Published on November 30, 2010
As December arrives it is time to take a year-end accounting. Evaluate the year, the blessings received and improvements needed for next year.
No matter my situation, I remind myself I am so much more well off than many. I can go without many things and still live a life of comfort. This makes it a good time to decide where I will share that good fortune. One charity I have decided to support this year is The Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation and their initiative to build 131 schools in Africa. You may have heard about this on Prime Time Sports and the Fan590.
CFL fans will remember Pinball as a dynamic player (wearing jersey #31) for the Toronto Argonauts in the late 1980’s and 1990’s and as Toronto’s coach in two stints in the last decade.
If you have extra cash this year you can spare, no matter the amount, I encourage you to support this or another charity, local or global, and share some of the wealth this country is blessed with.
Published on November 28, 2010
Need to check your tickets and Grey Cup pool boards? Here are the end of quarter scores from the 2010 Grey Cup championship game courtesy CFLdb. Better than the official boxscore.
Published on November 27, 2010
This year’s Grey Cup has been relatively quiet. I mean that from a big announcement or news aspect. There has still be plenty of coverage of the standard fare and the media trying to create some controversy. Here are some links for posterity of a few things I thought worthy and interesting.
Published on November 21, 2010
In Sunday’s Western Final, a pivotal play was the fumble of a punt return by Saskatchewan’s Ryan Grice-Mullen which was ultimately propelled by Calgary into the Roughrider end zone and recovered by Saskatchewan. The ruling was no points awarded, Saskatchewan ball at their 25-yard line per Rule 1, Section 9, Article 6 – Ball Touched In Goal Area.
However, those reading the rule “When a player directs the ball other than by kicking…” call foul. When Calgary’s Wes Lysak struck the ball sending it into the end zone, it appears it strikes his foot, not his hand. Does that not disqualify this rule from applying then? Is this a dribbled ball and therefore a kick?
I don’t think so. My interpretation of the rule is that is disqualifies normal kicks. A dribbled ball is not a normal kick and counts as an act of propulsion. Since none of the rules surrounding a dribbled ball applied, the correct rule was used.
This occurred in the last three minutes of the second half and therefore was eligible to be reviewed by the league office. It was not. This indicates to me that the correct call was made, the league felt there was no wrong interpretation made. Others will challenge this assumption. It will be interesting to see if the league addresses the ruling this week.
Published on November 18, 2010
Update: Explained an idea for a Grey Cup Pool for Small Groups in 2013.
I have seen a number of queries on creating Grey Cup Pool Boards since the site has been set up so I decided this year I will write a guide. It might be a little late for most people this year, but I think it will prove useful in the future.
Grey Cup Pool Boards were long a fall staple in service clubs and small communities across this country. They are perhaps rarer now, with pool tickets peddled by amateur teams now taking their place in terms of popularity and visibility to the average Canadian.
Published on November 2, 2010
After some hectic months covering the stadium debates, first in Ottawa, then in Hamilton, I took some time off in October to allow things to percolate. I wanted to get away from being immersed in the Hamilton situation, allow it to progress to a conclusion and I also did not have the time to write about it.
Now, with municipal elections complete it is time to provide an update on those situations and other locations across the country.