Single Point Links posted in November 2008

25 Years Ago Today: Toronto 18, B.C. 17

Published on November 27, 2008 6:06 PM

Great to hear these memories from players (Jan Carinci, Kelvin Pruenster, Paul Pearson) I had forgotten. This is like moving a dresser and finding a bunch of lost papers you forgot you even misplaced. Good job, Star.

Saskatchewan Opposes Rough Riders Name

Published on November 24, 2008 9:24 PM

If the Roughriders organization is really opposing the name, they should be ashamed. Ottawa should be able to determine what they want to name their team and if that is one with a history in the city and league so be it.

WADA Lectures CFL

Published on November 24, 2008 9:18 PM

On Sunday, after the commissioner’s State of the League expressed progress for a drug policy to be included in the next CBA, WADA comes out with this? Dealing with amateur athletes, they obviously have no clue as to the process dealing with a union.

“CFL finally has good product to market”

Published on November 22, 2008 10:37 AM

Finally? The CFL has a defensive downturn over a few years and Cox make it sound like two decades. The NHL hasn’t been entertaining for years, yet they always get the free pass.

Berman’s Support a Feather for the CFL

Published on November 22, 2008 10:34 AM

Canadians need American approval and Berman continues to provide it.

Over 60,000 Tickets Sold

Published on November 20, 2008 6:18 PM

About 8,000 tickets left. Get yours now and be part of the largest Grey Cup crowd in history (if they sell out at 68,400).

Grey Cup Ad Rates Down This Year

Published on November 19, 2008 7:19 PM

Still the biggest annual Canadian event period. All those that discount it can find nothing to replace it with.

It’s Just a Game We All Enjoy

Published on November 19, 2008 7:16 PM

Stephen Brunt’s story that the French football presence seems to dry up at the Grey Cup descends into a cultural mud-slinging match in the comments. People should really check their stereotypes and bigotry at the door.

10 Grey Cup Stories of Survivial

Published on November 19, 2008 7:00 PM

Amusing anecdotes on Grey Cups of the past, some that you may have never heard before. I like how Hugh Campbell is wearing a Caterpillar hat on the sidelines in 1978.

Grey Cup Prediction

Published on November 19, 2008 6:58 PM

Malcolm Kelly finishes his 2008 CFL predictions with Montreal taking the championship. Apologies to Calgary, but I have to agree, even though I believe it will be close and could go either way.

Grey Cup Moments

Published on November 18, 2008 7:24 PM

All the classics are here: 1976, 1983, 1989, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2005 minus a few: 1981, 1987, 1988, 1991. No matter how many times these best Grey Cup lists are made, the special stories and memories of what these games meant to people make then worthwhile. Go tell your own stories now.

20 Questions With Mark Cohon

Published on November 18, 2008 7:16 PM

Seems to always say what’s on his mind, and isn’t afraid of acting a little silly.

Bills Discover Challenge of Toronto

Published on November 13, 2008 5:52 PM

I think it will only get tougher next year as 2009 will have much smaller corporate budgets for these expenses. No one can predict when the bottom will hit or the state of the economy a year from now, but layoffs may move from the manufacturing sector to white collar jobs with a prolonged downturn. The only saving grace is high end seats sold early were for the eight game package.

$50 Million for Quebec City Arena/Stadium Project

Published on November 13, 2008 5:45 PM

If $50 million of public money can get a $660 million project off the ground, so be it. I think there must be some serious people in Quebec who want a CFL franchise, but won’t put up any money for a stadium.

Winnipeg Shakes Up More Than Coach

Published on November 13, 2008 5:42 PM

According to this report in the Sun, Brendan Taman’s role was also reduced to pave the way for a coach/GM hire, reportedly Mike Kelly currently in Edmonton. What is with CFL teams hiring coaches from teams still playing?

Ottawa Won’t Seek Other Stadium Proposals

Published on November 12, 2008 8:55 PM

This story was changing through the day, so nine pages of comments mostly refer to the motion by Councilor Clive Doucet to re-open the design competition. Ottawa council will take until January to review the proposal, and if rejected, they will accept new proposals. It may be a tough sell for the group to get their proposal accepted when other options are only known by rejecting this one.

Atlantic CFL Fans Snubbed By Grey Cup

Published on November 12, 2008 8:44 PM

Saw this come across the ticker. Hopefully Commissioner Cohon will find out what went wrong and do something to smooth things over for the future (should the league liaison these special groups to each year’s committee?). The CFL needs the support of Canadians across the country and having this group present at the Cup does make it a special Canadian event.

Final Predictions Are In

Published on November 11, 2008 9:49 PM

After going 0-for in the semi-finals, Malcolm Kelly of re-evaluates the CFL playoff picture. He isn’t changing his tune though, predicting a Calgary - Montreal Grey Cup on November 23. I hope so.

’Riders Release Bishop

Published on November 11, 2008 9:44 PM

There certainly is no hesitation from ‘Rider management about player status. Where other clubs seem to not want to throw away a player with time invested (Toronto?), the 'Riders just release them and move on. Sad that so many Saskatchewan fans are saying the release was one game too late. The 'Riders overcame a lot this year to still finish second and it was clear that their young receiving corps was not up to playing in the playoffs.

Regina Looks at Stadium Possibilities

Published on November 6, 2008 5:42 PM

It must be November, Saskatchewan is talking about a new stadium again. And “possibly baseball”? What would Regina need a 30,000 seat baseball field for? Since a CFL-sized field and baseball diamond don’t co-exist well, I would hope that is a joke.

Playoff Predictions Already In

Published on November 5, 2008 1:01 PM

The two top teams meet in the final, with Montreal winning on home turf says Malcolm Kelly of Appears unlikely to me considering the history of the top two teams meeting for the Grey Cup and the host team winning.

Stegall Guarantees Win With Sellout

Published on November 5, 2008 12:57 PM

Milt Stegall has guaranteed a Winnipeg victory if Blue Bomber fans sellout the game in Winnipeg this weekend. Appealing to Winnipeger’s sense of competition with Saskatchewan hasn’t appeared to work, so a new tact is necessary.

Argo Brass to Overhaul Ship

Published on November 4, 2008 4:49 PM

David Cynamon promises a review of organization from top to bottom. (Coach Matthews and President Brad Waters are already gone.) Hiring another CFL assistant coach with no head coaching experience in the media crucible that is Toronto is very risky. But so is hiring an NFL assistant or coach and those seem to be the two options. The days of recycling other teams’ coaches are gone; teams will take risks with their new hires. Having interviewees present their plan for offense, defense and personnel will go a long way towards selecting the coach with the right vision for the team. Above all, have patience.

Bombers Push for Stadium Sellout

Published on November 4, 2008 4:36 PM

Winnipeg has a reputation for staying home for playoff games, so a push for a sell out will be a hard sell with a forecast of snow and daytime high of zero degrees Celsius Saturday. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan has sold out 30,945 seats (almost 1,500 over Winnipeg’s capacity) with an expected high of only -6 degrees Celsius in Regina Saturday.