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  1. I Mean.. that would be cool if the XFL adapted the CFL rules and field. But this is worrying depending on what they are really thinking.
    5 points
  2. My preference is for the CFL to survive and thrive on it's own, a unique Canadian league. But, realistically, the CFL was in trouble before COVID, and now 😲 I'm not sure these discussions lead anywhere, but can you blame Ambrosie and the league for considering it? Considering everything? How long do you think Toronto, Montreal and BC can survive as CFL franchises? My son plays USports football in Montreal and I swear there is more buzz for the three RSEQ teams located in Montreal than the Alouettes. If it's a choice between no CFL and some hybrid CFL/XFL/international football leagu
    4 points
  3. bustamente

    Covid-19

    As always keep your eye on TPR, for me that's the important one, that and seeing people leave the hospitals as healthy as they can be
    4 points
  4. 17to85

    2021 Season

    Calgary would get more people out to games with a price adjustment. They are charging premium priced to sit outside in Calgary where a warm day can turn cold at the drop of a hat to watch the CFL. Cfl badly needs to make games more affordable AND reach out to younger fans. Which is part of the affordability. Make games cheap enough for a family to go you start to get kids interested. You're not the NHL, stop assuming people will go regardless of cost.
    4 points
  5. blue_gold_84

    US Politics

    They've literally become everything they claim to hate.
    4 points
  6. bluto

    2021 Season

    3 Downs Larger Field Extra man These are my non-negotiables and I'll treat 'em like The Alamo if necessary.
    4 points
  7. I've seen a lot of protetionist arguments about saving the rouge, but man...... of all the truly Canadian elements of our game....the rouge is one of the least important, to me. Keep the field size, keep the same number of players on the field, keep the downs, and keep the Canadian players. That's the non-negotiables for me.
    3 points
  8. Point A - American Audience had very little interest in XFL 1.0, Arena Football , AAFL or whatever that other league was called last year, and less success with XFL 2.0 then they had with XFL 1.0 Point B - The NFL itself is losing popularity and college ball in the States will ALWAYS be way more popular then CFL. Fantasy football is a pipe dream and never going to happen (see NFL/NCAA as reasons why). I guess a TV contract is a possibility? Point C - Video game is meaningless for ownership and CFL will never have a AAA football game. The CFL would get peanuts as a lic
    3 points
  9. Brandon

    2021 Season

    Where's our Monctom team , I thought Ambrosie was going to have it up and running by now I think Ottawa is a great example of how those questionable cities can learn from. Many of the people I know who go to Redblack games go because of the gameday experience (more so then the love of the CFL).
    3 points
  10. Jpan85

    Covid-19

    Would make me believe they have a couple reserves with outbreaks so they go in and mass test the entire place.
    3 points
  11. Lets make it L4 and tomorrow's headline reads Leaf's call a player only meeting.
    3 points
  12. TrueBlue4ever

    2021 Season

    Doing NOTHING is different than doing things that you don’t like. I question the wisdom of the global initiative, and I heard him talk at length about it. The past US expansion did not go well, so absolutely I have reservations. My problem with your take is that you have been predisposed to hate him from the word go and never given him any chance. You complain that he doesn’t communicate with fans, so here he is communicating and you still aren’t happy. And there are many valid reasons to question his approach, but I have always asked if it is more than that for you, since going after his s
    3 points
  13. I think they are obviously looking at a lot more than sharing refs. At first I thought it was going to be something minor but now that I've read that the XFL is putting planning for their season on hold its clear that we are potentially looking at XFL and CFL teams playing their seasons at the same time and potentially playing against each other. I can see what the CFL is thinking here. We don't know when things will really return to normal. Will we ever see fans come back at the levels we had seen before? And even if that happens they need more fans in certain markets to be viable. T
    3 points
  14. They have no rosters, coaching or mangement staffs in place. They have nothing to field for football and likely dont have the time to put some thing together. But perhaps they are thinking of cfl games in XFL cities. This whole thing has me nauseas. I havent been this worried since the collapse of the us teams and dark ages of the bombers.
    3 points
  15. MOBomberFan

    2021 Season

    To this day my Dad insists (and I quote): "If you can't get 10 yards in 3 downs you deserve to turn the ball over. 4 down football is ***** football" Dad says no lol
    3 points
  16. Jpan85

    2021 Season

    Some levity in all this
    3 points
  17. TrueBlue4ever

    2021 Season

    Actually, I have never expressed a like or dislike for him. And I think he has had his share of missteps for sure. The public problems with the Als’ sale taught him to keep his cards close to his chest rather than over promise and underdeliver. And that bugs you, because you see a world where these problems are simple fixes, when they most certainly are not. But you wrongly assume that because I challenge your attacks on him that I must like him, when what I am doing is pointing out your overriding bias that removes objectivity from your arguments. And it is clear you don’t like him, that we a
    2 points
  18. I'd contribute. But I think that's a one-off. Not sure that's a sustainable revenue model. And government support ... given what the government has chosen to support, I would like to think the CFL would also be considered. But again, that's not a long term revenue model.
    2 points
  19. I think there's all types of different options for revenue. Not sure if I read it here, or Twitter, but seems like CFL fans immediately get very defensive about the sanctity of the CFL game, status quo, but have zero solutions for the bottomless pit of revenue in our largest markets. Worse, I know some personally who never attend Bomber games (NFL fans) but want to preserve the CFL product! At least pony up for some season tickets if you're going to take that hard a stance.
    2 points
  20. SpeedFlex27

    2021 Season

    BC: Yes, the Seahawks have penetrated the Lower Mainland market & have put a huge dent in season ticket & game day sales for the Lions. Toronto: Lost cause. The Bills are Southern Ontario's team, especially Toronto. I remember when the Argos were routinely selling out Exhibition Stadium with 33,000 seats back in the early 70's. Montreal: If you don't win they don't support it. Except if it's the Canadiens. Lousy sports fans other than hockey. Calgary: Stadium issues. The place is becoming a dump & people don't want to go anymore. No new stadium in the future. E
    2 points
  21. itchy

    US Politics

    Because we all know how this is going to be applied. January 6 wasn't a protest after all.
    2 points
  22. Stanley in for Beaulieu.
    2 points
  23. I don't know about you, but the more I hear about this Covid19 thing the less I care for it....
    2 points
  24. bearpants

    2021 Season

    not to mention the majority of the solid fan bases in the three cities you mention are getting up there in age...
    2 points
  25. Brandon

    Canadian Politics

    I drive by lots of Cathy Cox bus benches and it appears her surprised out of it look is an actual match to her personality. Jesus Christ this is such an easy answer and such a small ask (even if the NDP lady was overly dramatic saying kids are not going to school because of it) , you'd think they would of approved or at least address her answer and say some kind of "We will look into it" kind of answer instead of the data blockers. Also the data blocking USB is a waste of money, most bad people can steal way more then enough personal info by looking at people being careless with
    2 points
  26. bustamente

    2021 Season

    Merge with the XFL. no thanks, figure out way to market and develop both leagues across the border sure no problem
    2 points
  27. JCon

    2021 Season

    We used to have bigger balls too.
    2 points
  28. And to add, who the **** cares what June Jones has to say about the CFL? Jesus.
    2 points
  29. JCon

    2021 Season

    Okay, if I'm taking Randy at his word, which is hard, it sounds like they're simply looking for synergies on how the leagues can work together. But, geez, they're terrible at communication. Like world-class, really bad.
    2 points
  30. Mark H.

    Covid-19

    It is the safest, most sensible approach - but it does temporarily inflate the numbers. Not necessarily. The regions outside Winnipeg (excluding the North) remain very stable. It is also noteworthy that while cases in the North are spiking - most deaths are still coming from Winnipeg.
    1 point
  31. I dont see much of a revenue stream coming from the us watching cfl games. They dipped hard on the xfl 2.0, aafl, spring league, arena league etc. Hard core american football fans have the NFL, ncaa, and high school ball. They dont lack for content. The cfl is a fringe style for them too, we arent that different for them from the arena league and their interest in foreign teams is extremely low.
    1 point
  32. With a larger league and a the potential for an american audience it opens up the potential for significant TV money from the states and they can also tap into things like Fantasy Football that is not really possibly with a 9 team league. Not to mention a video game based on the new league. Stuff like that would really become a possibility.
    1 point
  33. So does Ambrosie end up being the commissioner of the new league?
    1 point
  34. I think they had a couple of decent markets but as many weak ones. The real issue is both the in game attendance and the tv ratings started to dip hard after like week 2/3. That after a big dip from week 1. I dont think we saw the bottom of the fall, or where their draw would settle to as a norm. If any thing, covid gave them an out.
    1 point
  35. Jpan85

    Covid-19

    50 cases in the north
    1 point
  36. Tracker

    US Politics

    Oklahoma House Passes Bill To Give Immunity To Drivers Who Hit Protesters The Republican-majority Oklahoma state House passed a bill on Wednesday that would grant immunity to drivers who “unintentionally” run over protesters. In an early morning vote along party lines, with 79 votes in favor and 18 against, state lawmakers approved legislation that would remove criminal or civil liability for any driver who “unintentionally” injures or kills someone while “fleeing from a riot,” as long as they have a “reasonable belief” that fleeing would protect themselves from harm. The bill w
    1 point
  37. Mark F

    2021 Season

    cfl has serious problems...... probably more seahawks thanLions fans in B.C. Toronto, Ontario..... not much interest there. Montreal, Calgary.... sketchy fan support. calgary show having a winning team doesnt solve the problem. Edmonton.... dont know. the only solid franchises are Wpg, Sask, and Hamilton.
    1 point
  38. FrostyWinnipeg

    US Politics

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/donald-trump-loses-libel-suit-against-n-y-times
    1 point
  39. SpeedFlex27

    2021 Season

    Depends how big Dinwiddie's ego is & if he is a good delegator. The last qb HC I remember with no coordinator experience was Matt Dunigan in Calgary & he ended up not only being the GM & HC but also the OC & qb coach. He fired his OC, qb coach & STC all in just one season. Naturally, it was a disaster.
    1 point
  40. SpeedFlex27

    2021 Season

    How can anyone trust Ambrosie? He hasn't earned any trust. The guy is a disaster as a Commissioner.
    1 point
  41. Tracker

    US Politics

    Newly revealed audio caught Trump pressuring a Georgia official to help him overturn the 2020 election President Donald Trump infamously called state Attorney General Brad Raffensperger, berating him for his loss of Georgia and demanding he "find" him 11,000 more votes in what some legal experts say was a criminal act. But less known until now is that Trump also called the chief investigator of the Georgia Secretary of State's office in his attempt to overturn the results of the election. In that call he blamed Stacey Abrams and "dishonest" Fulton County, which is home to Atlanta, for
    1 point
  42. I caught some of the details on satellite radio today. There are/will be 8 XFL teams with the possible option for four more. The owners of the XFL are apparently serious about promoting football instead of the circus with all the gimmicks that were present last time. They are committed to matching the CFL's schedule with limited cross-border games. I had the impression that it is still pretty half-baked, though.
    1 point
  43. Super Duper Negatron

    2021 Season

    What is actually happening here? Talk about becoming XFL north? Merging with a league that has been a giant failure every time it has been attempted? And prominent media types in Canada saying this is a good idea? What the actual ****? The second the Bombers become a 4-down partner to a garbage second tier American league is the second they stop being the team I grew to love my whole life. I would be 100% out.
    1 point
  44. TrueBlue4ever

    2021 Season

    Doesn’t take a lot of reading between the lines in hearing Naylor in that video to surmise that the CFL is in major financial trouble and may essentially be dead.
    1 point
  45. SpeedFlex27

    2021 Season

    I posted a question, I think it was around Xmas wondering if the XFL & CFL would form a new league. Everybody who responded pooh poohed it. Well, now... There are a number of issues here that make it hard to see this working. 1. The season. You can't play football in the Prairie Provinces in February & March so would the XFL be willing to move the season to May to October? 2. Where would XFL teams play as some were using NFL stadiums. 3. Exchange rate. Canadian teams are in the hole financially a minimum of 30%.... 4. US Immigration. Canadians weren't allowed to p
    1 point
  46. wanna-b-fanboy

    Covid-19

    Wait... what? I thought 13 new cases identified, but from older positive test that they retroactively went back to test.
    1 point
  47. 1 point
  48. https://www.instagram.com/tv/CMNKAxTAEq8/?igshid=bssk8tje9rop Q: Will the PC's commit to making menstrual products accessible in Manitoba schools so that girls who cannot afford such products are not forced to miss school? A: USB data blockers will protect young women from domestic violence ...what? To the people who say 'why should taxes be used to pay for menstrual products' I ask 'why should taxes be used to pay for toilet paper?' And then I'd ask them to explain what a USB data blocker does to stop domestic violence and how that is money better spent. **** this p
    1 point
  49. So... any word on why only the severance portion that was paid to definitely-not-my-sister is being asked to be repaid? Why not the full amount that was paid out to her during her sisters' employment? I mean, that's like charging a bank robber with the theft of the bank bag they used to steal wads of cash with, and not trying to get the stolen funds back. Wouldn't it be better to get repayment on the employment earnings as well?
    1 point
  50. JCon

    Canadian Politics

    This is always the Liberal party. Every once and a while we get good Liberal leaders, who eventually become bad leaders. Chretien was a good leader until he got badddddd. Martin would have been a good leader, if he had the chance. Trudeau wasn't good from the start. The platform is A+ the execution is D-. They don't get an F because they managed to legalize marijuana and they messed that up. The CPC is dumpster fire. Where are the conservatives? Not in the CPC or not part of any leadership there. NDP have not really defined themselves since losing Layton. I'm not even sure they hav
    1 point
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