Pat McAfee has mostly trashed the Canadian Football League in the opinion of loyal three-down supporters.
However, the former NFL punter turned United States-based media personality shared his take on the talks between the XFL and CFL regarding a potential merger while offering props to the pro league in Canada for playing in 2021.
“The CFL and the XFL were potentially going to become one FL, but the CFL told the XFL: ‘We’re trying to play a season, you’re trying to dick around.’ So the CFL went with like one-ninth of their teams and had a league. They were going to go with The Rock and then they didn’t.”
“I don’t want to disrespect the CFL, every time we talk about the CFL, which is state fair football, they come after me because I say it’s state fair football. I’m not saying it’s not electrifying, I love the state fair, I’m just saying it’s a little bit carny.”
“Some of the rules are a little bit carny to make it a little bit more exhilarating, a little bit more exciting. I love that punts can score, I love that kicks can score, I like that you can get a 90-yard run-up — I am a fan of it. Normally we’re never even talked about, it’s football.”
“It’s always on the TV during training camp, there’s former guys that played for us were in the CFL, a lot of former NFLers are in the CFL, so you see maybe friends you played with or you had seen in college. There’s only a certain amount of Americans allowed on each team, it’s an entire thing.”
“They almost had to file bankruptcy, which by the way a lot of people did through COVID, especially if you’re a live event, but they saved themselves. The CFL saved themselves and came back with an entire season, did their thing — congrats to the CFL. It takes a lot of great football players to play state fair football and I love state fair football, it’s electrifying don’t you know.”