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?
• Not only did Edmonton lose a number of defensive starters to Saskatchewan (and the NFL) but they’ve now lost John Ojo to injury. The 26-year-old was named to the CFL and West Division All-Star Teams in his first year in the league last year.
• Do I sense a ban on confetti cannons coming to Regina?
• Jeff Keeping will be out for eight weeks and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have placed him on the six-game injured list. Drew Willy is already having nightmares about another season of poor protection.
• Brandon Banks has finally made it to Tiger-Cats training camp after solving some legal issues south of the border. Will “Speedy B” be able to pick up where he left off despite missing half of training camp?
• It is so nice to see the Toronto Argonauts in a stadium that belongs to them. I get that TFC may be considered the main tenant but the Argos seem like they’re being treated like they’re right at home. Anyone want to welcome me to their tailgate before the 104th Grey Cup this November?
• The year that TSN decided to air only four preseason games is the year that the games are pulling in solid ratings. Saskatchewan and BC drew over half a million viewers last weekend.
• Cable is way too expensive these days. When do we get a CFL subscription service? It’s the only thing keeping me on cable these days. [Word from the ‘States, where my situation’s the same! –Ed.]
• It’s new official title is “The Brick Field” at Commonwealth Stadium. More corporate money for the league can only be seen as a positive, right?
• It looks like the 2 and Out Podcast may be hosting its very first Grey Cup party this November in Toronto.
Don’t tell me you wouldn’t want to hit up a Ukrainian Feast while fighting off a hangover.
• A huge thumbs up to the Canadian Football League for being the first professional sports league to team up with You Can Play and release a line of apparel. It’s hard to find a hat to fit my massive head, but I’ll have to give these a shot!
• Here’s the US broadcast schedule for CFL games for the upcoming season. It’s too bad there’s only one Friday night game on ESPN2 after Labour Day.
• This is the awesome. The CFL has sent commemorative helmets to the high schools where the entire 2016 first round draft picks cut their teeth playing football.
• The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will not only stream their final pre-season game against Ottawa (Friday, June 17th at 7:30pm EST) on their website, but they’ll be streaming it on their Facebook page as well.
• Sending good vibes to Meat Loaf after the singer collapsed on stage in Edmonton Thursday night.
• It looks like Jeremiah Masoli will get the start in Hamilton against Ottawa but Kent Austin says the Week 1 job against Toronto is still up for grabs.
This time next week we’ll be talking about games that actually count. It’s about time.
– written by Travis Currah