2003 CFL season

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2003 CFL season
Regular season
DurationJune 17 – October 26, 2003
Playoffs
Start dateNovember 2, 2003
East Champions Montreal Alouettes 2003-11-09
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos 2003-11-09
91st Grey Cup
DateNovember 16, 2003
Site Taylor Field,
Regina, Saskatchewan
ChampionsEdmonton Eskimos
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The 2003 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 50th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 46th Canadian Football League season. The pre-season began on May 30, 2003 and the regular season started on June 17, 2003. [1] Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan hosted the 91st Grey Cup on November 16, with the Edmonton Eskimos defeating the Montreal Alouettes 34–22.

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CFL News in 2003

The Canadian Football League made a new five-year television deal with TSN and the CBC on February 27. Through the new agreement, TSN and CBC will be broadcasting 77 games, which is the most in CFL history. The CFL also introduced new specialty weekends that includes the Canada Day Bash, the Labour Day Classic and the Gridiron Thanksgiving. CFL.ca launched its new website in July.

The CFL also assumes control of the Toronto Argonauts on July 29 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 15. The league appointed Paul Robson as the interim Operations Manager of the Argonauts and appointed Alan Ford to become interim Operations Manager of the Tiger-Cats. The CFL then announced the sale of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to Bob Young on October 7 and then announced the sale of the Toronto Argonauts on November 15 to Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon.

TSN achieved the second-highest viewership in CFL history. The CFL also had an (+2%) increase in attendance for the second straight season with more than 2 million fans filling the seats at Canadian football games. About 4.4 million Canadian homes viewed the 91st Grey Cup game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos played in Regina. Plus, the CFL signed long-term partnership deals with Reebok, Rogers and Sun Microsystems.

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

West Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Edmonton Eskimos 18135056941426
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18117051448722
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18117053543022
BC Lions 18117053143022
Calgary Stampeders 18513032350110
East Division
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Montreal Alouettes 18135056240926
Toronto Argonauts 1899047343318
Ottawa Renegades 18711046758114
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 1811702935832
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Montreal both have first round byes.
  • Due to the cross-over rule – the BC Lions will play the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Semi-Final Game.

Grey Cup playoffs

The Edmonton Eskimos are the 2003 Grey Cup Champions, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 34–22, at Regina's Taylor Field. The Eskimos got their revenge on the Alouettes, who defeated Edmonton in front of their hometown crowd at the 90th Grey Cup. The Eskimos' Jason Tucker (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and the Alouettes' Ben Cahoon (SB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket

November 2: Division Semifinals November 9: Division Finals November 16: 91st Grey Cup
Taylor FieldRegina, SK
E2 Toronto Argonauts 26
W4 BC Lions 7 E1 Montreal Alouettes 30
E2 Toronto Argonauts 28E1 Montreal Alouettes 22
W1 Edmonton Eskimos 34
W3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 23
W3 Saskatchewan Roughriders 37W1 Edmonton Eskimos 30
W2 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21

CFL Leaders

2003 CFL All-Stars

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Defence

Special teams

2003 Western All-Stars

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Defence

Special teams

2003 Eastern All-Stars

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Special teams

2003 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars

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Defence

Special teams

Head coach

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2003 Rogers AT&T CFL Awards

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References

  1. "2003 CFL schedule". Cfl.ca. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  2. "CFLapedia".
  3. "CFLPA.com | The Canadian Football League Players Association". cflpa.com. Retrieved 2017-03-06.