1994 CFL season

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1994 CFL season
Regular season
Duration July 6, 1994 – November 6, 1994
Playoffs
Start date November 12, 1994
East Champions Baltimore CFLers1994-11-20
West Champions BC Lions1994-11-20
82nd Grey Cup
Date November 27, 1994
Site BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
Champions BC Lions
1993  CFL seasons  1995

The 1994 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 41st season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 37th Canadian Football League season.

CFL News in 1994[edit]

Expansion[edit]

The CFL admitted three more United States-based teams with the Las Vegas Posse, the Shreveport Pirates and the Baltimore Stallions – making it 12 teams in total, six in each division. The Baltimore team was to be called the Baltimore Colts, but the Colts name was revoked due to a successful trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Indianapolis Colts, and they played the entire season as the "Baltimore CFLers". The new teams started play in 1994, with Las Vegas joining the Sacramento Gold Miners in the West Division, and Baltimore and Shreveport joining the East Division.

Ownership changes[edit]

In February, Bruce Firestone purchased the Ottawa Rough Riders from the Glieberman family, clearing the way for the Gliebermans to assume the Shreveport Pirates.

In May, the JLL Broadcast Group purchased the Toronto Argonauts after John Candy died (Candy had put his stake in the team up for sale hours before he died) and Bruce McNall was arrested on fraud charges.

Uniform changes[edit]

The Ottawa Rough Riders unveiled a new logo based on a head profile of a mustached lumberjack. Their colours were also updated with light navy replacing black and the addition of metallic gold, red was kept.

New logos and uniforms also were designed for the expansion teams Shreveport Pirates and Las Vegas Posse. The Shreveport Pirates' team colours were purple, silver, orange and black with a side profile of a pirate's head inside a delta. The Las Vegas Posse choose a simpler logo and colour choice. The logo is a sheriff's tin star with "LV" imposed on it. Their colours were black and desert sand.

Game records set[edit]

In a July 14, 1994 matchup of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Edmonton Eskimos, Matt Dunigan passed for a remarkable 713 yards, setting a CFL record.[1]

Allen Pitts set the record for receiving yards in one season with 2,036 yards.

The Grey Cup[edit]

BC Place Stadium played host to the Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 27, making Vancouver the host city for the twelfth time-more than any other Western Canadian city. In the Grey Cup game, the hometown BC Lions were against the Baltimore CFLers, becoming the first ever Grey Cup game between a Canadian team and an American team. The Lions ended up defeating the Baltimore team by a score of 26–23, on Lui Passaglia's game-winning field goal in the final seconds of the game.


Regular season standings[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

West Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Stampeders 18 15 3 0 698 355 30
Edmonton Eskimos 18 13 5 0 518 401 26
BC Lions 18 11 6 1 604 456 23
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 11 7 0 512 454 22
Sacramento Gold Miners 18 9 8 1 436 436 19
Las Vegas Posse 18 5 13 0 447 622 10
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 13 5 0 651 572 26
Baltimore CFLers 18 12 6 0 561 431 24
Toronto Argonauts 18 7 11 0 504 578 14
Ottawa Rough Riders 18 4 14 0 480 647 8
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 4 14 0 435 562 8
Shreveport Pirates 18 3 15 0 330 661 6
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Main article: 82nd Grey Cup

The BC Lions are the 1994 Grey Cup champions, defeating the Baltimore CFLers 26–23, in front of their home crowd at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. It was the first football championship game between Canadian and American teams. The CFLers' Karl Anthony (DB) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and Lions' Lui Passaglia (K/P) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket[edit]

November 12 & 13: Division Semifinals November 20: Division Finals November 27: 82nd Grey Cup @ BC Place StadiumVancouver, BC
                 
E3 Toronto Argonauts 15
E2 Baltimore CFLers 34
E2 Baltimore CFLers 14
East
E1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12
E4 Ottawa Rough Riders 16
E1 Winnipeg Blue Bombers 26
E2 Baltimore CFLers 23
W3 BC Lions 26
W3 BC Lions 24
W2 Edmonton Eskimos 23
W3 BC Lions 37
West
W1 Calgary Stampeders 36
W4 Saskatchewan Roughriders 3
W1 Calgary Stampeders 36

1994 CFL All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1994 Western All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1994 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

1994 CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1993 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
1995 CFL season

External links[edit]