Single Point Links posted in March 2018

James “Quick” Parker: 1958-2018

Published on March 28, 2018 10:05 PM

A feared pass rusher from all over the field, Parker helped redefine the rush position (of the top 10 career sack leaders, where Parker is #4, all are Parker’s peers or followed him). For a giant involved in an evolutionary leap in the CFL, Parker got the short shrift in the coverage of his passing. He accomplished much on the field in a twelve year career, and was likeable off the field. His addition of a feather to his helmet for over half the 1986 season before being banned by the league provided some buzz, recognition and atmosphere to the league. My condolences to the Parker family; he will be missed.

Nine Rule Changes Proposed for 2018

Published on March 25, 2018 10:24 PM

Of nine proposed changes announced Thursday, three focus on player safety (eliminating “blindside” blocks, low blocks outside the tackle box, widen definition of spearing), two on game flow (eliminate coach challenge on illegal contact, automatically review potential touchdowns), and four on game play (eliminate sleeper play loophole, simplify determination of passer over line of scrimmage, eliminate the force out rule, increase the penalty for pyramiding).

The changes need to be approved by the board of governors before they are adopted.

Update: All approved for 2018.

CFL Announces Ball Changes for 2018

Published on March 19, 2018 10:01 PM

Rumours from last year that were ignored and unaddressed turn out to have some truth to them. The saddest thing is, on his cross country tour, either Randy Ambrosie a) lied when he said he was unaware that any changes to the ball were coming, or b) was kept in the dark by his football operations staff. Neither is good for a initiative based on transparency.

Randy’s Road Trip Rundown

Published on March 19, 2018 9:42 PM

An interview with the commissioner on the topics covered in his cross country tour.

BMO Field Turf Replacement Affects Argos?

Published on March 14, 2018 11:04 PM

This story barely mentions the Argos, but filling in the gaps, the turf is being replaced between TFC games May 25th and July 1st, and before the Argos regular season home opener June 23rd. With a still-missing-from-the-schedule Argos home pre-season game, this must be the conflict holding up (now waiting 3 months) nailing down a date and venue.

The game has to occur between June 5th and 10th (maybe June 9th even), so since they know by now whether they can get new grass in and play on it with 10 days, they must be looking at other venues. Alternatives are Varsity Stadium and on the road in Ottawa. Neither are good. Playing fourth class citizen in a supposed world class city won’t win any one over. Blame this on the Argos at BMO? I don’t see how they are responsible for the condition of the turf in February.

Update: Looks like the game will be held in Guelph June 7th.

‘Riders Thigpen Suspended Two Games

Published on March 12, 2018 11:03 PM

Thigpen had Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid, detected in his system and for his first offence is suspended two regular season games, will be subject to a mandatory assessment and undergo mandatory testing going forward. The data in the announced violations to this point may be reflecting the usage of PEDs in certain locker rooms over others.

Moe Racine: 1937-2018

Published on March 4, 2018 9:29 PM

The humility and sense of humour that came through in the book Moe the Toe: Never My Dream made me thankful Moe played football. Now I send my condolences to the Racine family for their loss of a great man on and off the field.