CFL News

Bo knows ... how to maximize a deal

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:50 AM

Bo knows ... how to maximize a deal

Belated congratulations to Alex Singleton, one of CFLpass’s favorite players since his rookie CFL season of 2016; Singleton signed a futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, thereby putting him on the no-longer defending champions’ offseason roster. Having shown some nice improvement in three seasons of Canadian football after attending Montana State, Singleton should have a reasonable chance to crack an Eagles roster which we already know will be missing free agent Jordan Hicks.

CFL’s Mexico combine causes controversy on Twitter, because everything causes controversy on Twitter

Monday, January 14, 2019 7:31 AM

CFL’s Mexico combine causes controversy on Twitter, because everything causes controversy on Twitter

What appeared to be an innocuous two- or three-day player combine in Mexico City sparked outrage when TSN's Dave Naylor tweeted on the event.

So tweeteth TSN’s Dave Naylor:

Interestingly enough, what appeared to be a piece of pretty good news was not necessarily taken as such by CFL twitter. Many commenters, however, expressed concern about over-expenditure in a market wherein the CFL has next to zero exposure, about unwisely distributed CFL monies vis-à-vis international talent, about Naylor’s apparent exaggeration of Mexico’s talent base, and/or about roster ratios.

Good luck to D’haquille Williams, prospective Buffalo Bills WR

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 5:46 AM

Good luck to D’haquille Williams, prospective Buffalo Bills WR

CFL pass a hearty "good luck" to D'haquille Williams who, after leading the CFL in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in 2018, has gotten a reserve/futures contract with the Buffalo Bill sin short order after hitting the U.S. market...

A top CFL wide receiver getting permission from his team to pursue opportunities in the NFL is no shocker, hardly noteworthy even. But CFLpass has to give kudos to D’haquille Williams of the 2017 and ’18 Edmonton Eskimos and quite possibly of the 2019 Buffalo Bills for landing with an NFL side with whom he could stick.

Williams left Auburn after a senior year shortened thanks to his involvement at a dustup in a local bar. He went uncalled in the 2016 NFL Draft, but spent the ’16 season on the Los Angeles Rams practice squad. For the 2017 season, Williams got with Edmonton and played in most games, though ending up the team’s no. 4 receiver that year.

Weird Canadian News: You will *not* be assimilated

Sunday, January 6, 2019 1:42 AM

Weird Canadian News: You will *not* be assimilated

In 2017, Star Trek fan Nick Troller (if that is his real name) was denied what he claimed was the ST:TNG-themed vanity license plate reading ASIMIL8. A year and a half later, Troller is doing the American thing and suing the provincial plate-issuing body.

The headline for this story over at CBR.com reads, “Star Trek Fan Sues After License Plate Revoked for Being ‘Inappropriate’.” As a Trek fan myself, yours truly would have run with “Star Trek Fan Sues After License Plate Revoked for Being ‘Stupid’.”

In s story that most would assume originated south of the Canada/U.S. border, the unironically named Nick Torller, apparently having found the more traditional go-to vanity license plate NCC1701 already registered to a Manitoba driver, opted instead for a plate reading ASIMIL8 in 2015. Troller framed this with a license plate frame including the messages "We are the Borg" and "Resistance is futile” in a paean to the ST universe badasses.

CFLpass returns for 2019, starts year with podcast about football in Alabama

Saturday, January 5, 2019 4:35 AM

CFLpass returns for 2019, starts year with podcast about football in Alabama

That’s right: CFLpass.ca has been resurrected for 2019. We’ve got some exciting features planned for this site to elevate us beyond the current (let’s face it) blog format and hope to become more of a purveyor of information and fun about the Canadian Football League, the sport and the great land in which it originated. (Yes, we at CFLpass indeed suffer from #CanadaEnvy.)

So let’s get the 2019 edition of CFLpass.ca kicked off with … news of a podcast discussing football in Birmingham, Alabama. Wait – it’s not what you think!

RWB CFL Podcast overcomes technical difficulties, releases stream-of-consciousness episode

Friday, April 27, 2018 2:12 AM

RWB CFL Podcast overcomes technical difficulties, releases stream-of-consciousness episode

Technical difficulties wiped out our last episode which featured special guests Doug Flutie and Warren Moon (yeah, surrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre), but Os Davis, Joe Pritchard and Dr. Rouge have returned anew with more stream-of-consciousness chatter on episode 98 (redux) of the Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast.

Topics include:

•  Calgary’s winning of the 2019 Grey Cup … hosting rights. Not exactly a big surprise to many and you have to figure that, barring disaster, the Stamps will be in contention for that Grey Cup. And on the RWB, we reckon we know (as does all of pragmatically-minded CFL fandom) who’ll be hosting in 2020 and even ’21.

And a Rouge, White & Blue new year to you!

Sunday, January 21, 2018 3:48 AM

And a Rouge, White & Blue new year to you!

Rouge White and Blue CFL podcast logoThe Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast has returned with our first podcast of 2018 – and with a third member of our American band of Canadian football fans. Yes, for this season and beyond we’re putting the “rouge” into “Rogue, White & Blue” with the addition of co-host Anthony Moretti, Ph.D., better known to true believers in truth, justice and the magic of the single point as Dr. Rouge.

Thus does Dr. Rouge join RWB co-hosts Os Davis and Joe Pritchard in our inaugural podcast of the year, a good 45 minutes of banter devoted mostly – but not quite entirely – due to the offseason, pre-free agency quarterback carousel that has significantly impacted at least six of the league’s nine teams. And yes, we apologize for our most recent dubious export, a substance called Johnny Football.

Edmonton Eskimos CEO Len Rhodes visits the Empre

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 12:12 AM

Edmonton Eskimos CEO Len Rhodes visits the Empre

Len Rhodes, president/CEO of the Edmonton EskimosThe Eskimos President and CEO, Len Rhodes, returns to the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 53 with a one on one conversation with Andrew.

Len talks about joining the Esks and the changes he's seen in the last five years. They discuss the changes to the Esks game day experience and some of the new ideas to bring more fans to the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.

Featured Fan Jon is also back in the Turf District to chat about the Esks latest win and the team's progress in the early season. He feels they are making improvements especially with all the changes. The boys discuss the good and bad from the Winnipeg win and cover the rest of the CFL game stories.

Tom Richards visits the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 52

Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:38 AM

Tom Richards visits the Eskimo Empire podcast in episode 52

Tom Richards, in his days as an Edmonton EskimoIn episode 52 on The Eskimo Empire Podcast, The Empire welcomes another Eskimo alumni into the Turf District!

Former slotback/kick returner Tom Richards comes in to talk about his time with the Esks. In 1989, he was the first Canadian receiver to go over 1,000 yards in a season with 1,239 on 60 catches. Tom tells the guys what it was like to make it to the pro ranks and describes not only the sadness of losing a Grey Cup but the elation of winning one the next year. In a word: WHHEEEE!

On Eskimo Empire this week: Funky Susan (need we say more?)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:31 AM

On Eskimo Empire this week: Funky Susan (need we say more?)

No Esks game this week? No problem! The Eskimo Empire Podcast guys welcome Susan into the Turf District for more female CFL fan perspective and hear her journey from being a Stamps fan to cheering for the Esks now! Susan even turns the tables and has some rapid-fire questions for Andrew and Uncle Time.

The fan question from last week got a lot of answers and the group discusses whether patience is needed or are there trades coming. A new fan question this week; Who should be the next Eskimo on the Wall of Honor? UT and Andrew have a few ideas…

Finally, a breakdown of all the CFL games and this week’s Pick ‘Ems. A rebound week foreveryone, but the choices this week are tough. Definitely not “easy squeezy” according to UT.

You can join the Pick ‘Em pool right here