Single Point Links posted in March 2012

The McMahon Question

Published on March 31, 2012 10:29 PM

The question of a major stadium project in Calgary, be it a overhaul or new complex, is just as sensitive to discuss publicly as anywhere else in the country, much like new hockey arenas (which the media like to discuss ad nauseam, even if owners and public officials are saying nothing). Publicly demanding new facilities can only turn public opinion and therefore the political tides as well.

Lansdowne Design Defended

Published on March 31, 2012 10:20 PM

No matter what is presented, the design will be attacked from one side or another, and choices in the design will be criticized for being removed or being left in due to the cost. It is an absolute no-win situation in a town as politically charged as Ottawa.

Olympic Stadium Garage Collapses

Published on March 31, 2012 10:04 PM

Catching up on this from early March. If you look at where the Saputo Stadium is and the entrance to the parking garage off Rue Viau, while part of the Olympic Stadium complex, it is not really near the stadium itself.

Hard to think that neglecting the infrastructure (even if this is an error) you have spent so much on is a wise thing to do.

Flames Increase Ownership Stake in Stampeders

Published on March 29, 2012 10:06 PM

The catalyst of one Stampeder partner wishing to sell his stake led to the Calgary Flames taking majority ownership of the Stampeders, though the exact makeup of ownership stakes was not revealed. The Flames have between a 50 and 75% stake is what we are led to believe from official comments and rumours.

The reasoning stated for the change now is to provide the sports management group behind the Flames and their properties greater control in the Stampeder club for cross-promotion and marketing. Also raised was the possibility of the Flames/Stampeders combining on a proposal for a downtown stadium/arena complex to replace the Saddledome and McMahon Stadium.

In an postscript, the Stampeders extended the contract of coach John Hufnagel until the end of the 2016 season.

Where Are They Now: Ed Philion

Published on March 26, 2012 10:06 PM

Five years after retiring, Ed Philion relates his loss of identity struggles and the road to his current endeavours. Matthieu Proulx is also interviewed about his life after the Alouettes.

100 Reasons

Published on March 21, 2012 10:25 PM

100 days doesn’t seem that far off.

2012 FCCA Convention

Published on March 15, 2012 7:29 PM

The annual Football Canada Coaches Association goes March 24th and 25th in Burlington, ON. Another great year of speakers and topics and a great opportunity for young coaches to learn and mingle with their fraternity from many levels.

Where Are They Now? Dan Wicklum

Published on March 15, 2012 7:23 PM

Dan Wicklum, an aquatic ecologist and Environment Canada “bureaucrat”, is heading up Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). COSIA is not without its controversy, funded by the 12 oil sands producers, but is "run by scientists for scientists" according to Wicklum.

This is a long way from the four years Wicklum had as a linebacker in the CFL with Winnipeg and Calgary from 1988-91.

Lansdowne Missing Complexity

Published on March 12, 2012 9:43 PM

An architect should be able to provide more precise criticism of a project than this. When you can’t be specific, you are speaking of your own tastes, not standard practice flaws.

Solving Lansdowne Parking

Published on March 8, 2012 6:58 PM

Wouldn’t arriving to a game (or any other event) by water taxi be a unique feature? To deny it because there were no water taxis 200 years ago is short sighted. You have the resource, use it. (Some interesting ideas on encouraging bikes as well.)

Rule Committee Recommendations for 2012

Published on March 2, 2012 3:14 PM

Two areas of recommendation: video review and player safety relating to helmets coming off during play.

  • all scoring plays would be reviewed by the command centre.
  • if the ball carrier’s helmet comes off during play, the play shall be blown dead immediately.
  • if a non-ball carrier’s helmet comes off during play, they player shall no longer participate in the play or else be penalized 10 yards for illegal participation.
  • if a player hits an opposing player who’s helmet has come off and isn’t participating, he shall be penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.

Very likely the rules will be approved by the board of governors after their exact wording is worked out. I’m not a fan of reviewing all scoring plays. Reviewing hundred’s of plays to catch the one error they state will make it worth it seems like overkill. Another step towards a lumbering game where more time is spent waiting around than watching game action.