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Friday, August 16, 2019

CFL and CFLPA Discuss Weather Protocol



– The Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) met to discuss the new weather protocol that was put into effect when an electrical storm forced a delay and, ultimately, the stoppage of last weekend’s Montreal- Saskatchewan game. We agreed the result of the game was the proper outcome according to the protocol, which is part of our new collective bargaining agreement.

However, the CFL fully acknowledged that communication with the players association should have been better during the process, and those communication issues were fully discussed and resolved between the parties. 

Finally, we discussed whether we should now revisit and possibly amend the protocol. It was agreed that the most prudent course of action is to assemble all the relevant stakeholders — team and league executives, players association representatives, general managers, coaches and officials - in the off-season to reassess the protocol. Therefore, no change to the protocol is anticipated for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Randy Ambrosie
Commissioner, CFL
Brian Ramsay
Executive Director, CFLPA

CFL, PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION CANADA BRING FOOTBALL TO SCHOOLS



The Canadian Football League (CFL) and Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) have announced a new five-year partnership which will help introduce the game to thousands of schools and millions of students from coast-to-coast-to-coast. The collaboration supports the CFL’s ongoing #TryFootball initiative which aims to encourage youth to discover the game.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to work closely with PHE Canada to share our great game with young people throughout the country,” said CFL Commissioner, Randy Ambrosie. “Whether it’s with boys, girls, new Canadians, football fans or those new to the game, the schoolyard is the perfect place to bring kids together to learn, play and have fun.”

In addition to expanding the reach of the game, the partnership will enhance theMove Think Learn: Football in Focus teaching resource to incorporate new skill practice games and instructional methodology, to assist educators in adding football to their schools’ physical education programming. The enhanced resource has been developed in collaboration with Football Canada and the first edition, available this fall, will target Grades 4-6, while subsequent editions will focus on Grades 7-9 (Fall 2020) and Kindergarten to Grade 3 (Fall 2021).

“Sports like football have the incredible ability to teach young people some of life’s most important lessons – leadership, teamwork, responsibility and so much more,” said Melanie Davis, Executive Director and CEO of PHE Canada. “By working together and developing this resource, we will empower educators with the knowledge to teach kids how to run, throw, catch and kick their way towards a more healthy, fun and active lifestyle.”

The availability of football teaching resources will not only help diversify educators’ programming, but also extend a new bridge for young Canadians to connect with their communities.

“Canadian football plays such a big role in the nation’s sporting landscape, but not every teacher has the tools and the background to share the game,” added Ambrosie. “We’re trying to eliminate that barrier and support all educators – to give kids the chance to learn and play football with their friends and throw the ball around with their families.”

Educators are invited to learn more about PHE Canada and Move Think Learn atwww.phecanada.ca. For additional information regarding the CFL’s #TryFootball campaign, please visit TryFootball.ca.

This and That


--Welcome to Friday!  Here are the usual assortment of thoughts running through my muddled mind and as always, they come in no particular order



--This is what they sold in Winnipeg last night as an attempt to get some more fans into Investors Group Stadium.  It is a Walbyburger.  For $45, you could have had this monstrosity which features 6 hamburger patties, six chicken fingers, six hot dogs, cheese and well....you can see it and if you haven't vomited already go ahead!  Actually, your old pal Dalby from the WOLF 104.9 said if you were taking your family to the game, you could buy one of these things and feed the family at the same time. Some get chicken fingers, some get a hamburger patty...etc. etc. and it would likely be cheaper in the long run. 

I've said it once and I'll say it again.  Why do teams believe that creating food monstrosities like this will be what brings them out.  You could plop one of these things down beside me and I would push it away and go thanks, but no thanks (OK, I might pull two burgers out before doing so).   Going to the game for me is not about ludicrous food options like this.  It is about the game.  Give me a burger, give me a dog, give me nachos, but don't give me this.   Does this interest you? If so, please tell me why? I just don't get the fascination. 

--As Cody Fajardo mania continues to grow in Saskatchewan, I had someone ask me this week "Whatever happened to Brett Smith". I do not know.   This is not to suggest Fajardo is going to end up like Smith, but I remember when many thought he could be the next one. 

Speaking of Cody, 3Down Nation's Justin Dunk got tongues wagging when he said the XFL is looking at Fajardo  I love JD, but I am guessing the XFL is looking at Fajardo and any other player that won't have a contract next year both on this side and the other side of the border.  Its no different than what we saw with the Alliance of American Football.  Whether or not Fajardo bolts for the XFL is something we won't know for a long time, but this is news that should surprise no one. 

Still with Cody, are people really mad that he brings up religion when he speaks.  Really? Who cares? Yeah, it isn't my cup of tea either and I don't think he or anyone else will be thanking Jesus if he throws three interceptions and is pulled at the end of the half, but if he wants to do it because he is religious in nature so be it..  To criticize that is being very petty and nitpicky if you ask me. 

--Let's be honest.  Did anyone of you think the Riders would be the hottest team in the CFL as we approach the midway mark of the season.  I sure didn't, but low and behold they are.  I wondered aloud if the team's first bye of the year came at the right time because there was a Chris Jones-hangover.  Since that first bye week, the team has gone out and won all four of their games.  As they now take their second bye week, I think they see they are a good football team, but one that still needs to show they can beat Calgary and Winnipeg.  They will get that chance against the Bombers soon, 

With Jeremiah Masoli out of the lineup, I would say the Riders are the 3rd best team in the league right now and certainly no lower than 4th. Sorry Edmonton!

--The Riders win in Montreal is still being debated because of the way the game ended.  I ask you this.  What would the reaction be on Labour Day if a big storm hit around 3 o'clock, but all was good and pleasant by 6 and it was a perfect night.  I hope this issue is re-visited during the off-season.

--Who's the MOP right now?

--The Argos have placed Zach Collaros on the six-game injured list.  I am beginning to think we have seen the last of Zach Collaros on a CFL field. 

--The Oilers rookies usually play the University of Alberta in an exhibition game.  That game won't go this year because Oilers owner Daryl Katz is upset with the University over something so he doesn't want the game to go.  Nice job Daryl!  Don't give your rookies some competition in a meaningful game.  Just keep being your petty self Daryl. Let your personal battles be more important than that of your major property which isn't generating much excitement right now.  If it weren't for Eugene Melnyk, the Oilers might have the worst owner in the NHL.

--MY92 afternoon guy Mark Johnston, who might be the best when it comes to radio in this city and is just an all-around great schmuck, asked a great question this week.  Where have all the lemonade stands been this summer?  He hasn't seen them and either have I.  They have to be out there.   Don't tell me that phones and tablets have taken over kids to the point they aren't spending their afternoons making lemonade.  That would be terrible! 

--The Regina Pats sent out a photo this week of the Brandt Centre ice all adorned with logos of advertisers. It was hard not to notice the boards were white. I know advertisers will soon be along the boards as well, but I love the pristine white boards and wish it could be that way.  Alas, some things are gone and never will return.......like the intense hatred between Moose Jaw and Regina.  SIGHHH!

--Has it really been eight years since we lost Rick Rypien?

--Without the work of Gary Brotzel, Bernie Eiswirth and Sharon Clarke, I don't know if Regina baseball fans would be able to enjoy the nights they do at Currie Field watching the Regina Red Sox.  All three are getting inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend and I think that is fantastic.  Many of those who come to games have no idea how hard those three work whether it be during the short-season or the long off-season to give this city a team that year in and year out is one of the league's best.


Speaking of the Red Sox, what a gorgeous night to watch baseball at Currie Field as Regina opened up the WCBL final against Okotoks.  If a 3rd game is needed, it will be back in Regina on Saturday with Regina needing a win after losing to the Dawgs. 

--That's all I got.  I'm Alberta-bound so be good to yourself and we'll chat next week 



  


Thursday, August 15, 2019

CFL Teams Unveil 10 Neg List Players

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Houston quarterback and Rider neg list player D'Eriq King 

 For the first time this season, the nine Canadian Football League (CFL) teams have unveiled ten players from each of their negotiation lists. Clubs are required to do so on two occasions throughout the year following a measure approved at the 2018 CFL winter meetings.
CFL by-laws state that teams can claim exclusive CFL rights for up to 45 players by placing them on their negotiation lists. Players can be added, removed or traded from the lists at any time.
The following players were previously unveiled from their respective clubs' negotiation lists and are currently on an active CFL roster:
·     DL Woody Baron (MTL)
·     DB Randall Evans (OTT)
·     WR/KR Janarion Grant (WPG)
·     DB Jumal Rolle (HAM)
·     DB Marcus Sayles (WPG)
·     WR Rodney Smith (TOR)
·     QB Chris Streveler (WPG)
·     WR Lucky Whitehead (WPG)
 The ten players announced on each CFL team’s negotiation list are as follows:
BC LIONS
Name
Position
College
Christian Campbell
DB
Penn State
Kahzin Daniels
DL
Charleston
Kyle Dugger
DB
Lenoir-Rhyne College
Koa Farmer
LB
Penn State
Thomas Ives
WR
Colgate
Shea Patterson
QB
Michigan
Brett Rypien
QB
Boise State
Nick Tiano
QB
Tennessee Chattanooga
Jamarius Way
WR
South Alabama
Daniel Wise
DL
Kansas

EDMONTON ESKIMOS
Name
Position
College
Case Cookus
QB
Northern Arizona
Dalyn Dawkins
RB
Colorado State
Lenny Jones
DE
Nevada
Steven Mitchell
WR
USC
Bryce Perkins
QB
Virginia
Jacob Pugh
LB
Florida State
Aziz Shittu
DL
Stanford
Manny Wilkins
QB
Arizona State
Olamide Zaccheaus
WR
Virginia
Shane Zylstra
WR
Minnesota State - Mankato

CALGARY STAMPEDERS
Name
Position
College
Jake Browning
QB
Washington
Hau'oli Kikaha
DE
Washington
Tommylee Lewis
WR
Northern Illinois
Jake Maier
QB
UC Davis
Marcus McMaryion
QB
Fresno State
Trace McSorley
QB
Penn State
Scott Miller
WR
Bowling Green State
Jaelen Strong
WR
Arizona State
Brandon Wilds
RB
South Carolina
Jordan Williams
DE
Tennessee

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS
Name
Position
College
Blaine Clausell
OL
Mississippi State
Jhavonte Dean
DB
Miami
Joshua Ferguson
RB
Illinois
Tom Flacco
QB
Towson
Garrett Gilbert
QB
SMU
Gary Johnson
LB
Texas
D'Eriq King
QB
Houston
Picasso Nelson Jr.
DB
Southern Miss
Sterling Shippy
DL
Alcorn State
Jamar Summers
DB
Connecticut

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
Name
Position
College
Alex Barrett
DE
San Diego State
Eric Barriere
QB
Eastern Washington
Jake Bentley
QB
South Carolina
Fred Brown
WR
Mississippi State
Kelly Bryant
QB
Missouri
David Kenney
DE
Illinois State
Mekale McKay
WR
Cincinnati
Jaydon Mickens
WR
Washington
David Rivers
CB
Youngstown State
Greg Ward
WR
Houston

HAMILTON TIGER-CATS
Name
Position
College
Mike Bell
DB
Fresno State
Ryan Boyle
QB
Indiana State
Steven Dunbar
WR
Houston
Avery Gennesy
OL
Texas A&M
Donovon Glave
DL
Mount Allison
Sam Hartman
QB
Wake Forest
Jalen Hurts
QB
Oklahoma
Jacob Knipp
QB
Northern Colorado
 Max McCaffrey
WR
Duke
Shane Wynn
WR
Indiana

TORONTO ARGONAUTS 
Name
Position
College
Joe Callahan
QB
Wesley
Reshard Cliett
LB
South Florida
Connor Cook
QB
Michigan State
Ryan Delaire
DE
Towson
Elijah Holyfield
RB
Georgia
Justin Johnson
WR
Mississippi State
Ray-Ray McCloud
WR
Clemson
Luis Perez
QB
Texas A&M Commerce
Troymaine Pope
RB
Jacksonville State
Charcandrick West
RB
Abilene Christian

OTTAWA REDBLACKS 
Name
Position
College
Floyd Allen
WR
Ole Miss
David Blough
QB
Purdue
Rashard Davis
WR
James Madison
Eric Dungey
QB
Syracuse
Luke Falk
QB
Washington St
Charles Harris
DE
Buffalo
Deonte Harris
WR
Assumption College
Devlin Hodges
QB
Samford
Malik Reed
DE
Nevada
PJ Walker
QB
Temple

MONTREAL ALOUETTES 
Name
Position
College
Keion Adams
LB
Western Michigan
BJ Blunt
LB
McNeese State
Jamal Davis
DL
Akron
Knile Davis
RB
Arkansas
Ryan Davis
WR
Auburn
Michael Hunter
DB
Oklahoma State
Teo Redding
WR
Bowling Green
Karter Schult
DL
Northern Iowa
David Sills V
WR
West Virginia
Reggie White Jr.
WR
Monmouth



(CFL Communications)