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- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line4 days ago
It can't be easy to go through life with a similar name to legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong, especially if you live in the same town, but that was the case for former CFL, AFL and NFL coach Neill Armstrong. Armstrong passed away last week at the age of 90, but left a strong legacy in his own right. Along with Bud Grant, he was one of only two men to serve as both a player and a head coach in both the CFL and NFL. Armstrong's son Dave spoke to Gerry Moddejonge of The Edmonton Journal this week, and talked about how the name similarity was particularly noticeable while his father was an assistant coach in Houston from 1962 to 1963 while the other Armstrong was training there:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line6 days ago
Welcome to another 12 Audibles, our regular look at what's going on around the CFL. This time around, we start in Saskatchewan, where...
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line9 days ago
The Calgary Stampeders' 19-10 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina Saturday came with an extra side of post-game drama. There was plenty of tension leading into this one, given the Riders' recent $65,000 fine for "compromising the reputation of the CFL" over the "pre-practice squad" of non-roster players they were paying and the role Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell played in bringing that to light, and that continued throughout the game with insults and boos lobbed at Mitchell both from the stands and on Twitter. The drama continued after the game as well, with quite the post-game confrontation between Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson and Saskatchewan head coach and general manager Chris Jones. According to Postmedia's Scott Mitchell, Jones told Dickenson "Win with some class."
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It looks like the Saskatchewan Roughriders are changing their ways in response to the controversy that emerged publicly Wednesday from Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell's accusations and subsequent media reports, but they've also been fined by the CFL for those actions. Those reports had the team utilizing "as many as 95 players," and allegedly paying, housing and regularly meeting with some of those players not under contract, who were dubbed a "pre-practice squad." After keeping silent on this for days, the CFL released a statement Thursday at 7 p.m. Eastern announcing a $60,000 fine for the Roughriders and a $26,000 salary-cap charge:
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The Chris Jones era in Saskatchewan has seen the Roughriders start 1-5 and also create some controversy with their handling of their roster. The team was fined $15,000 by the CFL last week for violating the ratio rule by not playing enough Canadians against B.C., and they've come under Twitter fire this week from Calgary Stampeders' quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell (who they lost to last week and will face again Saturday) for having a bunch of non-rostered players in Regina:
I bet none of the people they signed needed flights .. 👀 https://t.co/c8aAdx1XL1
@Elduderino_420 I'm whining? Hmm you are calling for me to be fined. Yet I'm whining. Yes we're in 1st, playing by rules. And Sask.. Yea.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line14 days ago
Welcome to another edition of 12 Audibles, our weekly look at storylines from around the CFL. This time, we start in Montreal, where the Alouettes' practice Monday was rudely interrupted by...
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After a phenomenal college career at Central Michigan that saw him finish second all-time in NCAA FBS history in both total touchdowns and total offensive yards, Dan LeFevour's pro football career has had more ups and downs than most roller coasters. That continued with Monday's announcement from the Toronto Argonauts that they'd signed him to their practice squad. LeFevour had one of the more unusual offseasons out there, as he was released by the Montreal Alouettes in January and passed over by the rest of the CFL, but the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to sign him in April, causing plenty of stir around the Canadian league. If the NFL's signing those who played north of the border, it's usually (but not always) those who shone in the CFL, and while LeFevour has shown some potential, he hasn't been able to establish himself as even a consistent backup to date.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line18 days ago
The B.C. Lions haven't exactly had the CFL's best luck in recent years when it comes to travel. In 2010, their plane to Regina couldn't land thanks to fog, causing them to be diverted back to Calgary and stranded there for six hours. This time around, they were unable to leave Montreal as scheduled after Thursday night's win over the Alouettes thanks to mechanical issues with their chartered plane, leading to a 15-hour delay. The Lions made the best of it, though, including this airport jam session:
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line18 days ago
For much of Thursday's late CFL game, the outcome was definitely in question. The Calgary Stampeders led the Saskatchewan Roughriders just 16-12 at halftime, and while the yardage got a little more separation in the third quarter, the score was 19-15 heading into the final frame. Much like they did in the last few minutes against B.C. last week, though, the Stampeders were able to find another gear in the fourth quarter. This time around, they outscored Saskatchewan 16-0 down the stretch to pick up a 35-15 win, one which adds to the case that they've been the CFL's best team to date, and also suggests the Roughriders still have a long way to go.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line19 days ago
Six days after allowing a 15-point comeback inside the last five minutes of the fourth quarter of a 44-41 overtime loss to the Calgary Stampeders, the B.C. Lions rebounded very nicely with a 38-18 victory over the Montreal Alouettes Thursday. Last week's loss was marked by some poor decision-making by quarterback Jonathan Jennings down the stretch and by the defence's inability to stop Calgary's own late drives, but both improved substantially against the Alouettes. Meanwhile, Montreal fell back to earth after last week's dominant 41-3 win over Saskatchewan. This is good news for the Lions, who have continued their surprisingly impressive start to the season and look to be in pretty solid shape going forward, and it's bad news for the Alouettes, who still have major issues.