Sunday, June 28, 2009

Dagsavisen - 4 Stories

1) Pellerud har skapt fotballfeber i ishockeylandet 20 November 2003
http://www.dagsavisen.no/sport/article947054.ece
In this article about Pellerud coaching football in Canada, it states: "Ishockey, basketball og amerikansk fotball dominerer i Canada." That is not correct. How can American football dominate in Canada when we don't play "American football" in Canada? It is correct that the number one sport in Canada is hockey, probably due to the fact the sport was invented in Canada, and the NHL was founded in Canada by Canadians, and of course the great winters in Canada help to play the game. And, even though the sport of basketball was invented by a Canadian by the name of Dr. James Naismith from Almonte, Ontario, Canada, and "American football" actually has much of its origins from the game of Canadian football, these sports - basketball and "American football" do not dominate in Canada and it is not correct to say this of Canada. Here' s a little history:
Basketball - Canadian Dr. James Naismith (1861-1939).
Dr. James Naismith is the Canadian physical education instructor who invented basketball in 1891. James Naismith was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada and educated at McGill University and Presbyterian College in Montreal, (Canada). He was the physical education teacher at McGill University (1887 to 1890) (in Montreal, Canada).
There are three type of football in North America: Canadian Football (played just in Canada), European football (played in Mexico and to a lesser extent in Canada), and American Football (played in just the USA). In Canada we play European football as played in Europe, and in Canada's national Canadian Football League (CFL/LCF) we play "Canadian football." Canadian football is played just in Canada and is a Canadian invented sport. This Canadian invented sport is the basis of even some of "American football" and was introduced to the United States by a Canadian team from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. The three North America versions of football are not the same. There are different rules, different size balls, different size playing fields, different trophies, different organisation, different championship games, and more. Norwegians are not familiar with Canadian football. It was a Canadian team that helped to introduce football to the USA, and it was Canadian football that helped form the basis of what is today called "American football" in the USA. The USA has Canada to thank for one of its most popular sports. Canadian football dominates in Canada, a separate and exciting game unique to Canada.
"American Football's Origins Taken from Canadian Football (taken from Wikipedia):
The Canadian contribution (to American football), took place in the late 1860s. The first known instances of rugby football in North America were in the 1860s in Canada. In 1864, at Trinity College, Toronto, (Canada) F. Barlow Cumberland and Frederick A. Bethune devised rules based on the Rugby School game. However, the first game of "rugby" in Canada is generally said to have taken place in Montreal, (Canada) in 1865, when British Army officers played local civilians. The game gradually gained a following, and the Montreal Football Club was formed in 1868, the first recorded football club in Canada. Codes based on the Rugby School rules began to be played at other Canadian universities in the late 1860s and these games were the basis of Canadian football.[4]; [5] & [6] They would also prove to have a major influence on American football.
Canadian Football and the Canadian Football League (taken from Wikipedia):
The Canadian Football League (CFL), also known by its French name, Ligue canadienne de football (LCF), is a professional league located entirely in
Canada that plays Canadian football. It is considered to be the highest level of play in Canadian football. The league's top trophy, the Grey Cup, (Ever heard of Earl Grey Tea? - Same Person!) was donated by Governor General (of Canada) Earl Grey in 1909 to the team winning the Senior Amateur Football Championship of Canada. Both the trophy and the championship game have become known as the Grey Cup....A recent survey conducted at the University of Lethbridge (in Alberta, Canada) confirmed that the CFL is the second most popular league in Canada, with the following of 19% of the total adult Canadian population compared to 30% for the NHL (National Hockey League)."
Bob Orrick writes about Canadian football versus American football:
"After a period of gestation in Merry Olde England, the British took their new sport abroad to the New World. The British garrison in Montreal (Canada)played a series of games against Montreal's McGill University. The McGill (University) gang so liked the sport that they arranged a game versus Harvard University in the United States. The game had truly become international in scope. The year was 1874. Both the Canadian version of football - the pointy ball type - and the American version with the same ball [the Yanks (Americans) fancy a slightly smaller ball, not as fat as the hardy Canadian ball] came about because of that McGill (Canada) (versus) Harvard (USA) game. A check into the history of both Canadian and American football reveals that the story does not end there. The American version differs from the Canadian version in that the dates and places of the game of football [pointy type ball] differ...According to the (USA's) National Football League [NFL] website, the NFL came about on 06 November 1869 when Rutgers played Princeton. This is where the American and Canadian versions of the origin of the sport of football [pointy ball] differ. The Yanks claim the aforementioned date as the start of the NFL, while the Canadians claim that the British, sometime subsequent to 1823, introduced the sport of rugby to Canada and eventually (Canadians introduced it) to the U.S.A. with the McGill (Canada) - (versus) Harvard (USA) 1874 game....In Canada, the right to claim the title of champion (of Canadian football) goes to the winner of the annual Grey Cup game. The (Canadian) Grey Cup (Football trophy) [1909] is the oldest sport trophy in North America being decades longer in the tooth thanthe NFL's (USA's) Super Bowl...The Grey Cup, on the other hand, pits the eastern (Canadian) and western (Canadian) conferences of the CFL head to head in a no-holds-barred, knock-'em-down, drag-out contest that usually exceeds all expectations for excitement. The CFL with it's more alluring scoring rules, three down, backfield-in-motion-toward-the-line-of-scrimmage-before-the-snap-of-the-ball, wider field and longer end zones provides pure adrenaline pumping excitement whereas in the (American football) NFL the rules tend to stymie innovative plays. The Canadian Football League with its one-yard zone between the offensive and defensive lines seems silly to proponents of the (USA's) NFL who are used to seeing opposing linemen nose to nose. The Canadian twelve-man team is one more than the American's eleven-man team. Canadians do not have a 'fair catch' rule on kick-off and punt-returns as do the Americans; the receiver is fair game and an easy target for onrushing opposing players intent on sending the receiver into tomorrow. To offset the 'danger zone,' the CFL has a five-yard restraining zone that, theoretically, allows the receiver to catch the ball before being smacked hard by an opposing player. The five-yard restraining zone is more fiction than fact. With Canadian rules, a football game is played quicker than the American game; for instance, (in American football) the American quarterback has forty seconds to put the ball in play whereas (in Canadian football) his Canadian counterpart has half that time. In the Canadian Football League if a game is tied at end of regulation time, the teams play two five-minute overtime games, each with a kick-off. Teams have an equal opportunity to score and win the game. South of the (Canadian) border (in the USA), the NFL does not have that; there teams play overtime but the first team to score wins. There have been games in which one team - the receiving team on the kick-off - wins the game before the opposition has touched the ball. This strikes me as a bit unfair and sets up another difference between the two leagues is that CFL team rosters are much smaller than the NFL rosters. The Canadians play a faster game on a larger field with fewer players and more ways to score points while the Americans' game is slower, has more players, and generally bigger players and far more hype."
The reality is in Canada, the number one sport is the Canadian invented sport of hockey. The second most popular sport is the Canadian invented sport of Canadian Football. Basketball does not dominate sports in Canada. Even though basketball was invented by a Canadian, it is not popular in Canada. It is played recreationally just like in dozens of countries around the world, but is not a major sport. Canada's largest city of Toronto has a professional basketball team that plays in a USA league, but there is only one team in all of Canada. In Canada sport is really all about the Canadian invented games of hockey and Canadian football that are dominant. The comments in this article "Ishockey, basketball og amerikansk fotball dominerer i Canada" were said by someone that doesn't know really know Canadian sports and someone that doesn't know that we actually play Canadian football in Canada, and NOT American football. American football is played in just one country in the world - the USA. How can American football dominate in Canada when there are no American football teams in Canada? And, in addition much of American football's roots actually come from the Canadian game of Canadian football. The Americans have borrowed some Canadian football rules for themselves for American football, learnt basketball from the Canadian who invented it and introduced it into the USA, and we in Canada have also exported hockey to the USA. The reality is that Canada and Canadians, not the USA are the inventors and contributors of these sports. In addition, it is fair to say more people in Canada are into Canadian hockey, curling, and Canadian football that what Pellerud has stated.
2) Seier over «den store» (Author unknown) 28 July 1999
In this story the journalist writes "Winnipeg i USA." The city of Winnipeg is actually located in the Province of Manitoba in Canada, not in the USA.
3) Angrepet med gullfiskbolle (Author Unknown) 7 October 2000
http://www.dagsavisen.no/innenriks/article996168.ece
In this story the journalist writes "Winnipeg i USA." The city of Winnipeg is actually located in the Province of Manitoba in Canada, NOT in the USA. The original Reuters story does not state it is in the USA, this has been added into the story by Dagavisen.
4) Se kongens krimskrams
(Author unknown) 29 August 2007
In this story, under the heading "Barndom i USA" it states "Ved siden av bildet står modellen av et jagerfly, og på esken står det «Til prins Harald fra gutta i Toronto»." This was a gift from from Norwegian servicemen living, working, and training at Little Norway in Toronto, Canada. In the autumn of 1940, a Norwegian training centre known as "Little Norway" was established by Royal Canadian Air Force base Borden outside of Toronto, in Canada.

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