Started by Stats Junkie, March 20, 2012, 09:28:06 PM
Quote from: Stats Junkie on March 20, 2012, 09:28:06 PM10 strange rules from the past3. Passes into the end zone (1940s) - If there were two consecutive passes into the end zone that were incomplete it was a turnover with the opposition taking possession on their own 10 yard line. If there was an incomplete pass into the end zone on 3rd down, the opposition received the ball at the 25 yard line.4. Pass must cross the line of scrimmage - a forward pass had to cross the line of scrimmage in the air for it to be deemed an eligible pass. If caught behind the line of scrimmage, the play was stopped and the offence was charged with a loss of down. This rule cost the Blue Bombers a very importanat TD in the 1947 Grey Cup - the rule was changed in 1949.5. Shovel pass - in the early 1950s, an underhand pass that was thrown forward was treated the same as a backwards pass. This rule meant that an incomplete underhand pass was a live ball. Jack Jacobs would have had a few more TD passes if the shovel pass didn't count as a run.9. In 1950, free substitutions were introduced to Canadian football. Prior to the 1950 season, if a player left the field for any reason he was not allowed to return to the field until the start of the next quarter. This meant that players had to play both ways. It also meant that there was no such thing as a specialist kicker. Your kicker and punter had to be one of the twelve men on the field.10. Interception in the end zone - up until the early 1960s, an interception in the end zone could not be returned. On first or second down, an interception in goal resulted in a first down on the 10 yard line. If the interception occurred on 3rd down then the ruling was a first down at the 25 yard line. In 1961, Norm Rauhaus returned an interception 111 yards for a TD but it did not count. The rule would be changed in next year and Neal Beaumont set the CFL record for longest interception return in 1963 - Beaumont returned his interception 120 yards.And one more...Up until 1920, teams played with 14 players per side and the ball was put in play by one of its three scrimmages. The outside scrimmages would throw the ball in from the sideline while center scrimmage was responsible for introducing the ball to a scrum - similar to rugby. Starting with the 1921 season, teams would play with 12 players per side and the center scrimmage was now responsible for passing the ball to the quarterback via the snapback. The primary reason for reducing the number of players was money. The biggest expenses that a team faced was travel and lodging and the elimination of two players would have significant cost savings. It should be noted that Alberta made this move in 1920 and the rest of the Provincial Unions followed suit in 1921.
Quote from: Stats Junkie on April 19, 2014, 06:28:59 AMI don't know the origin of the 'Salad Bowl' name. I do know that there was an annual exhibition game that was dubbed the 'Salad Bowl'. Other games that I can confirm are:July 28, 1964 vs. SaskatchewanJuly 20, 1965 vs. Hamilton (Postponed from July 19)July 17, 1967 vs. TorontoJuly 12, 1971 vs. Toronto