2003 CFL season

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2003 CFL season
Regular season
Duration June 17, 2003 – October 26, 2003
Playoffs
Start date November 2, 2003
East Champions Montreal Alouettes2003-11-09
West Champions Edmonton Eskimos2003-11-09
91st Grey Cup
Date November 16, 2003
Site Taylor Field, Regina, Saskatchewan
Champions Edmonton Eskimos
2002  CFL seasons  2004

The 2003 Canadian Football League season is considered to be the 50th season in modern-day Canadian football, although it is officially the 46th Canadian Football League season. The pre-season began on May 30, 2003 and the regular season started on June 17, 2003.[1] Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan hosted the 91st Grey Cup on November 16, with the Edmonton Eskimos defeating the Montreal Alouettes 34-22.

CFL News in 2003[edit]

The Canadian Football League made a new five-year television deal with TSN and the CBC on February 27. Through the new agreement, TSN and CBC will be broadcasting 77 games, which is the most in CFL history. The CFL also introduced new specialty weekends that includes the Canada Day Bash, the Labour Day Classic and the Gridiron Thanksgiving. CFL.ca launched its new website in July.

The CFL also assumes control of the Toronto Argonauts on July 29 and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on August 15. The league appointed Paul Robson as the interim Operations Manager of the Argonauts and appointed Alan Ford to become interim Operations Manager of the Tiger-Cats. The CFL then announced the sale of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to Bob Young on October 7 and then announced the sale of the Toronto Argonauts on November 15 to Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon.

The TSN achieved the second-highest viewership in CFL history. The CFL also had an (+2%) increase in attendance for the second straight season with more than 2 million fans filling the seats at Canadian football games. About 4.4 million Canadian homes viewed the 91st Grey Cup game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Edmonton Eskimos played in Regina. Plus, the CFL signed long-term partnership deals with Reebok, Rogers and Sun Microsystems.

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
Edmonton Eskimos 18 13 5 0 569 414 26
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 11 7 0 514 487 22
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 11 7 0 535 430 22
BC Lions 18 11 7 0 531 430 22
Calgary Stampeders 18 5 13 0 323 501 10
East Division
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal Alouettes 18 13 5 0 562 409 26
Toronto Argonauts 18 9 9 0 473 433 18
Ottawa Renegades 18 7 11 0 467 581 14
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 18 1 17 0 293 583 2
  • Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.
  • Edmonton and Montreal both have first round byes.
  • Due to the cross-over rule – the BC Lions will play the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Semi-Final Game.

Grey Cup playoffs[edit]

Main article: 91st Grey Cup

The Edmonton Eskimos are the 2003 Grey Cup Champions, defeating the Montreal Alouettes 34–22, at Regina's Taylor Field. The Eskimos got their revenge on the Alouettes, who defeated Edmonton in front of their hometown crowd at the 90th Grey Cup. The Eskimos' Jason Tucker (WR) was named the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Player and the Alouettes' Ben Cahoon (SB) was the Grey Cup's Most Valuable Canadian.

Playoff bracket[edit]

  November 2: Division Semifinals     November 9: Division Finals     November 16: 91st Grey Cup
Taylor FieldRegina, SK
                           
  East     E2  Toronto Argonauts 26  
  W4  BC Lions 7     E1  Montreal Alouettes 30    
  E2  Toronto Argonauts 28         E1  Montreal Alouettes 22
      W1  Edmonton Eskimos 34
  West     W3  Saskatchewan Roughriders 23    
  W3  Saskatchewan Roughriders 37     W1  Edmonton Eskimos 30  
  W2  Winnipeg Blue Bombers 21  

CFL Leaders[edit]

2003 CFL All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

2003 Western All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

2003 Eastern All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

2003 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars[edit]

Offence[edit]

Defence[edit]

Special teams[edit]

Head Coach[edit]

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2003 Rogers AT&T CFL Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2003 CFL schedule". Cfl.ca. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  2. ^ "CFLapedia". 
  3. ^ 2003 Intergold CFLPA All-Stars
Preceded by
2002 CFL season
CFL seasons Succeeded by
2004 CFL season