34 Results for month: 06/2017

CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 2

June 28, 2017 CFL.ca Staff TORONTO — After the excitement of Week 1, CFL fans have much more to be excited about in Week 2 as the #Canada150 celebrations will be front and centre of a week full of head-to-head matchups. The action begins with the second half of a home-and-home series between Ottawa and Calgary, a rematch of the 104th Grey Cup ... More


Four players fined following Week 1 Wednesday, June 28, 2017 — TORONTO (June 28, 2017) -- The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced today: Montreal Alouettes defensive back Mikael Charland was fined for a tourist hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders safety Mike Edem. Saskatchewan Roughriders offensive lineman Thaddeus Coleman was fined for ... More

No one went over the middle like Rocky DiPietro

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Almost 40 years later, Rocky DiPietro still remembers what he calls the very humble beginnings of his career. He remembers the speed of the American defensive backs that he was often playing against in his first few years as a Hamilton Tiger-Cat slotback. He remembers struggling to find his place ... More

For Canadians, Ezzrett ‘Sugarfoot’ Anderson was easily relatable

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca The football years — six of them in Calgary — were great in their own right, but four months after his death, Ezzrett ‘Sugarfoot’ Anderson’s legacy is built on the impact he made on his adopted hometown after retiring from football in 1954. “For lack of a better term, I think he was ... More

After a 25-year career, Passaglia still misses the little things

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Seventeen years into retirement, it’s the little things that Lui Passaglia misses. The faces changed over the years, but it was seeing those guys, the coaches, his teammates, the equipment managers, every day for six months out of the year through a 25-year career. What people outside of ... More

‘Royalty’ attached to George Reed’s name in Riderville

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL,ca They call him royalty. If you ever need to gauge just how much George Reed means to the province of Saskatchewan and the army of fans that follow the Saskatchewan Roughriders across the country, think about how often you’ve read or heard the word ‘royalty’ attached to his name. Reed, a ... More

Doug Brown: CFL a ‘national treasure to Canada’

June 27th, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Doug Brown laughed when he was asked the question. What do you think it is about you that made them want to put you on this t-shirt? “I have no idea what the parameters were,” the 11-year Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s defensive lineman (2001-2011) says over the phone. “But I am a Canadian ... More

Hatanaka: Inclusiveness, diversity make CFL great

 June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Once the ball went up, Bill Hatanaka took a breath and surveyed it all. There were 12 men in the green of the Saskatchewan Roughriders galloping down the field, playing in the 1976 Grey Cup at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, their eyes all zeroing in on him. In front of him were 11 of ... More

Pinball: Representing Canada ‘sentimentally sacred’

June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Seventeen years after retiring as a player, the accolades continue to pile up for Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons. That doesn’t mean he gets used to them. Upon learning that the Toronto Argonauts had selected him as the player they’d honour Canada Day weekend with a t-shirt, Clemons said he felt ... More

Dalla Riva: From overseas to Hamilton’s steel mills and, eventually, the Alouettes

 June 27, 2017 Chris O'Leary Senior Writer CFL.ca Peter Dalla Riva arrived in Hamilton from Italy with his family in 1953 as a wide eyed eight-year-old. While few immigrants have a concrete idea of what their future will look like in a new country, Dalla Riva’s journey proved to be a unique one. It began with an immersion in a new ... More