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The East Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League. Although the CFL was not founded until 1958, the East Division and its clubs are descended from earlier leagues. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Atlantic Canada consists of the four Canadian provinces on the Atlantic Ocean: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. ... A division in sport consists of a group of teams who compete against one another for a divisional title, or other honour. ... The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue canadienne de football) is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap...

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Pre-1907

The first organized football club in Canada was the Hamilton Foot Ball Club, a predecessor of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in 1868. This was followed by the formation of the Montreal Foot Ball Club (the future Montreal Alouettes) in 1872, the Toronto Argonaut Football Club in 1873 and the Ottawa Football Club (the future Ottawa Rough Riders) in 1876. Canadian football is a sport in which two teams of twelve players each compete for territorial control of a field of play 110 yards (100. ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a Canadian Football League team based in Hamilton, Ontario. ... See also: 1867 in sports, 1869 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Births Deaths Categories: 1868 ... The Montreal Alouettes (French, Alouettes de Montréal) are a Canadian Football League team based in Montreal, Quebec. ... See also: 1871 in sports, 1873 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Cambridge Football (soccer) England - Inaugural FA Cup: Wanderers F.C. beat Royal Engineers 1–0 Births April 25 - C. B. Fry, England cricketer and rugby international, long jump... The Toronto Argonauts are a Canadian Football League team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... See also: 1872 in sports, 1874 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Cambridge Football (Soccer) FA Cup - Wanderers FC beat Oxford University 2-0 Horse racing First Preakness Stakes won by Survivor Births Deaths Categories: 1873 ... The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... See also: 1875 in sports, 1877 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball February 2 - The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs is formed in New York at the Grand Central Hotel in New York City. ...


The first organized competitions were formed in 1883, when the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Quebec Rugby Football Union were founded. At the time the sport was generally called rugby or rugby football because its rules were similar to rugby union's, although this would change drastically in the coming decades. The following year, the two provincial unions would form the Canadian Rugby Football Union, with Montreal winning the first national championship later that year. The CRFU collapsed before the decade was out, but was re-organized as the Canadian Rugby Union in 1891, with Osgoode Hall winning the first CRU championship the following year. See also: 1882 in sports, 1884 in sports and the list of years in sports. Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Cricket England tour Australia for a 3-Test series. ... Rugby may refer to: The sport of Rugby football, in its various forms: Rugby league Rugby union Touch Rugby Tag Rugby Wheelchair Rugby mrs brown thinks that rugby is the best sport in the world!!! Places: Rugby, Warwickshire, England Rugby borough Rugby Rural District Rugby and Kenilworth constituency Rugby, North... Argentina-France Rugby Union match Rugby football refers to sports descended from a common form of football developed at Rugby School. ... Rugby Union is a team sport that was developed from the rules used to play football at Rugby School in England. ... See also: 1883 in sports, 1885 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball First World Series contested - Providence NL defeats New York AA, 3 games to none. ... Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football. ... See also: 1890 in sports, 1892 in sports and the list of years in sports. Basketball James Naismith invents basketball Boat race Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race - Oxford Cricket County Cricket Championship - Surrey Tennis First French Open held Births Casey Stengel, U.S. baseball manager Deaths Categories: 1891 ... See also: 1891 in sports, 1893 in sports and the list of years in sports. Athletics C. B. Fry equals the world record for the long jump of 23 ft. ...


The turn of the century was marked by fundamental changes in the rules of the game. The ORFU was the first competition to adopt the Burnside Rules, which were to revolutionize the Canadian game. The QRFU and CRU initially resisted the changes, but by 1906 the Burnside Rules were in force throughout Ontario and Quebec. Although substantial changes (such as forward passing) were still to come, modern Canadian football would ultimately evolve from John Thrift Meldrum Burnside's code. See also: 1905 in sports, 1907 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball The Chicago White Sox defeat the Chicago Cubs, four games to two, in the World Series Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League Carlton wins the 10th VFL Premiership (Carlton 15. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Other Canadian provinces and territories Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Area 1,076,395 km² (4th) • Land 917,741 km² • Water 158,654 km² (14. ... The first European explorer of what is now Quebec was Jacques Cartier, who planted a cross either in the Gaspé in 1534 or at Old Fort Bay on the Lower North Shore and sailed into the St. ... In American and Canadian football, a forward pass — usually called simply a pass — is a throwing of the football from a member of the team in possession of the ball to another member of the same team who is closer to that teams goal. ...


Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (1907-1959)

In 1907, the Hamilton Tigers and Toronto Argonauts of the ORFU joined with the QRFU's Montreal Foot Ball Club and Ottawa Rough Riders (Ottawa had been moving back and forth between the two unions over the past few years) to form an elite competition, the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union. The new competition was soon dubbed the Big Four. Montreal won the first championship. In 1909 Lord Earl Grey, the Governor General of Canada, donated a trophy to be awarded to the CRU champion. The trophy, which became known as the Grey Cup, would not be won by an IRFU club until the Hamilton Tigers captured the trophy in 1913. Following the 1915 season, the competition was suspended due to the First World War, and would not fully resume until 1920. See also: 1906 in sports, 1908 in sports and the list of years in sports. ... The Hamilton Tigers were a National Hockey League (NHL) team that was originally based in Quebec City, Quebec and called the Quebec Bulldogs (1888-1920). ... The phrase Big Four has multiple meanings: Big Four can refer to: The Big Four auditors, the four largest international public accountancy firms. ... See also: 1908 in sports, 1910 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Detroit Tigers, four games to three, in the World Series. ... Albert Grey Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey (November 28, 1851 РAugust 29, 1917) was the ninth Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911. ... The Governor General of Canada (French: Gouverneur g̩n̩ral or Gouverneure g̩n̩rale) is the representative of the Canadian monarch. ... Then Prime Minister Joe Clark presents the 1979 Grey Cup to victorious Edmonton Eskimos Danny Kepley and Tom Wilkinson. ... See also: 1912 in sports, other events of 1913, 1914 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball The Brooklyn Dodgers the John McGraws New York Giants to win the World Series Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Fitzroy wins the 17th VFL Premiership (Fitzroy 7. ... See also: 1914 in sports, 1916 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Carlton wins the 19th VFL Premiership (Carlton 11. ... Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... See also: 1919 in sports, 1921 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 3 - Boston Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sells Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 and a $350,000 loan, beginning The curse of the Bambino. This was the prelude...


From 1925 until 1953, IRFU teams would dominate Canadian football, winning 18 of the 26 Grey Cups its clubs contested in that timespan (the IRFU suspended operations from 1942 through 1944 due to World War II). During this period, the caliber of play in the IRFU was recognized as being on par with any league in North America. The Big Four attracted considerable interest in the United States and even had its games televised by the National Broadcasting Company for a time during the 1950s. This interest would eventually decline as the National Football League gained prominence. See also: 1924 in sports, 1926 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (American) Chicago Cardinals win National Football League title Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League Footscray, Hawthorn and North Melbourne join the league Geelong wins the 29th VFL Premiership (Geelong 10. ... See also: 1952 in sports, 1954 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Sam Hanks won the season driving championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Tony Rolt... See also: 1941 in sports, other events of 1942, 1943 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Baseball January 4: Hall of Fame election: Rogers Hornsby is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, getting 78... See also: 1943 in sports, other events of 1944, 1945 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball May 7 - Chucho Ramos made his major league debut as first baseman and outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atom bomb. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America North America is a continent in the northern hemisphere bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the south by the Caribbean Sea, and on the west by the... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities. ...


By the mid-1950s, it was clear that the IRFU was a far higher caliber competition than the ORFU (the Quebec union had faded from the scene in the early part of the century). Moreover, the Western Interprovincial Football Union had been gaining strength and would prove capable of winning the Grey Cup on a regular basis during this decade. Following the 1954 season, the ORFU finally stopped challenging for the Grey Cup, thus making the game a contest between the champions of the IRFU in the East and the WIFU in the West. This marks the start of the modern era of Canadian football. // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the baby boom from returning... The West Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League. ... See also: 1953 in sports, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty AAA Racing: Bill Vukovich won the Indianapolis 500 Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans: the team of Froilán Gonz... The Modern-Era of NASCAR is a dividing line in NASCARs history. ...


In 1956, the IRFU and WIFU agreed to form the Canadian Football Council. In 1958, the CFC withdrew from the CRU and re-named itself the Canadian Football League. See also: 1955 in sports, other events of 1956, 1957 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker The United States Auto Club (USAC) was founded to take over race sanctioning from the American Automobile Association (AAA). ... CFLFan. ... See also: 1957 in sports, other events of 1958, 1959 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Bryan USAC Racing - Tony Bettenhausen won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mike Hawthorn of Great Britain February 23 - Cuban rebels kidnap... The Canadian Football League (CFL; French: Ligue canadienne de football) is a professional league located entirely in Canada that plays Canadian football. ...


Eastern Football Conference (1960-1980)

The IRFU changed its name to the Eastern Football Conference in 1960. In 1961, the EFC agreed to a partial interlocking schedule with what was known by then as the Western Football Conference. Although the EFC was part of the CFL, its merger with the WFC was only a partial merger for the next two decades. During this time, the conferences maintained considerable autonomy - for example, the East had a different playoff format until 1973 and a shorter schedule until 1974. During this time, attendances increased substantially for most clubs and television revenue gained prominence and importance. By the 1980s, however, some EFC clubs were teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and the CFL decided to proceed with a complete merger of the two regional conferences. See also: 1959 in sports, other events of 1960, 1961 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship... See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One... CFL West Division Logo The West Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League. ... See also: 1972 in sports, other events of 1973, 1974 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 in which singer Marty Robbins made his first appearance as a driver. ... See also: 1973 in sports, other events of 1974, 1975 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty IROC Championship - inaugural year won by Mark Donohue Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford USAC Racing - Bobby Unser... The 1980s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1980 and 1989, but in a pop cultural sense it could be considered to span from about 1979 to 1990. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organization to pay their creditors. ...


East Division (1980-1994, 1996-present)

In 1980, the CFL's two conferences agreed to a full merger and a full interlocking schedule. Although the EFC has carried on since that time as the CFL's East Division, full authority is now vested within the CFL. The decision to create a full interlocking schedule meant that the teams were playing fewer divisional games, consequently the league decided add two extra divisional games per team, thus extending the schedule to 18 games per team starting in 1986. See also: 1979 in sports, other events of 1980, 1981 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Johnny Rutherford won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford Formula One Champion - Alan... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24...


The East Division has undergone major changes since the dissolution of the EFC. Following the 1981 season the Montreal Alouettes folded. An expansion franchise called the Montreal Concordes commenced play in 1982 and eventually became the "new" Alouettes, but this franchise folded in 1987. Consequently, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were transferred from the West Division to the East Division to keep the divisions equal in size. This led to the first "all-Western" Grey Cup in 1988 when the Blue Bombers won the East Division championship for the first time. See also: 1980 in sports, other events of 1981, 1982 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship May 25 - Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Unser Formula One... The Montreal Alouettes (French, Alouettes de Montréal) refers to a team in the Canadian Football League based in Montreal, Quebec. ... See also: 1981 in sports, other events of 1982, 1983 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Gordon Johncock Formula One Champion - Keke... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... The Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a Canadian Football League team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... The West Division is one of the two regional divisions of the Canadian Football League. ... See also: 1987 in sports, 1989 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bill Elliott CART Racing - Danny Sullivan won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Rick Mears Formula One Championship - Brazil 24 hours of Le...


In 1994, the CFL decided to add more teams in the United States. This led to the addition of the two American-based teams in the East, Shreveport Pirates and a team in Baltimore that would eventually be called the Stallions after the NFL successfully prevented the team from using the name "Colts". Baltimore would go on to win the East Division championship in 1994. For the 1995 season, all eight Canadian teams competed in the North Division. See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won... The CFLs American teams used a modified league logo. ... The Shreveport Pirates played at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, in 1994 and 1995 in the Canadian Football League. ... Baltimore skyline at dusk Motto: The Greatest City in America (formerly The City That Reads; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Nickname: Charm City Mob Town B-more Location in Maryland Founded Incorporated 30 July 1729 1797  County Independent city Mayor Martin J. OMalley... The Montreal Alouettes (French, Alouettes de Montréal) refers to a team in the Canadian Football League based in Montreal, Quebec. ... See also: 1994 in sports, other events of 1995, 1996 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Sterling Marlin won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon CART racing - season championship won by Jacques Villeneuve Indianapolis 500 - Jacques Villeneuve. ...


Prior to the 1996 season however, all of the American clubs disbanded, with one (the Baltimore Stallions) returning to Montreal. The pre-1987 divisional alignment was restored, only to see Winnipeg return to the East after one season when the Ottawa Rough Riders folded. The Blue Bombers returned to the West in 2002 after the Ottawa Renegades commenced play in the nation's capital. See also: 1995 in sports, other events of 1996, 1997 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte Rusty Wallace wins the Suzuka NASCAR Thunder 100 at Suzuka City November 24, the first NASCAR... Montreal courthouse in 1880. ... The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ... See also: 2001 in sports, 2003 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Tony Stewart Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... The Ottawa Renegades are a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario. ...


Grey Cup record

Prior to 1954, Eastern clubs dominated the Grey Cup games. Since 1954 however, the West has generally been on an equal footing and in recent decades has often dominated the East in the regular season. Since 1954 the East has won 23 Grey Cups and lost 27. This is not counting the 1995 season. It should also be noted that two of the East's Grey Cup wins were by the Blue Bombers, who are now back in the West.


Playoff format

Since 1955, three teams have competed in the Eastern playoffs in most seasons. Only the top two teams qualified for the post-season in 1985 when an earlier form of the cross-over rule was in force, while four teams qualified in 1994 when there were six teams. In 1997, the present cross-over rule was implemented, allowing the fourth place team from one division to take the play-off place of the third place team in the other division, should the fourth place team earn a better record. Since 1997, the fourth place team in the West has taken advantage of the cross-over rule four times, although none have advanced to the Eastern final. As of 2005, no team from the East had crossed over into the Western playoffs. See also: 1954 in sports, other events of 1955, 1956 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Bob Sweikert won the Indianapolis 500 Bob Sweikert won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... See also: 1984 in sports, other events of 1985, 1986 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Ken Schrader enters NASCAR CART Racing - Al Unser Sr won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Danny... Crossover may refer to: Audio crossover, a particular type of electronic filter used to separate audio signals into frequency bands Chromosomal crossover, in genetics, an exchange of material between two chromosomes Crossover (genetic algorithm), in genetic algorithms, refers to an analogue process to genetic crossover in a computer program Crossover... See also: 1996 in sports, other events of 1997, 1998 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Jeff Gordon is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 on February 16 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Arie Luyendyk... See also: 2003 in sports, other events of 2004, 2005 in sports, list of years in sports. // Events On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ...


External links

  • Canadian Football League Official Site


Canadian Football League

East Division
Hamilton Tiger-Cats | Montreal Alouettes | Ottawa Renegades | Toronto Argonauts

West Division
British Columbia Lions | Calgary Stampeders | Edmonton Eskimos | Saskatchewan Roughriders | Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Grey Cup

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