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The Argos cut Rocky Butler.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/413816

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Tom Higgins has been named the league's new Director of Officiating. I think he'll do a good job, but I expect him to get back into coaching before too long.

http://www.cfl.ca/index.php?module=newser&...y&nid=23488

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Adriano Belli is trying out for Canadian Idol!

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/414478

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The coroner ruled that Jamacia Jackson died from an enlarged heart with an irregular heartbeat.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/414945

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Damon Allen is preparing to play another season. I can't see how the Argos would have room for him, with both Kerry Joseph and Michael Bishop ahead of him. Maybe somebody else will pick him up.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/415747

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Dan Ralphs says that the Als were more than $100k over the salary cap, and will therefore lost their first draft pick (number 4 overall).

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Mon...5326491-cp.html

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The Roughriders released their annual report today, and said that they enjoyed a record profit of $1,737,377. Here is a detailed article about their figures:

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Sas...5333736-cp.html

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The Argos have signed former Arizona Cardinal Pro Bowl receiver David Boston.

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=235384&amp...os=topStory_cfl

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Moncton is building a $27 million dollar stadium that may one day be available for a CFL team.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/new...e3-d084721cb8bf

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Calgary was awarded the 2009 Grey Cup game. Won't this be the 100th anniversary of the first one? A couple of years were missed during World War II, so Toronto is sheduled to get the 100th game (I think in 2012). But as I recall the first game was in 1909. Go Varsity!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Cal...373776-sun.html

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Here's a report on the Ticats' off-season so far:

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/359045

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Here's a pre-draft summary:

http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/duane_forde/?id=235765

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Here are summaries of the defensive and offensive prospects in the draft:

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=11457&a...=topRelated_cfl

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/feature/?fid=11452&a...=topRelated_cfl

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I was over at Wikipedia today reading about the proposed United Football League which may have a team in Raleigh, and the links took me to the CFL. You might enjoy seeing what they have to say about the league and the history of Canadian football.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Football_League

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The Eskimos have cut Tim Cheatwood. I guess that's the end of the line for him.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news...19-8fce58db9bfc

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Former Detroit Lion Charles Rogers, the #2 pick in the 2003 NFL draft, is close to signing with the Alouettes.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

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Bryan Randall, who was a big star QB for Virginia Tech, is close to signing with the Bombers.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/to...p-4758754c.html

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Julian Radlein has retired. As I recall, he was very impressive as a rookie, but he never stood out after that. Since he was a running back, I wonder if injuries slowed him down.

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/Local%20Sports/article/365788

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Here's a brief article quoting an anonymous CFL executive who says that Calgary, BC and Winnipeg had the best drafts.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/spo...2f-a84c91b7008e

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Matt Dunigan will host a cooking show on the Food Network.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/423907

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Mike Maurer has retired.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news...c3-4a26b1cfc7f9

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The Spectator has begun a series of pre-season analyses. First up is the Saskatchewan Roughriders:

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/369989

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After a slow news week, there are a couple of interesting items today.

The first is that the Als have hired Joe Paopao as a consultant. That tells me that he will be waiting in the wings if their new head coach with no Canadian rules experience gets off to a slow start.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

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The second item is about the NFL in Toronto. I don't need to go through all that you know about how 20,000 of the NFL "season" tickets have been allotted to Argo season ticket holders. The remaining NFL tickets will go into a lottery. Over 100,000 have applied for the lottery tickets. But since it didn't cost anything to apply for the lottery tickets, that 100,000 figure may not indicate the amount of interest in the tickets that the press would have you believe. It could be 100,000 people who have no interest in going to a Buffalo Bills game but who figured that a lot of other people would, so they applied (at no cost and no risk) hoping to flip the tickets at a profit.

Well, the deadline for the 20,000 allotted to the Argos was yesterday. And the Argos sold only 14,000 season tickets.

Now you know that not all of the Argos ticket holders are interested in the NFL games. And you also know that the NFL tickets are priced (averaging $150. each) to appeal to people for whom money is no object. That is to say, if a corporation wanted the NFL tickets, it would buy Argos tickets and be assured of getting good NFL seats. But the corporations didn't do that. So that makes me wonder what the market in Toronto will be for the Buffalo Bills games.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Tor...649471-sun.html

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Kirk Penton grades each team's off-season, not considering the draft:

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/200...663721-sun.html

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Damon Allen is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Tor...5682831-ca.html

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Milt Stegall had knee surgery, and will miss training camp. The Bombers released Juran Bolden.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

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The Als have signed former Cincinnati Bengal (and Florida State star) Peter Warrick.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Mon...5685156-cp.html

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The Stampeders traded Duncan O'Mahony to the Eskimos, who then released Rob Pikula.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Edm...5674101-cp.html

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The Ticats have released Jason Armstead. I have always felt that he was overrated, but the move was made because he refused to sign a a contract extension that called for a paycut. The Riders traded Armstead to the Ticats for Corey Holmes. Now both of them have been cut for money reasons.

http://www.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/new...9a-60bbf1fce5d8

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Here's the Spectator's pre-season analysis of the Lions:

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/article/375592

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Here's the Spectator's analysis of the Ticats:

http://www.thespec.com/Sports/Local%20Sports/article/376080

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Now that they have Noel Prefontaine, the Eskimos have released Duncan O'Mahony, whom they obtained just the other day.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Edm...5734681-cp.html

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Training camps opened today.

In the past, I have started a new thread for the season itself (as opposed to the off-season hot stove league).

However, at this point this thread has 3,285 views. I suspect that many of those views are from CFL fans who are not jazz fans or members of the board. Maybe they have bookmarked the thread.

So to keep these folks coming to the board (and maybe viewing our jazz-related threads as well), I have decided to rename the thread rather than start a new one.

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Two news items from the Alouettes:

Peter Warrick flunked his physical. Bad knee.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

They signed Jason Armstead.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

The Warrick article also says that David Boston was suspended by the Argos because of a foot injury. He may be back in mid-season.

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The Argos looked very strong at RB having acquired Tyler Ebell. But now he has ruptured his achilles tendon and is out for the year. His career may be over.

http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Football/article/438266

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The Als have a prospect named Corey Jenkins trying out for middle LB. He was a first round pick of the Red Sox in 1995, and spent four years in the minors. He then went to college and was drafted by the Dolphins in 2003.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news...e5-03693b231e85

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The Eskimos cut DB Stanford Samuels.

http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news...0a-f107f070a023

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The league broke off talks with the NFL regarding extending their past agreements. I'm not sure what the league has to offer the NFL. The provision to allow players to skip their option year to jump to the NFL was written into the latest contract with the CFL players union, so that bargaining chip is gone. With the NFL horning in on Toronto, it looks like the NFL doesn't care what the CFL thinks or does.

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Corey Holmes is threatening to retire.

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/R...tsFootball/home

edit for typos

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Former Argos head coach John Rauch passed away Tuesday. His obituary is featured on the LA Times website because he had great success coaching the Oakland Raiders.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-...,0,403627.story

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The CFL exhibition season has begun tonight. I've been listening to the Ticats play the Bombers, and the Bombers are leading 8-6 at the half.

I'll post the websites to listen to the games after I have checked them all out.

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Toronto Argonauts 34....Montreal Alouettes 34

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Gam...5863271-cp.html

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats 12....Winnipeg Blue Bombers 10

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Gam...5862791-cp.html

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In regard to the radio websites, I learned last night that the four eastern teams have the same websites as last year. I'll plan to check out the four western teams tonight.

Sirius is broadcasting the BC-Sask game tonight at 9 pm eastern.

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Let's see if I can copy the schedule so that it is readable:

http://www.cfl.ca/schedule/year/2008/time_zone/0

Click on the Game Date for more details

Game Date Away - Home - Time Pre-Season A 1 Thu Jun 12 Toronto 34 Montreal 34 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

2 Thu Jun 12 Winnipeg 10 Hamilton 12 07:00 PM 15,231 Loading...

3 Fri Jun 13 BC 0 Saskatchewan 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

4 Fri Jun 13 Edmonton 0 Calgary 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

Pre-Season B 5 Thu Jun 19 Hamilton 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

6 Thu Jun 19 Montreal 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

7 Thu Jun 19 Saskatchewan 0 Edmonton 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

8 Thu Jun 19 Calgary 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 1 9 Thu Jun 26 Montreal 0 Hamilton 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

10 Thu Jun 26 BC 0 Calgary 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

11 Fri Jun 27 Toronto 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

12 Sat Jun 28 Edmonton 0 Saskatchewan 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 2 13 Thu Jul 03 Hamilton 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

14 Thu Jul 03 Calgary 0 Edmonton 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

15 Fri Jul 04 Winnipeg 0 Montreal 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

16 Fri Jul 04 Saskatchewan 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 3 17 Thu Jul 10 Calgary 0 Montreal 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

18 Thu Jul 10 Toronto 0 Edmonton 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

19 Fri Jul 11 BC 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

20 Sat Jul 12 Saskatchewan 0 Hamilton 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 4 21 Thu Jul 17 Hamilton 0 Calgary 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

22 Fri Jul 18 Winnipeg 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

23 Sat Jul 19 Montreal 0 Saskatchewan 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

24 Sun Jul 20 Edmonton 0 Toronto 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 5 25 Thu Jul 24 Calgary 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

26 Fri Jul 25 Edmonton 0 Hamilton 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

27 Fri Jul 25 Montreal 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

28 Sun Jul 27 Toronto 0 Saskatchewan 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 6 29 Thu Jul 31 Hamilton 0 Montreal 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

30 Thu Jul 31 BC 0 Edmonton 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

31 Fri Aug 01 Winnipeg 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

32 Sat Aug 02 Saskatchewan 0 Calgary 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 7 33 Thu Aug 07 Toronto 0 Hamilton 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

34 Thu Aug 07 Calgary 0 Saskatchewan 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

35 Fri Aug 08 Montreal 0 Winnipeg 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

36 Fri Aug 08 Edmonton 0 BC 0 10:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 8 37 Thu Aug 14 Hamilton 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

38 Fri Aug 15 Montreal 0 Toronto 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 9 39 Thu Aug 21 Saskatchewan 0 Edmonton 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

40 Fri Aug 22 Calgary 0 BC 0 10:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 10 41 Fri Aug 29 BC 0 Montreal 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

42 Sun Aug 31 Winnipeg 0 Saskatchewan 0 03:00 PM 0 Loading...

43 Mon Sep 01 Edmonton 0 Calgary 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

44 Mon Sep 01 Toronto 0 Hamilton 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 11 45 Fri Sep 05 Calgary 0 Edmonton 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

46 Sat Sep 06 BC 0 Hamilton 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

47 Sun Sep 07 Toronto 0 Montreal 0 01:00 PM 0 Loading...

48 Sun Sep 07 Saskatchewan 0 Winnipeg 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 12 49 Fri Sep 12 Winnipeg 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

50 Fri Sep 12 Montreal 0 Calgary 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

51 Sat Sep 13 Hamilton 0 Edmonton 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

52 Sat Sep 13 Saskatchewan 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 13 53 Fri Sep 19 Winnipeg 0 Hamilton 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

54 Sat Sep 20 Toronto 0 Calgary 0 06:30 PM 0 Loading...

55 Sat Sep 20 BC 0 Saskatchewan 0 09:30 PM 0 Loading...

56 Sun Sep 21 Edmonton 0 Montreal 0 01:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 14 57 Fri Sep 26 Edmonton 0 Winnipeg 0 08:00 PM 0 Loading...

58 Sat Sep 27 Calgary 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

59 Sat Sep 27 Hamilton 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

60 Sun Sep 28 Saskatchewan 0 Montreal 0 01:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 15 61 Fri Oct 03 BC 0 Toronto 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

62 Fri Oct 03 Calgary 0 Saskatchewan 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

63 Sat Oct 04 Montreal 0 Hamilton 0 04:00 PM 0 Loading...

64 Sat Oct 04 Winnipeg 0 Edmonton 0 07:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 16 65 Fri Oct 10 Toronto 0 Winnipeg 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

66 Fri Oct 10 Edmonton 0 BC 0 10:30 PM 0 Loading...

67 Mon Oct 13 Hamilton 0 Montreal 0 01:00 PM 0 Loading...

68 Mon Oct 13 Saskatchewan 0 Calgary 0 04:30 PM 0 Loading...

Week 17 69 Fri Oct 17 BC 0 Edmonton 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

70 Sat Oct 18 Montreal 0 Toronto 0 03:00 PM 0 Loading...

71 Sat Oct 18 Winnipeg 0 Calgary 0 06:30 PM 0 Loading...

72 Sun Oct 19 Hamilton 0 Saskatchewan 0 03:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 18 73 Fri Oct 24 Calgary 0 Hamilton 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

74 Sat Oct 25 Edmonton 0 Saskatchewan 0 06:30 PM 0 Loading...

75 Sat Oct 25 Toronto 0 BC 0 10:00 PM 0 Loading...

76 Sun Oct 26 Winnipeg 0 Montreal 0 01:00 PM 0 Loading...

Week 19 77 Thu Oct 30 Saskatchewan 0 Toronto 0 07:30 PM 0 Loading...

78 Fri Oct 31 Montreal 0 Edmonton 0 09:00 PM 0 Loading...

79 Sat Nov 01 Hamilton 0 Winnipeg 0 02:00 PM 0 Loading...

80 Sat Nov 01 BC 0 Calgary 0 05:00 PM 0 Loading...

Grey Cup Playoffs Semi-Finals 81 TBA N/A 0 N/A 0 TBA 0 Loading...

82 TBA N/A 0 N/A 0 TBA 0 Loading...

Grey Cup Playoffs Finals 83 TBA N/A 0 N/A 0 TBA 0 Loading...

84 TBA N/A 0 N/A 0 TBA 0 Loading...

Grey Cup Championship 85 TBA N/A 0 N/A 0 TBA 0

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Calgary Stampeders 39....Edmonton Eskimos 14

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Gam...5874346-cp.html

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Saskatchewan Roughriders 33....British Columbia Lions 13

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Football/CFL/Gam...5874776-cp.html

I always enjoy listening to the Riders games because they have a unique flavor - most of the sponsors are agricultural products, such as tractors and combines, the wheat pool and hybrid canola seed. Perhaps there are US college teams with similar situations but I am unaware of them. I imagine that many of the Sirius subscribers who heard last night's Sask broadcast got a kick out of that.

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