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  • Tim Hortons Field occupancy permit still hasn't come, but Ticats expect to play there Monday

    Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line16 hrs 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

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  • Touchdowns are falling, but we're seeing more touchdown diversity

    Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line1 day ago

    There's been a remarkable drop in touchdowns across the CFL this year. Through nine weeks of last year's season (32 total games), there were 162 touchdowns, or 5.1 per game. Through nine weeks of this season (before the Labour Day Weekend games), there had been 36 games played thanks to the introduction of a ninth team (the Ottawa Redblacks), but the total touchdowns had dropped to 135, or just 3.8 per game. However, while touchdowns have dropped, there have been many more unusual touchdowns, and plenty from unusual players. Consider this one from 310-pound Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Dan Clark, who lined up as a tight end and caught a touchdown pass last week against the B.C. Lions:

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  • Kerry Joseph's signing turns up heat in Esks' backup battle

    Andrew Bucholtz at Andrew Bucholtz3 yrs ago

    While the Edmonton Eskimos have been busy on the housecleaning front under general manager Eric Tillman, their team isn't going to be entirely built of new faces this year. In their search for roster consistency, the team's brought in plenty of guys who have played for Tillman or head coach Kavis Reed in previous stops. Their latest addition is 37-year-old veteran quarterback Kerry Joseph, who played under Tillman in both Ottawa and Saskatchewan as well as in a brief stint with the Eskimos last fall.

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  • Jordan Matechuk's steroids arrest may spell trouble for CFL

    Andrew Bucholtz at Andrew Bucholtz3 yrs ago

    A quirk of geography may have proven disastrous for Hamilton Tiger-Cats' long-snapper and linebacker Jordan Matechuk—and it could have implications for the CFL as a whole as well. Matechuk was apparently heading to Hamilton from Alberta for training camp May 31 when he was arrested for possession of anabolic steroids at the International Bridge border crossing between Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. News of his arrest came out Tuesday thanks to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which tends to spotlight unusual cases. A professional football player caught with "543 anabolic steroid pills, 262 millilitres of anabolic steroids in liquid form, 1.25 grams of marijuana, 19 syringes, and 51 replacement needles" certainly qualifies there.

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  • Walter Spencer's incredible comeback

    Andrew Bucholtz at Andrew Bucholtz3 yrs ago

    The Montreal Alouettes' training camp is producing some of the most interesting stories of the CFL pre-season so far. We've already talked about linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette's battle to keep his leg and the Alouettes' decision to cut former star NFL running back Ahman Green, but the story of linebacker Walter Spencer is just as notable. Spencer was stabbed twice in a Montreal bar last September, once in the heart, and his very survival was in question. Now, he's back on the field and competing to make the team again, but his memories of his frightening past few months are still vividly clear. In a piece published Tuesday, Spencer opened up to The Gazette 's Herb Zurkowsky about what he went through last fall. It makes for incredible reading, particularly the part where Spencer talks about how he didn't notice the pain en route to hospital, but felt his body shutting down:

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  • Ahman Green cut, showing NFL pedigrees don't mean much

    Andrew Bucholtz at Andrew Bucholtz3 yrs ago

    If you look at their roster heading into this past week's training camp, the Montreal Alouettes had plenty of players with NFL experience of one sort or another. New cornerback Dwight Anderson had previously been a member of the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers before spending the last four seasons in the CFL, while linebacker Chip Cox had spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins and slotback Jamal Richardson was briefly with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. Unlike those players, though, the man in camp with the most NFL experience and success is no longer an Alouette, as the team announced Sunday that they'd released former Green Bay Packers' star running back Ahman Green, who they'd signed earlier this offseason. Green reportedly sustained a hamstring injury in camp, and the Alouettes didn't want to wait for him to heal.

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  • Marc-Olivier Brouillette's battle to keep his leg

    Andrew Bucholtz at Andrew Bucholtz3 yrs ago

    Earning a place in the CFL is sometimes seen as one long battle. Players first have to do enough to be drafted or receive a camp invite, then more to make the roster, then more still to see playing time and then even more to keep their jobs. It's not an easy struggle by any means, but every now and then, a story comes out that reminds us that the battle for a CFL job is really a minor one in the grand scheme of things. That's the case with this Versus Quebec story from Anthony Côté-Leduc, on Montreal Alouettes' linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette and how he almost lost his leg last year.

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