Monthly Archives: November 2014

Stamps Are Champs!

The league’s most dominant regular season team claimed its first Grey Cup since 2008 on Sunday night in Vancouver, as the Stamps earned a 102nd Grey Cup victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 20-16.

It was an emotional night in Vancouver that ended in heartbreak for the Ticats, after a Brandon Banks punt return touchdown late in the fourth quarter that would have given them the lead was called back on a holding penalty inside the final minute.

Drew Tate ran for two touchdowns and Bo Levi Mitchell was a magician, as the CFL’s highest-scoring team was too much for the upstart Ticats to handle. The Stamps bolted out to a 17-0 first-half lead and never looked back.

Two Riders Named To The Hall

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum (CFHOF) announced a star-studded cast of 2014 inductees on Friday night in Vancouver.

Former Calgary Stampeders and BC Lions quarterback Dave Dickenson highlights the list of players inducted, which also includes Leroy Blugh, Eddie Davis, and Gene Makowsky. Bob O’Billovich, a long-time CFL Head Coach and General Manager, headlines the list of builders being inducted along with Larry Reda and Bob Wetenhall.

“On behalf of the CFL, our Board of Governors and our fans, congratulations to this year’s inductees on this great honour,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Every one of these gentlemen had a positive impact on the growth of football in our country, and for that we are forever indebted to them.”

“Thank you to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and the Selection Committee for helping provide the recognition they deserve.”

The inductees were officially announced at a celebration event during the 102nd Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver on Friday, while induction weekend will be announced and further details will be made available at a later date.

“I would like to thank the Selection Committee for their commitment and dedication, to select a truly Canadian Football class,” said Mark DeNobile, executive director of the CFHOF.

“This is the fourth Class selected under the new terms of reference in which we recognized all levels of Football in Canada. We are very pleased to see significant representation in the 2014 class.”

Dave’s Dis N’ Dat From Oil Leaks To Grey Cups It’s Here This Week:

Here are my random thoughts from the week that was in the world of sports.

Congratulations to Tim Kroeker named the Lineman for the Grey Cup on Sunday. This will be the Saskatoon native’s third appearance in a Championship game. Well done.

Some are not as enthralled with the selection of Andre Proulx as Head Referee. I caught a great interview with the Voice of the Riders Rod Pedersen and CFL Official Supervisor Ken Pickett. Pickett pointed out how highly Proulx graded out during every game that he worked this season. At the end of the day isn’t that what we want, the best presiding over the league’s signature game? I know that I have stated it here before but Proulx doesn’t get a lot of respect because he is working in his second language. If he were allowed to work the game and make the announcements in French I would be willing to bet he would get a lot more credit for the job he does.

Riders Hopson Honoured

Saskatchewan Roughriders President and CEO Jim Hopson has been honoured with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership Award for his contributions to the Canadian Football League, the game of football and Canada’s sporting culture.

He was presented the award Thursday night by CFL President and COO Michael Copeland at the CFL Awards Show in Vancouver, BC as part of the 102nd Grey Cup festivities.

The former player turned executive has been at the helm of the Riders since 2005, leading them to four Grey Cup appearances and two Grey Cup Championships. Jim’s leadership has helped turn the Roughriders into one of the CFL’s model franchises, achieving record profits while continuing to be deeply rooted within its community.

“The Hugh Campbell Award is given to an individual that has strengthened our league and our game, and their place in Canada’s sports culture and Jim has certainly accomplished that,” said Copeland. “On behalf of our league and Board of Governors, congratulations and thank you for your efforts, passion and leadership.”
Over the past few years, the organization has won Paragon Awards for both marketing and community involvement; been named as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 100 companies: selected one of Saskatchewan’s Top 20 Employers; a regional winner for Most Admired Corporate Culture; and an Honorary ABEX Award Winner.

Historic Night At CFL Awards:

(PHOTO COURTESY bclions.com)

Solomon Elimimian rewrote the history book on Thursday night, becoming the first defensive player ever to win Most Outstanding Player.

It was the second major award of the night for the Lions linebacker at the 2014 CFL Awards in Vancouver, after also winning Most Outstanding Defensive Player honours.

“Just winning an award is something big,” said Elimimian. “Winning something of this magnitude, I may not fully appreciate until later on. It’s unbelievable.”

The double honour made Elimimian the first player in league history to win three different CFL awards, after winning Most Outstanding Rookie in 2010 and then tonight’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the year 2014.

The 28-year-old was the CFL’s most dominating and consistent defensive player in 2014. not only breaking the CFL’s all-time single season record for defensive tackles with 143, but also eclipsing the total tackles mark with 151.

“I haven’t reached my peak,” he continued. “I feel like mentally I’m just starting to come into my own. I have not reached my peak.”

The five-year veteran equaled his career-high of five sacks, originally set in the 2010 campaign. His three fumble recoveries set a new personal best.

Huskie Gets All-Canadian Nod

The 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport football all-stars were announced on Thursday evening during the Sun Life Financial All-Canadian Banquet.

The awards gala was held at Sheraton Montreal Centre as part of the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup celebrations. The McMaster University Marauders face the University of Montreal Carabins in the milestone championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. EST at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, live on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, Radio-Canadaand CIS-SIC.tv.

“Sun Life Financial is thrilled and proud to partner with Canadian Interuniversity Sport for the presentation of the 50th Vanier Cup banquet. I salute the determination, passion and commitment of the players who excel not only on the field but also in the classroom. Among those exceptional models are without a doubt the leaders of tomorrow and maybe our future colleagues,” said Robert Dumas, President, Sun Life Financial, Quebec.

Local Official Gets His Grey Cup Stripes

(PHOTO COURTESY baseball.ca)

For the third time in his CFL officiating career Saskatoon’s Tim Kroeker will preside over a Grey Cup game.

The Canadian Football League announced the officials for Sunday’s 102nd Grey Cup game in Vancouver yesterday.

The Referee will be Andre Proulx who will be working his 8th championship game.

Meanwhile, Kroeker a nine year veteran of the sidelines will be the Line Judge.

The Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will square off in Grey Cup 102 in Vancouver on Sunday.

Blades In Moodie To Make A Deal

(PHOTO COURTESY Steve Hiscock)

The Saskatoon Blades have traded goaltender Alex Moodie to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional 2015 8th round draft pick.

The 19 year old from Winnipeg began his WHL career with the Blades during the 2011-2012 season. He was dealt to Spokane earlier this year, before being returned to Saskatoon.

Moodie has played in 11 games for the Blades this season, posting a record of 3-7 with a 0.864 save percentage and a 4.86 goals against average.

A Final Top Ten Tuesday For November:

Hard to believe that the month is running down and perhaps more apropos time is ticking on some of the hideous mustaches (including yours truly) that are part of the Movember Campaign, which is raising awareness for a great cause.

That all being said it is time to reflect on the week that was in the world of sports. So in no particular order here are my random observances:

10 – All is right in the CFL…. Hamilton and Calgary will clash in Grey Cup 102 in Vancouver on Sunday. The regular season champions from each division will tangle on the turf this weekend in front of what will hopefully be a full house in Vancouver. The Stamps have been the best all season and have earned their way to the big game. Meanwhile, after a shaky start to the season the Ti-Cats just keep getting better and deserve a return ticket to the big game after coming up clutch down the stretch.

9 – Not all is right off the field… Anyone that voted for the CFL awards should feel shame! Solomon Elimimien and Ricky Ray both had solid seasons and should have been mentioned in the conversation for the league’s Most Outstanding Player but the oversight and slight of Edmonton Quarterback Mike Reily is inexcusable. I know voting is done prior to the end of the regular season (I don’t understand that either) but Ray didn’t get his team into the post season while the B.C. defence was lit up by Montreal two weeks ago in the Eastern Semi-Final. Yes I realize that Reilly did not get the Eskimos into the Grey Cup but he was instrumental in turning the team around this season.

A True Hall Of Fame Weekend: Join The Stars!

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame invites you to live a fan’s dream weekend with access to some of Canada’s biggest football icons including three-time Most Popular Roughrider, Don Narcisse, Class of 2010, and three-time Offensive MVP, Damon Allen, Class of 2012.

Whether you’re already going to the game, or looking to go the whole nine yards, there’s an ultimate Grey Cup weekend ahead.

I had a chance to speak with Don Narcisse about his Hall of Fame Career and the events of next weekend.

You can hear the entire conversation here: