I don’t know about you but I’m completely in the Christmas spirit.
I’ve been wearing Christmas sweaters around CFL HQ as much as I can since late November (my coworkers can confirm this) and I’m constantly listening to Christmas music. Like, all the time.
I was listening to the 12 Days of the Christmas and I thought, “why is this true love giving so many birds?” Seriously. Go back and listen to the song and see how many of the days are birds. Geese, partridges, swans, calling birds, French hens, turtle doves… SO MANY BIRDS.
So, I decided to rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas to be 12 Days of a CFL Christmas with a few things that the CFL gave to us over the 2017 season. AND NO BIRDS.. well, except for that one time birds swarmed Percival Molson earlier this year… but other than that, no birds!
On the first day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… One snowy Grey Cup game.
On the second day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… two unexpected critters.
On the fifth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Five different Ticats to block a kick.
Will Hill x2
On the sixth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Six Mike Reilly game-winning TD drives.
Talk about clutch.
On the seventh day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Seven (or so..) Riders swimming.
Because I had to include at least one Roughrider celebration..
On the eighth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Eight Blue Bombers defensive touchdowns.
Those eight defensive TDs were the league lead, by the way.
On the ninth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Nine Jeremiah Johnson touchdown dances.
Johnson scored nine rushing touchdowns in 2017 which means we got to see the Johnson TD dance, you guessed it, nine times.
On the 10th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 10 players leaping.
The time it took to search through film for dudes jumping over other dudes was so worth this video.
On the 11th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 11 Charleston Hughes sacks.
On the 12th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 12 punt return touchdowns.
That’s three from Roy Finch, two from Christion Jones, two from Tune Adeleke, one from Dionate Spencer, two from Martese Jackson, one from Kevin Fogg and one from Brandon Banks.
Bonus: There was actually 13 but Mo Leggett’s punt return TD doesn’t technically qualify for the CFL lead because he doesn’t fit in the 20 punt return minimum so for the sake of the song he gets to be the bonus score.
Follow your favourite players and coaches after the whistle!