Archive for the ‘Football’ Category

Chrysler Motor City Super Bowl Ad: Video

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

One of my favourite Super Bowl ads this year is the Chrysler ad that features Eminem, but more importantly features the City of Detroit. It’s a feel-good pride piece for Detroit – a city that has had more of it’s fair share of troubles. Great ad, and a great uplift piece for Detroit. (more…)

Grey Cup 2010: Kick Off Time?

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Don’t want to miss the Grey Cup? I don’t blame you. (more…)

2010 Grey Cup: Watch Online, Kick Off Time, Buy Tickets…

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

The 2010 Grey Cup is the 98th championship game in the history of the CFL. Below is all the information you need to watch, follow, and enjoy the great Canadian game. (more…)

Watch the CFL Eastern Final (and Western Final) Online

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

» SEE UPDATED POST FOR THE 2014 CFL EASTERN AND WESTERN FINALS

You’re a big CFL fan (yes, I realize that means you likely don’t live in Ontario) and haven’t shelled out for TSN. Problem, right? Wrong. (more…)

CFL Crazy and Wild Finish – Montreal Alouettes versus the Toronto Argonauts

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

A hilarious and strange ending to a CFL game that looks to be making the rounds on the Internet. The CFL game in question was held on October 29, 2010 with the Montreal Alouettes versus the Toronto Argonauts. (more…)

Sports Injuries, treatment and abdominal bracing for back pain relief

Friday, September 24th, 2010

I recently hurt my back pretty seriously playing Basketball about 2 months ago. I’ve always had a bad back from as long as I can remember. It was from my high school days of playing football and rugby. (more…)

CFL Online Streaming for Canada Day

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

CFL football has arrived! The Canada Day season opener bashes feature the Montreal Alouettes versus Saskatchewan Roughriders and then later the Toronto Argonauts taking on the Calgary Stampeders. (more…)

Toronto Argonauts Games: How To Improve the Fan Experience

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

The Toronto Argonauts were soliciting feedback from Argonaut fans after this dismal 2009 season. I decided to fill out the survey as I’m a big fan (despite their awful record). What does an Argonauts fan sitting in the same end zone seats for four years think? Here are some ideas. These are more than I could write in the survey as they limited their ‘additional comments’ field to 350 measly characters – yowch, do you want feedback, or not?

Bring Back the End Zone Seats

This past season the Argos got the big idea to replace the end zone seats (regular ‘Skydome’ seats) with benches-sorta. Bottom line is there’s no seat backing and they’re really not comfortable at all. The ‘official’ word was it was to build camaraderie among the end zone patrons. Great goal, but wrong approach. These ‘seats/benches/whatever’ are horribly uncomfortable.

Lets Fans Keep the Footballs

A regular occurrence at Argonaut games is when a football misses the mesh on a field goal some lucky fan gets a free ball. Not so fast. They’ll be surrounded by Rogers Centre staff in no time – and asked to give up the ball. The usher I spoke with says it’s a ‘safety issue’ — ummm, ok. It seems they may give you a ‘souvenir’ football in replacement – which, of course, if not an official ball. I’m not sure if this is the Argos policy, Rogers Centre policy, or that of the CFL. Whatever it is, it stinks. The CFL (and especially the Argos) need every fan they can get. You destroy the fan experience when you start confiscating footballs. How about this scenario: The ball is caught by a young fan attending his first Argonauts game. He’s elated, and brings it to school, telling all his friends what happened. Right away, the Argos are shown in positive light from the best source possible — word-of-mouth. This young fan’s friends take interest in the game and then bug their parents to take them to the next Argos game. If they’re hooked, you may have an Argonauts fan for life. The alternative is that this impressionable young fan is bugged by multiple Rogers Centre ushers/security folks to cough up his newly won ball. What’s his story at school now? I can tell you it won’t be positive. So much for getting new Argos fans on that playground. I’m still not sure of the real reason why the Argos take the balls or if the ‘safety’ reason described to me is legitimate. I can see how they may want to deter people from running/pushing/whatever for the ball when it enters the crowd, but how does taking the ball away after-the-fact help that cause? Or, if it’s because the football becomes a ‘projectile’ after-the-fact then they should be sweeping everyone for everything they bring in. I can tell you the cowbells of the front row of Section 122 (and 123) can do a lot more damage than that football. Oh, and don’t even think about taking them.

Bring Back the Argonauts Fight Song

We (myself and my fellow Section 122ers) were elated when the Argonauts brought back the Fight Song a year or two ago. What a great way to connect with the past (so much history with this club, why not reach back for some of that!). Also, it’s simply a great tune that had the fans of the end zone and beyond standing and chanting/singing/whatever upon an Argonauts touch down. The Argonotes (including Taylor!) got in the act as well (sidenote: more Argonotes – they’re great!). So, what happened in the 2009 season? Sure the team scored less, but even when they did the Fight Song was not to be played (from what I recall) – or, if it did, it got cut off by some awful promo-bit. Really? Kill the fight song so we can plug Barrie Nissan – or whoever? (side note: ‘dependability, trustworthiness,…’ I forget the rest. Help me out Kent Austin!). So, umm, yeah, bring back the song! Put the lyrics back on the big screen so all can join in. Have the Argonotes play their hearts out. Good times. Hopefully there will be more touch downs, too.

Crowd ‘Promo’ Noise During Defensive – Not Offensive

This one is not my idea, but it’s genius. Hat tip to the Section 122 crowd noise leader, and ‘Renew-Your-Tickets’-poster-boy, Jube. For whatever reason (oh, free stuff!), Argos crowds make noise (and lots of it) for the lame promo giveaways. You know, T-Shirts that say ‘Show us your Parts’ (ok! – enjoy kiddies), and the like. So, coordinate these giveaways for when the defense is on the field and wants fan noise – not when the offense is on the field and want quiet. So simple.

Toronto Argonauts organization, if you’re listening, leave us a little comment below with your thoughts. Thanks-much! I’ll see you next season, hopefully in seats that don’t hurt my…

Rematch 15 Years Later

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

I am sure there are athletic moments in high school we wished we could relive or replay again. For me, I can still vividly remember my chance to win the basketball game with a last second 3 point shot for my high school junior basketball team that I was playing on. I can just about remember every detail including catching the in bound pass, getting a chance to look up at the clock before dribbling down the court. There was only one defender on me as I maneuvered to get a clear 3 point shot. The basketball bounced in and out of the rim! Game over, we lose. I would love to get another chance.

Apparently this has happened for two 1993 high school football teams:

For the players of the 1993 Phillipsburg High vs. Easton Area High football game, that second chance came four months ago, when Gatorade (the sports drink company) offered to sponsor a rematch between the two teams –two teams that played a brutal Thanksgiving Day game that ended in a 7 to 7 tie-fifteen years ago.

About 30 players from each team, now in their mid-30s, agreed to return to the schools to workout and practice for eight weeks in preparation for the full-contact game. Many of the players lost more than 30 pounds, including Phillipsburg’s Bruce Lebitz, who lost 60.

I am sure all you weekend warriors and former high school athletes would love a chance to relive your glory days because we all have a little bit of “Al Bundy” in us. What’s your greatest sports moment?