It’s my favourite time of the year – the holiday season is upon us! We’ve already been gifted the 2019 CFL schedule (hooray!) and I thought I would bring back the 12 days of a CFL Christmas for your enjoyment!
Last year I was listening to Christmas music (because I am obsessed with Christmas music) and when 12 days of Christmas came on I thought to myself, “WHY are there so many birds being given as gifts?” Go back and listen, seriously. There are geese, partridges, swans, calling birds, French hens, turtle doves… you get the picture.
The only birds I want are the ones that fly around Percival Molson so I rewrote 12 Days of Christmas to be 12 Days of a CFL Christmas with a few things that the CFL gave to us in 2018. If you missed last year’s, you can check it out here.
Enjoy, CFL fans and Happy Holidays!
On the first day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… one record-breaking field goal.
On the second day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… two kinds of Nick Marshall touchdowns.
Nick Marshall scored on offence (nine QB sneaks) and defence (two pick-sixes) in 2018. Not bad.
On the third day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… three receivers to catch 11 TDs.
Edmonton’s Duke Williams and Ticats teammates Brandon Banks and Luke Tasker all hauled in 11 passing touchdowns in 2018.
On the fourth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Four Adam Bighill sacks and forced fumbles.
He wasn’t named 2018’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for nothing.
On the fifth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Five different players to collect five interceptions.
Brendan Dozier, Winston Rose, Anthony Orange, Jonathan Rose and Rico Murray led the CFL in interceptions with five each.
On the sixth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Six times William Powell rushed for over 100 yards.
That was also the most in the league.
On the seventh day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Seven players to have a sack-trick.
Charleston Hughes, Micah Johnson, Odell Willis, Kwaku Boateng, Davon Coleman, Craig Roh and Jovon Santos-Knox all took down QBs three times in one game this season. Sack. Trick.
On the eighth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Eight Alex Singleton tackles in the Grey Cup.
On the ninth day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… Nine 1000-yard receivers.
Duke Williams, Brandon Banks, Brad Sinopoli, Luke Tasker, S.J. Green, Greg Ellingson, Bryan Burnham, Darvin Adams and Diontae Spencer: Welcome to the 1000-yard club.
On the 10th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 10 games of 100+ yards for Brandon Banks.
That’s right. Banks hit 100 yards 10 times in 2018. That set a franchise record for the most in a single season, too.
On the 11th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 11 punt return touchdowns.
Kyran Moore (two), Christion Jones, Terry Williams (three), Romar Morris, Chris Rainey, Diontae Spencer, Frankie Williams and Stef Logan all returned punts for touchdowns this season.
On the 12th day of Christmas the CFL gave to me… 12 games Jeremiah Masoli threw for over 300 yards.
The Ticats pivot tossed over 300 yards in Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18 and 19. (Bonus: He also went over 300 in the Eastern Final against Ottawa)
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