224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 in
October 29, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1550176145
ISBN - 13: 9781550176148
From the Publisher
End Zones and Border Wars is the story of the CFL's ill-fated period
of expansion into the United States during the early to mid-
1990s. It was a time filled with intriguing characters, from John
Candy to Nick Mileti to Pepper Rodgers, the coach who loved everything
about the Canadian game except the rules and the teams. With
a cast of investors who are hopeful but unfamiliar with the game,
bizarre stories emerge, from the Las Vegas Posse practising in the
parking lot of the Riviera to the Shreveport Pirates camping out
above a barn full of circus animals.
The CFL's attempts to push the Canadian game into expanded
territory brought both heartbreak and victory, with the 1994 Grey
Cup victory of the BC Lions coming alongside the quick decline of
every American club under low sales and resistance to new rules.
The CFL survived these turbulent times to the harsh realization that
it is a game for Canada alone, breaking through to a promising new
era for the venerable institution.
About the Author
Ed Willes began working in sports journalism in 1982, and is now a columnist for the Province. He is the author of two books: Gretzky to Lemieux: The story of the 1987 Canada Cup (McClelland & Stewart, 2007) and The Rebel League on the WHA (McClelland & Stewart, 2004).