|2012 CFL season|
|Duration||June 29 – November 3, 2012|
|Start date||November 11, 2012|
|East Champions||Toronto Argonauts|
|West Champions||Calgary Stampeders|
|100th Grey Cup|
|Date||November 25, 2012|
|Site||Rogers Centre, Toronto|
The 2012 Canadian Football League season was the 59th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it was the 55th season for the league. The pre-season began on June 13, 2012 and the regular season started on June 29, 2012.Rogers Centre in Toronto hosted the 100th Grey Cup on November 25, with the hometown Toronto Argonauts defeating the Calgary Stampeders 35-22.
According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2012 salary cap will be set at $4,350,000. As per the agreement, the cap is fixed and will not vary with league revenue performance. The minimum team salary will be set at $4,000,000 with individual minimum salaries set at $44,000.
The 2012 season schedule was released on February 18, 2012, with the regular season opening on June 29 at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Ontario.This marked the first time Hamilton has opened the year since 2009. Additionally, the league returned to division match-ups in the final week of the regular season, which was also last seen in 2009. Following an interruption in the Labour Day Classic in 2011 between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the two teams resumed their historic series in 2012. There were 15 double headers this year, with four on Fridays, eight on Saturdays, one on Sundays, and two (the traditional Labour Day and Thanksgiving contests) on Mondays.
The BC Lions opened their regular season schedule at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium and spent their first full season there after splitting time between that stadium and Empire Field in 2011. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers spent the first four weeks of the regular season on the road as their home opener at the brand new Investors Group Field was to take place in week 5; however, construction delays pushed back the opening of the new stadium to 2013, forcing the Blue Bombers to continue playing at Canad Inns Stadium during the season.The Tiger-Cats played—and won—their final regular season home game at Ivor Wynne Stadium on October 27 as the stadium was demolished following the 2012 season. Unlike the previous two seasons, there was no game played in Moncton, New Brunswick as part of the Touchdown Atlantic promotion, due to the league wanting to focus on plans for the 100th Grey Cup festival.
This year's bye weeks occurred in the sixth and seventh weeks of the season, earlier than the usual eighth and ninth week setup that has been in place since 2007. This was likely done to accommodate the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the television coverage they demanded, which took place over these two weeks.
According to an email, Reebok and the CFL were in the process of designing new home and away uniforms for each of the eight teams for 2012.On April 11, 2012, it was officially announced that all eight teams would be playing in re-engineered jerseys that feature increased elasticity, improved resiliency and moisture wicking technology. East Division teams released their jersey designs on May 1, while West Division teams unveiled their new jerseys on May 2.
On April 18, 2012 the CFL announced that they had unanimously approved a rule change that will see all scoring plays subject to video review. All touchdowns would be reviewed by the referees, without a team having to use its challenge flag. Due to a surprising number of incidents related to players helmets falling off during play in the 2011 CFL season, the league decided to change its rules to address this issue. Now if a ball carrier's helmet comes off the play will be blown dead immediately. If a non-ball carrier's helmet comes off that player can no longer participate in the play. If he does, the player's team will be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation. If a player hits an opposing player who isn't participating because he lost his helmet, the offending player's team will be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
Toronto was the site of the 100th Grey Cup as it was also host of the very first game and host of the 50th Grey Cup as well. As part of the celebration, the Grey Cup festival stretched over nine days as opposed to the usual three.The Government of Canada will also contribute $5 million towards the event in celebration of a Canadian tradition.
The 2012 off-season saw significant changes in key personal across the league. After winning the 99th Grey Cup, the then head coach of the BC Lions, Wally Buono, resigned from being the head coach so he could focus on his duties as general manager. The Lions promoted Mike Benevides, who was the defensive coordinator for four seasons, to head coach. After an 8-10 season, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired head coach Marcel Bellefeuille and hired George Cortez who has had extensive coaching experience with many different CFL teams. Following a very disappointing 2011 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hired Corey Chamblin as their new head coach. Finally, the Toronto Argonauts hired Scott Milanovich who had been the offensive coordinator of the Montreal Alouettes for four seasons, to replace Jim Barker who, like Wally Buono, resigned from being the head coach to focus on being general manager.
Teams play eighteen regular season games, playing two of the three divisional opponents three times, the other four times, and teams from the opposing division twice. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, with the first place team gaining a bye to the divisional finals. A fourth place team in one division may qualify ahead of the third place team in the other division (the "Crossover"), if they earn more points in the season. Such was the case in the 2012 season; Edmonton (the fourth-place team in the West) had more points than Winnipeg (the third-place team in the East).
If two or more teams in the same division are equal in points, the following tiebreakers apply:
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
Teams in bold are in playoff positions.
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||6||12||0||376||531||12||Details|
The Toronto Argonauts won their 16th Grey Cup championship on home turf at the Rogers Centre by defeating the Calgary Stampeders. Argonauts' running back Chad Kackert was named the MVP, while Argonauts' defensive end, Ricky Foley was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.
100th Grey Cup
Rogers Centre – Toronto
|W4||Edmonton Eskimos||26||E1||Montreal Alouettes||20|
|E2||Toronto Argonauts||42||E2||Toronto Argonauts||35|
|W3||Saskatchewan Roughriders||30||W1||BC Lions||29|
|Week||Offensive Player of the Week||Defensive Player of the Week||Special Teams Player of the Week||Outstanding Canadian|
|One||Darian Durant||J. C. Sherritt||Grant Shaw||Jon Cornish|
|Two||Brandon Whitaker||Adam Bighill||Larry Taylor||Andrew Harris|
|Three||Anthony Calvillo||Jerald Brown||Chris Williams||Shea Emry|
|Four||Henry Burris||Joe Burnett||Justin Palardy||Andy Fantuz|
|Five||Henry Burris||J. C. Sherritt||Daryl Townsend||Andrew Harris|
|Six||Brandon Whitaker||Adam Bighill||Sean Whyte||James Yurichuk|
|Seven||Jon Cornish||J. C. Sherritt||Larry Taylor||Jon Cornish|
|Eight||Joey Elliott||Alex Hall||Chris Williams||Cauchy Muamba|
|Nine||S. J. Green||Charleston Hughes||Chris Williams||Jon Cornish|
|Ten||Chad Owens||Ahmad Carroll||Chris Williams||Jon Cornish|
|Eleven||Chad Kackert||Jason Vega||Demond Washington||Jon Cornish|
|Twelve||Travis Lulay||Brock Campbell||Tim Brown||Shawn Gore|
|Thirteen||Chad Simpson||Adam Bighill||Trent Guy||Henoc Muamba|
|Fourteen||Henry Burris||Adam Bighill||Trent Guy||Jon Cornish|
|Fifteen||Joey Elliott||Chris Thompson||Sandro DeAngelis||Andrew Harris|
|Sixteen||Hugh Charles||Shea Emry||Grant Shaw||Shea Emry|
|Seventeen||Jamel Richardson||Keon Raymond||Weston Dressler||Jon Cornish|
|Eighteen||Ricky Ray||Anwar Stewart||Tim Brown||Andre Durie|
|Nineteen||Henry Burris||J. C. Sherritt||Swayze Waters||Henoc Muamba|
|Twenty||Drew Tate||Keon Raymond||Chad Owens||Jon Cornish|
|Twenty-one||Chad Owens||Marcus Ball||Paul McCallum||Jon Cornish|
|Month||Offensive Player of the Month||Defensive Player of the Month||Special Teams Player of the Month||Outstanding Canadian|
|July||Henry Burris||J. C. Sherritt||Chris Williams||Andrew Harris|
|August||Anthony Calvillo||J. C. Sherritt||Chris Williams||Jon Cornish|
|September||Travis Lulay||J. C. Sherritt||Luca Congi||Jon Cornish|
|October||Fred Stamps||Adam Bighill||Rene Paredes||Jon Cornish|
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