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  1. 7 points
    What a load of BS. Weeks before a draft they change the format? I agree with territorial protections but it should apply equally. Should be a round prior to the draft where each team gets to claim a player from their territory. This system just rewards poorly managed teams. And there should be at least a one year period before any change of this magnitude is made.
  2. 7 points
    Mr Dee

    Alliance of American Football

    Another spin to this crazy story... Good luck with that
  3. 7 points
    Wideleft

    Canadian Politics

    I'd much rather have a pipeline from Gimli.
  4. 6 points
    It's weird that other teams won't take our players and give us better players in return.
  5. 6 points
    Maurice just now: "Players played as hard as they could tonight" Do or Die just now: "I'm not THAT drunk"
  6. 6 points
    Changing a rule two weeks before the draft is bush league. Worse when it only benefits two teams, one of which has been run like a tire fire.
  7. 6 points
    AKAChip

    Around the League: 2019 Off Season

    This is one of the stupidest rule changes I’ve ever seen. It’s unfair and imbalanced for utterly no reason. It’s hard to look at Ambrosie as anything other than an incompetent idiot after all this. He is obsessed with being an innovator but everything he does seems half-baked.
  8. 6 points
    I'm not even going to vote on this category.....this seems like a poll strictly for the old men who don't like that more recent players have been winning spots.....here, this one is all yours....
  9. 6 points
    Jets and Helle weathered the 1st period storm and were the better team in 2 3 and OT and DESERVED to win. CSW came to play.. Scheif woke up and that's a good thing.
  10. 5 points
    Trouba and Buff were horror twins on D, last night. And for the love of god, what is 55's line doing out there, yet again, in the "dying" moments
  11. 5 points
    Booch

    Around the League: 2019 Off Season

    YEAH....But the CFL as the league can sit and have nothing going on..revenue in or out much longer than the majority of the CFLPA can...thats what he getting at...I doubt it comes to that anyway and just the standard media posturing, tho that being said the players have made concessions for years, and took a lot of things on the chin, and this time around they want a little fair compensation and treatment and have the best interest of their members now, and moving forward taken into consideration
  12. 5 points
    17to85

    Canadian Politics

    And that is why you support them, but you are wrong to think like that. The biggest thing eroding the middle class is giving rich and corporations tax breaks. All it does is download the burden onto the middle class.
  13. 5 points
    I do. Win enough games so you host.
  14. 4 points
    Noeller

    Mini Camp

    ...opening Wednesday in Florida. Ted Wyman: BRADENTON, Fla. — Unable to secure a big-play receiver through free agency, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have to go the in-house route to fill a void that haunted them last season. The process of unearthing that potential gem started last year when the Bombers brought in promising but CFL-untested receivers Corey Washington, Kenbrell Thompkins, Charles Nelson and Kenny Lawler. It continues Wednesday and Thursday, when the Bombers’ scouts, coaches and management will take a look at 15 American receivers at a free-agent camp here at the IMG Academy. It’s expected about seven of those pass-catchers will move on to the Bombers main camp — assuming the league’s labour impasse is resolved — in May. “It’s generally a passing thing and that won’t change,” Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said of the mini-camp. “It’s heavily loaded on receivers and defensive backs. “The goal is to find receivers who can help right away but the track record of the CFL shows that for a rookie receiver to come in and learn the playbook in a two-week training camp, it’s very difficult. When we look at these receivers, it’s less about ‘We think he’s gonna come in and start Day 1,’ it’s ‘We think this guy’s got a chance at some point during the year, once he learns everything and figures out what he’s supposed to do.’” Of the 38 players invited to the camp, 29 will be either receivers or defensive backs. There will also be two quarterbacks, three running backs and four linebackers. There will be no linemen or kickers and all of the players in the camp are true American rookies. Some are under contract, others are neg-list players, and still more are free agents who are in on a tryout basis. The Bombers already have 16 receivers under contract and nine of them were with the team last year. However, only three of those players — Darvin Adams, Drew Wolitarsky and Nic Demski — were season-long starters. Thompkins saw the most playing time among the others, making 29 catches for 421 yards and one touchdown in 12 games, while Washington got into three games and Nelson got into one. The Bombers also have second-year Canadians Daniel Petermann and Rashaun Simonise in the mix and both should push for more playing time. In all likelihood, one or two of those players will be starters in 2019, though there is certain to be fierce competition throughout this mini-camp and the full training camp. “The biggest one for the receivers this year is the guys who we had last year that were all in their first year and ended the year with the team,” Walters said. “Those are the guys I expect to step forward. Guys like Corey Washington, Kenbrell Thompkins, Charles Nelson, Kenny Lawler. Those guys made good impressions on us last year in their first year and we expect them to make the big jump. They were the names last year that jumped out. I think those are the young guys that are going to have the advantage, strictly based on seniority.” On the other side of the ball, the Bombers have a whopping 21 defensive backs under contract and nine of them are returning. With the departures of Chris Randle (released, signed with Ottawa), Kevin Fogg (signed as free agent with Toronto) and Taylor Loffler (signed as free agent with Montreal), the Bombers have holes to fill, but have a decent base with veterans Brandon Alexander, Marcus Sayles, Anthony Gaitor, Chandler Fenner and Jeff Hecht all returning. “We hope there are some tough decisions at the end of this because that means we’ve got a lot of good guys and only a few of them are able to make it to training camp,” Walters said. “We do want to see guys physically taxed for a couple of days. We want to put them through the fitness tests and give them the once-over. A big part of this is to see who can handle the fitness component. If you struggle getting through a couple-day camp, with full training camp just three weeks away … they need to be in good shape and be ready to compete, which will be a big part of the evaluation process.” This is the first time in five years that the Bombers have held their mini-camp in Florida. For the last few years, the camp has been held at Investors Group Field and has included a mix of American and Canadian rookies, all of the quarterbacks and some veterans. Because of the contentious collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the CFL and the Players Association, this year’s camp is limited to first-year players. That means the quarterbacks in mini-camp will be rookie Bryan Schor from James Madison and another pivot that will be added at the last minute. “They’ll get plenty of work,” Walters said. “I said to (assistant general manager) Danny (McManus) that he might have to chuck the ball around, or (quarterbacks coach) Buck (Pierce). We’ve got some backup arms in house, if needed.” While there are no guarantees the Bombers will find stars or even starters through this camp, these kinds of players have become vital to CFL teams in dealing with the salary cap. “You’re gonna see around the league, I think, with the escalating salaries, that something’s got to go,” Walters said. “Teams are gonna be relying on a lot of these young guys to come in and contribute. We’re no different. We’ve had young guys in the secondary come in and play, linebackers, D-linemen. “From the American side, you have to be able to rely on your scouting department. With the way we’re operating the salary cap, even with guys getting certain raises on our team, then something’s got to give. You need to rely on some young guys, I call them first-contract players, to come in and contribute.” The job of finding the best first-contract players available falls to McManus, who is director of U.S. scouting, director of player personnel Ted Goveia and director of college scouting Ryan Rigmaiden. Now they have a chance to see how the players move in person, how they show the athletic ability that was previously seen on tape. Some of these players haven’t been playing football since they got cut from an NFL camp. They’ve been training and but now it’s about getting back into the mould of playing football. Are they able to do some of the basic things that the coaches ask them to do? Follow directions? Line up where they are supposed to? Do their job? “This is the slowest it will ever get during the season as far as your instruction,” McManus said. “You’re gonna have some nice one-on-one instruction with the coaches. Once you get into rookie camp, the speed picks up a little bit more. Once main camp starts, things go 100 miles an hour. If you’re not on top of it as a young player right now at this camp, you’ll be lost by the time we get to the middle of May and the veterans come in.” The scouts have had a challenging year, with the creation and demise of the Alliance of American Football and plans for a re-boot of the XFL adding to an already packed scouting season. The AAF training camp and season may have actually helped the scouts identify some potential CFL players and Walters expects a few players from the now suspended league to be at mini-camp. “Ted and Danny and Ryan, they’ve done the legwork on these guys,” Walters said. “Now it’s a chance for them to see them in person. The scouting has been going on for a couple of years with some of these guys and we are finally getting them in. We haven’t seen them play a lot recently, so it will be a good chance for those guys to see them. “‘Here’s what these players have done in the past and maybe they don’t look 100% in game shape, but you saw glimmers of what we saw. This guy has a huge upside, he’s just out of shape or he’s rusty.’ “It’s an interesting process to not just go with the top five guys. It’s the top five guys that might be lifting the Grey Cup — helping us win the Grey Cup — not just winning the free agent camp.” BLUE BOMBERS MINI-CAMP ROSTER At Bradenton, Fla., April 24-25 Player Pos Ht Wt Age College Malik Boynton DB 6-0 190 22 Austin Peay Terrance Baldwin DB 5-10 180 22 West Liberty Malik Reaves DB 6-2 200 23 Villanova Christian Boutte DB 5-10 190 23 Nicholls State Joe Este DB 5-11 200 24 Tennessee Martin Eric Patterson DB 5-11 195 26 Ball State Mykkele Thompson DB 6-1 195 25 Texas Jimmy Pruitt DB 6-0 205 26 San Jose State Amari Coleman DB 5-11 188 22 Central Michigan Chinedu Okparaku LB 6-1 210 22 Fairmont State Dale Warren LB 6-0 225 23 Chatanooga Otha Peters LB 6-0 235 25 Louisiana-Lafayette Jarnor Jones LB 6-3 210 24 Iowa State Bryan Schor QB 6-2 215 24 James Madison Jalen Simmons RB 5-8 205 27 South Carolina State Larry Rose RB 5-11 195 23 New Mexico State Marquell Cartwright RB 5-8 203 NA North Carolina A&T Dom Williams WR 6-2 200 26 Washington State Garrett Johnson WR 5-11 175 23 Kentucky Rasheed Bailey WR 6-2 200 25 Delaware Valley State Evan Clark WR 5-10 190 23 St. John’s Tim Wilson WR 5-9 170 25 East Stroudsburg Kenny Walker WR 5-9 188 25 UCLA Dennis Parks WR 6-0 200 24 Rice *At least 16 more players to be added Wednesday Twyman@postmedia.com
  15. 4 points
    Mark F

    Jets v Blues playoff who wins and why.

    on to the Bombers
  16. 4 points
  17. 4 points
    JCon

    Around the League: 2019 Off Season

    Maybe this will make the Argos and Als viable franchises? Haha, nope.
  18. 4 points
    wanna-b-fanboy

    US Politics

    Yup- the whole Mueller report as the smocking gun is silly, it's all the other criminal cases that are the smocking guns. Just show the pee pee tape already. LOL:
  19. 4 points
    17to85

    Canadian Politics

    Oh yeah you can vote for who ever you want, but I am free to point out your hypocrisy. You say you hate the religious zealots in conservative parties yet just voted for the biggest wing nut party I have ever seen. Can't complain about them while being such a booster for a party full of them.
  20. 4 points
    The Unknown Poster

    US Politics

    Are you still in love with Trump and playing the whataboutism game? Like really? you completely lost any moral ground to complain about how the Dems react to their own when you blindly support this president. You just have. Sorry dude.
  21. 4 points
    FrostyWinnipeg

    The Star Wars Thread

    Could have stopped at Rian wanted to subvert...
  22. 3 points
    Based on? His points and effort? Being made captain? I think we look for easy answers. I don’t buy locker room issues.
  23. 3 points
    TrueBlue4ever

    The TV Thread

    Of course I am trolling a bit, but I am making a point of my own instead of missing it. To assume that anything spoiler-ish is fair game the second it has hit the public conscience is more than a bit presumptive. In the world of 3 TV networks and no VCRs, it was safer to assume that any major plot development would be seen by all at the same time, or those that missed it did not really care enough to watch the show in the first place. And spoilers were limited to word of mouth for the most part, so people could self-regulate what information they wanted to receive. But in today's world of "57 channels and nothing on" (more like 200), PVR and binge-watching, it is wrong to assume that everyone sees the episode right away (much like a movie that has so many sold-out showings that many won't get to see it until the second or third day, or maybe even the second or third week in this extreme case - hence my specific reference to it). And with the advent of instant gratification internet media like twitter, instagram, etc. and 24-hour streaming news/sports/entertainment, and the ability to cross over from one platform to another, the possibilities of being notified of a spoiler are much higher, despite one's best intentions to avoid being spoiled. So I can avoid all spoiler sites about "Avengers" diligently (moviespoiler.com and any Google search that takes me to "Avengers spoilers" websites would be the obvious ones to avoid) in an effort to not have the surprise ruined, but reading a generic Bomber fan website and being told about a big spoiler (plot-driven or not, it clearly is a big enough deal to hit CNN and obviously enough to warrant your mention of it, so you would have appreciated the sensitive nature of it to some) with no advance warning can be jarring - if you are so inclined to get worked up about such things in life. And to be fair, a CNN headline saying "actress thought GOT sex scene was a prank" that requires you to click on a link for more details is a lot less specific than "hey, I'll identify this person by name and say what happened out of the blue with no prior hint that the topic had changed". So my troll point was simply to say it's a bit frivolous to say "well if it's aired it's fair game and not a spoiler anymore because I've already seen it, so tough on anyone who missed the boat" as a justification for letting a spoiler slip, and used the extreme example of the biggest movie around to beat you over the head with my point. Not very subtle, no, but you get my drift, even if you want to debate the semantics of "movie" vs. "TV", where the lines are more blurred in the current day and age than in the past, IMO. Just my 2 cents. Personally, I'm not going to get bent out of shape about spoilers, but I am sensitive to those who do.
  24. 3 points
    Noeller

    Mini Camp

    There's a pile of info here from the Sun. I was going to copy/paste, but Wyman clearly worked to put out this much content, so we owe him some clicks: https://winnipegsun.com/sports/football/cfl/winnipeg-bluebombers/anatomy-of-a-roster-how-danny-mcmanus-and-his-staff-build-up-bombers-american-talent
  25. 3 points
  26. 3 points
    Rich

    Mini Camp

    Hard to say without seeing how the contract is written, but once the players are no longer being paid, wouldn't the league be in breach of contract?
  27. 3 points
    johnzo

    The Star Wars Thread

    Anyway, enough trolling out of me, I thought TLJ was weird and decent but I can understand how it might frustrate people who want different things from Star Wars than I do. The thing I am stoked for now is The Mandalorian. The cast looks great: Pedro Pascal (the Red Viper from GOT) in the lead role, with Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring from Breaking Bad) and Werner Herzog as an old Imperial slimebag.
  28. 3 points
    I wouldn’t want to lose Myers because we under value him only to hope the jets go out and get a player like Myers at the deadline
  29. 3 points
    Noeller

    Jets v Blues playoff who wins and why.

    Friesen absolutely had it coming. Don't forget the Bombers banned him not that long ago....
  30. 3 points
    Blown 3rd period leads in games 1, 2 & 5 did the Jets in, the same problem that dogged them in the regular season. How does a team go from best in the league at closing out games last year, with the same personnel on D, to the worst in just a season? I think some of the young guys are tired of watching some of vets blow their assignments with no consequences. Just my 2 cents worth on the possible locker room issues.
  31. 3 points
    Well deserved loss.....as I quaff my well deserved gin
  32. 3 points
    I am mot going to watch the game. I can't afford a new tv.
  33. 3 points
    Mark H.

    Around the League: 2019 Off Season

    THIS. The Esks’ entire LB corps was a liability last year - Konar in particular.
  34. 3 points
    0 for 6 past 6 home playoff games.. Making the same dumb decisions.. Coaches have been fired for less. Why weren't we rolling 4 lines again.. Why is our worst D zone forward line on the ice again in our zone with 25 seconds left
  35. 3 points
    JCon

    US Politics

    Sarah Slanders.
  36. 3 points
    max power

    Around the League: 2019 Off Season

    Oh yeah, didn't Montreal trade away a bunch of draft picks when they acquired Johnny Manziel? Convenient.
  37. 3 points
    turn him into hasbinnington!
  38. 3 points
    Wideleft

    Canadian Politics

    In my opinion, a vote is more than a vote. It is where we set our "price" on various aspects of society vs self-interest. Albertans made a choice on whether their own self-interest was more important than human rights, the environment, education and health care not realizing that these things are also in their self-interest. The majority voted for a party that has no qualms about undermining democracy in their own party and has aligned with far right hate groups. Voting for the UPC was essentially making a personal choice and naming the price a person was willing to pay to ignore these disturbing factors. Manitobans will soon name their price. Is a 1% pst cut really the price someone would pay to support a government that takes back $25 a month from the poorest in our society after the government just spent $173,000 trumpeting the tax cut? In my mind, that's a moral failure and beyond the price I am willing to pay.
  39. 3 points
    JCon

    Jets v Blues playoff who wins and why.

    He has played really, really well. But Sportsnet has gone into overdrive on Binnington. I hate Sportsnet and can't believe we still have to suffer their coverage for the next 7 or 8(?) years. An example... Laine drills Perron against the boards. Do they praise Laine's physicality, which he's been criticized for before? No. Do they note how much his game has evolved in the last couple of months, especially in the playoffs? Of course not. Do they suggest that Perron was tired, which is why he staggered back to the bench? Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Only Sportsnet could turn a big Laine hit into Perron being tired.
  40. 3 points
    JuranBoldenRules

    Alliance of American Football

    How would that even work? The AAF season was like 10 games. Buy the contract now they are playing 18 games? The contracts are also USD. The players would have no obligation to go along with it either. They aren't property.
  41. 3 points
    SpeedFlex27

    Canadian Politics

    Shove it up your ass. I can vote anyway I want without your approval. Matter of fact, I don't give a **** what you think.
  42. 3 points
  43. 3 points
    Good thing Maurice did not split them up.
  44. 3 points
    KConn in overtime.
  45. 3 points
    In most cases I agree, but if Helle never handles another puck, outside of the net, I think I’d be happy with that. I cringe everytime.
  46. 2 points
    The Unknown Poster

    US Politics

    He went absolutely nuts this morning. No one has ever worn their fear so openly as this guy. What a disgrace.
  47. 2 points
    I admit that I don't watch all that many Jets games... But they do show up and skate sometimes, yeah?
  48. 2 points
    bustamente

    US Politics

    A fine Trump supporter to lazy to hold the lease, mad at the world, nothing is his fault, even his dog thinks he's a idiot
  49. 2 points
  50. 2 points
    The Unknown Poster

    US Politics

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