End Zones and Border Wars is the story of the CFL's ill-fated period of expansion into the United States during the early to mid-
1990s. It was a time filled with intriguing characters, from John
Candy to Nick Mileti to Pepper Rodgers, the coach who loved everything about the Canadian game except the rules and the teams. With a cast of investors who are hopeful but unfamiliar with the game,
bizarre stories emerge, from the Las Vegas Posse practising in the parking lot of the Riviera to the Shreveport Pirates camping out above a barn full of circus animals.
The CFL's attempts to push the Canadian game into expanded territory brought both heartbreak and victory, with the 1994 Grey
Cup victory of the BC Lions coming alongside the quick decline of every American club under low sales and resistance to new rules.
The CFL survived these turbulent times to the harsh realization that it is a game for Canada alone, breaking through to a promising new era for the venerable institution.
|Publisher:||Harbour Publishing Company, Limited|
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About the Author
Ed Willes began working in sports journalism in 1982, and is now a columnist for the Province. He is the author of two books: Gretzky to Lemieux: The story of the 1987 Canada Cup (McClelland & Stewart, 2007) and The Rebel League on the WHA (McClelland & Stewart, 2004).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time 9
Chapter 2 Toy Story 36
Chapter 3 The Horse with No Name 80
Chapter 4 The Year of the Crazies 98
Chapter 5 O Canada 121
Chapter 6 Half the People Here Couldn't Even Spell Saskatchewan 146
Chapter 7 The Long Haul 169