By Adam Bisby on November 10, 2017
Did you hear the one about the couple who discussed their living wills while watching the big game? Him: “I never want to exist in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and taking fluids from a bottle.” Her: “Guess we better unplug the TV and pour your beer down the drain!”
Turn off the game and waste ...
By Adam Bisby on November 8, 2017
Have you ever trash-talked while playing Monopoly? Revved your engine at a red light? If so, you may have something in common with Orlando Bowen. As a linebacker with the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Orlando was renowned for his competitive fire. Thirteen years after retiring from the CFL, little has ...
By Roberta Staley on November 1, 2017
Like many guys, former CFL linebacker Gene Mack has learned to dial back the excesses of his younger days.
He still has the occasional light beer and a double scotch once a month. “Just take care of yourself,” says Mack, 67. “Do your excesses in moderation.” The thing is, living healthy can be really ...
By Roberta Staley
For some professional athletes, saying goodbye to the game can lead to a sense of loss not only of self-esteem and identity but the close-knit camaraderie that unites team members.
Leaving the Toronto Argonauts in 1995, after four years as a pro linebacker, was tough, admits Joe Sardo of Hamilton, Ont. “The people and the relatio...
October 2nd, 2017
By Adam Bisby
It’s often been said that looks can be deceiving. Just look at Shea Emry: The retired CFL linebacker and two-time Grey Cup champion is basically pure muscle, and was feared around the league for his punishing hits as the CFL’s Nastiest Player. He sure seems like one tough dude!
Yet behind the scenes, he’s been ...
March 20, 2017
Rock star or pro athlete — which would you rather be? Troy Westwood has been both, but the retired CFL record-holder and Juno-winning vocalist will tell you that a high-profile career has little to do with your happiness.
For Westwood, who now hosts The Big Show on TSN Radio, it’s all about perspective. More than ...
June 13, 2017
By Adam Bisby
As any dad who’s done it knows, tripping over a kid’s bike or scooter is usually followed by a face-plant into the geraniums. Frustrating moments like these may make you yearn for the kids’ bedtime (if not their graduation).
But four years after retiring from the CFL, Étienne Boulay, the three-time Grey Cup ...