- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line55 mins ago
The final new CFL Signature Look uniform was released Tuesday, with the Edmonton Eskimos unveiling their new jerseys. The mostly green with gold accents colour scheme of their usual home look is still there, but the team's gone to a large gold double-E logo on the front with small numbers, similar to what the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers have done with their new jerseys. Here's a look at the front:
Another cool touch comes from the gloves, which are green with gold that interlocks to form the double-E:
The helmet's interesting, too; it's mostly green, but with a much bigger logo in gold than the existing helmet, plus golden stripes:
Will reports of David Braley's penny-pinching ways in Toronto force action? Or are the Argonauts doomed to remain in limbo for a while?Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line5 hrs ago
Current Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions owner David Braley is one of the more polarizing figures in the CFL, with people particularly divided on whether his ownership has been good or bad for the Argos. Braley did prop up the team (albeit with secret loans) when no one else would and bought it when no one else wanted it in 2010, preserving the CFL's presence in Toronto. However, his ownership has recently come under fire, with his demands for a high sale price and a percentage of future revenues being cited as a factor in why MLSE hasn't yet bought the Argos. His inability to find them a stadium solution has also been a big part of the team's current attendance, scheduling and financial struggles. The Argos' marketing budget has reportedly been slashed as well, and several top executives have left. Sportsnet's Arash Madanisent out several tweets critical of Braley Sunday that summarize the case against him and indicate there may be severe problems ahead in Toronto:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line7 hrs ago
Continuing on with our Three Stars series, here's a look at the top offensive, defensive and special teams players of Labour Day weekend.
First star/offensive player of the week: Jon Cornish, running back, Calgary Stampeders: In just his second week back following an early-season concussion that's made him miss most of this campaign, Cornish delivered an incredible performance Monday against Edmonton. He collected 163 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, averaging 9.6 yards per carry and leading the Stampeders to a 28-13 victory. Cornish hasn't played much this year thanks to injury, but this performance showed what he's capable of, and why he was named the league's most outstanding player last season.
(Honourable mentions: Zach Collaros, QB, Hamilton; Brandon Whitaker, RB, Montreal; Adarius Bowman, SB, Edmonton.)
The second Labour Day Classic game on Monday wasn't anywhere as close as the first one, but it saw one dominant performance. That came from the Calgary Stampeders, who laida 28-13 thumping on the Edmonton Eskimos and moved to 8-1 in the process, leaving them alone at the top of the West. This wasn't against easy pickings, either; the Eskimos were also 7-1 heading into Monday's clash. The Stampeders were thoroughly dominant Monday, though, and if they can keep playing like this, they'll be one of the CFL's most feared teams.
Montreal Alouettes have reached out to Michael Sam, who could be an excellent addition, but he may not be ready to come to the CFL just yet
, Troy Smith, Chad Johnson and now Michael Sam? The Montreal Alouettes have been linked to more high-profile players than anyone over the last two years, with Tebow declining but Smith and Johnsoneventually coming in, and now they're in pursuit of another big name. That would be Sam, who became the first openly-gay player selected in the NFL draft earlier this year, but was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday and has since passed through NFL waivers unclaimed. According to NFL.com'sIan Rapoport, the Alouettes have Sam on their negotiation list and have reached out to him to see if he'd consider the CFL:
The most remarkable thing about Monday's Labour Day Classic is that someone won it. For 60 minutes of football, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts both demonstrated almost every imaginable way to lose a game, from goal-line fumbles to inept offences to last-minute turnovers to terrible late-game playcalling. In the end, though, even a game between 1-6 Hamilton and 3-6 Toronto had to be won by one team (although a tie would have been poetic justice), and the Tiger-Cats inaugurated their new stadium with a 13-12 win thanks to some puzzling decisions down the stretch by the Argonauts.
The annual Labour Day Classic game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders (4:30 p.m. Eastern, TSN/ESPN3) always produces some sparks given the provincial rivalry and the teams' long-seated dislike of each other, but it may be even more fiery than usual this year. For one thing, these teams are both 7-1 and are duking it out for first place in the West Division. For another, the first game they played this year was a hotly-contested 26-22 Calgary win in Edmonton July 24, and it produced some extra fuel in the aftermath when a group of Stampeders posed with Eskimos' head coach Chris Jones' motorcycle. That photo (seen at right) resurfaced this week ahead of Monday's rivalry game in Calgary, with Stampeders players like Shawn Lemon and Charleston Hughes using it as their Twitter avatar and getting into social media wars with Edmonton's Odell Willis and Almondo Sewell. Here are some of the back-and-forth tweets (language warning):
Can the Ticats open Tim Hortons Field with a Labour Day Classic win, or will the Argos solidify their hold on first place in the East?
With Tim Hortons Field's partial occupancy permit finally approved late Sunday night, the focus ahead of Monday's Labour Day Classic between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts (1 p.m. Eastern, TSN/ESPN3) can turn to the on-the-field action. Both 3-6 Toronto and 1-6 Hamilton could desperately use a win in this one, with the Argonauts looking to solidify their hold on first place in the struggling East Division and the Tiger-Cats hoping to move up into a tie for second. Which team is more likely to come out ahead, though?
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line2 days ago
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers' decade-long streak of not winning in Regina was almost, but not quite, snapped Sunday. The Bombers jumped out to an early lead and were up 7-0 after the first quarter, but the Roughriders stormed back with 21 straight points. Winnipeg then notched 17 consecutive points to take a 24-21 lead, and the game seesawed down the stretch, but in the end, a late Anthony Allen touchdown and some good defence proved enough to give Saskatchewan a 35-30 win.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line2 days ago
The saga of Tim Hortons Field continues, with the news coming Sunday afternoon that the city's decision on whether the stadium will receive its partial occupancy permit for Monday's scheduled Labour Day Classic against Toronto won't be made until Sunday night. Early Sunday was already a tight turnaround, and getting that decision late Sunday makes things even tougher. However, the team's so confident the permit will come that they've already cancelled the backup plan of playing at the Rogers Centre Tuesday, making particularly apt. As Drew Edwards of The Hamilton Spectator writes, some remaining issues still need to be sorted out before the permit can be approved, though: