2013 CFL season
|2013 CFL season|
|Duration||June 27, 2013 – November 2, 2013|
|Start date||November 10, 2013|
|East Champions||Hamilton Tiger Cats|
|West Champions||Saskatchewan Roughriders|
|101st Grey Cup|
|Date||November 24, 2013|
|Site||Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field, Regina|
The 2013 CFL season is the 60th season of modern Canadian professional football. Officially, it is the 56th season of the league. Regina hosted the 101st Grey Cup on November 24. The pre-season began on June 12, 2013 and the regular season began on June 27, 2013.
- 1 CFL news in 2013
- 2 Regular season
- 3 CFL playoffs
- 4 Award winners
- 5 2013 CFL Western All-Stars
- 6 2013 CFL Eastern All-Stars
- 7 2013 Gibson's Finest CFL Awards
- 8 References
CFL news in 2013
According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the 2013 salary cap is to be set at $4,400,000. As per the agreement, the cap is fixed and does not vary with league revenue performance. The minimum team salary will be set at $4,000,000 with individual minimum salaries set at $45,000.
The 2013 season schedule was released on March 5, 2013, with the regular season opening on June 27 at the new Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is to be the first time Winnipeg has opened the regular season since 1998 and the first time that there is to be a brand new Canadian stadium in the CFL since Toronto's SkyDome opened in 1989 (the Alamodome opened in 1993 with the now defunct San Antonio Texans playing there in 1995). For the second time in three years, the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats are not to play in their Labour Day Classic matchup, due to scheduling conflicts for both teams. Following the previous year's experiment, the league is not only having all division matchups in the last week, but for the final four weeks in total, leading to what they hope will be a tight playoff race. There are 15 double headers this year, with one on a Thursday, three on Fridays, nine on Saturdays, one on a Sunday, and one (the traditional Thanksgiving contests) on a Monday.
For the second consecutive year, the teams' bye weeks occurred in the sixth and seventh weeks of the season, earlier than the usual eighth and ninth week setup that has been in place since 2007. These began over the August Civic Holiday, suggesting that this was done to accommodate for fans' vacation plans.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are playing their home games for the 2013 season at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, with the exception of Touchdown Atlantic (see below). The team's previous venue, Ivor Wynne Stadium, was demolished during the offseason, and its replacement, Tim Hortons Field, will not be ready until at least 2014. For the first time in decades, the Tiger-Cats did not host the Labour Day Classic and instead traveled to Vancouver to face the BC Lions that weekend; because Ontario University Athletics (of which Alumni Stadium's primary tenants, the Guelph Gryphons, are a member) also has a tradition of playing football games on Labour Day, finding a suitable venue within Southern Ontario would have been impossible. The Toronto at Hamilton matchup was instead played as the nightcap in the 2013 Thanksgiving Day Classic.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will finally take residence at the new Investors Group Field. The stadium was supposed to have been readied last season, but construction delays pushed back the opening to this season. The Toronto Argonauts will host the Montreal Alouettes at the University of Toronto's Varsity Stadium for their preseason game. It will be the first time that the Argonauts will play at Varsity Stadium in 55 years.
Return of Touchdown Atlantic
After a one-year hiatus in 2012, Touchdown Atlantic will return for the 2013 season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosting the Montreal Alouettes on September 21, 2013. This will be the third regular season instalment of the game and the second to feature the Tiger-Cats. This will be the first appearance for the Alouettes and it will also be the first matchup to feature division opponents.
On March 21, 2013, the CFL announced it had renewed its exclusive contract with TSN to televise all CFL games through 2018; the contract includes the national radio rights to the Grey Cup, which will air on TSN Radio and The Team. The contract had originally been set to expire at the end of the 2013 season.
As with the previous contract, the league will have no games broadcast on terrestrial television, prolonging an absence dating to 2007 and making it the largest league in North America without over-the-air television broadcasts.
On June 21, 2013, the CFL announced it had renewed its distribution deal with NBC Sports Network for United States broadcasts and that ESPN2 would also pick up five additional games for live broadcast. ESPN3 will continue to serve as the league's online broadcaster.
On April 10, 2013 the CFL Board of Governors approved 2 new rules. The first stated that coaches would be allowed to challenge the result of a field goal attempt or extra point attempt. The second rule gives coaches flexibility on when they can use their timeouts. Coaches can now use both of their time outs at any point during regulation time of a game, as long as they don’t use more than one after the three minute warning has been sounded in the second half of the game. In the past coaches were only allowed to use one time out per half.
Immediately following the close of the 2012 CFL season it seemed probable that there would be no head coaching changes in the off-season. However, after a disappointing 6-12 regular season the Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired George Cortez. The expectations on the Ticats were very high after the off-season acquisitions of Henry Burris and Andy Fantuz which Cortez failed to live up to. The Tiger-Cats replaced Cortez with Kent Austin. Austin, who won the 95th Grey Cup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, had been the offensive coordinator at the University of Mississippi and the head coach of Cornell University for 3 years each. In mid-January, 2013, the Montreal Alouettes lost their head coach Marc Trestman to the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Trestman won two Grey Cups in five seasons as the head coach of the Alouettes from 2008 to 2012. On February 19 the Alouettes announced that Dan Hawkins would be the new head coach. Hawkins had been the head coach of Willamette University, Boise State and University of Colorado from 1993 to 2010.
Dan Hawkins was fired on August 1, 2013, after a 2-3 start to the season. Longtime general manager Jim Popp has doubled as interim head coach since then.
Tim Burke was fired on November 12, 2013 after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers finished last in the league with a dismal 3-15 record.
The deadline for teams to complete trades was Wednesday October 9 at 3:59pm EDT.
Teams play eighteen regular season games, playing two of the three divisional opponents three times, the other four times, and teams from the opposing division twice. Teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for a tie. The top three teams in each division qualify for the playoffs, with the first place team gaining a bye to the divisional finals. A fourth place team in one division may qualify ahead of the third place team in the other division (the "Crossover"), if they earn more points in the season.
If two or more teams in the same division are equal in points, the following tiebreakers apply: 
- a) Most wins in all games
- b) Head to head winning percentage (matches won divided by all matches played)
- c) Head to head points difference
- d) Head to head points ratio
- e–g) Tiebreakers b–d applied sequentially to all divisional games
- h–i) Tiebreakers c–d applied sequentially to all league games
- j) Coin toss
- 1. If two clubs remain tied after other club(s) are eliminated during any step, tie breakers reverts to step a).
- 2. Tiebreakers do not apply to the Crossover. To cross over a team must have more points than the third place team.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points
Teams in bold are in playoff positions.
X – clinched playoff berth
Y – clinched first place and bye to division final
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||3||15||0||361||585||6||Details|
|Abbreviation and Color Key:
BC Lions - BC • Calgary Stampeders - CAL • Edmonton Eskimos - EDM • Hamilton Tiger-Cats - HAM
Montreal Alouettes - MON • Toronto Argonauts - TOR • Saskatchewan Roughriders - SAS • Winnipeg Blue Bombers - WBB
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|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||TOR||HAM||MON||MON||HAN||TOR||CAL||BC||BYE||HAM||HAM||SAS||SAS||EDM||EDM||BC||CAL||MON||TOR||TOR||HAM|
The Calgary Stampeders were first to clinch a playoff berth, in Week 12 of the schedule. Toronto and BC followed in Week 14, followed by Saskatchewan and Hamilton in Week 15, and the final playoff spot was clinched by Montreal in Week 17. Three of the four home playoff hosts were determined in Week 17.
101st Grey Cup
Mosaic Stadium – Regina
|E3||Montreal Alouettes||16||E1||Toronto Argonauts||24|
|E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||19*||E2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||23|
|W3||BC Lions||25||W1||Calgary Stampeders||13|
*-Team won in Overtime.
CFL Player of the Week
CFL Player of the Month
|Month||Offensive Player of the Month||Defensive Player of the Month||Special Teams Player of the Month||Outstanding Canadian|
|July||Kory Sheets||Kyries Hebert||Rene Paredes||Jon Cornish|
|August||Darian Durant||Chip Cox||Christopher Milo||Marc-Olivier Brouillette|
|September||Zach Collaros||Adam Bighill||Rene Paredes||Jon Cornish|
|October||Jon Cornish||Chip Cox||Rene Paredes||Jon Cornish|
2013 CFL Western All-Stars
- QB – Darian Durant, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- RB – Jon Cornish, Calgary Stampeders
- RB – Kory Sheets, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- R – Weston Dressler, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- R – Chris Getzlaf, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- R – Marquay McDaniel, Calgary Stampeders
- R – Fred Stamps, Edmonton Eskimos
- OT – Stanley Bryant, Calgary Stampeders
- OT – Jovan Olafioye, BC Lions
- OG – Brendon LaBatte, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- OG – Jon Gott, Calgary Stampeders
- OC – Brett Jones, Calgary Stampeders
- DT – Tearrius George, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- DT – Almondo Sewell, Edmonton Eskimos
- DE – Alex Hall, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- DE – Charleston Hughes, Calgary Stampeders
- LB – Adam Bighill, BC Lions
- LB – Solomon Elimimian, BC Lions
- LB – Juwan Simpson, Calgary Stampeders
- CB – Cord Parks, BC Lions
- CB – Dante Marsh, BC Lions
- DB – Dwight Anderson, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- DB – Ryan Phillips, BC Lions
- S – Tyron Brackenridge, Saskatchewan Roughriders
2013 CFL Eastern All-Stars
- QB – Ricky Ray, Toronto Argonauts
- RB – C. J. Gable, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- RB – Will Ford, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- R – Andre Durie, Toronto Argonauts
- R – Bakari Grant, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- R – S. J. Green, Montreal Alouettes
- R – Chad Owens, Toronto Argonauts
- OT – Josh Bourke, Montreal Alouettes
- OT – Glenn January, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- OG – Chris Van Zeyl, Toronto Argonauts
- OG – Greg Wojt, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- OC – Jeff Keeping, Toronto Argonauts
- DT – Bryant Turner, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- DT – Khalif Mitchell, Toronto Argonauts
- DE – John Bowman, Montreal Alouettes
- DE – Brandon Boudreaux, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- LB – Chip Cox, Montreal Alouettes
- LB – Robert McCune, Toronto Argonauts
- LB – Henoc Muamba, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- CB – Geoff Tisdale, Montreal Alouettes
- CB – Pat Watkins, Toronto Argonauts
- DB – Jerald Brown, Montreal Alouettes
- DB – Billy Parker, Montreal Alouettes
- S – Mike Edem, Montreal Alouettes
2013 Gibson's Finest CFL Awards
- CFL's Most Outstanding Player Award – Jon Cornish (RB), Calgary Stampeders
- CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian Award – Jon Cornish (RB), Calgary Stampeders
- CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player Award – Chip Cox (LB), Montreal Alouettes
- CFL's Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award – Brendon LaBatte (OG), Saskatchewan Roughriders
- CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award – Brett Jones (OL), Calgary Stampeders
- John Agro Special Teams Award – Rene Paredes (K), Calgary Stampeders
- Tom Pate Memorial Award – Kyries Hebert (LB), Montreal Alouettes
- Jake Gaudaur Veterans' Trophy – Shea Emry (LB), Montreal Alouettes
- Annis Stukus Trophy –
- Grey Cup Most Valuable Player - Kory Sheets (RB), Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Dick Suderman Trophy - Chris Getzlaf (WR), Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Commissioner's Award – Dwayne Mandrusiak, Edmonton Eskimos Equipment Manager
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- "CFL schedule features just one Labour Day game for the first time since 1949". Yahoo Sports. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- It's official: No Ticats-Argos Labour Day Classic in 2013. CBC"'. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "Argos return to Varsity Stadium for pre-season match against Alouettes". Toronto Sun. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- "Touchdown Atlantic Returns For Third Time". Moncton Sports. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2013-03-14.
- http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=420390 2013 Rule Changes
- CFL Playoff Scenarios article accessed 21 Oct 2013
- "Gibson's Finest CFL Players of the Week". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Gibson's Finest CFL Players of the Month". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
2012 CFL season
|CFL seasons||Succeeded by
2014 CFL season