Canada’s been leaving us some crappy gifts lately, but here’s something from tonight’s Toronto-Hamilton game that might perk your ears up: an onside punt touchdown, unique to the Canadian game and something we strongly encourage Roger Goodell to unilaterally write into American Football’s rules.
It works like this: any player who is onside (behind the ball carrier/kicker) can recover a kick; furthermore, these recoveries can be advanced. In that, this is really the fault of Toronto’s A.J. Jefferson—an American playing his first year in the CFL—who didn’t realize he had to tackle Tiger-Cats defensive back Brandon Stewart once he recovered the punt. Stewart, thus, got up off the ground and marched to the end zone.
Again, Rog, put this rule back into the American game. (It existed, a century ago.)