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CFL partners with daily fantasy giant Draft Kings (plus tips for playing)

Monday, June 20, 2016 11:19 PM

CFL partners with daily fantasy giant Draft Kings (plus tips for playing)

CFL fans have been asking for more platforms to play CFL Fantasy on and late Saturday afternoon a very interesting tweet came across from Daily Fantasy Sports Giant DraftKings:

Could it be? There are three laces there. What other football league could possibly be starting?

Fans from all over North America instantly became desperate to find information so they could build the optimum lineup for this week’s games. Let’s get started with a little CFL 101 to help you win some cash in your first week.

Red Deer Roundup: On injuries, stadiums, Toronto, TV...

Friday, June 17, 2016 12:39 AM

Red Deer Roundup: On injuries, stadiums, Toronto, TV...

We are six days away from having *new* CFL games to watch on TSN instead of repeats every single night. I’m actually watching the 2015 East Final right now as I roundup this week’s news in the CFL.

Can I just fast forward to this part?

What a moment.

• CFL teams were to trim rosters to 65 players on Tuesday and most of the cuts weren’t surprising as was expected. Jacoby Ford, Chad Kackert, Kyler Elsworth and Jerry Rice Jr. were a little surprising for me, though. Someone should sign that Jerry Rice Jr., you know, just in case. Teams will announce their final cuts this Sunday.

• The RedBlacks have lost projected starting running back William Powell for the year with an Achilles injury. Travon Van is the man to watch. What’s with all these Achilles injuries, man?

RedBlacks win game, lose William Powell

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:58 PM

RedBlacks win game, lose William Powell

Travon Van now the man for Ottawa RedblacksJust two weeks ago, I featured five players that I thought would be valuable players in Fantaseh for the upcoming season, and it turns out I may just be the source of some sort of curse.

Lavelle Hawkins decided to retire, Kenny Stafford is a bit banged up and William Powell’s season may be in jeopardy.

The Ottawa RedBlacks put Winnipeg in their place with a modest 18-14 victory, but the story of the game had to be the loss of projected starting running back William Powell.

Eskimo Empire Podcast #48: It’s Ladies Nite (Oh, what a night!)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 11:40 PM

Eskimo Empire Podcast #48: It’s Ladies Nite (Oh, what a night!)

Eskimo Empire Podcast guys with a couple female fansThe Italian Connection Break out the panini and the wine as the Empire welcomes Anto and Lulu into the Turf District as featured fans!

The ladies have been Esks fans for most of their lives and tell the boys about some of their favorite memories with the team, their favorite players and the changes for the upcoming season. The debate then rages on for who had the "best butt" on teams past. The poll will be up on the Eskimo Empire Twitter feed.

The whole gang gives their thoughts on the first preseason win over the Stamps and who looked good. (Or sounded good as it may be) Is Bryant Mitchell a receiver to watch? Is Franklin still the number 2 QB? Is there a drop off with this defense? So many questions and each person gives their impression.

Statman and Superfan star in Eskimo Empire Podcast #47

Thursday, June 9, 2016 6:44 AM

Statman and Superfan star in Eskimo Empire Podcast #47

Eskimo Empire guys with statmanIn episode #47 of the Eskimor Empire Podcast, the guys welcome Eskimos stats guru Brian and Superfan Mike into the Turf District.

Brian has been in the media booth collecting stats since 1993 and tells us what it's like to watch the game from that perspective. Stats play a key role for some fans and the guys get into how they each follow the stats and when. Brian brought some key things to watch for with the Esks players this year, including Mike Reilly climbing the Eskimos ladder in passing attempts and yards!

Football arrives in Canada!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:37 PM

Football arrives in Canada!

As much as preseason football isn’t designed to entertain the fans, I must admit that my heart grew three sizes just seeing CFL Football on my TV Guide again. While winning is a nice result, that’s not necessarily the goal during the preseason. Veterans just want to shake off the rust while staying healthy and coaches want to evaluate the talent they’ve brought in for the upcoming season.

Don’t tell the players that winning doesn’t matter in the preseason, though. You could tell both the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers wanted to head home with a win under their belts on Wednesday night. It’s only June 9th, but Winnipeg proved to be the team with better depth following a 36-13 victory for the Blue & Gold.

Jim Popp didn’t take long to puzzle us with his coaching decisions either.

2 and Out Podcast previews the CFL East – Tragically Hip style

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:27 PM

2 and Out Podcast previews the CFL East – Tragically Hip style

Two weeks ago all of Canada was shocked when the country learned that Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Since then, tickets went on sale for the Hip’s summer tour only to sell out in minutes. I just can’t wait for the August 1st show in Calgary!

Last Wednesday, John Fraser and I celebrated the legacy of Gord Downie by assigning Tragically Hip songs to describe the 2016 season for each team in the CFL’s West Division on Episode 35 of the 2 and Out Podcast.

On Episode 37, CFLpass’ own Joe Pritchard joined me to start previewing the CFL’s East Division and dish out more Tragically Hip songs.

Download this episode (right click and save)

Nautical Disaster from “Day for Night” (Montreal Alouettes)

Riders sign quarterback Phillip Sims

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 2:20 AM

Riders sign quarterback Phillip Sims

Phillip Sims with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015All reports out of Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp leading up to Saturday’s mock game were positive. Every new player was fitting in nicely, practice was fast and intense, and franchise quarterback Darian Durant looked like he was in the best shape of his life.

Then the mock game happened. And Chris Jones was *not* happy.

Of course, the mock game was only on Day 6 of training camp and it comes after a complete off-season rebuild with endless new names on the roster in Saskatchewan.

Could that poor performance be a reminder to temper expectations heading into the season?

On Pythagorean Expectation, luck and a statistically wacky 2015 season

Monday, June 6, 2016 2:24 AM

On Pythagorean Expectation, luck and a statistically wacky 2015 season

Pythagoras himself would be proud of Joe PritchardTime for just a bit more math before I make my official predictions for the 2016 CFL season. 

This time, let's take a look at Pythagorean Expectation over the past 10 years, and how it can be used to aid in predictions for this season.

Now, I've based a lot of my work at CFLpass on the fact that teams that underachieve their Pythagorean Expectation (otherwise known as being statistically unlucky) tend to do better the next season, and vice versa. This time around, I took the records and Pythagorean Expectations of all the CFL teams from 2006 onward, and what I found pretty much matched exactly what I was thinking was already true. 

2 and Out Podcast celebrates Gord Downie

Thursday, June 2, 2016 1:19 AM

2 and Out Podcast celebrates Gord Downie

Last week all of Canada woke up to news of Gord Downie, iconic frontman of The Tragically Hip, being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

To say the country was shocked to hear the news would be an absolute understatement. “The Hip” are the soundtrack of Rocky Mountain road trips, bush parties, long September nights on the combine, broken hearts and the last Stanley Cup win for the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1967.

You could put Gord Downie on the Loonie and not one Canadian would blink an eye.

The Hip are a Canadian history lesson and they’ve inspired an entire generation. Red Deer’s own Ron MacLean’s piece on Gord puts his impact on Canada into words more effectively than I ever could.