto Argonauts 43  
 E2 Montreal Alouettes 22    E1 Toronto Argonauts 43
   W2 Edmonton Eskimos 37
 West  W2 Edmonton Eskimos 15  
 W3 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 7  W1 Calgary Stampeders 12 
 W2 Edmonton Eskimos 68 

CFL Leaders

1996 CFL All-Stars

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Special teams

1996 Western All-Stars

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1996 Eastern All-Stars

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1996 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars

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Head Coach

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1996 CFL Awards

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References

  1. "CFLapedia".
  2. 1996 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars