November 02, 2010
Before you watch the video of the craziest football finish of the year, let's get familiar with three rules specific to the Canadian Football League.
Rule 3, Section 2, Article 4: (paraphrased) If a field goal attempt misses, the kicking team can score one point if it recovers the ball in its own end zone or if the ball goes out of the back of the end zone.
Rule 1, Section 3: (paraphrased) A field goal attempt stays alive if it is touched by a member of the opposing team.
Rule 5, Section 1, Article 6: (paraphrased) An eligible player may kick the ball at any time to advance it to the other team.
All right, keeping those in mind, here we go. From last weekend's CFL game between the Montreal Alouettes and Toronto Argonauts:
According to a Canadian friend of mine, here's what happened: The Montreal Alouettes missed the field goal. Because they would get a point if they recovered the ball in the end zone (or if it went out of the back of the end zone), a Toronto player caught it and punted it away (lest he get tackled with it in the end zone, which also would have resulted in points). It happened to go right back to the Montreal kicker, who booted it again, hoping to get the "rogue" (a single point) by getting it out of the end zone. This time, a player on the Argonauts recovered it. But before he could advance it out of the end zone, he fumbled the ball and the Alouettes recovered it in the scrum in the end zone, thus scoring a touchdown.
Only in Canada.
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