By: Greg Urbanoski

CFL Training Camps start with a bang!

May 22, 2018 - 10:00am

If CFL teams were looking to spark interest in the 2018 season, they certainly went about it the right way as training camps opened this past weekend.

The big ticket item, so to speak, was the signing of Johnny Manziel by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Manziel has pretty well run out of options in trying to continue his football career and get redemption back in the NFL. While Manziel did the “I’m Sorry” tour and admitted his mistakes, NFL teams were reluctant to give him a shot without a concrete display of how he changed since he washed out with Cleveland.

Whinerpeg figures out Mo Price, Mo Problems as training camp begins

May 16, 2018 - 4:33pm

A couple of years ago the Saskatchewan Roughriders signed receiver Mo Price as a free agent who then got a signing bonus and then promptly retired, providing the province of Manitoba with hours of chuckles.

While the question came up of whether Price should return the bonus, he never did since it wasn’t against the rules and I wonder if Darian Durant filed that in the back of his mind for future reference.

Final Approaches to Training Camp

May 11, 2018 - 8:15am

The annual crapshoot called the CFL Draft has come and gone and teams did a combination of picking the best athlete and the best athlete not likely to have an NFL try-out.

Interesting teams to watch were the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who loaded up on a variety of draft picks, and Montreal Alouettes, who held the first overall pick, but also hold a ridiculous amount of holes in their lineup.

If the CFL didn’t have a player draft, would anyone care?

May 2, 2018 - 8:43am

Well, we are a couple of days away from the annual CFL draft, which lags behind the Downtown Optimist TV Bingo or some old time dance music special for viewer interest.

CFL teams have held their mini-camps, or reasonable fascimiles to see if the guys they have scouted from all around the United States can make the next step towards an invite to training camp.

April 16: One week away from Mini-Camp!

April 17, 2018 - 9:12am

The deadness of the CFL off-season has never hit home so much as it does now, with nothing but crickets as CFL teams prepare for the CFL draft on May 3 and the NFL draft which will dictate the CFL draft choices before then.

The CFL combine and week has come and gone in Winnipeg and now CFL teams have to face the question of which players do they choose that are good enough to help their team but not that good to escape to the NFL and possibly never come back to Canada?

So What Did the Combine Show?

March 27, 2018 - 11:31am

The Second CFL concluded with the Player Combine in Winnipeg where prospective draft choices are put through their paces and CFL teams look into their crystal ball to try to determine who will make it to the pros and who won’t.

This is part of an ongoing effort by the CFL to make the longest off-season bearable and to keep the league in the news to some extent and engaged with the fans.

Gearing up for CFL Week and Combine

March 1, 2018 - 8:59am

The dust has mostly settled from CFL free agency with a few interesting people remaining, but now the focus is shifting to the CFL Week in Winnipeg March 22-25 which will include the CFL Combine March 24-25.

I took in the initial CFL Week in Regina and it was a great experience for the old and new fan alike. The event is free, so CFL Fans in Winnipeg have no excuse not to take in the exhibits, player panels and then indulging their inner General Manager by watching the CFL Combine.