CFL Roundup 19.0

Stadium and Arena Noise

This past week, the Prime Minister fueled the hot-stove chatter around the country when it comes to discussing new sports venues. He mentioned that the federal government might be willing to pledge money to help build a new arena in Quebec City, in the hopes of attracting an NHL team to the city. While the NHL might not be currently looking to start a building and expansion program, there is probably a few venues around the country that would accept a government handout to help build a new football stadium. The good folks of Regina are certainly looking into a new stadium for the Roughriders, while the expansion Ottawa franchise could use the money to refurbish their stadium area. Based on the successful promotion of Touchdown Atlantic, building a new stadium in Moncton might also help in league expansion plans. So while the Conservatives may be looking to try and buy some favor from Quebec by offering to help build a new arena, there are bound to be other areas around the country who will also be looking to get a piece of the pie.

Foley back with the Lions signs with the Argos. Now what about Baggs?

In a hilarious PR mess, Ricky Foley was back in the fold for the BC Lions, changed his mind, and signed with the Toronto Argonauts. Whoops! Adding Foley will definitely strengthen what is an improving team in the Big Smoke, despite the PR blunder. Foley is a rare commodity in the CFL because of his non-import status, but the availability of Stevie Baggs also could equally aid a team’s defence in the run up to the post-season. It will be interesting to watch what happens in the days to come.

Greenwood continues to make his mark in the NFL

While watching Monday Night Football, it was interesting to see Cory Greenwood making an appearance for the Kansas City Chiefs. While established CFL stars have failed to make the NFL grade, the former Concordia Stinger is still hanging with the big boys down south. This could end up being a wasted draft pick for the Toronto Argos, or if Greenwood eventually does get released, prove to be the best selection in the 2010 Draft.

Lumsden Watch

While it’s not exactly the same as the annual Brett Favre watch that takes place south of the border, lots of people are continuing to see where Jesse Lumsden might end up. If Lumsden is healthy, he could help a team by providing a strong second option in the running game. Saving a team’s top running back could prove to be the difference between winning and losing in the post-season. If the rumours out there are true, Lumsden could be wearing Winnipeg blue by sometime next week.

Golder Bears Win Again!

The U of A Golden Bears football team has shocked the world and won for a second week in a row to start the 2010 season. A 31-6 clubbing of the University of Manitoba Bisons has the Golden Bears sitting atop the Canada West standings and getting recognized nationally by being included in the weekly CIS rankings where they placed seventh. Quarterback Julian Marchand, although only completing 13 of 22 passes, did toss for two touchdowns. The Bears were aided by the running of Matthew Jarvis who carried the ball for 145 yards on only 13 carries. Craig Gerbrandt also added a sack on defense.

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