Saturday’s game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders wasn’t just crazy and weird, it was historically crazy and weird.
There are, it turns out, eight ways to score a touchdown in the CFL: receiving, rushing, interception return, kick return, fumble recovery, missed field goal and on-side kick recovery. The Ticats-Stamps game featured a remarkable six of those eight.
How remarkable? It’s only happened once before in CFL history.
That game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was played on Oct. 26, 1975 and featured 11 touchdowns, including at least one via rush, pass, fumble recovery, punt return, kickoff return and a missed field goal return.
Meanwhile Saturday’s game featured touchdowns scored via interception return (Ticat Larry Dean), kickoff return (Ticat Shakir Ryan), fumble recovery (Calgary’s Tunde Adeleke and Hamilton’s Delvin Breaux), kickoff return (Stampeder Terry Williams) receiving (Calgary’s Reggie Begelton and Marken Michel) and rushing (Stampeder Romar Morris.)
There has never been a CFL game with a touchdown scored seven or eight different ways.
That little nugget was confirmed by CFL Director of game information and statistics Steve Daniel, whose commitment to these things has seen him log every scoring play back to 1936 (it took him about a year.) The work he does is just phenomenal.
Anyway, Calgary won 43-28 and after the game everybody was talking about how nuts the CFL is sometimes. In this case, the numbers and the history actually back that up.