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Edmonton Eskimos CEO Len Rhodes visits the Empre

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:12 AM

Edmonton Eskimos CEO Len Rhodes visits the Empre

Len Rhodes, president/CEO of the Edmonton EskimosThe Eskimos President and CEO, Len Rhodes, returns to the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 53 with a one on one conversation with Andrew.

Len talks about joining the Esks and the changes he's seen in the last five years. They discuss the changes to the Esks game day experience and some of the new ideas to bring more fans to the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.

Featured Fan Jon is also back in the Turf District to chat about the Esks latest win and the team's progress in the early season. He feels they are making improvements especially with all the changes. The boys discuss the good and bad from the Winnipeg win and cover the rest of the CFL game stories.

Tom Richards visits the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 52

Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:38 AM

Tom Richards visits the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 52

Tom Richards, in his days as an Edmonton EskimoIn episode 52 on The Eskimo Empire Podcast, The Empire welcomes another Eskimo alumni into the Turf District!

Former slotback/kick returner Tom Richards comes in to talk about his time with the Esks. In 1989, he was the first Canadian receiver to go over 1,000 yards in a season with 1,239 on 60 catches. Tom tells the guys what it was like to make it to the pro ranks and describes not only the sadness of losing a Grey Cup but the elation of winning one the next year. In a word: WHHEEEE!

On Eskimo Empire this week: Funky Susan (need we say more?)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:31 AM

On Eskimo Empire this week: Funky Susan (need we say more?)

No Esks game this week? No problem! The Eskimo Empire Podcast guys welcome Susan into the Turf District for more female CFL fan perspective and hear her journey from being a Stamps fan to cheering for the Esks now! Susan even turns the tables and has some rapid-fire questions for Andrew and Uncle Time.

The fan question from last week got a lot of answers and the group discusses whether patience is needed or are there trades coming. A new fan question this week; Who should be the next Eskimo on the Wall of Honor? UT and Andrew have a few ideas…

Finally, a breakdown of all the CFL games and this week’s Pick ‘Ems. A rebound week foreveryone, but the choices this week are tough. Definitely not “easy squeezy” according to UT.

You can join the Pick ‘Em pool right here

Alouettes' Duron Carter suspended one game; three RedBlacks fined

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 1:35 AM

Alouettes' Duron Carter suspended one game; three RedBlacks fined

Following last Thursday’s melee during Montreal’s 28-13 loss to Ottawa, it was clear the league was going to have to dish out some punishment:

The verdict came down on Monday with Duron Carter receiving a one-game suspension and three RedBlacks fined. Fans supporting both sides have been debating the incident since Thursday with many saying Rick Campbell should also be suspended for his role in the brawl.

A poem about the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Friday, July 1, 2016 2:00 AM

A poem about the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers

William ShakespeareFor those who may have missed it, season 2 episode 2 of The Rouge, White & Blue CFL podcast included the very special payoff on a bet made on the opening week Winnipeg Blue Bombers-Montreal Alouettes game.

Due to the egregious loss suffered by his beloved Bombers, Joe Pritchard was thereby duty-bound to pay up. The price? The rewriting and recitation of a poem devoted to extolling the virtues of yours truly's favored Alouettes.

I'm sure you'll agree that this, um, opus is a bit light on the praise for my CFL team (and here i was, dying to see how he'd rhyme "Kenny Stafford"), but the man does deserve extra credit for the gratuituous usage of a Québécois curse word.

Enjoy today and know that the humiliation will likely be mine in week 10...

Eskimo Empire episode 50: Questions and a fan from Lethbridge

Thursday, June 30, 2016 1:35 AM

Eskimo Empire episode 50: Questions and a fan from Lethbridge

For the first time in quite a while, the Eskimo Empire boys get together to talk about a loss by the Eskimos.

In episode 50 of the Eskimo Empire podcast, Andrew and Uncle Tim are joined by Joel, an Esks fan from Lethbridge, that came up to see the Esks home opener and stayed to be a featured fan. His connection to football started at 10, and he has played and watched since then.

A great fan question this week: Will Ed and Jason stay patient with this new secondary or is there a trade in the works? All three guys weigh in and, of course, the possible (probable?) trade of Andrew's fave James Franklin comes up.

Tiger-Cats sign FSU's Everett Golson

Monday, June 27, 2016 11:26 PM

Tiger-Cats sign FSU's Everett Golson

Following the announcement of Jacory Harris being placed on the six-game injured list, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced the signing of former Notre Dame and Florida State quarterback Everett Golson.

Golson led the Fighting Irish to the National Championship Game in 2013 before being suspended from Notre Dame for “poor academic judgment”. Golson sat out all of 2013 before returning to Notre Dame in 2014 and subsequently transferring to Florida State following a lackluster season. He ended his NCAA career by throwing for 1,749 yards, 11 touchdowns and 3 interceptions with the Seminoles.

CFL week 1: By the Numbers…

Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:50 PM

CFL week 1: By the Numbers…

It’s about time we should expect nothing short of craziness during Week 1 of the CFL season but if I told you that nothing surprised me this past weekend, I’d be lying. When will I learn?

I didn’t expect the Argos to get crushed while ushering in a new era at BMO Field or for Trevor Harris to throw a 70+ yard touchdown on his first play with Ottawa. I didn’t expect Winnipeg’s first touchdown to come in the fourth quarter or for the Calgary Stampeders to block three punts in a quarter of football. Such is the CFL and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week’s bullet points:

•  Ottawa’s win in Edmonton makes it the first time an Ottawa CFL team has won in the City of Champions since 1983.

•  Picking up right where he left off, Adarius Bowman led the CFL in Week 1 receiving targets with 12.

The 2016 CFL season: Official Fearless Predictions™

Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:35 AM

The 2016 CFL season: Official Fearless Predictions™

Almost a year ago to the day, I nervously sent in my picks ahead of the 2015 season and felt pretty good about what I predicted.

I didn’t predict Montreal missing the playoffs for the first time since returning to the city, I didn’t predict Saskatchewan’s implosion or Ottawa’s *ex*plosion along with the now infamous “2nd and 25”.

I was actually pretty confident with my predictions last year but this year is a different ball game. It’s been a historic off-season for changes on the field and on the sidelines and it’s tough to tell how everything is going to gel but let’s give this a shot!

Eskimo Empire podcast episode 49: ‘Twas the night before football…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 11:33 PM

Eskimo Empire podcast episode 49: ‘Twas the night before football…

The regular season is upon us! Featured Fan Joe B is back in the Turf District to regale us with more Esks stories and talk about his first time getting onto Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium, i.e. the Esks Kids Club is awesome. The fan question this week of how to bring 20- to 30-year-olds back to the game stirs up some great ideas.

The boys review the last preseason win by the Eskimos and who looked good on home field. The cuts came on Sunday and there were a couple surprises. Everyone surprised at the release of Natey Adjai and Cauchy Muamba. Both were outplayed for their spots and that brings up a discussion of who is left as part of the 2016 team.