CFL Roundup 13.0

Showing some Spirit

With NFL training camp underway, news in the world of football has increased substantially. A report out of Arizona documented a practice filled with as many scraps as the 2003 Labour Day Classic (although no referees were accidentally KO’d). Fights in training camp are not a new event, but the quote by defensive tackle Darnell Dockett shows why this type of intensity is important if a team wants to become a winner.

“When you are putting the pads on, man, as much as you love your teammates, damn, you trying to kill them. That is what it’s all about. That is the only way you can get better. You can’t come out here and play 80 percent and hope to win our third division title. It just don’t happen like that … “We got to treat them (teammates) like they’re the 49ers. They have to treat us like we’re the 49ers … that is the only way we are going to be able to back up all the great work and try to win our third [division] title.”

Every kid that grows up playing sports has heard the coach’s mantra of practicing like you play. With three teams at 1-4 heading into the weekend, one has to wonder if this type of intensity might be one of the missing elements.

Migration North Begins

As NFL teams begin to make their roster cuts over the next month, players who are released down south will slowly start making their way north onto CFL roster. It started yesterday with the Calgary Stampeders announcing the return of offensive lineman Dmitri Tsoumpas, who was working out with the Miami Dolphins. It will be interesting to see if names like John Chick, Stevie Baggs, and Martell Mallett make the cut down south or return to the CFL over the coming weeks.

CFL prospects who have been getting looks down south are also starting to make their way back to Canada as the Indianapolis Colts released Saskatchewan Roughriders draft pick Jordan Sisco. Sisco, a wide receiver, might have a tough time getting on to the Riders active roster as they currently boast of the league’s deepest receiving corps with Rob Bagg, Andy Fantuz, Chris Getzlaf, and Jason Clermont all occupying spots for non-imports.

Another Reason to Love the CFL

For those who haven’t seen it, Dave Stala’s soccer style touchdown celebration is something you have to take it in. In the NFL, if a player were to celebrate scoring a major in a such a fashion, he would be suspended, fined, and traded. Okay, the punishment wouldn’t be that severe, but football is all about being entertained, and Stala gave CFL fans their monies worth with this one.

 Making Noise

This topic has been a little bit of a touchy issue over the past couple of weeks, but TSN’s Glen Suitor does an excellent job of summarizing the advantages of having a noisy home town crowd.

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