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TORONTO -- It's April Fools, and everyone is on guard for their resident prankster.

On the football field, regardless the date, there's always the possibility of being on the wrong side of a trick play. Whether it's a fake field goal or punt, a flea flicker, or the classic statue of liberty play, defences are on constant watch for any possible funny business.

That said, there's nothing quite like watching a trick play being pulled off to perfection.

We've listed some below, but feel free to add your favourite trick play in the comment section.

Today's Debate: What is the greatest trick play in CFL history?

Ticats Fake Field Goal and Score vs. Als

Als Fake Field Goal for 1st Down vs. BC

Lumsden Rumbles Off Fake Punt During 68th GC

Armstead, Fantuz Connect on Gadget Play

Koch Hits Wide Open Reilly for 1st Down

Fan Poll
What's your favourite trick play of all-time?
1) Ticats fake FG vs. Als
2) Als fake FG for 1st down vs. BC
3) Lumsden Rumbles during 68th Grey Cup
4) Armstead, Fantuz connect on gadget play
5) Koch hits Reilly for 1st down
6) Other

Fan Comments
prairiedog
How can you call this 'all time' without the 1948 Grey Cup sleeper play TD?

Also, like someone else posted, Armstead back to Joseph against the Argos in 2006 was better than his TD to Fantuz in Winnipeg. The Bombers weren't really fooled on that play, Fantuz saved a pick more than anything as he beat the double cover. If he was still double covered then you can't really say that the trick worked.

Lumsden direct snap was beautiful. Not nearly as spectacular as Lumsden but similar was Als fake punt direct snap in 2010 Grey Cup. 3rd and 2 on the Riders' side of midfield and Miller/Daley decide that this is the moment when they'll use 2 returners handing the Als the line of scrimmage ... (facepalm).

Back around '80 to '82, Hamilton at Commonwealth in a defensive war. Eskimos finally won the game 14-11 on a hitch and pitch. Moon hitches out a lateral pass that looks like a screen to Waddell Smith, Smith then tosses a short TD, I can't remember the receiver. It was wobbly but it got there and it won the game.

My fave is Argos at TiCats mid 80s, John Congemi on to hold for Lance Chomyc FG, the realize that they don't have a tee, Chomyc runs to the sideline as if he's going to get a kicking tee, play clock is ticking way down, the entire Hamilton defense stands up and relaxes expecting a time count, Chomyc busts up the sideline, Congemi takes the shotgun snap and throws a big first down to the kicker!! My absolute fave EVER. I have searched many many tmes on youtube but cannot find it.
April 06, 2014 - 12:08pm
 
Byron Moore
how can this seriously be ALL-TIME when 5 out of 6 of these were in the last couple seasons?
sensationalist media hype. so i'm votin "other"
:-)
April 04, 2014 - 5:40pm
 
Gornaldatron
Better than (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYiwhKov64
Better than (5) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBdJBc8XZb8
Most unique (at 2:49) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkkbYfFZpQA
April 02, 2014 - 10:33pm
 
AjaxEddiefan
I like Lumsden's Rumble, simply because the Cats are in their classic tiger-stripe uniforms. Please bring them back!!!!!!
April 02, 2014 - 7:30pm
 
*C*F*L*
Hard to believe these are the selections for ''ALL TIME''.

As for the Lumsden run... good grief, being led by Dan Kepley who looked like he had his ears pinned back welcoming any and all contact.
April 02, 2014 - 10:57am
 
ride80
None of these. I can recall on October 31st 1982 when Ottawa Rough Riders QB Chris Isaac hit WR Carl Powell on a double reverse back to the the QB TD Toss vs the Montreal Concordes. Powell was so wide open it looked like he came out of the stands to catch that pass.
April 02, 2014 - 12:14am
 
tabbiefanmcb
But of course the Ticats faked FG for a TD is the best one of those offered!
April 01, 2014 - 7:52pm
 
fumblerooskie
I gotta go with the direct snap to Lumsden in the 68th Grey Cup. To call a play like that in the Big Game takes some kind of chutzpah.

This play has stuck with me over the years, if only because direct snaps are so rare.
April 01, 2014 - 7:03pm
 
CatsFaninOttawa
Of all time? Have to go back a lot further than this. But of these, it has to be the onside field goal by Montreal - never seen this before or since.
April 01, 2014 - 4:42pm
als rule
@CFO: last time was again montreal when don matthews was HC and the P was #15 duval and DB/LB #41 kent recovered the football!!
April 01, 2014 - 10:17pm
 
Duelfuel
I liked it when Akili Smith played for the Stamps and on a play agains the Lions (I believe) he looked utterly confused, like the ball had been fumbled. I'd never seen that before, and had never seen it since.
April 01, 2014 - 2:22pm
 
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