The CFL comes to Central City

Who knew The Flash’s home of Central City housed such a big CFL fans.

On Tuesday’s season 4 premiere of the CW’s hit show The Flash (based on the DC Comics character of the same name), a scene featured some brief video of a CFL game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts.

The scene takes place near the end of the episode as Dr. Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost enters a bar to confront a rather sketchy-looking character.

The Flash is shot in Vancouver and featured a scene in season where The Flash himself, Barry Allen, faced off with a mysterious man in yellow who we later found out was Eobard Thawne aka the Reverse at B.C. Place Stadium, home of the B.C. Lions. But this is the first time that actual CFL footage has been shown.

From the looks of the video, this was some very old footage. Not only can you see both the Argos and Ticats wearing their Reebok jerseys from the pre-2012 redesign, you can see a number of players that are no longer in the CFL.

A keen eye can see former Ticats safety Dylan Barker (No. 20), and former Argos Spencer Watt (No. 89), Cedric Gagné-Marcoux and Dominic Picard. Watt left the Argos in 2015 to sign with the Ticats, and was released this past Spring and was not signed by anyone; Barker retired due to injury following the 2011 season; Gagné-Marcoux last played for the Argos in 2012; and Picard left the Argos in 2011.

CFL footage has shown up in other TV shows, from being on Modern Family a couple times and getting a lot of action on the former FX fantasy football comedy The League (they even name-checked Joffrey Reynolds in the series premiere). It is likely due to CFL game film being a lot cheaper to acquire the NFL film. But it is still cool to see a little CFL action show up in a big American television show.

Now the CFL has infiltrated the DC universe, maybe they will want some cameos from CFL players who could make good Justice League members. I know a good place to start looking.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Josh has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.
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7 Comments on The CFL comes to Central City

  1. My favourite CFL moment on US TV was seeing Denis Leary wearing a BC Lions t-shirt over a few episodes of Rescue Me. 🙂

  2. There was an old episode of “Columbo” with Peter Falk that used actual gamefootage from Commonwealth Stadium of Esks playing Riders, but the name Eskimos was switched to the “ELKS”. The mystery started when after the pile got up from a gang tackle, the ball carrier had “disappered”, completely vanished seemingly into thin air.
    Fast forward to Fall 2017, and we see this year it’s a whole team that has sunk to sub-par levels and has virtually disappeared from view.
    Buh-by B.C.!! Hasta la Vista,
    Buono!

  3. My favorite is still the Simpsons where Homer is watching the CFL draft…

  4. Paul Bomber // October 12, 2017 at 12:14 pm //

    Am I being a cranky old fart to think this is sort of a little sad? As in, “we” look a little desperate to get excited about this? Maybe it’s cool… I dunno.

  5. Early episode of Arrow had the police detective watching an argos game while preparing supper.

  6. CFL IN QC // October 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm //

    I think there is a clip of CFL football shown on TV during the Thanksgiving dinner scene of Brokeback Montain film.

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