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RWB CFL Podcast #135: On the demise of the AAF (and perhaps the 2019 Ottawa Redblacks)

Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:31 AM

RWB CFL Podcast #135: On the demise of the AAF (and perhaps the 2019 Ottawa Redblacks)

So that was a short golden era for the Alliance of American Football. Not even managing to get through a single season was North America’s latest fly-by-night professional football league, and in episode 135 of the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast, co-hosts Joe Pritchard and Os Davis are joined by Scott Adamson to shovel some dirt on the ol’ AAF.

RWB CFL Podcast nostalgia-trips back to Baltimore and beyond

Monday, March 18, 2019 4:13 AM

RWB CFL Podcast nostalgia-trips back to Baltimore and beyond

Ready for a bit of a long, strange nostalgia trip? With Os Davis playing hooky – that’s hooky, not hockey – this week, Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast co-host Joe Pritchard has longtime sports journalist Shawn Heimberger on the show to talk about the American fan’s CFL experience from the 1980s onward.

The result is a wonderfully stream-of-consciousness conversation. Naturally talk of the CFL USA experiment of the 1990s and those awesome Baltimore Stallions arises, but the tête-à-tête also touches on topics such as:

• the defunct Ottawa Rough Riders and great imaginary teams such as Hooterville Hooters and Reeses Peanut Butter Cup State;

•  the weirdness of ESPN’s programming in the 1980s;

Alliance of American What? Ex-Auburn WR eschews AAF & FAU, signs with Roughriders

Sunday, February 24, 2019 1:47 AM

Alliance of American What? Ex-Auburn WR eschews AAF & FAU, signs with Roughriders

Well, so much for the AAF. We guess the skeptics and (justifiable) cynics on the Alliance of American Football can already claim victory in this would-be upstart professional football league, which after 2½ weeks of play already appears trapped in the graveyard spiral which has claimed all such associations since the days of the AFL.

To kick off (so to speak) last week, AAF officials announced that billionaire speculator/Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon had helped the league meet player and staff payroll (!) with a $250 million (!!) bailout (!!!).

(Seriously, Tom, WTF? If you’ve got $250 million to throw away, why don’t you f*#&*#&ing contribute to planetary cleanup instead, you greedy bastard?)

2019 CFL free agency: Winners, losers, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Friday, February 22, 2019 1:01 AM

2019 CFL free agency: Winners, losers, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Down here in the ’States, few things in sports are as abhorred as a game ending in a tie. We love our winners and losers in the US of A, and naturally upon the conclusion of any competitive event or fraction of the calendar year, Americans love to divvy up the players in those clear two sides.

So now that the ultimate heights of Canada’s game, the National Hockey League, has thrown away the concept of ties, we shouldn’t we subject CFL fans to the same? (Besides, it’s an easy way to put together a column.)

Here you have it, then: CFLpass’s assessment of 2019 CFL free agency’s winners, losers … and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The winners

NFL: If you're going to pinch from the CFL rulebook, take everything!

Thursday, February 21, 2019 3:59 AM

NFL: If you're going to pinch from the CFL rulebook, take everything!

High quality NFL refereesAmerican mainstream sports media is at again, touting the CFL’s replay rules as a panacea for the NFL’s in the area of officiating – though omitting a crucial bit of the rule.

Running at the online version of the USA Today today is a story with the incredibly wordy title After Saints-Rams, the NFL has a pass-interference problem. The CFL might have the solution.

Like the Reuters wire story of January entitled Canadian Football League could hold answer to NFL problem, USA Today’s in-house article begins with the infamous no-call in the NFC Championship Game and leapfrogs to: “All the controversy could have been avoided if the NFL had a rule similar to the one in the CFL where since 2014 coaches have been able to challenge pass interference calls.”

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the 2019 BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos might have been

Thursday, February 14, 2019 8:53 AM

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the 2019 BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos might have been

To no one’s surprise, the first two days of the 2019 CFL free agency were chockful of activity. To some surprise, the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos accounted for approximately all signings of key FAs not named Bo Levi Mitchell.

Speaking of no one’s surprise, the move of Grey Cup-winning/longtime Eskimo QB Mike Reilly to BC was expected from before week 20 was in the books, and so it was. But, whoa, can this team not wait to jump into the post-Wally Buono era or what? Whether or not Manny Arceneaux will be staying in BC, Reilly nevertheless will have a pair of interesting and dynamic WRs in Duron Carter and Lemar Durant joining him in Vancouver.

Other new-look Lions – signed in the first two days of free agency, mind you – include:

RWB CFL Podcast #132: The wild early days of CFL Free Agency 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019 7:27 AM

RWB CFL Podcast #132: The wild early days of CFL Free Agency 2019

In case you hadn’t heard, CFL Free Agency version 2019 has opened – and all BC Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos have done is essentially rework their entire rosters.

Recorded just about 2½ days into this year’s madness – so don’t blame us for major omissions, please, really they weren’t our fault – was this week’s episode of the Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast. The RWB has as guest for episode 132 a frequent returnee, Rod Villagomez of the Wood Cookie Sawcast and the Alliance Football Podcast.

RWB CFL Podcast #131: Talking tv and more with Awful Announcing’s Andrew Bucholtz

Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:18 AM

RWB CFL Podcast #131: Talking tv and more with Awful Announcing’s Andrew Bucholtz

The Rouge White & Blue CFL Podcast returns after a three-week hiatus, and joining co-hosts Joe Pritchard, Dr. Rouge and Os Davis this week is returning RWB guest Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing.

After Chris Jones’s surprise hasty departure for Cleveland, not a whole heckuva lot has happened in the CFL, though that always absurdly high list of potential free agents is getting steadily reduced from 240 with some re-signings. But free agency hasn’t yet opened and no hint of even opening negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement is in sight.

So when will the NFL's challenge rules become more like the CFL’s already?

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:06 AM

So when will the NFL's challenge rules become more like the CFL’s already?

You gotta love seeing headlines like this first thing in the morning: Canadian Football League could hold answer to NFL problems.

Well, duh. As in so many areas of American culture and society, the NFL could do with a lot less navel-gazing and a lot more considering of what’s happening northward.

If implemented in the NFL, the one-yard neutral zone, unlimited motion before the snap and the overtime format would immeasurably improve the American game. Such changes are clearly too radical for American tastes, however, and the Reuters article is instead addressing the NFL’s rules on coach’s challenges, which have blatantly become about ensuring that commercial breaks are as frequent and evenly distributed as possible throughout the telecast.

#CanadaEnvy: Canadian farmers reportedly big in Japan thanks to listening, CPTPP

Friday, January 18, 2019 3:35 AM

#CanadaEnvy: Canadian farmers reportedly big in Japan thanks to listening, CPTPP

CFLpass has long opined that as the 21st century marches on and the American cultural empire continues losing international prestige and pull, Canada would do well to distance itself from its hungover southern neighbor. CBC online is today running a story likely to be passed over by many readers for its apparent obscurity, but may contain a harbinger or two of oncoming international economic realities.

The story entitled Why some Canadian farmers may soon tower ‘head and shoulders’ above their U.S. rivals in Japan touches on Canada’s rising beef and pork exports to the Aisan nation, but more importantly details the short- and medium-term benefits Canada and most other nations involved in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).