Single Point Links posted in March 2010

ALPHA Quarterback Academy

Published on March 31, 2010 8:35 PM

We need this program in every province, every major city. Congrats to David Siddall for developing such a needed program for Canadian football and society.

Giant Murals Part of ’Riders 100th Celebration

Published on March 30, 2010 8:09 PM

Thanks to a friend, I’ve read the Saskatchewan Roughriders First 100 Years book, and I give the documenting their history effort an A+. Sounds like much more will keep this celebration front and centre all year long.

Canadian Football Growth Continues with Return to PEI

Published on March 25, 2010 11:20 PM

I really is remarkable how the popularity of football has visibly grown in the past 10-15 years.

’Riders Season Tickets Close to Cap

Published on March 25, 2010 9:40 PM

With the ‘Riders at 23,000 season tickets sold and expecting to cap season tickets at 25,000, the Stamps reporting over 20,000 season tickets sold a month ago and Touchdown Atlantic selling 20,000 tickets in less than two days, it appears the CFL‘s popularity continues to rise.

Touchdown Atlantic Sold Out

Published on March 25, 2010 9:36 PM

I told you to get your tickets while you could. From the number of queries CFLdb was getting on Touchdown Atlantic terms and traffic coming from the Maritimes, I could see there was a lot of interest in this historic game.

Touchdown Atlantic Tickets Hot

Published on March 24, 2010 7:09 PM

Get yours now while you still can.

CFL Targets Moncton for Franchise

Published on March 23, 2010 9:14 PM

Much more than on the radar, it appears the CFL will give Moncton a high priority due to the close to acceptable temporary stadium and strong support from local government. They do note this will be a long process, and seeing how Touchdown Atlantic goes in terms of logistics will be the first step followed by searching for persons or groups willing to start seriously kicking the tires.

Ti-Cats War Amps PSA Wins Award

Published on March 18, 2010 1:23 PM

When I saw this it reminded me of the CFL‘s long term relationship with the War Amps. I had to search to remember the CFL player who I believe led to that relationship. Karl Hilzinger was featured in War Amp PSA’s in the 1980’s after injuries from a car accident in the early 1960’s. This commercial on YouTube shows the transition of Karl’s role to Chris Koch.

Argos QB’s Excited About Canadian Opportunity

Published on March 18, 2010 1:07 PM

Both Cleo Lemon and Gibran Hamdan seem to have the right attitudes and character to be successful in the CFL (not to mention Hamdan’s interesting background). If their development in the Canadian systems follows and they have the supporting cast around them, they should do well. It is nice to see players who appreciate the opportunity to play and not be caught up in needing the largest pay cheque.

Edmonton to Ditch Natural Turf

Published on March 9, 2010 6:37 PM

The last natural turf surface in the CFL, it would be a sad day if Commonwealth stadium became an artificial surface. Despite the advances in plastic turf over the years, it is nice to have some variety in the league. It appears Edmonton is giving in to the costs versus the opportunities natural grass brings for events.

Update: It’s official.

2010 Rule Change Recommendations

Published on March 5, 2010 1:09 PM

Key recommendations from the Rules Committee to the Board of Governors for approval:

Disappointingly, there was no change to the overtime format for playoff and Grey Cup games.

Second Stadium Proposal for Regina

Published on March 5, 2010 12:45 PM

The only way to get support for your unsolicited stadium proposal is to make it three times as big. Unfortunately, with no explanation of how it will be funded and tying its construction to the purchase of government owned casinos, this proposal has no chance to compete with the government backed one.

Saskatchewan Stadium Could be Built

Published on March 1, 2010 7:32 PM

Some points:

  • “could positively impact” province isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. You would think a directed feasibility study would put it in more absolute terms than “technically feasible”.
  • “The Roughriders have indicated a strong preference for the retractable roof” is easy when you are contributing only 2% of the cost (upwards of $10 million). Why don’t you play outdoors like you have for the past century?
  • Waiting for federal money sounds like a sure way to delay this project. How do they think they will get around the feds stance over funding buildings for professional sports teams?
  • Using Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation revenue to fund the stadium does take away from health care and education since casinos were approved on the basis they would fund health care and education.
  • Whitewashing the numbers is not the best way to present this to the public. Showing the actual capital costs, operating costs, revenue ranges and pay-back time would help avoid attacks over what the public is being sold.

I like the co-operation between the public (city and province), private (hotels and Roughriders) and other sources but I believe this project is too ambitious for any Canadian city. Winnipeg is doing a stadium for under $200 million. It seems like this is all for public perception and chest-beating, but once it is built it is more likely to become a SkyDome or Olympic Stadium than a Commonwealth Stadium.